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Around the Year in 52 books (2019) - Goodreads challenge

Since I vowed to read 80 books this year, I added a new challenge to keep it interesting. 
This one ends on December 31st, 2019. 

1. A book that was nominated for or won an award in a genre you enjoy - Black Water (Joyce Carol Oates)
2. A book with one of the 5 W's in the title (Who, What, Where, When, Why)
3. A book where the author’s name contains A, T, and Y - Blood Meridian (Cormac McCarthy)
4. A book with a criminal character (i.e. assassin, pirate, thief, robber, scoundrel etc) - My sister, The serial killer (Oyinkan Braithwaite)
5. A book by Shakespeare or inspired by Shakespeare
6. A book with a dual timeline 
7. 2 books related to the same topic, genre, or theme: Book #1 - Tropic of Cancer (Henri Miller)
8. 2 books related to the same topic, genre, or theme: Book #2
9. A book from one of the top 5 money making genres (romance/erotica, crime/mystery, religious/inspirational, science fiction/fantasy or horror) 
10. A book featuring an historical figure - Down below (Leonora Carrington)

11. A book related to one of the 12 Zodiac Chinese Animals (title, cover, subject) 
12. A book about reading, books or an author/writer - Haunted Heart, the life and times of Stephen King (Lisa Rogak)
13. A book that is included on a New York Public Library Staff Picks list
14. A book with a title, subtitle or cover relating to an astronomical term 
15. A book by an author from a Mediterranean country or set in a Mediterranean country - Paris-Austerlitz (Rafael Chirbes)
16. A book told from multiple perspectives 
17. A speculative fiction (i.e. fantasy, scifi, horror, dystopia)
18. A book related to one of the elements on the periodic table of elements 
19. A book by an author who has more than one book on your TBR
20. A book featuring indigenous people of a country
21. A book from one of the polarizing or close call votes
22. A book with a number in the title or on the cover
23. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #1 Something Old
24. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #2 Something New
25. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #3 Something Borrowed
26. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #4 Something Blue - Vreemdeling zoekt kamer/Stranger seeks room (Egon Hostovsky)
27. A book off of the 1001 books to read before you die list
28. A book related to something cold (i.e. theme, title, author, cover, etc.)
29. A book published before 1950
30. A book featuring an elderly character 
31. A children’s classic you’ve never read - The Neverending Story (Michael Ende)
32. A book with more than 500 pages 
33. A book you have owned for at least a year, but have not read yet

34. A book with a person's name in the title - The Devil and Miss Prym (Paulo Coelho)
35. A psychological thriller 

36. A book featured on an NPR Best Books of the Year list - Becoming (Michelle Obama)
37. A book set in a school or university
38. A book not written in traditional novel format (poetry, essay, epistolary, graphic novel, etc) - The Strange library (Haruki Murakami)
39. A book with a strong sense of place or where the author brings the location/setting to life
40. A book you stumbled upon 
41. A book from the 2018 GR Choice Awards - The Outsider (Stephen King)
42. A book with a monster or "monstrous" character
43. A book related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) [fiction or nonfiction] - The Big History, or the History of Everything (David Christian)
44. A book related in some way to a tv show/series or movie you enjoyed (same topic, same era, book appeared in the show/movie, etc.)
45. A multi-generational saga 
46. A book with a (mostly) black cover
47. A book related to food (i.e. title, cover, plot, etc.) 
48. A book that was a finalist or winner for the National Book Award for any year 
49. A book written by a Far East Asian author or set in a Far East Asian country 
50. A book that includes a journey (physical, health, or spiritual) 
51. A book published in 2019
52. A book with a weird or intriguing title


Centennial challenge

This challenge will start today, the 26th of September 2014.
The same goal as the previous challenge, just poured into another format.
I'm going to read a book of each year. I only take the year it was first published into consideration.
I'm going to go back one hundred years and will travel up until today.
A literary time travel.

1918 - The land that time forgot (Edgar Rice Burroughs)
1919 - Night and Day (Virginia Woolf)
1920 - Women in Love (DH Lawrence)
1921 - Sodom & Gomorrah - In search of lost time #4 (Marcel Proust)
1922 - Siddharta (Hermann Hesse)
1923 - Mrs Dalloway (Virginia Woolf)
1924
1925 - The Trial (Franz Kafka)
1926
1927 - To The Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)
1928 - The Mystery of the Blue Train (Agatha Christie)
1929 - All Quiet on the Western Front (Erich Maria Remarque)
1930 - The Maltese Falcon (Dachiell Hammett)
1931 - The Sittaford Mystery (Agatha Christie)
1932 - Peril at End House (Agatha Christie)
1933 - Tender is the Night (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
1934 - The Postman Always Rings Twice (James M. Cain)
1935 - Death in the Clouds (Agatha Christie)
1936 - The ABC Murders (Agatha Christie)
1937
1938 - Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier)
1939 - And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie)
1940 - The Power and The Glory (Graham Greene)
1941 - The Stranger (Albert Camus)
1942 - The Pied Piper (Nevil Shute)
1943 - The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
1944
1945 - Brideshead Revisited (Evelyn Waugh)
1946 - Titus Groan (Mervyn Peake)
1947 - Dark Carnival (Ray Bradbury)
1948
1949 - Red Planet (Robert A Heinlein)
1950 - A town like Alice (Nevil Shute)
1951 - The Illustrated Man (Ray Bradbury)
1952 - The Killer Inside Me (Jim Thompson)
1953
1954 - The Unexpected Guest (Agatha Christie)
1955
1956 - Minority Report (Philip K. Dick)
1957 - Doctor Zhivago (Boris Pasternak)
1958 - A Stir of Echoes (Richard Matheson)
1959 - Naked Lunch (William S Burroughs)
1960 - The High Crusade (Poul Anderson)
1961 - Stranger in a strange land (Robert A Heinlein)
1962 - A clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
1963 - Cat's Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut)
1964 - The Simulacra (Philip K. Dick)
1965 - Dune (Frank Herbert)
1966
1967
1968 - 2001: A Space Odyssey (Arthur C Clarke)
1969 - The Left Hand of Darkness (Ursula K Leguin)
1970 - The Bluest Eye (Toni Morrison)
1971 - Hell House (Richard Matheson)
1972
1973 - Crash (J.G. Ballard)
1974 - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (John Le Carré)
1975
1976 - Eaters of the dead (Michael Chrichton)
1977 - What Dreams May Come (Richard Matheson)
1978 - The world according to Garp (John Irving)
1979 - The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Universe (Douglas Adams)
1980 - The Name of the Rose (Umberto Eco)
1981 - Rabbit is Rich (John Updike)
1982 - Friday (Robert A Heinlein)
1983 - The Sorrow of Belgium (Hugo Claus)
1984 - The Wasp Factory (Iain Banks)
1985 - The Cider House Rules (John Irving)
1986 - Watchmen (Allan Moore)
1987 - Swan Song (Robert McCammon)
1988 - The Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishiguro)
1989 - Carrion Comfort - Dan Simmons
1990 - Real Murders (Charlaine Harris)
1991 - The Wastelands ( Stephen King)
1992 - A Bone to Pick (Charlaine Harris)
1993 - The Giver (Lois Lowry)
1994 - Three Bedrooms, One Corpse (Charlaine Harris)
1995 - The Julius House (Charlaine Harris)
1996 - Alias Grace (Margaret Atwood)
1997 - The God of Small things (Arundhati Roy)
1998 - About a boy (Nick Hornby)
1999 - A Fool and his Honey (Charlaine Harris)
2000 - 24 Hours (Greg Îles)
2001 - Coldheart Canyon (Clive Barker)
2002 - Death on the Nile (graphic novel) - Agatha Christie
2003 - Diary (Chuck Palahniuk)
2004 - The Taking (Dean Koontz)
2005 - Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)
2006 - Touch The Dark (Karen Chance)
2007 - A Thousand Splendid Songs (Khaled Hosseini)
2008 - Gone (Michael Grant)
2009 - Fallen (Lauren Kate)
2010 - Room (Emma Donoghue)
2011 - Skylight (Jose Saramago)
2012 - Changeling (Philippa Gregory)
2013 - Doctor Sleep (Stephen King)
2014 - Revival (Stephen King)
2015 - Kamer op Zee (Nicolas Dickner)
2016 - Sleeping Giants (Sylvain Neuvel)
2017 - The Girl who takes an Eye for an Eye (David Lagercrantz)


A-Z Challenge COMPLETE

This challenge will run from 17th August 2012.
The goal is to read a variety of books and even to try my hands on books I wouldn't chose at first sight.
With the more troublesome letters (Q, X) it's sufficient to have the letter in the title but not necessarily the first letter.

A Anathem (Neal Stephenson)
B The Boy in the striped Pyamas (John Boyne)
C (a) Clash of Kings (George RR Martin)
D (a) Dance of Dragons (George RR Martin)
E Everything is illuminated (Jonathan Safran Foer)
F (a) Feast for Crows (George RR Martin)
G (a) Game of thrones (George RR Martin)
H Haunted (Chuck Palahniuk)
I (the) Incredible Shrinking Man (Richard Matheson)
J Joyride (Jack Ketchum)
K (the) Key to Midnight (Dean Koontz)
L Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
M My sister's keeper (Jodi Picoult)
N Nineteen minutes (Jodi picoult)
O Outer Dark (Cormac McCarthy)
P (The) Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Aimee Bender)
Q Quicker than the Eye (Ray Bradbury)
R (The) Rules of Attraction (Bret Easton Ellis)
S (A) Storm of Swords (George RR Martin)
T (20th) Twentieth Century Ghosts (Joe Hill)
U (De) Uilendoders - The Owl Killers (Karen Maitland)
V Verloren - Losing you (Nicci French)
W Water for Elephants (Sara Gruen)
X Rabbit redux (John Updike)
Y (The) Yellow Eyes of the Crocodiles (Katherine Pancol)
Z Zondares - The Sinner (Tess Gerritsen)