PopSugar Reading Challenge

Reading Challenge 2019

I just can't help myself. I'm a sucker for reading challenges. So...here comes another one. This one is hosted by PopSugar. It's a simple checklist. There are several individual items to complete on the scavenger hunt style reading challenge. This one is an annual challenge with categories that change each year.

The categories are always creative and challenging, so I've never quite managed to make the total tally. But, I'm going to continue to try my best to reach a majority.

I'll be tracking my progress with my traditional progress meter and listing the categories (and their respective books) below.


PopSugar 2019 Reading Challenge Progress
0 / 50 Books

1. A book becoming a movie in 2019.

2. A book that makes you nostalgic.

3. A book written by a musician.

4. A book you think should be turned into a movie.

5. A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads.

6. A book with a plant in the title or on the cover.

7. A reread of a favorite book.

8. A book about a hobby.

9. A book you meant to read in 2018.

10. A book with "pop," "sugar," or "challenge" in the title.

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

12. A book inspired by mythology, legend, or folklore.

13. A book published posthumously.

14. A book set in space.

15. A book by two female authors.

16. A book with a title that contains "salty," "sweet," "bitter," or "spicy".

17. A book set in Scandinavia.

18. A book that takes place in a single day.

19. A debut novel.

20. A book that's published in 2019.

21. A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature.

22. A book recommended by a celebrity you admire.

23. A book with "love" in the title.

24. A book featuring an amateur detective.

25. A book about family.

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

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

28. A book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie.

29. A retelling of a classic.

30. A book with a question in the title.

31. A book set on a college or university campus.

32. A book about someone with a superpower.

33. A book told from multiple character POVs.

34. A book that includes a wedding.

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

36. A ghost story.

37. A book with a two-word title.

38. A novel based on a true story.

39. A book revolving around a puzzle or game.

40. Your favorite prompt from a past PopSugar Reading Challenge.

Advanced Challenge Items

41. A "cli-fi" (climate fiction) book.

42. A "choose-your-own-adventure" book.

43. An "own voices" book.

44. Read a book during the season it is set in.

45. A LitRPG book.

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

47. Two books that share the same title (1).

48. Two books that share the same title (2).

49. A book that has inspired a common phrase or idiom.

50. A book set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage, or convent.

PopSugar 2018 Reading Challenge Progress
21 / 50 Books

1. A book made into a movie you've already seen. P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

2. True crime.

3. The next book in a series you started. The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

4. A book involving a heist.

5. Nordic noir.

6. A novel based on a real person. Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory

7. A book set in a country that fascinates you. On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

8. A book with a time of day in the title.

9. A book about a villain or antihero.

10. A book about death or grief. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym.

12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist.

13. A book that is also a stage play or musical. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

15. A book about feminism.

16. A book about mental health. The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen

17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift.

18. A book by two authors.

19. A book about or involving a sport. Beartown by Fredrik Backman

20. A book by a local author.

21. A book with your favorite color in the title. Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares

22. A book with alliteration in the title. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

23. A book about time travel.

24. A book with a weather element in the title.

25. A book set at sea.

26. A book with an animal in the title. Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

27. A book set on a different planet.

28. A book with song lyrics in the title. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

29. A book about or set on Halloween.

30. A book with characters who are twins. I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

31. A book mentioned in another book.

32. A book from a celebrity book club.

33. A childhood classic you've never read. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

34. A book that's published in 2018.

35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

36. A book set in the decade you were born.

37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to: Paper Towns by John Green

38. A book with an ugly cover. The Truth About Us by Dalene Flannigan

39. A book that involves a bookstore or library.

40. Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016 or 2017 Popsugar Reading Challenges. From 2017: A book by an author from a country you've never visited. Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

Advanced Challenge Items

41. A bestseller from the year you graduated high school.

42. A cyberpunk book.

43. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place.

44. A book tied to your ancestry.

45. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title.

46. An allegory. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

47. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you.

48. A microhistory.

49. A book about a problem facing society today. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

50. A book recommended by someone else taking the Popsugar Reading Challenge.

PopSugar 2017 Reading Challenge Results
16 / 52 Books

1. A book recommended by a librarian:

2. A book that's been on your TBR list for way too long:

3. A book of letters:

4. An audiobook:

5. A book by a person of color: We Love You, Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenidge

6. A book with one of the four seasons in the title: It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

7. A book that is a story within a story:

8. A book with multiple authors:

9: An espionage thriller:

10. A book with a cat on the cover:

11. A book by an author who uses a pseudonym:

12. A bestseller from a genre you don't normally read:

13. A book by or about a person who has a disability:

14. A book involving travel: The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

15. A book with a subtitle:

16. A book that's published in 2017: The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

17. A book involving a mythical creature:

18. A book you've read before that never fails to make you smile:

19. A book about food:

20. A book with career advice: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

21. A book from a nonhuman perspective:

22. A steampunk novel:

23. A book with a red spine:

24. A book set in the wilderness:

25. A book you loved as a child:

26. A book by an author from a country you've never visited: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

27. A book with a title that's a character's name: The Lauras by Sara Taylor

28. A novel set during wartime:

29. A book with an unreliable narrator:

30. A book with pictures: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

31. A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

32. A book about an interesting woman:

33. A book set in two different time periods: A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay

34. A book with a month or day of the week in the title:

35. A book set in a hotel: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

36. A book written by someone you admire:

37. A book that's becoming a movie in 2017:

38. A book set around a holiday other than Christmas:

39. The first book in a series you haven't read before: The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

40. A book you bought on a trip:

          Advanced Challenge Items

41. A book recommended by an author you love:

42. A bestseller from 2016:

43. A book with a family-member term in the title: Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

44. A book that takes place over a character's life span:

45. A book about an immigrant or refugee: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

46. A book from a genre/subgenre that you've never heard of:

47. A book with an eccentric character: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

48. A book that's more than 800 pages:

49. A book you got from a used book sale: Slade House by David Mitchell

50. A book that's been mentioned in another book:

51. A book about a difficult topic:

52. A book based on mythology:

PopSugar 2016 Reading Challenge Results
14 / 40 Books

1. A book based on a fairy tale:

2. A National Book Award Winner:

3. A YA best seller: Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

4. A book you haven't read since high school:

5. A book set in your home state:

6. A book translated to English: The Autobiography of Yukichi Fukuzawa by Yukichi Fukuzawa

7. A romance set in the future:

8. A book set in Europe:

9. A book that's under 150 pages: Porko von Popbutton by William Pene du Bois

10.  A New York Times bestseller: The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

11. A book that's becoming a movie this year:

12. A book recommended by someone you just met: 

13. A self-improvement book:

14. A book you can finish in a day: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

15. A book written by a celebrity: Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris

16. A political memoir:

17. A book at least 100 years older than you:

18. A book that's more than 600 pages: The Norton Introduction to Literature by Alison Booth

19. A book from Oprah's Book Club: 

20. A science-fiction novel:

21. A book recommended by a family member

22. A graphic novel

23. A book that is published in 2016: If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

24. A book with a protagonist who has your occupation:

25. A book that takes place during Summer:

26. A book and its prequel:

27. A murder mystery:

28. A book written by a comedian: Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

29.  A dystopian novel

30. A book with a blue coverThe Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt

31. A book of poetry

32. A first book you see in a bookstore

33. A classic from the 20th centuryAs I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

34. A book from the library

35. An autobiographyBinge by Tyler Oakley

36. A book about a road trip:

37. A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with: The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

38. A satirical book:

39. A book that takes place on an island:

40. A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy: The Only Pirate at the Party by Lindsey Stirling

PopSugar 2015 Reading Challenge Results
29 / 50 Books

1. A book with more than 500 pages: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

2. A classic romance

3. A book that became a movie: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

4. A book published this year: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

5. A book with a number in the title

6. A book written by someone under 30The Duff by Kody Kiplinger

7. A book with nonhuman characters: The Mischievians by William Joyce

8. A funny book

9. A book by a female author: The Color of Our Sky by Amita Trasi

10.  A mystery or thriller: The Hand That Feeds You by A.J. Rich

11. A book with a one word title: 

12. A book with short stories: The Shore by Sara Taylor

13. A book set in a different country: The Color of Our Sky by Amita Trasi

14. A non-fiction book: Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

15. A popular author's first book: Looking for Alaska by John Green

16. A book from an author you love that you haven't read yet: The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

17. A book a friend recommended: The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman

18. A Pulitzer Prize winning novel:

19. A book based on a true story: Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

20. A book at the bottom of your TBR list

21. A book your mom loves

22. A book that scares you

23. A book more than a 100 years old: Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

24. A book based entirely on its cover: The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

25. A book you were supposed to read in school and didn't: Lord of the Flies by William Golding

26. A memoirYes Please by Amy Poehler

27. A book with antonyms in the title

28. A book you can finish in a day: Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

29.  A book set somewhere you've always wanted to go: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Anonymous

30. A book published the year you were born

31. A book with bad reviews

32. A Trilogy

33. A book from your childhood

34. A book with a love triangle: The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole

35. A book set in the future

36. A book set in high school: Nothing Like Looking by Chris Van Hakes

37. A book with a color in the titleRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard

38. A book that made you cry: The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

39. A book with magic: The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster by Scott Wilbanks

40. A graphic novel:

41. A book by an author you've never read before: The Opposite of Maybe by Maddie Dawson

42.  A book you own but never read: Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

43. A book that takes place in your hometown

44. A book that was originally written in another language: Beowulf by Anonymous

45. A book set during Christmas

46. A book by an author who had your same initials:  

47. A play: Othello by William Shakespeare

48.  A banned book

49. A book based on or turned into a tv show

 50.  A book you started but never finished


  1. I found this challenge after I told myself "no extra challenges", so I hope Pop Sugar have another one next year!

    1. Yup...I'm planning a reboot of this one even if they don't provide a new challenge next year. It's just fun!


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