Around the Year in 52 Books – 2019 (complete)

This challenge is all from the Goodreads group of the same name and I only discovered it because the Popsugar challenge was slow to post their list this year.  In my stupidity I have decided to try and do both challenges at the same time, I may well not finish either that way but who cares.

Update:  Challenge Completed:   23rd October 2019

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

1. A book that was nominated for or won an award in a genre you enjoy: Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer (nominated many awards for non-fiction)
2. A book with one of the 5 W’s in the title (Who, What, Where, When, Why):
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg 
3. A book where the author’s name contains A, T, and Y – An American Marriage by Tayari Jones  (or #2 or #51)

1898 12609433 american marriage-min
4. A book with a criminal character (i.e. assassin, pirate, thief, robber, scoundrel etc) – The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman – Will is a murderer, after all, also counts for # 50)
5. A book by Shakespeare or inspired by Shakespeare – Hag Seed by Margaret Atwood 
6. A book with a dual timeline  – Calling Major Tom by David M. Barnett

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7. 2 books related to the same topic, genre, or theme: Book #1 – Daemon Voices
by Philip Pullman
8. 2 books related to the same topic, genre, or theme: Book #2 – A Slip of the Keyboard by Terry Pratchett both books essays by fantasy writers. 
9. A book from one of the top 5 money-making genres (romance/erotica, crime/mystery, religious/inspirational, science fiction/fantasy or horror) – Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben (mystery)(or #23 as my oldest ARC or #33)

Daemon Voices A slip of the Keyboard Pratchett dont let go
10. A book featuring a historical figure – Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield  featuring the photographer Henry Taunt
11. A book related to one of the 12 Zodiac Chinese Animals (title, cover, subject): The A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami (which corresponds to the Ram)
12. A book about reading, books or an author/writer. –  The Binding by Bridget Collins(also counts for #51)

once upon a river A wild sheep chase the binding
13. A book that is included on a New York Public Library Staff Picks list.The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (on the  spring 2016 list) also #1

14. A book with a title, subtitle or cover relating to an astronomical term – Plan Moon Over Soho (Rivers of London #2) by Ben Aaronovitch 
15. A book by an author from a Mediterranean country or set in a Mediterranean country – CultureShock! Spain: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette by Marie Louise Graff

golem jinni moon over soho culture shock spain
16. A book told from multiple perspectives – Wool (Silo #1) by Hugh Howey
17. A speculative fiction (i.e. fantasy, scifi, horror, dystopia). – The Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch 
18. A book related to one of the elements on the periodic table of elements- The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) By Brandon Sanderson (about allomancy, a magic system based on metals)

wool rivers of london  6547258

19. A book by an author who has more than one book on your TBR : Whispers Under Ground (Rivers of London #3) by Ben Aaronovitch (the rest of the series are on my tbr, which is at least 4 more books)
20. A book featuring indigenous people of a country –  The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See (also counts for #49)
21. A book from one of the polarizing or close call votes: A book with fewer than 5000 ratings on Goodreads (from poll 11: polarizing ) with 1231 ratings: Story Genius by Lisa Cron

whispers underground tea girl hummingbird lane Story Genius
22. A book with a number in the title or on the cover – Seven Up (Stephanie Plum, #7) by Janet Evanovich
23. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #1 Something Old – Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle by Dervla Murphy (her first book, chronicling a journey she made in the ’60s)
24. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #2 Something New – Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad by Austin Kleon (published this year, so new, lame I know)

6424 full tilt dervla keep going
25. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #3 Something Borrowed: The Hanging Tree (Rivers of London #6) by Ben Aaronovitch (borrowed from the library)
26. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #4 Something Blue – Day of the Accident by Nuala Ellwood (cover is mainly blue)
27. A book off of the1001 books to read before you die list: The Godfather by Mario Puzo

Hanging Tree day accident the godfather
28. A book related to something cold (i.e. theme, title, author, cover, etc.) The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea set in 17th Century Iceland (and for #51)
29. A book published before 1950. – The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories
by Ernest Hemingway

30. A book featuring an elderly character  – The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan

the glass woman  snows of kilimanjaro Wisdom Sally Red Shoes
31. A children’s classic you’ve never read – Coraline by Neil Gaiman
32. A book with more than 500 pages – The Parisian by Isabella Hammad
33. A book you have owned for at least a year, but have not read yet.   Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson

1 Coralie parisian  why be happy when you could be normal
34. A book with a person’s name in the title –  Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (also works for #16)
35. A psychological thriller   Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
36. A book featured on an NPR Best Books of the Year  –  I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong (from the 2016 list) or #4

Daisy Jones and the Six dark matter I contain multitueds
37. A book set in a school or university – Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal
(Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling (a reread, this time in Spanish)
38. A book not written in traditional novel format (poetry, essay, epistolary, graphic novel, etc) – Author in Progress by Therese Walsh (Editor) a book of essays on about writing.
39. A book with a strong sense of place or where the author brings the location/setting to life  –  All Among The Barley by Melissa Harrison
Harry Potter y la Pierdra Filosofal author in progress All Among the barley
40. A book you stumbled upon –  Underland by Robert Macfarlane (stumbled upon on Netgalley anyway, due to its beautiful cover)
41. A book from the 2018 GR Choice Awards – Only Human (Themis Files #3) by Sylvain Neuvel (nominated for Science Fiction)

42. A book with a monster or “monstrous” character – Things in Jars by Jess Kidd (there are several in this book) and #51, #24, 

underland Only Human Things in Jars
43. A book related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) [fiction or nonfiction] – Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior
by Leonard Mlodinow

44. A book related in some way to a tv show/series or movie you enjoyed (same topic, same era, book appeared in the show/movie, etc.)  – The Client
by John Grisham (because of course there is a great movie adaptatation)

45. A multi-generational saga: The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

subliminal the client thorn birds
46. A book with a (mostly) black cover – The Anarchists’ Club (Leo Stanhope #2) by Alex Reeve
47. A book related to food (i.e. title, cover, plot, etc.) – The Sunday Lunch Club
by Juliet Ashton

48. A book that was a finalist or winner for the National Book Award for any year. –  Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo (also works for #49 and #52)

sunday lunch club The Anarchists club   behind the beautiful forevers
49. A book written by a Far East Asian author or set in a Far East Asian country –  The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See 
50. A book that includes a journey (physical, health, or spiritual)  – Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
51. A book published in 2019 – Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel by Ruth Hogan (also works for #34or #6)
52. A book with a weird or intriguing title – No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days by Chris Baty

Island of the sea womenWild queenie Malones paradise hotelNo plot No problem

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