Around the Year in 52 Books
A couple of days ago, I came across a video by April who was talking about the books she’d read for the Around the Year in 52 Books challenge. I decided to look it up on Goodreads and on a whim decided to participate in this. The plan is to read a book each week, but I’m just going to read them whenever I fancy. There are 52 subjects, one for each week of the year, and you can choose your own books for each subject. Here is my list (which could still change throughout the year, but for now it’s this!)
1. A book you meant to read in 2015, but didn’t | For this one I am going to read Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, I’ve been meaning to read it ever since it got released basically, and I did finally order it last month, only to have it being sent back to Amazon for some reason. I got my money back, and with that I actually bought something else. Oh well, I’ll buy it soon, I promise!
2. A book set in a different continent | This one is very easy, because I live in Europe and most of the books I read are set in America (or what used to be America). So I have already finished this subject by reading Asylum by Madeleine Roux! | Done
3. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 (winner or nominated) | I chose to read Thor by Jason Aaron because I’ve been wanting to read more Marvel comics, and I have been dying to read about lady Thor ever since it was announced she existed. I already know who she really is, but hopefully that won’t ruin it for me..
4. A book by an author you discovered in 2015 | Technically I discovered this author in 2014 already, but I didn’t start reading her books until 2015, so my choice for this one is Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. She’s coming to my country in April, so I want to have read at least one more of her books before I meet her.
5. A book with a title beginning with the 1st letter of your name | I have two names, my actual name and my nickname, but since I already read a book that starts with the same letter as my actual name, I’ve decided to choose that one, and it’s Inked by Eric Smith. | Done
6. The highest rated on your TBR | I actually went and skipped a couple of books there, because those highest rated books were books that weren’t even released yet, so they honestly don’t deserve their high ratings yet. After that, the highest rated released book was A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer.
7. A book about books | I actually borrowed this idea from April, because when she chose this book I thought ‘hey I have that book too, I’m gonna use it’; and that’s Between the Lines by Jodi Piccoult and Samantha van Leer. | Done
8. A classic book with less than 200 pages | I may have groaned when I saw this, because I am not a fan of classics at all. But there are a couple that I just wanted to try out, so for this one I’ve decided to read Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie.
9. A book that was mentioned in another book | There was a long list of books that were mentioned in this particular book, but as I went through it I saw that the only ones that I was interested in were books that I’d already read. I’ll probably reread at least one of them this year, but for the sake of reading more new books, I’ve chosen Dracula by Bram Stoker. (And maybe, if I’m up for it, I’ll try the Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien, but I’ll probably cry).
10. A book by an author you feel you should have read by now | Anything by Patrick Ness. Seriously I hear people talk about his books so many times, but I’ve never picked any up. I’m thinking about trying his new book The Rest of Us Just Live Here, because it sounds interesting, but if you have another book by him that you recommend more than that, let me know!
11. A book from the Rory Gilmore challenge | Again, the handful of books on this list that I was interested in were books I’d alread read, so I decided to pick Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
12. A childhood classic | Because I spent my childhood reading and rereading Harry Potter, I never really paid attention to any other books (okay I did but I hardly remember any of them as good as I do HP); so I consulted one of the lists that they had and picked out Matilda by Roald Dahl. I saw the movie last year and really liked it, so I’m hoping the book will be just as nice!
13. Reader’s Choice | Maybe a bit cheating, but for this one I decided to pick the only book I’ve given five stars so far this year, and that’s Perfect Bullets, the first S.H.I.E.L.D. graphic novel by Mark Waid. | Done
14. A book with one of the five W’s -or H in the title (Who/What/Where/When/Why/How) | This was actually the hardest one for me, because I had absolutely NO book with a title that had any of these words in it. Nothing at all. Not on my physical shelf, not on my TBR shelf on Goodreads; nothing. I guess you could count any Doctor Who book because technically they have Doctor WHO in the title but I didn’t want to be captain obvious, so I picked a book my mum owns – The Hundred-Year-Old Man that Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
15. A book set in the past (more than 100 years ago) | For this subject I chose Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, because I just really need to do the thing and pick up these books. I’ve been hearing from several people that these are better than the Mortal Instruments, and I got the first and second book in hardcover for cheap, so yeah why not..
16. A book from the top 100 mystery novels | I chose an Agatha Christie book, And Then There Were None, which one of my favourite mystery novels, Ten by Gretchen McNeil, was based on.
17. A book with a beautiful cover | Gods, I have so many books with beautiful covers, but most of them are books I’ve already read. So for this one I’ve chosen The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan, mainly because I really need to read this series, and I just think they have awesome covers!
18. A book on a summer/beach reading list | Technically, there aren’t any summer/beach reading lists out for 2016 yet, so for now I’ve just chosen a book that give me a summer-y feel, and that’s Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, because there’s a girl in a bathing suit on the cover. And it happens on an island, so yeah, kind of beach-y. I guess.
19. A non-fiction book | This could also still change, because so far I’ve read all the non-fiction books I have on my shelf, so there isn’t really one that I really want to read. For now, I’ve got All By My Selves by Jeff Dunham.
20. A book with a first name in the title | I was so busy trying to think of a book for this one, that I didn’t realise the obvious – there was a book with a name in the title sitting right in front of me (or well, right behind my laptop) and I just didn’t notice it. I was The Story of Martha by Dan Abnett, and it’s the story of how Martha Jones (from Doctor Who) traveled all around the world in that year that the Master was the ruler of earth. I hope it’ll be good! | Done
21. A book from the Goodreads Recommendations page | I just went and picked a random book that ended up sounding interesting, and that’s The Vanishing Girl by Laura Thalassa.
22. The first book in a new to you series | I’ve picked Mind Games by Teri Terry, because it’s the first book in a new series of her, and I honestly loved the Slated series, so I can’t wait to start reading this one!
23. The next book in a series you are reading | Ever since I first read Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, I’ve been kind of hooked to this story. Yet, after finishing Frostbite, I still haven’t picked up the third book, Shadow Kiss, which I shall use for this subject! | Done
24. A “between the numbers” book of a series (0.5, 1,5, 2.5, etc.) | For this one, I’ve picked a book that’ll be released in February, and that’s Stars Above the novella bind-up for the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I am so so so excited to read this one, and I just cannot wait to jump right into it! | Done
25. A book whose main character is in a profession that interests you | I thought I had the perfect book for this, but it turns out that the main character’s job isn’t photographer. It’s just something that she’s interested in. Oh well, maybe I’ll just do a ‘yolo’ and still pick up In the Shadow of Blackbirds because it still has a photographer in it, it’s just not the main character. As for a main character that is a photographer, I’ve chosen Exposure by Alan Russell..
26. A book everyone is talking about | Simple, it’s a book I’ve already read, a book that everyone has been talking about since it was announced basically, and that’s Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. | Done
27. A book with a beautiful title (in your own opinion) | I honestly think that The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury has an amazing title, so I’ve chosen it for this subject. I have already started reading it!
28. A biography, autobiography, or memoir | I could have picked Jeff Dunham’s book for this, and I still could, but the book I initially pick for this subject is Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher. I saw someone who had picked it up recently, don’t remember who, and I added it to my mental tbr list then. So yeah, maybe I’ll use Jeff Dunham’s book for this, or maybe I’ll go and pick up Carrie Fisher’s book!
29. A book by an author who writes under more than one name | The first author that came to my mind was J.K. Rowling, because she published a couple of books under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. I’ve read the first book in that series, and added the second one not long after that. Still haven’t picked up The Silkworm, but I am going to do that for this challenge!
30. A fairytale from a culture other than your own | I picked Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales, not a specific one, but just a book with (I guess) his most popular ones.
31. A work of young adult fiction | This was probably the hardest one.. No just kidding, I’ve picked Rogue by Julie Kagawa, because I really want to read this book before Soldier comes out, but I am not sure if I’m going to manage that. But I’ll definitely go and read it this year!
32. A historical fiction book | Luckily for me, historical fiction also means World War II, which is probably the only historical thing I am really interested in. So I’ve picked Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, which I’ve had on my TBR list for so so so long!
33. The 16th book on your TBR | It’s Wither by Lauren DeStefano, which is good because I bought it in October last year, and I have yet to pick up my first DeStefano book ever.
34. A book about mental illness | For this subject, I’ve chosen Looking for Alaska by John Green, because I’ve been meaning to pick it up for ages, but I just never did. Now I’ve got the chance to finally read it! Yay!
35. An award winning book | I picked a random YA book award thingie on Goodreads, and one of the books on the list was Half Bad by Sally Green. I bought this book two years ago I guess, and I got quite far in it, but then I just put it down and didn’t pick it up again.
36. An identity book – a book about a different culture, religion or sexual orientation | I chose Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, partly because she’s also coming to my country this year, and I want to have read at least one book by each author coming to the Best of YA event!
37. A book that you’ve seen the movie of but haven’t read | A while back I found out that there are Star Wars books, and I am not sure which one came out first, the book or the movie, but I don’t care, if it’s a book I wanna read it. So my pick is The Phantom Menace by Terry Brooks.
38. A book about an anti hero | Artemis Fowl was part of my childhood, even though I had only read two books and could only truly remember one of them. I read the first book in comic form last year, and I really want to finish this eight-book series, so I’m going to pick up The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer soon!
39. A previous suggestion that did not make it into the list | For this one, I chose the suggestion ‘Books that have an element in the title’, and I picked Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder for that. The third book in the study series, and I loved both Poison Study and Magic Study. Hopefully this last book will be great as well! (And hopefully I can find it in the right cover!)
40. A novella from your favorite genre | I had picked another novella bind-up for this one, from a series that I didn’t particularly liked, but then I remembered that Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard is coming out soon, and it has two separate novellas in it! Wooop!
41. A book about a major world event (fiction or non-fiction) | Techincally, I could pick the book I am currently reading, which is Darkness Be My Friend by John Marsden – which is about (a fictional) World War III. I could also pick up Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein which is about World War II. I’ll see about it, maybe I’ll pick DBMF now and later on change it to CNV if I pick it up this year!
42. A top 100 fantasy novel | The first book I noticed on this list was The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I’ve been wanting to read more of his books, after reading Coraline, and so when I heard this was also a graphic novel, I immediately added it to my tbr list. And now I am definitely going to read it, in graphic novel form or not!
43. A book about a thing that goes bump in the night | I honestly spent an hour thinking ‘what the hell is a think that goes bump in the night’, but apparently it’s something scary… So I’ve picked witches, and for that I’ve picked The Coven by Cate Tiernan. I have the bind-up of the first three Sweep books, and this is the second in the series!
44. A book you’re embarrassed to read in public | Okay I guess I wouldn’t really be embarassed to read this in public, because honestly idgaf about what people think of the books I read, but the cover has kind of made me hesitant to pick it up in the first place, Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I’ve heard so many people talk about this book, but I don’t know what to think about it..
45. A book related to a hobby or passion you have | This is a reread, that I’ve been planning to do for 2016, and that’s Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Because Cath loves reading and writing (fanfiction) and it’s two things I love to do myself. So yeah it was a no-brainer this one.
46. A crime story | Now I am not sure if they meant a true crime story, or just a fictional one, but I’ve chosen In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. It’s a book I’ve had on my tbr list for a long time now, and I’ve never really picked it up.
47. A book with a type of food/drink in the title | Again, just like with the Who/What/Where/etc question, I had no book on my shelf or tbr list that had any food or drink in the title. So I chose one from their list of suggestions, and it became Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl! | Done
48. A dystopia | Simple simple simple, it’s going to be The Last Star by Rick Yancey, which comes out in May I believe!
49. A book with a great opening line | Okay I’ve only picked this one because I’ve already read it, and I am planning on rereading it htis year, but it’s my favourite book of 2015, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Because the first sentence is the best: “Joost had two problems: the moon and his mustache.”
50. A book originally written in a language other than English | For me this is simple, because I am Dutch, and I’ll just pick a Dutch book (that I might read in English, because apparently it’s been translated) and that’s The Twins or De Tweeling by Tessa de Loo.
51. A short story from a well-known author | Again this might change, but since I’ve read the winter edition of Stephanie Perkins’ anthology (My True Love Gave to Me) I thought I’d try out the summer edition, Summer Days & Summer Nights – mainly because it has short stories written by Leigh Bardugo and Veronica Roth! <3
52. A book published in 2016 | For this subject, I put A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas on this list, but technically I could choose any of the books released in 2016. But for now, I’ll pick ACOMF!