2021 Pick Your Poison Reading Challenge

Run by Take a walk down Gregory Road.

Follow my progress in choosing and finally finalizing which books I’ll be reading for this challenge here on this spreadsheet! You can view, just not edit. But you can make a copy of it if you want to participate yourself. 🙂


I’ll keep track of finished books here and on my GoodReads bookshelf! I’m aiming for ‘Fortnightly’ (26 books).

…… looks like I’m going for a lot more than 26, goodness.

6 books to go for 2/2 (52 PickUP)! = 52 Books total


  • Challenges (3/4)
    • A book over 500 pages: Night’s Dawn #1: The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton (Completed March 1st 2021)
    • A book about overcoming obstacles: Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha (Completed July 1st)
    • A book you’ve set aside in the past because it was hard to get into: The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (Completed July 13th)
    • A book with the word “hard” in the title:
  • Things we don’t talk about (3/4)
    • A book with the word “naked” in the title: Night’s Dawn #3: The Naked God (Completed May 11th)
    • A book by a politician:
    • A book about oppression: Skyward #2: Starsight by Brandon Sanderson (Completed January 7th)
    • A book about terminal illness: The Lady Astronaut of Mars by Mary Robinette Kowal (Complete June 12th)
  • Drinking game (1/4)
    • A cozy mystery with a beverage in the title: The Champagne Conspiracy by Ellen Crosby (not read yet)
    • A book with a picture of an alcoholic beverage on the cover: Dark Arts and a Daiquiri (The Guild Codex: Spellbound Book 2) by Annette Marie (not read yet)
    • A book title that could be a drinking game: Queen of the Damned #2: Wicked Games by Kel Carpenter (Completed February 1st)
    • A nonfiction book about alcohol:
  • Shapes and colors (3/4)
    • A book with a primarily black cover: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (Completed May 30th)
    • A book with a shape-shifting character: Red’s Rangers by Rozie Marshall (Completed June 28th)
    • A book with a shape on the cover that reminds you of a Roschach test:
    • A book by an author whose name is a color: Red Rising Saga #1: Red Rising by Pierce Brown (Completed April 12th)
  • Shh… (2/4)
    • A book about secret societies/clubs: Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (not read yet) OR Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (not read yet)
    • A children’s book about bedtime: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown & illustrated by Clement Hurd (Completed June 28th)
    • A book with the word “secret” in the title: The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart (not read yet) OR Secret Keepers #2: The House of Imperial (not read yet)
    • A book with a peaceful cover: The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle (Completed April 5th)
  • Borrowing (4/4)
    • A book with a character from a different book: Soulwood #1: Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter (Completed June 10th)
    • A fairytale or myth retelling in a modern setting: American Gods by Neil Gaiman (Completed May 5th)
    • A book written by an author with a pseudonym: Newsflesh #1: Feed by Mira Grant (Completed June 22nd)
    • A book borrowed from the library: New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color, edited by Nisi Shawl (Completed July 15th)
  • Bringing the world into your home (3/4)
    • A book about hygge, feng shui, or home harmony:
    • A book about taking in a stranger: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini (Completed January 28th)
    • A book about a culture other than your own: The Persians by Aeschylus (Completed April 6th)
    • A book about how radio, television, or the internet has changed us: Neuromancer by William Gibson (Completed June 14th)
  • Weather (2/4)
    • A book with the word ‘snow’ in the title: The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge (Completed January 25th)
    • A nonfiction book about a weather related disaster: The Ice Storm: An Historic Record in Photographs of January 1998 by Mark Abley & Jennifer Robinson (not (re-)read yet)
    • A book with a picture of clear blue sky on the cover: Wayward Children #3: Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire (not read yet)
    • A book that comforts you on a rainy day: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, poetry (Completed February 7th)
  • Those bodies (2/4)
    • A book by a celebrity known for body positivity: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula k. le Guin (Completed May 29th) : le Guin on body positivity/reality, here.
    • A book with a picture of an ocean on the cover: The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune (not read yet)
    • A book with a dead body on the cover: Sherlock Holmes #1: A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle (not (re-)read yet)
    • A children’s book about body parts: Ma dent ne veut pas tomber! by Robert Munsch/Christiane Duchesne & illustrated by Michael Martchenko (Completed June 28th)
  • TBR burners (3+1 being read)/4)
    • A book that had been on your TBR list more than a year: Ringworld by Larry Niven (Completed April 3rd)
    • A book someone gave to you that you haven’t read yet: Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader 24-Karat Gold (currently reading)
    • Anything you want: Dune by Frank Herbert (Completed March 19th)
    • A book you’re excited to read: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (Completed May 27th)
  • Who’s in charge? (3/4)
    • A book about an empire: The Drowning Empire #1: The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart (not read yet) OR Malazan Book of the Fallen: Gardens of the Moon (not (re-)read yet) OR Winter’s Orbit? is that an empire? OR The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi (not read yet)
    • A book about a social movement: Murderbot Diaries #6: Fugitive Telemetry (Completed June 11th)
    • A book about being a first time parent: Mistress of Magic by Marion Zimmer Bradley (Completed June 19th)
    • A book about a cat: Sarah’s Scribbles #2: Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen (Completed July 1st) (It’s not ALL about the cat, but there’s a very important section on said cat and their relationship(s) with it, and other cats make appearances throughout the comic as well.)
  • Where you sleep at night (1/4)
    • A book about a hotel: The Shining by Stephen King (not read yet)
    • A book with the word “house” in the title: Secret Keepers #1: House of Darken by Jaymin Eve (Completed July 7th)
    • A book with a cabin on the cover: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (not read yet)
    • A book about a haunted house: Experiment in Terror #1: Darkhouse by Karina Halle (not read yet)
  • Ways to die (3/4)
    • A book with “poison” in the title: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder (not (re-)read yet) OR The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum (not read yet)
    • A book with a knife on the cover: Throne of Glass #1: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (Completed June 2nd)
    • A true crime murder story: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (Completed July 2nd)
    • A book about dealing with suicide: Night’s Dawn #2: The Neutronium Alchemist by Peter F. Hamilton (Completed March 28th) – the Laymil
  • Occupations (1+1 being read/4)
    • A book about a farmer:
    • A book about a librarian or bookseller: The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix (not read yet)
    • A book written by a college professor: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin (Completed March 10th)
    • A book about a scientist: The Effort by Claire Holroyde (currently reading)
  • Plaid (1+1 being read/4)
    • A book with a kilt on the cover: Highland #1: The Pride of Lions by Marsha Canham (Currently reading)
    • A book written by someone from Scotland: Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks (Completed July 10th)
    • A book with a plaid cover: McCabe Trilogy #1: In Bed With a Highlander by Maya Banks (not read yet)
    • A book with a flannel shirt on the cover:
  • Make ’em laugh (2/4)
    • A funny comic or graphic novel: Princess Princess Ever After by Kay O’Neill (Completed July 9th)
    • A book about a comedian: Shakespeare Stories (Top Ten) by Terry Deary, illustrated by Michael Thickner (not read yet)
    • A book with a pun in the title: Princeless, Book One by Jeremy Whitley, Mia Goodwin, Jung-ha Kim, & Dave Dwonch (Completed July 14th)
    • A book with someone laughing on the cover:
  • It’s all relative (3/4)
    • A book set in your grandparents’ era: Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal (not read yet) OR Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson (not read yet)
    • A book with the word “father” in the title: My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett (Completed June 17th)
    • A book you’d share with your child: Humans Are Weird: I Have the Data by Betty Adams (Completed February 6th)
    • A book about an estranged family: Abhorsen #4: Clariel by Garth Nix (Completed June 26th)
  • Reflections (1/4)
    • A book with a mirror on the cover: Claimed By The Goddess 1: Triad Found by Rozie Marshall (Completed July 15th)
    • A memoir: Shake Hands With the Devil by Romeo Dallaire (not (re-)read yet) OR Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson
    • A fiction book about reminiscing: Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout (not read yet)
    • A self help book: Calming the Emotional Storm by Van Dyjk
  • Putting 2020 behind us (2/4)
    • A book with a crowded cover: The De-Textbook: The Stuff You Didn’t Know About the Stuff You Thought You Knew by Cracked.com (Completed June 8th)
    • A book about self care or recovery: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (Completed June 27th)
    • A book set after a major world event (war, weather disaster, etc.): The Huntress by Kate Quinn (not read yet)
    • A book with the word “better” in the title: A Better Mousetrap by Mercedes Lackey (not read yet)
  • The tools of writing (2+1 being read/4)
    • A paperback book: Cage of Souls by Adrian Tchaikovsky (currently reading)
    • A book with a typewriter on the cover: Hercule Poirot #13: The A.B.C Murders by Agatha Christie (Completed May 28th)
    • A book with “words” in the title: John Cardinal and Lise Delorme Mystery #1: Forty Words for Sorrow by Giles Blunt (not read yet) OR The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K. le Guin (not read yet)
    • A book with “deadline” in the title: Newsflesh #2: Deadline by Mira Grant (Completed July 9th)
  • That creepy feeling (3/4)
    • A horror story or thriller: The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (Completed January 7th)
    • A book with an insect on the cover: Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (not read yet)
    • A book about something that scares you: Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant (Completed May 1st)
    • A book with a monster on the cover: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, original (Completed April 3rd)
  • Swashbuckling (3/4)
    • A book with a sword on the cover: The Witcher #1: Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski (Completed April 7th)
    • A book about pirates: The Princess Bride by William Goldman (Completed June 17th)
    • A rollicking adventure story: Dread Nation? The Atlantis Plague?
    • A book with a map on the cover: The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick (Completed April 8th)
  • Favorites (3/4)
    • A book by your favorite author: Stormlight Archive #2.5: Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson (Completed February 7th)
    • A book in your favorite genre: Mars Trilogy #2: Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson (Completed March 13th)
    • A book with your favorite color on the cover: (green/turquoise) Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant (Completed April 28th)
    • A book from a celebrity favorite list: The Overstory by Richard Powers (not read yet – recommended by Halle Berry)
  • Crossing boundaries (4/4)
    • A book about an interracial romance: Kindred by Octavia E. Butler (Completed June 28th)
    • A book about the immigrant experience: Loving Two Highlanders by Amber Carlton (Completed June 18th)
    • A book about reconciliation: Home Body by Rupi Kaur, poetry (Completed March 11th)
    • A book about cross dressing: Leviathan by Scott Westerfield (not read yet) or Twelfth Night or even The Burn of the Underworld by Megan Xuemei X (Completed July 5th)
  • Picture this (2/4)
    • A book with the word “picture” in the title: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (Complete June 22nd)
    • A book with a photograph on the cover: Zone One by Colson Whitehead (Completed June 24th)
    • A book by a journalist or news photographer: Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (not read yet)
    • An illustrated book: I am Princess X (Not read yet) OR The Art of War by Sun Tzu (not read yet – copy owned)
  • Generations (1/4)
    • A book about millennials: Sarah’s Scribbles: Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen (Completed June 27th)
    • A book about hippies: Summer of Love: A Time Travel by Lisa Mason (not read yet) OR Vineland by Thomas Pynchon (not read yet) OR Scripture of the Golden Eternity by Jack Kerouac (not read yet) OR One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
    • A book about baby boomers:
    • A book about flappers:
  • Wildcards (2/5)
    • A book by an author under 30: What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe (Completed June 9th)
    • A 2021 release: For the Wolf OR Sweet & Bitter Magic OR The Effort OR The Devil You Know OR Leviathan Falls OR Cytonic
    • A comic book: Monstress Volume 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu (not read yet) OR Check, Please! Book 1 or 2 (not read yet)
    • A book by two or more authors: The Expanse #5.5: The Vital Abyss by James S.A. Corey book (Completed May 29th) – two authors, one pseudonym
    • A collection of essays: Fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World by Anne Jamison & contributors (not read yet)

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