Around the Year in 52 Books (2019)

This is the place to record my progress with the 2019 Around the Year in 52 Books Reading Challenge.

Updated on 30/12/19 – currently week 52 with 51/52 challenges completed.

Completed challenges will be struck through like so.

1. A book that was nominated for or won an award in a genre you enjoy
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
2. A book with one of the 5 W’s in the title (Who, What, Where, When, Why)
Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster
3. A book where the author’s name contains A, T, and Y
Wallbanger by Alice Clayton
4. A book with a criminal character (i.e. assassin, pirate, thief, robber, scoundrel etc)
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
5. A book by Shakespeare or inspired by Shakespeare
Under a Dancing Star by Laura Wood
6. A book with a dual timeline
Furyborn by Claire Legrand
7. 2 books related to the same topic, genre, or theme: Book #1 – fake dating
Act Like It by Lucy Parker
8. 2 books related to the same topic, genre, or theme: Book #2 – fake dating
Roomies by Christina Lauren
9. A book from one of the top 5 money making genres (romance/erotica, crime/mystery, religious/inspirational, science fiction/fantasy or horror)
Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren
10. A book featuring an historical figure
Black Powder War by Naomi Novik
11. A book related to one of the 12 Zodiac Chinese Animals (title, cover, subject)
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
12. A book about reading, books or an author/writer
Matilda by Roald Dahl
13. A book that is included on a New York Public Library Staff Picks list (on YA October 2015 list)
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
14. A book with a title, subtitle or cover relating to an astronomical term
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
15. A book by an author from a Mediterranean country or set in a Mediterranean country (France)
Paddington Abroad by Michael Bond
16. A book told from multiple perspectives
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
17. A speculative fiction (i.e. fantasy, scifi, horror, dystopia)
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
18. A book related to one of the elements on the periodic table of elements
The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
19. A book by an author who has more than one book on your TBR
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
20. A book featuring indigenous people of a country
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno Garcia
21. A book from one of the polarizing or close call votes: A book in which a character uses a disguise or a false/fake identity
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
22. A book with a number in the title or on the cover
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
23. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #1 Something Old
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
24. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #2 Something New
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
25. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #3 Something Borrowed
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
26. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #4 Something Blue
Jackaby by William Ritter
27. A book off of the 1001 books to read before you die list
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
28. A book related to something cold (i.e. theme, title, author, cover, etc.)
Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
29. A book published before 1950
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
30. A book featuring an elderly character
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
31. A children’s classic you’ve never read
A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
32. A book with more than 500 pages
Kingsbane by Claire Legrand
33. A book you have owned for at least a year, but have not read yet
34. A book with a person’s name in the title
Emma by Jane Austen
35. A psychological thriller **USE WILDCARD**
The Wall by John Lanchester
36. A book featured on an NPR Best Books of the Year list
The Gap of Time: A Novel by Jeanette Winterson
37. A book set in a school or university
Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins
38. A book not written in traditional novel format (poetry, essay, epistolary, graphic novel, etc)
The Wicked + the Divine Vol. 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson, and Clayton Cowles
39. A book with a strong sense of place or where the author brings the location/setting to life
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
40. A book you stumbled upon
The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith
41. A book from the 2018 GR Choice Awards
To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
42. A book with a monster or “monstrous” character
Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean
43. A book related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) [fiction or nonfiction]
A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole
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.)
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
45. A multi-generational saga
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
46. A book with a (mostly) black cover
These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch
47. A book related to food (i.e. title, cover, plot, etc.)
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
48. A book that was a finalist or winner for the National Book Award for any year
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
49. A book written by a Far East Asian author or set in a Far East Asian country
Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik
50. A book that includes a journey (physical, health, or spiritual)
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
51. A book published in 2019
Enchantée by Gita Trelease
52. A book with a weird or intriguing title
Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter