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message 1: by Alaina (last edited Dec 03, 2018 07:45AM) (new)

Alaina Rodriguez I'm starting this challenge super late and I am WAY behind on my reading. I'm hoping I can power through and reach my goal this year!

X 1. A book with the letters A, T & Y in the title - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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

X 3. A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards - Little Fires Everywhere

X 4. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #1 Earth - The Bean Trees

X 5. A book about or inspired by real events - Hiroshima

6. A book originally written in a language other than English - A Man Called Ove

X 7. A gothic novel - Flowers in the Attic

X 8. An "own voices" book - History Is All You Left Me

X 9. A book with a body part in the title - Heart-Shaped Box

X 10. An author's debut book - Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives

11. A literary fiction - Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

12. A book set in Africa or South America - Americanah

X 13. A book with a plot centered around a secret - The Husband's Secret

X 14. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #2 Fire - Firestarter

X 15. A book with an unique format/writing structure - Not Drunk Enough Vol. 1

16. A narrative nonfiction - Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption

X 17. A book you expect to make you laugh - Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat

18. A book with a location in the title - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

X 19. A book nominated for the Edgar Award or by a Grand master author - The Lost Girls

X 20. A book rated 5 stars by at least one of your friends - Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

X 21. A book written in first person perspective - Where'd You Go, Bernadette

X 22. A book you have high expectations or hope for - Dark Matter

23. A medical or legal thriller - The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus

24. A book with a map - Lord of the Flies

25. A book with an antagonist/villain point of view - Vicious

X 26. A book with a text only cover - The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales

X 27. A book about surviving a hardship (war, famine, major disasters, serious illness, etc) - The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

28. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #3 Water - Water for Elephants

X 29. A book with a "Clue" weapon on the cover or title (lead pipe, revolver, rope, candlestick, dagger, wrench - The Knife of Never Letting Go

X 30. A short book - The Color of Magic

31. A book set in a country you'd like to visit but have never been to - The Snowman

X 32. An alternate history book - Never Let Me Go

X 33. A book connected (title, cover, content) to a word "born" in the same year as you - The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way

34. A suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls, that didn't win but was polarizing or a close-call - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

X 35. A book featuring a murder - The Kind Worth Killing

X 36. A book published in the last 3 years (2016, 2017, 2018) by an author you haven't read before - Behind Closed Doors

X 37. A Women's Prize for Fiction winner or nominee - The Road Home

38. A science book or a science fiction book - The War of the Worlds

X 39. A book with a form of punctuation in the title - My Sister's Keeper

X 40. A book from Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list - The Bad Beginning

X 41. A book by an author with the same first and last initials - Uprooted

X 42. A book that takes place on, in, or underwater - The Woman in Cabin 10

X 43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence - Walk Two Moons

44. A ghost story - Coraline

45. A book that intimidates/scares you - A Clash of Kings

X 46. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #4 Air - Ten Tiny Breaths

X 47. A book where the main character (or author) is of a different ethnic
origin, religion, or sexual identity than your own - The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

48. A book related to one of the 7 deadly sins (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, sloth) - The Scarlet Letter

49. A book from one of the Goodreads Best Books of the Month lists - We Were Liars

X 50. A book with a warm atmosphere - Beauty Queens

X 51. An award-winning short story or short story collection - Animal Farm

X52. A book published in 2018 - All Your Perfects


message 2: by Pam (new)

Pam (bluegrasspam) | 2783 comments Did you like The Bean Trees? I recently bought it at Goodwill. I thought I might like it since I’ve lived in both KY and AZ. I have a collection of Barbara Kingsolver books and I’ve never read anything by her... yet! I’m just assuming that I will like her writing. That’s the shortest one so I may start with it!


message 3: by Lizzy (new)

Lizzy | 742 comments Pam and Alaina — I love almost anything by Barbara Kingsolver. I think Bean Trees is a good place to start. Hope you enjoy!


message 4: by Tracy, Constellation Mod (last edited Aug 15, 2018 01:59PM) (new)

Tracy (tracyisreading) | 2542 comments Mod
Oooooh, for Kingsolver, I LOVED Poisonwood Bible, so amazing. I have all of her other books , but haven't read them yet, just noticed today she has a new release coming out :-)

Alaina, I loved Hiroshima for non-fiction, also Miss Peregrines was a fun read. Uprooted was one of my favorites last year. Nice plan so far, good luck to you!


message 5: by Alaina (new)

Alaina Rodriguez Pam and Lizzy- I ended up giving The Bean Trees three stars. I liked it but it wasn't my favorite. I still recommend checking it out as it was an enjoyable read. Now The Poisonwood Bible I absolutely adored and highly recommend it to anybody. In fact I want to do a reread sometime soon. I read it for school several years ago and would have to say it's my favorite book that I've ever been assigned.

Tracy- I thought Hiroshima was so interesting and want to read more on WWII after reading it. I liked Miss Peregrine's but I'm still debating whether I want to continue the series or not. Sadly I wasn't a huge fan of Uprooted. The writing was beautiful and I really enjoyed it at first, but as I kept reading I just wasn't into it. Her new book Spinning Silver does sound interesting though, and I'm wondering if I should pick it up at some point.


message 6: by Alaina (last edited Aug 17, 2018 10:10PM) (new)

Alaina Rodriguez 1. A book with the letters A, T & Y in the title

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets-J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) by J.K. Rowling

Completed: January 8, 2018

This one was thankfully easy to match up right away: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


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Alaina Rodriguez 51. An award-winning short story or short story collection

Animal Farm-George Orwell

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Completed: January 16, 2018

This 144-page book won the Hugo Award for Best Novella in 1946


message 8: by Alaina (new)

Alaina Rodriguez 20. A book rated 5 stars by at least one of your friends

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children-Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1) by Ransom Riggs

Completed: February 13, 2018

So far I have two people on my friends list who have rated this book 5 stars


message 9: by Alaina (new)

Alaina Rodriguez 4. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #1 Earth

The Bean Trees-Barbara Kingsolver

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

Completed: May 18, 2018

This one is little bit of a stretch, but I figure that there are plants on the cover and plants come from the earth, so that works right? I'm gonna go with yes


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Alaina Rodriguez 40. A book from Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list

The Bad Beginning-Lemony Snicket

The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1) by Lemony Snicket

Completed: May 19, 2018

Found this book on the list


message 11: by Alaina (last edited Aug 17, 2018 10:27PM) (new)

Alaina Rodriguez 5. A book about or inspired by real events

Hiroshima-John Hersey

Hiroshima by John Hersey

Completed: June 5, 2018

This book is about the aftermath of the bombing of Hiroshima


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Alaina Rodriguez 30. A short book

The Color of Magic-Terry Pratchett

The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1) by Terry Pratchett

Completed: June 13, 2018

The book had 277 pages but it was a very small book and a pretty quick read


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Alaina Rodriguez 17. A book you expect to make you laugh

Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat-Chrissy Teigen

Cravings Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat by Chrissy Teigen

Completed: June 18, 2018

I knew that the little passages Chrissy Teigen wrote for each recipe would make me laugh


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Alaina Rodriguez 36. A book published in the last 3 years (2016, 2017, 2018) by an author you haven't read before

Behind Closed Doors-B.A. Paris

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Completed: July 1, 2018

First published on February 11, 2016


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Alaina Rodriguez 33. A book connected (title, cover, content) to a word "born" in the same year as you

The Mother Tongue: English and How it Got that Way-Bill Bryson

The Mother Tongue English and How it Got that Way by Bill Bryson

Completed: July 30, 2018

I was born in 1995, and apparently so was the word "Anglosphere." This book directly relates to this word as it mentions how the English language has spread throughout many countries of the world


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Alaina Rodriguez 21. A book written in first person perspective

Where'd You Go, Bernadette-Maria Semple

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Completed: August 7, 2018

This book had multiple perspectives all written in first person


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Alaina Rodriguez 41. A book by an author with the same first and last initials

Uprooted-Naomi Novik

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Completed: August 8, 2018

Naomi Novik


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Alaina Rodriguez 50. A book with a warm atmosphere

Beauty Queens-Libba Bray

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Completed: August 13, 2018

A majority of this book took place on an island


message 19: by Alaina (new)

Alaina Rodriguez 22. A book you have high expectations or hope for

Dark Matter-Blake Crouch

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Completed: August 17, 2018

Everyone on my friends list who has read this book has rated it 4 or 5 stars, so I was very excited to read this. I rated it 5 stars myself


message 20: by Alaina (last edited Sep 11, 2018 06:40PM) (new)

Alaina Rodriguez 43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence

Walk Two Moons-Sharon Creech

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

Completed: August 23, 2018

"Walk two moons" could be a command with the subject "moons" and the verb "walk"


message 21: by Sherry (new)

Sherry Jolly (bibliomane1970) I just read this last week! I gave it 5 stars too. So twisty and and different.

Alaina wrote: "22. A book you have high expectations or hope for

Dark Matter-Blake Crouch

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Completed: August 17, 2018

Everyone on my friends lis..."


Alaina wrote: "43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence

Walk Two Moons-Sharon Creech

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

Completed: August 23, 2018

"Walk two moons" could be a..."


Alaina wrote: "22. A book you have high expectations or hope for

Dark Matter-Blake Crouch

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Completed: August 17, 2018

Everyone on my friends lis..."



message 22: by Alaina (new)

Alaina Rodriguez 52. A book published in 2018

All Your Perfects-Colleen Hoover

All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

Completed: August 26, 2018

This book was published on July 17, 2018


message 23: by Alaina (last edited Sep 05, 2018 04:01PM) (new)

Alaina Rodriguez 32. An alternate history book

Never Let Me Go-Kazuo Ishiguro

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Completed: August 28, 2018

I found this book the Best Alternate History list


message 24: by Alaina (last edited Sep 05, 2018 04:01PM) (new)

Alaina Rodriguez 8. An "own voices" book

History Is All You Left Me-Adam Silvera

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Completed: September 5, 2018

I found this book on an Own Voices list


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Alaina Rodriguez 27. A book about surviving a hardship (war, famine, major disasters, serious illness, etc)

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas-John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Completed: Septermber 9, 2018

I think this one fits as it deals with the Holocaust


message 26: by Alaina (last edited Sep 09, 2018 09:17PM) (new)

Alaina Rodriguez 13. A book with a plot centered around a secret

The Husband's Secret-Liane Moriarty

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

Completed: September 10, 2018

Nearly the entire book is centered around secrets. (It's even in the title)


message 27: by Alaina (last edited Sep 23, 2018 12:37PM) (new)

Alaina Rodriguez 46. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #4 Air

Ten Tiny Breaths-K.A. Tucker

Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths, #1) by K.A. Tucker

Completed: September 17, 2018

The word "breaths" relates to air


message 28: by Alaina (last edited Sep 23, 2018 12:37PM) (new)

Alaina Rodriguez 42. A book that takes place on, in, or underwater

The Woman in Cabin 10-Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Completed: September 22, 2018

This book mainly takes place on a cruise ship


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Alaina Rodriguez 3. A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards

Little Fires Everywhere-Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Completed: Septermber 23, 2018

This book was the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards winner for best fiction


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Alaina Rodriguez 39. A book with a form of punctuation in the title

My Sister's Keeper-Jodi Picoult

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Completed: September 24, 2018

There is an apostrophe in the word "sister's"


message 31: by Alaina (new)

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

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian-Sherman Alexie

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Completed: September 26, 2018

The main character and the author of this book are Native American


message 32: by Alaina (new)

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

Slaughterhouse-Five-Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Completed: October 2, 2018

This book was the third book I added to my To Be Read list back in 2011, and I'm very glad I finally read it


message 33: by Alaina (new)

Alaina Rodriguez 15. A book with an unique format/writing structure

Not Drunk Enough Vol. 1-Tess Stone

Not Drunk Enough Vol. 1 by Tess Stone

Completed: October 6, 2018

Graphic novel


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Alaina Rodriguez 10. An author's debut book

Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives-David Eagleman

Sum Forty Tales from the Afterlives by David Eagleman

Completed: October 11, 2018

David Eagleman's first book


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Alaina Rodriguez 14. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #2 Fire

Firestarter-Stephen King

Firestarter by Stephen King

Completed: October 14, 2018

"Fire" in the title


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Alaina Rodriguez 9. A book with a body part in the title

Heart-Shaped Box-Joe Hill

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Completed: October 19, 2018

"Heart" in the title


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Alaina Rodriguez 19. A book nominated for the Edgar Award or by a Grand master author

The Lost Girls-Heather Young

The Lost Girls by Heather Young

Completed: October 21, 2018

2017 Edgar Award nominee for Best First Novel by an American Author


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Alaina Rodriguez 29. A book with a "Clue" weapon on the cover or title (lead pipe, revolver, rope, candlestick, dagger, wrench)

The Knife of Never Letting Go-Patrick Ness

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1) by Patrick Ness

Completed: October 30, 2018

Dagger on the cover


message 39: by Alaina (new)

Alaina Rodriguez 35. A book featuring a murder

The Kind Worth Killing-Peter Swanson

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Completed: November 11, 2018

Lots of murders


message 40: by Alaina (last edited Nov 26, 2018 10:52PM) (new)

Alaina Rodriguez 7. A gothic novel

Flowers in the Attic-V.C. Andrews

Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger, #1) by V.C. Andrews

Completed: Novemeber 14, 2018

On the list Best Gothic Books Of All Time


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Alaina Rodriguez 37. A Women's Prize for Fiction winner or nominee

The Road Home - Rose Tremain

The Road Home by Rose Tremain

Completed: November 26, 2018

Winner of the 2008 Women's Prize for Fiction


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Alaina Rodriguez 26. A book with a text only cover

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales - Oliver Sacks

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks

Completed: November 29, 2018

Text only cover


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