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message 1: by Vee (last edited Jan 24, 2020 12:46AM) (new)

Vee Pike (veepike) | 18 comments Completed: 2/52

Currently Reading:
Recursion by Blake Crouch

RATINGS
★☆☆☆☆ did not like it
★★☆☆☆ it was okay
★★★☆☆ liked it
★★★★☆ really liked it
★★★★★ it was amazing

✓ read entire book
✗ couldn't finish

WEEKS & TOPICS

1. A book with a title that doesn't contain the letters A, T or Y
Recursion by Blake Crouch
Recursion by Blake Crouch

2. A book by an author whose last name is one syllable
The Institute by Stephen King
The Institute by Stephen King

3. A book that you are prompted to read because of something you read in 2019
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials #2) by Philip Pullman
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, #2) by Philip Pullman

✗4. A book set in a place or time that you wouldn't want to live
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
★☆☆☆☆
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

✓5. The first book in a series that you have not started
Skyward (Skyward #1) by Brandon Sanderson
★★★☆☆
Skyward (Skyward, #1) by Brandon Sanderson

6. A book with a mode of transportation on the cover
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) by Becky Chambers
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) by Becky Chambers

7. A book set in the southern hemisphere
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James or Rosewater by Tade Thompson
Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy, #1) by Marlon James or Rosewater (The Wormwood Trilogy, #1) by Tade Thompson

8. A book with a two-word title where the first word is "The"
The Testaments (The Handmaid's Tale, #2) by Margaret Atwood
The Testaments (The Handmaid's Tale, #2) by Margaret Atwood

9. A book that can be read in a day
This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar

10. A book that is between 400-600 pages
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2) by V.E. Schwab

11. A book originally published in a year that is a prime number
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1) by Ernest Cline

12. A book that is a collaboration between 2 or more people
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume One
The Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume One (The Best Science Fiction of the Year, #1) by Neil Clarke

13. A prompt from a previous Around the Year in 52 Books challenge
(2016) A book originally written in a language other than English
The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #1) by Liu Cixin

14. A book by an author on the Abe List of 100 Essential Female Writers
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

15. A book set in a global city
Shōgun by James Clavell
Shōgun (Asian Saga, #1) by James Clavell

16. A book set in a rural or sparsely populated area
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Watership Down (Watership Down, #1) by Richard Adams

17. A book with a neurodiverse character
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1) by Leigh Bardugo

18. A book by an author you've only read once before
Axis by Robert Charles Wilson
Axis (Spin, #2) by Robert Charles Wilson

19. A fantasy book
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) by Patrick Rothfuss

20. The 20th book [on your TBR, in a series, by an author, on a list, etc.]
A Case of Conscience by James Blish
A Case of Conscience (After Such Knowledge, #4) by James Blish

21. A book related to Maximilian Hell, the noted astronomer and Jesuit Priest who was born in 1720
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos #1) by Dan Simmons

22. A book with the major theme of survival
Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey
Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1) by Hugh Howey

23. A book featuring an LGBTQIA+ character or by an LGBTQIA+ author
24. A book with an emotion in the title
25. A book related to the arts

26. A book from the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

27. A history or historical fiction
The Huntress by Kate Quinn
The Huntress by Kate Quinn

28. A book by an Australian, Canadian or New Zealand author
Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
Bitten (Otherworld, #1) by Kelley Armstrong

29. An underrated book, a hidden gem or a lesser known book
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson

30. A book from the New York Times '100 Notable Books' list for any year (2018)
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik


31. A book inspired by a leading news story

32. A book related to the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Japan
33. A book about a non-traditional family
34. A book from a genre or sub genre that starts with a letter in your name
35. A book with a geometric pattern or element on the cover

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

40. A book with a place name in the title
41. A mystery
42. A book that was nominated for one of the ‘10 Most Coveted Literary Prizes in the World’ (link)
43. A book related to one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse
44. A book related to witches

45. A book by the same author who wrote one of your best reads in 2019 or 2018
46. A book about an event or era in history taken from the Billy Joel song "We Didn't Start the Fire"
47. A classic book you've always meant to read
48. A book published in 2020

49. A book that fits a prompt from the list of suggestions that didn't win (link)
50. A book with a silhouette on the cover
51. A book with an "-ing" word in the title
52. A book related to time


message 2: by Ana A (new)

Ana A (anabana_a) | 476 comments Nice. I'm doing a King book for the 2nd prompt too. :)


message 3: by Vee (new)

Vee Pike (veepike) | 18 comments Ana A wrote: "Nice. I'm doing a King book for the 2nd prompt too. :)"

Awesome! Have you read anything by him before? This will be my first Stephen King novel.


message 4: by Tracy, Constellation Mod (last edited Jan 08, 2020 07:53AM) (new)

Tracy (tracyisreading) | 2472 comments Mod
Looks great so far! I have several Stephen King books on my plans this year, I love him. I haven't read The Institute yet, so I can't say anything about that one, but I hope you enjoy him. His books are long but they are fast paced and I think he does character development really well, not to mention plot. I have quite a few favorites by him, particularly his early work ( It, The Stand, Pet Cemetary, The Shining!!, Salems Lot etc... so many. )He got a little weird for a while after his accident but I've been enjoying his newer work as well. His short story collections are great too. Love him! My daughter was just looking at my book shelves the other day and said " theres a lot of King books here mommy".

PS- if you enjoy his writing check out his son Joe Hill

Enjoy your challenge and good luck!


message 5: by Ana A (new)

Ana A (anabana_a) | 476 comments Vee wrote: "Ana A wrote: "Nice. I'm doing a King book for the 2nd prompt too. :)"

Awesome! Have you read anything by him before? This will be my first Stephen King novel."


Yeah, I've read and enjoyed Rose Madder, The Shining, Carrie, and some of his short stories. I'll be reading Cujo for the 2nd prompt. Hope you'll enjoy the Institute. Haven't read it yet.


message 6: by Vee (last edited Jan 08, 2020 11:52PM) (new)

Vee Pike (veepike) | 18 comments Tracy wrote: "Looks great so far! I have several Stephen King books on my plans this year, I love him. I haven't read The Institute yet, so I can't say anything about that one, but I hope you enjoy him. ..."

Ana A wrote: "Yeah, I've read and enj..."

I've read a bit of Pet Sematary before but I didn't get very far sadly, which had everything to do with my very short attention span and nothing to do with King's writing. Definitely looking forward to attempting to read The Institute, as it sounds very interesting.

I've also been meaning to read 11/22/63 for many years, but I find the length of the book to be very intimidating. It might go on my 2020 Plan, depending on how The Institute goes...


message 7: by Vee (new)

Vee Pike (veepike) | 18 comments Finished my first book of the year! Skyward by Brandon Sanderson. Didn't like it nearly as much as I thought I would, but it was okay.


message 8: by Vee (new)

Vee Pike (veepike) | 18 comments Finished reading Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, but unfortunately I didn't enjoy or connect with it at all.


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