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message 1: by dalex (last edited Dec 06, 2020 04:10AM) (new)

dalex (912dalex) | 1726 comments description

My reading year has been more than slightly rocky. I started off strong but then I only read two books in February. And then there was March, when basically the entire planet got thrown off its axis and everything was turmoil, and I read zero books for about six weeks. And June....well, in June I pretty much hated everything (including books).

Somewhere in the midst of all that I decided that there was no way I going to complete any reading challenges in 2020. But I think I made that decision too hastily and am going to be able to successfully finish the 2020 ATY challenge. Yay.

Current tally: 52/52


message 3: by dalex (last edited Dec 06, 2020 04:06AM) (new)

dalex (912dalex) | 1726 comments PROMPTS 1-26

1. A book with a title that doesn't contain the letters A, T or Y
Gemsigns by Stephanie Saulter
3 Stars

2. A book by an author whose last name is one syllable
Goldilocks by Laura Lam
4 Stars

3. A book that you are prompted to read because of something you read in 2019
Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes by Kathleen West (because I read Little Fires Everywhere)
3 Stars

4. A book set in a place or time that you wouldn't want to live
The Years That Followed by Catherine Dunne (set partially during the 1974 Cypriot coup d'état in Cyprus)
4 Stars

5. The first book in a series that you have not started
Year One by Nora Roberts
3 Stars

6. A book with a mode of transportation on the cover
Rabbit Run by John Updike
3 Stars

7. A book set in the southern hemisphere
Women Talking by Miriam Toews (Bolivia)
3 Stars

8. A book with a two-word title where the first word is "The"
The One by John Marrs

9. A book that can be read in a day
Sisters of the Vast Black by Lina Rather (162 pages)
4 Stars

10. A book that is between 400-600 pages
The Little Friend by Donna Tartt

11. A book originally published in a year that is a prime number
Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett (2017)
4 Stars

12. A book that is a collaboration between 2 or more people
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (author) and Ann Goldstein (translator)
2 Stars

13. A prompt from a previous Around the Year in 52 Books challenge
A gothic novel 2018
Foxlowe by Eleanor Wasserberg
4 Stars

14. A book by an author on the Abe List of 100 Essential Female Writers
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
4 Stars

15. A book set in a global city
The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy (NYC)
4 Stars

16. A book set in a rural or sparsely populated area
The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

17. A book with a neurodiverse character
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
3 Stars

18. A book by an author you've only read once before
After Atlas by Emma Newman

19. A fantasy book
Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
4 Stars

20. The 20th book
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

21. A book related to Maximilian Hell
The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung (mathematics)
3 Stars

22. A book with the major theme of survival
Whiskey When We're Dry by John Larison
5 Stars

23. A book featuring an LGBTQIA+ character or by an LGBTQIA+ author
XX by Angela Chadwick
4 Stars

24. A book with an emotion in the title
Child of a Mad God by R.A. Salvatore
4 Stars

25. A book related to the arts
Harriet Wolf's Seventh Book of Wonders by Julianna Baggott (books/writers)
2 Stars

26. A book from the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards
Verity by Colleen Hoover
2 Stars


message 4: by dalex (last edited Dec 06, 2020 04:09AM) (new)

dalex (912dalex) | 1726 comments PROMPTS 27-52

27. An historical fiction
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
4 Stars

28. A book by an author from Australia, Canada, or New Zealand
The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club by Sophie Green (Australia)
4 Stars

29. A lesser known book
In a Land of Paper Gods by Rebecca Mackenzie
3 Stars

30. A book from the New York Times '100 Notable Books' list for any year
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
5 Stars

31. A book inspired by a leading news story
Long Bright River by Liz Moore (opioid crisis)
5 Stars

32. A book related to the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Japan
Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie (set in Japan)
4 Stars

33. A book about a non-traditional family
Noumenon by Marina J. Lostetter
4 Stars

34. A book from a genre or sub genre that starts with a letter in your name
Pure by Julianna Baggott (dystopia)
4 Stars

35. A book with a geometric pattern or element on the cover
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

36. A book from your TBR List that you put there on a whim
Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy
5 Stars

37. Two books that are related to each other as a pair of binary opposites: Book #1
The First Sister by Linden A. Lewis (first/last)
4 Stars

38. Two books that are related to each other as a pair of binary opposites: Book #2
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager (first/last)
3 Stars

39. A book by an author whose real name(s) you're not quite sure how to pronounce
The First Book of Calamity Leek by Paula Lichtarowicz

40. A book with a place name in the title
The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

41. A mystery
The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
3 Stars

42. A book that was nominated for one of the ‘10 Most Coveted Literary Prizes in the World’
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow (Hugo Award)
5 Stars

43. A book related to one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell (plague)
5 Stars

44. A book related to witches
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
5 Stars

45. A book by the same author who wrote one of your best reads in 2019 or 2018
I Still Dream by James Smythe
5 Stars

46. A book about an event or era in history taken from the Billy Joel song "We Didn't Start the Fire"
Tin Man by Sarah Winman (AIDS crisis)
3 Stars

47. A classic book you've always meant to read
So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell
2 Stars

48. A book published in 2020
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
4 Stars

49. A book that fits a prompt from the list of suggestions that didn't win
A book related to the 1920s
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

50. A book with a silhouette on the cover
Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers
4 Stars

51. A book with an "-ing" word in the title
Burning Roses by S.L. Huang
4 Stars

52. A book related to time
This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
4 Stars


message 5: by dalex (last edited Oct 23, 2020 08:34AM) (new)

dalex (912dalex) | 1726 comments 5 STAR BOOKS

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
A book from the New York Times '100 Notable Books' list for any year

Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell
A book related to one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse

Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy
Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy
A book from your TBR List that you put there on a whim

Whiskey When We're Dry by John Larison
Whiskey When We're Dry by John Larison
A book with a major theme of survival

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
A book that was nominated for one of the 10 Most Coveted Literary Prizes in the World

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
A book related to witches

Long Bright River by Liz Moore
Long Bright River by Liz Moore
A book inspired by a leading news story

I Still Dream by James Smythe
I Still Dream by James Smythe
A book by the same author who wrote one of your best reads in 2019


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