The 52 Book Club Reading Challenge

I have no idea why I find reading challenges so fun, but I do. This is a new one, and one I started late.

1. Set in a schoolThreadneedle by Cari Thomas (also works for #7)

2. Featuring the Legal Profession Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson, (who is travelling with his attorney

3. A dual timeline Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller (also works for #41)

4. An author that is deceased My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell (also works for #5, #8, #9, #22)


5. Published by Penguin Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

6. A character with the same name as a male family member  Dead in Devon by Stephanie Austin (Nick is my dad’s name and a major character in this book) (also works for #12)

7. An author with only 1 published book Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake (also works for #5)

8. A book in the 900’s of the Dewey Decimal System In Ethiopia with a Mule by Dervla Murphy

9. Set in a Mediterranean country Love and War in the Apennines by Eric Newby (set in Italy, also works for #8, #17(loosely))

10. Related to the word “fire” Perimenopause Power by Maisie Hill (well its all about hot flushes)

11. Book with discussion questions inside Knots & Crosses by Ian Rankin (well reading group notes anyway)

12. Title Starting with the Letter “D” Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy (also works for #45)

13. Includes an exotic animal Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (I think Picture Singh’s snakes count as exotic) (also works for #

14. Written by an author over 65 (when published) Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro (who is 66 and this was published this year. )

15. A book mentioned in another book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (mentioned in Notes from a Nervous Planet) (also works for works for #16)

16. Set Before the 17th Century Plan: A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes

17. A Character “on the run” Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon

18. Author with a nine-letter last name The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

19. Book with a deckled edge – plan: The Lightkeeper’s Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol

20. Made into a TV series The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis (also works for #4, #33, #45)

21. Book by Kristin Hannah

22. A family saga Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

23. An ending that surprises you Reliquary (Pendergast #2) by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

24. A book you think they should read in schools The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

25. A book with multiple character POV Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

26. An author of color My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

27. First chapter ends on an odd page number The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell

28. Includes a historical event you know little about The Metal Heart by Caroline Lea (also works for #27)

29. Featuring the environmentDead on Dartmoor by Stephanie Austin (not wanting to give the plot away but there are environmental crimes involved.)

30. Watch Out For Dragons The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman (there is a dragon on one of the last pages, also works for #16, #45)

31. Book that shares a similar title to another book The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (there are a few but I think this was the one that started the The Number Item of Somebody’s Name books, ie The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna)

32. A character who is selfishBrief Lives by Neil Gaiman et al

33. Featuring adoption Madame Burova by Ruth Hogan

34. A book you’d rate 5 stars The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers (also works for #51)

35. Set in a country that starts with the letter “S” Anxious People by Fredrik Backman (set in Sweden)

36. A nameless narrator The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa (also works for #27, #24)

37. An educational read – Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in Space by Mary Roach

38.  Recommended on BookBub The Stand by Stephen King (found on this list: The Best Novels of All Time )

39. An alternate history novel plan: V for Vendetta by Alan Moore

40. Found via #bookstagram The Midnight Library by Matt Haig mentioned here.


41. An endorsement by a famous author on the cover. Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig (on another edition with a very similar cover)

42. An epistolary Plan: Remains of the day by Kazuo Ishiguro

43. A character with a pet catThe Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

44. Includes a garden From Devon with Death by Stephanie Austin (also works for #23, #43)

45. A coming of age novel Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro

46. Winner of the National Book Award – any year – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (in 2007) (also works for #41, 46)

47. A character with a disability Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller (also works for #34)

48. A cover with a woman who is facing away Crime on the Fens by Joy Ellis

49. A book with a flavour in the title

50. A book with a shoe on the cover Real Estate by Deborah Levy (also works for #51)

51. Published in 2021 The Ophelia Girls by Jane Healey (also works for #3, #32, #44, #45, #48)

52. Re-do one of the previous 51 categories from this 2021 challenge Atomic Habits by James Clear (a redo of #24)

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