2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge – COMPLETED!!

Well hello again readers!

Happy New Year/Holiday Season/start of January, depending on your particular belief system. I hope you have had an excellent couple of weeks!

So, after last years Grown Up Reading Challenge, I decided to have a go at the 2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge. There are a few more categories in this particular challenge than there were in last years, but I have gotten a bit faster at reading now. I have also found that I am reading more smoothly, given that I have worked reading into being an integral part of my daily routine. I also have an extensive (and rapidly growing!) TBR list, so a lot of these will hopefully apply to this challenge. It is also an excellent excuse to buy further books, but also to visit a library for the first time in way, way too long!

As with the challenges from last year, I will update this page with each book I read, as I finish reading them. Hope you find something here that you like the look of, and possibly would like to read!

Here are the categories:

1. A book recommended by a librarian – To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
2. A book that’s been on your TBR list for way too long – 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades, by Thomas Frank
3. A book of letters – Gems from Warren Buffett: Wit and Wisdom from 34 Years of Letters To Shareholders, by Mark Gavagan (ed.) and Warren Buffett
4. An audiobook – A Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs
5. A book by a person of color – How To Date A Brown Girl, by Junot Diaz
6. A book with one of the four seasons in the title – Wintersmith, by Terry Pratchett
7. A book that is a story within a story – At The Earth’s Core, by Edgar Rice Burroughs
8. A book with multiple authors – How To Write A Better Minor Thesis, by Paul Gruba and Justin Zobel
9. An espionage thriller – American Assassin, by Vince Flynn
10. A book with a cat on the cover – Magic Bites, by Ilona Andrews
11. A book by an author who uses a pseudonym – Glory In Death, by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts)
12. A bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read – Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman
13. A book by or about a person who has a disability – Unraveled, by Julie Daines
14. A book involving travel – The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien
15. A book with a subtitle – The Politics of Humanitarian Technology: Good Intentions, Unintended Consequences, and Insecurity, by Katja Lindskov Jacobsen
16. A book that’s published in 2017 – Hunted, by Megan Spooner
17. A book involving a mythical creature – The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
18. A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile – One for the Money, by Janet Evanovich
19. A book about food – Strawberry Shortcake Murder, by Joanne Fluke
20. A book with career advice – 2020: World of War, by Paul Cornish & Kingsley Donaldson
21. A book from a nonhuman perspective – Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White
22. A steampunk novel – Lady Mechanika Vols 1-3, by Joe Benitez
23. A book with a red spine – Cyber War Will Not Take Place, by Thomas Rid
24. A book set in the wilderness – The Hidden Life of Trees, by Peter Wohlleben
25. A book you loved as a child – A Visit To Fairyland, by Shirley Barber
26. A book by an author from a country you’ve never visited – Privacy, Security and Accountability, by Adam D. Moore
27. A book with a title that’s a character’s name – Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
28. A novel set during wartime – I Am David, by Anne Holm
29. A book with an unreliable narrator – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, by Lewis Carroll
30. A book with pictures – Lyra’s Oxford, by Philip Pullman
31. A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you – Skinwalker, by Faith Hunter
32. A book about an interesting woman – Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly
33. A book set in two different time periods – The Tulip Virus, by Danielle Hermans
34. A book with a month or day of the week in the title – Black Friday, by Alex Kava
35. A book set in a hotel – Nevermoor, Jessica Townsend
36. A book written by someone you admire – Rise of the Machines: the lost history of cybernetics, by Thomas Rid
37. A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017 – The Circle, by Dave Eggers
38. A book set around a holiday other than Christmas – Lord of the Wings, by Donna Andrews
39. The first book in a series you haven’t read before – Serpent (NUMA Files #1), by Clive Cussler
40. A book you bought on a trip – How To Read A Book, by Mortimer Adler & Charles van Doren
41. A book recommended by an author you love – Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck (Recommended by Barack Obama)
42. A bestseller from 2016 – The Barefoot Investor, by Scott Pape
43. A book with a family member term in the title – Hogfather, by Terry Pratchett
44. A book that takes place over a character’s life span – Practical Magic, by Alice Hoffman
45. A book about an immigrant or refugee  – Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford
46. A book from a genre/subgenre you’ve never heard of – Global Intelligence Oversight, by Zachary K. Goldman, Edited by  Samuel J. Rascoff (distributed industries)
47. A book with an eccentric character – The Little White Bird, by J.M. Barrie
48. A book that’s more than 800 pages – The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
49. A book you got from a used book sale – La Belle et la Bete, by Madame de Villneuve
50. A book that’s been mentioned in another book – A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle
51. A book about a difficult topic – Cyber Warfare and the Laws of War, by Heather Harrison Dinniss
52. A book based on mythology – Mort, by Terry Pratchett


Let me know what you’re reading, and if you have any suggestions for these categories. If you are doing a reading challenge of your own, I would love to hear about it!

C. Jaiyah
Featured and inset images: From the Popsugar Reading Challenge page, found here.

Categories: 2017 Reading Challenges, Reading Challenges

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