Happy New Year my lovely nerds!
First things first: last year was rough. 2018 was a heinous bitch and I’m not afraid to admit it. Even for reading, I found it a real struggle to meet my challenge last year (I haven’t actually updated the post with titles read) so I’m still not actually certain that I did manage it. We’ll see!
2019, I have committed to the PopSugar challenge again and I really, really want to be better organized about actually choosing books for each prompt and getting through them this time. I had to read like six novellas/short stories between 29 and 31 December 2018 just to meet the Goodreads challenge -_- I was unimpressed with myself! SO! Time management is going to be a focus this year, as well as actually reading the books I already have oh my god.
I decided to meet as many of the 2019 PopSugar challenge prompts as possible using books I already have on my shelves, so we’ll see how that goes as the year goes on. Challenge prompts are on the original graphic inset to the right (clicking on it should take you to the PopSugar page) and they’re also listed below, because I like to link you to the books I choose for each prompt just in case you’re interested in them. I will say that I do use affiliate links, because books are expensive and I am a grad student 😀
I really enjoy these prompted challenges, because it forces you to read beyond your ‘comfortable’ reading genre and material. I’ve been trying to do that more as I get older, so these challenges suit me very well.
2019 PopSugar Challenge Prompts
- A book becoming a movie in 2019
- A book that makes you nostalgic – Bedknob and Broomstick, Mary Norton
- A book written by a musician (fiction or nonfiction)
- A book you think should be turned into a movie – Sleeping Giants, Sylvain Neuvel
- A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads – Harry Potter y la Piedra Filosofal, J.K. Rowling
- A book with a plant in the title or on the cover – The Lost World, Arthur Conan Doyle
- A reread of a favourite book – Glory In Death, J.D. Robb
- A book about a hobby – Atomic Habits, James Clear (reading about psychology is a hobby of mine)
- A book you meant to read in 2018 – Moby Dick, Herman Melville
- A book with “pop”, “sugar”, or “challenge” in the title
- A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover – Madam C.J. Walker Builds A Business, Rebel Girls
- A book inspired by mythology, legend, or folklore – The Celtic Twilight, W.B. Yeats
- A book published posthumously
- A book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie
- A retelling of a classic
- A book with a question in the title
- A book set on a college or university campus
- A book about someone with a superpower – Aquaman Vol. 1: The Trench, Geoff Johns et al.
- A book told from multiple character POVs – Buried in Black, J.T. Patten
- A book set in space
- A book by two female authors
- A book with a title that contains “salty”, “sweet”, “bitter” or “spicy
- A book set in Scandinavia
- A book that takes place in a single day – The Night I Met Father Christmas, Ben Miller
- A debut novel – Home Fires, Fiona Lowe
- A book that’s published in 2019 – The Eyes of Tamburah, Maria V. Snyder
- A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature – The Little Vampire, Angela Sommer-Bodenburg
- A book recommended by a celebrity you admire
- A book with “love” in the title
- A book featuring an amateur detective – The Case of the Missing Marquess, Nancy Springer
- A book about family – The House With A Clock In Its Walls, John Bellairs
- A book written by an author from Asia, Africa, or South America
- A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in the title
- A book that includes a wedding – The Nutcracker, Alexandre Dumas
- A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter – His Finest Hour: A Brief Life of Winston Churchill, Christopher Catherwood
- A ghost story
- A book with a two-word title – Good Omens, Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
- A novel based on a true story
- A book revolving around a puzzle or game – The House at Baker Street, Michelle Birkby
- Your favourite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge – Nonfiction: New Technologies and the Law in War and Peace, Boothby
ADVANCED READING PROMPTS
- A “cli-fi” (climate fiction) book
- A “choose-your-own-adventure” book
- An “own voices” book
- Read a book during the season it is set on – Computational Propaganda (because political season is always), Woolley & Howard
- A LitRPG book
- A book with no chapters, unusual chapter headings, or unconventionally numbered chapters – Greatest Mysteries of the Unexplained, Doncaster and Holland
- Two books that share the same title (1)
- Two books that share the same title (2)
- A book that has inspired a common phrase or idiom (e.g. Big Brother from 1984)
- A book set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage, or convent
If you’re doing the PopSugar (or any other!) Reading Challenge this year, let me know what you’re reading and if you have any suggestions for me!
Inset image: from the Popsugar website (image is hyperlinked)
Categories: 2019 Reading Challenges, Reading Challenges
I love the Popsugar reading challenge, but I decided not to do it this year in favor of working through some personal reading goals of mine. I’m probably going to jump back on board in 2020, though!
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I totally understand; one of my personal goals for this year is to use AS MANY OF THE BOOKS ON MY TBR as possible for this challenge; I really need to make a dent in my pile of unread books!
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