2019 PopSugar Reading Challenge

2019 PopSugar Reading Challenge

The 2019 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 favorites to do. My goal is to complete all 50 prompts. Below is the list of prompts. After each prompt is the book I read. I will update this list as I continue to work on the challenge.


50/50 – completed in September 2019


  1. A book becoming a movie in 2019 – A Dog’s Journey by W. Bruce Cameron
  2. A book that makes you nostalgic – The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  3. A book written by a musician (fiction or nonfiction) – Just Kids by Patti Smith
  4. A book you think should be turned into a movie – The Good Samaritan by John Marrs
  5. A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads – The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  6. A book with a plant in the title or on the cover In the Vines by Shannon Kirk
  7. A reread of a favorite book – White Fang by Jack London
  8. A book about a hobby – Dogtripping by David Rosenfelt
  9. A book you meant to read in 2018 – The Hunger by Alma Katsu
  10. A book with POP, SUGAR, or CHALLENGE in the title – Sugar Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
  11. A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover – After Nightfall by A.J. Banner
  12. A book inspired by myth/legend/folklore – Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker
  13. A book published posthumously – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  14. A book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie – The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  15. A retelling of a classic – Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  16. A book with a question in the title – Who Let the Dog Out? by David Rosenfelt
  17. A book set on college or university campus – Academic Curveball by James J. Cudney
  18. A book about someone with a superpower – Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
  19. A book told from multiple POVs – The Killer Collective by Barry Eisler
  20. A book set in space – Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
  21. A book by two female authors – The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
  22. A book with SALTY, SWEET, BITTER, or SPICY in the title – Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
  23. A book set in Scandinavia – The Bat by Jo Nesbo
  24. A book that takes place in a single day – The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle
  25. A debut novel – The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
  26. A book that’s published in 2019 – Blood for Blood by Victoria Selman
  27. A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature – At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen
  28. A book recommended by a celebrity you admire – Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  29. A book with LOVE in the title – Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
  30. A book featuring an amateur detective – Murder at the Mill by M.B. Shaw
  31. A book about a family – The Swan Keeper by Milana Marsenich
  32. A book author from Asia, Africa, or South America – My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
  33. A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in title – Variable Star by Spider Robinson
  34. A book that includes a wedding – Something New by Lucy Knisley
  35. A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter – Murder Most Frothy by Cleo Coyle
  36. A ghost story – Bag of Bones by Stephen King
  37. A book with a two-word title – Only Child by Rhiannon Navin
  38. A novel based on a true story – The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum
  39. A book revolving around a puzzle or game – Legendary by Stephanie Garber
  40. Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading challenge – One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Advanced Prompts
  1. A “cli-fi” (climate fiction) book – The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
  2. A “choose-your-own-adventure” book – Can You Survive a Zombie Apocalypse? by Anthony Wacholtz
  3. An “own voices” book When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  4. Read a book during the season it is set in – Deck the Hounds by David Rosenfelt
  5. A LitRPG book – Warcross by Marie Lu
  6. A book with no chapters / unusual chapter headings / unconventionally numbered chapters – I’ll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie
  7. Two books that share the same title – The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor
  8. Two books that share the same title – The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
  9. A book that has inspired a common phrase or idiom – Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  10. A book set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage, or convent – The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

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