2019 Popsugar Reading Challenge Finished!

So this year I decided to do my first ever Popsugar Reading Challenge. Will I be doing it again next year? Absolutely. I’ve read a ton of books this year (and I’m still not done) but I feel like this challenge really helped me to reach out and choose books that I normally wouldn’t have, or books that I had been putting off reading for ages and ages. The new Popsugar Reading challenge for 2020 has been released, and I can’t wait to get started on that, too!

Because I want to show it off, here’s what I read for the Popsugar 2019 reading challenge!

A book becoming a movie in 2019:

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – Granted, this one didn’t actually make it to the big screen in 2019 yet, but it was on IMDB’s list. Still, it’s been on my reading list for entirely too long, so I was happy to kick off my reading challenge with it.

A book that makes you nostalgic:

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A book written by a musician (fiction or nonfiction):

Alice isn’t Dead by Joseph Fink – Here’s a link to his bandcamp page! I know, some people would say he’s more of a writer than a musician, but he’s certainly written more songs than I have!

A book you think should be turned into a movie:

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry – I have enjoyed every one of Maberry’s books that I’ve read so far, and I would definitely go see this if it were a movie.

A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads: 

1984 by George Orwell

A book with a plant in the title or on the cover:

No Man’s Land by Simon Tolkien

A reread of a favorite book:

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

A book about a hobby:

Founding Gardeners by Andrea Wulf

A book you meant to read in 2018:

The Martian by Andy Weir

A book with “pop,” “sugar,” or “challenge” in the title:

Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile

A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover:

Courting Mr. Lincoln by Louis Bayard

A book inspired by mythology, legend or folklore:

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill

A book published posthumously:

Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

A book set in space:

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams

A book by two female authors:

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

A book with a title that contains “salty,” “sweet,” “bitter,” or “spicy”:

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

A book set in Scandinavia:

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

A book that takes place in a single day:

Antigone by Sophocles

A debut novel:

Rune Awakening by Genevra Black

A book that’s published in 2019:

Every Tool’s a Hammer: Live is What You Make it by Adam Savage

A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature:

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

A book recommended by a celebrity you admire:

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

A book with “love” in the title:

Dracula, My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina Harker by Syrie James

A book featuring an amateur detective:

The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley

A book about a family:

The Addams Family: An Evilution by Charles Addams

A book written by an author from Asia, Africa, or South America:

Black Butler Vol. 14 By Yana Toboso

A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in the title:

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

A book you see someone reading on tv or in a movie:

Animal Farm by George Orwell

A retelling of a classic:

Mickey’s Inferno by the Walt Disney Company

A book with a question in the title:

Who Could That Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket

A book set on a college or university campus:

Black Butler Vol. 15 by Yana Toboso

A book about someone with a superpower:

Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams – because I certainly consider being able to fly a superpower!

A book told from multiple character POVs:

The Incarnations by Susan Barker

A book that includes a wedding:

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter:

The Cove by Ron Rash

A ghost story:

A Fine and Private Place by Peter Beagle

A book with a two-word title:

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

A novel based on a true story:

The Revenant by Michael Punke

A book revolving around a puzzle or game:

Black Butler Vol. 16 by Yana Toboso – Featured a Cricket match as a major part of the plot.

Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge:

The Unicorn Anthology edited by Peter Beagle


A “cli-fi” (climate fiction) book:

New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

A “choose-your-own-adventure” book:

Romeo and/or Juliet by Ryan North

An “own voices” book:

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Read a book during the season it is set in:

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus

A LitRPG book:

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

A book with no chapters, unusual chapter headings, or unconventionally numbered chapters:

Holy Lands by Amanda Sthers

Two books that share the same title (1):

The Lost World by Michael Crichton

Two books that share the same title (2):

The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle

A book that has inspired a common phrase or idiom:

Romeo and Juliet (the graphic novel) based on the play by William Shakespeare

A book set in an abbey, cloister, vicarage or convent:

Redwall by Brian Jacques




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