2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge

New year, new reading challenge! Of course, we’re all familiar with the Goodreads reading challenge (mine is set to 100 books, as usual), but there are so many reading challenges out there. Today, I’d like to talk about the Popsugar Reading Challenge. Popsugar is a website that talks about beauty, entertainment and much more. They have been doing these reading challenges for a couple of years already, but honestly I never really looked at them. That is until I forgot how to set up a TBR.

Recently, I’ve started doing a TBR Wheel (an idea I borrowed from Codie’s Book Corner), but I want to try and spice up my reading this year by doing a year-long challenge. In comes the Popsugar Reading Challenge. They’ve set up a sheet of forty normal challenges, and ten additional ‘advanced’ challenges. The goal is to read books that fit each of the challenges.

Now I am going to tell you right away, I am 90% sure I am not going to finish this entire challenge. Because halfway through the year I will forget and just read whatever I want to. But still, I want to at least try. So without further ado, I am going to share the forty normal challenges and ten advanced challenges.

Normal Challenges
  • A book that’s published in 2020
  • A book by a trans or nonbinary author
  • A book with a great first line
  • A book about a book club
  • A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics
  • A bildungsroman
  • The First book you touch on your shelf with your eyes closed
  • A book with an upside-down image on the cover
  • A book with a map – Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  • A book recommended by your favourite blog, vlog, podcast or online book club
  • An anthology
  • A book that passes the Bechdel test
  • A book with the same title as a movie or TV show (but is unrelated to it)
  • A book by an author with flora or fauna in their name
  • A book about or involving social media
  • A book that has a book on the cover
  • A medical thriller
  • A book with a made-up language
  • A book set in a country beginning with “C”
  • A book you picked because the title caught your attention
  • A book published in the month of your birthday (May, in my case)
  • A book about or by a woman in STEM
  • A book that won an award in 2019
  • A book on a subject you know nothing about
  • A book with only words on the cover (no images or graphics)
  • A book with a pun in the title
  • A book featuring one of the deadly sins
  • A book with a robot, cyborg or AI character
  • A book with a bird on the cover
  • A fiction or nonfiction book about a world leader
  • A book with “Gold”, “Silver” or “Bronze” in the title
  • A book by a woman of colour
  • A book with at least a four-star average rating on Goodreads – The Creeping Shadow by Jonathan Stroud
  • A book you meant to read in 2019
  • A book with a three-word title
  • A book with a pink cover
  • A Western
  • A book by or about a journalist
  • Read a banned book during Banned Books Week
  • Your favourite prompt from a previous PRC
Advanced Challenges
  • A book written by an author in their twenties
  • A book with “20” or “twenty” in the title
  • A book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement (20/20 vision)
  • A book set in Japan (Host of the 2020 Olympics)
  • A book set in the 1920s
  • A book by an author who’s written more than 20 books
  • A book with  more than 20 letters in its title
  • A book published in the 20th century
  • A book from a series with more than 20 books
  • A book with a main character in their 20s

As you can see, some of the challenges will be easy, but some (even the ‘normal’ ones) will be quite difficult. Luckily, there’s a group on Goodreads dedicated to this challenge, which also has a section with recommendations for each of the challenges. So I’ll definitely be checking out that group, and then I’ll start this challenge!

Are you doing the Popsugar Reading Challenge? Are you doing a different reading challenge? Let me know!