Pop Sugar 2020 Reading Challenge

Hi Gemmies! I am already an avid reader, but i decided to stretch myself even further by participating in a book challenge. There are so many different book challenges out there, but ultimately I decided to participate in the Pop Sugar Book Challenge. You can read all about the challenge by clicking here.


This is the sixth year for the Pop Sugar Challenge. There are 50 book prompts in total. In addition to the 40 standard book challenge prompts, they have added 10 "advanced" prompts for those bibliophiles out there looking for something extra. You basically read a book that fits the prompt criteria and check off that prompt from the list once you are done. They also have a Goodreads Group to help you digitally track and rate your reads.


It took me a while to map out which books I want to read, but I finally have my list done! Here are my Pop Sugar Reading Challenge picks for 2020. ​

Prompts: 1. A book that's published in 2020: Shadowshaper Legacy by Daniel Jose Older

2. A book by a trans or non-binary author:  The Black Tides of Heaven by J.Y. Yang 3. A book with a great first line: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin 4. A book about a bookclub: The Southern Book Clubs Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix 5. A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics: Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia 6. A bildungsroman: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo 7. The first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed: The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

8. A book with an upside down image on the cover: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard 9. A book with a map: The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon 10. A book recommended by your favorite blog, vlog, podcast, or online bookclub: The Lady from the Black Lagoon by Mallory O'Meara

11. An anthology: Star Wars From a Certain Point of View

12. A book that passes the Bechdel test: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

13. A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but is unrelated to it: Chosen by Kiersten White

14. A book by an author with flora or fauna in their name: The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

15. A book published the month of your birthday: Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender

16. A book about a woman in STEM: The Only Woman In the Room by Marie Benedict

17. A book that won an award in 2019: The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

18. A book on a subject you know nothing about: Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society by A. Breeze Harper

19. A book with only words on the cover, no images or graphics: World War Z by Max Brooks

20. A book with a pun in the title: Zombie Abbey by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

21. A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins: Sensational by Jodie Lynn Zdrok

22. A book with a robot, cyborg,or AI character: The God Game by Danny Tobey

23. A book with a bird on the cover: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

24. A fiction or non fiction book about a world leader: King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild

25. A book with gold, silver, or bronze in the title: Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

26. A book by a WOC: Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland

27. A book with at least a four-star rating on good reads: Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

28. A book you meant to read in 2019: The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

29. A book about or involving social media: Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters by Emily Roberson

30. A book that has a book on the cover: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

31. A medical thriller: Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw

32. A book with a made up language: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

33. A book set in a country beginning with "c": City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

34. A book you picked because the title caught your attention: Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

35. A book with a three word title: Daughters of Nri by Remi K. Amayo

36. A book with a pink cover: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

37. A western: Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely

38. A book by or about a journalist: Voices from Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich

39. Read a banned book during banned book week: The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

40. Your favorite prompt from a past pop sugar reading challenge: His Hideous Heart by Dahlia Adler


Advanced Prompts:

1. A book written by an author in their 20's: TBD

2. A book with 20 or twenty in the title: TBD

3. A book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

4. A book set in Japan host of the 2020 Olympics: Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda

5. A book set in the 1920's: The Diviners by Libba Bray

6. A book by an author who has written more than 20 books: The Institute by Stephen King

7. A book with more than 20 letters in its title: The Long Way to A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

8. A book published in the 20th century: Watership Down by Richard Adams

9. A book from a series with more than 20 books: Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton

10. A book with a main character in their 20's: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

​  I'm really excited about participating in the challenge this year. If it turns out to be a lot of fun, I just might make this a yearly tradition! Are you participating in this or any other reading challenges? Let me know by leaving a comment below. Happy Reading!





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