Popsugar Reading Challenge

When I first saw Popsugar’s massive 2015 Reading Challenge a few months ago, I didn’t think I would participate. But now I’ve stumbled upon the Reading Challenge again and I’m sitting pretty at 35 books. 50 seems much more attainable now.

I’m not committing to this challenge. I’m more interested in reviewing books and working on this blog, but it’ll be fun to see how many I cover by the end of the year. I’ve gone ahead and matched up my 2015 books with the list. If I ever get around to updating this at the end of the year, expect to see books bounced around to fill different requirements. Check out my standing behind the cut!

  1. A book with more than 500 pages
  2. A classic romance
  3. A book that became a movie
  4. A book published this year: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
  5. A book with a number in the title: One More Thing by BJ Novak
  6. A book written by someone under 30
  7. A book with nonhuman characters
  8. A funny book: You Deserve a Drink by Mamrie Hart
  9. A book by a female author: The Other Shakespeare by Lea Rachel
  10. A mystery or thriller: The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood
  11. A book with a one-word title: Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
  12. A book of short stories: Amor and Psycho by Carolyn Cooke
  13. A book set in a different country: Little Bee by Chris Cleave
  14. A nonfiction book: Yes Please by Amy Poehler
  15. A popular author’s first book: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  16. A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet: The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta
  17. A book a friend recommended: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  18. A Pulitzer Prize winning book
  19. A book based on a true story: Astray by Emma Donoghue
  20. A book at the bottom of your to-read list: Oh! You Pretty Things by Shanna Mahin
  21. A book your mom loves
  22. A book that scares you: Swerve by Vicki Petterson
  23. A book more than 100 years old: The Invisible Man by HG Wells
  24. A book based entirely on its cover: The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
  25. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t
  26. A memoir: This is Not a Love Story by Judy Brown
  27. A book you can finish in a day: Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
  28. A book with antonyms in the title: Social Death by Tatiana Boncompagni (This is a stretch, I know)
  29. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  30. A book that came out the year you were born: Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
  31. A book with bad reviews: The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer (Average rating is 2.86)
  32. A trilogy
  33. A book from your childhood
  34. A book with a love triangle: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  35. A book set in the future: Matched by Allie Condie
  36. A book set in high school: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
  37. A book with a color in the title: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
  38. A book that made you cry: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  39. A book with magic: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  40. A graphic novel
  41. A book by an author you’ve never read before: Einstein’s Beach House by Jacob M. Appel
  42. A book you own but have never read: Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
  43. A book that takes place in your hometown: Can’t and Won’t by Lydia Davis (Technically, none of these short stories have a set location, but they seem very autobiographical and she teaches at a college near me. Counting it.)
  44. A book originally written in a different language: The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel
  45. A book set during Christmas: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
  46. A book written by an author with your same initials
  47. A play
  48. A banned book
  49. A book based on or turned into a TV show
  50. A book you started but never finished

Total: 34

In the end, only one of my books (The Guy Not Taken by Jennifer Weiner) didn’t match up to the Popsugar list. Even if I don’t complete this list, I would like to knock some of these off by the end of the year. I’m absolutely livid that none of my books have been over 500 pages, though about three of my books came so close! I love my hometown, so I would love to actually read a book that takes place here. I would also like to read a book by someone with my same initials, but I don’t know where to start with that. Let me know whether you know any authors with the initials GC! And you should also let me know whether any of my books from this year were written by a writer under the age of 30. I’m sure at least one of them is/was, but I don’t know how to figure that out.

Click here to view the whole list and see how you’re doing.

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