2019 Pick Your Poison Challenge

Duration: 1st January – 31st December 2018
Number of books: 104
Hosted by: Take a Walk Down Gregory Road

Baker’s Dozen | 13 books
Choose one category from any 13 of the topics provided except for the wildcard books
Fortnightly | 26 books
One category from each topic–you can choose one wildcard
52 Pickup | 52 books
Two categories from each topic–you can choose one wildcard
Goin’ for the Burn | 78 books
Three categories from each topic–you can choose two wildcards
Freaky Reader | 104 books
Two books a week–must complete all the topics–you can choose two wildcards

Name Game
A book by an author who uses a pseudonym – Flying Blind by Deborah Cooke
A book with a pun in the title – High Stakes by Erin McCarthy
A book whose title should be a band name – Wild Fire by Christine Feehan
A book by an author with initials in their name – The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis

Schoolhouse Rock
Conjunction Junction: ________ and ________ – Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle
I’m Just a Bill: A book about law – The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
Interplanet Janet: A book about space – Alien Sex edited by Ellen Datlow
My Hero, Zero: A book with a number in the title – One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Family Ties
A book written by a husband / wife team – Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews
A book about cousins – Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine
A book about grandparents – Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
A memoir about reconnecting with a family member – Coraline by Neil Gaiman

What It’s Not
A book with the word “love” in the title that is not a romance – Love is Hell by Melissa Marr, Scott Westerfeld, Justine Larbalestier, Gabrielle Zevin & Laurie Faria Stolarz
A book with a dog on the cover that is not an animal story – Masques by Patricia Briggs
A book with the word “death” in the title that is not a mystery – 
A book with a car on the cover that is not about a road trip – Journeys to the Other Side of the World by David Attenborough

A book with a one word title – Greylands by Isobelle Carmody
The first book in a series – A Date With the Other Side by Erin McCarthy
The first book by an author – Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
A book about an only child – Heiress for Hire by Erin McCarthy

Things that Flip
A book about circus performers – 
A book with a house on the cover – An Apple for the Creature edited by Charlaine Harris & Toni L.P. Kelner
A book with a coin in the title – Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
A book with alternating narrators – The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil

Learning About Others
A book about someone from a different religion – The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
A book about a mythology you are unfamiliar with – American Gods by Neil Gaiman
A book translated from a different language – Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
A book set in a country you’ve never read about before – In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall (Tanzania)

A book about cooking or food – The Kitchen Witch by Annette Blair
A book by an author with Winter, Spring, Autumn or Summer in their name – Burned Promises by Willow Winters
A holiday themed book – The Incredible Adventure of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil (summer holidays)
A book set in a weather season (rainy season, dry season) – Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige (snow)

The World We Live In
A book that takes place on multiple continents – The Siren by Kiera Cass
A book about wildlife – The Last Rhinos by Lawrence Anthony
A book about world history – The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
A book about migration – Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

Things You Can’t Hold Onto
A book about money – The Scot, the Witch and the Wardrobe by Annette Blair
A book about the past – Gene of Isis by Traci Harding
A book with water in the title – Sea Fever by Virginia Kantra
A book with a picture of a cliff on the cover – Percy Jackson & the Titan’s Curse: The Graphic Novel by Rick Riordan & Robert Venditti

Is It Hot In Here?
A book about global warming – 
A book about a woman “of a certain age” – Persuasion by Jane Austen
A beach read – Sea Witch by Virginia Kantra
A book that takes place in the desert – Holes by Louis Sachar

Catch Me If You Can
A book about a ball – The Duke & I by Julia Quinn
A book with a bus on the cover – Rosa Parks: My Story by Rosa Parks
A book about “the one that got away” – Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown
A book about chasing down a bad guy – The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen

Either Or
A book with either trendsetters or prairie settlers – Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
A book with either hijackers or hijinks – Laughing All the Way to the Mosque by Zarqa Nawaz
A book with either paddleboats or paddling – Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
A book with either wormholes or bookwormsIlluminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

A book with a period in the title – The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells
A book by an author with a hyphenated name – 
A book with an ampersand in the title – African Myths & Tales by Flame Tree Studio
A book with exclamation points in the description – Dates from Hell by Kim Harrison, Lynsay Sands, Kelley Armstrong & Lori Handeland

Things That Stink
A book with the word “company” in the title – Company Town by Madeline Ashby
A book with fish on the cover – 
A book with the word “feet” in the title – Cold Feet by Brenda Novak
A children’s book about stinking or bath time – 

Guilty Pleasures
A chick lit book – Bit the Jackpot by Erin McCarthy
A book you’d be embarrassed to be seen with – Hotel Valhalla by Rick Riordan
A book about chocolate – 
A book you’ve been waiting to savor – Hexed by Ilona Andrews, Yasmine Galenorn, Allyson James & Jeanne C. Stein

Working on that TBR Pile
A classic you’ve always meant to read – Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Write five titles onto a piece of paper and have a friend choose one for you – Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
The first unread book you see when you walk into your house – Black Spring by Alison Croggon
A book you meant to read last year but didn’t have time for – Fairest of All by Serena Valentino

Niche Genres
A magical realism book – 
A noir detective book – 
A YA dystopian book – Enclave by Ann Aguirre
An Amish romance or mystery – 

The Many Faces of Death
A book with a skeleton on the cover – The Beast of Blackmoor Bog by Kate Forsyth (dragon skeleton)
A book where Death or the Grim Reaper is a character – Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
A classic murder whodunnit – Bloody Valentine by James Patterson
A book with a character who is dead – Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

Where’d You Get That?
A book about heredity – She Has Her Mother’s Laugh by Carl Zimmer
A book from the library – Blood Work by Kim Harrison
A book someone gave you – The Silver Horse by Kate Forsyth (a gift from my Mum)
A book you found at a used bookstore – The Mammoth Book of Scottish Romance edited by Trisha Telep

80s Music
Thriller (Michael Jackson): A horror story – Pet Sematary by Stephen King
Africa (Toto): A book set in Africa – 
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (Wham): A book about dancing – 
She Blinded Me With Science (Thomas Dolby): A nonfiction book about science – Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

A book with a green cover – The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
A book about the environment – Beluga Days by Nancy Lord
A book about mold or microorganisms – 
A book that is set in the jungle – Through the Tiger’s Eye by Kerrie O’Connor

Laugh It Up
A humorous novel – Dead End Dating by Kimberly Raye
A memoir by a comedian – The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
A book with someone on the cover laughing – 
A collection of comics from the “Funnies” page – 

I Shouldn’t Say That
A book about secrets – The Turn by Kim Harrison
A book with a cuss word in the title – 
A book censored due to language – Haven by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda
Read whatever the f*** you want – Seeing is Believing by Erin McCarthy

5 W’s and H
When and Where: A book that takes you to a different time and place – When Demons Walk by Patricia Briggs
How: A “how to” book – How to Sleep Well by Dr. Neil Stanley
Who did What: A biography about an inventor – The Inventions, Researches and Writings of Nikola Tesla by Nikola Tesla
Why: A book with “why” in the title – Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

Things You Go Through
A book with a door or gate on the cover – Four Dukes and a Devil by Cathy Maxwell, Elaine Fox, Jeaniene Frost, Sophia Nash & Tracy Anne Warren
A book about a secret tunnel – 
A book with the word “window” in the title – The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket
A book about a portal to a different world – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

*** Wildcards ***
A book mentioned in another one you read this year – 
A book about public speaking – 
A book inspired by (or that inspired) a game – 

A book about your favorite animal – Dragon Blood by Patricia Briggs
A book about something that scares you – IT by Stephen King


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