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A to Z Book Challenge
It’s almost 2023, and like many other readers, I am preparing for a good year of reaching my reading goals! One of those goals is to participate in the A to Z reading challenge. I was researching what books I want to include but honestly couldn’t find a lot of up-to-date info.
So in my true book blogger fashion, I created the ultimate book list for the A to Z reading challenge! You should be able to find all the books you want to read to complete this challenge with a variety of different genres.
What is the A to Z book challenge?
The A to Z book challenge is really simple. All you have to do is read 26 different books with each title corresponding to a letter from the Alphabet. An example would be if you need to read a book for the letter H, then any of the Harry Potter books would work!
A lot of people don’t include “The” or “A” as part of the title so they can get a wider selection or you can only use “The” titles for the letter T. It is really up to you and your preferences.
I’ve seen some people do the author’s name instead of the book title so you can do what works best for you. I suggest planning ahead of time want you to read so you can easily pick up the next book. You can also bookmark 🔖 this page and come back and reference it whenever you are ready to move on to the next letter.
List of all Books
Since I will be recommending TONS of books, I am going to give you a quick one-sentence description of what the book is about, but I will be including the genre! You can click the links below each book to read the publisher’s description to learn more about it. 🤗
Books That Start with the Letter A
If you love crying then this is the book for you. 😭
You will read this in one night, seriously chilling!! I loved it on audio.
If you haven’t read this author yet, YOU NEED TO! The best Disney retellings.
The happiest ever after with all the spice. 🌶️ Plus, it’s on KU for free.
If you haven’t read this series, then it’s time to join the club and include it in your A to Z book challenge.
The audiobook version is amazing! It’s the new Nancy Drew book.
Books That Start with the Letter B
Completely obsessed! If you love dark academia and want to read something that makes you feel at a loss for words, then add this book to your list!
A window into Adult Holly Black. 😉
Enemies to lovers with all the chemistry.
I loved the audiobook! You will fall in love with Tom after reading this.
A beautiful novel about identity, loss, culture, and forgiveness.
Gumpy x sunshine, workplace romance, and lots of steam. 🤩
Books That Start with the Letter C
Dark, slow-burn enemies to lovers romance. ❤️🔥AND it’s on KU for free.
Complex characters and a book at its core about finding yourself.
Fun, vampire romance that is perfect for the A to Z book challenge.
All the feelings of adventure and sisterhood inside a warped wonderland world.
Bully college romance.
All the feelings from crying to happiness.
Books That Start with the Letter D
Intriguing characters and a plot that will have you on the edge of your seat.
Enemies to lovers on a pirate ship. ❤️🔥
It has all the best tropes. Fake dating, enemies to lovers, and found family! Plus, the title is perfection. 🤌
The best love triangle that will make you want to re-read this book every month.
Long mafia spicy romance. 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️
Written in 1987 by one of the few African American science fiction authors. This book is so compelling and uncomfortable at times. It will take you on an emotional roller coaster that you will return to over and over again.
Books That Start with the Letter E
Dark mafia romance. The first book in a series.
Friends to lovers with second chance romance.
Enemies to lovers high school romance with a beautiful journey to conquering your fears and finding your identity.
Hades and Persephone retelling.
Multiple POVs that will have you crying in under 100 pages.
Spicy fae romance that is ALSO a reverse harem. ❤️🔥
Books That Start with the Letter F
A book that will have you up all night with a HUGE thrilling end.
A book that spans years that will break you emotionally and see the true bond of friendship.
Forced proximity, steamy standalone romance.
High School friendship and ghosts. 😊
Pirate romance with tons of adventure. 🏴☠️
Disney meets spicy romance.
Books That Start with the Letter G
Cinderella meets the comic con.
Amazing characters and thrilling twists and turns. Also, Nicholas Sparks rated it 5 stars on Goodreads.
One of my favorite mystery novels this year! Set in Ireland with multiple POVs, and whodunit vibes.
Listen to the audiobook!
You will finish all 328 pages in one day.
Trust fund girl meets bad boy.
Books That Start with the Letter H
Adult Capitan Hook, Peter Pan retelling.
This is an unforgettable read!
This book has been banned in some libraries for covering subjects like police brutality, racism, and violence. It is a MUST-read.
Your heart will be broken but you will also be smiling?!! All the feelings in this book.
Absolutely loved this book! It has intricate characters and massive world building. You will be addicted to it. 😍
Another spicy hades x persophone retelling that you don’t want to miss.
Books That Start with the Letter I
Atlas. That’s it. ❤️🔥
Holiday, cozy winter read.
Winner of Goodreads best autobiography in 2022, this book gives us insight into Jennette’s past relationship with her mother, addiction, and mental health.
One of my favorite romances from last year! Perfect for your A to Z book challenge!
Fast-paced book (and series) that will have you captivated until the end.
The characters are absolutely stunning and you will keep them with you forever.
Books That Start with the Letter J
Dark, gritty thriller.
Small town, fake marriage, forced proximity, all the fun/tension.
Amazing romance book of its time! I loved the audiobook version well.
Cutest laugh out loud relationship!
Amazing world building and tension filled romance that will have you heated. 😉
Spooky, slow build thriller with a huge finale.
Books That Start with the Letter K
Enemies to lovers, revenge, and so much beautiful tension. 🤌
Dark, billionaire/arranged marriage romance.
Cute, funny romance with a great representation of mental disorders.
Witchy romantic comedy.
Horrific journey through American slavery with a time travel component added to it.
The book is set in the tumultuous time of shifting powers in Afghanistan and is a powerful story of friendship.
Books That Start with the Letter L
STEM rom-com fun.
Super sweet, cute romance.
A gothic nightmare that will hook you in from the beginning.
Best friends to lovers to second chance romance.
A morally gray character that you want to love.
A domestic thriller that dives deep into the motivations of different women.
Books That Start with the Letter M
Beautiful characters that grow so much by the end.
Follows four siblings’ relationship and gives you all the feels.
Verse-style writing dives deep into identity, first romance, and mental health.
The banter makes me SO happy.
Mystery dark academia vibes.
Rejected mates, found family, and so much spice!
Books That Start with the Letter N
Slow build, with a beautifully descriptive setting and writing style.
You will think you have everything figured out by the end, but you won’t! It’s full of so many twists and turns that you will be shocked by the ending.
Heartbreaking and beautiful in true Colleen Hoover style.
Must have for your A to Z reading challenge. Another Hades and Persephone retelling with the best chemistry. There is a reason you see this all over TikTok and bookstagram.
The best dark gothic vibes with angels vs. demons.
The publisher’s description says “the book asks simple questions that have no easy answers: Can your own child become a mystery to you? What does it mean to be different in our society? Is it ever okay for a victim to strike back? And who — if anyone — has the right to judge someone else?”
Books That Start with the Letter O
Set in the world of Caraval, you will get the best fairytale setting and amazing characters.
Enemies to lovers (soulmate) trope, magical worldbuilding, and the best character dynamics!
This is the second book in the duology, These Violent Delights. It is a stunning conclusion to an amazing retelling of Romeo and Juliet.
One bed trope, enemies to lovers with the most delicious slow burn. You will love this pirate adventure series for your A to Z reading challenge!
“Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars”
Full of twists and secrets all set in the backdrop of Greece!
Books That Start with the Letter P
The political undertones and complex characters make this book an amazing read!
Found family plus opposites attract trope in this really cute romance book!
The truest enemies to lovers that I have ever read. I loved this whole series. Plus, it’s free on KU.
Dark mafia retelling of hades and Persephone.
This book will fill you up with all the happiest, lightest feelings. This a great book to read if you are in a reading slump!
This book has a beautifully descriptive world based on Chinese culture with unforgettable characters.
Books That Start with the Letter Q
Rom-com-style vampire romance.
With heavy historical and religious themes, you will be swept back in time to the reformation period following two complex characters.
Small-town suspense romance that you will read in one sitting. 💖
I’m always happy with any Iris Johansen book and this one does not disappoint!
A fast-paced book about feminism, addiction, and chess! Plus, it’s been turned into a brand-new Netflix series.
Thrilling and disturbing read, that will make you claustrophobic.
Books That Start with the Letter R
Tragedy and romance are all bundled together in this book.
Magic, mythology, romance, and adventure. This is the mummy book you have been waiting for.
This book has 6 POVs and you will love every minute of the family dynamics.
It’s supposed to be a romantic getaway, but things keep going wrong. It dives deep into the question: how well do you know the one you love?
A great fantasy book with a found family trope that is both character and plot-driven!
The characters and their banter are everything you could want!
Books That Start with the Letter S
A unique magic system, historical setting, and characters that are absolutely stunning.
This book has amazingly complex characters and is set in the Grishaverse.
Adorable and swoon-worthy romance.
A blend of African culture set in a mermaid fantasy world, YES, please!!
This book will tear your heart open.
This book has mystery and romance which makes it perfect!
Books That Start with the Letter T
If you haven’t read this series yet, then this A to Z book challenge is the perfect time to start!
Grumpy x sunshine, small town romance. 😍
The most beautiful world building and an ending I still can’t get over.
Enemies to lovers story, with really great character arcs and all the steam.
Book tropes: Interracial romance, grumpy/sunshine, and forced proximity. 👀
The Cruel Prince meets A Court of Thorns and Roses.
Books That Start with the Letter U
The perfect summer romance to read well on vacation. Some of my favorite tropes are in this book like fake dating and the one bed. ❤️🔥
A woman who is ready for divorce and her husband isn’t ready to let her go. 🤩
Multiple POV’s with twists that you will never guess.
The writing style is vivid and enchanting with a slow burn romance.
Brothers best friend trope with a swoon-worthy romance.
I love every book from the Dark-Hunter series and this one does not disappoint! All the romance and suspense vibes with amazing chemistry between the two main characters.
Books That Start with the Letter V
A psychological thriller with so many good twists. It is worth all the hype.
“A gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism.”
Dark Russian mafia romance with a forced marriage trope.
You can expect enemies to lovers, morally grey FMC, magic, and he falls first tropes!
This book dives deep into race, identity, belonging, and gender in the most painful and exquisite way.
Rom-com vacation romance!
Books That Start with the Letter W
Beautiful prose-style writing telling the story of one very resilient girl. One of my favorite historical fiction reads of 2022.
So MUCH FUN TO READ! This book has humor, chemistry, and a slow burn romance that will absolutely love.
A sweet retake on Audrey Hepburn, Roman Holiday.
Dark reimagining of The Wizard of Oz.
This book is perfect for you if you love Korean mythology and culture.
This book is a dark, creepy, small-town mystery that is a delicious slow burn.
Books That Start with the Letter X
The cutest teenage romance story. It has the “I didn’t know you were famous” trope and is for every woman who has ever daydreamed about falling in love with a band member.
This book is set in the 1980s and may be one of the coolest take on a female detective story. The whole series is amazing and you can read through the full A to Z book challenge with just Sue Grafton books.
This is a steamy alien romance with an alpha male and a strong heroine. If this is your thing, then I suggest you check out this book for the letter X.
This is a DARK mafia ADULT romance. Make sure to look up TW (trigger warnings).
A Creepy, dystopian world set not so far into the future that dives deep into topics like government control in media and the hypersexualization of women
If you love teen drama and are a fan of Twilight, you will love this book.
Books That Start with the Letter Y
You will be constantly crying with this book. It dives deep into grief and what it means to let someone go.
A beyond creepy look into how easy it is to go from stalker to boyfriend in our digital age.
A really good domestic suspense novel, with intricate characters that will have you shocked at the ending.
From the publisher’s description, this “story follows an enslaved woman forced to barter love and freedom while living in the most infamous slave jail in Virginia.” A harrowing, emotional read that will live with you for years to come.
Hilarious, enemies-to-lovers romance that is perfect to get you out of any reading slump.
Complex characters + morally grey villains = 😍
Books That Start with the Letter Z
A seriously unique storyline that is both brutal and may be possible one day?
The audiobook is fantastic! It is full of illusions and surprise twists.
This book is a fictional biography of Zelda Fitzgerald and her marriage to Scott Fitzgerald. It is told in first person, with outstanding writing skills that will have you feeling everything that Zelda goes through.
This book is so underrated! It has aliens, resilient teens in the face of danger, and great characters that you will love.
Interesting characters and plot line. If you like alien romance, then try this one out!
Stunning lyrical writing style and beautiful depth for a short story. This is a perfect book to sneak in during the new year.
A to Z Reading Challenge Template
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Happy reading! 📚