Monday, December 25, 2023

2024 Pick Your Poison Reading Challenge

Another favorite I have been doing for several years now. There are always a lot of interesting categories in this one.  Click above to see the graphic with the categories. As in the past, I will try to complete the Fortnightly level (one category from each topic), then see how much father I can go with the list.



The Standards

Thriller: The Paris Apartment--Lucy Foley

Classic

Mystery: Fatally Frosted--Jessica Beck

Fantasy

To Coin A Phrase

Coins on the cover

By an author known for coining a phrase

Title based on a well-known phrase: Leap of Faith--Danielle Steel

Book about language


Our Amazing World

Book about the ocean

Memoir about someone living with nature: Into the Wild--Jon Krakauer

Book about an explorer

Book about a lost species


Classic Computer Games

Oregon Trail--book where the characters might die of dysentery

Legend of Zelda--book where the protagonist is not the title character: Young Jane Young--Gabrielle Zevin

Pacman--A maze on the cover

Space Invaders--book with aliens


Roadkill

About something you might find dead on the road

Mystery set during a vacation 

Hotel on the cover

Something flat on the cover


How Does Your Garden Grow

Author with flower/plant name

Coming-of-age story 

About three main characters: Weyward--Emilia Hart

"Silver" or "shell" in the title


Bright and Shiny

Book released in 2024

Memoir about someone with a Hollywood Star

Gold or silver cover

Picture of the sun on the cover: White Lies--Jayne Ann Krentz


Things That Are Good for Us

Vegetable in the title

About walking away

Lots of fresh air on the cover

About positive changes


Shhh...

"Secret" in the title: Summer Secrets--Jane Green

Someone sleeping on the cover

About a secret society

Book you hope will calm your mind


Reasons a Book Might Be Banned 

About gender identity: Women Who Dared--Linda Skeers

Written by a POC: Behold the Dreamers--Imbolo Mbue

With offensive language 

With talking animals: The Cat Who Saved Books--Sosuke Natsukawa


Reflections

Mirror on the cover

About looking back

Book you know will make you think

Antonyms in the title: City of Darkness and Light--Rhys Bowen


Book Cliches

The butler did it--Book with a butler

It was a dark and stormy night--Book with a great first line

Once upon a time--Fairy tale retelling: Never Cry Werewolf--Heather Davis

There can only be one--Pits characters against each other: Red Queen--Victoria Aveyard


Swashbuckling

Book with pirates: Pirate Passover--Judy Press

Sword on the cover

Daring adventure graphic novel: Queen of the Sea--Dylan Meconis

About a stowaway


New Year's Resolutions

Read anything--your goal is to read more: She's Too Pretty to Burn--Wendy Heard

Title that sounds like exercise

About cleaning home or getting organized

About getting away from it all


How Do You Want Your Eggs?

A hard-boiled crime: Reckoning--Catherine Coulter

About finding the sunny side of life

With a poacher 

Book where someone is likely to be "baked"


Doing It "Old School"

Stamp or rotary phone on the cover

Author old enough to be a grandparent

About someone traveling by foot: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry--Rachel Joyce

Set before you were born


Generational

Written by someone the same generation as you

Multi-generational story

Set when boomers were in their prime

Book that generates hope


Food Groups

Dairy--A cheesy book

Meat--Book you can sink your teeth into 

Fruit--Fruit in the title: Death by Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake--Sarah Graves

Grain--Set in a farming community: Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous--Suzanne Park


Love Them Pockets!

Key or pocket watch on the cover: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood--Quentin Tarantino

"Pocket Guide"

Purse on the cover (because of course your clothes don't have pockets)

Book that might have been carried in a soldier's pocket


Just Desserts

About revenge: Scandal--Amanda Quick

Something sweet on the cover: Sugar and Spice--Sarah Mlynowski

Book you'd like to settle in with an after-dinner drink

By an author who has a good reputation with fans


Color Me Up!

Color word in the title: Greenglass House--Kate Milford

Favorite color on the cover

Author with a color name: 

Book that looks like someone went crazy with crayons


Seems Sketchy

An illustrated book: The Fabulous Zed Watson!--Basil Sylvester

With an unreliable narrator

Sketchbook or notebook on the cover

"Fake" in the title


TBR Busters

Book you meant to read last year

Any book on your TBR: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek--Kim Michele Richardson

Book someone gave you that you haven't read yet: Mystique--Amanda Quick

Book in your house with a dusty cover


Fakes

About a monster no one believes exists

By an author who uses a pseudonym: By the Light of the Study Lamp--Carolyn Keene

Fiction book based on a true story: River Sing Me Home--Eleanor Shearer

About something counterfeit


Spice It Up

Nonfiction book about a controversial person: Paris: The Memoir--Paris Hilton 

Spice in the title

Spicy cover

Set somewhere known for its cuisine


The Long and Short of It

Over 500 pages: The Forgotten Garden--Kate Morton

Under 150 pages: Home--Toni Morrison

Title at least 7 words long: With a Dog AND Cat, Every Day is Fun, Volume 1--Hidekichi Matsumoto

Author whose last name is no more than 5 letters


Wildcards

Gothic novel 

With a geeky character: My Video Game Ate My Homework--Dustin Hansen

About prophecies

Book someone says "changed their life"

About someone with a disability

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