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message 1: by Julia (last edited Jan 17, 2019 08:35AM) (new)

Julia | 17 comments Hello,

Here we go again!
I'll try to read more or less in order this year, but I will definitely still change around some of the choices for the categories. I've also realized that I need to give myself a choice for most weeks if I wanna stick to the order... I will likely narrow it down the closer I get to the respective week.

Additional Goals:

✇ 600+ Pages
✼ less than 250 Pages

Completed 41/52

1. A book with the letters A, T & Y in the title
After You (Me Before You, #2) by Jojo Moyes Read 03/02 ★★★

2. A book from the first 10 books added to your To Be Read list
The Help by Kathryn Stockett Read 25/03 ★★★★★

3. A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

4. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #1 Earth
As in Middle-Earth ;-)
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1) by J.R.R. Tolkien

5. A book about or inspired by real events
Boxers (Boxers & Saints, #1) by Gene Luen Yang Read 08/09 ★★★★

6. A book originally written in a language other than English
Die Kinder von Moorhusen by Arno Surminski Read 07/10 ★★★★

7. A gothic novel
Clockworks (Locke & Key, #5) by Joe Hill Read 12/10 ★★★★★

8. An "own voices" book
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Read 12/03 ★★★★

9. A book with a body part in the title (heart, bones, teeth, skin, blood, etc)
Head Games (Locke & Key, #2) by Joe Hill Read 11/10 ★★★★★

10. An author's debut book (their first book to be published)
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Read 06/05 ★★★★

11. A literary fiction
England, England by Julian Barnes Currently Reading

12. A book set in Africa or South America
A very short passage is set in Africa and South America...
Weihnachtsbriefe von Felix. Ein kleiner Hase besucht den Weihnachtsmann. by Annette Langen Read 31/12 ★★★★★

13. A book with a plot centered around a secret (forbidden love, spies, secret societies, etc)
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah Read 21/01 ★★★★★

14. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #2 Fire
A Column of Fire (Kingsbridge, #3) by Ken Follett ✇ Read 02/05 ★★

15. A book with an unique format/writing structure
Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Amie Kaufman Read 01/04 ★★★ (3.5)

16. A narrative nonfiction
It's a nonfiction at least...
Becoming by Michelle Obama Read 27/11 ★★★★

17. A book you expect to make you laugh
Die Känguru-Apokryphen by Marc-Uwe Kling Read 21/10 ★★★★★ (4.5)

18. A book with a location in the title
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer Read 18/08 ★★★★

19. A book nominated for the Edgar Award or by a Grand master author
The Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple, #1) by Agatha Christie

20. A book rated 5 stars by at least one of your friends
Alpha & Omega (Locke & Key, #6) by Joe Hill Read 13/10 ★★★★★

21. A book written in first person perspective
Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman Read 20/02 ★★★★★

22. A book you have high expectations or hope for
Saga, Vol. 8 (Saga, #8) by Brian K. Vaughan ✼ Read 28/01 ★★★★

23. A medical or legal thriller
I'm waaaaay stretching this category
Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2) by Amie Kaufman ✇ Read 13/04 ★★★★

24. A book with a map
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4) by George R.R. Martin ✇ Read 25/10 ★★★

25. A book with an antagonist/villain point of view
It's all a matter of the POV
Saints (Boxers & Saints, #2) by Gene Luen Yang Read 09/09 ★★★★

26. A book with a text only cover
Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling Read 26/11 ★★★

27. A book about surviving a hardship (war, famine, major disasters, serious illness, etc)
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris Read 21/09 ★★★★ (3.5)

28. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #3 Water
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan Read 14/05 ★★★★

29. A book with a "Clue" weapon on the cover or title (lead pipe, revolver, rope, candlestick, dagger, wrench)
Crown of Shadows (Locke & Key, #3) by Joe Hill Read 11/10 ★★★★★

30. A short book
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote Read 04/09 ★★★★

31. A book set in a country you'd like to visit but have never been to
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent Iceland

32. An alternate history book
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

33. A book connected (title, cover, content) to a word "born" in the same year as you
brain freeze
Keys to the Kingdom (Locke & Key, #4) by Joe Hill Read 12/10 ★★★★ (4.5)

34. A suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls, that didn't win but was polarizing or a close-call
- A graphic novel
Saga, Vol. 9 (Saga, #9) by Brian K. Vaughan Read 22/10 ★★★★

35. A book featuring a murder
Welcome to Lovecraft (Locke & Key, #1) by Joe Hill Read 11/10 ★★★★

36. A book published in the last 3 years (2016, 2017, 2018) by an author you haven't read before
A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss Read 08/06 ★★★★★

37. A Women's Prize for Fiction winner or nominee
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller Currently Reading

38. A science book or a science fiction book
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

39. A book with a form of punctuation in the title
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Creekwood, #1) by Becky Albertalli Read 03/06 ★★★

40. A book from Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list
1984 by George Orwell or The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1) by Lemony Snicket or Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll or Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn or The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald or The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2) by J.R.R. Tolkien

41. A book by an author with the same first and last initials
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #1) by Ransom Riggs

42. A book that takes place on, in, or underwater
Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini Read 15/09 ★★★★★

43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence
What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli Read 13/11 ★★★

44. A ghost story
Coraline by Neil Gaiman ✼ Read 05/02 ★★★

45. A book that intimidates / scares you
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo ✇ or A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5) by George R.R. Martin

46. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #4 Air
flying dandelion seeds on the cover
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes ★★★★

47. A book where the main character (or author) is of a different ethnic origin, religion, or sexual identity than your own
The Sellout by Paul Beatty Read 26/07 and 17/08 ★★★★

48. A book related to one of the 7 deadly sins (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, sloth)
Die Streithörnchen by Rachel Bright Read 22/12 ★★★★

49. A book from one of the Goodreads Best Books of the Month lists
Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood, #2) by Becky Albertalli Read 27/07 ★★★

50. A book with a warm atmosphere (centered on family, friendship, love or summer)
Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #3) by Jenny Han Read 03/09 ★★

51. An award-winning short story or short story collection
It's not a short story... but it's short!
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Read 14/06 ★★★★★

52. A book published in 2018
Still Me (Me Before You #3) by Jojo Moyes Read 14/05 ★★★


message 2: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments Do you have Catcher in the Rye in the wrong spot? I don't remember any water in there, but then again it has been a long time. Have you read any of the other books from George RR Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series? If not, be sure to start with the first, A Game of Thrones. They are wonderful...but very long!


message 3: by Julia (new)

Julia | 17 comments I did have it in the wrong spot - oops! It slipped down a row... I meant to have it in the category of authors with the same initials as me. Wait... now that I'm thinking about it... Is it meant to be same first and last initials as ME, or is it meant to be same first and last initials as in they are the same? I think number two makes a lot more sense. I might be completely off track here haha

I'm actually currently reading the third one, and I'm loving it. But I don't think I'll manage to get to number four before January, so I put it on this list :) They are long indeed!


message 4: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments It's intended to be that the author's first and last name start with the same letter, like James Joyce or Bill Bryson.


message 5: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments Also, I love that you've picked the most lovely cover option to show for each book.


message 6: by Julia (new)

Julia | 17 comments Katie wrote: "It's intended to be that the author's first and last name start with the same letter, like James Joyce or Bill Bryson."

Haha ok, I am changing that then - for some reason I added an "as me" to the category when I first read it. Thanks!


message 7: by Zaz (new)

Zaz | 3034 comments Katie wrote: "Also, I love that you've picked the most lovely cover option to show for each book."

Haha, I was totally the same while looking at the plan! "Oooh, this one is a pretty cover" :D


message 8: by Julia (new)

Julia | 17 comments Zaz wrote: "Katie wrote: "Also, I love that you've picked the most lovely cover option to show for each book."

Haha, I was totally the same while looking at the plan! "Oooh, this one is a pretty cover" :D"


Yeah, I have a problem :D I need my covers to match and be pretty!


message 9: by Angie (new)

Angie | 807 comments I like several of the books you have listed. I can highly recommend A Pale View of Hills and The Raven Boys.


message 10: by Julia (new)

Julia | 17 comments I'm looking forward to those - Especially with Ishiguro I felt like it was time for another one of his novel after his Nobel Prize. I've read The Remains of the Day and Never Let me Go and I enjoyed both of those!


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