Popsugar Reading Challenge 2020

Yes, here we go again! After skipped it for a year, I’m back into this game. Hopefully this year I can finish this challenge and read more great books along the way.

Here are the categories:

  1. A book that’s published in 2020: Home Before Dark (Riley Sager)
  2. A book by a trans or nonbinary author: Over the Top (Jonathan van Ness)
  3. A book with a great first line : Appointment with Death (Agatha Christie)
  4. A book about a book club: The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco (Laura DiSilverio)
  5. A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics : The Alice Network (London) (Kate Quinn)
  6. A bildungsroman: Washington Black (Esi Edugyan)
  7. The first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson)
  8. A book with an upside-down image on the cover: Our House (Louise Candlish)
  9. A book with a map: The Secret Runners of New York (Matthew Rilley) 
  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: Jacques (Tanya Ravenswater)
  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: The Silent Patient (Alex Michaelides)
  18. A book with a made-up language: The Book of Strange New Things (Michel Faber)
  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: Bookworm: a Memoir of Childhood Reading (Lucy Mangan)
  21. A book published the month of your birthday: My Sister, the Serial Killer (Oyinkan Braithewait, November 2018)
  22. A book about or by a woman in STEM: The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate (Jacqueline Kelly)
  23. A book that won an award in 2019: Girl, Woman, Other (Bernardine Evaristo)
  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: Geek Love (Katherine Dunn) – Pride, Envy, Greed, Lust
  28. A book with a robot, cyborg, or AI character: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  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: The Farm (Joanne Ramos)
  33. A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads: The Secret Key, Agatha Oddly #1 (Lena Jones)
  34. A book you meant to read in 2019: Pachinko (Min Jin Lee)
  35. A book with a three-word title: Nine Perfect Strangers (Liane Moriarty)
  36. A book with a pink cover: Milkman (Anna Burns)
  37. A Western: Hattie Big Sky (Kirby Larson)
  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 Madwoman Upstairs (Catherine Lowell)
  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): The Starless Sea (Erin Morgenstern)
  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: The Island of Adventure (Enid Blyton)
  7. A book with more than 20 letters in its title: The Clockmaker’s Daughter (Kate Morton)
  8. A book published in the 20th century: Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Truman Capote)
  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 20s: The Secrets We Kept (Lara Prescott)

Wish me luck!!