Pick Your Poison

Duration: 1st January – 31st December 2021
Number of books: 104
Hosted by: 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


Who’s in charge?
A book about an empire – Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher
A book about a social movement – Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam
A book about being a first time parent – Otherhood by William Sutcliffe
A book about a cat – Born Free by Joy Adamson

Make ’em Laugh
A funny comic or graphic novel – Hopcross Jilly by Patricia Briggs
A book about a comedian – This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps
A book with a pun in the title – The Peak of Love by Langley Gray
A book with someone laughing on the cover – Say Everything by Langley Gray

Where You Sleep At Night
A book about a hotel
A book with the word “house” in the title – The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
A book with a cabin on the cover – Wild Man Creek by Robyn Carr
A book about a haunted house

Ways To Die
A book with “poison” in the title
A book with a knife on the cover
A true crime murder story
A book about dealing with suicide – The Little Breton Bistro by Nina George

Occupations
A book about a farmer – Bring Me Home for Christmas by Robyn Carr
A book about a librarian or bookseller
A book written by a college professor – Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot
A book about a scientist – Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid (Simone)

Generations
A book about millenials – Kissing Tolstoy by Penny Reid
A book about hippies
A book about baby boomers
A book about flappers

Plaids
A book with a kilt on the cover
A book written by someone from Scotland
A book with a plaid cover
A book with a flannel shirt on the cover – Take Me Home by Inez Kelley

Those Bodies
A book by a celebrity known for body positivity – Rolling with the Punchlines by Urzila Carlson
A book with a picture of an ocean on the cover – The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn
A book with a dead body on the cover
A children’s book about body parts

The Tools of Writing
A paperback book – Kiss of Heat by Lora Leigh
A book with a typewriter on the cover
A book with “words” in the title
A book with “deadline” in the title

That Creepy Feeling
A horror story or thrillerThe Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones
A book with an insect on the cover – James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
A book about something that scares you – Anna: A Teenager on the Run by Anna Podgajecki (war, WWI, genocide)
A book with a monster on the cover – Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Favorites
A book by your favorite author – The Player and the Pixie by L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid
A book in your favorite genre – One Bite with a Stranger by Christine Warren (paranormal romance)
A book with your favorite color on the cover – Blood Challenge by Eileen Wilks (blue)
A book from a celebrity favorite list – Zlata’s Diary by Zlata Filipovic

Crossing Boundaries
A book about an interracial romance – Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
A book about the immigrant experience – The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
A book about reconciliation – The Switch by Beth O’Leary
A book about cross dressing

Bringing the World into Your Home
A book about hygge, feng shui, or home harmony
A book about taking in a stranger – Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
A book about a culture other than your own – Rebel Hard by Nalini Singh
A book about how radio, television, or the internet has changed us – A Wild Life by Martin Hughes-Games

Things We Don’t Talk About
A book with the word “naked” in the title
A book by a politician – The Truths We Hold by Kamala Harris
A book about oppression – The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
A book about terminal illness – When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Reflections
A book with a mirror on the cover
A memoir – The Gap by Benjamin Gilmour
A fiction book about reminiscing
A self help book – Things I Wish I’d Known edited by Victoria Young

Swashbuckling
A book with a sword on the cover – Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews
A book about pirates – The Other Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
A rollicking adventure story
A book with a map on the cover

Shapes and Colors
A book with a primarily black cover – Soul Deep by Lora Leigh
A book with a shape-shifting character – The Edge of the Moon by Rebecca York
A book with a shape on the cover that reminds you of a Roschach test
A book by an author whose name is a color

Picture This
A book with the word “picture” in the title
A book with a photograph on the cover – The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason
A book by a journalist or news photographer
An illustrated book – The BFG by Roald Dahl

Shh…
A book about secret societies/clubsBe Mine Tonight by Kathryn Smith
A children’s book about bedtime
A book with the word “secret” in the title
A book with a peaceful cover – A Night Like This by Julia Quinn

Challenges
A book over 500 pages – Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti
A book about overcoming obstacles – The Cad and the Co-Ed by L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid
A book you’ve set aside in the past because it was hard to get into – Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
A book with the word “hard” in the title – Love Hard by Nalini Singh

Drinking Game
A cozy mystery with a beverage in the title
A book with a picture of an alcoholic beverage on the cover
A book title that could be a drinking game – Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey
A nonfiction book about alcohol

It’s All Relative
A book set in your grandparents’ era
A book with the word “father” in the title
A book you’d share with your child – Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
A book about an estranged family – Marry in Haste by Anne Gracie

Weather
A book with the word “snow” in the title
A nonfiction book about a weather related disaster
A book with a picture of clear blue sky on the cover – Bad Boys of Summer by Lori Foster, Erin McCarthy & Amy Garvey
A book that comforts you on a rainy day – Beard in Mind by Penny Reid

TBR Burners
A book that had been on your TBR list more than a year – Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
A book someone gave to you that you haven’t read yet – The French Gift by Kirsty Manning
Anything you want – Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
A book you’re excited to read – Beautiful Beast by E.J. Hill

Borrowing
A book with a character from a different book – Happily Ever Ninja by Penny Reid (Fiona from the other Knitting in the City books)
A fairytale or myth retelling in a modern setting
A book written by an author with a pseudonym – Witching Moon by Rebecca York
A book borrowed from the library – Beyond the Dark by Lora Leigh, Angela Knight, Emma Holly & Diane Whiteside

Putting 2020 Behind Us
A book with a crowded cover – The Summer Garden by Sherryl Woods
A book about self care or recovery – Harvest Moon by Robyn Carr
A book set after a major world event (war, weather disaster, etc.) – Lucky Child by Loung Ung (Khmer Rouge & Pol Pot)
A book with the word “better” in the title – Expecting Better by Emily Oster

+++ Wildcards +++
A book by an author under 30
A 2021 release
A comic book
A book by two or more authors – The Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid
A collection of essays

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