26 Random Books: Selections, A through G

Posted by Nicky Drayden on Jan 6, 2011 in 26 Random Books |

One of my insane challenges for the year is to read more, and to read more widely. And so my 26 Random Books challenge was born–one author’s name for each letter of the alphabet, chosen at random from an assortment of genres.

After a trip to Half Price Books, I am now the proud owner of seven new used books. Not much to say about them yet, as I didn’t even bother to read the blurbs when I blindly pulled them off the shelf. But the covers themselves were amusing. Many of these genres I’ve never even considered reading, so this little project should be extra interesting.

Here’s what was going through my mind when I picked up each book.


Literary Winner, Bless Me Ultima, By Rudolfo Anaya


Mystery Winner, The Cat Who Sang For The Birds, By Lilian Jackson Braun


Suspense/Thriller Winner, While My Pretty One Sleeps, by Mary Higgins Clark


Science Fiction/Fantasy Winner, The Power That Preserves, by Stephen R. Donaldson


Romantic Fantasy Winner, The Prince of Frogs, by Annaliese Evans


Western Winner, Spur, by Dirk Fletcher


Horror Winner, Brain Trust, by Christopher Golden and Rick Hautala

These should keep me busy for the next couple months. I’d better get reading!



Rebecca Schwarz
Jan 7, 2011 at 8:38 am

Did I miss your inspiration for this reading project? Looks fun. Can’t wait to hear what you think of them (especially Spur)!

Nicky Drayden
Jan 7, 2011 at 10:36 am

This is just one of my 2011 challenges, but I never reallly introduced it properly. I’m betting Spur will be my favorite.

* I added a little more explanation to the post. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

Jan 8, 2011 at 2:41 pm

What a great idea! Honestly, based on the covers, most of those look *awful* ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s hoping you really can’t judge a book by it’s cover. Happy reading!

Jan 9, 2011 at 1:50 am

Although there’s a great ‘what went before’ in the Stephen Donaldson book, see if you can get to books 1 and 2 first… then go for 4,5, and 6 ….They’re a great couple-a trilogies ….

P.S. I don’t thing there are green people in the story… you just might be saved from the brussel sprout invasion.

Nicky Drayden
Jan 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Thanks for the tip! Though I really was looking forward to brussel sprout people.

John Murphy
Jan 13, 2011 at 1:23 pm

That’s a fantastic idea. I think my mother likes Lillian Jackson Braun, come to think of it. I know she has that book, anyway.

Nicky Drayden
Jan 13, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Nice, John. You can borrow it from her and we can have a little book club. ๐Ÿ˜‰



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