Reading Challenege

PopSugar’s 2018 Reading Challenge

 The time has come to start getting hyped for 2018. Last Thursday, as I was minding my own business and aimlessly wandering the internet, all of a sudden a figurative bomb was dropped and the rest of my day was consumed.

It’s POPSUGAR time!

When it comes to Reading Challenges this one seems to be the most popular, or at least close to it. I’ve been wanting to take part for the last couple of years and 2018 is going be the year.

Here is the complete list of prompts. The reader just needs to find books that match the 40 different prompts, like a big ol’ scavenger hunt. PopSugar also has an Advanced section, with 12 more potentially difficult searches.

Below is my picks for the General list. If I complete these then I’ll take a crack at the Advanced list.

Anybody else planning on tackling this beast next year?


General List for 2018:

1 A book made into a movie you’ve already seen

     Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card

2 True crime

     American Fire – Monica Hesse

3 The next book in a series you started

     The Magician’s Land – Lev Grossman

4 A book involving a heist

     The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber – Julian Rubinstein

5 Nordic noir

     Let the Right One In – John Ajvide Lindqvist

6 A novel based on a real person

     I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

7 A book set in a country that fascinates you

     The WindUp Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami

8 A book with a time of day in the title

     The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

9 A book about a villain or antihero

     Macbeth – William Shakespeare  

10 A book about death or grief

     From Here to Eternity – Caitlin Doughty 

11 A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Bronte

12 A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist

Two Boys Kissing – David Levithan

13 A book that is also a stage play or musical

Fun Home – Alison Bechdel

14 A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you

Pachinko – Min Jin Lee

15 A book about feminism

We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

16 A book about mental health

Turtles All the Way Down – John Green

17 A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift

To The Bright Edge of the World – Eowyn Ivey

18 A book by two authors

Good Omens – Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman

19 A book about or involving a sport

Bear Town – Fredrik Backman

20 A book by a local author

Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates

21 A book with your favorite color in the title

     The Color Purple – Alice Walker

22 A book with alliteration in the title

    Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert A. Heinlein

23 A book about time travel

     Kindred – Octavia Butler

24 A book with a weather element in the title

     The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafron

25 A book set at sea

     Dead Wake – Erik Larson

26 A book with an animal in the title

     Bird Box – Josh Malerman

27 A book set on a different planet

     The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

28 A book with song lyrics in the title

     Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote

29 A book about or set on Halloween

     The Halloween Tree – Ray Bradbury

30 A book with characters who are twins

     The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield

31 A book mentioned in another book

     Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne

32 A book from a celebrity book club

     The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver

33 A childhood classic you’ve never read

     The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster

34 A book that’s published in 2018

     A Reaper at the Gates – Sabaa Tahir

35 A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner

     Life After Life – Kate Atkinson

36 A book set in the decade you were born

     Tell the Wolves I’m Home – Carol Rifka Brunt

37 A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to

     Jane Steele – Lyndsay Faye

38 A book with an ugly cover

     One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

39 A book that involves a bookstore or library

     The Library at Mount Char – Scott Hawkins

40 Your favorite prompt from the 2015 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges: 2017’s A book involving a mythical creature

     The Golem and the Jinni – Helene Wecker


8 thoughts on “PopSugar’s 2018 Reading Challenge

  1. I loved this year’s Popsugar Reading Challenge but in 2018’s list there are some prompts that I just can’t see myself in, at all.. So I’ve decided to skip the complete reading challenge and make my own one instead, haha. Still have to make it, but I’ll probably be using some of the prompts and add in prompts from other reading challenges as well. 😀

    Have fun!!

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    1. I was fortunate to find books that I was genuinely interested in for the prompts.
      I might run into trouble with the Advance section, which is one of the reason why I’m not putting any stress on myself to complete that section.

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      1. It’s awesome that’s the case for you!
        I’m only three books off of finishing this year’s challenge and I already know I’ll be parading as proud as a peacock the moment I do, haha.
        The challenge shouldn’t be stressful, so you’re smart for not “officially” taking it on (yet). 🙂

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