As some of you may know, I am participating in this reading challenge that is called “Around the year in 52 books”. For this challenge, I have to read 52 books, preferably at least one book a week, around the whole of 2016, while catering to certain themes for each week. If you want to know more about this challenge, I’ll link the Goodreads group here. There you can know a lot more about this.
So, when I started this challenge, I said that I am going to discuss each and every book that I read for it. But soon I realized that it is not possible because sometimes I may read graphic novels or classics, which I really don’t want to write a book discussion for. So, to keep track of the books I read for this challenge, I decided to write this post. I will be updating the books for specific themes as soon as I finish reading a book. It will be very convenient for me to keep track then and for you too, if you want to check my progress.
Here are the themes:
The 2016 List
1. A book you meant to read in 2015, but didn’t: Simon and the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.
2. A book set in a different continent: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North.
3. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 (winner or nominated): The Sculptor by Scott McCloud.
4. A book by an author you discovered in 2015: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.
5. A book with a title beginning with the 1st letter of your name: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson.
6. The highest rated on your TBR: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.
7. A book about books: The Collected Works of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.
8. A classic book with less than 200 pages: Oroonoko by Aphra Behn.
9. A book that was mentioned in another book: The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton.
10. A book by an author you feel you should have read by now: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.
11. A book from the Rory Gilmore challenge: Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett.
12. A childhood classic: A Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1) by Lemony Snicket.
13. Reader’s Choice: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell.
A book with one of the five W’s -or H in the title (Who/What/Where/When/Why/How) Reader’s Choice: Bird Box by Josh Malerman.
15. A book set in the past (more than 100 years ago): Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe.
16. A book from the top 100 mystery novels: The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins.
17. A book with a beautiful cover: All The Rage by Courtney Summers.
18. A book on a summer/beach reading list: The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella.
19. A non-fiction book: The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan.
20. A book with a first name in the title
21. A book from the Goodreads Recommendations page: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski.
22. The first book in a new to you series: City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare.
23. The next book in a series you are reading: City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare.
24. A “between the numbers” book of a series (0.5, 1,5, 2.5, etc.): Happy Again (This Is What Happy Looks Like #1.5) by Jennifer E. Smith.
25. A book whose main character is in a profession that interests you: This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith (Actor).
26. A book everyone is talking about: Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare.
27. A book with a beautiful title (in your own opinion): All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
28. A biography, autobiography, or memoir: The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer.
29. A book by an author who writes under more than one name: The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events #2) by Lemony Snicket.
30. A fairytale from a culture other than your own
31. A work of young adult fiction: The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West.
32. A historical fiction book: The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber.
33. The 16th book on your TBR
34. A book about mental illness: When We Collided by Emery Lord.
35. An award winning book: City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare.
36. An identity book – a book about a different culture, religion or sexual orientation: Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
37. A book that you’ve seen the movie of but haven’t read: Brooklyn by Colm Toibin.
38. A book about an anti hero: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
39. A previous suggestion that did not make it into the list: Room by Emma Donoghue (Has a child narrator as the main character but is not a children’s book).
40. A novella from your favorite genre: Tales From Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare (Urban Fantasy).
41. A book about a major world event (fiction or non-fiction): Atonement by Ian McEwan.
42. A top 100 fantasy novel: The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells.
43. A book about a thing that goes bump in the night: The Woman in Black by Susan Hill.
44. A book you’re embarrassed to read in public: One Day by David Nicholls.
45. A book related to a hobby or passion you have: Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour.
46. A crime story: A Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
47. A book with a type of food/drink in the title: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.
48. A dystopia: How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff.
49. A book with a great opening line: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.
50. A book originally written in a language other than English: The Vegetarian by Han Kang.
51. A short story from a well-known author: Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell.
52. A book published in 2016: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken.