Image via the POPSUGAR website

Disclosure
-This post may contain affiliate links. This just means that if you click a link and decide to buy a book, I may make a small commission at no additional cost to you. Your support will help keep this blog up and running, thank you!

In an effort to read more diversely this year, I decided to join a few friends in participating in the 2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge. It’s been a great way to challenge myself to read outside of my comfort zone (although, let’s be real here, this is me, and I definitely used romance novels to complete some of these challenges). I doubt I would have read Rules of Civility, or Happiness, without the extra boost from the Challenge (or Reese Witherspoon telling me to). 

Below, I have included this year’s prompts and my pick for each prompt (obviously subject to change for prompts I haven’t completed yet, based on my whims and moods). Completed prompts are crossed out. 

MAIN CHALLENGE PROMPTS (29/42)

  1. A book made into a movie you’ve already seen: Jurassic Park
  2. True Crime: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
  3. The next book in a series you started: The Day of the Duchess
  4. A book involving a heist: The Great Train Robbery
  5. Nordic noir: Still Waters
  6. A novel based on a real person: My Dear Hamilton
  7. A book set in a country that fascinates you: Next Year in Havana (Cuba)
  8. A book with a time of day in the title: Just One Night
  9. A book about a villain or antihero: Emma (audiobook)
  10. A book about death or grief: The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying
  11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
  13. A book that is also a stage play or musical: A Hamilton Revolution
  14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you: The Kiss Quotient
  15. A book about feminism: Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
  16. A book about mental health: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
  17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift: Rules of Civility
  18. A book by two authors: Love and Other Words
  19. A book about or involving a sport: Beartown
  20. A book by a local author: Black Panther Vol. 1 (Ta-Nehisi Coates is a DC resident)
  21. A book with your favorite color in the title: Red Card
  22. A book with alliteration in the title: Blade Bound (Chicagoland Vampires)
  23. A book about time travel: The Jane Austen Project 
  24. A book with a weather element in the title: Marrying Winterbourne (review)
  25. A book set at sea: The Odyssey
  26. A book with an animal in the title: Love, Life, and Elephants: An African Love Story
  27. A book set on a different planet: The Little Prince
  28. A book with song lyrics in the title: I Think I Love You
  29. A book about or set on Halloween: The Last Equation of Issac Severy
  30. A book with characters who are twins: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  31. A book mentioned in another book: Pride and Prejudice (mentioned in Matilda)
  32. A book from a celebrity book club: Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After (Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club)
  33. A childhood classic you’ve never read:Oh, The Places You’ll Go
  34. A book that’s published in 2018: Yes We (Still) Can
  35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  36. A book set in the decade you were born: Matilda
  37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to: Crazy Rich Asians
  38. A book with an ugly cover: I’m Judging You (great book, blah cover)
  39. A book that involves a bookstore or library: How to Find Love in a Bookshop
    Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges
  40. 2015 – A Book From an Author You Love That You Haven’t Read Yet:  A Princess in Theory
  41.  2016 – A Book with a Blue Cover:  Wild Hunger
  42. 2017 – A Book Where the Main Character is a Different Ethnicity than You:  A Duke by Default

ADVANCED CHALLENGE PROMPTS (7/10)

  1. A bestseller from the year you graduated high school: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
  2. A cyberpunk book: I am meh on this prompt, and was wholly uninterested in all the suggested titles. So instead of torturing myself, I’ve decided to just skip it. 
  3. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place: A Room With a View (audiobook)
  4. A book tied to your ancestry: Rebecca (just got my 23 & Me results back, and I am 38% French/German, so I figure that’s a fine excuse to read this)
  5. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title: Vodka and Apple Juice
  6. An allegory: Life of Pi
  7. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you: Only for You
  8. A microhistory: Foreign Service: Five Decades on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy
  9. A book about a problem facing society today: So You Want to Walk About Race
  10. A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge: The Importance of Being Earnest

Are you participating in the 2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge? If so, what has been your favorite book that you’ve read so far?

Join the Conversation

2 Comments

    1. It’s a very intense challenge! I am hoping to finish it this year, but it’s going to be tough. I fell behind in my reading pace in September and October while I was taking this semester’s class. I think for 2019, I will start earlier in the year, and set a monthly goal to meet.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: