PopSugar 2019 Reading Challenge

So as I have already written about one of my goals is to read at least 60% of my owned library (and review them so expect a lot of reviews coming). One of the ways I am going to accomplish this is by participating in the PopSugar 2019 Reading Challenge (https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/Reading-Challenge-2019-45450968?stream_view=1#photo-45479364). A good number of the prompts fit with books I currently own and it pushes me out of my literary comfort zone. So I wanted to do a post about what books I picked for the categories in case anybody wanted to know and to hopefully keep me accountable. Another extra challenge to the challenge that I have added is that if the book is part of a series or trilogy I have to read all the books in the series/trilogy.

  1. Becoming a Movie in 2019. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. The film starring Elle Fanning will be released sometime in 2019.
  2. That Makes You Nostalgic. Losing Forever By Gayle Friesen. I read this book to death when I was a kid and it just has a special place in my heart.
  3. Written By a Musician. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. Albom is apparently in a band with Stephen King, Maya Angelou and several other notable writers called Rock Bottom Reminders. Who Knew?
  4. That You Think Should be a Movie. Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck. Along with the four other novels in the series Tiger’s Quest, Tiger’s Voyage, Tiger’s Destiny, and Tiger’s Dream would make some fantastic blockbuster movies. Just saying.
  5. With at Least 1 Million Ratings on Goodreads. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  6. With a Plant in the Title or on the Cover. Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout. The girl on the cover is laying on the ground in what looks like a cluster of ferns so it counts.
  7. Reread of Favorite Book. Reincarnation by Suzanne Weyn. Honestly my favorite book behind Peter Pan.
  8. About a Hobby. The New Tea Companion: A Guide to Teas throughout the World by Jane Pettigrew. I love a good cup of tea!
  9. You Meant to Read in 2018. Caraval by Stephanie Garber. My friend has been bugging me to read this, and its sequel Legendary, for months. I will probably read it sometime in late April early May because that when the last book, aptly named Finale, comes out.
  10. With “Pop,” “Sugar,” or “Challenge” in the Title. Sugar Skulls by Lisa Mantchev.
  11. With and Item of Clothing or Accessory on the Cover. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins. My copy has a string of pearls on it so I would say it counts. I will also be reading Miss Mayhem and Lady Renegades, which coincidentally have a dress and a glove on the covers respectively.
  12. Inspired by Mythology, Legend, or Folklore. Grendel by John Gardner. This a telling a Beowulf through the eyes of Grendel.
  13. Published Posthumously. Go Set the Watchman by Harper Lee. I tried my best not to pick sequels to fill the prompts but I just really want to read this and it fits. I will be reading To Kill a Mockingbird before I read this.
  14. You have Seen Someone Reading on TV. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austin. This is on Roy Gilmore’s reading list so even if they did not actually show her reading it they talked about her reading it so I count it.  
  15. A Retelling of a Classic. Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George. I went with a retelling of a classic fairytale for this one. I will also be reading Princess of Glass and Princess of the Silver Woods.
  16. With a Question in the Tittle. Am I Normal Yet? By Holly Bourne as well as the two other novels How Hard Can Love Be? and What’s a Girl Gotta Do?
  17. Set on a College Campus. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. The Trilogy takes place at Oxford University. The other two books are Shadow of Night and The Book of Life.
  18. About Someone with a Superpower.  Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood. I totally count having magical abilities to be a superpower especially in a non-magic setting. Star Cursed and Sister’s Fate complete the series.
  19. Told from Multiple POVs. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. The sequel to which, Wayward Son, comes out later this year.
  20. Set in Space. Plus One by Elizabeth Fama.
  21. By Two Female Authors. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Ann Shaffer and Annie Borrows. I want to read this and then watch the Netflix movie.
  22. Title that contains “Salty,” “Sweet,” “Bitter,” or “Spicy.” Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez. Plus its sequel, Wild Savage Stars.
  23. Set in Scandinavia. The Library of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard. I am actually excited about this one.
  24. Takes Place in a Single Day. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. This is actually one of my favorites by her.
  25. Debut Novel. The 100 by Kass Morgan. Day 21, Homecoming and Rebellion finish out the series. I love the TV show!
  26. Book that is Published in 2019. Tarot by Marissa Kennerson.
  27. Featuring an Extinct or Imaginary Creature. Land of the Lost Mammoths: A Science Adventure by Mike Davis. Although it is not sited as a sequel, I will also be reading Pirates, Bats, and Dragons: A Science Adventure because it continues the story with the same characters and that’s sequel in my book.
  28. Recommended by a Celebrity you admire. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. Reece Witherspoon recommends this.
  29. With “Love” in the title. Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay.
  30. Featuring an Amateur Detective. Midnight in the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan.
  31. About a Family. Born of Illusion by Teri Brown. It is about a mother and daughter so I say it counts. I will also be reading Born of Deception, which is the sequel novel.
  32. Written by an Author from Asia, Africa, or South America. The Kindness of Enemies by Leila Aboulela.  
  33. With a Zodiac Sign or Astrology Term in the Title. Aries Rising By Bonnie Hearn Hill. Along with Taurus Eyes and Gemini Night.
  34. That Includes a Wedding. Once in a While by Sarah Dessen. I feel like this counts because the main characters mother is a wedding planner so I expect there will be many weddings.  
  35. Book by an Author Whose First and Last Names Start with the Same Letter. The Vanishing by Wendy Webb.
  36. A Ghost Story. The Fate of Mercy Alban by Wendy Webb. Yes, it is the same author from the previous prompt but it works.
  37. With a Two Word Title. The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead. I am counting it because “the” is like a non-word word, right? Midnight Jewel and The Emerald Sea round out the Trilogy.
  38. Based on a True Story. If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home By Tim O’Brian. This one is going to make me cry.
  39. Revolving around a Puzzle or Game. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I will also be reading Catching Fire and Mockingjay.
  40. Your Favorite Past Prompt. Sweep Vol 1 by Cate Tiernan. There are five volumes in the series each containing three books.
  41. A “Cli-Fi” (Climate Fiction) Book. Legend by Marie Lu. While the climate destruction is subtle in this trilogy, the other two novels being Prodigy and Champion, it counts.
  42. A “Choose-Your-Own-Adventure” Book. My Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel by Kitty Curran. I think I am really going to enjoy this novel. Also fun fact my mom’s nickname is Kitty.
  43. An “Own Voices” Book. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Honestly I am not 100% what this genre is but there is a very helpful group on goodreads about this challenge and they have discussions for each prompt and Six of Crows was recommended for the prompt and I was like I own that! I will also read Crooked Kingdom.
  44. Read a Book During the Season it is Set in. Kringle by Tony Abbott. It is a reimagining of the origins of Christmas. Therefore, it will probably be the last book I read for the Challenge.
  45. A LitRPG Book. The Land: Founding by Aleron Kong along with The Land: Forging, The Land: Alliances, The Land: Catacombs, The Land: Swarm, The Land: Raiders, The Land: Predators. Honestly, I am most nervous about this series mostly because it does not seem like something I would like, but hopefully they surprise me.
  46. No Chapters, Unusual Chapter Headings, or Unconventionally Numbered Chapters. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman. The story telling in this trilogy, the other novels being Gemina and Obsidio, is supposed to be unusual and the story sounds like it really sucks you in so I am excited to read it.
  47. Two Books by the Same Name (1). Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire. I am a HUGE Wicked fan, so I am actually excited to read the books that the musical is based on. The other books in the series are Son of a Witch, A Lion Among Men, and Out of Oz.
  48. Two Books by the Same Name (2). Wicked by
    Jennifer L. Armentrout. Even though I have never read any of her books, Armentrout has made it on the list twice. Therefore, I really like the covers of her books apparently. Torn and Brave are the other two books in the Wicked Trilogy.
  49. That has Inspires a Common Phrase or Idiom. “Hello my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” For this one I am reading The Princess Bride by William Goldman if you could not tell.
  50. Set in an Abbey, Cloister, Monastery, Vicarage, or Convent. The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd. I have heard good things about this one so fingers crossed.

So for those of you keeping track when I complete the challenge I will have read 100 books. Which leaves me 140 left to reach my goal. I going to go start brewing the coffee now.

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