Popsugar Reading Challenge 2020

A few years ago I had another blog that I ran for about three years. During that time I tried to conquer the Popsugar Reading Challenge and FAILED!

The Popsugar is 40 different prompts (and 10 advance ones) and the challenge is to read one book for each prompt in one year. In past years I tried to figure out the books before the year began but I think that was part of my failure. There was no room for life and that things change all the time.

Along with inflexible, I also didn’t want to plan everything in advance because I don’t know all the books I’ll read next year. I really want to read the nominations for ‘Best Novel’ for both the Bram Stoker Awards and the Hugo Awards in 2020.

Those nominations don’t come out til Spring 2020, so that’s about eleven books with a big fat question mark beside them.

With that in mind, I decided to pick out books for prompts that were narrower in focus and leave the broad ones for later down the road. So out of the general 40 I have 25 picked, and 6 out of the 10 advance ones.

Are you participating in the 2019 Popsugar? How is it going so far? How are you approaching the 2020 Popsugar challenge?

To find a downloadable version of the list and more info go here.

Blue = Picked

Green = To be decided


1 A Book that is Published in 2020

Axiom’s End – Lindsay Ellis

2 A Book by a Trans or Nonbinary Author

An Unkindness of Ghosts – Rivers Solomon

3 A Book with a Great First Line

4 A Book about a Book Club

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows

5 A Book set in a City that has hosted the Olympics

6 A Bildungsroman

Dune – Frank Herbert

7 The first Book you touch on a Shelf with your Eyes closed

8 A Book with an Upside Down Image on the Cover

This is How you Lose the Time War – Amal El-Mohtar

9 A Book with a Map 

The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

10 Book Recommended by your Favorite Blog, Vlog, Podcast or Online Book Club

Under the Banner of Heaven – Jon Krakauer

11 An Anthology 

Invisible Planets – Ken Liu (Editor)

12 A Book that Passes the Bechel Test

13 A Book with the same Title as a Movie or a TV series but is not connected

14 A Book by an Author with Flora or Fauna in their Name

The Last Unicorn – Peter S. Beagle

15 A Book published the month of your Birthday

Exhalation – Ted Chiang

16 A Book about or by a Woman in STEM

The Calculating Stars – Mary Robinette Kowal

17 A Book that won an Award in 2019

18 A Book on a Subject you know Nothing About

Dead Wake – Erik Larson

19 A Book with Only Words on the Cover, no Images or Graphics

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders – Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry

20 A Book with a Pun in the Title

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1: Squirrel Power – Ryan North

21 A Book Featuring One of the Seven Deadly Sins

22 A Book with a Robot, Cyborg, or AI Character

23 A Book with a Bird on the Cover

The Strange Bird – Jeff Vandermeer

24 A Fiction or Nonfiction Book about a World Leader

The Once and Future King – T.H. White

25 A Book with ‘Gold’, ‘Silver’, or ‘Bronze’ in the Title

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer – Michelle McNamara

26 A Book by a WOC

27 A Book with at Least a 4-Star Rating on Goodreads

28 A Book you Meant to Read in 2019

29 A Book about or involving Social Media

Twittering from the Circus of the Dead – Joe Hill

30 A Book that has a Book on the Cover

The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Safon

 31 A Medical Thriller

Lock In – John Scalzi

32 A Book with a Made-Up Language

33 A Book set in a Country beginning with “C”

34 A Book you picked because the Title caught your attention

35 A Book with a Three Word Title

36 A Book with a Pink Title

Severance – Ling Ma

37 A Western

Unbury Carol – Josh Malerman

38 A Book by or about a Journalist

Going Clear – Lawrence Wright

39 Read a Banned Book during Banned Books Week

The Witches – Roald Dahl

40 Your Favorite Prompt from a Past Popsugar Challenge

The Turn of the Screw – Henry James (2019 – Reread of a Favorite Book)


1 A Book written by Author in their 20s

2 A Book with ‘20’ or ‘Twenty’ in the Title

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne

3 A Book with a Character with a Vision Impairment or Enhancement (a nod to 20/20 vision) 

Daredevil Graphic Novel

4 A Book set in Japan, the host of the 2020 Olympics

Kafka on the Shore – Murakami

5 A Book by an Author who has written more than 20 Books

Carrie – Stephen King

6 A Book set in the 1920s

The Mysterious Affair at Styles – Agatha Christie 

7 A Book with more than 20 Letters in its Title

8 A Book Published in the 20th Century

9 A Book from a Series with more than 20 Books

Death on the Nile – Agatha Christie 

10 A Book with a Main Character in their 20’s

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