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message 1: by Jody (last edited Dec 11, 2018 10:02AM) (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3472 comments I really enjoyed going totally no plan in 2017, but I did miss the fun of planning a little bit, so I'm back on the planning bandwagon for 2018. But giving myself lots of options, and not locking myself into anything. It worked in 2015, so why not? :)

Edit: Ok, I've decided that I'm going to read in order ... let's see how that works out this time. It was a huge fail in 2016. Am I setting myself up to fail? Probably.

Around the Year in 52 Books - 52/52

Week 1 (A book with the letters A, T, and Y in the title): The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby (2/1/18) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Week 2 (A book from the first ten books added to your TBR list): The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling (8/1/18) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Week 3 (A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards): We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby (10/1/18) ⭐⭐
Week 4 (A book linked to the Earth element): The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (20/1/18) ⭐⭐
Week 5 (A book about or inspired by real events): Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death: Reflections on Memory and Imagination by Otto Dov Kulka (23/1/18) ⭐⭐
Week 6 (A book originally written in a language other than English): Candide by Voltaire (27/1/18) ⭐⭐
Week 7 (A gothic novel): Dracula by Bram Stoker (31/1/18) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Week 8 (An "own voices" book): Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah (1/2/18) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Week 9 (A book with a body part in the title): A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway (17/2/18) ⭐⭐⭐
Week 10 (An author's debut book): The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (18/2/18) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Week 11 (A literary fiction book): The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (23/3/18) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Week 12 (A book set in Africa or South America): A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah (25/3/18) ⭐⭐⭐
Week 13 (A book with a plot centred around a secret): The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas (29/3/18) ⭐⭐⭐
Week 14 (A book linked to the Fire element): Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan (1/4/18) ⭐⭐
Week 15 (A book with a unique format/writing structure): Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn (4/4/18) ⭐⭐
Week 16 (A narrative non-fiction): First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung (11/4/18) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Week 17 (A book you expect to make you laugh): A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett (18/4/18) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Week 18 (A book with a location in the title): The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer (12/5/18) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Week 19 (A book nominated for the Edgar Award, or by a Grand Master author): The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie (27/5/18) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Week 20 (A book rated five stars by at least one of your friends): The Count of Monte Cristo (28/5/18) ⭐⭐⭐
Week 21 (A book written in first person perspective): The Collector (31/5/18) ⭐
Week 22 (A book you have high expectations for): The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (9/6/18) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Week 23 (A medical or legal thriller): Body of Evidence by Patricia Cornwell (10/6/18) ⭐⭐
Week 24 (A book with a map): A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (11/6/18) ⭐⭐
Week 25 (A book with an antagonist/villian PoV): Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (18/6/18) ⭐
Week 26 (A book with a text only cover): Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain (1/7/18) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Week 27 (A book about surviving a hardship): Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (4/7/18) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Week 28 (A book linked to the Water element): The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan (7/7/18) ⭐⭐⭐
Week 29 (A book with a "Cluedo" weapon on the cover or in the title (lead pipe, revolver, rope, candlestick, dagger, wrench/spanner)): Deadeye Dick by Kurt Vonnegut (8/7/18) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Week 30 (A short book): Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (9/7/18) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Week 31 (A book set in a country you'd like to visit, but have never been to): Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (15/7/18) ⭐⭐
Week 32 (An alternate history book): The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick (25/7/18) ⭐⭐
Week 33 (A book connected to a word "born" in the same year as you): A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf (25/8/18) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Week 34 (A suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls that didn't win, but was polarising or a close call): Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan (26/08/18) ⭐⭐
Week 35 (A book featuring a murder): Columbine by Dave Cullen (30/08/18) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Week 36 (A book published in the last three years by an author you haven't read before): Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (2/9/18) ⭐⭐⭐
Week 37 (A Women's Prize for Fiction winner or nominee): Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (17/9/18) ⭐
Week 38 (A science or science fiction book): Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (3/10/18) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Week 39 (A book with a form of punctuation in the title): I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara (8/10/18) ⭐
Week 40 (A book from Amazon's "100 Books to Read in a Lifetime" list): The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan (17/10/18) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Week 41 (A book by an author with the same first and last initials): Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (1/11/18) ⭐⭐⭐
Week 42 (A book that takes place on, in, or underwater): The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson (7/11/18) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Week 43 (A book with a title that is a whole sentence): Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (8/11/18) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Week 44 (A ghost story): The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (10/11/18) ⭐⭐
Week 45 (A book that intimidates or scares you): Ulysses by James Joyce (30/11/18) ⭐⭐⭐
Week 46 (A book linked to the Air element): Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat (1/12/18) ⭐⭐⭐
Week 47 (A book where the main character is of a different ethnic origin, religion, or sexual identity than you): The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson (5/12/18) ⭐⭐
Week 48 (A book related to one of the seven deadly sins): Othello by William Shakespeare (7/12/18) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Week 49 (A book from one of the Goodreads "Best Books of the Month" list): I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells (7/12/18) ⭐⭐
Week 50 (A book with a warm atmosphere): Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg (10/12/18) ⭐⭐
Week 51 (An award-winning short story or short story collection): Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders by Neil Gaiman (11/12/18) ⭐⭐⭐
Week 52 (A book published in 2018): The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks (11/12/18) ⭐⭐⭐

Covers, In Reading Order
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby The Good Earth (House of Earth, #1) by Pearl S. Buck Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death by Otto Dov Kulka Candide by Voltaire Dracula by Bram Stoker Born a Crime Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt A Long Way Gone Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas Brain on Fire My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan Ella Minnow Pea A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn First They Killed My Father A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld, #32; Tiffany Aching, #2) by Terry Pratchett The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot, #6) by Agatha Christie The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas The Collector by John Fowles The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende Body of Evidence (Kay Scarpetta, #2) by Patricia Cornwell A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1) by Ursula K. Le Guin Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys Quiet The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) by J.K. Rowling The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2) by Rick Riordan Deadeye Dick by Kurt Vonnegut Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan Columbine by Dave Cullen Dark Matter by Blake Crouch Bel Canto by Ann Patchett Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari I'll Be Gone in the Dark One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara The Omnivore's Dilemma A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman The Turn of the Screw by Henry James Ulysses by James Joyce Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson Othello by William Shakespeare I Am Not a Serial Killer (John Cleaver, #1) by Dan Wells Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg Fragile Things Short Fictions and Wonders by Neil Gaiman The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks

Basic Challenge Stats
Page count: 17,737
Non-fiction: 14/52
On my bookshelf: 10/52
In translation: 8/52
Female author: 24/52


message 2: by Jody (last edited Dec 31, 2018 05:09AM) (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3472 comments 2018 Reading Goals

✔ Read 30,000 pages: 44,157/30,000
✔ Read twenty books from series I have in progress: 20/20
✔ Finish three series: 3/3
✔ Read five new books from the BBC "You've Read 6" list: 5/5
✔ Read ten new books from the 1001 Before You Die list: 10/10
✔ Read twelve non-fiction books: 12/12
✔ Read ten books from my bookshelf: 10/10
✔ Read books from six new countries: 6/6
✔ Read three doorstops (>750 pages): 3/3

Minimum 35% of 2017 reading by female authors: 39
Minimum 25% of 2017 reading from non US/UK authors: 20%

Read a book by these new-to-me authors:
Barbara Kingsolver
Joyce Carol Oates
Marcel Proust

Read another book by these authors:
Octavia E. Butler
Charles Dickens
Thomas Hardy
Shirley Jackson
Herman Melville
Toni Morrison (3rd time lucky??)

Series to possibly start:
Naked in Death
Red Rising
Six of Crows

Series to progress with:
The Chronicles of Narnia - Spider-read.
Ian Fleming's James Bond series.

Series to finish:
Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children: Up to #2 Hollow City

What did I actually end up reading?

January (16)
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (AtY Week 1) ★◈📝
Around the World in Eighty Days (Book Riot Topic 19) ★◈📝
A Room with a View (Book Riot Topic 20)
The Jungle Book (AtY Hard-Mode Topic 4)
The Casual Vacancy (AtY Week 2) ♀📚
We Are Never Meeting In Real Life (AtY Week 3) ♀◈
The Enchanted Wood (POPSUGAR Topic 33) ♀📚👩‍👧
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things (POPSUGAR Topic 16) ◈♀🇦🇺🎧
The Time Machine (POPSUGAR Topic 23)
The Good Earth (AtY Week 4) ♀
Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death: Reflections on Memory and Imagination (AtY Week 5) ★◈📝📚
The Big Four (POPSUGAR Topic 3) ♀
Modern Romance (POPSUGAR Topic 14) ◈🎧
Candide (AtY Week 6) ★📝
The Magic Faraway Tree (Book Riot Topic 11) 📚♀👩‍👧
Dracula (AtY Week 7) ★

February (10)
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood (AtY Week 8) ★◈🎧
Adulthood Is a Myth (Book Riot Topic 4) ◈♀
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (POPSUGAR Topic 37) 🎧
Persuasion (Book Riot Topic 1) ♀
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption (AtY Hard-Mode Topic 5) ◈♀🎧
A Farewell to Arms (AtY Week 9)
The Hate U Give (AtY Week 10) ♀
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (Book Riot Topic 12) ◈♀🎧
Preludes & Nocturnes (Side-read)
The Night Circus (AtY Hard-Mode Topic 14) ♀🎧

March (10)
The Worst Witch (Book Riot Topic 16) 📚♀👩‍👧
Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza (AtY Hard Mode Topic 8) ◈
The Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments (Side-read) ◈
Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life (Book Riot Topic 8)
Dead Ever After (Side-read) ♀
Assholes: A Theory (POPSUGAR Topic 49) ◈📚
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America (POPSUGAR Topic 2) ◈🎧
The Goldfinch (AtY Week 11) 📚♀
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (AtY Week 12) ◈
The Black Tulip (AtY Week 13) ★📝

April (11)
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness (AtY Week 14) ◈♀
George (AtY Hard Mode Topic 2)
Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters (AtY Week 15)
Mythos: A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient Greece (POPSUGAR Topic 30) 🎧
Black Beauty (POPSUGAR Topic 22) 📚♀👩‍👧
First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers (AtY Week 16) ★◈
The Hound of the Baskervilles (POPSUGAR Topic 26) 🎧
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (POPSUGAR Topic 12) 🎧
A Hat Full of Sky (AtY Week 17) 📚
The Leavers (Book Riot Topic 5) ♀
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Side-read)📚♀ 🎧👩‍👧

May (6)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (AtY Week 18) 📚♀
The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson (Side-read) ♀
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Side-read) 📚♀🎧👩‍👧
The Mystery of the Blue Train (AtY Week 19) ♀
The Count of Monte Cristo (AtY Week 20) ★📝
The Collector (AtY Week 21)

June (9)
The House of the Spirits (AtY Week 22) ★📝♀
Body of Evidence (AtY Week 23) ♀
A Wizard of Earthsea (AtY Week 24) ★📚♀
American Gods (AtY Hard Mode Topic 13) 📚🎧
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Side-read) 📚♀🎧👩‍👧
Wide Sargasso Sea (AtY Week 25) ★♀
The Picture of Dorian Gray (POPSUGAR Topic 9) ★📚
The Return of Sherlock Holmes (POPSUGAR Topic 38) 🎧
Moab Is My Washpot (AtY Hard Mode Topic 11) 🎧

July (15)
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking ◈📚♀
Five Go Parenting (Book Riot Topic 15) 📚
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (AtY Week 27) 📚♀🎧👩‍👧
Angels & Demons (AtY Hard Mode Topic 6)
The Sea of Monsters (AtY Week 28)
Deadeye Dick (AtY Week 29)
Speak (AtY Week 30) ♀
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster (AtY Hard Mode Topic 12) ◈🎧
The Valley of Fear (Side-Read) 🎧
The Loved One (POPSUGAR Topic 10) 📚
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (AtY Hard Mode Topic 10) 📚🎧
The End of the Affair (POPSUGAR Topic 32)
Lincoln in the Bardo (AtY Week 31) 🎧
This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today (POPSUGAR Topic 34) ♀🎧
The Man in the High Castle (AtY Week 32)

August (7)
Love in the Time of Cholera (Book Riot Topic 10) ★📝📚
Tin Man (Side-Read) 📚♀
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride POPSUGAR Topic 18) ◈🎧
A Room of One's Own (AtY Week 33) ◈♀
Dad Is Fat (AtY Week 34) 🎧
The Marvelous Land of Oz (AtY Hard Mode Topic 9) 👩‍👧
Columbine (AtY Week 35) ◈🎧

September (8)
Dog Man (POPSUGAR Topic 17) 📚👩‍👧
Dog Man Unleashed (Book Riot Topic 18) 📚👩‍👧
Dark Matter (AtY Week 36) 🎧
The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life: Before 8AM (POPSUGAR Topic 8) 🎧
The Art of War (AtY Hard-Mode Topic 16) ★📝◈
Bel Canto (AtY Week 37) ♀
Ozma of Oz (Book Riot Topic 3) 👩‍👧
Hopeless (Side-Read) ♀

October (4)
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (AtY Week 38) ★◈🎧
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer (AtY Week 39) ◈♀🎧
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (AtY Week 40) ◈🎧
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (POPSUGAR Topic 31) ◈🎧

November (8)
Siddhartha (AtY Week 41) ★📝
Mr. Pusskins: A Love Story (Side-Read) ♀
Mr. Pusskins and Little Whiskers: Another Love Story (Side-Read) ♀
The Snail and the Whale (AtY Week 42) 📚♀
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine (AtY Week 43) ♀
The Turn of the Screw (AtY Week 44)
Becoming (Book Riot Topic 13) ◈♀🎧
Ulysses] (AtY Week 45) ★

December (36)
Breath, Eyes, Memory (AtY Week 46) ★♀
Wildflower (Side-Read) ◈♀🎧
The Orphan Master's Son (AtY Week 47)
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life (Side-Read) ◈🎧
Othello (AtY Week 48) 📚
I Am Not a Serial Killer (AtY Week 49)
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (AtY Week 50) ♀
Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders by Neil Gaiman (AtY Week 50)
His Last Bow (Side-Read) 🎧
The Wife Between Us (AtY Week 52) ♀
🎉🎊 Finished AtY!! 🎊🎉
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded (AtY Hard-Mode Topic 1) ◈
Just So Stories (POPSUGAR Topic 13)
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 1: The Crucible (POPSUGAR Topic 29)
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (Side-Read) 🎧
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (POPSUGAR Topic 48) ◈♀🎧
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (Book Riot Topic 14) ◈🎧
The Folk of the Faraway Tree (POPSUGAR Topic 40) 📚♀👩‍👧
2001: A Space Odyssey (POPSUGAR Topic 27) 🎧
The Doll's House (Side-Read)
Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living (POPSUGAR Topic 28) 🎧
The Little Mermaid (POPSUGAR Topic 25) 📝★
Voss (POPSUGAR Topic 20) ★🇦🇺
Out of Africa (Book Riot Topic 9) ★◈📚♀
84, Charing Cross Road (POPSUGAR Topic 39) ♀
Jurassic Park (Book Riot Topic 6) 🎧
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Side-Read) 📚🎧
Red Dragon (Side-Read) 🎧
The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well (Side-Read) ★📚
How to Be Black (Book Riot Topic 22) ◈🎧
Dream Country (Side-Read)
Modern Baking (Side-Read) ★◈📚♀🇦🇺
Basics to Brilliance (Side-Read) ★◈📚♀🇦🇺
We Are Legion - We Are Bob (AtY Hard-Mode Topic 7) 🎧
Storm Front (POPSUGAR Topic 24) 🎧
Ethan Frome (Side-Read)
The Little Prince (POPSUGAR Topic 46)

★ = Non-US/UK author
📝 = in translation
◈ = Non-fiction
📚 - On my bookshelf
♀ = Female author
🇦🇺 = Australian author or setting
🎧 = Audiobook
👩‍👧 = Spider-read


message 3: by Jody (last edited Jul 01, 2018 03:31AM) (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3472 comments My Mega-List of Options: Part I

Week 1: A book with the letters A, T and Y in the title
🥇The Diving Bell and the Butterfly ★📝 ◈

The 120 Days of Sodom
📚 About a Boy
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
All the Pretty Horses
The Anatomy of Fascism
Angelhead: My Brother's Descent into Madness
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
📚◈ Assholes: A Theory
📚 As You Like It
📚 Black Beauty
📚◈ The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
📚 The Casual Vacancy
The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness
The Day of the Jackal
The Day of the Triffids
The Death of Ivan Ilych
Eyewitness Auschwitz: Three Years in the Gas Chambers
The Eyre Affair
📚◈ French Parents Don't Give in: Practical Tips for Raising Your Child the French Way
📚 A Hat Full of Sky
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
The Heat of the Day
How to Train Your Dragon
Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
Just What Kind of Mother Are You?
📚 Lady Chatterley's Lover
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
Mad About the Boy
My Brilliant Career
Northanger Abbey
One Hundred Years of Solitude
📚 The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Portrait of a Lady
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
The Power and the Glory
The Quiet Room: A Journey Out of the Torment of Madness
📚◈ Raising Girls: Why Girls Are Different--and How to Help Them Grow up Happy and Strong
Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More
The Remains of the Day
📚◈ The Secret Holocaust Diaries: The Untold Story of Nonna Bannister
Sense and Sensibility
📚◈ A Short History of Nearly Everything
📚 The Silver Linings Playbook
The Sound and the Fury
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
📚 Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
📚 True History of the Kelly Gang
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
Vanity Fair
The Wasp Factory
What Katy Did
📚 The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Week 2: A book from the first ten books added to your TBR list
🥇The Casual Vacancy 📚♀

📚 American Psycho
Anna Karenina
📚 Doctor Zhivago
📚 The God of Small Things
📚 Kiss Kiss
📚 Madame Bovary
📚 The Moor's Last Sigh
📚 The Satanic Verses
📚 Switch Bitch

Week 3: A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards
🥇 We Are Never Meeting In Real Life ◈♀

◈ ♀ Big Mushy Happy Lump
The Hate U Give
The Sun and Her Flowers

Week 4: A book linked to the Earth element
🥇♀ The Good Earth

After the Quake
The Clan of the Cave Bear
Dirt Music
The Ground Beneath Her Feet
Journey to the Center of the Earth
The Pillars of the Earth
Silent Spring
The Silmarillion
The Waste Land
A Wizard of Earthsea

Week 5: A book about or inspired by real events
🥇 Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death: Reflections on Memory and Imagination by Otto Dov Kulka ★📝 ◈

Angelhead: My Brother's Descent into Madness
The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Eyewitness Auschwitz: Three Years in the Gas Chambers
◈📚 The Secret Holocaust Diaries: The Untold Story of Nonna Bannister
The Quiet Room: A Journey Out of the Torment of Madness

Week 6: A book originally written in a language other than English
🥇 Candide by Voltaire 📝 ★

The Count of Monte Cristo
The Death of Ivan Ilych
The Master and Margarita
Suite Française
Swann's Way
A Tale of Love and Darkness
Zorba the Greek
Something by Haruki Murakami

Week 7: A gothic novel
🥇 Dracula

Nightmare Abbey
Northanger Abbey
The Phantom of the Opera
📚 The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Turn of the Screw
The Woman in Black

Week 8: An "own voices" book
🥇 Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood ★◈🎧

George
The Hate U Give
If I Was Your Girl
Lucy and Linh
The Star-Touched Queen

Week 9: A book with a body part in the title
🥇 A Farewell to Arms

◈📚Assholes: A Theory
The Blood of Others
The Bluest Eye
Cat's Eye
Eyewitness Auschwitz: Three Years in the Gas Chambers
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Heart of Darkness
The Heart of the Matter
Jaws
The Left Hand of Darkness
📚 Madame Bovary (Ovary?? I admit, it's a stretch)
Their Eyes Were Watching God

Week 10: An author's debut book
🥇 The Hate U Give

The Bluest Eye
Breath, Eyes, Memory
A Confederacy of Dunces
Cutting for Stone
Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters
📚 The Help
Homegoing
The House of the Spirits
I Capture the Castle
Invisible Man
The Joy Luck Club
One Hundred Years of Solitude
The Pickwick Papers
Purple Hibiscus
The Rosie Project
The Secret History
Sense and Sensibility
Swamplandia!
Tell the Wolves I'm Home
Tipping the Velvet
Trainspotting
White Oleander

Week 11: A literary fiction book
🥇 The Goldfinch 📚♀

Crime and Punishment
📚 The God of Small Things
📚 The Goldfinch
The Man Without Qualities
📚 The Satanic Verses
The Sense of an Ending

Week 12: A book set in Africa or South America
🥇 A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier ★◈

A Bend in the River
Cutting for Stone
Half of a Yellow Sun
The House of the Spirits
Out of Africa ◈📚
The Poisonwood Bible

Week 13: A book with a plot centred around a secret
🥇 The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas ★📝

Moonraker
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
📚 Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Week 14: A book linked to the Fire element
🥇 Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness ◈♀

Burnt Shadows

Week 15: A book with a unique format/writing structure
🥇 Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters

House of Leaves
S.

Week 16: A narrative non-fiction
🥇 First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers ★◈♀

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Week 17: A book you expect to make you laugh
🥇 A Hat Full of Sky 📚

Three Men in a Boat

Week 18: A book with a location in the title
🥇 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society 📚♀

Amsterdam
Brighton Rock
Columbine
The Count of Monte Cristo
East of Eden
The House of the Spirits
◈📚 Out of Africa
A Town Like Alice

Week 19: A book nominated for the Edgar Award, or by a Grand Master author
🥇 The Mystery of the Blue Train

11/22/63 (Stephen King)
Jamaica Inn (Daphne du Maurier)
My Cousin Rachel (Daphne du Maurier)
Rosemary's Baby (Ira Levin)

James Ellroy
Ken Follett
Graham Greene

Week 20: A book rated five stars by at least one of your friends
🥇 The Count of Monte Cristo ★📝

East of Eden (Katie)
The House of the Spirits (Marina)
The Namesake (Sam)
Pygmalion (Marta)
A Room of One's Own (Marta)
What Alice Forgot (Marina)

Week 21: A book written in first person perspective
🥇 The Collector

📚 American Psycho
Molloy
Notes from Underground
The Remains of the Day
Swann's Way

Week 22: A book you have high expectations for
🥇 The House of the Spirits ★📝♀

East of Eden
My Cousin Rachel
Swann's Way

Week 23: A medical or legal thriller
🥇Body of Evidence (Medical) ♀

The Andromeda Strain (Medical)
The Bonfire of the Vanities (Legal)
Phenomena: The Lost and Forgotten Children (Medical)

Or something by John Grisham (Legal)

Week 24: A book with a map
🥇 A Wizard of Earthsea

◈📚 Down Under
◈📚 Tudors: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I

Week 25: A book with an antagonist/villian PoV
🥇 Wide Sargasso Sea ★♀

📚 American Psycho
Grendel
Prince of Thorns
Six of Crows
Vicious

Week 26: A book with a text only cover
🥇 Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking ◈📚♀

◈📚 Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
Dark Matter
Everything Is Illuminated
Me Before You
Ready Player One

★ = Non-US/UK author
📝 = in translation
◈ = Non-fiction
📚 - On my bookshelf
♀ = Female author
🇦🇺 = Australian author or setting
🎧 = Audiobook
👩‍👧 = Spider-read
🥇 = The winning book!


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Jody (jodybell) | 3472 comments My Mega-List of Options: Part II

Week 27: A book about surviving a hardship
🥇 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling 📚♀🎧👩‍👧

★◈ Angela's Ashes
★◈ Long Walk to Freedom
Running with Scissors

Week 28: A book linked to the Water element
🥇 The Sea of Monsters

20000 Leagues Under the Sea
Billy Budd, Sailor
Kraken
The Lake House
🇦🇺 The Light Between Oceans
Mystic River
Water for Elephants

Week 29: A book with a "Cluedo" weapon on the cover or in the title (lead pipe, revolver, rope, candlestick, dagger, wrench/spanner)
🥇 Deadeye Dick by Kurt Vonnegut

Week 30: A short book
🥇 Speak

Ethan Frome
📚 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
📚 The Loved One
No Longer at Ease
Rape: A Love Story
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
A Room of One's Own
The Sense of an Ending
Siddharta
Sula
Time's Arrow

Week 31: A book set in a country you'd like to visit, but have never been to
🥇 Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Long Walk to Freedom (South Africa)
Love in the Time of Cholera (Colombia)
A Tale of Love and Darkness (Israel)
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Japan)

Week 32: An alternate history book
🥇 The Man in the High Castle

11/22/63
Fatherland

Week 33: A book connected to a word "born" in the same year as you
🥇 A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf ◈♀

◈🇦🇺 The Happiest Refugee: A Memoir (Word: Boat-People)
The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus (Word: Ebola virus - no great stretch on this one)
◈ One of the digital photography books on my shelf (Word: digital camera)
◈ Something to do with politics (Word: Exit poll)

Other possible words: PMS (coincidence this was born the same year as me?), smart-mouthed (again?!), meme, type B.

Week 34: A suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls that didn't win, but was polarising or a close call
🥇 Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

(A book by a Nobel prize author)
Samuel Beckett
Saul Bellow
Heinrich Böll
JM Coetzee 🇦🇺
William Golding
Gunther Grass
Kazuo Ishiguro
Doris Lessing
Mario Vargas Llosa
Gabriel García Márquez
Toni Morrison
Alice Munro
V.S. Naipaul
Pablo Neruda
Orhan Pamuk
José Saramago
Patrick White 🇦🇺

Week 35: A book featuring a murder
🥇 Columbine ◈🎧

The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy The Shocking Inside Story
White Oleander
Whatever Hercule Poirot book I'm up to

Week 36: A book published in the last three years by an author you haven't read before
🥇 Dark Matter 🎧

The Couple Next Door
Salt to the Sea
The Underground Railroad

Week 37: A Women's Prize for Fiction winner or nominee
🥇 Bel Canto

Alias Grace
Half of a Yellow Sun
The Light Between Oceans
Oryx and Crake
The Poisonwood Bible
State of Wonder
Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Week 38: A science or science fiction book
🥇 Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind ★◈🎧

The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages
Bad Science
A Brief History of Time
The Day of the Triffids
The Origin of Species
Starship Troopers
📚◈ When a Gene Makes You Smell Like a Fish: And Other Amazing Tales about the Genes in Your Body

Week 39: A book with a form of punctuation in the title
🥇 I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara ◈♀🎧

The Bird's Nest
Cat's Eye
Farewell, My Lovely
Girl, Interrupted
In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi Kingdom
Pan's Labyrinth
My Sister's Keeper
Rabbit, Run
Sophie's Choice
Sophie's World
Tell the Wolves I'm Home
Thud!
V.

Week 40: A book from Amazon's "100 Books to Read in a Lifetime" list
🥇 The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals ◈🎧

All the President's Men
Angela's Ashes
A Brief History of Time
The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
Out of Africa
The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
Silent Spring
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
The Year of Magical Thinking

Week 41: A book by an author with the same first and last initials
🥇 Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse ★ 📝

Bill Bryson
Günther Grass
Graham Greene
James Joyce
The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe
Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
Mother London by Michael Moorcock
The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan

Week 42: A book that takes place on, in, or under water
🥇 The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson 📚♀

20000 Leagues Under the Sea
Billy Budd, Sailor
The Caine Mutiny
The Cruel Sea
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
The Drowned World
Master and Commander
The Odyssey
Treasure Island
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
📚 The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Week 43: A book with a title that is a whole sentence
🥇 Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Did You Ever Have a Family
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Everything Is Illuminated
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
HELP! A Bear is Eating Me!
How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming
How to Win Friends and Influence People
I Am Number Four
I Capture the Castle
I Love Dick
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry
The Postman Always Rings Twice
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
Tell the Wolves I'm Home
Their Eyes Were Watching God
This Book Is Full of Spiders
To Have and Have Not

Week 44: A ghost story
🥇The Turn of the Screw

The Amityville Horror
Beyond Black
The Woman in Black

Week 45: A book that intimidates or scares you
🥇Ulysses

A Brief History of Time
Crime and Punishment
Infinite Jest
The Sound and the Fury

Week 46: A book linked to the Air element
🥇Breath, Eyes, Memory ★♀

All That Is Solid Melts into Air
All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: The Experience of Modernity
All That Is Solid Melts into Air
Cloudstreet
Inherit the Wind
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Wind in the Willows

Week 47: A book where the main character is of a different ethnic origin, religion, or sexual identity than you
🥇The Orphan Master's Son

Something by Toni Morrison
Something by Patrick Ness
Family Matters
📚 The Help
Purple Hibiscus
A Suitable Boy

Week 48: A book related to one of the seven deadly sins
🥇 Othello 📚

American Psycho (Greed)
A Confederacy of Dunces (Sloth)
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal (Gluttony)
Dr. Faustus (Pride)
Dune (Gluttony)
The Iliad (Wrath)
Les Liaisons dangereuses (Lust)
The Middlesteins (Gluttony)
Oblomov (Sloth)
The Odyssey (Pride)
The Sorrows of Young Werther (Envy)
Vain (Pride)

Week 49: A book from one of the Goodreads "Best Books of the Month" list
🥇 I Am Not a Serial Killer

1Q84
11/22/63
Defending Jacob
The Golem and the Jinni
How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
Red Rising
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Week 50: A book with a warm atmosphere
🥇 Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Acts of Faith
The Beach
Breath, Eyes, Memory
Congo
Firefly Lane
Out of Africa
A Town Like Alice

Week 51: An award-winning short story or short story collection
🥇 Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders

Interpreter of Maladies
Olive Kitteridge

Week 52: A book published in 2018
🥇 The Wife Between Us

★ = Non-US/UK author
📝 = in translation
◈ = Non-fiction
📚 - On my bookshelf
♀ = Female author
🇦🇺 = Australian author or setting
🎧 = Audiobook
👩‍👧 = Spider-read
🥇 = The winning book!


message 5: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments I'm going to read Ulysses for the book that scares me prompt next year! I see another "what have we done to ourselves, why did we pick this long, crazy book" buddy read in our future...


message 6: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments Katie wrote: "I'm going to read Ulysses for the book that scares me prompt next year! I see another "what have we done to ourselves, why did we pick this long, crazy book" buddy read in our future..." Ha! I picked Ulysses for my scares the crap out of me book pick, too! Good luck. We're both going to need it!


message 7: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3472 comments Haha, I think it really has to be Ulysses, doesn't it?! It was the first one that came to mind for me, and it's definitely the book that scares the crap out of me the most.


message 8: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments Jody wrote: "Haha, I think it really has to be Ulysses, doesn't it?! It was the first one that came to mind for me, and it's definitely the book that scares the crap out of me the most."
Actually, all of your picks were good in that category, but if we're being honest, there can only be one that gives you cold sweats! Infinite Jest is tough, but not Ulysses tough!


message 9: by Anastasia (new)

Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1306 comments Wow you are giving b yourself lots of options. Are you doing it in order in 2018?


message 10: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3472 comments I gave myself so many options I ran out of space in the first post lol ... going to have to split it up so I can continue! Crazily enough, I am actually contemplating reading in order again, even though I hated it last year. Last year, I locked in my books in advance though, which was my downfall.


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Kelly Audiogirl.booking.it (audiogirlbookingit) | 488 comments Wow you have lots of good options in there! I may have to come back to your list as a reference for some of my harder to fill spots!! :) Saw one of my favorite YA books Fangirl it gets my vote... as well as The Poisonwood Bible another 5 star book IMHO! Happy hunting... and reading!


message 12: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments Reading in order isn't so bad as long as you give yourself tons of options, says the girl who has chosen not to read in order again next year.


message 13: by Silvia (new)

Silvia Turcios | 1071 comments So many options! You have given me many ideas :)


message 14: by Zaz (new)

Zaz | 3034 comments Oh I didn't think about Rick Riordan for the same initials. Good option!
You have Dark Matter listed, highly recommended :)


message 15: by Marina H (new)

Marina H | 1315 comments Wow Jody... You are crazy :-D


message 16: by Tia (new)

Tia | 128 comments Jody wrote: "Haha, I think it really has to be Ulysses, doesn't it?! It was the first one that came to mind for me, and it's definitely the book that scares the crap out of me the most."

I had the exact same thought when I saw that prompt :)


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Tia | 128 comments Jody, you have done an amazing job of listing possible options for each week! I am interested in most of the options you have on your plan (even my choice for close call/polarizing topic matches yours - Nobel prize winning author), I kind of just want to use your plan as my reference list! :)


message 18: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3472 comments Go ahead, Tia!! I still have a bit of work to do on some of the topics (I got a bit of book fatigue towards the end!) but I’m happy with it so far. I’m thinking more and more about reading in order, so I want to make sure I have plenty of options for all of them.

I’m glad you’re reading a Nobel laureate too! I have my own small challenge list each year, and I’m going to add reading something by a Nobel laureate from next year onwards. So this one jumped right out at me!


message 19: by Cheri (new)

Cheri (jovali2) | 542 comments I love many of your choices! But I have to say that Poisonwood Bible is one of my favorite books ever. :)


message 20: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3472 comments I keep hearing amazing things about it! I really wanted to read it this year, but I don’t think I’ll get to it. 2018 might be its year! Also for War and Peace but let’s not talk about that book.


message 21: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments Your list is magnificent! I've read lots of them and can't wait to see which way you end up going with each topic.


message 22: by Michelle (new)

Michelle (mich2689) | 476 comments Wow that IS a lot of options!!! I see a lot of great titles and I'm loving all the little icons you're using. I might refer back to your page every now and then if I need some ideas for a prompt.


message 23: by Angie (new)

Angie | 765 comments You have a lot of great books here. I've totally stolen A Bend in the River. Anna Karenina is one of my favorite books. Tolstoy is my current literary crush.


message 24: by Manda (last edited Oct 12, 2017 10:13PM) (new)

Manda (bookwenchmanda) | 1099 comments I'm loving all of your book choice ideas. You have me rethinking some of my picks. Also digging your year goal post. I may be stealing part of that ;)

I'm trying to get through all of the Agatha Christie books. It's good to see someone else working their way through them too.


message 25: by Jody (last edited Oct 13, 2017 09:49AM) (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3472 comments Go for it Michelle! I like the icons too - I think Goodreads are allowing more now, as I totally stole the little book from another post in here. I’m a really visual person so it really helps me get it all together in my head.

Angie, I think A Bend in the River will definitely make it through next year, but I’m not sure about Anna. I’ve been battling W&P for ten months now and I’m not sure I can do another Tolstoy epic so soon. 😂

Thanks Manda! 😁 I did the goal thing this year too (I just realised I forgot to change the year when I copy-pasted it ... oops). I found it really helpful to keep an eye on things as the year went on, especially the percentages.


message 26: by Anna (new)

Anna | 969 comments Great list, Jody. I think many of us are going to come back to it if we run out of ideas! From your list I liked/loved several: The Left Hand of Darkness, The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Remains of the Day, Six of Crows, Dark Matter, Me Before You.


message 27: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3472 comments That makes me happy, Anna! I love doing research on books like this so if it helps other people, that's a good thing.

Manda, sorry, I had to go back and edit my last comment as my stupid phone autocorrect decided you should be Amanda instead of Manda and I didn't notice it. Grrr.


message 28: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3472 comments Testing for some more icons for my list:

🇦🇺🔝🗣👩‍👧


message 29: by Angie (new)

Angie | 765 comments Jody wrote: "Testing for some more icons for my list:

🇦🇺🔝🗣👩‍👧"


Where are people getting the fun little symbols? I like fun little symbols.


message 30: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3472 comments I posted from my phone, and just used the emojis from there - I think they've opened them up on here recently, as they never used to work.


message 31: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (last edited Oct 19, 2017 10:36AM) (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 6933 comments Mod
I'm not sure how to do it on a PC, but on a Mac, use Command+Control+Space Bar and it will open up the emojis for you to use!

(Definitely stealing the icon idea for my list!)


message 32: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3472 comments Oh my goodness ... this is a revelation to me. I'm on a Mac - thank you!


message 33: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 6933 comments Mod
Yay!

How did you find these books? Just digging around online? Looking through your TBR? I'm having trouble finding lists I like (I'm usually more of a grab and read type girl, but I wanted to try planning this year).


message 34: by Stacey (new)

Stacey D.  | 1710 comments You're making me rethink my choice for book originally published in another language, Jody. I love Amos Oz!


message 35: by Chinook (new)

Chinook | 639 comments Emily, I often search key words on Overdrive and then borrow from the library.


message 36: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3472 comments Stacey wrote: "You're making me rethink my choice for book originally published in another language, Jody. I love Amos Oz!"

Although I'm not going the full Katie, I'd really like to try and read a lot of the prompts next year as non-fiction, so this one is pretty high on my list for that one. It's been on my radar for a while, so I'm very glad to hear you love his writing1

Emily wrote: "Yay!

How did you find these books? Just digging around online? Looking through your TBR?"


Some popped into my head of their own accord, some of them I went through my TBR for, some I had to do some googling for - quite a few of the ones I needed help for had lists here on Goodreads, which I always find really helpful as it will show if any of the books on there are already on my TBR. I keep coming across more options too, so I'm always going back and adding more. I'm having so much fun planning this time around!


message 37: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments Jody wrote: "Although I'm not going the full Katie, I'd really like to try and read a lot of the prompts next year as non-fiction."

Bahaha, too funny.


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Tracy (tracyisreading) | 2472 comments Mod
😃👏👏👏


message 39: by Veronica (new)

Veronica | 794 comments So many options! I am looking forward to see what.you choose.


message 40: by Jody (last edited Dec 12, 2017 11:42AM) (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3472 comments I've decided I'm definitely going to read in order this time. I'm actually glad that I went through earlier and gave myself so many options for so many different prompts, because as I pretty much can't remember any of them, I shouldn't get sick of the books before I get a chance to read them! 😂

Edited to add: HURRY UP 2018


message 41: by Stacey (new)

Stacey D.  | 1710 comments Nah, I’ve still got 2 more big ones to go!!


message 42: by Celeste (last edited Dec 14, 2017 07:27AM) (new)

Celeste (celesteryr) | 301 comments Gaah! My eyes! (0cO)
You're a serious list-taker. Wow.
Good Luck. You'll definitely do better than me it seems. ;)

Oh yeah, what is a spider-read?


message 43: by Marina H (new)

Marina H | 1315 comments I've thought about reading in order as well next year. I'm not entirely sure because I don't know if the books will be available when I need them.

Are you going to stick to one book each week for this challenge or just read ahead if possible?


message 44: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments So I just took your entire list and dropped it into a word doc. I'm going to cross out the ones I've read and then find fill ins for the weeks where I've only got one book listed (I'm going to try to double down). I kind of think I'm a genius for making you do all the work and getting to just cherry pick what I want.

I am so ready for 2018. People think I'm crazy to have a list of books to read. I think it is wonderful.


message 45: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3472 comments Celeste - hahahaha, I'm good at planning, but we'll see how well I go actually following through! 😂 I really enjoy fitting pieces into the planning jigsaw puzzle, it's a lot of fun, and it's been reminding me of books that I really want to read, but have been kind of pushed to the back of my mind. Spider-reads are books I'm planning on reading with my little Spider, my daughter. She shares a name with a certain famous literary spider (from one of my all-time favourite books). ☺️

Marina, I'm definitely sticking to one book per prompt, but because I want to read in order I want to try and have as many options as possible so I can still mood read a little bit. Though I'm not really planning on completing POPSUGAR or BookRiot in 2018, I don't want to double up books with the challenges this year, so any side-reads will most likely slot in there somewhere.

Tammy! So glad I can help you out with my possibly overzealous planning. 😂 I'm totally ready for 2018 too. Bring it on!


message 46: by MJ (new)

MJ | 661 comments As someone who is reading 4 challenge books sumultaneously, 2018 can take its time!

I LOVED War and Peace!

I can't imagine NOT planning. That is a whole, crazy challenge unto itself. Maybe next year?

Among my many personal reading challenges, i want to read all of Agatha Christie's books and all of Stephen King's.

Two Men in a Boat was amusing. And I can't remember what else I was going to comment on. I loved reading this thread! Good luck!


message 47: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments I did my final analysis. I've read 60 off of your list (didn't count the repeats) and have 17 of your selections set to be read next year (4 of those I just swiped from your list and added to mine)! We should have a lot of good books to talk about


message 48: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments MJ wrote: "As someone who is reading 4 challenge books sumultaneously, 2018 can take its time!

I LOVED War and Peace!

I can't imagine NOT planning. That is a whole, crazy challenge unto itself. Maybe next ..."

MJ, I've read so many Stephen King books that I am not certain anymore which ones I've read and which ones I have left to read. I wish goodreads was around when I was younger, because then I would know what I've read. That challenge, along with the Agatha, should keep you very busy for a long time!


message 49: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3472 comments MJ wrote: "As someone who is reading 4 challenge books sumultaneously, 2018 can take its time!"

Actually, I've had the crazy idea to try and finish off the BookRiot 2017 challenge in the next two weeks, so I will switch to the take-your-time team. I've only five left, and two are comics, so it should be doable. I'm working my way through all of the Agatha Christie books too - they are really fantastic. I'm currently on my fifth by her, and they are just so readable. I read a bunch of Stephen King in my teens, but some of them messed with my head so badly that I had to stop.

Tammy - looking forward to swapping notes on our shared books!


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Sophie (sawphie) | 2924 comments Tammy wrote: "I wish goodreads was around when I was younger, because then I would know what I've read."

Same here, I was such a bookworm growing up that my read list would be double what it is now if I could remember all of them! I really hope I'm going to keep using GR for the rest of my life to look back at all the wonderful books I read!


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