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✔1. A book with a title that doesn't contain the letters A, T or Y
Vicious (Villains, #1) by V.E. Schwab
✔2. A book by an author whose last name is one syllable
To Be or Not To Be A Chooseable-Path Adventure by Ryan North
3. A book that you are prompted to read because of something you read in 2019
4. A book set in a place or time that you wouldn't want to live
✔5. The first book in a series that you have not started
The Wedding Date (The Wedding Date, #1) by Jasmine Guillory
6. A book with a mode of transportation on the cover
7. A book set in the southern hemisphere
✔8. A book with a two-word title where the first word is "The"
The Proposal (The Wedding Date, #2) by Jasmine Guillory
✔9. A book that can be read in a day
For Every One by Jason Reynolds
✔10. A book that is between 400-600 pages
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
✔11. A book originally published in a year that is a prime number
One of Us Is Lying (One of Us is Lying, #1) by Karen M. McManus
✔12. A book that is a collaboration between 2 or more people
Let it Snow by John Green
✔13. A prompt from a previous Around the Year in 52 Books challenge
The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
Rory Gilmore Challenge
14. A book by an author on the Abe List of 100 Essential Female Writers
15. A book set in a global city
✔16. A book set in a rural or sparsely populated area
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
17. A book with a neurodiverse character
✔18. A book by an author you've only read once before
One of Us Is Next (One of Us Is Lying, #2) by Karen M. McManus
19. A fantasy book
20. The 20th book [on your TBR, in a series, by an author, on a list, etc.]
21. A book related to Maximilian Hell, the noted astronomer and Jesuit Priest who was born in 1720
✔22. A book with the major theme of survival
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
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
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
✔27. A history or historical fiction
You Never Forget Your First A Biography of George Washington by Alexis Coe
28. A book by an Australian, Canadian or New Zealand author
✔29. An underrated book, a hidden gem or a lesser known book
Jeopardy in January (Calendar Mysteries #1) by Camilla Chafer
30. A book from the New York Times '100 Notable Books' list for any year
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
The Au Pair by Emma Rous
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
Rogue Princess by B.R. Myers
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
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
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’
✔43. A book related to one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
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
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, #1) by Lewis Carroll
48. A book published in 2020
✔49. A book that fits a prompt from the list of suggestions that didn't win
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy
Story about horses or horse on the cover
✔50. A book with a silhouette on the cover
Followers by Megan Angelo
51. A book with an "-ing" word in the title
✔52. A book related to time
The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

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Jessica (seejessread) | 144 comments Winter Reading Challenge! What fun.

1. Happy New Year!

Happy 2020! Here’s to a great year of reading. Around the world people will be welcoming the new year while watching fireworks displays, drinking champagne and singing Auld Lang Syne.

1. Read a book by an author who is new to you.
2. Read a book from a genre that is new to you (you can use a sub-genre, eg urban fantasy, historical romance, etc if you already read books from most genres).
Jeopardy in January (Calendar Mysteries #1) by Camilla Chafer
Cozy Mystery
3. Read a book in which all the words in the title have the same number of letters (eg The Bat, Ninth House, The Old Man and the Sea).

2. January birthdays: A.A. Milne

A.A. Milne was born in London in 18 January 1882. He is most famous for his Winnie the Pooh books which are among the most popular children’s books ever published and have been translated into numerous languages, including Latin!

1. Read a book by an author who is usually known by their initials (eg J.K. Rowling, J.D. Salinger, L.M. Montgomery)
Vicious (Villains, #1) by V.E. Schwab
2. Read a book by an author who was born in a capital city (for this task, a capital city means the capital of a country rather than a state or province)
3. Read a book that has been translated into Latin. (There are several short children’s books and picture books on the list, it’s up to you if you want to count them for this challenge.)

3. New Year Resolutions

Millions of people see January 1st as an opportunity to set goals for the year ahead and the practice of making new year resolutions has a long history. In Babylonia new year was a time to promise the repayment of debts and return of borrowed items. And Romans are believed to have made sacrifices and promises to the god Janus, who is depicted as having two faces - one looking to the past and one to the future. Given that history, whether you keep or break your own resolutions this year, you’re probably in good company!

1. Read a book where the first letter of each word in the title can be found in NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS (the title must be at leat three words long for this option)
2. Read a book that looks into the past (historical fiction, history, etc) or a book that looks into the future (science fiction, fantasy, etc).
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
3. Read a book that will help you keep one of your New Year resolutions OR if you don’t make resolutions then read a book related to one of the top ten New Years resolutions. Tell us what your resolution is when recording this task as completed.

4. Winter sports: bobsleigh

Bobsleighing originated in the Swiss town of St Moritz in the 19th century. Holidaymakers looking for entertainment in the cold winters hit on a plan to adapt delivery sleds into racing sleds and compete in races down the steep roads of the town. While undoubtedly entertaining for holidaymakers, the high speed sled races became immensely unpopular with residents of the town who, not unreasonably, objected to being mown down on their own streets by out of control sleds. In order to restore calm, a local hotel owner constructed an ice half-pipe track outside the town where the sled races could continue, and the sport of bobsleighing was born.

1. Read a book set mostly in a location that begins with a letter in SWITZERLAND.
2. Read a book in which a conflict between characters is a major part of the plot. Tell us what the conflict was (using spoiler tags if necessary) when recording the task as completed.
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
3. Read a book that appears on one of these lists of fast-paced books:
🛷 Bookbub: 16 fast-paced books to read in a day
🛷 Business Insider: 25 fast-paced thrillers
🛷 Bustle: 11 fast-paced books

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Jessica (seejessread) | 144 comments Winter Reading Challenge


1. Valentine’s Day

February 14th is celebrated around the world as Valentine’s Day. It was originally a feast day honouring an early Christian saint and only became associated with love and romance in the 14th century. Fun fact: Cadbury first began producing heart-shaped boxes of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in 1868. Buying overpriced novelty chocolates as a token of love has a long history!

1. Read a book with Romance listed as one of the top five genres on its Goodreads page.
The Wedding Date (The Wedding Date, #1) by Jasmine Guillory
2. Read a book by an author whose first and last initials appear in VALENTINE’S DAY.
3. Read a book written in or set in the Medieval period (usually defined as the 5th to 15th centuries).

2. February birthdays: Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison was born on 18 February 1931. After becoming the first Black female editor at Random House (a position she used to champion the writings of Black authors), she began writing novels and became one of the most admired writers of her time. Her debut novel, The Bluest Eye, was published in 1970 and in total she published eleven novels as well as several children’s books, plays and short fiction. In 1993 she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

✅1. Read a book with a colour in the title OR a book with a cover that is mostly blue.
The Proposal (The Wedding Date, #2) by Jasmine Guillory
2. Read a book that was first published in the 1970s.
3. Read a book by Toni Morrison or another author who has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

3. Winter sports: Ski jumping

Ski jumping has featured in every Winter Olympics since 1924. Athletes ski down a specially designed ramp and compete against each other to see who can make the longest jump. The current world record is over 253 metres. It was set by Austrian ski jumper, Stefan Kraft, who perhaps predictably is known by the nickname Air Kraft.

1. Read a book that is at least 253 pages long.
2. Read a book published in a year in which the Winter Olympics took place (1924, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018)
3. Read a book where the plot “jumps” about (a non-linear narrative as it’s normally called). These lists might be useful as inspiration but your book doesn’t have to appear on one to work for this task:
Followers by Megan Angelo
🎿 Wikipedia: nonlinear narrative m
🎿 Goodreads: popular non-linear narrative books

4. Leap year

People born on 29th February technically only have a birthday every fourth year. This unusual situation is at the heart of Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera, The Pirates of Penzance. Frederic, the lead character, believes he is freed from his apprenticeship to a gang of pirates when he is 21 years old, only to find that actually his apprenticeship lasts until his 21st birthday and as he was born in a leap year that won’t be until he’s 88 years old! Fortunately most people today who are born on 29th February simply celebrate their birthday a day early.

1. Read a book that is part of a series and that has a series umber that is a multiple of four (4, 8, 12 etc).
2. Read a book in which the numbers 2 and 9 appear in the number of pages.
Rogue Princess by B.R. Myers 294
3. Read a book with a word from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Modern Major-General Song in the title or subtitle. (Words must be at least four letters long to count).

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Jessica (seejessread) | 144 comments SPRING CHALLENGE

It's starting to look like spring (for some more than others)! While New Year's is often the time for resolutions, there's a certain excitement about the fresh start that happens in the spring. The grass is getting greener, more animals emerge, and the flowers start to bloom.

✅1. Read a book with a title beginning with a letter in SPRING (you can ignore or use a, an, or the)
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
I feel like it fits 2 and 3 as well
2. Read a coming-of-age or inspirational book
3. Read a book with themes related to nature

March Birthdays: Gabriel García Márquez
Most readers know him for his most famous work, One Hundred Years of Solitude. After all, this is the book that most led to his Nobel Prize for Literature. Gabriel wrote the book while traveling by bus with his family from Colombia to Mexico City and throughout the southern United States, a dream inspired by his interest in the author William Faulkner. Many of his books include themes related to his strong, liberal political views, influenced largely by his grandfather, and the history of Latin America, (guerilla warfare, drug trafficking, the failures of communism, the evils of capitalism, and the dangerous meddling of the CIA).

1. Read a book set in Colombia.
✔2. Read a book with themes inspired by the author's life or values (family, magical realism, Latin American politics/social issues).
The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver
Magical Realism
3. Read a book by an author who has won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

March Madness
One of the most popular sporting events of the year kicks off on March 17, when 68 basketball teams compete in a single-elimination tournament. Some of the players can't get enough of the sport and go on to become coaches. The oldest coach (Jim Calhoun of the UConn Huskies in 2011) to win a title was 68, while the youngest was 31 (Emmett McCracken of the Indiana Hoosiers in 1940). Even spectators can participate in a little competition by filling out a bracket with their predicted winners. But don't get too confident. The odds of a perfect bracket are 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 (that's quintillion). 2008 may have been the most predictable year for the bracket ever, since it was the only time that all four No. 1 teams - Kansas, North Carolina, UCLA, and Memphis - locked horns in the Final Four.

✅1. Read a book with a page count that appears in the number 9,223,372,036,854,775,808.
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
223 pages
2. Read a book published between 1931 and 1968.
3. Read a book set in Kansas, North Carolina, California, or Tennessee.

St. Patrick's Day
March 17 isn't just a day dedicated to basketball. It is also one of the most popular holidays in the world. St. Patrick's Day is historically a religious holiday, with the famous Shamrock, or three-leaf clover, representing the Holy Trinity. St. Patrick, born Maewyn Scott, was actually born in Wales but was taken taken captive and enslaved in Ireland. He eventually became a priest and was known for ridding the country of evil, symbolized as "snakes". Despite this notoriety, biologists have since learned that there weren't actually ever snakes in Ireland due to cold climate and surrounding waters. There are now more people throughout the world who claim Irish heritage than there are in the entire country of Ireland and some of the biggest celebrations occur in Boston, New York City, and Chicago.

1. Read a book written by an author whose initials appear in Maewyn Succat.
2. Read a book with a theme of good vs. evil.
3. In honor of the famous Shamrock, read a book that is third or fourth in a series.

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Jessica (seejessread) | 144 comments SPRING CHALLENGE

April Fool's Day
Although April Fools’ Day, also called All Fools’ Day, has been celebrated for several centuries by different cultures, its exact origins remain a mystery. Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. People who were slow to get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to January 1 and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1 became the butt of jokes and hoaxes. These pranks included having paper fish placed on their backs and being referred to as “poisson d’avril” (April fish), said to symbolize a young, easily caught fish and a gullible person.

1. Read a humorous book.
2. Read a book with a fish on the cover.
3. Read a book whose author's initials are found in APRIL FOOLS DAY.

Spring Sports: Baseball
In September 1845, a group of New York City men founded the New York Knickerbocker Baseball Club. One of them—volunteer firefighter and bank clerk Alexander Joy Cartwright—would codify a new set of rules that would form the basis for modern baseball, calling for a diamond-shaped infield, foul lines and the three-strike rule. He also abolished the dangerous practice of tagging runners by throwing balls at them.

1. Read a book written in OR set in the 1800s.
2. Read a book with a 3 in the page number.
3. Read a book off of one of these lists that feature sports:
⚾️ 30 Best Sports Books
⚾️ 25 Best Baseball Books
⚾️ Best Nonfiction Books about Sports

Earth Day
Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, it now includes events coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network in more than 193 countries. The day is observed worldwide with rallies, conferences, outdoor activities and service projects.

1. Read a book with a green cover OR with a plant on the cover.
2. Read a book in which the character travels through more than one country.
3. Read a cli-fi book.

April Birthdays: Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou was born as Marguerite Johnson on April 4th, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in St. Louis and Stamps, Arkansas. Maya Angelou became one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. With over 50 honorary doctorate degrees Dr. Maya Angelou became a celebrated poet, memoirist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist.

1. Read a banned book.
2. Read a book by an author who has more than 30 published works.
3. Read a book featuring the Civil Rights movement.

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Jessica (seejessread) | 144 comments SPRING CHALLENGE

May Day
May Day is a May 1 celebration with a long and varied history, dating back millennia. Throughout the years, there have been many different events and festivities worldwide, most with the express purpose of welcoming in a change of season (spring in the Northern Hemisphere). In the 19th century, May Day took on a new meaning, as an International Workers’ Day grew out of the 19th-century movement for labor rights and an eight-hour work day in the United States.

1. Read a book that has the letters MAY (in any order) in the title.
2. Read a book with a colorful cover.
3. Read a book where a character is a tradesman who works with their hands.

Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza. More popularly celebrated in the United States than Mexico, the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture.

1. Read a book written by a Mexican or Mexican American author.
2. Read a book set in Mexico.
3. Read a book that is part of a series that contains a multiple of five books in the series (5 books, 10 books, 20 books, etc. in the series, but you can read any book of the series).

May Birthdays: Frank L. Baum
Lyman Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919) was an American author chiefly famous for his children's books, particularly The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and its sequels. He wrote 14 novels in the Oz series, plus 41 other novels, 83 short stories, over 200 poems, and at least 42 scripts. He made numerous attempts to bring his works to the stage and the nascent medium of film; the 1939 adaptation of the first Oz book would become a landmark of 20th-century cinema.

1. Read a children's/middle grade/YA book. (You can ignore the 100 page rule.)
2. Read a book with a female main character that leaves home.
3. Read a book that was made into a movie.

Mother's Day
The origin of Mother’s Day as we know it took place in the early 1900s. A woman named Anna Jarvis started a campaign for an official holiday honoring mothers in 1905, the year her own mother died. The first larger-scale celebration of the holiday was in 1908, when Jarvis held a public memorial for her mother in her hometown of Grafton, West Virginia. Finally, in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation making Mother’s Day an official holiday, to take place the second Sunday of May.

1. Read a book that starts with a letter in MOTHERS DAY.
2. Read a book that features someone's relationship with their mother.
3. Read a book featured on one of these lists:
🌸 20 Books for Moms
🌸 15 Important Books about Motherhood
🌸 25 Modern Mom Must-Reads

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