2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

In 2018, I decided to try the annual POPSUGAR Reading Challenge again. This year, I wanted to use my own books to complete the categories so I perused my unread bookshelf to find books that match as many of the categories as I can. Click to watch the video where I announced that

Below are the results that reflect how my 2018 reading choices matched some of the prompts:

  1. A book made into a movie you’ve already seen Life of Pi /Yann Martel
  2. True crime
  3. The next book in a series you started The Story of The Lost Child/ Elena Ferrante
  4. A book involving a heist
  5. Nordic noir
  6. A novel based on a real person The Girl They Left Behind by Roxanne Veletzos
  7. A book set in a country that fascinates you The Dry/Jane Harper – Set in Australia
  8. A book with a time of day in the title Midnight’s Children /Salman Rushdie
  9. A book with a villain or antihero Best Day Ever /Kaira Rouda
  10. A book about death or grief Sing, Unburied, Sing /Jesmyn Ward


  1. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym
  2. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist Disgrace /J. M. Coetzee 
  3. A book that is also a stage play or musical Vernon God Little /D B C Pierre
  4. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you Putney /Sofka Zinovieff
  5. A book about feminism The Mother of All Questions /Rebecca Solnit 
  6. A book about mental health Turtles All The Way Down /John Green
  7. A book that you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift Fear and Trembling /Amelie Nothomb
  8. A book by two authors I Funny /James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein
  9. Involving a sport
  10. By a local author The Sellout /Paul Beatty


  1. A book with your favorite color in the title The Color Purple /Alice Walker
  2. Alliteration in the title There There /Tommy Orange 
  3. About time travel The Outcasts of Time /Ian Mortimer 
  4. With a weather element in the title Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala 
  5. Set at sea The Woman In Cabin 10 /Ruth Ware
  6. With an animal in the title White Tiger /Aravind Adiga
  7. Set on a different planet  The Humans /Matt Haig
  8. With song lyrics in the title
  9. About or set on Halloween
  10. Characters who are twins The God of Small Things /Arundhati Roy


  1. A book mentioned in another book Lolita /Vladimir Nabokov
  2. A book from a celebrity book club The Bluest Eye /Toni Morrison (Oprah’s Book Club)
  3. A childhood classic you’ve never read  Pippi Longstocking /Astrid Lindgren
  4. Published in 2018 Surrender My Heart /L.G. O’Connor
  5. A past Goodreads Choice Award winner – Little Fires Everywhere /Celeste Ng
  6. A book set in the decade you were born in In A Free State /V.S. Naipaul
  7. Book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to  Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine /Gail Honeyman
  8. Book with an ugly cover The Mother Of All Questions /Rebecca Solnit 
  9. Involves a bookstore or a library The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George 
  10. A 2017 challenge prompt (book based on mythology) Circe /Madeline Miller
  1. A bestseller from the year you graduated high school
  2. A cyberpunk book
  3. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place I Am Not Your Negro /James Baldwin
  4. A book tied to your ancestry Brief History of Seven Killings / Marlon James
  5. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title
  6. An allegory The Buried Giant /Kazuo Ishiguro
  7. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you
  8. A micro history Cows, Pigs, Wars and Witches /Marvin Harris
  9. A book about a problem facing society today Winter /Ali Smith
  10. A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge





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