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message 1: by Zaz (last edited Nov 13, 2017 12:36AM) (new)

Zaz | 3503 comments Welcome!

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 "2018 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 weekly topics.

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).


The 2018 List

1. A book with the letters A, T & Y in the title
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)
4. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #1 Earth (in title, cover, content, setting, author...)
5. A book about or inspired by real events
6. A book originally written in a language other than English
7. A gothic novel
8. An "own voices" book*
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)
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)
14. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #2 Fire
15. A book with an unique format/writing structure
16. A narrative nonfiction
17. A book you expect to make you laugh
18. A book with a location in the title
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
21. A book written in first person perspective
22. A book you have high expectations or hope for
23. A medical or legal thriller
24. A book with a map
25. A book with an antagonist/villain point of view
26. A book with a text only cover

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)
30. A short book
31. A book set in a country you'd like to visit but have never been to
32. An alternate history book
33. A book connected (title, cover, content) to a word "born" in the same year as you (link)
34. A suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls, that didn't win but was polarizing or a close-call (link)
35. A book featuring a murder
36. A book published in the last 3 years (2016, 2017, 2018) by an author you haven't read before
37. A Women's Prize for Fiction winner or nominee (link1, link2)
38. A science book or a science fiction book
39. A book with a form of punctuation in the title
40. A book from Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list (link)
41. A book by an author with the same first and last initials
42. A book that takes place on, in, or underwater
43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence
44. A ghost story
45. A book that intimidates/ scares you
46. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #4 Air
47. A book where the main character (or author) is of a different ethnic origin, religion, or sexual identity than your own
48. A book related to one of the 7 deadly sins (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, sloth)
49. A book from one of the Goodreads Best Books of the Month lists (link)
50. A book with a warm atmosphere (centered on family, friendship, love or summer)
51. An award-winning short story or short story collection
52. A book published in 2018

List created by the group members, after suggestions and votes. Thanks to all!

*an own voice novel is a book about marginalised protagonists (by ethnic group, religion, sexual orientation, mental illness, etc) written by an author who shares that same identity.


message 2: by Rosemary (new)

Rosemary | 192 comments For Week 40, is it OK to use the Amazon UK list instead of the American one? https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/browse.ht...


message 3: by Emily (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 1574 comments Do y'all know when we will get the weekly topic links?


message 4: by Celeste (new)

Celeste (CelesteRYR) | 221 comments ? What does 46 mean? (o.O) Do I choose a book gasping for air?


message 5: by Celeste (new)

Celeste (CelesteRYR) | 221 comments Celeste wrote: "? What does 46 mean? (o.O) Do I choose a book gasping for air?"

Question: Excuse I did not read all of it ... what do ALL of the Elements ones mean? (o>Q)


message 6: by Emily (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 1574 comments Celeste wrote: "Celeste wrote: "? What does 46 mean? (o.O) Do I choose a book gasping for air?"

Question: Excuse I did not read all of it ... what do ALL of the Elements ones mean? (o>Q)"


For those four weeks, you choose 4 different books that are all linked by the elements. For Week 4, you read a book that has Earth in the title, on the cover, related to the author or the main characters or the theme. For Week 14, you read a book that has Fire in the title, on the cover, related to the author or the main characters or the theme. Same for Week 28 with Water and Week 46 with Air.

Hope this helps.


StefanieFreigericht | 56 comments Aren't Q 42 and 28 somewhat the same Thing?

And: would you mind me to join if only part of the books I read are in English (I am German), some in German, some in French?
I will translate titles litarally + give the title if translated already where needed to specify the task has been covered...I sincerely have to read some of the books waiting for me ;-)


message 8: by Zaz (last edited Oct 26, 2017 06:44AM) (new)

Zaz | 3503 comments 42 is setting/content only when 28 can be a title or author's name or you can have a glass of water on the cover!

You can have books in whatever language you want (I used some French books in my plans these past years). If you give the English titles, it'll help people recognize the books, so it's always nicer if you want to discuss your reads :)

Emily > we'll upload all the suggestions during the next 2 months.

Rosemary > yes, you can use another list.


StefanieFreigericht | 56 comments Zaz wrote: "42 is setting/content only when 28 can be a title or author's name or you can have a glass of water on the cover!

You can have books in whatever language you want (I used some French books in my p..."

Thanks for the quick response :-D


message 10: by Celeste (new)

Celeste (CelesteRYR) | 221 comments Emily wrote: "Celeste wrote: "Celeste wrote: "? What does 46 mean? (o.O) Do I choose a book gasping for air?"

Question: Excuse I did not read all of it ... what do ALL of the Elements ones mean? (o>Q)"

For tho..."

Thanks Emily. Forgot I wrote this. :) Was almost going to write the same question again. XP CELESTE.


message 11: by Angie (new)

Angie | 311 comments Question:

For #3, are we counting nominees or just the winners? I ask, because the first round of nominees is up right now, and I want to reserve something, since I depend on the library.


message 12: by Katie, Heliocentric Mod (new)

Katie | 1939 comments Mod
Yep, you can use a winner or a nominee.


message 13: by Angie (new)

Angie | 311 comments Cool, thanks!


message 14: by Chinook (new)

Chinook | 325 comments I was thinking I should get on that as well.


StefanieFreigericht | 56 comments Angie wrote: "Question:

For #3, are we counting nominees or just the winners? I ask, because the first round of nominees is up right now, and I want to reserve something, since I depend on the library."


Good idea. Hm. I already read "Exit West","The Hate U Give" and "The Keeper of lost Things" and really liked each of them a lot. But this topic will definitely not help to reduce my tbr pile ;-)


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Diana ♥!


message 17: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth | 689 comments I have a question on 15: book with an unique format/writing structure
Would a book count that has a different chapter writing by different Author's , because my sister just got me Inherit the Dead, and though out the book each part of the story is wrote by a different author,


message 18: by Sophie, Moon Mod (new)

Sophie (Nemone) | 2921 comments Mod
Yes, I would say it is quite unique to have so many authors collaborating on a single story.


message 19: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth | 689 comments Sophie wrote: "Yes, I would say it is quite unique to have so many authors collaborating on a single story."

Thinks , the book says twenty Author's all went together to write it .


message 20: by Kelly (new)

Kelly | 5 comments For #4, the element is Earth. Does World count for this, as in Brave New World?


message 21: by Zaz (new)

Zaz | 3503 comments In Brave New World, World is for society not planet, so I wouldn't count it. Other books with the 2nd meaning could count I suppose.


message 22: by Kelly (new)

Kelly | 5 comments Zaz wrote: "In Brave New World, World is for society not planet, so I wouldn't count it. Other books with the 2nd meaning could count I suppose."

Thank you! I'm trying to use books that I own, and this is the only element I don't have. World was as close as I got, lol. I'll just have to go to the library ;)


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Marie (UK) (mazza1) | 25 comments my spot
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

this is my first year


message 24: by Marie (UK) (new)

Marie (UK) (mazza1) | 25 comments Number 33 - a lot of the words are in fact phrases e.g. meter maid do you have to use meter maid or just meter or maid


message 25: by Zaz (last edited Nov 14, 2017 06:08AM) (new)

Zaz | 3503 comments The intent is to use the full expression, but if you find nothing that fits and use only 1 word, we won't bother you ;)


message 26: by Marie (UK) (new)

Marie (UK) (mazza1) | 25 comments Zaz wrote: "The intent is to use the full expression, but if you find nothing that fits and use only 1 word, we won't bother you ;)"

thanks


message 27: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 5 comments Hi,
I am new here. Love the look of the group.
I am sorry if I seem silly, but I can't understand number 34. When I click on the link I can see polls but no books !?? Help please :)


message 28: by Sophie, Moon Mod (new)

Sophie (Nemone) | 2921 comments Mod
Yes Ruth, you're supposed to choose one of the prompts listed and choose a book that fits in it. They are classified by polls, because that's how we organised the making of the 2018 list, but just look at the prompts and choose one you like.


message 29: by Ruth (last edited Nov 14, 2017 06:31PM) (new)

Ruth | 5 comments Sophie wrote: "Yes Ruth, you're supposed to choose one of the prompts listed and choose a book that fits in it. They are classified by polls, because that's how we organised the making of the 2018 list, but just ..."
Thanks Sophie, I figured it out ! I had a look in the other folder. https://www.goodreads.com/topic/group...
I am going to go with a book about music :)


message 30: by Natalie (new)

Natalie Booth | 2 comments I have an interesting one. I have a book that's a choose your own adventure. How do I know when I have finished the book. Is it just when I have finished the adventure I chose or not?


message 31: by Zaz (new)

Zaz | 3503 comments If you complete the story once, it should count as "read". Just try to not die in the first 10 pages :p


message 32: by Susan (new)

Susan (jazzescrapper) | 4 comments I would like to sign up and was just curious when we start this challenge? Do we wait until Jan. to start?


message 33: by Zaz (new)

Zaz | 3503 comments Yes, it starts on January 1.


message 34: by Vickie (new)

Vickie Lou (VickieLou) | 2 comments So can I read the books in any order? I just want to clarify, sorry I’m a dunce.


message 35: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Sterling | 276 comments Vickie wrote: "So can I read the books in any order? I just want to clarify, sorry I’m a dunce."

You're not a dunce at all! :) How you do the challenge is entirely up to you. There are a lot of people who go in order and try to read a book a week (give or take), so you would read a book with a text-only cover (prompt #26) in the 26th week of 2018. From what I understand, there are also a lot of people who just read in any order they want, and that's okay, too. If I recall correctly, they do ask that you keep the prompts numbered the way they have them in the list, if you're keeping a list here on Goodreads. That way, everyone is still on the same page in discussions, etc., even though you can read your list straight through, or pick & choose what you're going to read when.


message 36: by Chinook (new)

Chinook | 325 comments Yep. My goal is to read in order but if it fails to go that way, I’m fine with that too.


message 37: by Vickie (new)

Vickie Lou (VickieLou) | 2 comments Thank you so much!


message 38: by Jenna ~Don't Talk To Me When I'm Reading~ (last edited Dec 05, 2017 09:45AM) (new)

Jenna ~Don't Talk To Me When I'm Reading~ (BadKitKat) | 105 comments This list is AMAZING

Question: For the "books linked by element" do they all have to be in the same series? Or can they be 4 unrelated books that are ONLY linked by the fact that they have an element in the title?

Thanks!

Zaz wrote: "Welcome!

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..."



message 39: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Sterling | 276 comments Jenna ~Don't Talk To Me When I'm Reading~ wrote: "This list is AMAZING

Question: For the "books linked by element" do they all have to be in the same series? Or can they be 4 unrelated books that are ONLY linked by the fact that they have an elem..."


They only have to be linked by the element. The books themselves can be part of a series, or you can do completely different authors, different genres, fiction/non-fiction, whatever you want to do. :)


message 40: by Sophie, Moon Mod (new)

Sophie (Nemone) | 2921 comments Mod
Glad you like the list Jenna, I'm sure we'll all have so much fun next year!


Jenna ~Don't Talk To Me When I'm Reading~ (BadKitKat) | 105 comments Sophie wrote: "Glad you like the list Jenna, I'm sure we'll all have so much fun next year!"

Definitely!

Nicole wrote: "Jenna ~Don't Talk To Me When I'm Reading~ wrote: "This list is AMAZING

Question: For the "books linked by element" do they all have to be in the same series? Or can they be 4 unrelated books that ..."


Perfect, thanks!


message 42: by Donna (new)

Donna (dfree46) | 21 comments On 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #1 Earth (in title, cover, content, setting, author...) Do you mean that they have to be in a series? Or can they be individual books?


message 43: by Zaz (new)

Zaz | 3503 comments They are linked by elements only. You can pick whatever book with water on the cover, then a 2nd book with air in the title, a 3rd book about a firefighter and a 4th book by an author named Land :)


message 44: by Leigh (new)

Leigh (leighgray) | 50 comments Question: Can 1 book fulfill more than 1 week's challenge? If I read, say, a book originally written in a foreign language, with a location in its title, and which a friend has rated 5 stars ...


message 45: by Sophie, Moon Mod (new)

Sophie (Nemone) | 2921 comments Mod
The spirit of the challenge is to read 52 books, so one book should fit one slot. BUT we are really open in the way any of you want to do the challenge, so if you still want to complete the 52 but give yourself the liberty to double or triple count a book, feel free to do it.

Some members know they won't be able to read 52 books, so instead of counting one book for several prompts, they just select their 20 or 30 favourite prompts and use that as their challenge.


message 46: by Chelsea (new)

Chelsea | 1 comments For anyone that uses Habitica, I created a challenge for this if you want to use Habitica to track your progress.

Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge on Habitica


message 47: by Leigh (new)

Leigh (leighgray) | 50 comments Sophie wrote: "The spirit of the challenge is to read 52 books, so one book should fit one slot. BUT we are really open in the way any of you want to do the challenge, so if you still want to complete the 52 but ..."

I'll read well over 52 books - I just like flexibility :)


message 48: by Michele (new)

Michele (mmicee) Umm..I am a bit confused about the 33. I checked my birthyear there and do I just pick a word from there and find a book about it? Or what does that part"A book connected to the word "born"mean?cuz non of my birth year's words connect to the word
"born"


message 49: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3197 comments Michele, what it means by "born", is that the words on the list came into existence/usage in that particular year. So yes, you choose a word from the list from your birth year and find a book connected to it.


message 50: by Heather (new)

Heather | 213 comments Can’t wait to get started but first I need to finish 2017! 4 books to go in such little time.


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