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1. A book with a title that doesn't contain the letters A, T or Y Nod
Nod by Adrian BarnesHidden Bodies (You, #2) by Caroline KepnesKindred by Octavia E. Butler
2. A book by an author whose last name is one syllable Mortal Engines
Mortal Engines (The Hungry City Chronicles, #1) by Philip ReeveThe Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1) by Brent WeeksThe Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
3. A book that you are prompted to read because of something you read in 2019 The Spy with the Red Balloon
The Spy with the Red Balloon (The Balloonmakers, #2) by Katherine LockeA Royal Pain (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #2) by Rhys BowenSweep in Peace (Innkeeper Chronicles, #2) by Ilona Andrews
4. A book set in a place or time that you wouldn't want to live Germinal
Germinal by Émile ZolaA River in Darkness One Man's Escape from North Korea by Masaji IshikawaA Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen
5. The first book in a series that you have not started Altered Carbon
Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs, #1) by Richard K. MorganThe Silent Corner (Jane Hawk, #1) by Dean KoontzHomeland (Forgotten Realms The Dark Elf Trilogy, #1; Legend of Drizzt, #1) by R.A. Salvatore
6. A book with a mode of transportation on the coverThief of Time
Thief of Time (Discworld, #26; Death, #5) by Terry PratchettThe Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. ValenteTrail of Lightning (The Sixth World, #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse
7. A book set in the southern hemisphereThe Last Days of the Incas
The Passion According to Carmela by Marcos AguinisThe Last Days of the Incas by Kim MacQuarrie
8. A book with a two-word title where the first word is "The" The Belles
The Rook (The Checquy Files, #1) by Daniel O'MalleyThe Belles (The Belles, #1) by Dhonielle ClaytonThe Rithmatist (The Rithmatist, #1) by Brandon Sanderson
9. A book that can be read in a dayBinti
Binti (Binti, #1) by Nnedi OkoraforA Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
10. A book that is between 400-600 pagesThe Desert Spear
The Desert Spear (Demon Cycle, #2) by Peter V. BrettDjinn City by Saad HossainCrazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1) by Kevin Kwan
11. A book originally published in a year that is a prime number The Garden of Evening Mists
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan EngThe Last Hero (Discworld #27; Rincewind #7) by Terry PratchettThe End of Elsewhere Travels Among the Tourists by Taras GrescoeAkata Witch (Akata Witch, #1) by Nnedi Okorafor
12. A book that is a collaboration between 2 or more people Sweep in Peace
Sweep in Peace (Innkeeper Chronicles, #2) by Ilona Andrews
13. A prompt from a previous Around the Year in 52 Books challenge- the 16th book on your TBRPredictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
Predictably Irrational The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely
14. A book by an author on the Abe List of 100 Essential Female WritersKindred
Kindred by Octavia E. ButlerThe Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle #4) by Ursula K. Le Guin
15. A book set in a global city The Singapore School of Villainy
The Singapore School of Villainy (Inspector Singh Investigates #3) by Shamini FlintA Night Divided by Jennifer A. NielsenThe Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, #1) by Caleb CarrThe Great Passage by Shion Miura
16. A book set in a rural or sparsely populated area Last Ones Left Alive
Last Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-GoffTrail of Lightning (The Sixth World, #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse
17. A book with a neurodiverse characterThe Astonishing Color of After
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. PanNinefox Gambit (The Machineries of Empire, #1) by Yoon Ha Lee
18. A book by an author you've only read once before Space Opera
Space Opera by Catherynne M. ValentePalimpsest by Catherynne M. ValenteThe Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos #2) by Dan Simmons
19. A fantasy book
Stone of Tears (Sword of Truth, #2) by Terry Goodkind The Desert Spear (Demon Cycle, #2) by Peter V. Brett Akata Witch (Akata Witch, #1) by Nnedi Okorafor
20. The 20th book on your TBRWhite Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
White Trash The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg
21. A book related to Maximilian Hell, the noted astronomer and Jesuit Priest who was born in 1720
The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut, #1) by Mary Robinette Kowal
22. A book with the major theme of survival Last Chance to See
Last Chance to See by Douglas AdamsA River in Darkness One Man's Escape from North Korea by Masaji IshikawaThe Last Girl My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State by Nadia Murad
23. A book featuring an LGBTQIA+ character or by an LGBTQIA+ authorThe City in the Middle of the Night
The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane AndersAll the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
24. A book with an emotion in the title
Hope Never Dies (Obama Biden Mysteries, #1) by Andrew Shaffer Vicious (Villains, #1) by V.E. Schwab Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1) by Kevin Kwan
25. A book related to the arts
Brunelleschi's Dome How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King
26. A book from the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards
The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff Normal People by Sally Rooney
27. A history or historical fiction The Alienist
The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, #1) by Caleb CarrCorelli's Mandolin by Louis de BernièresThe Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, #1) by Caleb CarrThe Five The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold
28. A book by an Australian, Canadian or New Zealand author
The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera
29. An underrated book, a hidden gem or a lesser known book
The Five The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold
30. A book from the New York Times '100 Notable Books' list for any year
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders The Better Angels of Our Nature Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
31. A book inspired by a leading news story
The Billionaire Boondoggle How Our Politicians Let Corporations and Bigwigs Steal Our Money and Jobs by Pat Garofalo The Five The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold The Last Girl My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State by Nadia Murad
32. A book related to the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Japan
The Great Passage by Shion Miura Go by Kazuki Kaneshiro
33. A book about a non-traditional family
Heroine Complex (Heroine Complex, #1) by Sarah Kuhn
34. A book from a genre or sub genre that starts with a letter in your name
A Royal Pain (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #2) by Rhys Bowen
35. A book with a geometric pattern or element on the cover
Eggshells by Caitriona Lally Invisible Women Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
36. A book from your TBR/wishlist that you don't recognize, recall putting there, or put there on a whim
The Thief of Always by Clive Barker Nod by Adrian Barnes Fifth Business (The Deptford Trilogy, #1) by Robertson Davies
37. Two books that are related to each other as a pair of binary opposites: Book #1
The Devil You Know (Felix Castor, #1) by Mike Carey
38. Two books that are related to each other as a pair of binary opposites: Book #2
The Better Angels of Our Nature Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker
39. A book by an author whose real name(s) you're not quite sure how to pronounce
Flights by Olga Tokarczuk
40. A book with a place name in the title
Taiwan's Struggle Voices of the Taiwanese by Shyu-Tu Lee Houston Noir by Gwendolyn Zepeda
41. A mystery
Devil in a Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins, #1) by Walter Mosley A Royal Pain (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #2) by Rhys Bowen Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
42. A book that was nominated for one of the ‘10 Most Coveted Literary Prizes in the World
Too Like the Lightning (Terra Ignota, #1) by Ada Palmer Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut, #1) by Mary Robinette Kowal
43. A book related to one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse
The Postmortal by Drew Magary The Five The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold
44. A book related to witches Akata Witch
Akata Witch (Akata Witch, #1) by Nnedi Okorafor
45. A book by the same author who wrote one of your best reads in 2019 or 2018
The Rithmatist (The Rithmatist, #1) by Brandon Sanderson The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson Skyward (Skyward, #1) by Brandon Sanderson
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 The Screwtape Letter s
The Screwtape Letter s by C.S. LewisThe Enchanted Wood (The Faraway Tree, #1) by Enid BlytonGerminal by Émile ZolaThe Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
48. A book published in 2020
A Murderous Relation (Veronica Speedwell, #5) by Deanna Raybourn
49. A book that fits a prompt from the list of suggestions that didn't win-genre generator fantasy poetry
50. A book with a silhouette on the cover
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson Thief of Time (Discworld, #26; Death, #5) by Terry Pratchett Foundryside (Founders, #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett
51. A book with an "-ing" word in the title
If I Am Missing or Dead A Sister's Story of Love, Murder, and Liberation by Janine Latus Wild Things The Joy of Reading Children's Literature as an Adult by Bruce Handy We Are Never Meeting In Real Life Essays by Samantha Irby
52. A book related to time
Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie The Time Collector by Gwendolyn Womack Thief of Time (Discworld, #26; Death, #5) by Terry Pratchett


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Shelley | 348 comments I'm trying to read books in monthly order so that I keep forward progress, but I'm not held back by a library hold or something.
1. A book with a title that doesn't contain the letters A, T or Y Nod This was an ok book. Interesting concept but the actual execution was a bit rough.

2. A book by an author whose last name is one syllable Mortal Engines I was not a fan of this. The writing was all over the place and the characters were too flat. IT could make a really good movie, though.

3. A book that you are prompted to read because of something you read in 2019 The Spy with the Red Balloon I LOVED The Girl with the Red Balloon that I read last year. This one wasn't quite as good, but still a very solid story and an interesting historical mysticism book.

4. A book set in a place or time that you wouldn't want to live Germinal This book fits the prompt to a T. The absolute bleakness of striking just to get bread is heartbreaking. It's also sad to see how history is repeating today from this bookwritten in the 1880s.

5. The first book in a series that you have not started Altered Carbon Meh. I wasn't really gripped by this book and it was a bit of slog to through all the unnecessary side plots.


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