Hi again, Munchworms!
As I promised in my first blog, I’m going to give you the list of books I have read and still want to read to complete the Popsugar Reading Challenge. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a reading challenge that consists of a total of 52 prompts. 40 regular ones and 12 advanced ones. Since there are so many prompts, you’re bound to read books you wouldn’t have ever read otherwise.
I’ve read about different ways to go over this challenge. Some people just read whatever they want and try to add each book to one prompt, some use one book for several prompts. Others dive in and immediately add a book they want to read for every category. That’s what I did as well.
It took me a couple of days, but I just went ahead and made myself an Excel-file and linked a book to every prompt. In the end, I ended up switching books around when I found something that made a better fit or a book that I’d rather read.
So, are you guys ready? A list of 52 prompts!
|1. A book recommended by a librarian||Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo|
|2. A book that’s been on your TBR list for way too long||Dracula – Bram Stoker|
|3. A book of letters||Ladies of Letters – Carole Hayman & Lou Wakefield|
|4. An audiobook||Mary Poppins – Pamela L. Travers|
|5. A book by a person of color||Everything, everything – Nicola Yoon|
|6. A book with one of the four seasons in the title||A Summer at Sea – Katie Fforde|
|7. A book that is a story within a story||Interview with the Vampire – Anne Rice|
|8. A book with multiple authors||Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson & Robin Wasserman|
|9. An espionage thriller||The Chemist – Stephenie Meyer|
|10. A book with a cat on the cover||Living Dangerously – Katie Fforde|
|11. A book by an author who uses a pseudonym||Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare|
|12. A bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read||The Undomestic Goddess – Sophie Kinsella|
|13. A book by or about a person who has a disability||Before I Go To Sleep – S. J. Watson|
|14. A book involving travel||His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman|
|15. A book with a subtitle||Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things – Jenny Lawson|
|16. A book that’s published in 2017||My Sweet Revenge – Jane Fallon|
|17. A book involving a mythical creature||Maneater – Thomas Emson|
|18. A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile||The Charm Bracelet – Melissa Hill|
|19. A book about food||Recipe for Love – Katie Fforde|
|20. A book with career advice||Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination – J.K. Rowling|
|21. A book from a nonhuman perspective||The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane – Kate DiCamillo|
|22. A steampunk novel||Cinder – Marissa Meyer|
|23. A book with a red spine||Lips Touch Three Times – Laini Taylor|
|24. A book set in the wilderness||The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien|
|25. A book you loved as a child||Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling|
|26. A book by an author from a country you’ve never visited||Wicked Lovely – Melissa Marr|
|27. A book with a title that’s a character’s name||The Evolution of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin|
|28. A novel set during wartime||Atonement – Ian McEwan|
|29. A book with an unreliable narrator||The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins|
|30. A book with pictures||Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling|
|31. A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you||Shadowshaper- Daniel José Older|
|32. A book about an interesting woman||Men on the Menu – Bambi Smyth|
|33. A book set in two different time periods||The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger|
|34. A book with a month or day of the week in the title||Waiting for Wednesday – Nicci French|
|35. A book set in a hotel||The Shining – Stephen King|
|36. A book written by someone you admire||Lord of Shadows – Cassandra Clare|
|37. A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017||Ready Player One – Ernest Cline|
|38. A book set around a holiday other than Christmas||The house we grew up in – Lisa Jewell (Easter)|
|39. The first book in a series you haven’t read before||Sweet Evil – Wendy Higgins|
|40. A book you bought on a trip||Sweet Peril – Wendy Higgins|
|1. A book recommended by an author you love||Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell (Lauren Kate)|
|2. A bestseller from 2016||Heartless – Marissa Meyer|
|3. A book with a family member term in the title||Daughter of Smoke & Bone – Laini Taylor|
|4. A book that takes place over a character’s life span||The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August – Claire North|
|5. A book about an immigrant or refugee||Girl in Translation – Jean Kwok|
|6. A book from a genre/subgenre you’ve never heard of||Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman ( Slipstream)|
|7. A book with an eccentric character||Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs|
|8. A book that’s more than 800 pages||Winter – Marissa Meyer|
|9. A book you got from a used book sale||The Girl in Blue – Pauline Hunt|
|10. A book that’s been mentioned in another book||The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (Perks of Being a Wallflower)|
|11. A book about a difficult topic||Me Before You – Jojo Moyes|
|12. A book based on mythology||Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan|
So there you go! All crossed out prompts and books are ones that I’ve already read so far. Pretty sure you can say I’ve been on a huge reading spree this year already and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon. You may also notice that there are quite a few different genres present in my list. So another positive to this challenge is that you automatically start broadening your reading horizon – or at least I did.
Did you see books you’ve read or plan to read? Or do you have better ideas to fill some of the prompts? I’m always willing to switch them up some more, haha!
I already can’t wait to start the next Popsugar Reading Challenge. Did I peak your interest? Join me! It’s never too late to start a challenge. Especially a reading one!
Apart from the PRC, I’ve put myself on the task of preparing a challenge for next year as well. Nothing spectacular or special, but I’ve been keeping track of the number of pages I’ve read so far so that I can set my goal for next year. Maybe try to beat my record every year from now on. Do you guys already know how many pages you generally read a year?
Yeah, I guess you can say I like challenging myself. Any ideas for other fun challenges?
6 thoughts on “Popsugar Reading Challenge”
Such a cool idea! And you’re doing so well with it. I hope you like His Dark Materials, was one of my favorites since I was a pre-teen!
It’s really fun to do! I’ve been wanting to read His Dark Materials for quite some time so now I have the perfect reason to do so. As soon as I’ve read them, you’ll see my review popping up. 😀
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Great! Looking forward
This is such a cool challenge! You are doing really well so far!
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