I’ve had one continuous goal for the past few years of “read more”. As I’ve said previously though, that’s too vague and I never really have a way of determining whether I completed the goal.
A few years ago I stumbled upon the PopSugar Reading Challenge. Essentially the folks over at PopSugar came up with 50 categories and it was your mission (should you choose to accept) to find a book (and read it) that fits each category.
The first year I set out with the goal to read all 52 novels (one category was a trilogy) and I failed miserably. I read 16 books in 2015. When the next year’s list was published, I thought to myself, do I want to do this again? The answer was yes I did, but this time I can’t think of reading 16 books as failure. That was 10 more books than the previous year with a full-time job.
So every year I set about picking my books for the reading challenge and my goal is to read more books than the previous year. It could be one more book or 7 more books. Just read a little more than before.
So without further ado, here is my list of books for the 2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge:
|True crime||Adnan’s Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial by Rabia Chaudry|
|The next book in a series you started||King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard|
|A book involving a heist||Heist Society by Ally Carter|
|A novel based on a real person||The Woman on the Orient Express by Lindsay Jayne Ashford|
|A book set in a country that fascinates you||Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier|
|A book with a time of day in the title||Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare|
|A book about a villain or anti-hero||Heartless by Marissa Meyer|
|A book about death or grief||The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas|
|A book with a female author with a male pseudonym||Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte|
|A book with a LGBTQ+ protagonist||A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab|
|A book that is also a stage play or musical||The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon|
|A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you||The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh|
|A book about feminism||The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood|
|A book about mental health||The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli|
|A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift||A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness|
|A book by two authors||The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg|
|A book about or involving a sport||Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie|
|A book by a local author||Love by the Book by Melissa Pimentel|
|A book with your favorite color in the title||Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier|
|A book with alliteration in the title||Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger|
|A book about time travel||Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs|
|A book with a weather element in the title||A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Mass|
|A book set at sea||The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware|
|A book with an animal in the title||To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee|
|A book set on a different planet||These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman|
|A book with song lyrics in the title||Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro|
|A book about or set on Halloween||The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman|
|A book with characters who are twins||In The Woods by Tana French|
|A book mentioned in another book||The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde|
|A book from a celebrity book club||The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi|
|A childhood classic that you’ve never read||Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery|
|A book that’s published in 2018||War Storm by Victoria Aveyard|
|A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner||Talking as Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham|
|A book set in the decade you were born||The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky|
|A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to||Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake|
|A book with an ugly cover|
|A book that involves a bookstore or library|
|Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges: Topic that is uncomfortable||The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis|
|A cyberpunk book||Warcross by Marie Lu|
|A book tied to your ancestry||All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr|
|A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title||The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Ann Mary Shaffer|
|An allegory||American Gods by Neil Gaiman|
|A book by an author with the same first or last name as you||Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige|
|A microhistory||Bonk by Mary Roach|
|A book about a problem facing society today||I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai|
|A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge||The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson|
This list is just a guideline. I, of course, am allowed to read things that aren’t on the list and I withhold the right to alter my picks as the year goes on. You will also note that this is not all of the categories that PopSugar gave this year. There were a few that I just could not pick a book for, and I’m okay with that. I still have over 30 categories which is my goal this year.
Is anyone else doing the challenge? What books are you planning to read this year?
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