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message 1: by eleen ✨ (last edited Sep 12, 2018 04:54AM) (new)

eleen ✨ (eleenbeans) | 75 comments Go big or go home amirite? I’ve never done a book challenge before so obviously I’ll choose what’s gearing up to be the most hectic year of my life to do it. Undecided re: reading in order or not.

⚑ = physical | ⚐ = ebook | 🌿 = nonfiction | 🌙 = female author | ¶ = reading

No.1 A book with the letters A, T & Y in the title
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy : John le Carré

No.2 A book from the first 10 books added to your TBR list
The Girl from Everywhere : Heidi Hellig

No.3 A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards
 Norse Mythology : Neil Gaiman 🌿
 Moonglow : Michael Chabon

No.4 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #1 Earth (in title, cover, content, setting, author...)
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World : Peter Wohlleben 🌿

No.5 A book about or inspired by real events
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World : Andrea Wulf 🌿🌙
The Romanovs: 1613 - 1918 : Simon Sebag Montefiore 🌿

No.6 A book originally written in a language other than English
Beartown : Fredrik Backman

No.7 A gothic novel
Slade House : David Mitchell
The Silent Companions : Laura Purcell 🌙
The Blind Assassin : Margaret Atwood 🌙

No.8 An "own voices" book
Pachinko : Min Jin Lee 🌙

No.9 A book with a body part in the title (heart, bones, teeth, skin, blood, etc.)
The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code : Sam Kean 🌿
The Lonely Hearts Hotel : Heather O’Neill 🌙
Foreign Bodies : Cynthia Ozick 🌙
The Heart’s Invisible Furies : John Boyne

No.10 An author's debut book
The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance : David Epstein 🌿

No.11 A literary fiction
Bright Air Black : David Vann
The Keeper of Lost Things : Ruth Hogan 🌙
The Comet Seekers : Helen Sedgwick 🌙

No.12 A book set in Africa or South America
The House of the Spirits : Isabel Allende

No.13 A book with a plot centred around a secret (forbidden love, spies, societies, etc.)
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold : John le Carré

No.14 Book #2, Fire
A Secret Sisterhood: The Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf : Emily Midorikawa, Emma Claire Sweeney, Margaret Atwood (cover) 🌿🌙
Blaze: The Forensics of Fire : Nicholas Faith (title) 🌿
After the Fire, a Still Small Voice : Evie Wyld (title) 🌙
The Girl Who Played With Fire : Stieg Larsson (title)
Little Fires Everywhere : Celeste Ng (title) 🌙
Howl’s Moving Castle : Dianna Wynne Jones (content) 🌙

No.15 A book with a unique format / writing structure
S. : J.J. Abrams, Doug Dorst
Cloud Atlas : David Mitchell
Hopscotch : Julio Cortázar
One Rainy Day in May : Mark Z. Danielewski


No.16 A narrative nonfiction
Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages : Guy Deutscher 🌿
The Warmth of Other Suns : Isabel Wilkerson 🌿🌙
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much : Allison Hoover Bartlett 🌿🌙

No.17 A book you expect to make you laugh
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy : Douglas Adams
32 Candles : Ernessa T. Carter 🌙
Skippy Dies : Paul Murray
Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City : Julia Wertz 🌙

No.18 A book with a location in the title
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden : Jonas Jonasson

No.19 A book nominated for the Edgar Award or by a Grand master author
The Greek Coffin Mystery : Ellery Queen (author)

No.20 A book rated 5 stars by at least one of your friends
The Secret History : Donna Tartt 🌙

No.21 A book written in first person perspective
The Girl from Everywhere : Heidi Hellig

No.22 A book you have high expectations or hope for
Found Audio : N.J. Campbell
The Alaskan Laundry : Brendan Jones
The Secret History : Donna Tartt 🌙
The Address : Fiona Davis 🌙

No.23 A medical or legal thriller
Force of Nature : Jane Harper

No.24 A book with a map
The Chronicles of Narnia : C.S. Lewis
Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will : Judith Schalansky 🌿🌙
You are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination : Katharine Harmon 🌿🌙

No.25 A book with an antagonist/villain point of view
The Lies of Locke Lamora : Scott Lynch

No.26 A book with a text only cover
Tuesdays With Morrie : Mitch Albom
Pitch Dark : Renata Adler 🌙
Sky Burial : Xinran 🌙
We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria : Wendy Pearlman 🌿🌙
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook : John Piven 🌿


message 2: by eleen ✨ (last edited Sep 09, 2018 08:25AM) (new)

eleen ✨ (eleenbeans) | 75 comments cont.

No.27 A book about surviving a hardship (war, famine, major disasters, serious illness, etc)
All The Light We Cannot See : Anthony Doerr

No.28 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #3 Water
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life : William Finnegan 🌿
We, the Drowned : Carsten Jensen
Let My People Go Surfing : Yvon Chouinard 🌿
Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them : Ted Danson, Michael D’Orso 🌿


No.29 A book with a "Clue" weapon on the cover or title (lead pipe, revolver, rope, candlestick, dagger, wrench)
The Murder at the Vicarage : Agatha Christie (link to version with dagger)

No.30 A short book
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics : Carlo Rovelli 🌿

No.31 A book set in a country you'd like to visit but have never been to
The Bear and the Nightingale : Katherine Arden

No.32 An alternate history book
The Underground Railroad : Colson Whitehead

No.33 A book connected to a word "born" in the same year as you (link) | CURRENTLY READING
Perfecting Sound Forever: An Aural History of Recorded Music : Greg Milner 🌿¶
The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century : Alex Ross (AAC? Auto-tune?) 🌿
The Epigenetics Revolution : Nessa Carey (epigenomics) 🌿🌙
Epigenetics: The Ultimate Mystery of Inheritance : Richard C. Francis (epigenomic) 🌿


No.34 A suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls, that didn't win but was polarising or a close-call
— Ultimate Flowchart
The Circle : Dave Eggers
— A book whose title or author's last name starts with Q, X, Y, or Z
Queen Victoria's Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe : Deborah Cadbury 🌿🌙
Sour Heart : Jenny Zhang 🌙

No.35 A book featuring a murder
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer : Patrick Süskind

No.36 A book published in the last 3 years (2016, 2017, 2018) by an author you haven’t read before


No.37 A Women’s Prize for Fiction winner or nominee
The Essex Serpent : Sarah Perry (nominee)

No.38 A science book or a science fiction book
Time : Stephen Baxter

No.39 A book with a form of punctuation in the title
The Gone-Away World : Nick Harkaway
The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel) : Ellen Raskin 🌙
Are We There Yet? : Alison Lester 🌙
The Universe in Your Hand: A Journey Through Space, Time, and Beyond : Christophe Galfard 🌿

No.40 A book from Amazon’s 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list
Never Let Me Go : Kazuo Ishiguro
Middlesex : Jeffrey Eugenides
The Liars' Club : Mary Karr 🌙
Dune : Frank Herbert

No.41 A book by an author with the same first and last initials
The The People We Hate at the Wedding : Grant Ginder
The Mothers : Brit Bennett 🌙
The Spellman Files : Lisa Lutz 🌙

No.42 A book that takes place on, in, or under water
Swimming Studies : Leanne Shapton 🌿🌙
Sea Change: A Message of the Oceans : Sylvia A. Earle 🌿🌙

No.43 A book with a title that is a whole sentence
Never Let Me Go : Kazuo Ishiguro
The Devil Wears Prada : Lauren Weisberger 🌙
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish : Douglas Adams

No.44 A ghost story | CURRENTLY READING
The Complete Sherlock Holmes : Arthur Conan Doyle ¶

No.45 A book that intimidates / scares you
The Romanovs: 1613 - 1918 : Simon Sebag Montefiore 🌿
Gravity's Rainbow : Thomas Pynchon
To Kill a Mockingbird : Harper Lee 🌙

No.46 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #4 Air
The Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs : Tristan Gooley 🌿
Aurorarama : Jean-Christophe Valtat
Caesar's Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us : Sam Kean 🌿


No.47. A book where the main character (or author) is of a different ethnic origin, religion, or sexual identity than your own
Call Me By Your Name : André Aciman

No.48 A book related to one of the 7 deadly sins (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, sloth)
The Godfather : Mario Puzo (lust, wrath, pride, etc.)

No.49 A book from one of the Goodreads Best Books of the Month lists
The Heart's Invisible Furies : John Boyne (August 2016)
1Q84 : Haruki Murakami (October 2011) 🌙

No.50 A book with a warm atmosphere (centered on family, friendship, love or summer)
The Songlines : Bruce Chatwin

No.51 An award-winning short story or short story collection
Foreign Soil : Maxine Beneba Clarke

No.52 A book published in 2018
will get to this in 2018


message 3: by eleen ✨ (last edited Jul 30, 2018 03:54AM) (new)

eleen ✨ (eleenbeans) | 75 comments Books Reading
The Complete Sherlock Holmes : Arthur Conan Doyle

Books Read | 22
30. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics : Carlo Rovelli [1]
1. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy : John le Carré [1]
3. Norse Mythology : Neil Gaiman [1]
10. The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance : David Epstein [1]
4. The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World [2]
6. The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden : Jonas Jonasson [2]
2. The Girl from Everywhere : Heidi Hellig [3]
22. The Secret History : Donna Tartt [3]
27. All the Light We Cannot See : Anthony Doerr [4]
5. The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World : Andrea Wulf 🌙🌿[4]
58. The Godfather : Mario Puzo [4]
19. The Greek Coffin Mystery : Ellery Queen [4]
39. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared : Jonas Jonasson [5]
13. The Spy Who Came In from the Cold : John le Carré [5]
38. Time : Stephen Baxter [5]
35. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer : Patrick Suskind [6]
31. The Bear and the Nightingale : Katherine Arden [6]
12. The House of the Spirits : Isabel Allende [7]
36. Pachinko : Min Jin Lee [7]
15. ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria for the End Times : Andrew MacLean [7]
50. The Songlines : Bruce Chatwin [7]
37. The Essex Serpent : Sarah Perry [7]


message 4: by Hannah (new)

Hannah | 120 comments You've got some great choices there, we've also got some of the same books!! Looks like you'll have a great year! It's my first time participating in this challenge as well - I'm so curious whether I'll be able to keep up with my plan. Can't wait for 2018 to get here... Good luck to you!


message 5: by eleen ✨ (new)

eleen ✨ (eleenbeans) | 75 comments Hannah wrote: "You've got some great choices there, we've also got some of the same books!! Looks like you'll have a great year! It's my first time participating in this challenge as well - I'm so curious whether..."

Thanks Hannah! I like that you have so many classics on your list. I'm sure we'll smash it next year and then we'll be able to discuss all the books we've read. ;) Good luck to you too!


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