PopSugar Reading Challenge

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 2020 Reading Challenge Progress
1 / 50 Books

1. A book published in 2020.

2. A book by a trans or nonbinary author.

3. A book with a great first line.

4. A book about a book club.

5. A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics.

6. A bildungsroman.

7. The first book you touch on your shelf with your eyes closed.

8. A book with an upside-down image on the cover.

9. A book with a map.

10. A book recommended by your favorite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club.

11. An anthology.

12. A book that passes the Bechdel test.

13. A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but is unrelated to it.

14. A book by an author with flora or fauna in their name.

15. A book about or involving social media.

16. A book that has a book on the cover.

17. A medical thriller.

18. A book with a made-up language.

19. A book set in a country beginning with "C".

20. A book you picked because the title caught your attention.

21. A book published the month of your birthday.

22. A book about or by a woman in STEM.

23. A book that won an award in 2019.

24. A book on a subject you know nothing about.

25. A book with only words on the cover, no images or graphics.

26. A book with a pun in the title.

27. A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins.

28. A book with a robot, cyborg, or AI character.

29. A book with a bird on the cover.

30. A fiction or nonfiction book about a world leader.

31. A book with "gold", "silver", or "bronze" in the title.

32. A book by a WOC.

33. A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads     The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

34. A book you meant to read in 2019.

35. A book with a three-word title.

36. A book with a pink cover.

37. A Western.

38. A book by or about a journalist.

39. Read a banned book during Banned Books Week.

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

Advanced Challenge Items

41. A book written by an author in their 20s.

42. A book with "20" or "twenty" in the title.

43. A book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement (non-20/20 vision).

44. A book set in Japan, host of the 2020 Olympics.

45. A book set in the 1920s.

46. A book by an author who has written more than 20 books.

47. A book with more than 20 letters in its title.

48. A book published in the 20th century.

49. A book from a series with more than 20 books.

50. A book with a main character in their 20s.

Reading Challenge 2019

PopSugar 2019 Reading Challenge Progress
33 / 50 Books

1. A book becoming a movie in 2019. Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

2. A book that makes you nostalgic. Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber

3. A book written by a musician.

4. A book you think should be turned into a movie. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

5. A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads. Animal Farm by George Orwell

6. A book with a plant in the title or on the cover.     Only Ever Her by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

7. A reread of a favorite book. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

8. A book about a hobby. The Rejected Writers' Book Club by Suzanne Kelman

9. A book you meant to read in 2018. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

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

11. A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover. Scythe by Neal Shusterman

12. A book inspired by mythology, legend, or folklore.     Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter

13. A book published posthumously.

14. A book set in space.     Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

15. A book by two female authors.

16. A book with a title that contains "salty," "sweet," "bitter," or "spicy".     Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg

17. A book set in Scandinavia.     Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

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

19. A debut novel. Buy or Die by Theodor Ventskevich

20. A book that's published in 2019.     The Farm by Joanne Ramos

21. A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature.     Stardust by Neil Gaiman

22. A book recommended by a celebrity you admire. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

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

24. A book featuring an amateur detective. The Magic in Me by Kelly Zimmer

25. A book about family.     Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

26. A book written by an author from Asia, Africa, or South America. My Crazy (Sick) Love by Drica Pinotti

27. A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in the title. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

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

29. A retelling of a classic. The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher

30. A book with a question in the title.

31. A book set on a college or university campus. The Weaver by Heather Kindt

32. A book about someone with a superpower.     The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

33. A book told from multiple character POVs. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

34. A book that includes a wedding. Tidelands by Philippa Gregory

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

36. A ghost story.

37. A book with a two-word title.     Checking Out by Nick Spalding

38. A novel based on a true story.     After the End by Clare Mackintosh

39. A book revolving around a puzzle or game.

40. Your favorite prompt from a past PopSugar Reading Challenge. (A childhood classic you've never read.)     Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Advanced Challenge Items

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

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

43. An "own voices" book. Me, Myself, & Him by Chris Tebbetts

44. Read a book during the season it is set in.     The Gillespie County Fair by Marc Hess

45. A LitRPG book.

46. A book with no chapters, unusual chapter headings, or unconventionally numbered chapters. The Art of Taxidermy by Sharon Kernot

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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