POPSUGAR Challenge 2020

I’ve been enjoying participating in the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, so I’m going to play along again for 2020! I don’t actually plan to finish all of these books, though. This is more of a way for me to reach a little outside my comfort zone.

A downloadable checklist of all the prompts can be found here, and the official announcement post is here.


I have finished 18 / 50 (36%)

My list of books can be found here on Goodreads.

2020 Challenge – Regular prompts

  1. A book that’s published in 2020Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire (1/3/2020)
  2. A book by a trans or nonbinary author ~
  3. A book with a great first line ~ The Mystic School of Musicraft by Jessica Khoury (“It’s harder to charm a chicken than you might think.”)
  4. A book about a book club ~
  5. A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics ~
  6. A bildungsroman (a novel dealing with one person’s formative years or spiritual education) ~
  7. The first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed ~
  8. A book with an upside-down image on the cover ~
  9. A book with a mapThe Unkindest Tide by Seanan McGuire
  10. A book recommended by your favorite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club ~
  11. An anthologyThe Emerald Circus by Jane Yolen
  12. A book that passes the Bechdel testGone With the Witch by Heather Blake
  13. A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but is unrelated to itHome by Nnedi Okorafor
  14. A book by an author with flora or fauna in their nameThe Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (“coelho” means “rabbit” in Portuguese)
  15. A book about or involving social media ~
  16. A book that has a book on the cover ~
  17. A medical thriller ~
  18. A book with a made-up language ~
  19. A book set in a country beginning with “C”Ten Women by Marcela Serrano (set in Chile)
  20. A book you picked because the title caught your attentionThe Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
  21. A book published the month of your birthday ~
  22. A book about or by a woman in STEM ~
  23. A book that won an award in 2019 ~
  24. A book on a subject you know nothing about ~
  25. A book with only words on the cover, no images or graphicsDark Matter by Blake Crouch
  26. A book with a pun in the title ~
  27. A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins ~
  28. A book with a robot, cyborg, or AI character ~
  29. A book with a bird on the cover ~
  30. A fiction or nonfiction book about a world leader ~
  31. A book with “gold,” “silver,” or “bronze” in the title ~
  32. A book by a WOCThe Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor
  33. A book with at least a four-star rating on GoodreadsThe Martian by Andy Weir (with a 4.40 star rating)
  34. A book you meant to read in 2019Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
  35. A book with a three-word titleConning for Keeps by Seleste deLaney
  36. A book with a pink cover ~
  37. A Western ~
  38. A book by or about a journalist ~
  39. Read a banned book during Banned Books Week ~
  40. Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge ~

2020 Challenge – Advanced prompts

  1. A book written by an author in their 20sHerding Cats by Sarah Andersen
  2. A book with “20” or “twenty” in the title ~
  3. A book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement (a nod to 20/20 vision) ~
  4. A book set in the 1920s ~
  5. A book set in Japan, host of the 2020 Olympics ~
  6. A book by an author who has written more than 20 books ~
  7. A book with more than 20 letters in its titleTristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia
  8. A book published in the 20th century ~
  9. A book from a series with more than 20 booksMurder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  10. A book with a main character in their 20sDeath by Dumpling by Vivien Chien