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Johanna (visionsofjohanna) | 9 comments Hi All,
I will add my plan here later on. Can't wait to get started. I'm based in Finland and I shall be reading in both Finnish and English. I will take part in two different reading challenges and I'm hoping next year will be a good reading year.

The 2018 List

1. A book with the letters A, T & Y in the title
2. A book from the first 10 books added to your To Be Read list
3. A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards (link)
4. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #1 Earth (in title, cover, content, setting, author...)
5. A book about or inspired by real events
6. A book originally written in a language other than English
7. A gothic novel
8. An "own voices" book*
9. A book with a body part in the title (heart, bones, teeth, skin, blood, etc)
10. An author's debut book (their first book to be published)
11. A literary fiction
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)
14. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #2 Fire
15. A book with an unique format/writing structure
16. A narrative nonfiction
17. A book you expect to make you laugh
18. A book with a location in the title
19. A book nominated for the Edgar Award or by a Grand master author (books & authors)
20. A book rated 5 stars by at least one of your friends
21. A book written in first person perspective
22. A book you have high expectations or hope for
23. A medical or legal thriller
24. A book with a map
25. A book with an antagonist/villain point of view
26. A book with a text only cover
27. A book about surviving a hardship (war, famine, major disasters, serious illness, etc)
28. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #3 Water
29. A book with a "Clue" weapon on the cover or title (lead pipe, revolver, rope, candlestick, dagger, wrench)
30. A short book
31. A book set in a country you'd like to visit but have never been to
32. An alternate history book
33. A book connected (title, cover, content) to a word "born" in the same year as you (link)
34. A suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls, that didn't win but was polarizing or a close-call (link)
35. A book featuring a murder
36. A book published in the last 3 years (2016, 2017, 2018) by an author you haven't read before
37. A Women's Prize for Fiction winner or nominee (link1, link2)
38. A science book or a science fiction book
39. A book with a form of punctuation in the title
40. A book from Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list (link)
41. A book by an author with the same first and last initials
42. A book that takes place on, in, or underwater
43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence
44. A ghost story
45. A book that intimidates/ scares you
46. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #4 Air
47. A book where the main character (or author) is of a different ethnic origin, religion, or sexual identity than your own
48. A book related to one of the 7 deadly sins (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, sloth)
49. A book from one of the Goodreads Best Books of the Month lists (link)
50. A book with a warm atmosphere (centered on family, friendship, love or summer)
51. An award-winning short story or short story collection
52. A book published in 2018

List created by the group members, after suggestions and votes. Thanks to all!

*an own voice novel is a book about marginalised protagonists (by ethnic group, religion, sexual orientation, mental illness, etc) written by an author who shares that same identity.


message 2: by Johanna (new)

Johanna (visionsofjohanna) | 9 comments 1. A book with the letters A, T & Y in the title:
Beauty is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan

2. A book from the first 10 books added to your To Be Read list:
A little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

3. A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards:
MEMOIR & AUTOBIOGRAPHY: What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

4. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #1 Earth (in title, cover, content, setting, author...): Unaccostumed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

5. A book about or inspired by real events
Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War
by Svetlana Alexievich

6. A book originally written in a language other than English
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

7. A gothic novel
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

8. An "own voices" book*
Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster
by Svetlana Alexievich

9. A book with a body part in the title (heart, bones, teeth, skin, blood, etc):
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

10. An author's debut book (their first book to be published): N'entre pas dans mon âme avec tes chaussures by Paola Pigani


message 3: by Johanna (new)

Johanna (visionsofjohanna) | 9 comments 11. A literary fiction
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

12. A book set in Africa or South America
Daughter of Fortune & the House of Spirits by Isabelle Allende

13. A book with a plot centered around a secret (forbidden love, spies, secret societies, etc)
The Secret History by Tartt, Donna

14. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #2 Fire
War's Unwomanly Face by Svetlana Alexievich

15. A book with an unique format/writing structure
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino

16. A narrative nonfiction
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Gay, Roxane

17. A book you expect to make you laugh
We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby

18. A book with a location in the title
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo

19. A book nominated for the Edgar Award or by a Grand master author (books & authors)
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

20. A book rated 5 stars by at least one of your friends
My Brilliant Friend (L'amica geniale #1) by Elena Ferrante
Uuden nimen tarina (L'amica geniale #2) by Elena Ferrante


message 4: by Johanna (new)

Johanna (visionsofjohanna) | 9 comments 21. A book written in first person perspective
2004: Thanks for the Vodka Kindle by Harpie
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

22. A book you have high expectations or hope for
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

23. A medical or legal thriller
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

24. A book with a map
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

25. A book with an antagonist/villain point of view
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

26. A book with a text only cover
Room by Emma Donoghue

27. A book about surviving a hardship (war, famine, major disasters, serious illness, etc)
The Road by Cormac McCarthy

28. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #3 Water
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

29. A book with a "Clue" weapon on the cover or title (lead pipe, revolver, rope, candlestick, dagger, wrench)
The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas

30. A short book
First Love and Other Novellas by Samuel Beckett


message 5: by Johanna (new)

Johanna (visionsofjohanna) | 9 comments 31. A book set in a country you'd like to visit but have never been to
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

32. An alternate history book
Sale of the Century: Russia's Wild Ride from Communism to Capitalism by Chrystia Freeland

33. A book connected (title, cover, content) to a word "born" in the same year as you (link)
Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters (gender bender)
Orlando by Virginia Woolf

34. A suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls, that didn't win but was polarizing or a close-call (link)

35. A book featuring a murder

36. A book published in the last 3 years (2016, 2017, 2018) by an author you haven't read before

37. A Women's Prize for Fiction winner or nominee (link1, link2)

38. A science book or a science fiction book

39. A book with a form of punctuation in the title

40. A book from Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list (link)


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