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Thread: The 2019 AW Book Reading Challenge! New year, new categories, new books and new friends

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    The 2019 AW Book Reading Challenge! New year, new categories, new books and new friends

    Welcome back Reading Challenge alums, and welcome all new comers. Are you ready? Oh, yeah. I’m ready. *rubs palms in expectation*

    As in prior years, each us chooses 12 books from the list of categories below to read and discuss throughout the year. We each read our own 12, unless you have titles in common and want to discuss; some of us do that sometimes. Join any time during the year, and sorry, no cash or prizes for finishing first. The only rule is to have fun.

    Please read the sticky in this forum regarding spoilers.

    All right. We’ve waited long enough. Here we go:

    1. I remember that!: A book about a historical event that took place in your lifetime.
    2. That old black magic: A paranormal novel.
    3. Top of the heap: A book on any Top Whatever list.
    4. What you will read to your grandchildren: A children's book (middle grade or younger).
    5. East meets West: A book taking place in Asia (Turkey to Japan, Siberia to Vietnam)
    6. Just the (alternative) facts, Ma’am: An alternate history.
    7. Doorstoppers: A book more than 600 pages.
    8. Be the change you want to see: A book about a sociopolitical issue.
    9. Best friend: A book with a dog on the cover.
    10. The heart and mind of a writer: An author memoir or collection of essays by an author.
    11. Anyward, ho!: A travel novel (any genre, including non-fiction).
    12. Alma mater matters: A book about or taking place on a college or university campus.
    13. Learn the Quadrille: A regency romance.
    14. Crossing the (color) lines: A book about a person of color (PoC), any variety, written by an author of the same variety.
    15. One more try: A book from a genre you have given up on.
    16. By its cover: A book you know nothing about, chosen solely by the FRONT cover (no reading the jacket flap, back cover blurb, or reviews).
    17. Back in the day: A historical of any genre.
    18. Do you deliver?: A book where food, cooking, restaurants, chefs, etc. play a major role.
    19. Support the home team: A book by a fellow AWer (Check people’s sigs, or this thread might help:
    20. Do you read about the land down under?: A book about or taking place in Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Islands.
    21. Steady there, cowboy: A western.
    22. The sporting life: A book with an athlete main character, or about sports.
    23. The butler might have done it: A mystery.
    24. Down on the farm: A book featuring farmers, agriculture, or taking place in an agrarian setting.
    25. Flights of fancy: A book in which airplanes figure prominently.
    26. Better known for . . .: A book by someone who’s more famous for something other than writing.
    27. Halcyon days: A bestseller or book published the year you turned 21 (or 12 if you aren’t yet 21 ). This list should help you:
    28. Keep up with the Joneses: A book everyone else seems to have read but you have not.
    29. You might also like. . .: A book recommended by someone real, or by a bot.
    30. QUILTBAG: A book with a major LGBTQ+ character or about an LGBTQ+ issue.
    31. Tag team: A book by more than one author.
    32. Takin’ care o’ business: A book taking place in a corporate setting, or about a business, or about a business leader.
    33. Happy days are here again: A book published between 1945 and 1960.
    34. Ye olde booke shoppe: A book written before 1800.
    35. No hablo: A book originally written in another language (i.e., a translation).
    36. Metrosensual: A romance set in a major city.
    37. Read it again, Sam: Reread a book you have already read.
    38. My hometown: A book by a local author.
    39. Tuesdays with Balaam’s Ass: A book with a non-human (animal or fantastic creature) main character.
    40. Out of Africa: A book taking place in Africa (including North Africa).
    41. Locked up: A book taking place in a prison, mental institution or treatment center.
    42. Literary literal alliteration: A book whose title or author’s name is an alliteration.
    43. Still time for more chapters: A memoir/biography by/about someone who’s still alive (as of January 1).
    44. Backlist delight: Read a lesser-known book from the back catalog of a best-selling author.
    45. Who was that, again?: A book about a person you know little about.
    46. Be your own boss: A self-published novel.
    47. Succinct: A book with a one-word title.
    48. Matryoshka books: A book mentioned or discussed inside another book.
    49. What you read: A book you loved as a child.
    50. I’ve met them!: A book by someone you have seen in person (either know, seen at a book fair, heard at a speaking engagement, in line at the ATM, whatever).

    Happy reading everyone, and thanks for taking part!
    Last edited by Chris P; 01-01-2019 at 06:39 PM.
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