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message 1: by Lisa (the.running.bookworm) (last edited Oct 31, 2018 11:44AM) (new)

Lisa (the.running.bookworm) Hello all. I am new to the group for 2018 and have not taken part in a challenge like this before. I am a keen reader and am always looking to try different types of books, so thought this would give me a nudge to do just that. I am not the fastest of readers but will try my best! Will update my plan as I decide what to read next... Happy reading to all :)

42/52 complete

1. A book with the letters A, T & Y in the title
The Day of the Triffids, by John Wyndham: complete

2. A book from the first 10 books added to your To Be Read list
The Quality of Silence, by Rosamund Lupton: complete

3. A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards (link)
The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden: complete

4. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #1 Earth (in title, cover, content, setting, author...)
Earth, Air, Fire and Custard, by Tom Holt: complete

5. A book about or inspired by real events
Burial Rites, by Hannah Kent: complete

6. A book originally written in a language other than English
The Oxford Murders, by Guillermo Martinez (originally written in Spanish): complete

7. A gothic novel
The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern: complete

8. An "own voices" book*
Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo: complete

9. A book with a body part in the title (heart, bones, teeth, skin, blood, etc)
The Girl with Glass Feet, by Ali Shaw: complete

10. An author's debut book (their first book to be published)
Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman: complete

11. A literary fiction
Lord of the flies, by William Golding: complete

12. A book set in Africa or South America
The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith: complete

13. A book with a plot centered around a secret (forbidden love, spies, secret societies, etc)
The Child, by Fiona Barton: complete

14. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #2 Fire
Burning Issy, by Melvin Burgess: complete

15. A book with an unique format/writing structure
Carrie, by Stephen King: complete

16. A narrative nonfiction
Captain Scott, by Ranulph Fiennes: complete

17. A book you expect to make you laugh
The Unexpected Truth About Animals, by Lucy Cooke: complete

18. A book with a location in the title
The Norfolk Mystery, by Ian Sansom: complete

19. A book nominated for the Edgar Award or by a Grand master author (books & authors)
The Ex, by Alafair Buke: complete

20. A book rated 5 stars by at least one of your friends
Expecting Someone Taller, by Tom Holt: complete

21. A book written in first person perspective
The Wicked Cometh, by Laura Carlin: complete

22. A book you have high expectations or hope for
Tears of the Giraffe, by Alexander McCall Smith: complete

23. A medical or legal thriller
Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult: complete

24. A book with a map
The Witchfinder's Sister, by Beth Underdown: complete

25. A book with an antagonist/villain point of view
The Last Mrs Parrish, by Liv Constantine: complete

26. A book with a text only cover
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, by John Boyne: complete

27. A book about surviving a hardship (war, famine, major disasters, serious illness, etc)
The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah: complete

28. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #3 Water
Water For Elephants, by Sara Gruen: complete

29. A book with a "Clue" weapon on the cover or title (lead pipe, revolver, rope, candlestick, dagger, wrench)
To Kill A Mocking Bird, by Harper Lee (rope): complete

30. A short book
Animal Farm, by George Orwell: complete

31. A book set in a country you'd like to visit but have never been to
The Gurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer: complete

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

33. A book connected (title, cover, content) to a word "born" in the same year as you (link)
The Couple Next Door, by Shari Lapena (baby monitor): complete

34. A suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls, that didn't win but was polarizing or a close-call (link)
The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov (a book chosen by a friend or family member): complete

35. A book featuring a murder
Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls, by Lynn Weingarten: complete

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

37. A Women's Prize for Fiction winner or nominee
Elizabeth is Missing, by Emma Healey (nominee): complete

38. A science book or a science fiction book
The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams: complete

39. A book with a form of punctuation in the title
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs
: complete

40. A book from Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list
Murder on the Orient Express: by Agatha Cristie

41. A book by an author with the same first and last initials
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson

42. A book that takes place on, in, or underwater
Mermaid, by Carolyn Turgeon: complete

43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce: complete

44. A ghost story
The Mistletoe Bride and other haunting tales, by Kate Mosse

45. A book that intimidates/ scares you
The Book Theif, by Markus Zusak
or
Persuasion, by Jane Austen

46. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #4 Air
A Hat Full of Sky, by Terry Pratchett

47. A book where the main character (or author) is of a different ethnic origin, religion, or sexual identity than your own
The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank

48. A book related to one of the 7 deadly sins (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, sloth)
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen (pride)
or
The Twits, by Roald Dahl (sloth)
or
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl (greed and gluttony)

49. A book from one of the Goodreads Best Books of the Month lists
The Muse, by Jesse Burton
or
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman

50. A book with a warm atmosphere (centered on family, friendship, love or summer)
The Keeper of Lost Things, by Ruth Hogan
or
Morality for Beautiful Girls, by Alexander McCall Smith

51. An award-winning short story or short story collection
The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night, by Jen Campbell
or
*wildcard*

52. A book published in 2018
Legendary, by Stephanie Garber: complete


message 2: by Emily (new)

Emily (momoftwins89) | 59 comments I'm new to the challenge as well this year! Have fun reading! 😊


message 3: by Marina H (new)

Marina H | 1315 comments Welcome to the challenge and one of the best groups on Goodreads! There's room for everybody no matter how many books they read or how fast.
I hope you'll have fun working on the challenge 😊


message 4: by Tamula (new)

Tamula | 50 comments This is my third year but my first year actually posting what I am reading. The nice thing about this group is it helps you decide what to read. I've never managed to read all the books on my list but I've gotten pretty close. Enjoy!


Lisa (the.running.bookworm) Thank you ladies. I have stared at sprint like pace and already on my third book. Not sure how long I can keep it up for though! ha x


message 6: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3491 comments Welcome!! I hope you love our challenge and our group. They’re both pretty awesome. 😁


Lisa (the.running.bookworm) Ok.... so I am 6 books down for 2018. Time for an update....
Best book so far has to be Burial Rites, by Hannah Kent - an amazing read! I was really drawn into the story. I could not put it down and was sad when it was finished. I would most certainly recommend. Really well written. If it was not for this challenge this is not necessarily a book I would have chosen to pick up - so thank you to the 'Around the Year' challenge for that! :)
Biggest disappointment I have to say was the Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden. I just could not get into this and felt it was overwritten in places. I had high hopes for this book following the hype and good reviews I had read, but unfortunately, for me, it just didn't live up.
Currently reading The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern as my gothic novel pick. So far so good.
Happy reading everyone :)


message 8: by Kathy (new)

Kathy | 2219 comments I read Burial Rites also and loved it. Rated it 5 stars.


Lisa (the.running.bookworm) Ok, so reading is still going well and I am 15 books in by March which I am happy with :) Time for an update I think....
I really enjoyed reading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman and I would recommend this to any fans of fantasy/ magical fiction or Gaiman that haven't already picked it up. Five stars from me :)
I was disappointed though by Six of Crows. Again, a book with a lot of hype that I did not really get into.
These last few weeks have also given me a chance to re-read some childhood favourites, like Lord of the Flies and Burning Issy (although they probably seemed a lot better when I was younger!)
Happy reading everyone :) x


Lisa (the.running.bookworm) Over halfway! yay!!! :) Really enjoying this challenge and will certainly attempt again next year x


Lisa (the.running.bookworm) Almost there! 10 to go! not sure I will get all 10 in by the end of the year but will try my best :)


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