Around the Year in 52 Book Reading Challenge 2017


Today I thought I’d give an update my Around the Year in 52 Books reading challenge.

I first did this challenge last year, and read 42 out the 52 books I planned to read. Even though I didn’t finish the challenge it was so much fun that I thought I’d give it another go.

Around the Year in 52 Books as the title suggests, the goal is to read 1 book for every week of the year. The Goodreads group has set a different challenge for each week – for example, a book with blue on the cover.

Listed below are the books I’ve either read or am planning to read. The images that are black & white, along with the bolded prompts are the books I still have to get to.


1. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshanni Chokshi

2. A book with at least 2 perspectives (multiple points of view)
The Sultan, The Vampyr and The Soothsayer by Lucille Turner

3. A book you meant to read in 2016
The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

4. A title that doesn’t contain the letter “E”
Why God is a Woman by Nin Andrews


5. A historical fiction
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry

6. A book being released as a movie in 2017
The Gunslinger by Stephen King

7. A book with an animal on the cover or in the title
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

8. A book written by a person of colour
Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh


9. A book in the middle of your To Be Read list
The Gods of Olympus: A History by Barbara Graziosi

10. A dual-timeline novel
Tony & Susan by Austin Wright

11. A category from another challenge (Booktubeathon – Hyped Book)
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

12. A book based on a myth
Cassandra by Kerry Greenwood


13. A book recommended by one of your favourite authors (Kirsty Logan)
The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgwick

14. A book with a strong female character
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Lani Taylor

15. A book written or set in Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland)
The Constant Queen by Joanna Courtney

16. A mystery
Live by Night by Dennis Lehane


17. A book with illustrations
Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman

18. A really long book (600+ pages)
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

19. A New York Times best seller
Caraval by Stephanie Garber

20. A book that you’ve owned for a while but haven’t gotten around to reading
Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan


21. A book that is a continuation of a book you’ve already read
Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh

22. A book by an author you haven’t read before
Kingmaker: Winter Pilgrims by Toby Clements

23. A book from the BBC “The Big Read” list
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

24. A book written by at least two authors
Loki’s Wolves by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr


25. A book about a famous historical figure
A Knight’s Tale: a Novel by Edward John Crockett

26. An adventure book
The Odyssey by Homer

27. A book by one of your favourite authors
Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh

28. A non-fiction
Bad News by Anjan Sundaram


29. A book published outside the 4 major publishing houses (Simon & Schuster; HarperCollins; Penguin Random House; Hachette Livre)
The Battle for Troy: An Adaptation Homer’s Iliad by Alan Whiticker

30. A book from Goodreads Top 100 YA Books
The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor

31. A book from a sub-genre of your favourite genre
Moon Chosen by PC Cast

32. A book with a long title (5+ words, excluding subtitle)
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell


33. A magical realism novel
One Hundred Shadows by Hwang Jungeun

34. A book set in or by an author from the Southern Hemisphere
Skylarking by Kate Mildenhall

35. A book where one of the main characters is royalty
The Stolen Queen by Lisa Hilton

36. A Hugo Award winner or nominee
The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle


37. A book you choose randomly
Lucky Us by Amy Bloom

38. A novel inspired by a work of classic literature
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

39. An epistolary fiction
Dracula by Bram Stocker

40. A book published in 2017
Daughter of a the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

41. A book with an unreliable narrator
The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neil


42. A best book of the 21st century (so far)
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

43. A book with a chilling atmosphere (scary, unsettling, cold)
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

44. A recommendation from “What Should I Read Next”
Days of Blood and Starlight by Lani Taylor (recommended from The Wrath and the Dawn)

45. A book with a one-word title
Riders by Veronica Rossi


46. A time travel novel
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

47. A Book with a title, setting or subject having to do with a museum
The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose

48. A banned book
In Cold Blood by Turman Capote

49. A book from someone else’s bookshelf
The Hate Race by Maxine Benabe Clarke


50. A Penguin Modern Classic – any edition
Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan

51. A collection (e.g. essays, short stories, poetry, plays)
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

52. A book set in a fictional location
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson


So I think I’m doing pretty well, if I do say so myself! Comment down below and let me know if you’ve set any reading challenges for the year and how you’re going with them! 

Until next time, happy reading

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