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message 1: by Marta (last edited Dec 28, 2019 08:00PM) (new)

Marta (gezemice) | 784 comments New year - I will be taking it easy and plan less, and pick more fun books this year.

Some prompts immediately jump out as lots of fun so I will add those in, and fill in the others later.

⁉️ - topic I normally would not read and have to research

52 of 52 finished!!!!!!!


message 2: by Marta (last edited Dec 28, 2019 08:01PM) (new)

Marta (gezemice) | 784 comments 1. A book that was nominated for or won an award in a genre you enjoy
✔️ All Systems Red ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Murderbot #1)
won the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards 2017/18

2. A book with one of the 5 W's in the title (Who, What, Where, When, Why)
✔️ Who Fears Death ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

3. A book where the author’s name contains A, T, and Y
✔️ Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett ❤️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

4. A book with a criminal character (i.e. assassin, pirate, thief, robber, scoundrel etc)
✔️ The Phantom of the Opera was a kinda murderous rascal ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

5. A book by Shakespeare or inspired by Shakespeare
✔️ Twelfth Night ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #shakespearereadalong

6. A book with a dual timeline
✔️ Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

7. 2 books related to the same topic, genre, or theme: Book #1
✔️ Artificial Condition (Murderbot #2) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

8. 2 books related to the same topic, genre, or theme: Book #2
✔️ Rogue Protocol (Murderbot #3) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

9. A book from one of the top 5 money making genres (romance/erotica, crime/mystery, religious/inspirational, science fiction/fantasy or horror)
✔️ Exit Strategy (Murderbot #4) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

10. A book featuring an historical figure
✔️ Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

11. A book related to one of the 12 Zodiac Chinese Animals (title, cover, subject)
✔️ A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - is about bunnies!

⁉️ 12. A book about reading, books or an author/writer
✔️Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

⁉️ 13. A book that is included on a New York Public Library Staff Picks list
✔️ Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

13/13


message 3: by Marta (last edited Dec 19, 2019 08:43PM) (new)

Marta (gezemice) | 784 comments 14. A book with a title, subtitle or cover relating to an astronomical term
✔️The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet⭐️⭐️⭐️

15. A book by an author from a Mediterranean country or set in a Mediterranean country
✔️ SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome ⭐️⭐️⭐️

16. A book told from multiple perspectives
✔️Daisy Jones & The Six ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Interviews with all band members

17. A speculative fiction (i.e. fantasy, scifi, horror, dystopia)
✔️ The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

18. A book related to one of the elements of the periodic table
✔️The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

19. A book by an author who has more than one book on your TBR
✔️ Small Gods⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I am on a quest to read everything by Terry Pratchett

⁉️ 20. A book featuring indigenous people of a country
✔️ Tales of the Tikongs - Oceania⭐️⭐️⭐️

21. A book from one of the polarizing or close call votes
A book with less than 5000 ratings on Goodreads:
✔️Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

22. A book with a number in the title or on the cover
✔️King Henry IV, Part 1⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

23. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #1 Something Old
✔️Ancient Civilizations of North America⭐️⭐️⭐️

24. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #2 Something New
✔️The Testaments is fresh off the presses⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

25. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #3 Something Borrowed
✔️Circe⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

26. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #4 Something Blue
✔️Brief Answers to the Big Questions⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking

13/13


message 4: by Marta (last edited Dec 30, 2019 03:06PM) (new)

Marta (gezemice) | 784 comments ⁉️ 27. A book off of the 1001 books to read before you die list
✔️The Age of Innocence⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️:

28. A book related to something cold (i.e. theme, title, author, cover, etc.)
✔️The Virgin in the Ice⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

29. A book published before 1950
✔️The Code of the Woosters(1938)⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

30. A book featuring an elderly character
✔️ Nemesis by Agatha Christie ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - a Miss Marple mystery

31. A children’s classic you’ve never read
✔️ Peter Pan ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

32. A book with more than 500 pages
✔️ The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - 763 pages

33. A book you have owned for at least a year, but have not read yet
✔️ The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

34. A book with a person's name in the title
✔️Leonardo da Vinci⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

35. A psychological thriller
✔️Laura ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

36. A book featured on an NPR Best Books of the Year list
✔️Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup (2018)⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

37. A book set in a school or university
✔️ Claudine at School⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

38. A book not written in traditional novel format (poetry, essay, epistolary, graphic novel, etc)
✔️Hark! A Vagrant⭐️⭐️⭐️

39. A book with a strong sense of place or where the author brings the location/setting to life
✔️Boneshaker ⭐️⭐️⭐️

13/13


message 5: by Marta (last edited Dec 19, 2019 08:22PM) (new)

Marta (gezemice) | 784 comments 40. A book you stumbled upon
✔️ Freshwater: A Comedy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - I accidentally ran across Virginia Woolf’s only play in the library. I had no idea she wrote a play.

41. A book from the 2018 GR Choice Awards
✔️ Elevation ⭐️⭐️⭐️ - winner, horror (although it is not horror at all)

42. A book with a monster or "monstrous" character
✔️Monstress, Vol. 4: The Chosen⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

43. A book related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) [fiction or nonfiction]
✔️AIQ: How People and Machines Are Smarter Together⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

44. A book related in some way to a tv show/series or movie you enjoyed (same topic, same era, book appeared in the show/movie, etc.)
✔️Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

45. A multi-generational saga
✔️ The Overstory⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

46. A book with a (mostly) black cover
✔️Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology Life on the Edge The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology by Johnjoe McFadden ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

47. A book related to food (i.e. title, cover, plot, etc.)
✔️The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

48. A book that was a finalist or winner for the National Book Award for any year
✔️ Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - finalist 2017

49. A book written by a Far East Asian author or set in a Far East Asian country
✔️ Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

50. A book that includes a journey (physical, health, or spiritual)
✔️Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

51. A book published in 2019
✔️Sleepless, Vol. 2⭐️⭐️⭐️

52. A book with a weird or intriguing title
✔️The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

13/13


message 6: by Marta (last edited Dec 02, 2018 09:50PM) (new)

Marta (gezemice) | 784 comments Some goals this year:
- less “must read” books - I feel the need to take it easy, so more mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, humor, and less difficult literature
- re-read some old favorites
- read books I own
- I do enjoy nonfiction and I want to read especially more medieval history stuff
- participate in the #ShakespeareReadalong on Litsy
- participate in the #ookBookClub - a Terry Pratchett readalong - on Litsy

Some books that have been on my reading list for way too long:

Midnight's Children
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
King Lear


message 7: by Marta (last edited Dec 19, 2019 08:54PM) (new)

Marta (gezemice) | 784 comments I have just deleted my TBR, so I feel I want to tackle different ideas then before - so I am going to do the 2019 Book riot read harder challenge. It just so happens I have already read one that fits...

1. An epistolary novel or collection of letters
✔️The Woman in White⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

2. An alternate history novel
✔️ All Our Wrong Todays is about time travel and multiple parallel timelines, one our own - ⭐️⭐️

3. A book by a woman and/or AOC (Author of Color) that won a literary award in 2018
✔️ All Systems Red by Martha Wells ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Hugo award for best novella

4. A humor book
✔️ Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

5. A book by a journalist or about journalism
✔️ The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- Michael Pollan is a journalist

6. A book by an AOC set in or about space
Wild Seed

7. An #ownvoices book set in Mexico or Central America
✔️The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

8. An #ownvoices book set in Oceania
✔️ Tales of the Tikongs⭐️⭐️⭐️

9. A book published prior to January 1, 2019, with fewer than 100 reviews on Goodreads
✔️ Freshwater: A Comedy ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 15 reviews as of Feb-08-2019. Would you believe that from a book by Virginia Woolf?

10. A translated book written by and/or translated by a woman
✔️An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

11. A book of manga
✔️My Brother's Husband, Volume 2⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

12. A book in which an animal or inanimate object is a point-of-view character
✔️ A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

13. A book by or about someone that identifies as neurodiverse
✔️NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

14. A cozy mystery
✔️ Murder in an English Village⭐️⭐️⭐️

15. A book of mythology or folklore

16. An historical romance by an AOC
✔️The Water Dancer⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Not strictly a romance, but a historical book with a romantic element.

17. A business book
✔️The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

18. A novel by a trans or nonbinary author


19. A book of nonviolent true crime
✔️Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

20. A book written in prison
De Profundis

21. A comic by an LGBTQIA creator
✔️My Brother's Husband, Volume 1⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

22. A children’s or middle grade book (not YA) that has won a diversity award since 2009

23. A self-published book
✔️We Are Legion (We Are Bob)⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

24. A collection of poetry published since 2014

18/24


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Marta (gezemice) | 784 comments reaerved


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Marta (gezemice) | 784 comments I have no idea how many posts I may want to reserve so here we are. They can be deleted but not added!


message 10: by Anna (new)

Anna | 969 comments Have a great year reading with less planning. I love making a plan and then read what I feel like, whether it was on the plan or not. :)


message 11: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3472 comments Enjoy taking it easy! I’m feeling a bit like that right now too ... still not sure what to do!


message 12: by Marta (last edited Dec 03, 2018 11:26AM) (new)

Marta (gezemice) | 784 comments Anna wrote: "Have a great year reading with less planning. I love making a plan and then read what I feel like, whether it was on the plan or not. :)"

Yeah, I do that too, lol. Thank you!


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Marta (gezemice) | 784 comments Jody wrote: "Enjoy taking it easy! I’m feeling a bit like that right now too ... still not sure what to do!"
Take it easy, too :)


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Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 6925 comments Mod
I love that you are wanting to take it easy AND participate in the Shakespeare readalong. The two don't mix for me haha!


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Marta (gezemice) | 784 comments Emily wrote: "I love that you are wanting to take it easy AND participate in the Shakespeare readalong. The two don't mix for me haha!"

They are short! And we take 6 weeks for each.


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Marta (gezemice) | 784 comments So, I totally was not going to read in order... but just so happens that I could seemlessly fit 11 of my January reads into the proper reading order! That never happened before!

I am also feeling really clever for working the entire Murderbot series into it. It won a bunch of awards, it is a money-making genre (sci-fi), fits as related books... but most of all, totally fun with four short, easy and refreshing pieces. I love Murderbot...

I am equally proud of finishing Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, which is an amazing, albeit very thick, book. Lincoln was great, and this book does him justice brilliantly.

Overall, very productive January!


message 17: by Anna (new)

Anna | 969 comments You seem to have had a great month, Marta! I've read the first three in the Murderbot Diaries, and really liked them. And Guards! Guards! ❤️‍ is one of my favourites.


message 18: by Marta (new)

Marta (gezemice) | 784 comments Thanks, Anna! Yes, Guards, Guards is a lot of fun. Carrot arrests a dragon, you can’t top that! Murderbot is so much fun. They announced a novel length sequel for next year. I am looking forward to it!


message 19: by Marta (new)

Marta (gezemice) | 784 comments I have been a bit negligent with my updates and my reading in December, too. I have only two books left from categories that I would not have read otherwise.

I am almost finished listening to Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette, which is fascinating, albeit very long. I was eyeing this book but probably would not have read it yet, if the “book about reading or an author” category was not looking for a candidate.

My last one is going to be “a book set in school” - Intend to read YA so I was surprised this has not happened so far for me yet. In the spirit of reading about Colette, I will finish the year with a book by Colette: Claudine at School. If my reading slump improves, that is....


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Marta (gezemice) | 784 comments I finished the year with my two Colette books, and I have enjoyed them a lot. I had a good year, mostly read what I wanted, and just fit them into the challenge. The only ones I would not have read if not for the challenge were:

13. The New York Library Staff Pick:
Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles

20. Indigenous People:
Tales of the Tikongs - I picked this for the Book Riot Challenge but it was good for ATY as well

And the last two (the Colette ones) were on my reading list but probably would have waited to read them if not for the two categories that needed filling (about an author, takes place in school).

So yeah, the list is a bit too easy, but this was perfect for a year when I wanted to just read whatever. I think next year I am returning to a more structured reading - those “must reads” did not move much. I feel ready for some more classics, after dabbling in Colette!


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Marta (gezemice) | 784 comments Overall, enjoyed my picks - it is what you get when you read what you want :)

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - 18 books. Favorites: Team of Rivals, Circe, the Murderbot series, Bobiverse series, The Omnivore’s Dilemma

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - 25 books

⭐️⭐️⭐️ - 8 books

No 2 and 1 star books at all. Good year.


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