POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

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I participated in this reading challenge a couple years ago and really enjoyed it. It really did help me read books I wouldn’t have otherwise.

Goal: I’m hoping I can read at least 80% of the types of books on this list.

Reading Challenge List

1. A book made into a movie you’ve already seen

2. True Crime

3. √The next book in a series you’ve started Artificial Condition by Martha Wells, The Murderbot Diaries #2

4. √A book involving a heist Black Velvet by Steven Henry

5. Nordic noir

6. A novel based on a real person

7. √A book set in a country that fascinates you (India) — A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee & The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

8. A book with a time of day in the title

9. A book about a villain or antihero

10. A book about death or grief

11. √A book with your favorite color in the titleRed Bones by Ann Cleeves

12. A book with alliteration in the title

13. √A book about time travelA Trail Through Time by Jodi Taylor

14. √A book with a weather element in the title — The First Chill of Autumn by W.R. Gingell

15. A book set at sea

16. √A book with an animal in the title — Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman

17. √A book set on a different planet — Sargasso of Space by Andre Norton

18. A book with song lyrics in the title

19. √A book about or set on Halloween — Masked Ball at Broxley Hall by Rhys Bowen

20. A book with characters who are twins

21. √A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym —The Time Traders by Andre Norton (aka Alice Norton)

22. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist

23. √A book that is also a stage play or musical — Feeding the Dragon by Sharon Washington

24. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you

25. A book about feminism

26. A book about mental health

27. √A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift Blood Hollow by William Kent Kreuger (from the library)

28. A book by two authors

29.A book about or involving a sport

30. √A book by a local author Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf (Iowa)

31. A book mentioned in another book

32. A book from a celebrity book club

33. A childhood classic you’ve never read

34. A book that’s published in 2018

35. √A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner — Artemis by Andy Weir (2017)

36. √A book set in the decade you were born — A Matter of Loyalty by Anselm Audley & Elizabeth Edmondson

37. √A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to — A Dragon of a Different Color by Rachel Aaron

38. A book with an ugly cover

39. √A book that involves a bookstore or library — Body on Baker Street by Vicki Delany (mystery set in bookstore)

40. √Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges — From 2017, A book from a nonhuman perspective — The Pride of Chanur by C.J. Cherryh

Advanced List

1. A bestseller from the year you graduated high school

2. A cyberpunk book

3. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place

4. A book tied to your ancestry

5. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title

6. An allegory

7. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you

8. A microhistory

9. A book about a problem facing society today

10. A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge


The 2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge is here! This year, there are 40 book prompts to broaden your reading scope and push you to read more in 2018. If you’re really hardcore and breeze through the main list, there are an additional 10 book prompts in the “advanced” section. We’re especially excited about this year’s creative new batch of prompts, which include “true crime,” “a book by a female author who uses a male pseudonym,” and “a book about a villain or antihero.”

Before you stress about tackling all 50 books, just remember that the point of the reading challenge is to push yourself to diversify your reading (hey, we all get stuck in a genre rut!) and just have fun with it. And if you read more books in 2018 than in 2017, even better. The best part? You may even discover a new favorite book along the way!

We suggest joining this Goodreads group, which is made up of more than 8,000 readers who participate in the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge every year. In addition to keeping you accountable, the group’s impressively well-read and supportive members swap book ideas for the prompts and discuss their favorite (and least favorite) reads throughout the year. You’ll also be able to track which books you’ve read and rate them on the site.

Share your progress on Instagram with #popsugarreadingchallenge!

Spoiler alert: we got a little meta. So for the prompt to choose your favorite prompt from past challenges, here they are for reference: 201520162017.

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