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message 1: by Sabrina (last edited Dec 31, 2018 01:03AM) (new)

Sabrina | 390 comments aty52-2018 40/52
1. A book with the letters A, T & Y in the title ✓
Bridget Jones's Diary
2. A book from the first 10 books added to your TBR ✓
The Color Purple
3. A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards ✓
Norse Mythology
4. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #1 Earth ✔
East of Eden
5. A book about or inspired by real events ✔
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families
6. A book originally written in a language other than English ✔
Beartown
7. A gothic novel ✔
The Picture of Dorian Gray
8. An "own voices" book* ✔
The Hate U Give
9. A book with a body part in the title (heart, bones, teeth, skin, blood, etc) ✔
The Tell-Tale Heart
10. An author's debut book (their first book to be published) ✔
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
11. A literary fiction ✔
Brave New World
12. A book set in Africa or South America ✔
Homegoing
13. A book with a plot centered around a secret (forbidden love, spies, secret societies, etc) ✔
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
14. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #2 Fire ✔
Slaughterhouse-Five
15. A book with an unique format/writing structure ✔
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
16. A narrative nonfiction ✔
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
17. A book you expect to make you laugh ✔
SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes And Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance
18. A book with a location in the title ✔
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
19. A book nominated for the Edgar Award or by a Grand master author (books & authors) ✔
Code Name Verity
20. A book rated 5 stars by at least one of your friends ✔
Daughter of Smoke & Bone
21. A book written in first person perspective ✔
Gracefully Grayson
22. A book you have high expectations or hope for ✔
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
23. A medical or legal thriller ✔
Sadie
24. A book with a map ✔
The Hobbit
25. A book with an antagonist/villain point of view ✔
Mother Night
26. A book with a text only cover ✔
Turtles All the Way Down
27. A book about surviving a hardship (war, famine, major disasters, serious illness, etc) ✔
Shadow and Bone
28. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #3 Water ✔
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
29. A book with a "Clue" weapon on the cover or title (lead pipe, revolver, rope, candlestick, dagger, wrench) ✔
Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 1
30. A short book
Daredevil, Volume 16: Hell to Pay, Volume 1
31. A book set in a country you'd like to visit but have never been to
Siege and Storm
32. An alternate history book
Ruin and Rising
33. A book connected (title, cover, content) to a word "born" in the same year as you (link)
X-Men/Steve Rogers: Escape from the Negative Zone
34. A suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls, that didn't win but was polarizing or a close-call (category: hogwarts house) ✔
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
35. A book featuring a murder ✔
Scarlet
36. A book published in the last 3 years (2016, 2017, 2018) by an author you haven't read before
The Girls
37. A Women's Prize for Fiction winner or nominee (link1, link2)
Burial Rites
38. A science book or a science fiction book ✔
Cinder
39. A book with a form of punctuation in the title ✔
Captain America & Bucky: Old Wounds
40. A book from Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list (link)
Animal Farm
41. A book by an author with the same first and last initials✔
The Sword of Summer
42. A book that takes place on, in, or underwater
Peter Pan
43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence
Bring Up the Bodies
44. A ghost story ✔
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
45. A book that intimidates/ scares you ✔
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories
46. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #4 Air ✔
Cress
47. A book where the main character (or author) is of a different ethnic origin, religion, or sexual identity than your own ✔
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
48. A book related to one of the 7 deadly sins (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, sloth) ✔
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
49. A book from one of the Goodreads Best Books of the Month lists (link)
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
50. A book with a warm atmosphere (centered on family, friendship, love or summer) ✔
To All the Boys I've Loved Before
51. An award-winning short story or short story collection
Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders
52. A book published in 2018 ✔
What If It's Us


message 2: by Tracy, Constellation Mod (new)

Tracy (tracyisreading) | 2475 comments Mod
I love that I keep seeing Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder on some of these lists. Its a subject that so important to me. Its been on my shelf for a long time. I really need to pick it up and read it soon :-)


message 3: by Sabrina (new)

Sabrina | 390 comments Tracy wrote: "I love that I keep seeing Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder on some of these lists. Its a subject that so important to me. Its been on my shelf..."

Really? i didn't realize it was such a popular choice. I'm a little hesitant though just because I feel like the reasons for increases in depression and anxiety in teenagers over the years is way more complicated than just "technology bad, outside good" but I'm still curious


message 4: by Tracy, Constellation Mod (new)

Tracy (tracyisreading) | 2475 comments Mod
I think I've seen it at least 4 or 5 times throughout the different yearly challenges, this one and also Pop Sugar. It always stands out to me because I feel like its not a subject most people would be interested in. I picked it up years ago when I had my daughters going to Wilderness School ( an outdoor camp- such an amazing opportunity for them and they were toddlers- they still talk about going back every year)


message 5: by Sabrina (new)

Sabrina | 390 comments Tracy wrote: "I think I've seen it at least 4 or 5 times throughout the different yearly challenges, this one and also Pop Sugar. It always stands out to me because I feel like its not a subject most people woul..."

Interesting. Well I'll definitely let you know what I think


message 6: by Tracy, Constellation Mod (new)

Tracy (tracyisreading) | 2475 comments Mod
Love your first four smiley faces!! Bridget Jones's Diary is a fun little book. I love that character, she's a hot mess. The Color Purple was one of my favs from last year. Norse Mythology was also really good, I enjoyed the Norse myths, which I wasn't familiar with. I both Listened on audio and read that one. It was a popular choice for the group this past year. I gave it 4 stars. And I already told you how I feel about Last Child in the Woods :-)

Enjoy!! And don't worry about making changes- My whole list changed last year, and so far this year, I've already started making changes. I just move the ones I take off into an alternate reads category and hope I can maybe get around to them.


message 7: by Sabrina (new)

Sabrina | 390 comments Tracy wrote: "Love your first four smiley faces!! Bridget Jones's Diary is a fun little book. I love that character, she's a hot mess. The Color Purple was one of my favs from last year. Norse Mythology was also..."

Haha thanks glad to know I'm not the only indecisive one. I'm very excited about Norse Mythology. I loved mythology as a kid so when I saw that one I totally geeked. I'm probably gonna read Beartown as well since the popsugar group is doing that for their february book of the month, which I've heard great things about


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Jenna (jennabgemini) | 188 comments Tracy wrote: "I love that I keep seeing Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder on some of these lists. Its a subject that so important to me. Its been on my shelf..."

It's on my shelf too!! Not fitting it to a prompt this year but should try to squeeze it in anyway 🤔


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Camille Khalily We have several in common!


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Sabrina | 390 comments Camille wrote: "We have several in common!"

yay cousin!


message 11: by Sabrina (last edited Jul 25, 2018 03:25PM) (new)

Sabrina | 390 comments so..... guess who decided to double her challenge by tacking on the 2016 aty list (having just joined the group this year, I haven't done it before).......oops

I really tried to do primarily books from my physical shelf for this one, which honestly made making the list super easy since it limits my choices.

anyway here's part 2 hehe
1. A book you meant to read in 2015, but didn't ✔
Gracefully Grayson
2. A book set in a different continent
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
3. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 (winner or nominated) ✔
The Sword of Summer
4. A book by an author you discovered in 2015 ✔
Cinder
5. A book with a title beginning with the 1st letter of your name ✔
Scarlet
6. The highest rated on your TBR
Like Sweet Buttermilk
7. A book about books
Thieves of Book Row: New York's Most Notorious Rare Book Ring and the Man Who Stopped It
8. A classic book with less than 200 pages
The Outsiders
9. A book that was mentioned in another book
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
10. A book by an author you feel you should have read by now
The Martian
11. A book from the Rory Gilmore challenge
1984
12. A childhood classic
The Hobbit
13. Reader’s Choice
Attachments
14. A book with one of the five W’s -or H in the title (Who/What/Where/When/Why/How)
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
15. A book set in the past (more than 100 years ago)
Mistress Shakespeare
16. A book from the top 100 mystery novels
Murder on the Orient Express
17. A book with a beautiful cover
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things
18. A book on a summer/beach reading list
Middlesex
19. A non-fiction book
SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes And Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance
20. A book with a first name in the title
I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
21. A book from the Goodreads Recommendations page
The Complete Persepolis
22. The first book in a new to you series
Uglies
23. The next book in a series you are reading
Cress
24. A "between the numbers" book of a series (0.5, 1,5, 2.5, etc.)
Fairest
25. A book whose main character is in a profession that interests you
The Alienist
26. A book everyone is talking about
Red Queen
27. A book with a beautiful title (in your own opinion)
Turtles All the Way Down
28. A biography, autobiography, or memoir
Alexander Hamilton
29. A book by an author who writes under more than one name
The Cuckoo's Calling
30. A fairytale from a culture other than your own
tbd - online
31. A work of young adult fiction
The Graveyard Book
32. A historical fiction book
The Girls
33. The 16th book on your TBR
Matched
34. A book about mental illness
It's Kind of a Funny Story
35. An award winning book
American Gods
36. An identity book - a book about a different culture, religion or sexual orientation
Three Cups of Tea
37. A book that you've seen the movie of but haven't read
City of Bones
38. A book about an anti hero
The Lies of Locke Lamora
39. A previous suggestion that did not make it into the list
(category: number in the title) The 5th Wave
40. A novella from your favorite genre
The Halloween Tree
41. A book about a major world event (fiction or non-fiction)
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
42. A top 100 fantasy novel
The Two Towers
43. A book about a thing that goes bump in the night
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
44. A book you're embarrassed to read in public
Captive Prince
45. A book related to a hobby or passion you have
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
46. A crime story
Heat Wave
47. A book with a type of food/drink in the title
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
48. A dystopia
Never Let Me Go
49. A book with a great opening line
A Tale of Two Cities
50. A book originally written in a language other than English
The Alchemist
51. A short story from a well-known author
Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo
52. A book published in 2016
A Gentleman in Moscow


message 12: by Tracy, Constellation Mod (last edited Jan 18, 2018 01:04PM) (new)

Tracy (tracyisreading) | 2475 comments Mod
Good luck :-)

Thats a lot of reading. I have lists made up for all of the years 2015- now for all the big challenges. I know I'll never get them all done, but at some point maybe I can chip away at them. Definitely won't be this year.


message 13: by Sabrina (new)

Sabrina | 390 comments Tracy wrote: "Good luck :-)

Thats a lot of reading. I have lists made up for all of the years 2015- now for all the big challenges. I know I'll never get them all done, but at some point maybe I can chip away a..."


Thanks! I was very hesitant to double up this year as I didn't want to overwhelm myself but honestly a book/week is too slow a pace for me and I've been finding myself bored the past couple weeks when I finish haha. With this plan, it's a book every 3-4 days which I think is pretty reasonable.
We'll see how I feel when I go back to school, but I'm hoping all this reading will somehow help, rather than hinder my gpa.


message 14: by Tracy, Constellation Mod (last edited Jan 18, 2018 06:16PM) (new)

Tracy (tracyisreading) | 2475 comments Mod
Books I liked/loved on your 2nd list:
1984- slow start, but worth it
The Hobbit :-)
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things!!!!!! One of my top reads last year
Middlesex- Love <3
I am Malala
The Graveyard Book- Love <3
Matched- read it twice, will probably read it again because I have the last book sitting around here somewhere and need to refresh.
The 5th Wave
Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children ( finishing the last in the trilogy right now)


message 15: by Sabrina (new)

Sabrina | 390 comments Tracy wrote: "Books I liked/loved on your 2nd list:
1984- slow start, but worth it
The Hobbit :-)
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things!!!!!! One of my top reads last year
Middlesex- Love <3
I am Malala
The Graveyar..."


awesome! i think i like more of my choices for the second list than the first so i'm glad i ended up adding it. i bought all the ugly and wonderful things and middlesex on a whim at the used book sale so im glad to hear good things about them haha


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Tammy | 704 comments Oh Good! Another Double Downer! I just got sidetracked by my first book that is not on my list and now I am on day 3 of reading it. I'm trying not to do side-reads, but this one has to go back to the library! Best of luck to you this year. I look forward to keeping an eye on how you are doing.


message 17: by Sabrina (new)

Sabrina | 390 comments Tammy wrote: "Oh Good! Another Double Downer! I just got sidetracked by my first book that is not on my list and now I am on day 3 of reading it. I'm trying not to do side-reads, but this one has to go back to t..."

Thank you! 104 will be plenty of work for me so I doubt I'll have time for side reads, except maybe for readathons. Good luck to you too!


message 18: by Sabrina (new)

Sabrina | 390 comments I decided to do a very belated July update so here we go:

Books Read/Prompts Filled

6. book originally written in a language other than english - Beartown ★★★★★

7. a gothic novel - The Picture of Dorian Gray ★★★

8. an "own voices book" - The Hate U Give ★★★★★

9. book with a body part in the title - The Tell-Tale Heart ★★★★

10. an author's debut book - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone ★★★

Total: 5 books read
Avg Rating: ★★★★

Fave of the month: It's a tossup, but I think I'm giving this to Beartown . I fell in love with Backman's writing style with this.

Dud of the month: Not really a dud but I didn't like The Picture of Dorian Gray as much as I thought I would. Still at a 3 so it wasn't bad or anything just wasn't my fave.

All in all I was really able to get back into the swing of things! I think after 6 months of not reading a thing, I was very ready to just devote myself to it, which is why I went so fast. (I hadn't actually ended the hiatus until July 27th, which makes this a pace of about a book per day).

I did a bit of replanning and I think I may be able to finish or at least come close to finishing my goal of 104 books. It would put me at a pace of about 1 book every 2 days, with a couple short books or stories being only 1, and a few longer books having 3. Obviously, school comes first though so if this gets too overwhelming I'll simply prioritize this year's ATY list over the 2016 list. I think at the very least, I can make it to 80 books, which is just as well a quite sizeable number.

I'm also going to add my month by month plan into this thread so I can keep track of everything in one place.


message 19: by Tracy, Constellation Mod (last edited Aug 15, 2018 02:11PM) (new)

Tracy (tracyisreading) | 2475 comments Mod
sabrina that happened to me last year, I went through a stall/slump and was at only 31/52 in october. I started reading like crazy a book every day or two and managed to pull it off and finish with almost 2 weeks to spare ! You can do it!!


message 20: by Sabrina (new)

Sabrina | 390 comments Tracy wrote: "sabrina that happened to me last year, I went through a stall/slump and was at only 31/52 in october. I started reading like crazy a book every day or two and managed to pull it off and finish with..."

haha thanks tracy i hope you're right! I can always play catch up during thanksgiving and winter break too if I need to


message 21: by Sabrina (last edited Aug 15, 2018 02:27PM) (new)

Sabrina | 390 comments Schedule for Remainder of Year

August (remainder) total - 13
If I stay || 13-14
Prisoner of azkaban || 15-17
In cold blood || 18-20
Complete maus || 21
Thieves of book row || 22-23
The outsiders ||24
Reading Lolita || 25-26
The martian || 27-28
1984 || 29-30
the hobbit || 31 – 1

BOM: underground railroad and the graveyard book
Audiobook: the girl who played with fire

September total: 16 grand total: 29
The fellowship of the ring 2-3
Mother night 4-5
Exit west 6-7
Into thin air 8-9
Goblet of fire 10-12
Yiddish police 13-15
84, charring cross 16
if you could be mine 17-18
feed 19-20
mindhunter 21-22
strange the dreamer 23-25
song of Achilles 26-27
neuromancer 28-29

class book: immortal life of henrietta lacks
BOM: attachments
audiobook: order of the phoenix

October total: 17 grand total: 46
Behind the beautiful forevers || 30-2
The sun also rises || 3-4
Where’d you go Bernadette || 5-6
Mistress Shakespeare || 7-8
Murder on the orient express || 9-10
All the ugly and wonderful things || 11-12
Middlesex || 13-14
Sapiens || 15-17
I am malala || 18-19
Persepolis || 20-21
Throne of glass || 22-24
Cress || 25-27
Fairest || 28
Winter || 29-31

BOM: ghost story and the Halloween tree
Audiobook: half blood prince

November total: 17 grand total: 63
Peter pan 1-2
Bring up the bodies 3-4
The alienist || 5-6
Red queen || 7-8
Turtles all the way down || 9-10
Alexander hamilton|| 11-12
Fairy tale || 13
Lost hero || 14-15
The girls || 16-17
Matched || 18-19
It’s kind of a funny story || 20-21
American gods || 22-24
Three cups of tea || 25-26
City of bones || 27-29

bom: the cuckoo’s calling and never let me go
audiobook: deathly hallows

December total: 17 grand total: 80
5th wave 30-2
Will grayson, will grayson 3-4
Devil in the white city 5-6
Two towers 7-8
Miss pelegrine’s 9-10
Captive prince 11-12
Mr. penumbra’s 13-14
Heat wave 15-16
Huckleberry finn 17-18
Fragile things 19-20
Tale of two cities 21-23
circe 24-26
the alchemist 27-28
singer of Apollo || 29
gentleman in Moscow || 30-31

BOM: warm atmosphere and the lies of lack lamora

Grand total for whole year: 104


message 22: by Tracy, Constellation Mod (new)

Tracy (tracyisreading) | 2475 comments Mod
Some Big ones in there ....


message 23: by Sabrina (new)

Sabrina | 390 comments Tracy wrote: "Some Big ones in there ...."

Yea I might save some of the huge ones for next year and switch it out with a shorter read, like Alexander Hamilton . I tried to save the big ones I really do want to get to this year as my audiobook of the month (aka: the harry potters) so I can take my time with it.


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