Around The Year In 52 Books

Goodreads group challenge here and here are the details:

We’ll read (more or less) one book each week, all along the year. You can’t change the topics, but you’re free to choose whatever book you’re interested in for each category.

It’s better if you create your own plan (using “create a new topic” and choosing “2017 Plans” for the folder) so you can keep track of your progress and share your choices with the other members. If you need help to find ideas, you can have a look at the suggestions or ask in the Off Topic folder.

You can read in order or jump around, but keep this order in the plan, as we are using the numbers to find quickly a topic.

If you can’t complete the challenge, it’s not a problem. If one topic is really too much out of your comfort zone or too much difficult to fulfill, you can use the Wild Card and read something else for this week (reader’s choice or past suggestions).

Don’t forgot to add your books in the A-Z folders (using the 1st letter of the title) and to tell us what you read in the Progress Posts.Around the year in 52 books

The 2017 List
1. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016 (link) When Breath Becomes Air /Paul Kalanithi
2. A book with at least 2 perspectives (multiple points of view) -( I’ll Give You The Sun /Jandy Nelson 4 stars 371 pages completed 3/14/17)
3. A book you meant to read in 2016 – Americanah /Chimamandah Ngozi Adichie 588 pages 4 stars completed 3/26/17
4. A title that doesn’t contain the letter “E” – Born To Run /Christopher McDougall 
5. A historical fiction – Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close/ Jonathan Safran Foer 1/21/17 – USA
6. A book being released as a movie in 2017 Small Great Things /Jodi Picoult 458 pages 4 stars completed 6/24/17
7. A book with an animal on the cover or in the title The Bees /Laline Paull
8. A book written by a person of color –
9. A book in the middle of your To Be Read list Hag-Seed /Margaret Atwood  303 pages 3 stars completed 5/31/17
10. A dual-timeline novel – (Unburnable /Marie-Elena John 296 pages 4 stars completed 1/24/17  – Dominica
11. A category from another challenge
12. A book based on a myth – (See Now Then /Jamaica Kincaid 182 pages 4 stars completed 2/9/17 (The main character’s son is named Heracles after the Greek God and is given some of the same qualities) – USA
13. A book recommended by one of your favorite authors – To Rise Again At A Decent Hour / Joshua Ferris 337 pages 3 stars completed 5/28/17
14. A book with a strong female character – Heartless /Marissa Meyer 454 pages 3 stars completed 10/30/17
15. A book written or set in Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland)
16. A mystery – The Roanoke Girls /Amy Engel 276 pages 3 stars completed 3/11/17
17. A book with illustrations – (Percy Jackson The Lightning Thief /Rick Riordan Graphic novel 128 pages 2 stars completed 3/22/17 –
18. A really long book (600+ pages)  The Decameron /Giovanni Boccaccio 947 pages 4 stars completed 10/10/17
19. A New York Times best-seller (The Underground Railroad /Colson Whitehead 306 pages 3 stars completed 3/31/17
20. A book that you’ve owned for a while but haven’t gotten around to reading –  Radiance of Tomorrow /Ishmael Beah 256 pages 4 stars completed 2/28/17
21. A book that is a continuation of a book you’ve already read – Best Laid Plans & Other Disasters /Amy Rivers 3 stars 224 pages completed 2/27/17 – book #2 to Wallflower Blooming 
22. A book by an author you haven’t read before – Season of Migration to the North /Tayib Saleh
23. A book from the BBC “The Big Read” list (link) – choosing The Handmaid’s Tale / Bridget Jones Diary / Heart of Darkness /Joseph Conrad
24. A book written by at least two authors – (The Go-Givers /Bob Burg & John David Mann
25. A book about a famous historical figure – Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller / Sarah Miller 3 stars 208 pages completed 1/31/17 – USA
26. An adventure book Presidents’ Day /Seth Margolis
27. A book by one of your favorite authors  – Annie John /Jamaica Kincaid completed 7/28/17
28. A non-fiction How To Read and Why /Harold Bloom
29. A book published outside the 4 major publishing houses (Simon & Schuster; HarperCollins; Penguin Random House; Hachette Livre)-  Cowboy’s Legacy /B.J. Daniels
30. A book from Goodreads Top 100 YA Books (link) –  The Book Thief /Markus Zusak 552 pages 4 stars completed 4/13/17
31. A book from a sub-genre of your favorite genre We Need New Names /Noviolet Bulawayo 4 stars 298 pages completed 3/9/17 (Bildungsroman genre) – Zimbabwe
32. A book with a long title (5+ words, excluding subtitle) We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves /Karen Joy Fowler 304 pages completed 7/8/17
33. A magical realism novel (What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours /Helen Oyeyemi 4 stars 325 pages completed 2/24/17 – England
34. A book set in or by an author from the Southern Hemisphere Things We Lost In The Fire Stories /Mariana Enriquez 208 pages 4 stars completed 3/5/17Argentina 
35. A book where one of the main characters is royalty – (The Wrath & The Dawn /Renee Ahdieh 388 pages 4 stars completed 3/21/17
36. A Hugo Award winner or nominee (link) –  Animal Farm /George Orwell Hugo Award for Best Novella
37. A book you choose randomly Our Spoons Came From Woolworths /Barbara Comyns 
38. A novel inspired by a work of classic literature Shylock Is My Name / Howard Jacobson – England
39. An epistolary fiction – A Tale For The Time Being /Ruth Ozeki 4 stars 422 pages completed 7/27/17
40. A book published in 2017 – The Barrowfields /Philip Lewis 348 pages 3 stars completed 3/23/17 – Southern Gothic
41. A book with an unreliable narrator – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time /Mark Haddon 226 pages completed 7/16/17 4 stars
42. A best book of the 21st century (so far) Everything Is Illuminated /Jonathan Safran-Foer 276 pages 3 stars completed 4/29/17
43. A book with a chilling atmosphere (scary, unsettling, cold) Mexico: Stories /Josh Barkan (about ordinary people encountering crime) – Mexico 
44. A recommendation from “What Should I Read Next” (link) The Circle /Dave Eggers (from liking the Bees /Laline Paull)
45. A book with a one-word title  Homegoing /Yaa Gyasi 
46. A time travel novel – The Time Traveler’s Wife /Audrey Niffenegger 546 pages 2.5 stars completed 4/18/17
47. A past suggestion that didn’t win (link) – A book with less than 1 000 ratings on Goodreads –The Girl Who Fell to Earth /Sophia Al-Maria

48. A banned book (The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian /Sherman Alexie 1 star completed 8/26/17 2 stars

49. A book from someone else’s bookshelf – Eve Out Of Her Ruins /Ananda Devi Translated by Jeffrey Zuckerman 145 pages completed 4/23/17 – recommended by what Kamil Reads – Booktube
50. A Penguin Modern Classic – any edition A Room of One’s Own /Virginia Woolf 
51. A collection of short stories – New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 /Shelley Oria
52. A book set in a fictional location The Prophet /Khalil Gibran 

 

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