POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2021

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  • 1. A book that’s published in 2021 Threadneedle by Cari Thomas
  • 2. An Afrofuturist book Plan: The Deep by Rivers Solomon
  • 3. A book that has a heart, diamond, club, or spade on the cover My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
  • 4. A book by an author who shares your zodiac sign SuperFreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner (Levitt is a Gemini too)
  • 5. A dark academia book plan: The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  • 6. A book with a gem, mineral, or rock in the title The Metal Heart by Caroline Lea (also works for #3, #7, #34)
  • 7. A book where the main character works at your current or dream job French Revolutions: Cycling the Tour de France by Tim Moore (well maybe not the cycling but he is a travel writer)
  • 8. A book that has won the Women’s Prize For Fiction Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (won in 2002)
  • 9. A book with a family tree plan Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
  • 10. A bestseller from the 1990s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (published in Japan in 1995 and a bestseller there, also works for #28)
  • 11. A book about forgetting The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa (also works for #7, #28)
  • 12. A book you have seen on someone’s bookshelf (in real life, on a Zoom call, in a TV show, etc.) Knots & Crosses by Ian Rankin (seen on Nicola Sturgeon’s Bookshelves)
  • 13. A locked-room mystery Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
  • 14. A book set in a restaurant Madame Burova by Ruth Hogan (there are many scenes in a seaside café, which I am going to count as a restaurant)
  • 15. A book with a black-and-white cover Reliquary (Pendergast #2) by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (also works for #21, #28)
  • 16. A book by an Indigenous author The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian by Alexie Sherman
  • 17. A book that has the same title as a song Brief Lives (The Sandman, #7) by Neil Gaiman (there seems to be three songs on Spotify with this name but this one by the Greys is my favourite) (could also work for #38 (as destruction was definitely an artist, not a good one, but still) and #21)
  • 18. A book about a subject you are passionate about Real Estate by Deborah Levy (it is certainly about feminism among other things)
  • 19. A book that discusses body positivity Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy (also works for #14)
  • 20. A book found on a Black Lives Matter reading list plan: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents By Isabel Wilkerson
  • 21. A genre hybrid The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell (part travel memoir, part self help)
  • 22. A book set mostly or entirely outdoors Rivers of London: Body Work by Ben Aaronovitch el al (also works for #21, #28)
  • 23. A book with something broken on the cover Dead in Devon by Stephanie Austin (with a boarded up building on the cover) (also counts for #30, #35 (audiobook), # 36)
  • 24. A book by a Muslim British author plan: This Green and Pleasant Land by Ayisha Malik
  • 25. A book that was published anonymously The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (ie JK Rowling in disguise)
  • 26. A book with an oxymoron in the title Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller
  • 27. A book about do-overs or fresh starts Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller
  • 28. A magical realism book The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  • 29. A book set in multiple countries The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
  • 30. A book set somewhere you’d like to visit in 2021 Dead on Dartmoor by Stephanie Austin (set in Ashburton which is about 15 miles from where I live, so an achievable goal, also somewhere I haven’t been in a few years)
  • 31. A book by a blogger, vlogger, YouTube video creator, or other online personality Atomic Habits by James Clear
  • 32. A book whose title starts with “Q,” “X,” or “Z” The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis
  • 33. A book featuring three generations (grandparent, parent, child) Clutter Free by Kathi Lipp
  • 34. A book about a social justice issue The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (about gay rights)
  • 35. A book in a different format than what you normally read (audiobooks, ebooks, graphic novels) Fables and Reflections (The Sandman #6) by Neil Gaiman (a graphic novel)
  • 36. A book that has fewer than 1,000 reviews on Amazon or Goodreads From Devon with Death by Stephanie Austin
  • 37. A book you think your dad would like Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in Space by Mary Roach (I am too old to have a best friend so I chose my dad instead.)
  • 38. A book about art or an artist The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers (one of the main characters is an artist, also works for #43, #1 and #6 (loosly))
  • 39. A book everyone seems to have read but you My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
  • 40. Your favourite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge from 2016 a book with less than 150 pages The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway


  • 41. The longest book (by pages) on your TBR list The Stand by Stephen King (at 1440 pages)
  • 42. The shortest book (by pages) on your TBR list The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman (at 76 pages)
  • 43. The book on your TBR list with the prettiest cover The Ophelia Girls by Jane Healey (this isn’t the cover of the edition I actually read but it is gorgeous)
  • 44. The book on your TBR list with the ugliest cover Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (ok so its not exactly ugly but its not pretty either)
  • 45. The book that’s been on your TBR list for the longest amount of time Plan: Mary Ann in Autumn (Tales of the City #8) by Armistead Maupin (since July 2017)
  • 46. A book from your TBR list you meant to read last year but didn’t Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig
  • 47. A book from your TBR list you associate with a favourite person, place, or thing Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake (my mum bought a copy of this book for my dad’s birthday last year.) (also works for #43)
  • 48. A book from your TBR list chosen at random The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō
  • 49. A DNF book from your TBR list Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
  • 50. A free book from your TBR list (gifted, borrowed, library) Crime on the Fens by Joy Ellis

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