Around the Year in 52 Books (2020)

This reading challenge comes from a Goodreads group with the same name. The categories are decided on by the members of the group after voting and discussion.

  1. A book with a title that doesn’t contain the letters A, T or Y — Zone One, Colson Whitehead
  2. A book by an author whose last name is one syllable — World War Z, Max Brooks
  3. A book that you are prompted to read because of something you read in 2019
  4. A book set in a place or time that you wouldn’t want to live — The Reapers are the Angels, Alden Bell
  5. The first book in a series that you have not started — A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
  6. A book with a mode of transportation on the cover
  7. A book set in the southern hemisphere — Who Goes There?, John W. Campbell, Jr.
  8. A book with a two-word title where the first word is “The” — The Stand, Stephen King
  9. A book that can be read in a day — The Illustrated Man, Ray Bradbury
  10. A book that is between 400-600 pages — Lord of Chaos, Robert Jordan
  11. A book originally published in a year that is a prime number — Foundation, Isaac Asimov
  12. A book that is a collaboration between two or more people — The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
  13. A prompt from a previous Around the Year in 52 Books challenge (link) (A book with at least two perspectives) — The Vanished Birds, Simon Jimenez
  14. A book by an author on the Abe List of 100 Essential Female Writers (link)
  15. A book set in a global city — Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami
  16. A book set in a rural or sparsely populated area — Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  17. A book with a neurodiverse character
  18. A book by an author you’ve read only once before — The Dragon Republic, R.F. Kuang
  19. A fantasy book — How Long ’til Black Future Month?, N.K. Jemisin
  20. The 20th book (on your TBR, in a series, by an author, on a list, etc.)
  21. A book related to Maximilian Hell, the noted astronomer and Jesuit Priest who was born in 1720
  22. A book with the major theme of survival — The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
  23. A book featuring an LGBTQIA+ character or by an LGBTQIA+ author — Oona Out of Order, Margarita Montimore
  24. A book with an emotion in the title
  25. A book related to the arts — Girl Woman, Other, Bernardine Evaristo
  26. A book from the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards
  27. A history book or historical fiction novel — How We Disappeared, Jing-Jing Lee
  28. A book by an Australian, Canadian, or New Zealand author
  29. An underrated book, a hidden gem, or a lesser known book
  30. A book from the New York Times ‘100 Notable Books’ list for any year
  31. A book inspired by a leading news story — Dopesick, Beth Macy
  32. A book related to the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Japan
  33. A book about a non-traditional family — Nothing to See Here, Kevin Wilson
  34. A book from a genre or sub genre that starts with a letter in your name
  35. A book with a geometric pattern or element on the cover
  36. A book from your TBR/wishlist that you don’t recognize, recall putting there, or put there on a whim
  37. Two books that are related to each other as a pair of binary opposites: Book #1
  38. Two books that are related to each other as a pair of binary opposites: Book #2
  39. A book by an author whose real name(s) you’re not quite sure how to pronounce
  40. A book with a place name in the title
  41. A mystery — The Sun Down Motel, Simone St. James
  42. A book that was nominated for one of the ‘10 Most Coveted Literary Prizes in the World’ (link)
  43. A book related to one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse
  44. A book related to witches — Stardust, Neil Gaiman
  45. A book by the same author who wrote one of your best reads in 2019 or 2018
  46. A book about an event or era in history taken from the Billy Joel song “We Didn’t Start the Fire”
  47. A classic book you’ve always meant to read
  48. A book published in 2020 — Weather, Jenny Offill
  49. A book that fits a prompt from the list of suggestions that didn’t win (link) (A book about two queer women) — Upright Women Wanted, Sarah Gailey
  50. A book with a silhouette on the cover — A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World, C.A. Fletcher
  51. A book with an “-ing” word in the title — Come Tumbling Down, Seanan McGuire
  52. A book related to time — The Penultimate Truth, Philip K. Dick