2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge

Well beautiful nerds, it is once again that time of year! When, fresh from Christmas and New Year, sparkling new books at the tippy-top of our TBRs, we commit to reading a truly astonishing number of books in the year to come

Now, like many of you, I sure as heck do not need any help whipping my TBR into dazzling form; it is quite intimidating enough and I can certainly reach the GoodReads 50-book challenge I set for myself without ever requiring reading prompts.


I like to use reading prompts because I find that as I get older, I’m less likely to stray out of the bounds of my favourite genres when at the library or bookstore, and considering how voracious a reader I was as a child and how little I cared which genre I was reading, that’s a little discouraging. So in 2017, I committed to the PopSugar Reading Challenge, and I liked it so much that I decided to attempt the 2018 Reading Challenge as well!

The original PopSugar graphic for the reading challenge is to the right, and if you click on the picture it’ll take you to the original posts on the PopSugar website; they have printables and all sorts, very helpful people. This post is my own list of books read for this challenge, and I have links to the books on Book Depository if you like the sound of any of them 🙂

These are the categories for the 2018 Reading Challenge:

  1. A book made into a movie you’ve already seen
  2. True crime
  3. The next book in a series you started
  4. A book involving a heist
  5. Nordic noir
  6. A novel based on a real person
  7. A book set in a country that fascinates you
  8. A book with a time of day in the title
  9. A book about a villain or antihero
  10. A book about death or grief – The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
  11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym – Immortal in Death, J.D. Robb
  12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist
  13. A book that is also a stage play or musical
  14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you
  15. A book about feminism
  16. A book about mental health
  17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift
  18. A book by two authors – Loki’s Wolves, K.L. Armstrong & M.A. Marr
  19. A book about or involving a sport
  20. A book by a local author
  21. A book with your favourite colour in the title
  22. A book with alliteration in the title – Homicide in Hardcover, Kate Carlisle
  23. A book about time travel
  24. A book with a weather element in the title – Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan
  25. A book set at sea
  26. A book with an animal in the title
  27. A book set on a different planet
  28. A book with song lyrics in the title
  29. A book about or set on Halloween
  30. A book with characters who are twins
  31. A book mentioned in another book
  32. A book from a celebrity book club
  33. A childhood classic you’ve never read
  34. A book that’s published in 2018
  35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner
  36. A book set in the decade you were born
  37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to
  38. A book with an ugly cover
  39. A book that involves a bookstore or library
  40. Your favourite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges


  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
  4. A book tied to your ancestry
  5. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title
  6. An allegory – Lord of the Flies, William Goulding
  7. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you
  8. A microhistory
  9. A book about a problem facing society today
  10. A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge


Is anyone else doing any reading challenges this year? If you are, or if you have any recommendations for any of the above prompts, please sound off in the comments!



Categories: 2018 Reading Challenges, Reading Challenges

2 replies

  1. I did it one year it was fun!


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