Ever read a book/s and just ache to be able to write like that particular author? Ever wish you could sit across the kitchen table and ask them questions about the world-building or the characters or moments in particular that shook you?
That’s how I feel about Katherine Arden and The Winternight Trilogy.
“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”
I’m sure there’s a million-and-one “A to Z” Reading Challenges floating around the mighty inter-web these days but I dove off the deep end and created my own for 2020. I had a few things in mind:
Keep this self-challenge strictly to YA.
Read only books that I OWNED already and/or had access to at the library.
When I “check off” a letter, it had to be the first book I read that fit. (For example: I’ve read 3 books that started with “C” but chose Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco because it was the first of the bunch.) I didn’t want to pick and choose which title so that it “looked cool” at the end of the year. Nope. First completed = takes that letter’s spot.
For the more challenging letters, I allowed myself a…cheat, of sorts: Double-Point Titles. This means, if I read a title with more than one word starting with the selected letter, I get a double-point. This double point then can be applied to another letter. Example: I read The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young earlier this year. Not only did I fulfill my “G” spot (Dear Lawd, have mercy. That G-Spot.) but this particular book is a double point since it has the extra “g” (…Gave…) in the title. I can then apply that double point to, let’s say my “Z” spot and, as long as the title still has a word that starts with Z in it – it counts. The title does NOT have to start with Z, it just has to have a z-word in there somewhere. — Clear as mud?