POPSUGAR Challenge 2019

There are 40 prompts for the basic challenge, with 41 to 50 being part of the “advanced” challenge. I don’t really know why there’s a basic vs. advanced list, but this is me. If I get to make myself an “advanced” book reading list, I will.

The original post introducing this year’s challenge is here, though they only included the actual list as a link to a PDF. The Goodreads group for the challenge is here.


Here’s a list of each prompt and the book I read for it:

  1. A book becoming a movie in 2019Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
  2. A book that makes you nostalgic ~ The White Mountain by John Christopher
  3. A book written by a musician (fiction or nonfiction) ~ Velveteen vs. the Multiverse by Seanan McGuire
  4. A book you think should be turned into a movie ~ All Systems Red by Martha Wells
  5. A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads ~ Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  6. A book with a plant in the title or on the cover ~ Pears and Perils by Drew Hayes
  7. A reread of a favorite book ~ The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
  8. A book about a hobby ~ One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence
  9. A book you meant to read in 2018 ~ The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  10. A book with POP, SUGAR, or CHALLENGE in the title ~ Sugar Spells by Lola Dodge
  11. A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover ~ Equal Rites by Terry Prachett
  12. A book inspired by myth/legend/folklore ~ Beautiful by Fran Laniado
  13. A book published posthumously ~ Persuasion by Jane Austen
  14. A book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie ~
  15. A retelling of a classicWitches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
  16. A book with a question in the titleHow Long ‘Til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin
  17. A book set on college or university campus ~ Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
  18. A book about someone with a superpower ~ Velveteen vs. The Junior Super Patriots by Seanan McGuire
  19. A book told from multiple POVs ~ Dreams Underfoot by Charles de Lint
  20. A book set in space ~ Redshirts by John Scalzi
  21. A book by two female authors ~ Sorcery and Cecelia: or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
  22. A book with SALTY, SWEET, BITTER, or SPICY in the title ~ Deadly Sweet by Lola Dodge
  23. A book set in Scandinavia ~ D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths by Ingri d’Aulaire & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
  24. A book that takes place in a single dayThe 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
  25. A debut novel ~ Terms of Enlistment by Marko Kloos
  26. A book that’s published in 2019 ~ In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire
  27. A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature ~ The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
  28. A book recommended by a celebrity you admire ~ Becoming by Michelle Obama
  29. A book with LOVE in the titleBook Love by Debbie Tung
  30. A book featuring an amateur detective ~ A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn
  31. A book about a family ~ A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa
  32. A book author from Asia, Africa, or South America ~ Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 8 by Hiromu Arakawa
  33. A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in title ~ Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire
  34. A book that includes a wedding ~ Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett
  35. A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter ~ Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
  36. A ghost story ~ Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
  37. A book with a two-word title ~ Soul Music by Terry Pratchett
  38. A novel based on a true storyIsland of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  39. A book revolving around a puzzle or game ~ The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  40. Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading challenge (“A book of short stories” from 2015) ~ The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter
  41. A “cli-fi” (climate fiction) book ~ All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
  42. A “choose-your-own-adventure” book ~ My Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel by Kitty Curran & Larissa Zageris
  43. An “own voices” book ~ The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark
  44. Read a book during the season it is set in ~ The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
  45. A LitRPG book ~ Siege Tactics by Drew Hayes
  46. A book with no chapters / unusual chapter headings / unconventionally numbered chapters ~ Mort by Terry Pratchett
  47. Two books that share the same title ~ The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
  48. Two books that share the same title ~
  49. A book that has inspired a common phrase or idiom ~ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  50. A book set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage, or convent ~