Around the Year in 52 Books (2020)

This is the place to record my progress with the 2020 Around the Year in 52 Books Reading Challenge.

Updated on 15/08/20 – currently week 33 with 23/52 challenges completed.

Completed challenges will be struck through like so.

1. A book with a title that doesn’t contain the letters A, T or Y
Soulless by Gail Carriger
2. A book by an author whose last name is one syllable
3. A book that you are prompted to read because of something you read in 2019
4. A book set in a place or time that you wouldn’t want to live
The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
5. The first book in a series that you have not started
6. A book with a mode of transportation on the cover
7. A book set in the southern hemisphere
8. A book with a two-word title where the first word is “The”
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
9. A book that can be read in a day
The Princess Diaries: Take Two by Meg Cabot
10. A book that is between 400-600 pages
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
11. A book originally published in a year that is a prime number
12. A book that is a collaboration between 2 or more people
Saga, Volume One by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
13. A prompt from a previous Around the Year in 52 Books challenge (link)
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
14. A book by an author on the Abe List of 100 Essential Female Writers (link)
15. A book set in a global city
Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
16. A book set in a rural or sparsely populated area
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
17. A book with a neurodiverse character
18. A book by an author you’ve only read once before
19. A fantasy book
20. The 20th book [on your TBR, in a series, by an author, on a list, etc.]
21. A book related to Maximilian Hell, the noted astronomer and Jesuit Priest who was born in 1720
22. A book with the major theme of survival
Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
23. A book featuring an LGBTQIA+ character or by an LGBTQIA+ author
Shades of Magic, Vol. 1: The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab et al
24. A book with an emotion in the title
Little Moments of Love by Catana Chetwynd
25. A book related to the arts
Act Like It by Lucy Parker
26. A book from the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
27. A history or historical fiction
28. A book by an Australian, Canadian or New Zealand author
29. An underrated book, a hidden gem or a lesser known book
Wishing for Birds by Elisabeth Hewer
30. A book from the New York Times ‘100 Notable Books’ list for any year
31. A book inspired by a leading news story
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
32. A book related to the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Japan
33. A book about a non-traditional family
34. A book from a genre or sub genre that starts with a letter in your name
35. A book with a geometric pattern or element on the cover
36. A book from your TBR/wishlist that you don’t recognize, recall putting there, or put there on a whim
37. Two books that are related to each other as a pair of binary opposites: Book #1
38. Two books that are related to each other as a pair of binary opposites: Book #2
39. A book by an author whose real name(s) you’re not quite sure how to pronounce
40. A book with a place name in the title
Miles Morales: Spider-Man, Vol. 1: Straight Out of Brooklyn by Saladin Ahmed and Javier Garrón
41. A mystery
42. A book that was nominated for one of the ‘10 Most Coveted Literary Prizes in the World’ (link)
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams (longlisted for Women’s Prize, 2020)
43. A book related to one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse

44. A book related to witches
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
45. A book by the same author who wrote one of your best reads in 2019 or 2018
46. A book about an event or era in history taken from the Billy Joel song “We Didn’t Start the Fire”
47. A classic book you’ve always meant to read
48. A book published in 2020
Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid
49. A book that fits a prompt from the list of suggestions that didn’t win (link)
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot (from 3rd mini poll: a book that makes you nostalgic)
50. A book with a silhouette on the cover
The Diviners by Libba Bray
51. A book with an “-ing” word in the title
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
52. A book related to time