2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

For the last three years, I’ve taken on the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge for each year.  I set out to read and/or listen to books that meet all of the criteria on the list, and, when I’m feeling extra competitive, I try to make sure I have an individual book to meet each item on the POPSUGAR list!  I’ve just finished my Challenge for 2017 (with a matter of days to spare!) and I thought I’d share with you all the books I listened to and read to get there!

Small Disclaimer: Several books I’ve read this year meet each of the criteria on this list, and even the titles I’m going to mention may fit into more than one category.  I also read more books this year than are represented in this list (sometimes you just have to read a book because you think it sounds good, not because it fits into the challenge!).  In fact, several books on this list weren’t even in my Top Reads for the year.  However, I’m a very competitive person, and so my main goal in the creation of this list was to ensure that I had at least one unique title to meet each of the individual components on my checklist.

So, here it is! My list of books that fill the list of the 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge!

PopSugar Challenge 2017 Book Covers

  • A book recommended by a librarian
    • The Child Thief, Brom
  • A book that’s been on your TBR list for way too long
    • 1984, George Orwell
  • A book of letters
    • The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis
  • An audiobook
    • Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir, Jenny Lawson
    • Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things, Jenny Lawson
  • A book by a person of color
    • The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
  • A book with one of the four seasons in the title
    • The Winter People, Jennifer McMahon
    • Endymion Spring, Matthew Skelton
    • I Know What You Did Last Summer, Lois Duncan
    • Autumn Falls, Bella Thorne
  • A book that’s a story within a story
    • Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell
  • A book with multiple authors
    • As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride, Cary Elwes, other cast members
  • An espionage thriller
    • Little Brother, Cory Doctorow
    • Homeland, Cory Doctorow
  • A book with a cat on the cover
    • The Cat Who Went to Heaven, Elizabeth Coatsworth
  • A book by an author who uses a pseudonym
    • We Were Liars, E. Lockhart
  • A bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read
    • Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson
  • A book by or about a person with a disability
    • Switched On: A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening, John Elder Robison
    • We Are the Ants, Shaun David Hutchinson
  • A book involving travel
    • On the Road, Jack Kerouac
  • A book with a subtitle
    • Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry a Prada Bag to the Unemployment  Office, Jen Lancaster
  • A book published in 2017
    • Beartown, Fredrik Backman
  • A book involving a mythical creature
    • The Girl with All the Gifts, M. R. Carey
    • The Boy on the Bridge, M. R. Carey
  • A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile
    • Never Flirt with Puppy Killers: And Other Better Book Titles, Dan Wilbur
  • A book about food
    • It Was Me All Along, Andie Mitchell
  • A book with career advice
    • Gracious: A Practical Primer on Charm, Tact, and Unsinkable Strength, Kelly Williams Brown
  • A book from a nonhuman perspective
    • Watership Down, Richard Adams
  • A steampunk novel
    • The Boy with the Cuckoo Clock Heart, Mathias Malzieu
  • A book with a red spine
    • Library Wars, Kiiro Yumi
  • A book set in the wilderness
    • Not a Drop to Drink, Mindy McGinnis
    • In a Handful of Dust, Mindy McGinnis
  • A book you loved as a child
    • Della Splatnuk, Birthday Girl, Lisa McCourt, Pat Porter
  • A book by an author from a country you’ve never visited
    • Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty
  • A book with a title that’s a character’s name
    • Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
  • A novel set during wartime
    • The War That Saved My Life, Kelly Brubaker Bradley
  • A book with an unreliable narrator
    • The Facts Speak for Themselves, Brock Cole
  • A book with pictures
    • Big Mushy Happy Lump, Sarah Andersen
  • A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you
    • Out of Darkness, Ashley Hope Perez
  • A book about an interesting woman
    • She Persisted, Chelsea Clinton, Alexandra Boiger
  • A book set in two different time periods
    • March, John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
  • A book with a month or day of the week in the title
    • The October List, Jeffery Deaver
    • Freaky Monday, Mary Rodgers & Heather Hach
  • A book set in a hotel
    • Wintergirls, Laurie Halse Anderson
  • A book written by someone you admire
    • What Happened, Hillary Clinton
  • A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017
    • Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon
  • A book set around a holiday other than Christmas
    • Narvla’s Celtic New Year, Therese Ghiraldi
  • The first book in a series you haven’t read before
    • Cinder, Marissa Meyer
  • A book you bought on a trip
    • The Fuzzy and the Techie: Why the Liberal Arts will Rule the Digital World, Scott Hartley
  • A book recommended by an author you love
    • Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling
  • A bestseller from 2016
    • The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
  • A book with a family-member term in the title
    • The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared, Alice Ozma
  • A book that takes place over a character’s lifespan
    • The Cider House Rules, John Irving
  • A book about an immigrant or a refugee
    • The Sun is Also a Star, Nicola Yoon
  • A book from a genre/subgenre you’ve never heard of
    • The Killer Inside Me, Jim Thompson
  • A book with an eccentric character
    • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, Chris Grabenstein
  • A book that’s more than 800 pages
    • It, Stephen King
  • A book that you got from a used book sale
    • Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith, Anne Lamott
  • A book that’s been mentioned in another book
    • The Outsiders, S. E. Hinton
  • A book on a difficult topic
    • All the Bright Places, Jennifer Niven
  • A book based on mythology
    • The Raven Cycle, Maggie Stiefvater


WHEW!  And there you have it!  The full, completed POPSUGAR Challenge for 2017.

Anyone else out there doing the challenge?  Share the books you read to fill the list!  (And even if you didn’t take the challenge, see what books you’ve read and where they’d fit in above!)

And, is anyone up for taking the 2018 Challenge with me?  Let me know!





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