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Ed Lehman | 1779 comments 8 of 52

1. A book with the letters A, T & Y in the title- perhaps A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth or Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray or The Sea of Fertility by Yukio Mishima or Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon or Giles Goat-Boy by John Barth or Night and Day by Virginia Woolf or Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen or The Radiant Way by Margaret Drabble
2. A book from the first 10 books added to your To Be Read list- probably The Berlin Stories: The Last of Mr Norris/Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood (which would be the same as PS #13
3. A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards - The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston
4. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #1 Earth (in title, cover, content, setting, author...)- perhaps Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
5. A book about or inspired by real events- perhaps Orlando by Virginia Woolf
6. A book originally written in a language other than English-probably The Wedding of Zein by Tayeb Salih
7. A gothic novel- probably Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
8. An "own voices" book*- perhaps Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood
9. A book with a body part in the title (heart, bones, teeth, skin, blood, etc)- probably The Hand of Ethelberta by Thomas Hardy-
10. An author's debut book (their first book to be published)- perhaps The Chosen by Chaim Potok or The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent or The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
11. A literary fiction- perhaps Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs or The Arabian Nights or The Forty-Five Guardsmen by Alexandre Dumas
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)- perhaps Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence or The Third Man by Graham Greene or The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers
14. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #2 Fire -perhaps Under Fire by Henri Barbusse
✔15. A book with an unique format/writing structure- Brand by Henrik Ibsen- a play written in verse.
16. A narrative nonfiction- perhaps The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson
17. A book you expect to make you laugh-Idiots at Work: Chronicles of Workplace Stupidity by Leland Gregory
✔18. A book with a location in the title- perhaps - Women of Algiers in Their Apartment by Assia Djebar
19. A book nominated for the Edgar Award or by a Grand master author (books & authors)- perhaps Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg or The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
20. A book rated 5 stars by at least one of your friends- probably The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope (Elizabeth-Alaska)
21. A book written in first person perspective- probably An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
22. A book you have high expectations or hope for- probably Rain of Gold by Victor Villaseñor
23. A medical or legal thriller- perhaps The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith or Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence
24. A book with a map- perhaps Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver or The Field Guide by Holly Black
25. A book with an antagonist/villain point of view - could be same as PS #9- perhaps Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys or And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
26. A book with a text only cover- perhaps The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle by Tobias Smollett or The Unfortunate Traveler by Thomas Nashe
27. A book about surviving a hardship (war, famine, major disasters, serious illness, etc)- probably A Parcel of Patterns by Jill Paton Walsh
28. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #3 Water- perhaps The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley or Black Water by Joyce Carol Oates
29. A book with a "Clue" weapon on the cover or title (lead pipe, revolver, rope, candlestick, dagger, wrench)- probably The Monkey's Wrench by Primo Levi
✔30. A short book- Blue Octavo Notebooks by Franz Kafka
31. A book set in a country you'd like to visit but have never been to- probably Tent of Miracles by Jorge Amado
32. An alternate history book- perhaps Watchmen by Alan Moore or The Plot Against America by Philip Roth or How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
33. A book connected (title, cover, content) to a word "born" in the same year as you - my word= "gobsmacked"- probably Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters by John Waters
34. A suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls, that didn't win but was polarizing or a close-call perhaps Crossing by Jan Yoors- -(from 6th mini-poll): A book whose title or author's last name starts with Q, X, Y, or Z
✔35. A book featuring a murder- The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy
36. A book published in the last 3 years (2016, 2017, 2018) by an author you haven't read before- [probably book:Al Franken, Giant of the Senate|31933250] by Al Franken
37. A Women's Prize for Fiction winner or nominee (link1, link2)- perhaps My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
✔38. A science book or a science fiction book- The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells
39. A book with a form of punctuation in the title- perhaps The Thief's Journal by Jean Genet or They Shoot Horses, Don't They? by Horace McCoy or Old Masters: A Comedy by Thomas Bernhard or July's People by Nadine Gordimer
40. A book from Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime - perhaps Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen or Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll or The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson or Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
41. A book by an author with the same first and last initials- perhaps The Lonely Londoners
42. A book that takes place on, in, or underwater- perhaps- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
✔43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence- The Tongue's Blood Does Not Run Dry: Algerian Stories
44. A ghost story- probably The Green Man by Kingsley Amis
45. A book that intimidates/ scares you- probably War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
46. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #4 Air- perhaps Coming Up for Air by George Orwell or Dead Air by Iain Banks
✔47. A book where the main character (or author) is of a different ethnic origin, religion, or sexual identity than your own- The Savage Night by Mohammed Dib
48. A book related to one of the 7 deadly sins (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, sloth)- perhaps The Grapes of Wrath or Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
49. A book from one of the Goodreads Best Books of the Month lists - perhaps By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham or Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading by Nina Sankovitch
50. A book with a warm atmosphere (centered on family, friendship, love or summer)- perhaps The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende or One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez or Little Women by Louisa May Alcott or Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
✔51. An award-winning short story or short story collection- Amok and Other Stories by Stefan Zweig
52. A book published in 2018


message 2: by Joan (new)

Joan Barnett | 1593 comments I love some of your classic choices


message 3: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments Great list. Ambitious. I've been wondering if anyone would consider the Bible.


message 4: by Ed (new)

Ed Lehman | 1779 comments Updated at 8 of 52.


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