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Oh boy! It’s been a while (or forever) since the last time I updated this blog. I focused too much on fulfilling my Goodreads challenge (100 books!) and neglected reviewing the books here :(

And the bad news is I won’t be able to finish my Goodreads challenge anyway XD (I changed the number from 100 to 90 now). So next year I think I will not be too ambitious in number, but decided to join (again) the Popsugar Reading Challenge to spice up my game.

So here is the list of the challenge:

  1. A book that’s published in 2020: The Glass Hotel (Emily St. John Mandel)
  2. A book by a trans or nonbinary author: Nevada (Imogen Binnie)
  3. A book with a great first line : Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
  4. A book about a book club: The Agatha Christie Book Club (CA Larmer)
  5. A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics : The Alice Network (London) (Kate Quinn)
  6. A bildungsroman: Anne of Green Gables (LM Montgomery)
  7. The first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed: TBD
  8. A book with an upside-down image on the cover: Fleishman is in Trouble (Taffy Brodesser-Akner)
  9. A book with a map: Winnie the Pooh (AA Milne)
  10. A book recommended by your favorite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club: The Snowman (Jo Nesbo)
  11. An anthology: Modern Love: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Redemption (Daniel Jones)
  12. A book that passes the Bechdel test: Beloved (Toni Morrison)
  13. A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but is unrelated to it: Inside Out (Demi Moore)
  14. A book by an author with flora or fauna in their name: Crenshaw (Katherine Applegate)
  15. A book about or involving social media: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed (Jon Ronson)
  16. A book that has a book on the cover: Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonder (Julianna Baggott)
  17. A medical thriller: Unwind (Neal Shusterman)
  18. A book with a made-up language: TBD
  19. A book set in a country beginning with “C”: The Painted Veil (China) (W. Somerset Maugham)
  20. A book you picked because the title caught your attention: TBD
  21. A book published the month of your birthday: The Starless Sea (November 2019) (Erin Morgenstern)
  22. A book about or by a woman in STEM: The Signature of All Things (Elizabeth Gilbert)
  23. A book that won an award in 2019: The Overstory (Pulitzer Prize) (Richard Powers)
  24. A book on a subject you know nothing about: From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death (Caitlin Doughty)
  25. A book with only words on the cover, no images or graphics: Franny and Zooey (JD Salinger)
  26. A book with a pun in the title: Red, White & Royal Blue (Casey McQuiston)
  27. A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins: The Middlestein (Glutony) (Jamie Attenberg)
  28. A book with a robot, cyborg, or AI character: TBD
  29. A book with a bird on the cover: The House of Birds (Morgan McCarthy)
  30. A fiction or nonfiction book about a world leader: The President is Missing (Bill Clinton and James Patterson)
  31. A book with “gold,” “silver,” or “bronze” in the title: The Golden Tresses of the Dead (Alan Bradley)
  32. A book by a WOC: Children of Blood and Bone (Tomi Adeyemi)
  33. A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Michael Chabon)
  34. A book you meant to read in 2019: Pachinko (Min Jin Lee)
  35. A book with a three-word title: The Clockmaker’s Daughter (Kate Morton)
  36. A book with a pink cover: Milkman (Anna Burns)
  37. A Western: Inland (Tea Obreht)
  38. A book by or about a journalist: She Said (Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey
  39. Read a banned book during Banned Books Week: The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
  40. Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge: White Chrysanthemum (a book with a plant in the title cover – 2019) (Mary Lynn Bracht)

Advanced, 2020 Edition

  1. A book written by an author in their 20s: The Luminaries (Eleanor Catton)
  2. A book with “20” or “twenty” in the title: Twenty-four Days Before Christmas (Madeline L’Engle)
  3. A book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement (a nod to 20/20 vision): Because of Winn Dixie (Kate DiCamillo)
  4. A book set in the 1920s: The Secret Adversary (Agatha Christie)
  5. A book set in Japan, host of the 2020 Olympics: Convenience Store Woman (Sayaka Murata)
  6. A book by an author who has written more than 20 books: Enid Blyton (TBD)
  7. A book with more than 20 letters in its title: The Bookshop of Yesterdays (Amy Meyerson)
  8. A book published in the 20th century: Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck)
  9. A book from a series with more than 20 books: Hercule Poirot (TBD)
  10. A book with a main character in their 20s: The Story of a New Name (Elena Ferrante)

So– 50 books for the challenge doesn/t seem so bad, right? And hopefully I can read few other books as well so the final number wouldn’t be too disappointing 😀

I’ll make a separate page for this challenge and update the progress there.

Wish me luck for 2020!!!!