52 Books in 52 weeks  -  2021

Remember, first and foremost, I look at challenges as a gateway to new reading paths, a fun way to nudge me in a new direction with my reading. It's not a competition and if I don't finish, I don't care; but, I'm going to give it a shot! After last year's mammoth effort, I'm scaling back this year and only joining two.......Are you inspired to join me?  You can find more challenges in this comprehensive list here.


New to me this year is the 52 Book Club, hosted by Liz.  There look to be some interesting, different, and a few simple categories.

Here's where I'll track my efforts to complete the challenge in 2021. I'll be double dipping some of the books that will also fit categories in the other challenge. I started by taking the lists and perusing my own bookshelves to see what I already own that will fit the challenge. Then, as I search the forums for ideas, I watch for books I know are already on my TBR list. Finally, I fill in with books totally new-to-me. Completed books will be in bold with a cover image and links to the reviews in bold and blue. 

1 - set in a school

Well Schooled in Murder #3 by Elizabeth George

law of innocence

2 - featuring the legal profession

The Law of Innocence #6 Haller by Michael Connelly, 432 pages

Haller finds himself in trouble when he's framed for a murder and must defend himself from jail.

3 - dual timeline

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

4 - author who is deceased


5 - published by Penguin

Classified as Murder #2 by Miranda James

6 - character with same name as male family member


7 - author with only 1 published book

The Trap by Melanie Raabe

frozen in time

8 - book from the 900s of the Dewey Decimal System

Frozen in Time by Chad Zuckoff

Nonfiction in two timelines, 1942 when several military planes crash in Greenland and the rescue attempts, and 2012 and the expedition to find the lost planes and remains.

9 - set in Mediterranean country


firekeepers daughter

10 - related to the word 'fire'

Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley, 320 pages

#ownvoices story of a teen half white, half Ojibwe as she struggles to fit in and when there's a death in the Native community, she gets drawn into the investigation

11 - book with discussion questions inside


12 - title starting with 'D'

Down the River Unto the Sea by Walter Moseley (award winner)

13 - includes an exotic animal

Beloved Beasts by Michelle Nijhous, 352 pages

14 - written by an author over 65 (when published)

My Life to Live by Agnes Nixon; 266 pages

15 - book mentioned in another book


16 - set before the 17th century

The Last Duel by Eric Jager

17 - character "on the run"


18 - author with 9 letter last name

City of the Lost #1 by Kelley Armstrong


19 - book with a deckled edge

The Huntress by Kate Quinn; 530 pages

Told in two timelines, 1942 and 1950, a trio of Nazi hunters follow the trail of a woman to America.

20 - made into TV series

Fatal Voyage #4 Brennan by Kathy Reichs; 448 pages

21 - book by Kristin Hannah

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

lager queen

22 - a family saga

The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J Ryan Stradal, 349 pages

A multi-generational saga of 3 strong women and how circumstances divide them and reconnect them

23 - an ending that surprises you


24 - book you think should be read in schools


hunting party

25 - book with multiple POV

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley; 320 pages

A group of friends go to a remote Scottish island to celebrate the New Year, murder occurs and we see the circumstances through the eyes of the various guests.

black water rising

26 - by an author of color

Black Water Rising #1 by Attica Locke, 430 pages

A look at the life of a struggling black lawyer as he faces racism and tries to find justice for his clients.

fifty things aren't my fault

27 - first chapter ends on an odd number

Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault by Cathy Guisewite; 336 pages

A series of essays by the creator of the Cathy comic strip as she muses about her current stage of life.

28 - includes a historical event you didn't know about

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

29 - featuring the environment


30 - watch out for dragons!

Nice Dragons Finish Last #1 by Rachel Aaron

31 - shares a similar title to another book


32 - has a selfish character


33 - featuring adoption


royal assassin

34 - book you'd rate 5 stars

Royal Assassin #2 Farseer by Robin Hobb; 675 pages

Fitz returns and gets embroiled in palace politics, falls in love, befriends a wolf, and tries to save his King.

35 - set in country starting with "S"


36 - a nameless narrator


creative habit

37 - educational read

The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp; 252 pages

The famous choreographer shares her insights on maintaining a creative lifestyle with lots of personal anecdotes, famous names, and applicable to all endeavors.

38 - recommended on Book Bub

Vanishing Half (The) by Brit Bennett

39 - alternative history novel


rough magic

40 - found via #bookstagram

Rough Magic by Lara Prior-Palmer

The memoir of a young woman who decides to ride the hardest horse race in the world (1000 km on wild ponies) - The Mongol Derby.

41 - endorsement by famous author on cover


42 - epistolary

Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher

43 - character with pet cat

Classified as Murder #2 by Miranda James; 294 pages

44 - includes a garden


45 - coming of age novel

Son of a Trickster #1 by Eden Robinson

46 - winner of National Book Award - any year

Round House (The) by Louise Erdrich

47 - character with a disability

Sitting Pretty by Rebekah Taussig, 256 pages

48 - cover with a woman who is facing away

Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian

49 - a flavor in the title

Salt Houses by Hala Alyan

50 - a shoe on the cover


gilded ones

51 - published in 2021

The Gilded Ones #1 by Namina Forna

A young woman is taken from her small village and becomes part of the King's exclusive all female army. YA Fantasy

52 - redo any of the previous categories