• Jenn Kalchik

2020 PopSugar Reading Challenge



Since I got back into reading, I wanted to challenge myself as a reader. Not only did I want to read more books in 2020, but I wanted to read books I might not otherwise choose to read on my own. I discovered reading challenges throughout the year and loved the idea of picking a book to read based on a prompt. I was primarily following the PopSugar Reading Challenge for 2020, but I did participate in other challenges, including the PopSugar Summer Reading Challenge.

Here are the books I read for the PopSugar Reading Challenge 2020:

  1. A book published in 2020: Dear Edward (Ana Napolitano)

  2. A book by a trans or non-binary author: Over the Top (Johnathan Van Ness)

  3. A book with a great first line: My Best Friend's Exorcism (Grady Hendrix)

  4. A book about a book club: The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires (Grady Hendrix)

  5. A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics: The Mime Order (Samantha Shannon) [London]

  6. A bildungsroman: The Scent Keeper (Erica Bauermeister)

  7. The first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed: Haunts of Mackinac (Todd Clements)

  8. A book with an upside-down image on the cover: Love & Gelato (Jenna Evans Welch)

  9. A book with a map: The Ninth House (Leigh Bardugo)

  10. A book recommended by your favorite blog, vlog, podcast or online book club: Such a Fun Age (Kiley Reid) [recommended by Reese's Book Club]

  11. An anthology: The Tales of Beadle the Bard (J.K. Rowling)

  12. A book that passes the Bechdel test: The Nightingale (Kristin Hannah)

  13. A book with the same title as a TV show or a movie but is unrelated to it: The Institute (Stephen King)

  14. A book by an author with fauna or flora in their name: The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Heather Morris)

  15. A book about or involving social media: Follow Me (Kathleen Barber)

  16. A book that has a book on the cover: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill (Abbi Waxman)

  17. A medical thriller: The Silent Patient (Alex Michaelides)

  18. A book with a made-up language: Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix (J.K. Rowling)

  19. A book set in a country beginning with the letter "C": Station Eleven (Emily St. John Mandel) [Canada]

  20. A book you picked because the title caught your attention: Help for the Haunted (John Searles)

  21. A book published the month of your birthday: Batman the Killing Joke (Alan Moore, Tim Sale, Brian Bolland) [December]

  22. A book by or about a woman in STEM: Recursion (Blake Crouch)

  23. A book that won an award in 2019: Pumpkinheads (Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks)

  24. A book on a subject you know nothing about: Hair Love (Matthew A. Cherry & Vashti Harrison)

  25. A book with only words on the cover, no images or graphics: Know My Name (Chanel Miller)

  26. A book with a pun in the title: I Love You So Mochi (Sarah Kuhn)

  27. A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins: Verity (Colleen Hoover)

  28. A book with a robot, AI, or cyborg character: Illuminae (Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff)

  29. A book with a bird on the cover: The Raven King (Maggie Stiefvater)

  30. A fiction or nonfiction book about a world leader: Notorious RBG (Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik)

  31. A book with "gold", "bronze", or "silver" in the title: Strands of Bronze and Gold (Jane Nickerson)

  32. A book written by a WOC: Love from A to Z (S.K. Ali)

  33. A book with at least four stars on Goodreads: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Maggie Stiefvater)

  34. A book you meant to read in 2019: Things You Save in a Fire (Katherine Center)

  35. A book with a three-word title: The Whisper Man (Alex North)

  36. A book with a pink cover: The Two Lives of Lydia Bird (Josie Silver)

  37. A western: Vengeance Road (Erin Bowman)

  38. A book by or about a journalist: The Broken Girls (Simone St. James)

  39. Read a banned book during Banned Books Week: Eleanor and Park (Rainbow Rowell)

  40. Your favorite prompt from a past PopSugar Reading Challenge: The Song Rising (Samantha Shannon) - 2018 - The Next Book in a Series You Started

  41. A book written by an author in their 20s: The Bone Season (Samantha Shannon)

  42. A book with "20" or "twenty: in the title: 25 Ways to Work From Home (Jen Ruiz)

  43. A book with a vision impairment or enhancement [a nod to 20/20 vision]: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (J.K. Rowling)

  44. A book set in Japan, host of the 2020 Summer Olympics: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (Marie Kondo)

  45. A book set in the 1920s: Gods of Jade and Shadow (Silvia Moreno Garcia)

  46. A book by an author who has written more than 20 books: 'Salem's Lot (Stephen King)

  47. A book with more than 20 letters in the title: Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince (J.K. Rowling)

  48. A book published in the 20th century: Bridge to Terabithia (Katherine Paterson)

  49. A book from a series with more than 20 books: Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie)

  50. A book with a main character in their 20s: The Turn of the Key (Ruth Ware)

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