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Juliaoak | 5 comments I have already made some changes and still have three books to pick but here is the list that I have currently!

1. A book with the letters A, T & Y in the title Started Early, Took My Dog finished 14/02/2018
2. A book from the first 10 books added to your To Be Read list Shelter finished 15/07/2018
3. A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards Origin
4. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #1 Earth (in title, cover, content, setting, author...) The Clan of the Cave Bear
5. A book about or inspired by real events Travelling to Infinity finished 05/05/2018
6. A book originally written in a language other than English - The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared finished 01/04/2018
7. A gothic novel - The Mysteries of Udolpho
8. An "own voices" book* The Hate U Give finished 21/07/2018
9. A book with a body part in the title (heart, bones, teeth, skin, blood, etc) - Someone Else's Skin
10. An author's debut book (their first book to be published) - Behind the Scenes at the Museum
11. A literary fiction Bel Canto
12. A book set in Africa or South America - Crisis
13. A book with a plot centered around a secret (forbidden love, spies, secret societies, etc) - The Secret Wife finished 14/01/2018
14. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #2 Fire - Inferno
15. A book with an unique format/writing structure (cd audiobook) Seconds Away
16. A narrative nonfiction - Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
17. A book you expect to make you laugh Agatha Raisin and the Witches' Tree finished 07/01/2018
18. A book with a location in the title - Rivers of London 07/07/2018
19. A book nominated for the Edgar Award or by a Grand master author (books & authors) - Mr Mercedes finished 07/05/2018
20. A book rated 5 stars by at least one of your friends -How to Find Love in a Bookshop finished 25/02/2018
21. A book written in first person perspective - All the Bright Places
22. A book you have high expectations or hope for - Dark Matter finished 19/01/2018
23. A medical or legal thriller - A Daughter's Secret
24. A book with a map A Column of Fire
25. A book with an antagonist/villain point of view Dark Places finished 30/05/2018
26. A book with a text only cover - The Historian

27. A book about surviving a hardship ( serious illness) - It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life finished 14/07/2018
28. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #3 Water End of Watch
29. A book with a "Clue" weapon on the cover or title ( revolver) - The Hollow
30. A short book The Town Below the Ground: Edinburgh's Legendary Underground City finished 24/06/2018
31. A book set in a country you'd like to visit but have never been to - Thailand and Australia - The Pearl Sister finished 05/01/2018
32. An alternate history book - Sleeper’s Castle
33. A book connected (title, cover, content) to a word "born" in the same year as you 1970 - war story - Suite Française
34. A suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls, that didn't win but was polarizing or a close-call (link) - The Snow Angel
35. A book featuring a murder - The Little Friend
36. A book published in the last 3 years (2016, 2017, 2018) by an author you haven't read before - Caraval finished 14/06/2018
37. A Women's Prize for Fiction winner or nominee (link1, link2) - The Essex Serpent finished 02/02/2018
38. A science book or a science fiction book The Martian
39. A book with a form of punctuation in the title - 4:50 from Paddington finished 21/06/2018
40. A book from Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
41. A book by an author with the same first and last initials - La Belle Sauvage
42. A book that takes place on, in, or underwater - Closed Circle finished 07/02/2018
43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence - They Do It with Mirrors finished 24/06/2018
44. A ghost story Darkmans
45. A book that intimidates/ scares you Needful Things
46. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #4 Air Tell It To The Skies finished 20/02/2018
47. A book where the main character (or author) is of a different ethnic origin, religion, or sexual identity than your ownFinders Keepers
48. A book related to one of the 7 deadly sins (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, sloth) Greed Paper Money finished 15/06/2018
49. A book from one of the Goodreads Best Books of the Month lists (link) Only Time Will Tell from the monthly list of September 2011
50. A book with a warm atmosphere (centered on family, friendship, love or summer) Summer at Hope Meadows
51. An award-winning short story or short story collection - A study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman - won the Hugo award. finished 25/02/2018
52. A book published in 2018 The Smoke thieves by Sally Green finished 29/05/2018


message 2: by Juliaoak (new)

Juliaoak | 5 comments Well I had a good start to the year then my reading slowed down a bit so I am not quite half way through my list yet. I have made quite a few changes as I thought I would.

I have found some new authors and really enjoyed their books:
Ben Aaronovitch - The rivers of London series. I loved this different take on a detective series involving 'ghosts from the past'. I have since read the second book in that series but it is not part of the challenge.
I loved Caraval by Stephanie Garber.
I also enjoyed the next book in Lucinda Riley's seven sisters series - The Pearl sister - these books are fascinating and I love all the history attached to them.

There is one book that I am finding it really difficult to get moving through - The mysteries of udolpho - there is a lot of descriptive work but it seems to be a bit too descriptive ha ha! Probably something to do with the time it was written I think. Anyway I will persevere and see how I get on.


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