Pick Your Poison 2020

Duration: 1st January – 31st December 2020
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

Making Stuff Up
A book with the word “maker” in the title
A book featuring a fictional language – Foundling by D.M. Cornish
A book about crafts or handiwork – Flowers on Main by Sherryl Woods
A book about lies – If Ever I Should Love You by Cathy Maxwell

Dark Genres
A cult classic book – The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
A dark fantasy book – The Mammoth Book of Dark Magic edited by Mike Ashley
A gothic horror book – Dracula by Bram Stoker
A speculative fiction book 

A book you find in a second hand store – Blue Moon by Lori Handeland
The second book by an author – Artemis by Andy Weir
A book with a clock or stopwatch on the cover – Wolves and Daggers by Melanie Karsak
A book about eating – Cleaving by Julie Powell

Quick Decisions
A book based solely on the title or cover – That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger
A book you buy on impulse – The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn
A book by an author you always read – Wolf Rain by Nalini Singh
A book about living with consequences – The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

Birds Of A Feather
A book with a feather or wings on the cover – Bedeviled Angel by Annette Blair
A book about differences – The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
A book about community – Virgin River by Robyn Carr
A book about twins – Never Been Witched by Annette Blair

Where We Live
A book about an apartment building
A book with a mansion on the cover – The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After by Julia Quinn
A book about nomads – The Stone Mage and the Sea by Sean Williams
A book about moving to the country – Shelter Mountain by Robyn Carr

A book written by a current/former journalist – Marley and Me by John Grogan
A book about doctors/nurses/health care professionals – Twelve Patients by Dr. Eric Manheimer, MD
A book about a teacher – 11/22/63 by Stephen King
A book about blue collar workers – Cherish Hard by Nalini Singh

Body Parts
A book with feet on the cover – The Good, the Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison
A book with “hand” in the title – Dead Man’s Hand edited by John Joseph Adams
A book about heads – Love Hacked by Penny Reid
A book with a nose on the cover – A Match Made in Bed by Cathy Maxwell

Reading Cliches
A book someone called a “page turner” – I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi
A “beach read” – Perfect for the Beach by Lori Foster, Janelle Denison, et al.
A book by an author “everyone has read” – Inferno by Dante Alighieri
A “best seller” you’ve never heard of – Terra Nullius by Claire G. Coleman

Music Genres
A book whose title could be a Country song – Hot Blooded by Christine Feehan, Maggie Shayne, Emma Holly & Angela Knight
A book with “opera” in the title
A book whose cover makes you think about Heavy Metal – Dead Girls are Easy by Terri Garey
A book you think should have a Jazz soundtrack – The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

A book about recovering from an accident or illness – Surrender to the Highlander by Lynsay Sands (poisoning)
A book about dealing with death – The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
A book about a missing person – Stormwalker by Allyson James
A book that has been re-issued with a new cover – The Man Within by Lora Leigh

Next Door
A book with the word “neighbor” in the title
A book with binoculars on the cover – The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk edited by Sean Wallace
A book by a local author – Billy Thunder and the Night Gate by Isobelle Carmody (Australian)
A book about the creepy old house in the neighborhood – Sex and the Psychic Witch by Annette Blair

Brought To You By The Letter N
A book with the word “novice” in the title
A book that takes place in a country that begins with N – Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh (New Zealand)
A book with the word “name” in the title
A book by an author whose name starts with N – Rock Redemption by Nalini Singh

A book that inspires you to go for a walk – Wilding by Isabella Tree
A book about improving self image – A Slice of Heaven by Sherryl Woods
A book about a place you hope to visit this year – It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han (the beach)
A book by or about a person you admire – Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

A book by an author from a different culture – Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
A book about gender identity – Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan
A folk/fairy tale retelling in a non-western setting – Red Winter by Annette Marie
A book about a character with a disability – The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Check Out Those Lists
A book from NPRs Top 100 Books list
A book from the NY Times Best Sellers list
A book inspired by your shopping list this week – Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs (meat)
A book from a recommended list you find on the internet – The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (Classics)

A story about a widow or widower – To Marry a Scottish Laird by Lynsay Sands
A book with a single word title – Eldest by Christopher Paolini
A standalone book – Oceans Between Us by Helen Scott Taylor
A book with a single figure on the cover – Hot for the Holidays by Lora Leigh, Angela Knight, Anya Bast & Allyson James

Animal Kingdom
An author whose name includes an animal (ie:CATherine) – The Duke That I Marry by CAThy Maxwell
A non-fiction book about animals – An Elephant in My Kitchen by Francoise Malby-Anthony
A book with a talking animal – Trick of the Light by Rob Thurman (Lenore)
A book with an animal on the cover – Black Thorn, White Rose edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling

A book with a mask on the cover
A book written by an author who uses a pseudonym
A book with the word “hidden” in the title
A book about a treasure hunt – PS I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

TBR Crushers
A book from your bookshelves you have to dust off – Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden
A book you’ve been meaning to read forever – Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
Anything you want – Tarnished Knight by Bec McMaster
The first book you see on your bookshelf – The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

A book less than 100 pages – Poison Dance by Livia Blackburne
A book by an author with fewer than 10 letters in their name – Deep in the Valley by Robyn Carr
A book with character being “towered over” on the cover – Tempted by His Kiss by Tracy Anne Warren
A book of short stories – Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling

Movie Quotes
I see dead people. – a ghost story – The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories by Women edited by Marie O’Regan
I coulda been a contender. – a book about sports
There’s no place like home. – a book about going home – The Inn at Eagle Point by Sherryl Woods
I’m not bad. I’m just drawn that way. – a graphic novel – The Chosen by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda

A book with a place name in the title – Whispering Rock by Robyn Carr
A book with a map on the cover
A book set in the mountains – Just Over the Mountain by Robyn Carr
A book about traveling – The Ill-Made Mute by Cecilia Dart-Thornton

A memoir – Becoming by Michelle Obama
A book written in first person – The Becoming by Jeanne C. Stein
A book with a narcissistic character – The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Miss Hilly)
A self improvement book – The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson

How Old?
A book with obsolete technology on the cover – Misery by Stephen King
A contemporary book written by an author older than you – Stealing Home by Sherryl Woods
A book about your parents’ generation – First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung
A book written before you were born – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Reading Women
A non-fiction book about a famous woman – I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
A book by a woman of color – Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
A book with a kick-ass woman on the cover – Mercy Blade by Faith Hunter
A children’s book with a strong female lead 

*** Wildcards ***
A manga book
A book that includes an ocean journey
A book about geeks
A book about Zodiac signs or astrology
A book that centers around a group of friends 


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