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message 1: by dalex (last edited Dec 22, 2018 04:29AM) (new)

dalex (912dalex) | 1672 comments The official Around the Year in 52 Books category list.

I plan to complete the challenge in random order, which I will list by month in the comments below.

Round 1: 52/52
COMPLETED JUNE 30

Round 2: 38/52
COMPLETED DECEMBER 31

1. A book with the letters A, T & Y in the title
Stray City (MARCH)

2. A book from the first 10 books added to your To Be Read list
Whistle Stop (JUNE)
The Passing Bells DECEMBER)

3. A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards
Borne (JANUARY)
The Keeper of Lost Things (JULY)

4. Four elements: earth
Fen: Stories (JUNE)
West (AUGUST)

5. A book about or inspired by real events
News of the World (JANUARY)
The Girls (AUGUST)

6. A book originally written in a language other than English
The History of Bees (JANUARY)

7. A gothic novel
Rooms (JUNE)
The Silent Companions (JULY)

8. An "own voices" book
An Unkindness of Ghosts (JANUARY)

9. A book with a body part in the title
Behind Her Eyes (MARCH)
The Hand That First Held Mine (DECEMBER)

10. An author's debut book
The Rift (MAY)
Over the Plain Houses (AUGUST)

11. A literary fiction
Paradise City (JANUARY)
Whistle in the Dark (AUGUST)

12. A book set in Africa or South America
The Falling Sky (JUNE) - South America
The Book of Memory (AUGUST) - Africa

13. A book with a plot centered around a secret
The Book of Speculation (JANUARY)
The Last One (AUGUST)

14. Four elements: fire
Home Fire (JUNE)

15. A book with an unique format/writing structure
Solar Bones (FEBRUARY)
Freshwater (AUGUST)

16.A narrative nonfiction WILD CARD
Defender (MAY)
Tomorrow (SEPTEMBER)

17. A book you expect to make you laugh
Nimona (FEBRUARY)

18. A book with a location in the title
Glass Town (JANUARY)
A Place Called Winter (DECEMBER)

19. A book nominated for the Edgar Award
Woman with a Blue Pencil (JANUARY)
The Hours Before Dawn (DECEMBER)

20. A book rated 5 stars by at least one of your friends
The Incarnations (MAY)
The Gallery of Vanished Husbands (DECEMBER)

21. A book written in first person perspective
Vigil (MARCH)
A Line Made by Walking (AUGUST)

22. A book you have high expectations or hope for
The Mad Scientist's Daughter (MARCH)
The Monster Baru Cormorant (NOVEMBER)

23. A medical or legal thriller
Ammonite (APRIL)
The Wildlands (SEPTEMBER)

24. A book with a map
Under a Pole Star (JANUARY)
The House at the Edge of the World (JULY)

25. A book with an antagonist point of view
The Last to See Me (JANUARY)
Circe (SEPTEMBER)

26. A book with a text only cover
The Wanderers (JANUARY)
Bird Box (DECEMBER)

27. A book about surviving a hardship
A Prayer for the Dying (JANUARY)

28. Four elements: water
Clade (APRIL)
An Ocean of Minutes (SEPTEMBER)

29. A book with a "Clue" weapon on the cover
Quintessence (FEBRUARY)
Jane Steele (JULY)

30. A short book
Agents of Dreamland (JANUARY)
Passing Strange (JULY)

31. A book set in a country you'd like to visit but have never been to
The Wolf in the Attic (JANUARY)

32. An alternate history book
Radiance (JUNE)
Summerland (JULY)

33. A book connected to a word "born" in the same year as you
The Genius Plague (JANUARY)
Exit West (AUGUST)

34. A suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls
Soleri - a book with an epic element (JANUARY)
Star's End - a book containing something celestial in the title (DECEMBER)

35. A book featuring a murder
The Glorious Heresies (JUNE)
This House is Haunted (DECEMBER)

36. A book published in the last 3 years by an author you haven't read before
How Saints Die (APRIL)
The Binding (DECEMBER)

37. A Women's Prize for Fiction winner or nominee
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock (MAY)
The Cutting Room (JULY)

38. A science fiction book
The Stars Are Legion (FEBRUARY)
Linesman (AUGUST)

39. A book with a form of punctuation in the title
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman (JANUARY)

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

41. A book by an author with the same first and last initials
The Winged Histories (MARCH)
The Year of Our War (JULY)

42. A book that takes place on, in, or under water
The Stone Boatmen (MAY)

43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence
We Are Here (MARCH)

44. A ghost story
The Comet Seekers (MARCH)
Living with Ghosts (OCTOBER)

45. A book that intimidates you
The Country of Ice Cream Star (JUNE)

46. Four elements: air
What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky (APRIL)

47. A book where the main character (or author) is of a different ethnic origin, religion, or sexual identity than your own
Disobedience (MARCH)

48. A book related to one of the 7 deadly sins
The Traitor Baru Cormorant (JUNE)
Our Lady of the Ice (JULY)

49. A book from one of the Goodreads Best Books of the Month lists
Elizabeth Is Missing (FEBRUARY)
The Bedlam Stacks (JULY)

50. A book with a warm atmosphere [centered on family, friendship, love or summer]
Spill Simmer Falter Wither (APRIL)
Heft (DECEMBER)

51. An award-winning short story collection
Record of a Night Too Brief (MARCH)
Zolitude (AUGUST)

52. A book published in 2018
The Sky is Yours (FEBRUARY)
The Book of M (JULY)


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dalex (912dalex) | 1672 comments JANUARY

1) Week 26. A book with a text only cover
The Wanderers by Meg Howrey
The Wanderers by Meg Howrey

It's about 98% text so I'm counting it.
Rating: 2 Stars My review


2) Week 33. A book connected to a word "born" in the same year as you
The Genius Plague by David Walton
The Genius Plague by David Walton

1970, what-if. Synopsis: “What if the pandemic you thought would kill you made you more intelligent instead?”
Rating: 3 Stars My review

3) Week 5. A book about or inspired by real events
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
News of the World by Paulette Jiles

The character of Captain is inspired by Caesar Adolphus Kydd. Also, the story is about a girl who was abducted by a Native American tribe, which is based on historical fact.
Rating: 2 Stars My review

4) Week 27. A book about surviving a hardship
A Prayer for the Dying by Stewart O'Nan
A Prayer for the Dying by Stewart O'Nan

Diphtheria epidemic. And drought. And fire.
Rating: 4 Stars My review

5) Week 8. An "own voices" book
An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

The author is GLBTQ+ POC and the characters in the book are "marginalized" in just about every possible way.
Rating: 5 Stars My review

6) Week 6. A book originally written in a language other than English
The History of Bees by Maja Lunde
The History of Bees by Maja Lunde

translated from Norwegian
Rating: 2 Stars My review

7) Week 3. A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards
Borne by Jeff VanderMeer
Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

Nominee for science fiction
Rating: 5 Stars My review

8) Week 24. A book with a map
Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney
Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney

Rating: 2 Stars My review

9) Week 18. A book with a location in the title
Glass Town by Steven Savile
Glass Town by Steven Savile

Rating: 1 Star My review

10) Week 30: A short book
Agents of Dreamland by Caitlín R. Kiernan
Agents of Dreamland by Caitlín R. Kiernan

128 pages
Rating: 4 Stars My review

11) Week 25. A book with an antagonist point of view
The Last to See Me by M. Dressler
The Last to See Me by M. Dressler

Rating: 4 Stars My review

12) Week 19. A book nominated for the Edgar Award
Woman with a Blue Pencil by Gordon McAlpine
Woman with a Blue Pencil by Gordon McAlpine

2016 nominee for Best Paperback Original
Rating: 3 Stars My review

13) Week 34. A suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls - a book with an epic element
Soleri by Michael Johnston
Soleri by Michael Johnston

Cover blurb: “Utterly epic.” (Lev Grossman)
Rating: 4 Stars My review

14) Week 39. A book with a form of punctuation in the title
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami

Rating: 4 Stars My review

15) Week 11. A literary fiction
Paradise City by Elizabeth Day
Paradise City by Elizabeth Day

Rating: 4 Stars My review

16) Week 31. A book set in a country you'd like to visit but have never been to
The Wolf in the Attic by Paul Kearney
The Wolf in the Attic by Paul Kearney

Oxford England 1920s. Yes, please.
Rating: 4 Stars My review


message 3: by dalex (last edited Mar 07, 2018 04:45PM) (new)

dalex (912dalex) | 1672 comments FEBRUARY

17) Week 15. A book with an unique format/writing structure
Solar Bones by Mike McCormack
Solar Bones by Mike McCormack

The book is written as one continuous sentence.
Rating: 4 Stars My review

18) Week 17. A book you expect to make you laugh
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

It did! It did make me laugh! Quite a bit, in fact.
Rating: 4 Stars My review

19) Week 52. A book published in 2018
The Sky Is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith
The Sky is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith

Rating: 3 Stars My review

20) Week 13. A book with a plot centered around a secret
The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

Centuries of secrets surrounding a family curse and a mysterious book.
Rating: 3 Stars My review

21) Week 38. A science fiction book
The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley
The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley

Rating: 4 Stars My review

22) Week 49. A book from one of the Goodreads Best Books of the Month lists
Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey
Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey

June 2014
Rating: 4 Stars My review

23) Week 29. A book with a "Clue" weapon on the cover
Quintessence by David Walton
Quintessence by David Walton

In the cover image, there are ropes on the ship.
Rating: 3 Stars My review

24) Week 40. A book from Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime
A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #1) by Madeleine L'Engle
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Rating: 3 Stars My review


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dalex (912dalex) | 1672 comments MARCH

25) Week 1. A book with the letters A, T & Y in the title
Stray City by Chelsey Johnson
Stray City by Chelsey Johnson

Rating: 5 Stars My review

26) Week 41. A book by an author with the same first and last initials
The Winged Histories by Sofia Samatar
The Winged Histories by Sofia Samatar

Rating: 5 Stars My review

27) Week 44. A ghost story
The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgwick
The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgwick

Rating: 3 Stars My review

28) Week 47. A book where the main character (or author) is of a different ethnic origin, religion, or sexual identity than your own
Disobedience by Naomi Alderman
Disobedience by Naomi Alderman

The protagonist and the author are Jewish.
Rating: 3 Stars My review

29) Week 51. An award-winning short story collection
Record of a Night Too Brief by Hiromi Kawakami
Record of a Night Too Brief by Hiromi Kawakami

Collection contains the Akutagawa Prize winning story "Tread on a Snake"
Rating: 3 Stars My review

30) Week 9. A book with a body part in the title
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Rating: 2 Stars My review

31) Week 43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence
We Are Here by Michael Marshall
We Are Here by Michael Marshall

Rating: 3 Stars My review

32) Week 22. A book you have high expectations or hope for
The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke
The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke

High expectations because (1) recommended by a friend (2) nominated for the PKD Award (3) sounded like the kind of book I would love
Rating: 5 Stars

33) Week 21. A book written in first person perspective
Vigil by Angela Slatter
Vigil by Angela Slatter

Rating: 4 Stars


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dalex (912dalex) | 1672 comments APRIL

34) Week 50. A book with a warm atmosphere
Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume
Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume

I thought a story about a man and his dog would be heartwarming. It kinna wasn't. But it is a beautifully written book and I quite enjoyed it.

Rating: 4 Stars

35) Week 36. A book published in the last 3 years by an author you haven't read before
How Saints Die by Carmen Marcus
How Saints Die by Carmen Marcus

Rating: 4 Stars

36) Week 23. A medical or legal thriller
Ammonite by Nicola Griffith
Ammonite by Nicola Griffith

Rating: 2 Stars

37) Week 46. Four elements: air
What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah
What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah

Rating: 3 Stars

38) Week 28. Four elements: water
Clade by James Bradley
Clade by James Bradley

Rating: 4 Stars


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dalex (912dalex) | 1672 comments MAY

39) Week 42. A book that takes place on, in, or under water
The Stone Boatmen by Sarah Tolmie
The Stone Boatmen by Sarah Tolmie
Rating: 3 Stars

40) Week 10. An author's debut book
The Rift by Nina Allan
The Rift by Nina Allan
Rating: 4 Stars

41) Week 37. A Women's Prize for Fiction winner or nominee
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
2018 shortlist
Rating: 4 Stars

42) Week 16. WILD CARD
Defender (The Voices #1) by G.X. Todd
Defender by G.X. Todd
Rating: 4 Stars

43) Week 20. A book rated 5 stars by at least one of your friends
The Incarnations by Susan Barker
The Incarnations by Susan Barker
Rating: 4 Stars


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dalex (912dalex) | 1672 comments JUNE

44) Week 35. A book featuring a murder
The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
Rating: 4 Stars

45) Week 4. Four elements: earth
Fen Stories by Daisy Johnson
Fen by Daisy Johnson
Rating: 4 Stars

46) Week 32. An alternate history book
Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente
Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente
Rating: 4 Stars

47) Week 48. A book related to one of the 7 deadly sins
The Traitor Baru Cormorant (Baru Cormorant, #1) by Seth Dickinson
The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Rating: 5 Stars

48) Week 14. Four elements: fire
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
Rating: 4 Stars

49) Week 7. A gothic novel
Rooms A Novel by Lauren Oliver
Rooms: A Novel by Lauren Oliver
Rating: 3 Stars

50) Week 12. A book set in Africa or South America
The Falling Sky by Pippa Goldschmidt
The Falling Sky by Pippa Goldschmidt

Set in Chile

Rating: 2 Stars

51) Week 2. A book from the first 10 books added to your To Be Read list
Whistle Stop A Novel by Maritta Wolff
Whistle Stop by Maritta Wolff
Rating: 3 Stars

52) Week 45. A book that intimidates you
The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman
The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman

Intimidating because (1) it's about 600 pages long and (2) it's written in dialect

5 Stars


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dalex (912dalex) | 1672 comments JULY

1) Week 7. A gothic novel
The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
Rating: 4 Stars

2) Week 24. A book with a map
The House at the Edge of the World by Julia Rochester
The House at the Edge of the World by Julia Rochester
Rating: 5 Stars

3) Week 52. A book published in 2018
The Book of M by Peng Shepherd
The Book of M by Peng Shepherd
Rating: 5 Stars
My review

4) Week 29. A book with a "Clue" weapon on the cover
Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
Rating: 3 Stars

5) Week 3. A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards
The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
Nominee for fiction
Rating: 4 Stars

6) Week 30. A short book
Passing Strange by Ellen Klages
Passing Strange by Ellen Klages
220 pages
Rating: 3 Stars

7) Week 32. An alternate history book
Summerland by Hannu Rajaniemi
Summerland by Hannu Rajaniemi
Rating: 4 Stars

8) Week 49. A book from one of the Goodreads Best Books of the Month lists
The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley
The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley
July 2015
Rating: 3 Stars

9) Week 48. A book related to one of the 7 deadly sins
Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Rating: 4 Stars

10) Week 41. A book by an author with the same first and last initials
The Year of Our War (Fourlands, #1) by Steph Swainston
The Year of Our War by Steph Swainston
Rating: 3 Stars

11) Week 37. A Women's Prize for Fiction winner or nominee
The Cutting Room by Louise Welsh
The Cutting Room by Louise Welsh
2003 longlist
Rating: 3 Stars


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dalex (912dalex) | 1672 comments AUGUST

12) Week 13. A book with a plot centered around a secret
The Last One by Alexandra Oliva
The Last One by Alexandra Oliva
Rating: 3 Stars

13) Week 12. A book set in Africa or South America
The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah
The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah
Set in Zimbabwe

Rating: 4 Stars

14) Week 51. An award-winning short story collection
Zolitude by Paige Cooper
Zolitude by Paige Cooper
Rating: 4 Stars

15) Week 38. A science fiction book
Linesman (Linesman, #1) by S.K. Dunstall
Linesman by S.K. Dunstall
Rating: 3 Stars

16) Week 11. A literary fiction
Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey
Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey
Rating: 4 Stars

17) Week 15. A book with an unique format/writing structure
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
Rating: 4 Stars

18) Week 4. Four elements: earth
West by Carys Davies
West by Carys Davies
Rating: 5 Stars

19) Week 33. A book connected to a word "born" in the same year as you
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
1970, "greener pastures"
Rating: 4 Stars

20) Week 5. A book about or inspired by real events
The Girls by Emma Cline
The Girls by Emma Cline
inspired by the Charles Manson murders
Rating: 3 Stars

21) Week 21. A book written in first person perspective
A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume
A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume
Rating: 3 Stars

22) Week 10. An author's debut book
Over the Plain Houses by Julia Franks
Over the Plain Houses by Julia Franks
Rating: 3 Stars


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dalex (912dalex) | 1672 comments SEPTEMBER


23) Week 25. A book with an antagonist point of view
Circe by Madeline Miller
Circe by Madeline Miller
Rating: 3 Stars
My review

24) Week 44. A ghost story
Living with Ghosts by Kari Sperring
Living with Ghosts by Kari Sperring
Rating: 3 Stars

25) Week 28. Four elements: water
An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim
An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim
Rating: 2 Stars
My review

26) Week 16. A narrative nonfiction WILD CARD
Tomorrow by Damian Dibben
Tomorrow by Damian Dibben
Rating: 4 Stars

27) Week 23. A medical or legal thriller
The Wildlands by Abby Geni
The Wildlands by Abby Geni
Rating: 4 Stars


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dalex (912dalex) | 1672 comments OCTOBER

Zero (0) books read! *gasp*


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dalex (912dalex) | 1672 comments NOVEMBER

28) 22. A book you have high expectations or hope for
The Monster Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #2) by Seth Dickinson
The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Rating: 3 Stars

29) 36. A book published in the last 3 years by an author you haven't read before
The Binding by Bridget Collins
The Binding by Bridget Collins
Rating: 5 Stars


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dalex (912dalex) | 1672 comments DECEMBER

30) Week 20. A book rated 5 stars by at least one of your friends
The Gallery of Vanished Husbands by Natasha Solomons
The Gallery of Vanished Husbands by Natasha Solomons
Rating: 3 Stars

31) Week 35. A book featuring a murder
This House is Haunted by John Boyne
This House is Haunted by John Boyne
Rating: 3 Stars

32) Week 19. A book nominated for the Edgar Award
The Hours Before Dawn by Celia Fremlin
The Hours Before Dawn by Celia Fremlin
Rating: 4 Stars

33) Week 9. A book with a body part in the title
The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell
The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell
Rating: 4 Stars

34) Week 34. A suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls - a book containing something celestial in the title
Star's End by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Star's End by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Rating: 4 Stars

35) Week 26. A book with a text only cover
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Rating: 4 Stars

36) Week 2. A book from the first 10 books added to your To Be Read list
The Passing Bells (Passing Bells, #1) by Phillip Rock
The Passing Bells by Phillip Rock
Rating: 4 Stars

37) Week 50. A book with a warm atmosphere
Heft by Liz Moore
Heft by Liz Moore
Rating: 3 Stars

38) Week 18. A book with a location in the title
A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale
A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale
Rating: 5 Stars


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dalex (912dalex) | 1672 comments JANUARY UPDATE


In January I read 16 books, all of which I used for this challenge.
I read 5233 pages (an average of 169 pages per day). *
My average book rating for the month was 3.25 Stars.

My favorite books were:

Borne by Jeff VanderMeer
Borne by Jeff VanderMeer (5 Stars)
Week 3. A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon (5 Stars)
Week 8. An "own voices" book

The Last to See Me by M. Dressler
The Last to See Me by M. Dressler (4 Stars)
Week 25. A book with an antagonist point of view

The Wolf in the Attic by Paul Kearney
The Wolf in the Attic by Paul Kearney (4 Stars)
31. A book set in a country you'd like to visit but have never been to


*I was still on medical leave from work for most of the month and it was an arctic snowy horror outside. Thus, I had a lot of reading time.


message 15: by Kathy (new)

Kathy | 2134 comments That's nice you were able to get all that reading in when you were off of work, dalex. You had a wonderful reading month!


message 16: by Zaz (new)

Zaz | 3034 comments I like the favorite books of the month summary :)
I didn't really enjoy another book by Jeff VanderMeer, so I'm not eager to try Borne.


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dalex (912dalex) | 1672 comments Kathy: It was a wonderful month of books and kitties and blankets and hot cocoa.

Zaz: Borne was only the second book I've ever read by Vandermeer so I don't how similar it is to his other work. I loved the quirkiness of Borne and how well-balanced it was with some heavier metaphysical stuff.


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dalex (912dalex) | 1672 comments FEBRUARY UPDATE

In February I read 8 books.
I read 2544 pages (an average of 91 pages per day).
My average book rating for the month was 3.5 Stars.

My favorite books were:

Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey
Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey (4 Stars)
Week 49. A book from one of the Goodreads Best Books of the Month lists

Solar Bones by Mike McCormack
Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (4 Stars)
Week 15. A book with an unique format/writing structure


I also want to mention that there was one book I read that I would never have even considered if not for this challenge.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

I read this for Week 17: a book you expect to make you laugh. I don't do funny (books, movies, TV, etc.) and I've never read a graphic novel so this was very not in my comfort zone. And to my surprise I really enjoyed it!


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Zaz | 3034 comments Nimona is really great :)


message 20: by dalex (new)

dalex (912dalex) | 1672 comments Zaz wrote: "Nimona is really great :)"

Isn't it just? I checked it out from the library but I'm tempted to buy my own copy just because I'd like to visit Nimona from time to time.


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Zaz | 3034 comments I have my own paper copy and also gifted it with success!


message 22: by dalex (new)

dalex (912dalex) | 1672 comments Zaz wrote: "I have my own paper copy and also gifted it with success!"

That totally makes sense! :)


message 23: by dalex (new)

dalex (912dalex) | 1672 comments Nothing like starting out the month with two back-to-back 5 Star reads! Stray City and The Winged Histories were both phenomenal.

Also, I'm so excited that the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018 longlist was announced today. I totally geek out about that every year.

Hope everybody is having a joyous bookie March!


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Anna | 969 comments Both books look great (I looked at the GR synopsis). Wonderful start to a month, Dalex!


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Pam (bluegrasspam) | 2472 comments I won a copy of The Comet Seekers last year but still haven’t read it! I started it but it didn’t keep my attention. I’ll be curious what you think.


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dalex (912dalex) | 1672 comments Hi Anna! I hope you get a chance to read Stray City and The Winged Histories...and that you enjoy them as much as I did!

Hi Pam! The Comet Seekers was good but I didn't enjoy it as much I had hoped to. Maybe it will be a better read for you.


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dalex (912dalex) | 1672 comments MARCH UPDATE

In March I read 9 books.
I read 3047 pages (an average of 98 pages per day).
My average book rating for the month was 3.67 Stars.

My favorite books were:

The Winged Histories by Sofia Samatar
The Winged Histories by Sofia Samatar (5 Stars)
Week 41. A book by an author with the same first and last initials


Stray City by Chelsey Johnson
Stray City by Chelsey Johnson (5 Stars)
Week 1. A book with the letters A, T & Y in the title


The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke
The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke (5 Stars)
Week 22. A book you have high expectations or hope for


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Tammy | 704 comments How's it going, Dalex? Looks like you are chipping away at your list! I know I am terrible about keeping up with reviews and thoughts on my own reading. I keep trying to do better with that.

Happy reading!


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dalex (912dalex) | 1672 comments I somehow deleted my April update. Boo. O well. Here's May.

MAY UPDATE

In May I read 5 books.
I read 2095 pages (an average of 68 pages per day).
My average book rating for the month was 3.90 Stars.


My favorite book of the month was
The Rift by Nina Allan
The Rift by Nina Allan
Week 10. An author's debut book

I rated it 4 Stars but it was only a squeak away from being 5 Stars.

I also really liked
Defender (The Voices #1) by G.X. Todd
Defender by G.X. Todd
I used my Wild Card for this book, in place of Week 16 (narrative nonfiction).

It seems to be an under-the-radar book that pretty much no one has read. I don't recall how I heard about it. I enjoyed the story and thought the quality of writing was very good. There was just something a little bit lacking, though I couldn't say what, exactly. I rated it 4 Stars and will probably read the other books in the series.


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dalex (912dalex) | 1672 comments JUNE UPDATE

I COMPLETED THE CHALLENGE! Yay.

In June I read 9 books.
I read 3259 pages (an average of 109 pages per day).
My average book rating for the month was 3.88 Stars.

My favorite books of the month were:

The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman
The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman
Week 45. A book that intimidates you


The Traitor Baru Cormorant (Baru Cormorant, #1) by Seth Dickinson
The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
Week 48. A book related to one of the 7 deadly sins


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Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 6916 comments Mod
Congrats on finishing!! That's awesome! Good luck on your next round.


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Anna | 969 comments Congratulations, Dalex!


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Silvia Turcios | 1071 comments Congratulations!!!


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Joan Barnett | 1516 comments Wow! You go!


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Hilde (hilded) | 770 comments Wow, that was fast!! Congrats 😊📚


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Veronica | 786 comments Congrats Dalex!


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dalex (912dalex) | 1672 comments Thank you, everyone! :) I had so much fun fitting all the books I read into the challenge and really looking forward to working on a second round.


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Anna | 969 comments Welcome to the double challengers club!


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Lizzy | 693 comments Congratulations! I’m still amazed if I get one book a week read... lol


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dalex (912dalex) | 1672 comments Thanks Anna and Lizzy. Happy reading!


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Tammy | 704 comments Wanted to stop in and say way to go on completing your ATY! Good luck on your second round, Dalex!


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dalex (912dalex) | 1672 comments JULY UPDATE

I started Round 2 of the challenge!

In July I read 11 books.
I read 4001 pages (an average of 129 pages per day).
My average book rating for the month was 3.73 Stars.

My favorite books of the month were:

The Book of M by Peng Shepherd
The Book of M by Peng Shepherd
Week 52. A book published in 2018

This is my #1 book of the year (and I'll be very surprised if anything knocks it out of that spot between now and the end of December). All the stars plus more stars. It's a lovely brilliant mashup of end-of-the-world and magical realism and mythology. Just so so so so good!

The House at the Edge of the World by Julia Rochester
The House at the Edge of the World by Julia Rochester
Week 24. A book with a map

Another 5 Star read. It's a well written, intriguing, melancholic story and I loved how the author managed to surprise me with the twisty bit.

Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Week 48. A book related to one of the 7 deadly sins
This is the second book I've read by Clarke and though I didn't love it quite as much as The Mad Scientist's Daughter it did confirm that she is one of my favorite sci-fi authors. There's something about her writing style and her concepts that clicks for me. This book has a unique setting (a domed city in Antarctica), compelling plot (government corruption, robot sentience) and complex characters (private investigator, androids, gangsters). I thoroughly enjoyed it!


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dalex (912dalex) | 1672 comments AUGUST UPDATE

In August I read 11 books.
I read 3143 pages (an average of 102 pages per day).
My average book rating for the month was 3.64 Stars.

My three favorite books of the month were:
West by Carys Davies Exit West by Mohsin Hamid Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi


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Tracy (tracyisreading) | 2472 comments Mod
dalex wrote: "AUGUST UPDATE

In August I read 11 books.
I read 3143 pages (an average of 102 pages per day).
My average book rating for the month was 3.64 Stars.

My three favorite books of the month were:
[boo..."


Nice !!! I have Freshwater coming up soon, I was thinking of using for the water prompt.I'll be reading Exit West for Text only cover ( my edition) , so its good to see that you enjoyed both of them.


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dalex (912dalex) | 1672 comments Tracy wrote: "Nice !!! I have Freshwater coming up soon, I was thinking of using for the water prompt.I'll be reading Exit West for Text only cover ( my edition) , so its good to see that you enjoyed both of them."

Freshwater is definitely appropriate for the "unique" prompt - it is very unusual and weird. To get the most out of the story I recommend googling and reading some stuff about the author and the book. I did so about 1/3 into the book and it really made the whole reading experience different.

Exit West was interesting though not what I was expecting it to be. It's really more about the immigrant experience than it is about traveling through portals. I was disappointed about that but enjoyed it for what it was.

Hope you like both the books too!


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dalex wrote: "Tracy wrote: "Nice !!! I have Freshwater coming up soon, I was thinking of using for the water prompt.I'll be reading Exit West for Text only cover ( my edition) , so its good to see that you enjoy..."

Thanks for the tips, that'll probably make both of the books better for me , especially Exit West, because I was thinking of it as a portal fiction, so that probably would have disappointed me too.

Ha! You sound like me, I often google books and authors as I'm reading, and I find it makes the books more interesting and I learn more from them :-)


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dalex (912dalex) | 1672 comments YEAR END WRAP-UP

In 2018 I read 90 books with a total page count of 30,860. That averages out to 85 pages per day, which is about 1 1/2 hours of reading time for me.

I read 69 female authors (77%) and 21 male authors (23%).

My average book rating was 3.5 Stars. My overall book ratings were:
5 Stars - 12
4 Stars - 39
3 Stars - 30
2 Stars - 8
1 Star - 1

My 5 Star rated books were:

The Book of M
The House at the Edge of the World
The Traitor Baru Cormorant
A Place Called Winter
The Winged Histories
An Unkindness of Ghosts
The Binding
Stray City
The Mad Scientist’s Daughter
Borne
The Country of Ice Cream Star
West
Instead of creating links for all of the above, I'll just direct you to my bookshelf where they are listed.

I completed the first round of the ATY challenge on June 30 and I read 38 books in the second round of the challenge. I also successfully completed several other challenges, such as page count, cover colors, a-z, etc. Full details about those challenges are in this thread.


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Lizzy | 693 comments Congratulations on your very accomplished year!


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dalex (912dalex) | 1672 comments Thanks Lizzy! :)


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