#AtoZChallenge 2024 letter X

The Extras

There were some letters that had people I wanted to fit in but couldn’t. So here’s a brief list.

Bill Bryson

He has so many great books and you really can’t go wrong with any of them. My favorites however are A Walk in the Woods and In a Sunburned Country. Both are a little older now so may be a bit out of date but are still great. One is about walking on the Appalachian Trail and the other is about Australia (hint – everything wants to kill you). I think audio is best for his books.

Rachel Aaron

I read her books in the wrong order but it sort of worked. I started with the DFZ series which is its own contained story, but if you read that first you will know how the Heartstriker series ends.

Heartstriker is about a young, meek dragon shifter banished to the DFZ, a lawless city built on the ruins of Detroit. He has one month to prove that he can be a proper dragon or his mother is going to force him to remain in his human shape forever because he is an embarrassment to dragons everywhere.

The DFZ series picks up later and follows a freelance mage who cleans out abandoned apartments and sells what she finds for a profit. When she finds a body things start to spiral out of control.

Annette Marie

I picked up this book because it was about a bartender so I figured that it might turn into a Foodie Reads book. It didn’t but I really liked the story. A regular human woman goes to a job interview for a bartending job. She’s hired because somehow she walked into the place. It is a front for a magical guild and she walked through the defenses. She is pulled in a magical world with fights between guilds and great found family vibes.

This turns into an expansive universe of stories. The main storyline (that all have drink names in the title) are my favorites. There are some side stories that are good. You can read them separately. The characters sometimes interact. You’ll get more out of the story if you know who they are but it isn’t absolutely necessary. There are so many books and storylines at this point that it hard to keep track of it all even if you are trying.