Around the Year in 52 Books (2018)

This is the place to record my progress with the 2018 Around the Year in 52 Books Reading Challenge.

Updated on 31/12/18 – currently week 52 with 52/52 challenges completed.

Completed challenges will be struck through like so.

1. A book with the letters A, T & Y in the title
How Not to Be a Boy by Robert Webb

2. A book from the first 10 books added to your To Be Read list
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

3. A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards (link)
Sourdough by Robin Sloan (fiction category)

4. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #1 Earth (in title, cover, content, setting, author…)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

5. A book about or inspired by real events
I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell

6. A book originally written in a language other than English
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

7. A gothic novel
Melmoth by Sarah Perry

8. An “own voices” book
Carol by Patricia Highsmith

9. A book with a body part in the title (heart, bones, teeth, skin, blood, etc)
The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Stories by Edgar Allan Poe

10. An author’s debut book (their first book to be published)
The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven

11. A literary fiction
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

12. A book set in Africa or South America
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

13. A book with a plot centered around a secret (forbidden love, spies, secret societies, etc)
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

14. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #2 Fire
Furyborn by Claire Legrand

15. A book with an unique format/writing structure
Genuine Fraud by e. lockhart

16. A narrative nonfiction
Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

17. A book you expect to make you laugh
Royals by Rachel Hawkins

18. A book with a location in the title
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

19. A book nominated for the Edgar Award or by a Grand master author (books & authors)
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (Grand master author)

20. A book rated 5 stars by at least one of your friends
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

21. A book written in first person perspective
Princess Diaries: Take Two by Meg Cabot

22. A book you have high expectations or hope for
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

*WILDCARD* 23. A medical or legal thriller
The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman

24. A book with a map
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

25. A book with an antagonist/villain point of view
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

26. A book with a text only cover
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo Lodge

27. A book about surviving a hardship (war, famine, major disasters, serious illness, etc)
Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

28. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #3 Water
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

29. A book with a “Clue” weapon on the cover or title (lead pipe, revolver, rope, candlestick, dagger, wrench)
The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

30. A short book
The Witches by Roald Dahl

31. A book set in a country you’d like to visit but have never been to
The Summer of Us by Cecilia Vinesse

32. An alternate history book
Temeraire by Naomi Novik

33. A book connected (title, cover, content) to a word “born” in the same year as you (link) – “gen Y/gen X”
Giant Days, Vol. 1 by John Allison, Lissa Treiman and Whitney Cogar

34. A suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls, that didn’t win but was polarizing or a close-call (link) – tenth poll close-call – A book with a supernatural character (witch/goddess)
Circe by Madeline Miller

35. A book featuring a murder
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

36. A book published in the last 3 years (2016, 2017, 2018) by an author you haven’t read before
The Fandom by Anna Day

37. A Women’s Prize for Fiction winner or nominee (link1, link2)
The Power by Naomi Alderman

38. A science book or a science fiction book
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

39. A book with a form of punctuation in the title
Eat Up!: Food, Appetite, and Eating What You Want by Ruby Tandoh

40. A book from Amazon’s 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list (link)
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

41. A book by an author with the same first and last initials
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

42. A book that takes place on, in, or underwater
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

44. A ghost story
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

45. A book that intimidates/scares you
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell

46. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #4 Air 
The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton (big focus on star prophecies, i.e. air/sky)

47. A book where the main character (or author) is of a different ethnic origin, religion, or sexual identity than your own
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

48. A book related to one of the 7 deadly sins (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, sloth)
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (greed/lust?)

49. A book from one of the Goodreads Best Books of the Month lists
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

50. A book with a warm atmosphere (centered on family, friendship, love or summer)
Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt

51. An award-winning short story or short story collection
‘A Study in Emerald’ by Neil Gaiman

52. A book published in 2018
The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin