Around the Year in 52 Books 2021

Duration: 1st January – 31st December 2021
Number of books: 52
Hosted by: Around the Year


It’s best if you create your own plan (using “create a new topic” and choosing “2021 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 and gain inspiration.

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.

1. A book related to “In the Beginning…” – Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
2. A book by an author whose name doesn’t contain the letters A, T or Y – Beautiful Beast by E.J. Hill
3. A book related to the lyrics for the song “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music – Born Free by Joy Adamson (kittens)
4. A book with a monochromatic cover – Blood Challenge by Eileen Wilks

5. A book by an author on USA Today’s list of 100 Black Novelists You Should Read – Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
6. A love story – Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
7. A book that fits a prompt suggestion that didn’t make the final list (with Z in the title) – Zlata’s Diary by Zlata Filipovic
8. A book set in a state, province, or country you have never visited – Tools of Engagement by Tessa Bailey

9. A book you associate with a specific season or time of year – Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam (winter)
10. A book with a female villain or criminalArchangel’s Consort by Nalini Singh
11. A book to celebrate The Grand Egyptian Museum – The Switch by Beth O’Leary (Grand opening and Letitia’s antiques)
12. A book eligible for the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation – The Little Breton Bistro by Nina George
13. A book written by an author of one of your best reads of 2020 – First Comes Scandal by Julia Quinn

14. A book set in a made-up place – Devils and Details by Devon Monk
15. A book that features siblings as the main characters – Harmony’s Way by Lora Leigh
16. A book with a building in the title – The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
17. A book with a Muslim character or authorThe Far Field by Madhuri Vijay

18. 3 books related to “Past, Present, Future” – Book 1 – Be Mine Tonight by Kathryn Smith
19. 3 books related to “Past, Present, Future” – Book 2 – Promise Canyon by Robyn Carr
20. 3 books related to “Past, Present, Future” – Book 3 – Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre
21. A book whose title and author both contain the letter “u” – The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
22. A book posted in one of the ATY Best Book of the Month threads – The Grendel Affair by Lisa Shearin

23. A cross genre novel – The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
24. A book about racism or race relations – The Truths We Hold by Kamala Harris
25. A book set on an island – The Gap by Benjamin Gilmour
26. A short book (<210 pages) by a new-to-you author – Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot

27. A book with a character who can be found in a deck of cards – Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
28. A book connected to ice – An O’Brien Family Christmas by Sherryl Woods
29. A book that you consider comfort reading – The Wanderer by Robyn Carr
30. A long book – Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

31. A book by an author whose career spanned more than 21 years – Up the Duff by Kaz Cooke
32. A book whose cover shows more than 2 people – Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales
33. A collection of short stories, essays, or poetry – Hot Summer Nights by Jaci Burton, Carly Phillips, Erin McCarthy & Jessica Clare
34. A book with a travel theme – The Answer to the Riddle is Me by David Stuart MacLean
35. A book set in a country on or below the Tropic of Cancer

36. A book with six or more words in the title
37. A book from the Are You Well Read in World Literature list
38. A book related to a word given by a random word generator
39. A book involving an immigrant

40. A book with flowers or greenery on the cover
41. A book by a new-to-you BIPOC author
42. A mystery or thriller
43. A book with elements of magic

44. A book whose title contains a negative
45. A book related to a codeword from the NATO Phonetic Alphabet
46. A winner or nominee from the 2020 Goodreads Choice Awards
47. A non-fiction book other than biography, autobiography or memoir
48. A book that might cause someone to react “You read what?!?”

49. A book with an ensemble cast
50. A book published in 2021
51. A book whose title refers to person(s) without giving their name
52. A book related to “the end”

This list is created by the group members, after suggestions and votes.


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