POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2018: Update

Earlier this year, I decided to take on the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge alongside Chelsea from The Suspense Is Thrilling Me.  The challenge, which takes on 40 prompts for the regular challenge and 10 extra choices for the advanced reading list, is proving to be a pretty awesome challenge for me.  With the ability to add some classics to my reading selections, read some books on my shelf and fit in some of the books that I want to read that will be published in 2018, there was a nice balance with my choices!

So, I’ve been participating in the challenge for the last three months and, so far, I have only managed to read seven books!  SEVEN??!!   I was actually a little shocked when I actually did the count because I did feel like I was further along but, in my defence, I did run into quite a book slump that lasted me several months.  I am hoping to be able to catch up!

I’m feeling like I may need to make some adjustements to my choices since I did try to read a couple and were not able to get into them, but I chalked that up to my slump and plan on trying again!

 

  • A BOOK MADE INTO A MOVIE YOU’VE ALREADY SEEN- The Silence Of The Lambs by Thomas Harris
  • TRUE CRIME- Mindhunter by John Douglas
  • THE NEXT BOOK IN A SERIES YOU STARTED- Indelible by Karin Slaughter 
  • A BOOK INVOLVING A HEIST- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo 
  • NORDIC NOIR- Macbeth by Jo Nesbo
  • A NOVEL BASED ON A REAL PERSON- Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel 
  • A BOOK SET IN A COUNTRY THAT FASCINATES YOU-  The Room on Rue Amelie by Kristin Harmel 
  • A BOOK WITH A TIME OF DAY IN THE TITLE- Zero Day by Ezekiel Boone 
  • A BOOK ABOUT A VILLAIN OR ANTIHERO- Normal by Graeme Cameron
  • A BOOK ABOUT DEATH OR GRIEF- Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult 
  • A BOOK WITH YOUR FAVORITE COLOR IN THE TITLE- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard 
  • A BOOK WITH ALLITERATION IN THE TITLE- The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield 
  • A BOOK ABOUT TIME TRAVEL- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • A BOOK WITH A WEATHER ELEMENT IN THE TITLE- Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo 
  • A BOOK SET AT SEA- The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
  • A BOOK WITH AN ANIMAL IN THE TITLE-  The Night Bird by Brian Freeman 
  • A BOOK SET ON A DIFFERENT PLANET- Gravity by Tess Gerritsen 
  • A BOOK WITH SONG LYRICS IN THE TITLE- The Hand That Feeds You by A.J Rich
  • A BOOK ABOUT OR SET ON HALLOWEEN- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman 
  • A BOOK WITH CHARACTERS WHO ARE TWINS- Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld 
  • A BOOK WITH A FEMALE AUTHOR WHO USES A MALE PSEUDONYM- The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith 
  • A BOOK WITH AN LGBTQ+ PROTAGONIST- Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides 
  • A BOOK THAT IS ALSO A STAGE PLAY OR MUSICAL-  Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov 
  • A BOOK BY AN AUTHOR OF A DIFFERENT ETHNICITY THAN YOU- China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
  • A BOOK ABOUT FEMINISM- Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • A BOOK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH- This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
  • A BOOK YOU BORROWED OR THAT WAS GIVEN TO YOU AS A GIFT- Swing Time by Zadie Smith
  • A BOOK BY TWO AUTHORS- Strangers by Ursula Archer and Arno Strobel
  • A BOOK ABOUT OR INVOLVING A SPORT- Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
  • A BOOK BY A LOCAL AUTHOR- Men Walking on Water by Emily Schultz
  • A BOOK MENTIONED IN ANOTHER BOOK- Animal Farm by George Orwell 
  • A BOOK FROM A CELEBRITY BOOK CLUB- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • A CHILDHOOD CLASSIC YOU’VE NEVER READ- The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman 
  • A BOOK THAT’S PUBLISHED IN 2018- Keep Her Safe by K.A Tucker 
  • A PAST GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS WINNER- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • A BOOK SET IN THE DECADE YOU WERE BORN- IT by Stephen King
  • A BOOK YOU MEANT TO READ IN 2017 BUT DIDN’T GET TO- The Obsession by Nora Roberts 
  • A BOOK WITH AN UGLY COVER- Forever Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid 
  • A BOOK THAT INVOLVES A BOOKSTORE OR LIBRARY- Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
  • A BOOK BY AN AUTHOR YOU’VE NEVER READ BEFORE- The Ghost Writer by Alessandra Torre

ADVANCED LIST:

  • A BESTSELLER FROM THE YEAR YOU GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL-  The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
  • A CYBERPUNK BOOK- This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
  • A BOOK THAT WAS BEING READ BY A STRANGER IN A PUBLIC PLACE- We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
  • A BOOK TIED TO YOUR ANCESTRY- The French Girl by Lexie Elliot 
  • A BOOK WITH A FRUIT OR VEGETABLE IN THE TITLE- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
  • AN ALLEGORY- 1984 by George Orwell
  • A BOOK BY AN AUTHOR WITH THE SAME FIRST OR LAST NAME AS YOU- Until You’re Mine by Samantha Hayes
  • A MICROHISTORY- Stiff by March Roach
  • A BOOK ABOUT A PROBLEM FACING SOCIETY TODAY- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • A BOOK RECOMMENDED BY SOMEONE ELSE TAKING THE POPSUGAR READING CHALLENGE- Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Are you taking the POPSUGAR challenge? How are you doing?!

 If you need a group to join in discussing your POPSUGAR challenge for 2018, feel free to join us on Goodreads HERE

Also, if you want to see what Chelsea is reading, she listed her choices for the challenge HERE

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7 thoughts on “POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2018: Update

  1. Hi Sam, you’re doing great with this challenge. 🙂 Im also doing this one, in fact I think I copied most of yours and Chelsea’s list… LOLs.. but I’m kinda changing them as I go.
    By the way, can you recommend something for me for the last category on ADVANCED. Im okay with any genre as long as there’s no cheating or love triangle in it. lols. Thank you. 🙂

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  2. Having read Macbeth and loving Jo Nesbo as my top Nordic noir author .. it’s not for the ‘Nordic noir’ category. It’s quite dense and hews closely to the Shakespeare in tone. IMHO, If you haven’t read any of his other works, definitely grab one of those instead and use Macbeth for a different category.
    All that being said, This challenge is impressive!

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  3. I don’t do well with challenges like these that are super specific… It probably wouldn’t be a big deal if I didn’t have ARCs to get done… You have so many awesome books on your TBR! The Thirteenth Tale is one of my favorite books 🙂 Definitely need to be in the mood for a more gothic read.

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