Pop Sugar 2020 Reading Challenge

Most of you know by now that I love to read and will take the time to do it any chance that I can! Reading is so fun and relaxing for me and I honestly feel so at peace when I have my nose in a book.

Every year Pop Sugar comes out with a reading challenge and this year is no different. If you want to learn more about the challenge you can check it out here. Basically, they give a bunch of prompts and you choose books to read that fit into those prompts!

I sat down the other day and went through my goodreads to be read list to assign books to the prompts and came up with a pretty great list! I’m so excited to start!

Here is a list of the prompts and the books I chose to go with them! I plan on doing check ins every quarter to share which books I’ve read and my opinions on them!

A book that’s published in 2020
One of Us is Next – Karen M. McManus

A book by a trans or nonbinary author
I Wish You All the Best – Mason Deaver

A book with a great first line
Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng

A book about a book club
The Bromance Book Club – Lyssa Kay Adams

A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics (I chose Atlanta)
Pretty Girls – Karin Slaughter

A bildungsroman
Looking for Alaska – John Green

The first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed
Raised Italian-American – Joseph J. Banocore

A book with an upside-down image on the cover
Bellewether – Susanna Kearsley

A book with a map
American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant – Ronald O. White

A book recommended by your favorite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club
The Perfect Couple – Elin Hilderbrand (recommended by Katy Bellotte)

An anthology
Let it Snow – John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle

A book that passes the Bechdel test
Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery (got the whole series for Christmas and want to read them all!)

A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but is unrelated to it
Dark Matter – Blake Crouch

A book by an author with flora or fauna in their name
Before She Was Found – Heather Gudenkauf

A book about or involving social media
Love at First Like – Hannah Orenstein

A book that has a book on the cover
Red Azalea – Anchee Min (a re-read for me but I’ve been wanting to read it again!)

A medical thriller
Doing Harm – Kelly Parsons

A book with a made-up language
Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix (always need to include an HP book)

A book set in a country beginning with “C”
Room – Emma Donoghue

A book you picked because the title caught your attention
Twenty Boy Summer – Sarah Ockler

A book published the month of your birthday
The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton

A book about or by a woman in STEM
Hidden Figures – Margot Lee Shetterly

A book that won an award in 2019
An American Marriage – Tayari Jones

A book on a subject you know nothing about
Why We Sleep – Matthew Walker

A book with only words on the cover, no images or graphics
Speechless – Hannah Harrington

A book with a pun in the title
A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America – T. Christian Miller

A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins
Lolita – Vladimir Babokov

A book with a robot, cyborg, or AI character
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

A book with a bird on the cover
Paperweight – Meg Haston

A fiction or nonfiction book about a world leader
The President is Missing – Bill Clinton & James Patterson

A book with “gold,” “silver,” or “bronze” in the title
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer – Michelle McNamara

A book by a WOC
My Sister, the Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite

A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads
Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson

A book you meant to read in 2019
Lock Every Door – Riley Sager

A book with a three-word title
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

A book with a pink cover
What My Mother & I Don’t Talk About – Michele Filgate

A Western (the only prompt i’m really not looking forward to)
Lonesome Dove – Larry McMurtry

A book by or about a journalist
Catch and Kill – Ronan Farrow

Read a banned book during Banned Books Week
Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson

Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge (Book with 150 pages or less)
A Killer in the Family – Peter Ross Range


A book written by an author in their 20s
Know My Name – Chanel Miller

A book with “20” or “twenty” in the title
101 Secrets For Your Twenties – Paul Angone

A book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement (a nod to 20/20 vision)
All The Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

A book set in the 1920s
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (another re-read!)

A book set in Japan, host of the 2020 Olympics
Hiroshima – John Hersey

A book by an author who has written more than 20 books
Blonde – Joyce Carol Oates

A book with more than 20 letters in its title
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

A book published in the 20th century
Anne of Avonlea – L.M. Montgomery

A book from a series with more than 20 books
The Third-Floor Flat: A Short Story – Agatha Christie

A book with a main character in their 20s
Anne of the Island – L.M. Montgomery

What books are you reading for the Pop Sugar challenge? Let me know!



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