2021 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge


DollyCas from Escape With DollyCas into a Good Book has issued a reading challenge! I thought it might be fun to play along.

In 2019 I read over 200 books. BUT then 2020 happened. And I spent the first two weeks of the year in the hospital fighting for my life - not from that pesky COVID, but from Cancer.   Between the treatments to other odd ailments, I literally spent a minimum of once a week (but usually three to five times per week) at a medical appointment of some sort during the year of 2020. In mid November, my body decided I had HAD ENOUGH and I let my oncologists know that I would be taking a medical break until 2021. My mental health was at stake.  The truly sad part of this entire year was that I lost my ability to concentrate. Reading books was just like looking at words on a page that didn’t make any sense at all to me. I had started reading a book at the end of 2019, and I am hoping to complete this book by January - mostly so that I can say that I read a book in 2020.  

So, I’m joining this challenge as well as the Author edition to see if I can’t get my reading mojo back.   Won’t you join me in this challenge? 

Here are the details from DollyCas’ blog:


This is my favorite Challenge!

The Alphabet Soup Challenge means that by December 31, 2021

your bowls must be filled with one book for each letter of the Alphabet.

Each Letter Counts As 1 Spoonful


This challenge will run from January 1st, 2021 until December 31st, 2021.

You can join anytime. You do not have to post a review of the book. Books can come from any genre.

You do not need to link up each spoonful.

Make a page or a post or a GoodReads shelf where you will keep track of your spoonfuls. I keep track of mine on my Challenge Page.

Crossovers to other challenges are allowed and encouraged!

It’s an alphabet challenge!!! The challenge is to read one book that has a title starting with every letter of the alphabet.

You can drop the A’s and The’s from the book titles as shown below.

The First Main Word Needs To Be

The Letter You Are Counting 

Except For that pesky Q, X, AND Z titles then the word that starts with the challenge letter can be anywhere in the title.

So there are two different ways you can set up your own A-Z Reading Challenge.

A – How I plan to do it: Make a list on your blog from A-Z. Throughout the year, as you go along, add the books you are reading to the list. Towards the end of the year, you can check and see which letters you are missing and find books to fit.


B – Make a list now of 26 books, picking one for each letter of the alphabet.

For example:

A – Artistic License to Kill by Paula Darnell

B – Beauty Expos Are Murder by Libby Klein

C – Complications: A Novel by Danielle Steel

D- Drenched in Light by Lisa Wingate

Books can be read in any order and all formats – print – e-book – audio – are acceptable for this challenge!

Ready to join??

Bloggers grab the image below and make a post about the challenge to encourage others to join!

Non-bloggers you can join too! Just keep track any way you wish. You can even set up a special shelf on Goodreads.com to help you keep track!  It is super easy, Just click the MY BOOKS tab at the top of the page. When that page opens just click – ADD A SHELF in the left-hand sidebar. Title it Alphabet Soup Challenge and you are all set. 

If you post your books on Social Media please use this hashtag #AlphabetSoupChallenge

Follow Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book as there may be special announcements made about the challenge.

There is also a very active group on Facebook where you can share your books read and converse with others taking part in the challenge. Alphabet Soup Challenge –  You can share your accomplishments throughout the year there. Right now they are finishing this year’s challenge but it will switch over to the new year on January 1. 

I am asking everyone to sign up using Google Forms. Sign Up Here. This way I have your emails in case I need to contact you about any changes to the challenge or about special events. 


Okay, so now you’ve been issued the challenge as well. Good luck to us all! 

I’m a huge fan of spreadsheets - so I’ll be keeping track of this challenge HERE


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