Around the Year in 52 Books – 2021

  • 1. A book related to “In the Beginning…” Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  • 2. A book by an author whose name doesn’t contain the letters A, T or Y Madame Burova by Ruth Hogan (also works for #14 & #50 )
  • 3. A book related to the lyrics for the song “My Favourite Things” from The Sound of Music (link) The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers (because she is one of my favourite writers, also works for #14, #25, #34, #36, #39 and #50)
  • 4. A book with a monochromatic cover well almost Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig
  • 5. A book by an author on USA Today’s list of 100 Black Novelists You Should Read Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon
  • 6. A love story The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • 7. A book that fits a prompt suggestion that didn’t make the final list (link) A book with a focus on the natural world: The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
  • 8. A book set in a state, province, or country you have never visited My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
  • 9. A book you associate with a specific season or time of year Clutter Free by Kathi Lipp (spring cleaning)
  • 10. A book with a female villain or criminal From Devon with Death by Stephanie Austin (big spoiler)
  • 11. A book to celebrate The Grand Egyptian Museum Reliquary (Pendergast #2) by Douglas Preston (which is partially set in a museum) (also works for #4, #23, #25 and #42)
  • 12. A book eligible for the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa (also works for #9(winter), #31, #14)
  • 13. A book written by an author of one of your best reads of 2020 The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld
  • 14. A book set in a made-up place Daggerspell by Katharine Kerr
  • 15. A book that features siblings as the main characters Brief Lives (The Sandman, #7) by Neil Gaiman
  • 16. A book with a building in the title The Midnight Library by Matt Haig ( a library can be a building, also works for #14 & #23)
  • 17. A book with a Muslim character or author Rivers of London: Body Work by Ben Aaronovitch el al (one of the characters is a Muslim woman)
  • 18. 3 books related to “Past, Present, Future” – Book 1 Past: Love and War in the Apennines by Eric Newby (published in the year I was born and about the time around 1945ish so that’s definitely the past)
  • 19. 3 books related to “Past, Present, Future” – Book 2 Present: Recursion by Blake Crouch (mainly set in the present (well 2019 so the present as published) about how the past, present and future are all intertwined)
  • 20. 3 books related to “Past, Present, Future” – Book 3 Future: plan something future sci fi Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • 21. A book whose title and author both contain the letter “u” The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (also works for #23, #25, #30 and #31)
  • 22. A book posted in one of the ATY Best Book of the Month threads (link) Anxious People by Fredrik Backman (runner up in fiction) (also works for #46)
  • 23. A cross genre novel Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • 24. A book about racism or race relations The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian by Alexie, Sherman
  • 25. A book set on an island The Metal Heart by Caroline Lea (also works for #6, #18(historical), #50)
  • 26. A short book by a new-to-you author The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō (well its 213 pages so just a little over the 210 but hey)
  • 27. A book with a character who can be found in a deck of cards The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman (well the protagonist is a queen, also works for #10, #13, #14,#34, #40, #51)
  • 28. A book connected to ice The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell (well it gets lots of ice in the winter)
  • 29. A book that you consider comfort reading Dead on Dartmoor by Stephanie Austin (also works for #42)
  • 30. A long book The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (550 pages is long enough)
  • 31. A book by an author whose career spanned more than 21 years Real Estate by Deborah Levy
  • 32. A book whose cover shows more than 2 people Dawnspell by Katharine Kerr

  • 33. A collection of short stories, essays, or poetry Fables and Reflections (The Sandman #6) by Neil Gaiman
  • 34. A book with a travel theme The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis
  • 35. A book set in a country on or below the Tropic of Cancer My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (set in Nigeria, also works for #22,#37, #41)
  • 36. A book with six or more words in the title The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (also works for #35,
  • 37. A book from the Are You Well Read in World Literature list (link) Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (also works for #23, #30)
  • 38. A book related to a word given by a random word generator infect The Stand by Stephen King (also works for #30)
  • 39. A book involving an immigrant   Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller (on more than one level)
  • 40. A book with flowers or greenery on the cover Dead in Devon by Stephanie Austin (also works for #29 & #42)
  • 41. A book by a new-to-you BIPOC author
  • 42. A mystery or thriller Crime on the Fens by Joy Ellis (also works for #8)
  • 43. A book with elements of magic Threadneedle by Cari Thomas (also works for #10 and #50)
  • 44. A book whose title contains a negative
  • 45. A book related to a codeword from the NATO Phonetic Alphabet Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson (as much of the plot takes place in a Hotel)
  • 46. A winner or nominee from the 2020 Goodreads Choice Awards Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
  • 47. A non-fiction book other than biography, autobiography or memoir Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in Space by Mary Roach (also works for #34, #36)
  • 48. A book that might cause someone to react “You read what?!?” SuperFreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
  • 49. A book with an ensemble cast Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  • 50. A book published in 2021 Perimenopause Power by Maisie Hill
  • 51. A book whose title refers to person(s) without giving their name Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy (also works for #6, #48 )
  • 52. A book related to “the end” Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller (it starts with a death)

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