As I’m finishing up a lackluster 2020 Popsugar performance (we’ll go more into that in the wrap-up) I’m looking forward to putting this year behind me and get to work on 2021. The new list was revealed on December 1st and I love it. There are so many great prompts and the Advance section is all TBR busters! Yesss!!!
Right now here is my plan. I’m pretty sure some of these will change or be switched around by the end. I do feel really confident going in with ideas for most of the prompts and the only ones left blank are because I had multiple options.
1 – A book that’s published in 2021: ?
2 – An Afrofuturist book: The Fifth Season
3 – A book that has a heart, diamond, club, or spade on the cover: Cards on the Table
4 – A book by an author who shares your zodiac sign: Wizard of Oz
5 – A dark academia book: If We Were Villains
6 – A book with a gem, mineral, or rock in the title: The Nickel Boys
7 – A book where the main character works at your current or dream job: Misery
8 – A book that has won the Women’s Prize For Fiction: The Song of Achilles
9 – A book with a family tree: Hidden Valley Road
10 – A bestseller from the 1990s: Into Thin Air
11 – A book about forgetting: The Buried Giant
12 – A book you have seen on someone’s bookshelf (in real life, on a Zoom call, in a TV show, etc.): Solutions and Other Problems
13 – A locked-room mystery: The Mystery of the Yellow Room
14 – A book set in a restaurant: Kitchen Confidential
15 – A book with a black-and-white cover: In the Woods
16 – A book by an Indigenous author: The Only Good Indians
17 – A book that has the same title as a song: Beloved
18 – A book about a subject you are passionate about: ?
19 – A book that discusses body positivity: The Body is Not an Apology
20 – A book found on a Black Lives Matter reading list: Stamped From the Beginning
21 – A genre hybrid: Greenwood
22 – A book set mostly or entirely outdoors: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
23 – A book with something broken on the cover: Broken Faith
24 – A book by a Muslim American author: Persepolis
25 – A book that was published anonymously: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
26 – A book with an oxymoron in the title: Say Nothing
27 – A book about do-overs or fresh starts: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
28 – A magical realism book: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
29 – A book set in multiple countries: The Midnight Library
30 – A book set somewhere you’d like to visit in 2021: The Little Stranger
31 – A book by a blogger, vlogger, YouTube video creator, or other online personality: Truth of the Divine
32 – A book whose title starts with “Q,” “X,” or “Z”: X-Men Omnibus
33 – A book featuring three generations (grandparent, parent, child): The House of the Spirits
34 – A book about a social justice issue: Carry
35 – A book in a different format than what you normally read: Horrorstor
36 – A book that has fewer than 1,000 reviews on Amazon or Goodreads: Once You Go In
37 – A book you think your best friend would like: ?
38 – A book about art or an artist: Kusama: The Graphic Novel
39 – A book everyone seems to have read but you: Kafka on the Shore
40 – Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge: Tender is the Flesh
1 – The longest book (by pages) on your TBR list: 2666
2 – The shortest book (by pages) on your TBR list: The Yellow WallPaper
3 – The book on your TBR list with the prettiest cover: The Fisherman
4 – The book on your TBR list with the ugliest cover: Carrie
5 – The book that’s been on your TBR list for the longest amount of time: One Hundred Years of Solitude
6 – A book from your TBR list you meant to read last year but didn’t: Whose Body?
7 – A book from your TBR list you associate with a favorite person, place, or thing: Ghostland
8 – A book from your TBR list chosen at random: ?
9 – A DNF book from your TBR list: Rogue Protocol (MB#3)
10 – A free book from your TBR list (gifted, borrowed, library): We Keep the Dead Close