My A-Z Of Books – A


Hello everyone,

To mark the fact I have been book blogging for five years, I have decided to do an A-Z series of posts based on all the books I have read in that time, and about blogging in general. It felt like a fun idea!

These posts will include all of the most significant things for each letter, such as the authors and books I have read; the most memorable characters I have come across, and the most captivating settings. It is a bit like a pocket encyclopedia of my reading in the past five years, although it does not include everything.

Here we go, beginning with the letter ‘A’.


A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder

One of the best books I have read in the last five years! The first book in an excellent trilogy by Holly Jackson, with an amazing mystery, lots of twists, and a great cast of characters. I have mentioned this book many times on here since reading it in July 2020. Also the name of the podcast Pippa Fitz-Amobi creates in the sequels.

A Monster Calls

I read this book in 2019, and it is extremely powerful. Written by Patrick Ness, it tells the story of a boy called Connor, whose mother is dying of cancer, and he is visited by a monster at night. It is fast-paced and poignant, and definitely left an impact.

A Thousand Ships

Another great book, this 2021 read by Natalie Haynes tells the story of just about all the women who were caught up in the story of the Trojan War. Narrated by the Calliope, the Muse of epic poetry, it features more well known characters such as Penelope and Cassandra, but also obscure ones such as Laodamia.

Achilles

The title character in another of my favourite books, The Song Of Achilles by Madeline Miller, and referenced in several other Greek mythology retellings. The Greeks’ most gifted warrior.

Adam Fawley

The main character in an excellent series of police procedural crime thrillers by Cara Hunter. I have read five of them to date and am planning to read the sixth very soon!

Addy Prentiss

One of the ‘Bayview Four’ in One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus, suspected of killing classmate Simon Kelleher. Of the main characters, I enjoyed her arc the most.

Adele

A character in Behind Your Eyes by Sarah Pinborough, who is enigmatic and right at the centre of the infamous twist at the end. I did not like the book, but I cannot deny that it is memorable.

After The End

A raw and powerful book by Clare Mackintosh about a married couple whose young son is terminally ill. It is told over alternating timelines that imagine the aftermath of two different scenarios.

Agamemnon

The mythological king of Mycenae, who led the Greeks during the Trojan War. He has appeared in a few books I have read, including The Song Of AchillesA Thousand Ships, and Elektra.

Agnes Amaranth Eastwood

One of the three Eastwood sisters who bring witchcraft back to New Salem in The Once And Future Witches. She is a complex character, spending much of the story pregnant and with an acute survival instinct.

Aiaia

The island where the goddess Circe is banished by her father Helios. This was the primary setting in the novel Circe by Madeline Miller. It felt suitably isolating, but also evocative.

Aiden Bishop

The main character in The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton, who inhabits the bodies of several other characters and relives the same day multiple times in his attempts to figure out who committed the murder.

Alaki

A group of teenage girls who are deemed impure by the patriarchy and assembled to form an army, in The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna.

Albert Alkany Stewart

A circus leader who Chinese twins Valora and Jamie Luck try to impress in order to earn jobs and a living in the United States while on board the Titanic, in Luck Of The Titanic by Stacey Lee.

Albert Ellingham

The founder of Ellingham Academy in the Truly Devious series by Maureen Johnson, who believed learning was a game. His wife and daughter were kidnapped in mysterious circumstances one night in 1936, which forms the basis of one of the main overarching mysteries.

Alec

An unlikable character from The Truants by Kate Weinberg, which I read in 2020. He is memorable for driving around in a hearse, and several of the female characters finding him desirable for reasons that I could not fathom.

Alex North

The author of The Whisper Man, which is one of the most eerie thrillers I have read. His second novel, The Shadow Friend, is on my TBR.

Alexander

A name shared by two mysterious characters who hide their true identities. One of them is in the Shadow And Bone series by Leigh Bardugo, and the other in The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

Alice

The main character in the truly delightful Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and Alice Through The Looking Glass, both of which I read in 2019.

Alice Grey

A young lady who works as a maid for Fleetwood Shuttleworth in The Familiars by Stacey Halls. The two have such a fascinating relationship, which becomes more complex when Alice is suspected of being a witch and put on trial at the local assizes.

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Alina Starkov

The main protagonist in the Shadow And Bone series by Leigh Bardugo. Early in the series, she discovers that she has uniquely powerful Grisha magic, leading her to become known as the Sun Summoner.

Alisa Montagova

The younger sister of Roma Montagov, heir of the White Flowers in the These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong. A very likeable character, known for being inquisitive and sneaky in order to eavesdrop on conversations.

Alix E. Harrow

One of my favourite authors! I absolutely loved her two books, The Ten Thousand Doors Of January and The Once And Future Witches. Her writing style and storytelling are beautiful, eloquent, and full of imagination.

All Your Twisted Secrets

Written by Diana Urban, this is one of the most tense young adult thrillers I have ever read. The concept is high stakes, with a life and death scenario, and the tension and panic builds right up until the end and a shocking final reveal.

Amanda Brooke

Another author whose books I have enjoyed, Amanda Brooke wrote the thriller Don’t Turn Around, which was one of the better reads I had in 2019. I also read The Bad Mother in 2021, which has a storyline about gaslighting.

Amari

As an adult I no longer read many children’s books, but I am so glad I took part in the blog tour for Amari And The Night Brothers. It was wonderful, fast-paced and with so many whimsical concepts. Amari herself is an amazing protagonist. I really need to read the sequel soon.

Amber

The main character in All Your Twisted Secrets (see above). She loves film scores and has ambitions of being a composer. Likeable and with very good intentions, but also a bit intense.

Amelie Hart

One of the main characters in A Song Of Isolation by Michael J. Malone, a powerful book which I really liked. A famous actress who withdrew from the public eye, she has an intriguing storyline and perspective which focuses on some of the more negative aspects of being a celebrity.

American Library in Paris

The main setting in The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles. Based on a real place with some of the characters being real people, it partly tells the story of how they carried on their work during the Second World War and Nazi occupation of France. It was inspiring, and also enjoyable with the frequent talk of books and the Dewey Decimal system.

Amsterdam

The main setting for The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton and its sequel, The House Of Fortune. It is described with such captivating detail in its historical beauty that I felt completely transported there while reading both books.

Andie Bell

The victim of the murder which Pippa Fitz-Amobi tries to solve for her project in A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder. Apparently killed by her boyfriend Sal Singh, but Pippa thinks he did not do it.

Andrew

One of the main characters in The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech, one of the most heart-rending novels I have read.

Angie Thomas

Author of The Hate U Give, an amazing, genre-defining book. Her writing made the concept so good and so powerful. She also wrote the prequel Concrete Rose, which I read last year and really enjoyed.

Anita Frank

Author of The Lost Ones, a historical fiction which went down as one of my favourite reads of 2021. Along with a talent for great mysteries and well-developed characters, she has a very eloquent writing style that was pretty unique and set the book apart. She took part in an author Q&A with me and is always good to interact with on social media.

Anita Rani

A well-known broadcaster, whose autobiography, Right Sort Of Girl, I listened to on audiobook in 2022. It was very empowering, and she narrated it with lots of personality.

Anna

The name of several characters. Among them are the main protagonists in The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea, Threadneedle by Cari Thomas, and No Turning Back by Tracy Buchanan.

Annie Burrows

A mysterious maid with curious abilities, who accompanies Stella Marcham to the haunted Greyswick House in The Lost Ones by Anita Frank (see above).

Anyu

A girl from an Inuit background who is one of the suspects in the death of Tom Jefferies in Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski.

Arent Hayes

One of the main protagonists in The Devil And The Dark Water by Stuart Turton, who is tasked with uncovering what evil is on board the ship Saardam, bound for Amsterdam. The assistant to Samuel Pipps, the world’s greatest detective.

Ariadne

A character in Greek mythology, whose story is told in a book by Jennifer Saint – one of my best reads of 2022. The daughter of King Minos of Crete, she escapes with Theseus but ends up abandoned on an island.

Arla MacLeod

A young woman convicted of killing her family in a psychotic episode in Hydra by Matt Wesolowski. Podcast host Scott King explores her life and interviews her to try and get to the bottom of the case.

Audiobook

I was very late to join the audiobook club, but since 2021 I have listened to occasional books on audio, mainly non-fiction and literary fiction.

Aunt

Anna’s guardian in Threadneedle by Cari Thomas. Part of prescriptive group of witches called the Binders, she is strict and determined to reign in Anna’s magic.

Avery Kylie Grambs

Also known in anagram form as ‘A Very Risky Gamble’, the unexpected teenage beneficiary of multi-millionaire Tobias Hawthorne’s will, inheriting much of his fortune and his mansion and assets.

Ayoola

The titular serial killer in My Sister, The Serial Killer. She has an unwelcome habit of killing her boyfriends.


And breathe! That was a long post, but a fun one to put together. Have you come across any of these books, authors, or characters? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading 🙂

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