52 Books Challenge-- How I Did and What I Read

 For the first time ever I completed a 52 Book Club Challenge before the end of the year! I read my last book in September and some of my all time favorite books this year were due to this challenge. I'm already all set to tackle 2024's challenge! 

1. Book with a subtitle-- Beyond the Wand; The Magic & Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard by Tom Felton 

2. Featuring an inheritance-- Over Her Dead Body by Susan Walter

3. Title starts with the letter "G"- Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau

4. Title starts with the letter "H"- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

5. Title starts with the letter "I"-- The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab

6. Under 200 pages-- You Will Not Have my Hate by Antoine Leiris

7. A city or Country name in the title- One Summer in Paris by Sarah Morgan

8. Dystopian fiction-- The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

9. A book with a dedication-- Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt 

10. Takes place during the roaring 20's-- The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont

11. A book about secrets-- The Vibrant Years by Sonali Dev

12. High fantasy-- Dragon's Green (Worldquake book #1) by Scarlett Thomas

13. Published Posthumously-- I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

14. A survival story-- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

15. Set in Australia--The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth

16. Featuring one of the "seven deadly sins"-- The Guest List by Lucy Foley

17. By a Caribbean author-- Love After Love by Ingrid Persaud

18.  Set during a war other than WWI or WWII- A Girl Called Samson by Amy Harmon

19. A typographic cover-- Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

20. A book about siblings-- Breaking Silence by Linda Castillo

21. A second-hand book-- The Seaside Library by Brenda Novak

22. A body positive message-- Dear Body by Brittany Williams 

23. An Alliterative title-- Beaches, Bungalows & Burglaries by Tonya Kappes

24. Nordic Noir-- Hidden in Snow by Viveca Sten

25. A Fashionable character-- Someone Else's Shoes by Jojo Moyes

26. Has an epilogue-- Josh & Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

27. Newbury medal winner-- Freewater by Amina Luqman-Dawson

28. Includes a funeral-- Big Chicas Don't Cry by Annette Chavez Macias

29. Sends you down a rabbit hole-- The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

30. An author with the same name as you-- Heron's Landing by JoAnn Ross

31. Set in a workplace-- The Boy with the Bookstore by Sarah Echavarre Smith 

32. Published by Macmillan-- The Mother In Law by Sally Hepworth

33. A banished book-- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

34. Featuring Mythology-- The Sun and The Star; From the world of Percy Jackson, A Nico Di Angelo Adventure by Rick Riordan and Mark Oshiro 

35. A book you meant to read last year-- Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano 

36. Chapters have cliffhangers-- The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

37. Written in the present tense-- The Nanny by Lana Ferguson

38. An enemies- to-lovers plot-- Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

39. The final book in a series-- The Heart Principal by Helen Hoang

40. Written by a comedian-- If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won't) by Betty White 

41. A character who is a refugee-- American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins 

42. Time in the title-- This time Tomorrow by Emma Straub

43. A book "everyone" has read-- Beach Read by Emily Henry

44. A contemporary setting-- Dating You Hating You by Christina Lauren

45. First word in the book is "the"-- The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

46. Has a script font on the spine-- Before I Do by Sophie Cousens

47. Set in the city of Dublin--  Off the Map by Trish Doller--

48. A Book by Octavia E. Butler- Unexpected Stories by Octavia E Butler

49. Books on the Cover-- The Night of Many Endings by Melissa Payne 

50. Related to the word "murder"-- Pray For Silence by Linda Castillo

51. Doesn't fit any of the other 51 prompts-- Memories in the Drift by Melissa Payne

52. Published in 2023-- Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun by Elle Cosimano

Linking up with: Thinking Out Loud, Spread the Kindness, 


  1. I like these prompts. I work on the Pop Sugar challenge each year but I'm not sure I like the prompts for next year! I will have to look at these!

  2. What a great challenge and it looks like you have read some fantastic books!
    I have to Tom Felton book on my Spotify list to listen to.

  3. Incredible accomplishment Joanne!

  4. Incredible! And such a variety of interesting subjects.

    1. That is one thing I really like about the reading challenges; they push me to read a much wider variety of books.

  5. I'm reading #9 right now for our book club. What an impressive challenge

  6. Wow, that is an incredible challenge to complete, Joanne! You should definitely be proud of this accomplishment!!!

  7. Congratulations, Joanne - This is quite the accomplishment. I have read 'Remarkably Bright Creatures' and 'This Time Tomorrow' and have greatly enjoyed both. I have also had several friends rhapsodize about 'The Christie Affair' so that's on my TBR list. Thank you for sharing this with us as #WOYBS.

  8. I've only read three of these. You've really covered off so many!! Great work...The comic con people love Tom Felton because after his interview, he just wandered around the exhibition talking to people. So when someone was sick last minute they invited him to come again and he did. I always think of that when I see him now...#WOYBS

    1. He sounds like such a down to Earth and genuinely kind person.

  9. Congrats on reaching your goal (early even)! I haven't read many of your books. I keep trying to decide if I want to do this challenge next year. I usually just read rather than having to read a specific type of book. I have surpassed my reading challenge on Goodreads so I'm counting this year as a win!


  10. Well done on completing the challenge. It's a great challenge and I'm looking forward to 2024 also. I have most of my prompts planned but they always change as the year goes on. I haven't read any of the books that you read, but have put a few of them on my TBR list. #weekendcoffeeshare

    1. Thank you! I never plan out what I'm going to read ahead of time.

  11. Well done, Joanne on completing the challenge and thanks for sharing which books you matched with the prompts. I will be doing the challenge next year but I'm not as advanced as some who have planned their books already. I think I prefer to discover them as I go along.

    1. Thank you! I much prefer discovering them as I go along too.

  12. You did well in your choices for the prompts Joanne. I'm starting the 2024 challenge but am not getting too organised just yet. What was your favourite out of all these you read? Thanks for joinjing us for #WOYBS

    1. Thank you! I had a post earlier in the week that summarized my favorite books (or series) that I read this year: https://www.myslicesoflife.com/2023/12/favorite-books-series-of-2023-with-not.html

  13. Year read such an amazing variety!

  14. How amazing that you've got a Suzanne Walter there. I read her latest book recently and loved it so have been meaning to go back and read her others....

    1. I definitely want to check out more books by her as well; I thought this one was a lot of fun.

  15. Wow! I'm impressed! Great job. It must have felt great to accomplish this challenge. I'm heading to your blog post to find out which were your favorites. I'm always looking for book recommendations!

  16. Now that I've done the Decades Reading Challenge, I need a new one. Maybe I should take this one on!

    1. I really enjoy them (and if there's a year where I'm less than trilled with the prompts there are always so many other years' worth of ideas to pick from!).

  17. What a fun challenge! The only one of these I've read is 'Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow'. It' was a free ebook and although it's not a genre I would normally read I really enjoyed it!


    1. It's definitely not a book I would have thought to pick up and read on my own but I really enjoyed it too.

  18. I'm definitely going to do this next year...

  19. Congratulations on finishing the challenge and then some!! I kind of knew I would not get 52 books read, never mind for each of the prompts, but I think I did pretty good, all things considered. Remarkably Bright Creatures and the Nordic Noir I chose (Reykjavik) were the pleasant surprises of the challenge for me, books I would probably not have considered otherwise. Happy Reading in 2024!

    1. Yes, I really enjoyed my Nordic Noir book too and have been wanting to read the next book in that seires.

  20. This is just so impressive, Joanne! And you even finished several months early!! Congratulations! I'm excited to follow along next year again!


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