Around the Year in 52 Books – 2020

1. Category – to do
2. Category – Plan of what books to read
3. Category – Title of Book Read

  • 1. A book with a title that doesn’t contain the letters A, T or Y Bird Box by Josh Malerman
  • 2. A book by an author whose last name is one syllable Walking the Himalayas by Levison Wood
  • 3. A book that you are prompted to read because of something you read in 2019 Plan: something by Federico Garcia Lorca after reading The Other Half of Augusta Hope in 2019 or A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor (mentioned several times in the Gotham Writers Workshop book).  Something by Paul Bowles (mentioned in Mtrain by Patti Smith)

 walking the himalayas wood

  • 4. A book set in a place or time that you wouldn’t want to live  Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo (also works for #9, #48)
  • 5. The first book in a series that you have not started The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
  • 6. A book with a mode of transportation on the cover.  The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside by Jessica Ryn (has a bicycle on the cover) also works for #24 & #48.

kim jiyoung born 1982 watchmaker filigree street the extraordinary hope of dawn brightside

  • 7. A book set in the southern hemisphere The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster by Sarah Krasnostein (also works for #23)
  • 8. A book with a two-word title where the first word is “The” The Truants
    by Kate Weinberg
  • 9. A book that can be read in a day The Vicious Vet (Agatha Raisin #2) by M.C. Beaton (at less than 200 pages and an easy read, it could easily be read in a day)

trauma cleaner 42379216 vicious vet

  • 10. A book that is between 400-600 pages Skyward (Skyward, #1) by Brandon Sanderson 
  • 11. A book originally published in a year that is a prime number The Bloody Chamber And Other Stories by Angela Carter
  • 12. A book that is a collaboration between 2 or more people How to Talk So Teens Will Listen & Listen So Teens Will Talk. Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish (also works for #9)

skyward the bloody chamber how to talk so teens will listen

  • 13. A prompt from a previous Around the Year in 52 Books challenge (Link) 34. A book about mental illness from 2016: Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh
  • 14. A book by an author on the Abe List of 100 Essential Female Writers (link)  Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters (also works for #10, #23,#25, #27, #29, #51)
  • 15. A book set in a global city Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

hyperbole and a half Tipping the Velvet tales of the city 1

  • 16. A book set in a rural or sparsely populated area The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
  • 17. A book with a neurodiverse character Saints and Psychopaths by William L. Hamilton (does psychopathic count?)
  • 18. A book by an author you’ve only read once before Born Lippy: How to Do Female by Jo Brand

salt path saints and psychopaths born lippy jo brand

  • 19. A fantasy book The October Man by Ben Aaronovitch (also works for #9, #39, #41)
  • 20. The 20th book [on your TBR, in a series, by an author, on a list, etc.] Plan:All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (20th on this list)
  • 21. A book related to Maximilian Hell, the noted astronomer and Jesuit Priest who was born in 1719 Plan: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

the october man

  • 22. A book with the major theme of survival The Butterfly Girl (Naomi Cottle #2) by Rene Denfeld
  • 23. A book featuring an LGBTQIA+ character or by an LGBTQIA+ author   To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers (also works for #9, #16, #21,#33(at a push) and #52)
  • 24. A book with an emotion in the title Plan:Misery by Stephen King

butterfly girl to be taught if fortunates

  • 25. A book related to the arts Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott 
  • 26. A book from the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold (also works for #4, #8, #15 #27, #31.)
  • 27. A history or historical fiction The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

bird by bird the five the dutch house

  • 28. A book by an Australian, Canadian or New Zealand author  The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel (who is Canadian) (also works for #31 as its based on an irl ponzie scheme)
  • 29. An underrated book, a hidden gem or a lesser-known book  Thank You, Fog
    by W.H. Auden (as it only has 97 ratings on Goodreads I think this can count)(also works for #23)
  • 30. A book from the New York Times ‘100 Notable Books’ list for any year Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

glass hotel Thank you fog auden lost children archive

  • 31. A book inspired by a leading news story Plan:In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  • 32. A book related to the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in JapanThe Lost Future of Pepperharrow by Natasha Pulley (also works for #4, #10, #33, #41,#48,#52)
  • 33. A book about a non-traditional family More Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

the lost future of pepperharrowmore tales of the city 2

  • 34. A book from a genre or sub-genre that starts with a letter in your name Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton (which is a Cozy Mystery) (also works for #41 or #43)
  • 35. A book with a geometric pattern or element on the cover Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
  • 36. A book from your TBR/wishlist that you don’t recognise, recall putting there, or put there on a whim Fast Asleep: How to Get a Really Good Night’s Rest by Michael Mosley

quiche of death agatha raisin annihilation fast asleep

  • 37. Two books that are related to each other as a pair of binary opposites: Book #1  Life: Bonk, the curious coupling of sex and science by Mary Roach
  • 38. Two books that are related to each other as a pair of binary opposites: Book #2   Death: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
  • 39. A book by an author whose real name(s) you’re not quite sure how to pronounce False Value
    (Rivers of London #8) by Ben Aaronovitch (ok so its a push but shows how non diverse my reading has been this year. oops)

bonk the curious coupling of sex and science stiff mary roach

  • 40. A book with a place name in the title  Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck (would also count for #47)
  • 41. A mystery Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener (Agatha Raisin #3) by M.C. Beaton
  • 42. A book that was nominated for one of the ‘10 Most Coveted Literary Prizes in the World’ (link)   The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar (nominated for the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction)

 agatha raisin potted gardener The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

  • 43. A book related to one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse (Pestilence, War, Famine and Death)  Death: Pet Sematary by Stephen King  (also works for #10)
  • 44. A book related to witches The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (also works for #4, #8, #16, #23, and #48)
  • 45. A book by the same author who wrote one of your best reads in 2019 or 2018 Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (who wrote The Shining) (also works for #43(death), #2, #10)

pet-sematary-stephen-king the mercies  Dr Sleep King

  • 46. A book about an event or era in history taken from the Billy Joel song “We Didn’t Start the Fire” Plan: City of Girls  by Elizabeth Gilbert  (apparently Walter Winchell is a key figure)
  • 47. A classic book you’ve always meant to read Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg (its a modern classic)
  • 48. A book published in 2020  The Sin Eater by Megan Campisi 

writing down the bones  49189216._sy475_

  • 49. A book that fits a prompt from the list of suggestions that didn’t win (link) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling (as A book with more than 20 letters in the title)
  • 50. A book with a silhouette on the cover: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (also works for #4, #10, #11, #16, #27)
  • 51. A book with an “-ing” word in the title  The Art of Not Falling Apart by Christina Patterson (also works for #43(quite a lot about death)) 
  • 52. A book related to time  The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (also works for #10 & #35)

philosophers-stone-book@2x The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks the art of not falling apart the 7 deaths evelyn hardcastle

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