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message 1: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (last edited Nov 21, 2020 01:52PM) (new)

Laura | 3823 comments Mod
✔1. A book with the letters A, T & Y in the title
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys ★★★★☆

✔2. A book from the first 10 books added to your To Be Read list
The Deep by Nick Cutter ★★★½☆

✔3. A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards
Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
★★★½☆

✔4. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #1 Earth (in title, cover, content, setting, author...)
Force of Nature by Jane Harper ★★★½☆

✔5. A book about or inspired by real events
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent ★★★½☆

✔6. A book originally written in a language other than English
Dawn by Elie Wiesel ★★★½☆

✔7. A gothic novel
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern ★★★☆☆

✔8. An "own voices" book
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han ★★★★☆


9. A book with a body part in the title (heart, bones, teeth, skin, blood, etc)
The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne

✔10. An author's debut book (their first book to be published)
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus ★★★½☆


✔11. A literary fiction ★★★★
Us Against You by Fredrik Backman


12. A book set in Africa or South America
We Eat Our Own by Kea Wilson

✔13. A book with a plot centered around a secret (forbidden love, spies, secret societies, etc)
The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz ★★★☆☆

✔14. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #2 Fire
The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve ★★★½☆

✔15. A book with an unique format/writing structure
Gemina by Amie Kaufman ★★★★☆

✔16. A Chick-lit book Wildcard
When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger ★★★★☆

✔17. A book you expect to make you laugh
Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham ★★★½☆

✔18. A book with a location in the title
The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz ★★★★☆

✔19. A book nominated for the Edgar Award or by a Grand master author (books & authors)
The Outsider by Stephen King ★★★★☆

✔20. A book rated 5 stars by at least one of your friends
The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir ★★★★☆

✔21. A book written in first person perspective
Still Me by Jojo Moyes ★★★★★

✔22. A book you have high expectations or hope for
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones ★★★★★

✔23. A medical or legal thriller
The Alienist by Caleb Carr ★★★★★

✔24. A book with a map
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman ★★★★★

✔25. A book with an antagonist/villain point of view
Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney ★★★½☆

✔26. A book with a text only cover
The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine ★★★☆☆

✔27. A book about surviving a hardship (war, famine, major disasters, serious illness, etc)
Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell ★★★★☆

✔28. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #3 Water
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman ★★★★☆


29. A book with a "Clue" weapon on the cover or title (lead pipe, revolver, rope, candlestick, dagger, wrench)
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

✔30. A short book
Never Never: Part Two by Colleen Hoover ★★★★☆

✔31. A book set in a country you'd like to visit but have never been to
The Perfect Nanny by Leïla Slimani ★★★☆☆

✔32. An alternate history book
The Power by Naomi Alderman ★★★½☆

✔33. A book connected (title, cover, content) to a word "born" in the same year as you
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds ★★★½☆


✔34. A suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls, that didn't win but was polarizing or a close-call
A book with less than 2018 ratings
Believe Me by JP Delaney ★★★☆☆


✔35. A book featuring a murder
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn ★★★☆☆


✔36. A book published in the last 3 years (2016, 2017, 2018) by an author you haven't read before
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks ★★★★½

✔37. A Women's Prize for Fiction winner or nominee
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie ★★★½☆


38. A science book or a science fiction book
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

✔39. A book with a form of punctuation in the title
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han ★★★★☆


40. A book from Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X

✔41. A book by an author with the same first and last initials
Stay with Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ ★★★☆☆


42. A book that takes place on, in, or underwater
To The Bright Edge of the World

✔43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh ★★★★☆

✔44. A ghost story
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James ★★★★☆

✔45. A book that intimidates/scares you
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara ★★★★★


46. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #4 Air
Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King

✔47. A book where the main character (or author) is of a different ethnic origin, religion, or sexual identity than your own
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas ★★★★☆

✔48. A book related to one of the 7 deadly sins (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, sloth)
Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James ★★★½☆

✔49. A book from one of the Goodreads Best Books of the Month lists
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager ★★★★★

✔50. A book with a warm atmosphere (centered on family, friendship, love or summer)
One Day in December by Josie Silver ★★★★★

✔51. An award-winning short story or short story collection
Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption:Hope Springs Eternal by Stephen King ★★★½☆

✔52. A book published in 2018
All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover ★★★★½



message 2: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3823 comments Mod
I'm slowly filling in my list! I'm definitely taking my time because I tend to make changes about a million times throughout the year.

Considering it is looking like I will only accomplish half the challenge this year, I am really hoping I can be more successful in 2018. I'm telling myself that it is new and exciting in a way since I focused on so many other things in 2017. So in 2018 I want to really buckle down get refocused on my reading, really tackling some of the challenges I've been working on in prior years. Hopefully, I can finish the 2018 ATY Challenge and also play catch-up on some of the others.

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 3: by Pam (new)

Pam (bluegrasspam) | 2488 comments "The Other" sounds good! I'm going to check it out. "Angela's Ashes" is one of my all-time favorites! Enjoy.


message 4: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (last edited Mar 03, 2018 10:52AM) (new)

Laura | 3823 comments Mod
January

I'm a bit behind but I really want to be sure to keep up with monthly updates. The beginning of the month was especially good for reading because I had a few unexpected snow days and 2-hour delays. I've really managed to keep up with the challenge and am proud of the progress I made. I'm excited for this year!

- One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus ★★★½☆
- Without Merit by Colleen Hoover ★★★½☆
- Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham ★★★½☆
- Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes ★★★★☆
- The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz ★★★☆☆

I will say that I'm ready for a good, 5-star read!


message 5: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (last edited Mar 10, 2018 06:57PM) (new)

Laura | 3823 comments Mod
February

I'm still waiting for that 5-star read! I will say I started The Wife Between Us this week and am hopeful. I'm caught up on this challenge but 2 books behind on my overall goal for the year. Hopefully I can catch back up in March!

- Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King ★★★½☆
- Never Never: Part Two by Colleen Hoover ★★★★☆
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman ★★★★☆
- Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James ★★★½☆


message 6: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (last edited Apr 03, 2018 10:00AM) (new)

Laura | 3823 comments Mod
March

I continue to be slightly behind in my overall goal but I'm excited that I'm continuing my momentum as the year progresses. I'm sure I can fit in some extra books here and there.

- The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks ★★★★½
- Force of Nature by Jane Harper ★★★½☆
- Still Me by Jojo Moyes ★★★★★
- The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz ★★★★☆


message 7: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3823 comments Mod
April
April was a really stressful month for work but I'm excited to have the end of the school year approaching. I also am moving school placements, to a place that will cut my commute in half so I'm optimistic for catching up with my overall Goodreads goal.

- The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve ★★★½☆
- Dawn by Elie Wiesel ★★★½☆
- Believe Me by J.P. Delaney ★★★☆☆
- The Perfect Nanny by Leïla Slimani ★★★☆☆
- An American Marriage by Tayari Jones ★★★★★
- Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys ★★★★☆


message 8: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (last edited Jun 09, 2018 06:26AM) (new)

Laura | 3823 comments Mod
May

Apparently it wasn't a great reading month for me. I had two weekend trips, one for my niece's first birthday and one for my brother's wedding, so I suspect that was the main issue. I read some during the week but definitely more on the weekend. I'm still on track for ATY though so I'm satisfied.

- Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris ★★★★½
- The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls ★★★★★
- The Broken Girls by Simone St. James ★★★★☆


message 9: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (last edited Aug 04, 2018 06:01AM) (new)

Laura | 3823 comments Mod
June

June was another tough month for me. Luckily, I started the year off at a good pace so I'm not really behind in my challenge. I would really like to get through a lot of books in July and August though, since I would really like to hit 75 books in 2018.

- P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han ★★★★☆
- Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han ★★★★☆
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling ★★★½☆


message 10: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3823 comments Mod
July

Things started to even out a little bit in July for me but it's been a really tough couple of months for me emotionally. So it's hard to say if my books were a little 'meh' just because I wasn't feeling the best but now I'm reading The Outsider and am really enjoying it. So hopefully I can really get my reading mojo back in August.

- Beartown by Fredrik Backman ★★★★★
- The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn ★★★☆☆
- The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine ★★★☆☆


message 11: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3823 comments Mod
August

I decided to switch to physical books this last month which got me a little more excited about reading again. It's been great to get back into appreciating covers again and just the weight of an actual book. I have some serious catching up to do with my challenges but can hopefully pull it off.

- The Outsider by Stephen King ★★★★☆
- When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger ★★★★☆
- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead ★★★½☆


message 12: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (last edited Oct 09, 2018 03:58PM) (new)

Laura | 3823 comments Mod
September

I'm a bit behind with my September recap but here goes. I started off the month really great but then got completely derailed with A Little Life. I'm glad I ended up reading it and checked off week 45 with it but I really wish it wouldn't have taken so many weeks to read.

- Us Against You by Fredrik Backman ★★★★★
- The Deep by Nick Cutter ★★★½☆
- The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian ★★★½☆
- The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-mi Hwang ★★★★★
- In Conclusion, Don't Worry About It by Lauren Graham ★★★½☆


message 13: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3823 comments Mod
October

Much of my month was taken up by A Little Life so I'm actually happy with the amount of reading I got done. I'm still (probably delusionally) optimistic about finishing the challenge. But we'll see what happens.

- The Power by Naomi Alderman ★★★½☆
- A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara ★★★★★
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern ★★★☆☆
- All American Boys by Jason Reynolds ★★★½☆


message 14: by Tracy, Constellation Mod (new)

Tracy (tracyisreading) | 2472 comments Mod
Looks like A Little Life was worth it :-)

I love this list. It looks similar to my original plan before I read everything else lol. Good luck finishing up.


message 15: by Joan (new)

Joan Barnett | 1521 comments Laura - reading your last couple of updates made me realize that I don't have Us Against You in my 2019 plan. Ugh and then I remember I think you also read and liked Still Me and I wanted to read that too. Crud - I'm probably going to rework my 2019 plan again.

Both of us still have #15 left and we are reading the same book. I'm planning to read Illuminae after Tarzan. I heard it goes quick so that will be good.


message 16: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (last edited Nov 05, 2018 06:04AM) (new)

Laura | 3823 comments Mod
Tracy wrote: "Looks like A Little Life was worth it :-)

I love this list. It looks similar to my original plan before I read everything else lol. Good luck finishing up."


I've definitely moved things around a lot in order to fit in my spontaneous mood reads. I read All Your Perfects over the weekend and was afraid I wouldn't fit it anywhere but I finally made it work. The challenge of solving those types puzzles are half the fun!

Joan wrote: "Laura - reading your last couple of updates made me realize that I don't have Us Against You in my 2019 plan. Ugh and then I remember I think you also read and liked Still Me

They're definitely both worth fitting in for 2019. I wasn't all that impressed with After You so I'm glad that she ended up releasing Still Me. It was a good way to redeem the series.

I will likely be starting Illuminae about the same time as you. I had a bunch of library holds come through all at once so I was a bit intimidated by its size but I also heard it goes quick. I'm excited to read a paper copy of it since it so many interesting pages.


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