On Goodreads, I recently joined a group calledAround the Year in 52 Books. The idea of the group is to expand your reading horizons by encouraging you to read different books based on different topics. They give you a list of 52 topics, aiming for 1 book per week, and you choose any book to read that would fit into that topic. The list doesn’t have to be read in order but the group itself reads it in order.
Below is the 2017 list and some of the books I’m currently think of reading to fit in the topics.
The 2017 List
1. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016 – Rebel of the Sands by
2. A book with at least 2 perspectives (multiple points of view) – A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens or continuing the Game of Thrones series by George R R Martin
3. A book you meant to read in 2016 – Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (although I have a huge list if I do manage to squeeze this in before January)
4. A title that doesn’t contain the letter “E”- Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (also hits 1)
5. A historical fiction – All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
6. A book being released as a movie in 2017 – An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
7. A book with an animal on the cover or in the title – When God Was a Rabbit by , The Last Falcon by Colleen Ruttan, Spirit of Thieves by Morgan Rhodes
8. A book written by a person of colour – The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini,
9. A book in the middle of your To Be Read list – This could be anything!
10. A dual-timeline novel – The Thorn of Emberlain by Scott Lynch (if it gets released!), Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
11. A category from another challenge – I will probably go for the Good Reads Choice Award challenge…
12. A book based on a myth – American Gods by Neil Gaiman
13. A book recommended by one of your favorite authors – (Michael J Sullivan) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Good Omens by Terry Prattchet (Sarah J Maas) THe Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
14. A book with a strong female character – Graceling by Kristin Cashore, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas.
15. A book written or set in Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland) – Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All by Jonas Jonasson
16. A mystery –The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
17. A book with illustrations – Any children’s book I read in class.
18. A really long book (600+ pages) – American Gods by Neil Gaiman, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
19. A New York Times best-seller – Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, One Plus One by Jojo Moyes.
20. A book that you’ve owned for a while but haven’t gotten around to reading – Could be anything!
21. A book that is a continuation of a book you’ve already read – Hopefully it will be Scott Lynch, Patrick Rothfuss or Mogan Rhodes.
22. A book by an author you haven’t read before – ???
23. A book from the BBC “The Big Read” list (link) – Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, The God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, Nineteen Eighty-Four by Geroge Orwell
24. A book written by at least two authors – ???
25. A book about a famous historical figure – ??? Probably a tudor or victorian inspired book
26. An adventure book – ???
27. A book by one of your favorite authors – Scott Lynch, Michael J Sullivan, Patrick Rothfuss, Morgan Rhodes, Sarah J Maas, J.K.Rowling….
28. A non-fiction – Happy by Derren Brown
29. A book published outside the 4 major publishing houses (Simon & Schuster; HarperCollins; Penguin Random House; Hachette Livre) – check all the editions – ???
30. A book from Goodreads Top 100 YA Books (link) – Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas, Cinder by Marrissa Meyer, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
31. A book from a sub-genre of your favorite genre – I like Fantasy – ???
32. A book with a long title (5+ words, excluding subtitle) – ???
33. A magical realism novel – The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, Life of Pi by Yann Martel, The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
34. A book set in or by an author from the Southern Hemisphere – ???
35. A book where one of the main characters is royalty – Graceling by Kristin Cashore, Cinder by Marrissa Meyer, Game of Thrones by George R R Martin, ACoTaR by Sarah J Maas
36. A Hugo Award winner or nominee (link) – American Gods by Neil Gaiman, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K.Rowling
37. A book you choose randomly –
38. A novel inspired by a work of classic literature – Most likely a re-telling of a fairy tale – ???
39. An epistolary fiction – Dracular by Bram Stoker, Frankenstein by Mary Shelly, We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
40. A book published in 2017 – ???
41. A book with an unreliable narrator – ???
42. A best book of the 21st century (so far) – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Life of Pi by Yann Martel, Atonement by Ian McEwan, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
43. A book with a chilling atmosphere (scary, unsettling, cold) – 1984 by Geroge Orwell, Coraline by Neil Gaiman, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, It by Stephen King
44. A recommendation from “What Should I Read Next” (link) – The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, Night Angel by Brent Weeks, The Reluctant Mage by karen Miller
45. A book with a one-word title – Most plays by Shakespear, Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
46. A time travel novel – The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
47. A past suggestion that didn’t win (link) – ???
48. A banned book – Animal Farm by George Orwell, 1984 by George Orwell, Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss, The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
49. A book from someone else’s bookshelf – ???
50. A Penguin Modern Classic – any edition – A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
51. A collection (e.g. essays, short stories, poetry, plays) – ???
52. A book set in a fictional location – Pretty much any of my fantasy books
Are you doing this challenge? What’s on your list?
Are there any books I MUST add to my list?
Any suggestions for my ???