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Around the Year in 52 Books Reading Challenge

by | Dec 7, 2020 | Books

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I finished the PopSugar Reading Challenge 2020 a little earlier than I expected. Like any avid reader, I use Goodreads to track the books I’ve read and the books I want to read (btw, feel free to add me as a friend on Goodreads). I came across a fun reading challenge called “Around the Year in 52 Books.” Luckily, most of the books I read in 2020 could be used for the prompts, but for some prompts I had to scramble to find books that would fit for each prompt.

Check out which books I read for each prompt for the Around the Year in 52 Books Reading Challenge:

1. A book with a title that doesn’t contain the letters “A, T or Y”: Obsidio (Amie Kauffman and Jamie Kristoff)

2. A book by an author whose last name is one syllable: The Whisper Man (Alex North)

3. A book that you are prompted to read because of something you read in 2019: The Raven King (Maggie Stiefvater)

4. A book set in a place or time that you wouldn’t want to live: The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Heather Morris)

5. The first book in a series that you have not started: The Bone Season (Samantha Shannon)

6. A book with a mode of transportation on the cover: Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie)

7. A book set in the southern hemisphere: The End of October (Lawrence Wright)

8. A book with a two-word title where the first word is “The”: The Institute (Stephen King)

9. A book that can be read in a day: That Summer (Sarah Dessen)

10. A book that is between 400-600 pages: ‘Salem’s Lot (Stephen King)

11. A book originally published in a year that is a prime number: The Song Rising (Samantha Shannon)

12. A book that is a collaboration between 2 or more people: Hair Love (Matthew A. Cherry & Vashti Harrison)

13. A prompt from a previous Around the Year in 52 Books challenge: The Two Lives of Lydia Bird (Josie Silver) [2016 – A book with a first name in the title]

14. A book by an author on the Abe List of 100 Essential Female Writers: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (J.K. Rowling)

15. A book set in a global city: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill (Abbi Waxman) [Los Angeles, CA, United States]

16. A book set in a rural or sparsely populated area: The Scent Keeper (Erica Bauermeister)

17. A book with a neurodiverse character: The Nowhere Girls (Amy Reed)

18. A book by an author you’ve only read once before: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires (Grady Hendrix)

19. A fantasy book: Ninth House (Alex Stern)

20. The 20th book [on your TBR, in a series, by an author, on a list, etc.]: The Starless Sea (Erin Morgenstern)

21. A book related to Maximilian Hell, the noted astronomer and Jesuit Priest who was born in 1720: Illuminae (Amie Kauffman and Jamie Kristoff)

22. A book with the major theme of survival: Not if I Save You First (Ally Carter)

23. A book featuring an LGBTQIA+ character or by an LGBTQIA+ author: Over the Top (Johnathan Van Ness)

24. A book with an emotion in the title: I Love You So Mochi (Sarah Kuhn)

25. A book related to the arts: The Silent Patient (Alex Michaelides)

26. A book from the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards: Pumpkinheads (Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks)

27. A history or historical fiction: The Nightingale (Kristin Hannah)

28. A book by an Australian, Canadian or New Zealand author: Love from A to Z (S.K. Ali)

29. An underrated book, a hidden gem, or a lesser-known book: The Broken Girls (Simone St. James)

30. A book from the New York Times ‘100 Notable Books’ list for any year: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows [2007] (J.K. Rowling)

31. A book inspired by a leading news story: Notorious RBG (Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik)

32. A book related to the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Japan: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (Marie Kondo)

33. A book about a non-traditional family: Help for the Haunted (John Searles)

34. A book from a genre or sub-genre that starts with a letter in your name: Know My Name (Chanel Miller) [Non-fiction]

35. A book with a geometric pattern or element on the cover: Gods of Jade and Shadow (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 Upside of Falling (Alex Light)

37. Two books that are related to each other as a pair of binary opposites – Book #1: Strands of Bronze and Gold (Jane Nickerson) [Past]

38. Two books that are related to each other as a pair of binary opposites – Book #2: Gemina (Amie Kauffman and Jamie Kristoff) [Future]

39. A book by an author whose real name(s) you’re not quite sure how to pronounce: New Waves (Kevin Nguyen)

40. A book with a place name in the title: Dear Haiti, Love Alaina (Maika Moulite)

41. A mystery: Something in the Water (Catherine Steadman)

42. A book that was nominated for one of the ’10 Most Coveted Literary Prizes in the World’: The Sun is Also a Star (Nicola Yoon)

43. A book related to one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse: Station Eleven (Emily St. John Mandel)

44. A book related to witches: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (J.K. Rowling)

45. A book by the same author who wrote one of your best reads in 2019 or 2018: Not Like the Movies (Kerry Winfrey)

46. A book about an event or era in history taken from the Billy Joel song “We Didn’t Start the Fire”: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (Jamie Ford)

47. A classic book you’ve always meant to read: The Kite Runner [Graphic Novel] (Khaled Hosseini, Fabio Celoni, Mirka Andolfo, Tommaso Valsecchi)

48. A book published in 2020: Dear Edward (Ana Napolitano)

49. A book that fits a prompt from the list of suggestions that didn’t win: Haunts of Mackinac (Todd Clements) [A book set on an island]

50. A book with a silhouette on the cover: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Maggie Stiefvater)

51. A book with an “-ing” word in the title: Things You Save in a Fire (Katherine Center)

52. A book related to time: Recursion (Blake Crouch)

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  1. Megan

    These are really good prompts to get you reading books you may not normally go for, love it! xx


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