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Last year, I decided to do the 2019 Popsugar Reading Challenge and I failed miserably after only reading 6 books out of the 50 prompts… So, this year I decided I really wanted to give it a go and I realised that the only way I was likely to actually complete it was to make a set TBR to follow, with specific books for each prompt so I’ll know what I have to read to stay on track!
It’s taken me until the end of February to get organised enough to sit down and actually search for books for each prompt, but I really have the feeling that I’ll get at least half of these prompts completed this time around, if not all of them, keep your fingers crossed for me, please! I’ll add a green checkmark when I’ve completed a prompt so stay tuned to see how I go!
I thought that it would be a good way to stay accountable to put my Popsugar Reading Challenge TBR on my blog, but maybe you could also get inspiration for some prompts if you are doing this challenge too! Keep reading to find out what books I’ve picked for the challenge, also, massive shoutout to Noly from The Artsy Reader who helped me find books for loads of these, she’s the best, go check out her blog!
Popsugar Reading Challenge Prompts and TBR
📚 A book that’s published in 2020: Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibanez ✔️
📚 A book by a trans or non-binary author: I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
📚 A book with a great first line: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
📚 A book about a book club: The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
📚 A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
📚 A bildungsroman: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
📚 The first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
📚 A book with an upside-down image on the cover: And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness ✔️
📚 A book with a map: The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
📚 A book recommended by your favourite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club: Just One Day by Gayle Forman / I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella (I couldn’t choose so I added both 🤣).
📚 An anthology: Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture by Roxane Gay
📚 A book that passes the Bechdel test: Circe by Madeline Miller ✔️
📚 A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but is unrelated to it: Vicious by V.E. Schwab
📚 A book by an author with flora or fauna in their name: The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
📚 A book published the month of your birthday (January): Red Rising by Pierce Brown
📚 A book about or by a woman in STEM: Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
📚 A book that won an award in 2019: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
📚 A book on a subject you know nothing about: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
📚 A book with only words on the cover, no images or graphics: The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
📚 A book with a pun in the title: A Study in Charlotte by Britanny Cavallaro ✔️
📚 A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins: Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchel
📚 A book with a robot, cyborg or AI character: Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
📚 A book with a bird on the cover: Tapestry by Beth Duke ✔️
📚 A fiction or nonfiction book about a world leader: Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
📚 A book with “gold”, “silver” or “bronze” in the title: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
📚 A book by a WOC: Becoming by Michelle Obama
📚 A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
📚 A book you meant to read in 2019: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare ✔️
📚 A book about or involving social media: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline / One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
📚 A book that has a book on the cover: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
📚 A medical thriller: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
📚 A book with a made-up language: 1984 by George Orwell
📚 A book set in a country beginning with a “C”: Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
📚 A book you picked because the title caught your attention: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire ✔️
📚 A book with a three-word title: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
📚 A book with a pink cover: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (I’m adding this one because it’s one of the only pink books I own!)
📚 A Western: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
📚 A book by or about a journalist: Into the Wild by John Krakauer (it’s my favourite film, so of course, I had to choose this one)
📚 Read a banned book during Banned Books Week (27th Sep-3rd Oct): Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury / Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
📚 Your favourite prompt from a past Popsugard Reading Challenge: Retelling of a classic: Cinder by Marissa Meyer
📚 A book written by an author in their 20s: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
📚 A book with “20” or “twenty” in the title: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
📚 A book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement (20/20 vision): 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons
📚 A book set in Japan, host of the 2020 Olympics: Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden / Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
📚 A book set in the 1920s: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
📚 A book by an author who has written more than 20 books: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
📚 A book with more than 20 letters in its title: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
📚 A book published in the 20th century: To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
📚 A book from a series with more than 20 books: The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot)
📚 A book with a main character in their 20s: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
That’s all of them! Wow, 50 books is a lot, but hopefully, I’ll get at least halfway through, fingers crossed. I’m reading quite a few of these soon so I’ll be able to make quick work of some of these prompts! Is anybody feeling like buddy reading any of these books with me? Comment down below if you’re feeling adventurous or want to help me with this challenge! What challenges have you decided to do this year?
That’s all for now, I hope you liked this post and the books I picked for my TBR, see you soon,
Great list and good luck!
If you’re ever up to buddy reading The Goldfinch or Vicious, just let me know 😊
Thank you so much! Omg yes absolutely! I’ll have to wait to get home to France in June because they are at home, but when we can find a moment to read them I’d be so happy to do it with you 🥳🥰
I really should do this again. I put together a lot last year but haven’t really been keeping track. I’m thinking I need to do a tracking thread too. 🤔 Thanks for the idea!
You’re welcome! I can’t wait to see your list if you decide to do one, we might have some same books!