Way back at the beginning of the year, last year that is, I had big plans. I teamed up with Melissa from My Worlds…in words and pages to host a couple of reading challenges. Then I sort of tanked on reading and blogging as other real life things got in the way. Well, today, I’m going to share the pithy progress I made on both of the challenges below:

First up, the YA Spec Fiction reading challenge. I was big on the YA titles in 2011, so I figured this one would be a breeze. Turns out, not so much. I have some great books here, I’m sure, but I got a bit disillusioned with the younger titles and focused most of my reading time on more adult titles, particularly in the romance category.

Here’s my (incredibly) small list for this challenge:

1- Black Heart by Holly Black
2- Everneath by Brodi Ashton

I’m happy to say, they were both great books but that marks the end of that section ;p

For the A to Z one, I may have had enough reads in 2012 to do the alphabet twice over had I been paying attention to the titles I was reading, but I didn’t. As I type up this post, it’ll be my first look at what I actually managed. I’ll bet there’s lots of repetitive letter in there :D

Anyway, here goes:

A: —-
B: Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren
Breakfast in Bed by Robin Kaye
Blood Rites by Jim Butcher
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Bared to You by Sylvia Day
Black Heart by Holly Black
Blood and Bullets by James R. Tuck
The Beggar’s Opera by Peggy Blair
C: Chasing Magic by Stacia Kane
Chairman of the Whored by Lucy V. Morgan
D: Dead Beat by Jim Butcher
The Dead I Know by Scot Gardner
Dead to You by Lisa McMann
E: Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart by Sarah MacLean
F: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
G: Grave Memory by Kalayna Price
Grave Witch by Kalayna Price
H: The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel by Anthony Horowitz
I: In Rides Trouble by Julie Ann Walker
Improper Relations by Juliana Ross
J: Just for Fun by Erin Nicholas
K: The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory
L: —-
M: The Marriage Trap by Jennifer Probst
The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst
Midnight’s Master by Donna Grant
N: Night’s Darkest Embrace by Jeaniene Frost
A Night of Southern Comfort by Robin Covington
O: On Dublin Street by Samantha Young
On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves
The Oil Tycoon and Her Sexy Sheikh by Ros Clarke
P: —-
Q: —-
R: —-
S: Start Me Up by Victoria Dahl
Sacrificial Magic by Stacia Kane
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
T: Try Me by Diane Alberts
Talk Me Down by Victoria Dahl
True Connections by Clarissa Yip
Table for One by Ros Clarke
U: —-
V: Vanity Fare by Megan Caldwell
W: Wicked as They Come by Delilah S. Dawson
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
Y: —-
Z: —-

Okay, so I did better than I was expecting but with only 8 letter not spoken for, I could’ve hit this one out of the park! I managed the Alphabet Soup category in this challenge, though, so I’ll totally take it! As for my reviews of these books, well, they’re kind of all over the place or not yet written. (I’ll try to get back to link up the ones that are done.)

I think this is a neat way to maybe find some new titles based solely on the fact that it starts with a certain letter. I might try to keep track of my 2013 reads this way too, see if I can make it all the way this year.

How did all of you do with any challenges you might have been participating in? Do you have any recommendations for the letters I missed? (I had “L” covered but I didn’t finish the story in time :P ) Have you found anything interesting to join in on this year? I’d love to hear!