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Challenge: Around the Year in 52 Books

Around the Year in 52 Books is a year-long challenge hosted on Goodreads. The prompts are chosen by the group through a series of polls throughout the previous year.

1. A book related to “In the Beginning…”

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson ⭐⭐⭐⭐

2. A book by an author whose name doesn’t contain the letters A, T or Y
3. A book related to the lyrics for the song “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music

✔ 4. A book with a monochromatic cover

Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden ⭐⭐⭐⭐

5. A book by an author on USA Today’s list of 100 Black Novelists You Should Read
6. A love story
7. A book that fits a prompt suggestion that didn’t make the final list
8. A book set in a state, province, or country you have never visited

9. A book you associate with a specific season or time of year
✔ 10. A book with a female villain or criminal

A Stranger in Town by Kelley Armstrong ⭐⭐⭐⭐

✔ 11. A book to celebrate The Grand Egyptian Museum

The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark ⭐⭐⭐⭐

12. A book eligible for the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation
13. A book written by an author of one of your best reads of 2020

14. A book set in a made-up place
✔ 15. A book that features siblings as the main characters

The Project by Courtney Summers ⭐⭐⭐

16. A book with a building in the title
17. A book with a Muslim character or author

18. 3 books related to “Past, Present, Future” – Book 1
19. 3 books related to “Past, Present, Future” – Book 2
20. 3 books related to “Past, Present, Future” – Book 3
21. A book whose title and author both contain the letter “u”
22. A book posted in one of the ATY Best Book of the Month threads

23. A cross genre novel
24. A book about racism or race relations
25. A book set on an island
26. A short book (<210 pages) by a new-to-you author

27. A book with a character who can be found in a deck of cards

28. A book connected to ice

✔ 29. A book that you consider comfort reading

The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

30. A long book

31. A book by an author whose career spanned more than 21 years
32. A book whose cover shows more than 2 people
33. A collection of short stories, essays, or poetry
34. A book with a travel theme
35. A book set in a country on or below the Tropic of Cancer

36. A book with six or more words in the title
37. A book from the Are You Well Read in World Literature list
38. A book related to a word given by a random word generator
39. A book involving an immigrant

40. A book with flowers or greenery on the cover

✔ 41. A book by a new-to-you BIPOC author

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna ⭐⭐⭐⭐

42. A mystery or thriller
43. A book with elements of magic

44. A book whose title contains a negative

This Coven Won’t Break by Isabel Sterling ⭐⭐

45. A book related to a codeword from the NATO Phonetic Alphabet
✔ 46. A winner or nominee from the 2020 Goodreads Choice Awards

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson ⭐⭐⭐⭐

47. A non-fiction book other than biography, autobiography or memoir
48. A book that might cause someone to react “You read what?!?”

49. A book with an ensemble cast

✔ 50. A book published in 2021

Maxwell’s Demon by Steven Hall ⭐⭐⭐⭐

51. A book whose title refers to person(s) without giving their name

✔ 52. A book related to “the end”

The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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