Saturday, 13 January 2018

2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

The POPSUGAR reading challenge is all about broadening your reading horizons. It's made up of 40 book prompts and 10 advanced book prompts. The 2018 challenge can be found here.

I wanted to do the challenge last year, so I made a list of the books I could read for each prompt. However, uni work got in the way, and reading for enjoyment fell to the bottom of my priority list.

This year, I aim to do the challenge. I think it's an excellent way to tackle some of the books on my TBR, read books I own but I've never gotten around to reading, and to broaden my reading horizons. I aim to make reading for enjoyment a priority, and to document my progress on my blog.

Here's the list of the books I aim to read (but this might change slightly if I find other books I prefer instead):

  1. A book made into a movie you've already seen - Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
  2. True crime - Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
  3. The next book in a series you've started - Follow Me (The Amateurs #2) by Sara Shepard
  4. A book involving a heist - The Strange History of Bonnie and Clyde by John Treherne 
  5. Nordic noir - The Ice Princess (Fjallbacka #1) by Camilla Lackberg 
  6. A novel based on a real person - Still She Haunts Me by Katie Roiphe 
  7. A book set in a country that fascinates you - Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins 
  8. A book with a time of day in the title - The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 
  9. A book about a villain or antihero - Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
  10. A book about death or grief - The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold 
  11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym - The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith 
  12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist - Simon vs. the Homo sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  13. A book that is also a stage play or musical - The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike
  14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you - The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami 
  15. A book about feminism - #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso 
  16. A book about mental health - Made You Up by Francesa Zappia 
  17. A book you borrowed to that was given to you as a gift - The Amateurs by Sara Shepard
  18. A book by two authors - Halfway Perfect by Julie Cross and Mark Perini 
  19. A book about or involving a sport - Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally
  20. A book by a local author - Cloudwish by Fiona Wood 
  21. A book with your favourite colour in the title - Cry Blue Murder by Kim Kane and Marion Roberts
  22. A book with alliteration in the title - Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
  23. A book about time travel - The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes 
  24. A book with a weather element in the title - Storm and Grace by Kathryn Heyman 
  25. A book set at sea - Coral and Bone by Tiffany Daune 
  26. A book with an animal in the title - Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  27. A book set on a different planet - These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
  28. A book with song lyrics in the title - Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  29. A book about or set on Halloween - Hallowe'en Party (Hercule Poirot #39) by Agatha Christie 
  30. A book with characters who are twins - Ali's Pretty Little Lies (Pretty little Liars #0.5) by Sara Shepard 
  31. A book mentioned in another book - Ghost World by Daniel Clowes 
  32. A book from a celebrity book club - Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  33. A childhood classic you've never read - Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson 
  34. A book published in 2018 - Untitled (The Amateurs #3) by Sara Shepard
  35. A Goodreads Choice Awards winner - Room by Emma Donoghue 
  36. A book set in the decade you were born - Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell 
  37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to - The Way Back by Kylie Ladd
  38. A book with an ugly cover - Whiskey Words and a Shovel Volume I by R.H. Sin
  39. A book that involves a bookstore or a library - By Your Side by Kasie West 
  40. Your favourite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 Reading Challenges - Big Girl Small by Rachel DeWoskin (from the 2016 prompt - A book recommended by someone you just met)

  1. A bestseller from the year you graduated high school - The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  2. A cyberpunk book - Moxyland by Lauren Beukes 
  3. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place - Killing Monica by Candace Bushnell  
  4. A book tied to your ancestry - The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks 
  5. A book with a vegetable in the title - Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index - Julie Israel 
  6. An allegory - The Bees by Laline Paull
  7. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you - Off the Ice (Juniper Falls #1) - Julie Cross 
  8. A microhistory - The Fall by Amy Dale 
  9. A book about a problem facing society today - The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood 
  10. A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge - The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel 


  1. Ooh this is such a cool challenge and I love a ton of the books you have planned out! Turtles All the Way Down is probably my new favourite John Green novel and I reeeally want to read The Night Circus. I hope you have a good time with this. :D

    1. Thanks, Cait. I love John Green's other books so I'm really looking forward to reading Turtles All the Way Down and The Fault in Our Stars.