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message 1: by Kelly (last edited Apr 28, 2020 05:31PM) (new)

Kelly (kelly_s) | 41 comments This is my first time doing the ATY challenge and I am excited!


1. A book with a title that doesn't contain the letters A, T or Y:
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
2. A book by an author whose last name is one syllable:
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
3. A book that you are prompted to read because of something you read in 2019:
The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz
4. A book set in a place or time that you wouldn't want to live:
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
5. The first book in a series that you have not started:
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

6. A book with a mode of transportation on the cover:
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fjorde
(one of the editions has a truck on the cover although not the edition I have which I've linked here)
7. A book set in the southern hemisphere:
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
8. A book with a two-word title where the first word is "The":
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
9. A book that can be read in a day:
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

10. A book that is between 400-600 pages:
Becoming by Michelle Obama
11. A book originally published in a year that is a prime number:
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
12. A book that is a collaboration between 2 or more people:
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
13. A prompt from a previous Around the Year in 52 Books challenge - A book from NY Public Library Staff Pick:
Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
14. A book by an author on the Abe List of 100 Essential Female Writers:
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

15. A book set in a global city:
Warcross by Marie Lu
16. A book set in a rural or sparsely populated area:
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
17. A book with a neurodiverse character:
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
18. A book by an author you've only read once before:
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

19. A fantasy book:
Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter by Theodora Goss
20. The 20th book [on your TBR, in a series, by an author, on a list, etc.] - Listopia Best Mysteries of the 21st Century 20th book:
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
21. A book related to Maximilian Hell, the noted astronomer and Jesuit Priest who was born in 1720:
Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
22. A book with the major theme of survival:
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

23. A book featuring an LGBTQIA+ character or by an LGBTQIA+ author:
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
24. A book with an emotion in the title:
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
25. A book related to the arts:
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
26. A book from the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards:
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
27. A history or historical fiction:
The Huntress by Kate Quinn

28. A book by an Australian, Canadian or New Zealand author:
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
29. An underrated book, a hidden gem or a lesser known book:
Written in Dead Wax by Andrew Cartmel
30. A book from the New York Times '100 Notable Books' list for any year:
Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep
31. A book inspired by a leading news story:
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe

32. A book related to the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Japan:
Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
33. A book about a non-traditional family:
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
34. A book from a genre or sub genre that starts with a letter in your name:
Y = Young Adult: Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
35. A book with a geometric pattern or element on the cover:
The Last Librarian by Brandt Leggier

36. A book from your TBR/wishlist that you don't recognize, recall putting there, or put there on a whim:
The Face of a Stranger by Anne Perry
37. Two books that are related to each other as a pair of binary opposites:
Book #1: Day Shift by Charlaine Harris
38. Two books that are related to each other as a pair of binary opposites:
Book #2: Night Shift by Charlaine Harris
39. A book by an author whose real name(s) you're not quite sure how to pronounce:
Volk's Game by Brent Ghelfi

40. A book with a place name in the title:
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
41. A mystery:
Blind Justice by Bruce Alexander
42. A book that was nominated for one of the ‘10 Most Coveted Literary Prizes in the World’:
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
43. A book related to one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse:
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
44. A book related to witches:
The Winter Witch by Paula Brackston

45. A book by the same author who wrote one of your best reads in 2019 or 2018:
From 2018: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
46. A book about an event or era in history taken from the Billy Joel song "We Didn't Start the Fire":
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
47. A classic book you've always meant to read:
Lolita by Victor Nabokov
48. A book published in 2020:
Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

49. A book that fits a prompt from the list of suggestions that didn't win - A book that makes you nostalgic:
Nancy Drew Mystery Stories : The Secret of The Old Clock and The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene
50. A book with a silhouette on the cover:
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
51. A book with an "-ing" word in the title:
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
52. A book related to time:
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire


message 2: by Kelly (new)

Kelly (kelly_s) | 41 comments Great start to the new year with prompt #1 complete (a book with a title that doesn't contain the letters A, T or Y). I read B.A. Paris' Behind Closed Doors and have started Dark Matter by Blake Crouch for prompt #2 (a book by an author whose last name is one syllable).

I will add my ratings for these and the other books I read for the challenge at the end of the month.


message 3: by Kerry (new)

Kerry (euphemy) | 169 comments I loved Behind Closed Doors. It was in my top 5 from last year. Good luck


message 4: by Kelly (last edited Jan 02, 2020 08:13AM) (new)

Kelly (kelly_s) | 41 comments Thanks Kerry - good luck to you too! I thought Behind Closed Doors was a fast-paced read with good suspense but I didn't love that the reveal/twist happened so early in the story. Still enjoyable and I'm very happy to have started my ATY challenge with a quick win!


message 5: by Kelly (last edited Apr 14, 2020 06:03PM) (new)

Kelly (kelly_s) | 41 comments JANUARY


Prompt #5: The first in a series you haven't started
Book: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Rating:★★★★★
Review: Heist story that puts the epic in epic fantasy. Loved it!
Page count: 647 pages
Primary setting: the fictional city of Luthadel

Prompt #4: Place/time you wouldn't want to live
Book: Wilder Girls by Rory Power
Rating:★★★★★
Review: Haunting & scary story filled with inspiring young women.
Page count: 353 pages
Primary setting: Raxler Island, Maine

Prompt #3: Prompted by something read in 2019
Book: The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz
Rating:★★★☆☆
Review: Homage to Holmes with great writing and okay mystery
Page count: 375 pages
Primary setting: London, England

Prompt #2: Author whose last name is one syllable
Book: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Rating: ★★★★★
Review: Fast-paced story set in the multiverse where every decision matters.
Page count: 342 pages
Primary setting: Chicago, Illinois

Prompt #1: No A, T or Y in the title
Book: Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Review: A thriller with limited thrills but good pace.
Page count: 293 pages
Primary setting: London, England

JANUARY ATY WRAP UP
Books read: 5
Page count: 2,010
Average rating:★★★★☆
Average pages per book: 402
Total hours reading: 40
Most read genre: Evenly split between Thriller, SciFi, Mystery, Horror & Fantasy


message 6: by Kelly (last edited Apr 14, 2020 06:01PM) (new)

Kelly (kelly_s) | 41 comments FEBRUARY


Prompt #9: A book that can be read in a day
Book: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Rating:★★★★★
Review: Charming, scary fantasy with unnamed child protagonist.
Page count: 181 pages
Primary setting: Sussex, England

Prompt #8: Two-word title where the first word is "the"
Book: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Rating:★★★☆☆
Review: A book about books, historical research and finding Drakula
Page count: 704 pages
Primary setting: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Prompt #7: Book set in the southern hemisphere
Book: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Rating:★★★☆☆
Review: Heartwarming, no-nonsense female lead solves big & small mysteries in Botswana.
Page count: 235 pages
Primary setting: Gabarone, Botswana

Prompt #6: Transportation on the cover
Book: The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Rating:★★★★☆
Review: Weird, wonderful, steampunk-esque mystery set in alternate 1985.
Page count: 374 pages
Primary setting: Swindon, England


message 7: by Kelly (new)

Kelly (kelly_s) | 41 comments What was I thinking...??
When I chose the book for for Prompt #8: Two-world title where the first word is "the", I have to wonder why I chose the longest book in the shortest month. I apparently did not think this through very well. 😑

My edition of The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova is 704 pages. It is a highly rated book by a number of reviewers whose recommendations typically align with mine however, I'm having a bit of trouble getting into the story. I'm hoping that it's just a slow start and it will start to pick up soon.

Has anyone else had the same experience with this book?


message 8: by Kelly (last edited Apr 14, 2020 05:58PM) (new)

Kelly (kelly_s) | 41 comments MARCH


Prompt #14: Author on Abe List of 100 Essential Female Writers
Book: Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
Rating:★★★★★
Review: Moving, scary, shocking and shame-inducing. Read it.
Page count: 287 pages
Primary setting: Maryland

Prompt #13: Prompt from prior ATY challenge: NY Public Library Staff Pick
Book: Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
Rating:★★★☆☆
Review: Interesting magic system, boring school setting, predictable mystery
Page count: 336 pages
Primary setting: Oakland, California

Prompt #12: Collaboration between 2 or more people
Book: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Rating:★★★☆☆
Review: Hate to love romance with witty banter
Page count: 400 pages
Primary setting: Maui, Hawaii

Prompt #11: Published in a year that is a prime number
Book: Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
Rating:★★★☆☆
Review: Wonderful & inventive magic system but unbelievable romance
Page count: 418 pages
Primary setting: Prague, Czech Republic

Prompt #10: 400-600 page book
Book: Becoming by Michelle Obama
Rating:★★★★★
Review: Amazing & inspiring! Listen to the audio book if you can.
Page count: 426 pages
Primary setting: Chicago, Illinois and Washington, DC


message 9: by Kelly (last edited Apr 19, 2020 12:17PM) (new)

Kelly (kelly_s) | 41 comments APRIL


Prompt #18: A book by an author only read once before
Book: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
Rating: ★★★★☆
Review: Atmospheric, spooky house mystery with a murderous nanny...maybe.
Page count: 337 pages
Primary setting: Scottish Highlands

Prompt #17: A book with a neurodiverse character
Book: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Rating: ★★★★★
Review: Mystery seen & told through the eyes of a unique protagonist.
Page count: 226 pages
Primary setting: Swindon, England

Prompt #16: A book set in a rural area
Book: The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
Rating: ★★★★☆
Review: A literary thriller with great characters who experience unbelievable violence.
Page count: 656 pages
Primary setting: Pikeville, Georgia

Prompt #15: A book set in a global city
Book: Warcross by Marie Lu
Rating: ★★★★☆
Review: Fun romp through futuristic world where everyone uses virtual reality.
Page count: 366 pages
Primary setting: Tokyo, Japan


message 10: by Kelly (last edited Dec 24, 2020 08:21AM) (new)

Kelly (kelly_s) | 41 comments MAY
Started slow but ended strong!

Prompt #22: A book with the major theme of survival
Book: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
Rating:★★★★☆
Review: Inspiring true story about one man's ability to overcome.
Page count: 492
Primary setting: Japan

Prompt #21: A book related to Maximilian Hell
Book: Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
Rating: ★★★★★
Review: Initially worried about the unusual format of a story told through written reports, emails & chat messages, this ended up being one of my favourite scifi stories of all time.
Page count: 602 pages
Primary setting: Space!

Prompt #20: The 20th book on Listopia Best Mysteries of the 21st Century
Book: Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Review: Solid mystery with creepy bad guy & compelling protagonists.
Page count: 437 pages
Primary setting: Midwest United States

Prompt #19: A fantasy book
Original book: Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
Book: The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter by Theodora Goss
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Review: A unique take on well-known literary characters; predictable mystery but extra star for Victorian London setting.
Page count: 402 pages
Primary setting: London, England


message 11: by Ana A (new)

Ana A (anabana_a) | 459 comments What a neat layout, Kelly. I really like ATY plans that include personal ratings of books read.


message 12: by Kelly (new)

Kelly (kelly_s) | 41 comments Ana A wrote: "What a neat layout, Kelly. I really like ATY plans that include personal ratings of books read."

Thanks so much Ana! This is my first ATY and actually, my first time participating in any of the Goodreads Groups, so I appreciate the feedback on the layout.


message 13: by Kelly (last edited Dec 24, 2020 08:18AM) (new)

Kelly (kelly_s) | 41 comments JUNE
"It takes no compromise to give people their rights...it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression."--Harvey Milk🌈


Prompt #27: A history or historical fiction
Original book: The Huntress by Kate Quinn
Book: A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Review: Fun & engaging romantic romp through regency England with feminist leading lady
Page count: 372 pages
Primary setting: Sussex, England

Prompt #26: A book from the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards
Book: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Review: Everything about this book was just okay - I was hoping for more
Page count: 325 pages
Primary setting: London, England

Prompt #25: A book related to the arts
Original book: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Book: Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
Rating: ★★★★☆
Review: Creepy, atmospheric haunted house mystery told via a "book within a book" approach
Page count: 384 pages
Primary setting: Vermont, United States

Prompt #24: A book with an emotion in the title
Book: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
Rating: ★★★★☆
Review: Author's sense of humour adds to an interesting story about how cadavers have contributed to science
Page count: 303 pages
Primary setting: Various

Prompt #23: A book featuring an LGBTQIA+ character or by an LGBTQIA+ author
Book: All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
Rating:★★★☆☆
Review: Uniquely magical story combining fantasy & scifi - I will re-read this one in the future
Page count: 313 pages
Primary setting: San Francisco, California


message 14: by Kelly (last edited Dec 24, 2020 08:16AM) (new)

Kelly (kelly_s) | 41 comments JULY
Happy Birthday Canada!🍁🍁🍁🍁🍁🍁🍁


Prompt #31: A book inspired by a leading news story
Original book: Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe
Book: Zone One by Colson Whitehead
Rating: ★★★★☆
Review: A literary zombie tale with pointed social commentary woven throughout
Page count: 322 pages
Primary setting: New York, New York

Prompt #30: A book from the New York Times '100 Notable Books' list
Original book: Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep
Book: A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Review: Great female protagonist, good romance but wish the author did a bit more with the mystery
Page count: 360 pages
Primary setting: New York, New York

Prompt #29: An underrated book, a hidden gem or a lesser known book
Book: Written in Dead Wax by Andrew Cartmel
Rating: ★★★★☆
Review: I loved this quirky mystery with a witty & sarcastic main character
Page count: 476 pages
Primary setting: London, England & Los Angeles, California

Prompt #28: A book by an Australian, Canadian or New Zealand author
Book: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Rating: ★★★★★
Review: A dark fantasy with compelling female assassin - must read for fantasy lovers that don't mind the darkness!
Page count: 429 pages
Primary setting: Fictional city of Godsgrave


message 15: by Kelly (last edited Dec 24, 2020 08:15AM) (new)

Kelly (kelly_s) | 41 comments AUGUST
Reading some of my all time favourite authors this month!

Prompt #35: Geometric pattern or element on the cover
Book: The Last Librarian by Brandt Legg
Rating:★☆☆☆☆
Review: Sad to say I just did not connect with this story
Page count: 336 pages
Primary setting: Portland, Oregon in 2098

Prompt #34: Genre that starts with a letter in your name
Book: Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
Rating:★★★★☆
Review: Great story about young woman overcoming the odds to become a pilot - of space ships!
Page count: 513 pages
Primary setting: Space

Prompt #33: A book about non-traditional family
Original book: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Book: The Diamond Queen of Singapore by Ian Hamilton
Rating:★★★★★
Review: Ava Lee returns to her forensic accountant roots in this page turner
Page count: 428 pages
Primary setting: Toronto, Canada & Chengdu, China

Prompt #32: A book related to the 2020 Olympics in Japan
Book: Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
Rating:★★★★☆
Review: Technological thriller with interesting female lead
Page count: 378 pages
Primary setting: London, England, Tokyo, Japan & Moscow, Russia


message 16: by Kelly (last edited Dec 24, 2020 08:13AM) (new)

Kelly (kelly_s) | 41 comments SEPTEMBER
All I can say is "meh".......

Prompt #39: An author whose real name I'm not sure how to pronounce
Book: Volk's Game by Brent Ghelfi
Rating:★★★☆☆
Review: Dark thriller set in Russia; I loved the anti-hero protagonist
Page count: 299 pages
Primary setting: Moscow, Russia

Prompt #38: A pair of binary opposites - book #2
Book: Night Shift by Charlaine Harris
Rating:★★★☆☆
Review: Good wrap up to the 3 book series
Page count: 308 pages
Primary setting: Fictional town of Midnight, Texas

Prompt #37: A pair of binary opposites - book #1
Book: Day Shift by Charlaine Harris
Rating:★★★☆☆
Review: Great cast of supernatural characters protecting each other and their town
Page count: 307 pages
Primary setting: Fictional town of Midnight, Texas

Prompt #36: Book on my TBR that I don't recognize/recall putting there
Book: The Face of a Stranger by Anne Perry
Rating: ★★★★☆
Review: Victorian mystery with interesting detective who has lost his memory
Page count: 352 pages
Primary setting: London, England


message 17: by Kelly (last edited Dec 24, 2020 08:11AM) (new)

Kelly (kelly_s) | 41 comments OCTOBER
A real mixed reading result this month

Prompt #44: Related to witches
Book: The Winter Witch by Paula Brackston
Rating:★★☆☆☆
Review: Magic in an early nineteenth century Welsh village should have been a fav - might try a re-read of this one
Page count: 340 pages
Primary setting: Nineteenth century Welsh village

Prompt #43: Related to one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse
Original book:Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Book: The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
Rating: ★★★★★
Review: Much darker than anticipated; truly scary vampire story with insightful social commentary throughout
Page count: 404 pages
Primary location: Charleston, South Carolina

Prompt #42: Nominee for one of 10 most coveted literary prizes
Original book:The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
Book: The Haunting of Tram Car 015, by P. Djeli Clark
Rating: ★★★★☆
Review: Detective story with a twist as what should have been a simple exorcism becomes so much more
Page count: 130 pages
Primary setting: Cairo, Egypt (re-imagined)

Prompt #41: A mystery
Original book:Blind Justice by Bruce Alexander
Book: A Dangerous Mourning by Anne Perry
Rating:★★★☆☆
Review: Victorian mystery with good twists & interesting but dislikeable detective
Page count: 344 pages
Primary setting: London, England

Prompt #40: Place name in the title
Original book:Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Book: Catherine House by Elizabeth Thomas
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Review: Did not give me what I needed but incredibly well-written, sinister dark academia literary mystery
Page count: 320 pages
Primary setting: Vermont


message 18: by Kelly (last edited Dec 24, 2020 07:52AM) (new)

Kelly (kelly_s) | 41 comments NOVEMBER
Great reading month - some new favourites!

Prompt #48: A book published in 2020
Book: Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson
Rating:★★★★☆
Review: Twisty mystery where bookseller solves serial killings that are based on the best murders in crime fiction
Page count: 270 pages
Primary setting: Boston, Massachusetts

Prompt #47: A classic book you've always meant to read
Original book:Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Book: The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
Rating:★★★★☆
Review: The first appearance of Hercule Poirot who finds out who really poisoned Emily Inglethorpe
Page count: 210 pages
Primary setting: Styles, England

Prompt #46: About an event or era in the Billy Joel song "We Didn't Start the Fire"
Original book:Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Book: 11/22/63 by Stephen King
Rating:★★★★☆
Review: Time travelling story where our hero has to choose between love and righting an historical wrong
Page count: 849 pages
Primary setting: Derrie, Maine & Jodie, Texas

Prompt #45: Author from 2018 or 2019 best reads
Original book:Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Book: All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny
Rating:★★★★★
Review: The sixteenth book in the series finds Armand Gamache solving a murder that hits close to home - even though it takes place in Paris.
Page count: 448 pages
Primary setting: Paris, France


message 19: by Kelly (last edited Dec 30, 2020 08:58AM) (new)

Kelly (kelly_s) | 41 comments DECEMBER
All about the mysteries this month!🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄


Prompt #52: Related to time
Original book: Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
Book: The Night Fire by Michael Connelly
Rating: Cold case gets solved when some of my favourite fictional detectives come together
Review:★★★★☆
Page count: 448 pages
Primary setting: Los Angeles, California

Prompt #51: An "-ing" word in the title
Original book:Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Book: The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Review: Closed circle mystery where the setting was the best part of the book - third star because it's a fast-paced read
Page count: 352 pages
Primary setting: Scottish Highlands

Prompt #50: A silhouette on the cover
Original book:Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
Book: The Late Show by Michael Connelly
Rating:★★★★☆
Review: Fierce female detective fighting crime in LA with great nod to Harry Bosch & other familiar Connelly characters
Page count: 405 pages
Primary setting: Los Angeles, California

Prompt #49: A book from suggestions that didn't win
A book that makes you nostalgic
Book: Nancy Drew Mystery Stories : The Secret of The Old Clock and The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene
Rating:★★★★☆
Review: Fun return to my much younger reading self
Page count: 180 pages
Primary setting: Fictional town of River Heights, USA


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