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 18/08/18 – currently week 33 with 37/52 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

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

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

7. A gothic novel

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)

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

11. A literary fiction

12. A book set in Africa or South America

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

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)

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

23. A medical or legal thriller – LIKELY WILDCARD WEEK

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)

28. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #3 Water

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

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

45. A book that intimidates/scares you

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

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