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Friday Reads: the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge Update

A while back, I posted about the 2019 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge and included a list of how far I’d gotten at that point. (I had completed 18 of the prompts.) The entire list of 40 (or 50) prompts can be found here.


I am just doing this for fun. I don’t actually care if I finish it, other than as a random tick-box of accomplishments. This isn’t anything I had signed myself up for early enough for it to be on my list of 2019 goals.


At this point I have completed 41 of the 50 prompts.

41 is too many to list here. I would get bored writing them, and you would get bored reading them. Instead, here’s a list of the prompts I have not done yet, with books I have either started, decided upon, or considered possibly reading for that prompt. If you’re interested in seeing how far I’ve gotten, my list is here on Goodreads and (for those of you not on Goodreads) here on my blog.

Prompt Book? Started?
1. A book becoming a movie in 2019 Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman?
7. A reread of a favorite book The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien?
14. A book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie The Princess Bride by William Goldman
23. A book set in Scandinavia
24. A book that takes place in a single day The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton?
29. A book with LOVE in the title
44. Read a book during the season it is set in
47 & 48. Two books that share the same title (The)/Invisible Man by H.G. Wells & Ralph Ellison yes
50. A book set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage, or convent The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco yes

Fortunately, this is still fun! Looking at a few of those prompts, I’m not sure they’ll all be as fun. Some of them are a bit hard for me to come up with a book that would count which I actually want to read.

I’ve read Wells’ The Invisible Man at this point, but not Ellison’s Invisible Man. And okay, I cheated, Good Omens was made into a TV show not a movie, but I’m counting it anyway. Unless I change my mind and decide to read something else instead.

Do you have any books that fit the categories I have left? Any recommendations?


18 thoughts on “Friday Reads: the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge Update

  1. You are rocking this challenge!!! And Good Omens was awesome so I would totally count it too 😀 For A book set in Scandinavia you could read anything by Fredrik Backman (I’ve read Britt-Marie Was Here but I think his most popular is A Man Called Ove) or you could read Pippi Longstocking!

  2. Wow, you are doing great! And Good Omens is a good choice, by all accounts. Robin and my niece both loved it.

    I’m not doing so well with this challenge… although I need to check whether some of the books I’ve read could count toward various prompts. I’m pretty sure a couple of them would. 🙂

    1. Thank you! And I am a compulsive list-maker, and love checking things off my to-do list. So I suspect you could probably find ways to make several of the books you’ve already read fit into the prompts. (I know in most cases that’s what I did. There are very few prompts so far where I’ve picked the prompt first and then had to find a book to fit it.)

  3. WOW Nicole!! Excellent success with this and not even trying… Fredrik Backman has some wonderful books (I’ve read more than one and they are always good!) His stories are all set in Scandinavia. So if any of them sound up your alley then you’re good to go on that prompt. ❤️

    1. It’s definitely one that you can start later in the year if a lot of the books you’ve already read match up with the prompts! I haven’t decided yet if I’ll play along next year, but I’ll probably wait to see what the 2020 list is before making any choices on it.

  4. I skipped Pop Sugar this year because some of the prompts annoyed me. (All the read a title with XYZ in the title mostly.)

    I was plugging in what I’ve read so far just to see how many I could make fit and I think I’ve completed 34/50. Other than book becoming a movie (for which I plan to read Pet Sematary) I know I won’t finish.

    It is still fun though- can’t think off the top of my head what would fit yours though. A lot of these are missing from my own list.

      1. Yeah I poured like a baby for 6 months and then in June I made the list and said screw it. I’ll play with no intention of finishing.

        Sort of just proving a point right now- that most of these could be applied to almost any book which defeats the whole point. I’d love to see this year’s list though!

        1. Yeah, a LOT of the prompts are essentially gimmies. So many books I read have two-word titles, for example. Or clothing on the cover.

          The one that I’m honestly surprised I haven’t accidentally finished by now is the “love in the title” one. I guess it shows I’m not really reading romances of any kind right now, LOL

          1. I rarely read romance anymore so that one is going to be a struggle for me! I’m not pushing myself to finish though- more filling them in because I like spreadsheets. Lol

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