2021 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

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The following will include the options I’m considering for each task, but it will also include the books I do end up choosing to read/have read already! I will mark each chosen/read book clearly.

Books completed: 20/40 regular, 6/10 advanced


  1. A book that’s published in 2021
    • The Murderbot Diaries #6: Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells (Completed June 12th)
  2. An Afrofuturist book
    • New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color, edited by Nisi Shawl (Completed July 15th)
  3. A book that has a heart, diamond, club, or spade on the cover
    • OPTION ~ ~ Hercule Poirot #15: Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie (not read yet)
    • OPTION ~ ~ The Montague Siblings #1: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (not read yet)
  4. A book by an author who shares your zodiac sign
    • Written in Red by Anne Bishop — Capricorn (Completed February 2nd)
  5. A dark academia book
    • The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (Completed January 7th)
  6. A book with a gem, mineral, or rock in the title
  7. A book where the main character works at your current or dream job
    • The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix (not read yet)
  8. A book that has won the Women’s Prize for Fiction
    • The Power by Naomi Alderman (not read yet)
  9. A book with a family tree
  10. A bestseller from the 1990s
    • Harry Potter #1: Harry Potter a l’ecole des sorciers by J.K. Rowling — 1997, French edition (Completed April 7th)
  11. A book about forgetting
    • The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle (Completed April 5th)
  12. A book you have seen on someone’s bookshelf (in real life, on a Zoom call, in a TV show, etc.)
    • Origin Mystery #2: The Atlantis Plague by A.G. Riddle (not read yet)
  13. A locked-room mystery
    • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (Completed May 30th)
  14. A book set in a restaurant
  15. A book with a black-and-white cover
    • milk and honey by Rupi Kaur (Completed February 7th)
  16. A book by an Indigenous author
    • Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse (not read yet)
  17. A book that has the same title as a song
    • Skyward #2: Starsight by Brandon Sanderson — starsight by Prettyboys (Completed January 6th)
  18. A book about a subject you are passionate about
    • The Mercenary Librarians #1: Deal With the Devil by Kit Rocha — archives (Completed July 1st)
  19. A book that discusses body positivity
    • Tales of Inthya #1: Queen of Ieflaria by Effie Calvin (Completed January 22nd)
  20. A book found on a Black Lives Matter reading list
    • OPTION ~ ~ Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi (not read yet)
    • OPTION ~ ~ The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (not read yet)
    • OPTION ~ ~ The Color Purple by Alice Walker (not read yet)
  21. A genre hybrid
    • Tiamat #1: The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge (Completed January 25th)
      • fairy tale retelling
      • fantasy
      • space opera
      • ‘general’ science fiction
  22. A book set mostly or entirely outdoors
    • Xenogenesis #2: Adulthood Rites by Octavia E. Butler (Completed April 3rd)
  23. A book with something broken on the cover
    • Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal (not read yet)
  24. A book by a Muslim American author
    • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (not read yet)
  25. A book that was published anonymously
  26. A book with an oxymoron in the title
    • Something Dark and Holy #1: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
  27. A book about do-overs or fresh starts
    • Xenogenesis #1: Dawn by Octavia E. Butler (Completed February 1st)
  28. A magical realism book
    • Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett (not read yet)
    • She Would Be King by Wayetu Moore (not read yet)
    • Powder Mage #1: Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan (not read yet)
  29. A book set in multiple countries
    • The Effort?
  30. A book set somewhere you’d like to visit in 2021
  31. A book by a blogger, vlogger, YouTube video creator, or other online personality
  32. A book whose title starts with “Q,” “X,” or “Z”
    • Zone One by Colson Whitehead (Completed June 24th)
  33. A book featuring three generations (grandparent, parent, child)
    • A Song of Ice and Fire #3: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin (Completed March 10th)
    • OR Semiosis by Sue Burke
  34. A book about a social justice issue
    • Kindred by Octavia E. Butler (Completed June 28th)
  35. A book in a different format than what you normally read (audiobooks, ebooks, graphic novels)
    • Princeless, Book One by Jeremy Whitley, Mia Goodwin, Jung-ha Kim, & Dave Dwonch (Completed July 14th)
  36. A book that has fewer than 1,000 reviews on Amazon or Goodreads
    • Humans are Weird: I Have the Data by Betty Adams (Completed February 6th)
  37. A book you think your best friend would like
    • Dune #1: Dune by Frank Herbert (Completed March 19th)
  38. A book about art or an artist
    • Sarah’s Scribbles #3: Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen (Completed July 1st)
  39. A book everyone seems to have read but you
    • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (Completed July 2nd)
  40. Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge


    • ~*~ Advanced ~*~
  41. The longest book (by pages) on your TBR list
    • Night’s Dawn #2: The Neutronium Alchemist by Peter F. Hamilton — in hardcover, standard measurement: 999 pages (Completed March 28th)
  42. The shortest book (by pages) on your TBR list
    • The Murderbot Diaries #4.5 — Home: Habitat, Range, Niche, Territory by Martha Wells — 17 pages (Completed January 20th)
  43. The book on your TBR list with the prettiest cover
    • Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell (not read yet)
  44. The book on your TBR list with the ugliest cover
    • The Sprawl #1: Neuromancer by William Gibson (Completed June 14th)
  45. The book that’s been on your TBR list for the longest amount of time
    • The Kingkiller Chronicle #1: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (currently reading)
  46. A book from your TBR list you meant to read last year but didn’t
    • Night’s Dawn #1: The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton (Completed March 1st)
  47. A book from your TBR list you associate with a favorite person, place, or thing
    • The Long Winter #1: Winter World by A.G. Riddle — winter (not read yet)
    • The Interdependency #1: The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi — space (not read yet)
    • Redshirts by John Scalzi — Star Trek (not read yet)
  48. A book from your TBR list chosen at random
    • Wayfarers #1: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (Completed May 27th)
  49. A DNF book from your TBR list
    • The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (Completed July 13th)
  50. A free book from your TBR list (gifted, borrowed, library)
    • Kindle Unlimited book — Red’s Rangers by Rozie Marshall (Completed June 28th)

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