2020 Around the Year in 52 Books

Duration: 1st January – 31st December 2020
Number of books: 52
Hosted by: Around the Year in 52 Books

It’s best if you create your own plan (using “create a new topic” and choosing “2020 Plans” for the folder) so you can keep track of your progress and share your choices with the other members. If you need help finding ideas, you can have a look at the weekly topics, which will be posted shortly.

You can read in order or jump around, but keep this order in your plan, since this makes it easier for others to find a prompt.

If you can’t complete the challenge, it’s not a problem. If one topic is too far out of your comfort zone or too difficult to fulfill, you can use a “Wild Card” and read something else for this week (reader’s choice or past suggestions).

This listed is loosely sorted by months.

Printable Version

1. A book with a title that doesn’t contain the letters A, T or Y – Foundling by D.M. Cornish
2. A book by an author whose last name is one syllable – The Viscount Who Love Me by Julia Quinn
3. A book that you are prompted to read because of something you read in 2019 – To Marry a Scottish Laird by Lynsay Sands (Started the series last year)
4. A book set in a place or time that you wouldn’t want to live – The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
5. The first book in a series that you have not started – The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

6. A book with a mode of transportation on the cover – Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan
7. A book set in the southern hemisphere – Terra Nullius by Claire G. Coleman
8. A book with a two-word title where the first word is “The” – The Becoming by Jeanne C. Stein
9. A book that can be read in a day – 9 from the Nine Worlds by Rick Riordan

10. A book that is between 400-600 pages – The Ill-Made Mute by Cecilia Dart-Thornton (587 pp.)
11. A book originally published in a year that is a prime number – Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews (2019)
12. A book that is a collaboration between 2 or more people – Iron & Magic by Ilona Andrews
13. A prompt from a previous Around the Year in 52 Books challenge (Link) (2019 Challenge – A book published in 2019) – The Chosen by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda
14. A book by an author on the Abe List of 100 Essential Female Writers (link)Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

15. A book set in a global city – Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
16. A book set in a rural or sparsely populated area – Billy Thunder and the Night Gate by Isobelle Carmody
17. A book with a neurodiverse character – Reaching One Thousand by Rachel Robertson
18. A book by an author you’ve only read once before – Trick of the Light by Rob Thurman

19. A fantasy book – The Black Gryphon by Mercedes Lackey & Larry Dixon
20. The 20th book [on your TBR, in a series, by an author, on a list, etc.] – Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs
21. A book related to Maximilian Hell, the noted astronomer and Jesuit Priest who was born in 1720 – Artemis by Andy Weir
22. A book with the major theme of survival – Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden

23. A book featuring an LGBTQIA+ character or by an LGBTQIA+ authorThe Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
24. A book with an emotion in the title – Misery by Stephen King
25. A book related to the arts – Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
26. A book from the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards – We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
27. A history or historical fiction – The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

28. A book by an Australian, Canadian or New Zealand author – Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh
29. An underrated book, a hidden gem or a lesser known book – The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
30. A book from the New York Times ‘100 Notable Books’ list for any year – Becoming by Michelle Obama
31. A book inspired by a leading news story – I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

32. A book related to the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Japan – Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn (based in Japan)
33. A book about a non-traditional family – The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
34. A book from a genre or sub genre that starts with a letter in your name (Steampunk) – Ice and Embers by Melanie Karsak
35. A book with a geometric pattern or element on the cover – The Stone Mage and the Sea by Sean Williams

36. A book from your TBR/wishlist that you don’t recognize, recall putting there, or put there on a whim – The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
37. Two books that are related to each other as a pair of binary opposites: Book #1 – Red Winter by Annette Marie
38. Two books that are related to each other as a pair of binary opposites: Book #2 – It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han
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
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

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

49. A book that fits a prompt from the list of suggestions that didn’t win (link)
50. A book with a silhouette on the cover
51. A book with an “-ing” word in the title
52. A book related to time


1 thought on “2020 Around the Year in 52 Books

  1. Hey,

    I loved your article ‘2020 Around the Year in 52 Books’. Curious to know how many were you able to accomplish within one year as I too target to read 52 books in a year.

    I noticed you linked to the article The best female authors of all time – AbeBooks in point 14. of your article.

    I have just one got published, mine covers the details and the books written by 51 female authors who dominated the writing world. The article includes the names of a few female authors which theirs didn’t. Also, I have provided a small tribute and achievements of close to 26 authors in this article.

    You can check it out here: https://www.bx-zone.com/Blog/famous-female-authors-of-the-world.aspx

    If you like it then feel free to link out to it from your article and share it.



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