2020 PopSugar Reading Challenge

2020 PopSugar Reading Challenge

The 2020 PopSugar Reading Challenge has 40 standard prompts and 10 advanced prompts. I’ve been doing the PopSugar reading challenge for several years now, and it’s one of my favorite challenges. My goal is to complete all 50 prompts. Below is the list of prompts. I will update this list as I work on the challenge.

50/50 – completed in September 2020


  1. A book that’s published in 2020 – Bitter Falls by Rachel Caine
  2. A book by a trans or nonbinary author – All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
  3. A book with a great first line – The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen
  4. A book about a book club – The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
  5. A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics – Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson
  6. A bildungsroman – The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  7. The first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed – All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
  8. A book with an upside-down image on the cover – The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver
  9. A book with a map – Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  10. A book recommended by your favorite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club – He Started It by Samantha Downing
  11. An anthology – Ford County by John Grisham
  12. A book that passes the Bechdel test – The Return by Rachel Harrison
  13. A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but is unrelated to it – A Good Man by Ani Katz
  14. A book by an author with flora or fauna in their name – The Silence by Daisy Pearce
  15. A book published the month of your birthday – The Other People by C.J. Tudor
  16. A book about or by a woman in STEM – The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen
  17. A book that won an award in 2019 – If I Die Tonight by Alison Gaylin
  18. A book on a subject you know nothing about – Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
  19. A book with only words on the cover, no images or graphics – Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi
  20. A book with a pun in the title – Dachshund Through the Snow by David Rosenfelt
  21. A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins – All the Devils by Barry Eisler
  22. A book with a robot, cyborg, or AI character – Foe by Iain Reid
  23. A book with a bird on the cover – The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
  24. A fiction or nonfiction book about a world leader – Deep State by Chris Hauty
  25. A book with “gold,” “silver,” or “bronze” in the title – Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel
  26. A book by a WOC – Beloved by Toni Morrison
  27. A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads – Dark Pattern by Andrew Mayne
  28. A book you meant to read in 2019 – High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  29. A book about or involving social media – Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth
  30. A book that has a book on the cover – The Stolen Letter by Paige Shelton
  31. A medical thriller – The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen
  32. A book with a made-up language – A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  33. A book set in a country beginning with “C” – Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
  34. A book you picked because the title caught your attention – The Other Wife by Claire McGowan
  35. A book with a three-word title – Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly
  36. A book with a pink cover – Raven Lane by Amber Cowie
  37. A western – The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy
  38. A book by or about a journalist – Revolver Road by Christi Daugherty
  39. Read a banned book during Banned Books Week – Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  40. Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge – The Truants by Kate Weinberg
  1. A book written by an author in their 20s – Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  2. A book with “20” or “twenty” in the title – Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich
  3. A book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement (a nod to 20/20 vision) – From the Corner of His Eye by Dean Koontz
  4. A book set in Japan, host of the 2020 Olympics – Wildcard by Marie Lu
  5. A book set in the 1920s – The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
  6. A book by an author who has written more than 20 books – Regretting You by Colleen Hoover
  7. A book with more than 20 letters in its title – Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes by Kathleen West
  8. A book published in the 20th century – Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
  9. A book from a series with more than 20 books – Bark of Night by David Rosenfelt
  10. A book with a main character in their 20s – The Perfect Mother by Caroline Mitchell

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