2021 PopSugar Reading Challenge

2021 PopSugar Reading Challenge

The 2021 PopSugar Reading Challenge is here! This is one challenge I do each year. I love the variety of prompts. Some prompts are easy, others are more challenging and take me out of my comfort zone.

So far, I’ve had good luck sticking with the challenge and finishing it. I was able to finish it in 2018, 2019, and 2020. Hopefully, I manage to complete this year’s new challenge.

The 2021 PopSugar Reading Challenge has 40 standard prompts and 10 advanced prompts. 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.

15/50 completed


  1. A book that published in 2021 – Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan
  2. An Afrofuturist book
  3. A book that has a heart, diamond, club, or spade on the cover
  4. A book by an author who shares your zodiac sign
  5. A dark academia book
  6. A book with a gem, mineral, or rock in the title
  7. A book where the main character works at your current or dream job – Undercurrents by Mary Anna Evans
  8. A book that has won the Women’s Prize for Fiction
  9. A book with a family tree
  10. A bestseller from the 1990s
  11. A book about forgetting – Brewed Awakening by Cleo Coyle
  12. A book you have seen on someone’s bookshelf (in real life, on a Zoom call, in a TV show, etc.)
  13. A locked-room mystery – One Little Secret by Cate Holahan
  14. A book set in a restaurant
  15. A book with a black-and-white cover
  16. A book by an indigenous author
  17. A book that has the same title as a song
  18. A book about a subject you are passionate about
  19. A book that discusses body positivity
  20. A book on a Black Lives Matter reading list
  21. A genre hybrid
  22. A book set mostly or entirely outdoors
  23. A book with something broken on the cover – The Party by Robyn Harding
  24. A book by a Muslim American author
  25. A book that was published anonymously
  26. A book with an oxymoron in the title – Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman
  27. A book about do-overs or fresh starts – The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  28. A magical realism book
  29. A book set in multiple countries
  30. A book set somewhere you’d like to visit in 2021
  31. A book by a blogger, vlogger, YouTube video creator, or other online personality – How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana K. White
  32. A book whose title starts with “Q,” “X,” or “Z”
  33. A book featuring three generations (grandparent, parent, child)
  34. A book about a social justice issue
  35. A book in a different format than what you normally read (audiobooks, ebooks, graphic novels)
  36. A book that has fewer than 1,000 reviews on Amazon or Goodreads – Black Coral by Andrew Mayne
  37. A book you think your best friend would like
  38. A book about art or an artist
  39. A book everyone seems to have read but you – Anxious People by Fredrick Backman
  40. Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge – Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay
Advanced Prompts
  1. The longest book (by pages) on your TBR list
  2. The shortest book (by pages) on your TBR list
  3. The book on your TBR list with the prettiest cover
  4. The book on your TBR list with the ugliest cover
  5. The book that’s been on your TBR list for the longest amount of time
  6. A book from your TBR list you meant to read last year but didn’t – Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  7. A book from your TBR list you associate with a favorite person, place, or thing – The House Uptown by Melissa Ginsberg
  8. A book from your TBR list chosen at random
  9. A DNF book from your TBR list
  10. A free book from your TBR list (gifted, borrowed, library) – The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth

2 thoughts on “2021 PopSugar Reading Challenge

  1. Good luck Darinda. I am impressed that you have completed it for 3 years. I did my best this year and got 45/50 finished this year. I am trying the 52 Book Club challenge this year instead of popsugar.

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