Around the Year in 52 Books – 2018

This one I am doing by starting in November and fitting the books I have read this year into the prompts.  This has been remarkably easy.


1. A book with the letters A, T & Y in the title – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
(Harry Potter #7) by J.K. Rowling

2. A book from the first 10 books added to your To Be Read list –  Her Next Chapter by Lori Day
3. A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards (link) – The Keeper of Lost Things
by Ruth Hogan

4. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #1 Earth (in title, cover, content, setting, author…) – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling
5. A book about or inspired by real events – Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood 
6. A book originally written in a language other than English – The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
7. A gothic novel –  The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (a reread)
8. An “own voices” book*- The Days of Anna Madrigal (Tales of the City, #9)
by Armistead Maupin (it’s a bit of a push but who cares)

9. A book with a body part in the title (heart, bones, teeth, skin, blood, etc) – Blood Sisters by Jane Corry 
10. An author’s debut book (their first book to be published) – The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis 
11. A literary fiction – Winter (Seasonal #2) by Ali Smith
12. A book set in Africa or South America – Eight Feet in the Andes: Travels with a Mule in Unknown Peru by Dervla Murphy
13. A book with a plot centred around a secret (forbidden love, spies, secret societies, etc)  – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) by J.K. Rowling
14. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #2 Fire – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) by J.K. Rowling
15. A book with an unique format/writing structure – The Rules of Parenting: A Personal Code for Raising Happy Confident Children by Richard Templar
16. A narrative nonfiction –  Into the Wild by John Krakauer
17. A book you expect to make you laugh – Don’t Panic: Douglas Adams & The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Neil Gaiman
18. A book with a location in the titleThe Prague Sonata by Bradford Morrow 
19. A book nominated for the Edgar Award or by a Grandmaster author (books & authors) – Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple #1) by Agatha Christie
20. A book rated 5 stars by at least one of your friends – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) by J.K. Rowling
21. A book written in first person perspective – Gone Tomorrow (Jack Reacher #13) by Lee Child
22. A book you have high expectations or hope for – but it sucked – The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson 
23. A medical or legal thriller – If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch 
24. A book with a map – A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) by George R.R. Martin
25. A book with an antagonist/villain point of view – The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo
26. A book with a text-only cover – In Your Prime: Older, Wiser, Happier by India Knight

27. A book about surviving a hardship (war, famine, major disasters, serious illness, etc) –  Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
28. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #3 Water – Dune by Frank Herbert

29. A book with a “Clue” weapon on the cover or title (lead pipe, revolver, rope, candlestick, dagger, wrench) Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum #2) by Janet Evanovich (Cover features a revolver)
30. A short book –  Second Son (Jack Reacher #15.5) by Lee Child 
31. A book set in a country you’d like to visit but have never been to – Set in Shanghai (China) in the 1900’s –  When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
32. An alternate history book –  Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro  
33. A book connected (title, cover, content) to a word “born” in the same year as you (link) Word: Stoner Book: Mr. Nice  by Howard Marks
34. A suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls, that didn’t win but was polarizing or a close-call (linkA book published or set before 1900 – Midnight Blue by Simone van der Vlugt
35. A book featuring a murder – The Affair (Jack Reacher #16) by Lee Child 
36. A book published in the last 3 years (2016, 2017, 2018) by an author you haven’t read before – Release the Bats: Writing Your Way Out Of It by D.B.C. Pierre
37. A Women’s Prize for Fiction winner or nominee (link1link2) – The Power
by Naomi Alderman
38. A science book or a science fiction book – The Martian by Andy Weir
39. A book with a form of punctuation in the title The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
40. A book from Amazon’s 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list (link) – PLAN The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
41. A book by an author with the same first and last initials The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1) by Philip Pullman
42. A book that takes place on, in, or underwater –  Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence  Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick,
44. A ghost story  – Himself by Jess Kidd
45. A book that intimidates/ scares you – I had tried to read this book twice before and never managed to get into it, third time lucky.  Dune Messiah (Dune #2) by Frank Herbert
46. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #4 Air – Blue skies with a cloud on the cover: The Science of Enlightenment: How Meditation Works by Shinzen Young
47. A book where the main character (or author) is of a different ethnic origin, religion, or sexual identity than your own – On Beauty by Zadie Smith
48. A book related to one of the 7 deadly sins (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, sloth) – probably all of them but most specifically envy and wrath – Bitter Orange
by Claire Fuller
49. A book from one of the Goodreads Best Books of the Month lists (link)- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
50. A book with a warm atmosphere (centred on family, friendship, love or summer) – The Possible World by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz 
51. An award-winning short story or short story collection – The Complete Talking Heads by Alan Bennett
52. A book published in 2018 – The Hoarder by Jess Kidd 

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