Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge

This is a space to record my progress in the Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge in 2017.

Updated 20th September 2017 – currently week 38 with 41/52 books completed [completed strike through, in progress books in blue]

The tasks

Week 1. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

Week 2. A book with at least 2 perspectives (multiple points of view)
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Week 3. A book you meant to read in 2016
A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin

Week 4. A title that doesn’t contain the letter “E”
A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan


Week 5. A historical fiction
The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill

Week 6. A book being released as a movie in 2017
The Wide Window (ASOUE #3) by Lemony Snicket

Week 7. A book with an animal on the cover or in the title
The Reptile Room (ASOUE #2) by Lemony Snicket

Week 8. A book written by a person of color
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Week 9. A book in the middle of your To Be Read list

Week 10. A dual-timeline novel
The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Week 11. A category from another challenge
Hard Times by Charles Dickens (for the Popsugar “Read a book with a red spine” task)

Week 12. A book based on a myth
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Week 13. A book recommended by one of your favorite authors

Week 14. A book with a strong female character
Saga: Volume Three by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Week 15. A book written or set in Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland)

Week 16. A mystery
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

Week 17. A book with illustrations
The Bad Beginning (ASOUE #1) by Lemony Snicket

Week 18. A really long book (600+ pages)
A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab

Week 19. A New York Times best-seller

Week 20. A book that you’ve owned for a while but haven’t gotten around to reading

Week 21. A book that is a continuation of a book you’ve already read
The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Week 22. A book by an author you haven’t read before
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Week 23. A book from the BBC “The Big Read” list (link)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling

Week 24. A book written by at least two authors
Saga: Volume Two by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Week 25. A book about a famous historical figure (Owain Glyndŵr)
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Week 26. An adventure book
Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Week 27. A book by one of your favorite authors
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Week 28. A non-fiction
Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham

Week 29. A book published outside the 4 major publishing houses (Simon & Schuster; HarperCollins; Penguin Random House; Hachette Livre) – check all the editions
Wishing for Birds
by Elisabeth Hewer


Week 30. A book from Goodreads Top 100 YA Books (link)
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Week 31. A book from a sub-genre of your favorite genre (steampunk!)
Soulless by Gail Carriger

Week 32. A book with a long title (5+ words, excluding subtitle)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Week 33. A magical realism novel
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Week 34. A book set in or by an author from the Southern Hemisphere
Sabriel by Garth Nix (Garth Nix is Australian)

Week 35. A book where one of the main characters is royalty
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Week 36. A Hugo Award winner or nominee (link)
Saga: Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Week 37. A book you choose randomly
A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

Week 38. A novel inspired by a work of classic literature

Week 39. An epistolary fiction

Week 40. A book published in 2017
The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

Week 41. A book with an unreliable narrator
Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

Week 42. A best book of the 21st century (so far)
American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Week 43. A book with a chilling atmosphere (scary, unsettling, cold)
The Miserable Mill (ASOUE #4) by Lemony Snicket

Week 44. A recommendation from “What Should I Read Next” (link)

Week 45. A book with a one-word title
Lirael by Garth Nix

Week 46. A time travel novel

Week 47. A past suggestion that didn’t win (link) – A book written in first person perspective
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

Week 48. A banned book
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Week 49. A book from someone else’s bookshelf
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander/J.K. Rowling

Week 50. A Penguin Modern Classic – any edition

Week 51. A collection (e.g. essays, short stories, poetry, plays)

Week 52. A book set in a fictional location
Abhorsen by Garth Nix


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