POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2019 || Challenges

Hey beautiful people!

Yea, yea … I KNOW it’s already halfway through 2019 … but I was looking at everyone’s posts on this and thought, “why not”?

I ALWAYS say I’m going to try the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge but I always cave … or I don’t show my final results because I failed. So THIS year, I’m going to just SEE how it goes. I’m not planning it or “trying” to find ways to make books fit into the challenge … I simply want to see how well I do without overthinking it.

However … I would like some help … see the bottom for why!

What is the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge?

The fifth annual challenge hosted by POPSUGAR, this reading challenge includes “…40 book challenge prompts plus 10 ‘advanced’ prompts for those overachievers out there who are looking for even more ways to push their reading boundaries in 2019” (POPSUGAR, 2019). Basically, it’s a way to help widen your book horizons or find a way to spice things up with your reading.

The Prompts


  1. A book becoming a movie in 2019
    • Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott
  2. A book that makes you nostalgic
    • The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
  3. A book you think should be turned into a movie
    • Kill Code by Clive Fleury
  4. A reread of a favourite book
    • The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
  5. A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover
    • The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
  6. A retelling of a classic
    • If I’m Being Honest Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka
    • Retelling: The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
  7. A book by two female authors
    • Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
  8. A debut novel
    • The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi Volume I: Homecoming by Kelvyn Fernandes
  9. A book that’s published in 2019
    • Cocktails with a Deadman by Joe Albanese
  10. A book recommended by a celebrity you admire
    • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
    • Recommended by: Emma Watson
  11. A book with “love” in the title
    • Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 8 by Kiiro Yumi
  12. A book about a family
    • Charlie the Fearliess and Tancho the Brave by Suhmayah Banda
  13. A book by an author whose first and last name starts with the same letter
    • Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell
  14. A book with a two-word title
    • Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

In Progress / Book Chosen

  1. A book written by a musician (fiction or nonfiction)
    • Useless Magic by Florence Welch
  2. A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads
    • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  3. A book inspired by mythology, legend, or folklore
    • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  4. A book told from multiple character POVs
    • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  5. A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature
    • Dark Wine at Dusk by Jenna Barwin
  6. A book with a zodiac sign or astrological term in the title
    • Nocturnal by Wilder Poetry
  7. An “own voices” book
    • On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Incomplete / No Book Chosen

  1. A book with a plant in the title or on the cover
  2. A book about a hobby
  3. A book you meant to read in 2018
  4. A book with “pop”, “sugar” or “challenge” in the title
  5. A book published posthumously
  6. A book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie
  7. A book with a question in the title
  8. A book set on a college or university campus
  9. A book about someone with a superpower
  10. A book set in space
  11. A book with a title that contains “salty”, “sweet”, “bitter” or “spicy”
  12. A book set in Scandinavia
  13. A book that takes place in a single day
  14. A book featuring an amateur detective
  15. A book written by an author from Asia, Africa, or South America
  16. A book that includes a wedding
  17. A ghost story
  18. A novel based on a true story
  19. A book revolving around a puzzle or game
  20. Your favourite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge
  21. A “cli-fi” (climate fiction) book
  22. A “choose-your-own-adventure” book
  23. Read a book during the season it is set in
  24. A LitRGB book
  25. A book with no chapters / unusual chapter headings / unconventionally numbered chapters
  26. Two books that share the same title (1)
  27. Two books that share the same title (2)
  28. A book that has inspired a common phrase or idiom (i.e. Big Brother from 1984)
  29. A book set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage, or convent

I Need Your Help!

As much as I’m not actively seeking books that specifically fit all the prompts, I would LOVE some recommendations or help in general! So for any of you have some lovely suggestions in regards to my Incomplete / No Book Chosen section, please leave comments below!

My favourite genres are contemporary/realistic fiction and paranormal/supernatural … though I do like to read other genres! Thanks in advance!

Are any of you doing the 2019 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge?! How far along are you?

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28 thoughts on “POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2019 || Challenges

  1. ooooooooo book recommendations! πŸ˜€

    A book inspired by mythology, legend, or folklore: The Winternight Trilogy (Russian folklore), Circe (Greek mythology), Daughter of the Forest (The Six Swans), Lord of the Rings (Anglo-Saxon)

    A book with a question in the title: What If?

    A book set in space: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

    A book written by an author from Asia, Africa, or South America: The Ghost Bride (Malaysia)

    A β€œcli-fi” (climate fiction) book: Fever Dream

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  2. “A book written by an author from Asia, Africa, or South America”

    Have you tried reading Haruki Murakami’s books? I’ve only read the excerpts but I can recommend his books. πŸ™‚
    Goodluck on this challenge dear!

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  3. Good luck πŸ™‚

    #4: The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen. (Magical realism; I haven’t read it but it’s probably what I’m going to read for this one.)
    #5: The Bear & the Nightingale by Katherine Arden; any of Rick Riordan’s books; Little Darlings by Melanie Golding (if you’re in the mood for a dark thriller story inspired by folklore).
    #11: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers.
    #16: Isabel Allende (I’ve only read her memoir so far but I think a lot of her books are magical realism); Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao (what I’m reading for this one).

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    1. THANK YOU!!! Maybe I’ll get some good ideas from these groups! πŸ˜€

      Instead of DESPERATELY trying to find books that fit everything, I’m just reading what I want and seeing if they fit — that way, I don’t get scared off ha-ha! I plan to look around and see if there are books on my TBR (or that I already own) that fit the prompts, but just taking it easy this year πŸ˜€

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      1. Yea, I like that! No pressure, just reading and enjoying it.
        I really need to read the ARCs I received from NetGalley… I hate when they start to pile up. And guess what, I went and requested som more! *facepalm*
        I feel like I need to take holidays off work so I can get some reading done. πŸ˜€

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      2. I have one left on NetGalley and one from an author via email. I’ve stayed FAR AWAY from NetGalley because I don’t trust myself lol! I would like to get the “reviewed 10 books” achievement though … so I will probably request some books later this year. I learned my lesson though and won’t apply for more than 2 or 3 at a time ha-ha!

        Oh yes … I’m actually thinking of doing a “stay-cation” this summer … I just want a week of yoga, reading and relaxingπŸ˜€

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      3. How do you do it?? I’m not strong enough to not request books or to not visit NetGalley every single day πŸ˜€
        I have 15ish atm, but in my defence 5 or 6 of them I alredy read, just need to write the reviews and post. And then read, read, read and read some more… lol

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      4. I basically just try to forget it exists lol!!! I also had two bad books in a row from NetGalley, so I just think about how I had to try and review those suckers when I wanted to DNF them lol!!

        LMFAO!!!! 15?!?!? Oh my goooondess!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well, just having to write reviews isn’t too bad πŸ˜‰

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      5. Ahaha, if the books are actually bad, I just DNF. NetGalley has an option now of saying that you won’t be giving feedback and the reason why. So that’s helpful. Or just write a review with all the negative aspects. I mean.. if it’s bad, it’s bad.

        I think writing reviews is actually worse. Ahaha. It takes me HOURS to write just one. Lol
        I’ll manage. Somehow… I hope… πŸ˜€

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  4. Good luck!

    I don’t know if these will be any good at all?

    A book about a hobby – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell has a main character’s fanfiction hobby be a large part of the plot! Could also be used for ‘a book set on a college campus’

    A book with ‘pop,’ ‘sugar’ or ‘challange’ in the title – The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen (no idea if its any good, it’s on my TBR!)

    A book written by an author from Asia, Africa or South America – Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

    A ghost story – The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

    This looks like such an interesting challenge, I feel I may be too late for 2019 now (probably not but I’m just lazy) but I’ll have to check out their 2020 challenge πŸ˜›

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    1. Thank you for the recs!

      I’ve been meaning to read more Rainbow Rowell … so Fangirl might be a good option!

      Oooo … the ghost story one also sounds intriguing …

      I wasn’t going to … but I’ve always wanted to just TRY and then see how well my reading fits in the challenges without trying TOO hard. I’ve tried in the past and give up because I know I won’t complete it. So this year, I’m not even trying SUPER hard to fully complete it … though I’ll be pleasantly surprised if i do!

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      1. You may end up finding that you tick a lot off just by default! That’s what I would bank on though so maybe don’t trust me πŸ˜› I am genuinely tempted for next year just for fun but like you, not really too hard because … effort.

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