POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2020

This page is to help me keep track of how the challenge is going and to help anyone with ideas for their own challenges.

Those with pictures are books I’ve read. The ones with only text are ideas.


A book that’s published in 2020.


A book by a trans or nonbinary author.

The City in the Middle of the Night – Charlie Jane Anders


A book with a great first line.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – Holly Black

My Sister, the Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite


A book about a book club.

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires – Grady Hendrix

The Jane Austen Book Club – Karen Joy Fowler

Mayhem at the Orient Express – Kylie Logan


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

Rivers of London – Ben Asronovitch

The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon


A bildungsroman.

Circe – Madeline Miller


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


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

Spellslinger – Sebastien de Castell

This is how you lose the Time War – Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone


A book with a map.

Ninth House – Leigh Bardugo

The Priory of the Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon

A Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula K. Le Guin

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee


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


An anthology.

Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories – Roald Dahl

A Tyranny of Petticoats – Jessica Spotswood


A book that passes the Bechdel test.

Circe – Madeline Miller

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid

Seven Blades in Black – Sam Sykes


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

Mirage – Somaiya Daud

The City of Brass – S.A. Chakraborty


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

Range of Ghosts – Elizabeth Bear

The Wicked King – Holly Black


A book published the month of your birthday.

Ink and Bone – Rachel Caine

Monstress, Vol 1: Awakening – Marjorie m. Liu


A book about or by a woman in STEM.

Hidden Figures – Margot Lee Shetterly

The Calculating Stars – Mary Robinette Kowal


A book that won an award in 2019.

The Tea Master and the Detective – Aliette de Bodard

The Calculating Stars – Mary Robinette Kowal


A book on a subject you know nothing about.


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

How to Read a Novelist – John Freeman

Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

A is for Alibi – Sue Grafton


A book with a pun in the title.

Red, White & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston


A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee

Pestilence – Laura Thalassa


A book with a robot, cyborg or AI character.

Illuminae – Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet – Becky Chambers

Skyward – Brandon Sanderson

Curtsies & Conspiracies – Gail Carriger

Heart of Iron – Ashley Poston


A book with a bird on the cover.

Muse of Nightmares – Laini Tayor

Call Down the Hawk – Maggie Stiefvater

An Enchantment of Raven – Margaret Rogerson


A fiction or nonfiction book about a world leader.

The President is Missing – Bill Clinton, James Patterson


A book with “gold”, “silver” or “bronze” in the title.

The Silver Witch – Paula Brackston

The Goldfinch -Donna Tartt

Golden Son – Pierce Brown


A book by a WOC.

Lagoon – Nnedi Okorafor


A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads.

Call Down the Hawk – Maggie Stiefvater

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid


A book you meant to read in 2019.


A book about or involving social media.

Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell


A book that has a book on the cover.

Ink and Bone – rachel Caine

The Mother – Daughter Book Club – Heather Vogel Frederick

Mr. Penumbra’s 24 – Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan


A medical thriller.

The Last Surgeon – Micheal Palmer

The Andromeda Strain – Micheal Crichton


A book with a made-up language.

The Proiry of the Orange Tree -Samantha Shannon

The Dispossessed – Ursula K. Le Guin


A book set in a country beginning with “C”.


A book you picked because the title caught your attention.


A book with a three-word title.

The Fates Divide – Veronica Roth

These Rebel Waves – Sara Raasch

Muse of Nightmares – Laini Taylor


A book with a pink cover.

The Prince and the Dressmaker – Jen Wang

Red, White & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston


A Western.

Death Without Company – Craig Johnson

Vengeance Road – Erin Bowman


A book by or about a journalist.

The Rum Diary – Hunter S. Thompson


Read a banned book during Banned Books Week.

Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell


Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge.


Advanced

A book written by an author in their 20s.

My Sister, the Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite

Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard


A book with “20” or “twenty” in the title.

Twenty Years After – Alexandre Dumas


A book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement. ( a nod to 20/20 vision)

Middlegame – Seanan McGuire


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

Convenience Store Woman – Sayaka Murata

Warcross – Marie lu


A book set in the 1920s.

Partners in Crime – Agatha Christie


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

Jim Butcher


A book with more than 20 letters in its title.

The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy – Mackenzi Lee


A book published in the 20th century.


A book from a series with more than 20 books.

Death Without Company – Craig Johnson

A is for Alibi – Sue Grafton


A book with a main character in their 20s.

Ninth House – Leigh Bardugo

Warcross – Marie Lu


Previous challenges:

Popsugar 2019