2019 PopSugar Reading Challenge

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

  1. A book becoming a movie in 2019
  2. A book that makes you nostalgic – Bedknob and Broomstick, Mary Norton
  3. A book written by a musician (fiction or nonfiction)
  4. A book you think should be turned into a movie – Sleeping Giants, Sylvain Neuvel
  5. A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads – Harry Potter y la Piedra Filosofal, J.K. Rowling
  6. A book with a plant in the title or on the cover – The Lost World, Arthur Conan Doyle
  7. A reread of a favourite book – Glory In Death, J.D. Robb
  8. A book about a hobby – Atomic Habits, James Clear (reading about psychology is a hobby of mine)
  9. A book you meant to read in 2018 – Moby Dick, Herman Melville
  10. A book with “pop”, “sugar”, or “challenge” in the title
  11. A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover – Madam C.J. Walker Builds A Business, Rebel Girls
  12. A book inspired by mythology, legend, or folklore – The Celtic Twilight, W.B. Yeats
  13. A book published posthumously
  14. A book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie
  15. A retelling of a classic
  16. A book with a question in the title
  17. A book set on a college or university campus
  18. A book about someone with a superpower – Aquaman Vol. 1: The Trench, Geoff Johns et al.
  19. A book told from multiple character POVs – Buried in Black, J.T. Patten
  20. A book set in space
  21. A book by two female authors
  22. A book with a title that contains “salty”, “sweet”, “bitter” or “spicy
  23. A book set in Scandinavia
  24. A book that takes place in a single day – The Night I Met Father Christmas, Ben Miller
  25. A debut novel – Home Fires, Fiona Lowe
  26. A book that’s published in 2019 – The Eyes of Tamburah, Maria V. Snyder
  27. A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature – The Little Vampire, Angela Sommer-Bodenburg
  28. A book recommended by a celebrity you admire
  29. A book with “love” in the title
  30. A book featuring an amateur detective – The Case of the Missing Marquess, Nancy Springer
  31. A book about family – The House With A Clock In Its Walls, John Bellairs
  32. A book written by an author from Asia, Africa, or South America
  33. A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in the title
  34. A book that includes a wedding – The Nutcracker, Alexandre Dumas
  35. 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
  36. A ghost story
  37. A book with a two-word title – Good Omens, Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
  38. A novel based on a true story
  39. A book revolving around a puzzle or game – The House at Baker Street, Michelle Birkby
  40. Your favourite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge – Nonfiction: New Technologies and the Law in War and Peace, Boothby


  1. A “cli-fi” (climate fiction) book
  2. A “choose-your-own-adventure” book
  3. An “own voices” book
  4. Read a book during the season it is set on – Computational Propaganda (because political season is always), Woolley & Howard
  5. A LitRPG book
  6. A book with no chapters, unusual chapter headings, or unconventionally numbered chapters – Greatest Mysteries of the Unexplained, Doncaster and Holland
  7. Two books that share the same title (1)
  8. Two books that share the same title (2)
  9. A book that has inspired a common phrase or idiom (e.g. Big Brother from 1984)
  10. 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

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3 replies

  1. 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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  1. Home Fires, Fiona Lowe – Printed Pages and Coffee

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