2019 Popsugar Reading Challenge

Anyone else here doing the 2019 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge? If you’re not familiar, POPSUGAR is an online magazine that curates articles targeted to meet young women’s interests. I’m not a regular reader but I do enjoy the prompts they recommend for their annual reading challenge and in previous years, I’ve compared my reading choices with their categories. click the years below to see how I did:

My strategies

  • I am starting early with the challenge list and I’ll keep this post updated with my progress throughout the year (red highlights means I have completed the category, followed by the book that satisfies the prompt) I will also include links to my review if I wrote about the book.
  • I have some books on my TBR that I know will satisfy a lot of these categories; what remains is to see if I actually read them 😉
  • I also joined this Goodreads group to meet other participants. 

1. A book becoming a movie in 2019
2. A book that makes you nostalgic
3. A book written by a musician (fiction or nonfiction)
4. A book you think should be turned into a movie The Known World /Edward P Jones 
5. A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads Jane Eyre /Charlotte Bronte
6. A book with a plant in the title or on the cover -Jonah’s Gourd Vine by Zora Neale Hurston 
7. A reread of a favorite book The Elected Member /Bernice Rubens
8. A book about a hobby
9. A book you meant to read in 2018 – The Unhappiness of A Single Man by Franz Kafka (I downloaded this Netgalley e-copy and meant to read and review it last year but only finally got around to reading in January)
10. A book with POP, SUGAR, or CHALLENGE in the title
11. A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover
12. A book inspired by myth/legend/folklore – Pretty In Punxsutawney inspired by Groundhog Day
13. A book published posthumously
14. A book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie – An American Marriage /Tayari Jones 
15. A retelling of a classic – Pride and Prejudice in Pakistan?
16. A book with a question in the title
17. A book set on college or university campus
18. A book about someone with a superpower
19. A book told from multiple POVs
20. A book set in space
21. A book by two female authors – Me, Myself and I – this collection includes essays by several women writing about their own hair and hair-raising experiences 
22. A book with SALTY, SWEET, BITTER, or SPICY in the title
23. A book set in Scandinavia (truly Denmark, Norway and Sweden – Beartown/Fredrik Backman (set in Sweden) 
24. A book that takes place in a single day
25. A debut novel – Where the Crawdads Sing /Delia Owens 
26. A book that’s published in 2019 – Brief Chronicles of Another Stupid Heartbreak /Adi Alsaid

27. A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature The Sea, The Sea /Iris Murdoch
28. A book recommended by a celebrity you admire – Golden Child by Claire Adam, recommend by SJP
29. A book with LOVE in the title
30. A book featuring an amateur detective – The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle /Stuart Turton 
31. A book about a family – The Death of Mrs. Westaway /Ruth Ware
32. A book author from Asia, Africa, or South America – One Part Woman by Perumal Murugan (Indian)
33. A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in title
34. A book that includes a wedding – Girls Burn Brighter /Shobha Rao 
35. A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter – Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
36. A ghost story
37. A book with a two-word title Staying On /Paul Scott
38. A novel based on a true story – Stay Up With Hugo Best /Erin Somers is based on the life and career of David Letterman
39. A book revolving around a puzzle or game – An Absolutely Remarkable Thing /Hank Green 
40. Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading challenge (From the 2017 challenge: A book by a person of color) – The Fire Next Time /James Baldwin 

Advanced

41. A “cli-fi” (climate fiction) book
42. A “choose-your-own-adventure” book
43. An “own voices” book – New People by Danzy Senna  about being biracial in America
44. Read a book during the season it is set in
45. A LitRPG book(Hank Green’s book could potentially be used for this challenge instead of # 39)
46. A book with no chapters / unusual chapter headings / unconventionally numbered chapters
47. Two books that share the same title – Rites of Passage /John Golding
48. Two books that share the same title – Rites of Passage /
49. A book that has inspired a common phrase or idiom
50. A book set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage, or convent

12 Comments Add yours

  1. queenpea77 says:

    That looks like fun. All the best with it! Look forward to seeing what books you read.

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Thanks, Queen. It’s fun to see how my reading matches up with these categories, even if I don’t actively choose the books during the year. Are you participating in a reading challenge this year?

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      1. queenpea77 says:

        Not an official one no. My challenge this year is to get through a section of my TBR list. I made a list of my top TBRs and a wish list of books I haven’t got yet but want to read. For every two books read on the TBR list I can reward myself with a book from the wishlist. Not very original but I have a lot of unread book lying about so it would be a good discipline for me.

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      2. Run Wright says:

        Nice. There is an instagram challenge called The Unread Shelf project that I am planning to do too. The goal is to count the books on your physical TBR and predict how many of them you’ll read during the year. I haven’t officially started yet because I need to sort my books first. I’ll probably write a blog post about it soon.

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      3. queenpea77 says:

        Good luck! Look forward to reading the post too.

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Thanks! What reading challenges are you doing this year?

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      1. Probably just goodreads 🙂

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      2. Run Wright says:

        Ah, that can be enough 😉

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  2. karalmiddleton says:

    I’m doing this challenge! I’m doing MMD too, and The Reading Women Challenge. I think I’m crazy. 😂

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    1. Run Wright says:

      You’re not crazy, you’re just an enthusiastic reader – is there any other kind? BTW I love meeting people with ambitious reading goals

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    2. Run Wright says:

      Do you still have a blog?

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