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message 1: by Sofia (last edited Jan 14, 2019 11:30AM) (new)

Sofia | 33 comments I have just found this group and I am super excited about it. I've always wanted to be part of a "Book Club" so I am thrilled to participate. I know that half the year has gone, but I will try to fit my 2019 readings on the challenge and to keep up with the current prompts.

The 2018 List — 46/52

1. A book with the letters A, T & Y in the title
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante ★★★★★

2. A book from the first 10 books added to your To Be Read list

3. A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards

4. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #1 Earth
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman ★★★

5. A book about or inspired by real events
Perguntem a Sarah Gross by João Pinto Coelho (portuguese edition) ★★★★

6. A book originally written in a language other than English
The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante (italian) ★★★★

7. A gothic novel
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier ★★★★★

8. An "own voices" book
The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices by Xinran ★★★★

9. A book with a body part in the title
The Golden Fool by Robin Hobb ★★★★★
(I read it in portuguese and they translated the title to "Assassin's Blood")

10. An author's debut book (their first book to be published)
The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf ★★★

11. A literary fiction
The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante ★★★★★

12. A book set in Africa or South America
Capitães da Areia by Jorge Amado ★★★★

13. A book with a plot centered around a secret
The Pope's Assassin by Luis Miguel Rocha ★

14. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #2 Fire
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng ★★★★

15. A book with an unique format/writing structure
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer ★★★★★

16. A narrative nonfiction
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel ★★★

17. A book you expect to make you laugh
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman ★★★★★

18. A book with a location in the title
Room by Emma Donoghue ★★★★

19. A book nominated for the Edgar Award or by a Grand master author (books & authors)
Gone Girl ★★★

20. A book rated 5 stars by at least one of your friends
The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons ★★★★

21. A book written in first person perspective
Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb ★★★★★

22. A book you have high expectations or hope for
Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb ★★★★★

23. A medical or legal thriller
All That Remains by Patricia Cornwell ★★★

24. A book with a map
Assassin's Quest by Robin Hobb ★★★

25. A book with an antagonist/villain point of view
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith ★★★

26. A book with a text only cover
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes ★★★★

27. A book about surviving a hardship
Insurgent by Veronica Roth ★★★

28. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #3 Water
Fool's Fate by Robin Hobb ★★★★★

29. A book with a "Clue" weapon on the cover or title
Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb ★★★★★
(I read it in portuguese and they translated the title to something like "Royal's Dagger")

30. A short book
O Pintor Debaixo Do Lava-Loiças by Afonso Cruz ★★★

31. A book set in a country you'd like to visit but have never been to
Silk by Alessandro Baricco (Japan) ★★★★

32. An alternate history book
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick ★

33. A book connected (title, cover, content) to a word "born" in the same year as you
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt ★★★★
(The word was AIDS)

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

35. A book featuring a murder
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie ★★★

36. A book published in the last 3 years (2016, 2017, 2018) by an author you haven't read before
It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover ★★★★ (2016)

37. A Women's Prize for Fiction winner or nominee
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood ★★★

38. A science book or a science fiction book
Divergent by Veronica Roth ★★★

39. A book with a form of punctuation in the title
Fool's Errand by Robin Hobb ★★★★★

40. A book from Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee ★★★★★

41. A book by an author with the same first and last initials
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga ★★★★★

42. A book that takes place on, in, or underwater
The Pale Horseman by Bernard Cornwell ★★★

43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence
Ready Player One by Ernerst Cline ★★★★★

44. A ghost story
The Shining by Stephen King ★★

45. A book that intimidates / scares you

46. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #4 Air
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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)
The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell ★★★★

49. A book from one of the Goodreads Best Books of the Month lists

50. A book with a warm atmosphere
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante ★★★★★

51. An award-winning short story or short story collection
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories by Alice Munro ★★★★

52. A book published in 2018
Fool's Quest by Robin Hobb ★★★★★
(I read it in portuguese and this book was published in 2018 in Portugal)


Sadly I haven't finished the challenge by 6 prompts, but I've found this experience very enriching. Definitely gonna do it again next year.


message 2: by Pam (new)

Pam (bluegrasspam) | 2568 comments Welcome Sofia! Glad you found the group! It’s a lot of fun and very interactive.


message 3: by Ana A (new)

Ana A (anabana_a) | 498 comments Ooohh, a Robin Hobb fan, I see. I loved The Farseer trilogy. I might use your list as a guide for how to stick in some of her other books in my list.


message 4: by Sofia (new)

Sofia | 33 comments Pam wrote: "Welcome Sofia! Glad you found the group! It’s a lot of fun and very interactive."

Thank you Pam, I already feel very welcome!


message 5: by Sofia (new)

Sofia | 33 comments Ana A wrote: "Ooohh, a Robin Hobb fan, I see. I loved The Farseer trilogy. I might use your list as a guide for how to stick in some of her other books in my list."

Ana, I really am a Hobb fan! And in Portugal (my home country) they have edited her last series “The Fitz and The Fool”, so I used that as an excuse to reread the others trilogies. And I had a blast! Feel free to use my list or if you have any question about it, please ask.


message 6: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments Glad you found us, Sofia. Welcome to the challenge!


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