Sunday 1 January 2023

Wrap-Up of 52 Book Club 2022 Reading Challenge

 I didn't complete this challenge, but I did read to most of the prompts. I particularly didn't read the mini challenges very well, so that is something I will try to focus on in 2023.

52 Book Club Reading Challenge 2022

1. A second-person narrative
    Lipstick and Lies by Lesley Grant-Adamson. Finished September 21
2. Featuring a library or bookstore
    Book Lovers by Emily Henry. Finished April 1
3. Title starting with the letter “e”
    The End of October by Lawrence Wright. Finished December 2
4. Title starting with the letter “f”
    For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten. Finished March 22
5. Chapters have titles
    The Family Man by Elinor Lipman. Finished January 26
6. Household object on the cover
    Changing Habits by Debbie Macomber. Finished September 12
7. A non-fiction bestseller
I didn't read as much nonfiction this year as usual, and not any bestsellers. Something to think on for 2023
8. Involving the art world
    A House Among the Trees by Julia Glass. Finished May 4
9. A book that sparks joy
    The Lonely Fajita by Abigail Mann. Finished April 10
10. A book based on a real person
    Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch by Rivka Galchen. Finished January 24 
11. A book with less than 2022 Goodreads ratings
    Rabbit Ears edited by Joel Allegretti. Finished January 12 (9 ratings at time of review)  
12. Set on at least two continents
    Die For You by Lisa Unger. Finished January 15 (New York City and Prague)  
13. Includes a club
    Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index by Julie Israel. Finished March 2
14. A character with superhuman ability
    Queen of Dragons by Shana Abe. Finished February 4
15. A five-syllable titles
    So Say The Fallen by Stuart Neville. Finished February 12
16. A book you’ve seen someone reading in a public place
I had a book that I was reading for this prompt (Lessons in Chemistry), but didn't finish it in time.
17. A book picked based on its spine
    The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted by Robert Hillman. Finished April 21
18. Jane-Austen-inspired
    I have a book I identified for this prompt, but never even started it.
19. A book that has an alternate titles
    The House of Whispers by Laura Purcell. Finished February 25 (alternate title: Bone China)
20. Related to the world “gold”
    The Other's Gold by Elizabeth Ames. Finished September 22
21. Published by Simon & Schuster
    Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald. Finished February 2
22. An unlikely detective
    The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James. Finished May 22
23. Author with an X, Y, or Z in their name
    Sea Wife by Amity Gaige. Finished June 28
24. Addresses a specific topic
    If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It by Colleen Nelson and Kathie MacIsaac. Finished December 11
25. A wealthy character
    Leave Me By Dying by Rosemary Aubert. Finished April 8
26. Has an “Author’s Note”
    The Paris Bookseller by Kerri Maher. Finished May 14
27. Includes a map
    A Line to Kill by Anthony Horowitz. Finished January 28
28. Award-winning book from your country
I was really bad at paying attention to awards this year, so I may have achieved this one without realizing it.
29. Over 500 pages long
    Find You First by Linwood Barclay. Finished May 6
30. Audiobook is narrated by the author
I didn't listen to a single audiobook this year. I'm finding myself listening to radio more often in the car and my trips have been shorter
31. Technology-themed
Again, didn't read a lot of nonfiction this year. Usually I read in this genre, so it was a bit surprising to miss this prompt
32. A book that intimidates you
    Pitch Dark by Renata Adler. Finished December 14
33. A bilingual character
    I Found You by Lisa Jewell. Finished February 28
34. An author’s photo on the back cover
    Stars in the Junkyard by Sharon Berg. Finished March 28
35. From the villain’s perspective
I had problems with the premise of this one being a bit of a spoiler alert. I don't think I fulfilled it though
36. Recommended by a favourite author
I probably fulfilled this one, but again not something I really look for regularly
37. Set in a rural area
    The Beacon by Susan Hill. Finished April 24
38. Don’t judge a book by its cover!
    The Heart of the Deal by Lindsay MacMillan. Finished May 18
39. A middle-grade novel
I had one planned for this, but never got to it.
40. A book with photographs inside
    An Emotional Education by The School of Life. Finished March 15
41. Involves a second chance
    The Mountains Wild by Sarah Stewart Taylor. Finished April 13
42. An indie read
I probably fulfilled this one, but didn't specifically note it
43. Author who’s published in more than one genre
    Pianos and Flowers by Alexander McCall Smith. Finished December 6
44. An anthology
I did some stories and essays, but no anthologies this year
45. A book with illustrated people on cover
    Queerly Beloved by Susie Dumond. Finished May 16
46. A job title in the title
    The Vet's Daughter by Barbara Comyns. Finished August 28
47. Read during the month of November
    The Witch of Babylon by D.J. McIntosh. Finished November 26
48. Redo one of this year’s prompts but with a different genre
    Prompt 11 (less than 2022 GR ratings)
    X + Y: A Mathematician's Manifesto for Rethinking Gender by Eugenia Cheng. Finished December         31 (at time of writing had 605 ratings)
49. Book title starts with the same letter as your first name
    Sight by Adrienne Maria Vrettos. Finished February 16
50. A person of colour as the main character
    Serena Singh Flips the Script by Sonya Lalli. Finished December 16
51. The word “game” in the title
    Rules of the Game by Lori Wilde. Finished May 29
52. Published in 2022.
    Lucy Checks In by Dee Ernst. Finished April 4

* Second in a series
    So Say the Fallen by Stuart Neville. Finished February 12.
* A title with the same word twice
* Mirror, Mirror on the wall

* Character who works in math or sciences
* Circle on the cover The School of Life: An Emotional Education by the School of Life. 
* Pi or Pie

April (NONE!)
* Rain on cover
* Comical Read
* Foolish Character

* Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
* Suitcase of the Cover
* Set in a Place You Wish You Were Vacationing

Summer Genre Challenge (June 21-Sept 22)
Includes the following genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Sci-Fi, Children's Story, Young Adult, Mystery, Memoir/Biography, Romance, Classic, Thriller, True Crime, Non-Fiction, Adventure, Self-Help, Poetry, and Other

Mystery: Another Thing to Fall by Laura Lippman. Finished June 23
Adventure: Sea Wife by Amity Gaige. Finished June 28
Fantasy: An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard. Finished August 15
Historical Fiction: Mary Coin by Marisa Silver. Finished August 31
Romance: A Family for Christmas by Helen Scott Taylor. Finished September 2
Children's: Windy Days by Deborah Kerbel and Miki Sato. Finished September 5

* Related to the word "Dark"
* A Psychological Thriller
* Local Legends The Second Chance Inn by Susan Hatler. Finished October 9

November (NONE!)
* Dessert on the cover
* Let's Party
* Related to the word "gift"

* 300-399 pages long In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren (336 pages)
* Set or written 300 years ago 
* Three "C"s on the cover Whiteout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon. 

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