Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge – 2020

Well again I have failed at the last hurdle having abandoned blogging and caring a jot about these reading challenges.

Normal List:  35/40

Advanced List 8/10

1. Category – to do
2. Category – Plan of what books to read
3. Category – Title of Book Read

  • 1 A book published in 2020. Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo
  • 2 A book by a trans or non-binary author  The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein (well it’s about a trans woman so I am going to count it) (also works for #10 and #35)
  • 3 A book with a great first line Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli (Mouths open to the sun, they sleep.)

kim jiyoung born 1982 trauma cleaner lost children archive

  • 4 A book about a book club Plan: The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe or The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
  • 5 A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar (Set in London)
  • 6 A bildungsroman The Sin Eater by Megan Campisi  

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  • 7 The first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed The Testament by John Grisham
  • 8 A book with an upside-down image on the cover The Overstory by Richard Powers
  • 9 A book with a map – Walking the Himalayas by Levison Wood 

the overstory walking the himalayas wood

  • 10 A book recommended by your favourite blog, vlog, podcast or online book club  Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters (also works for #5,#6, #12, #27 (lust is very much a part), #35, #46, #48) Reccomended by Jen Campbell
  • 11 An anthology Thank You, Fog by W.H. Auden (also works for #3, #25, #35, #44)
  • 12 A book that passes the Bechdel test The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside by Jessica Ryn (also works for #50(Grace is in her 20s))

Tipping the Velvet Thank you fog auden the extraordinary hope of dawn brightside

  • 13 A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but is unrelated to it The Butterfly Girl (Naomi Cottle #2) by Rene Denfeld (completely unrelated to a movie of the same name) (also works for #35 and #12
  • 14 A book by an author with flora or fauna in their name  The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (also works for #1,#6, #12, #33 and #48)
  • 15 A book about or involving social media  Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1) by Ernest Cline
  • butterfly girl ready player one the mercies
  • 16 A book that has a book on the cover Saints and Psychopaths by William L. Hamilton (on the lecturn)
  • 17 A medical thriller Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
  • 18 A book with a made-up language An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

saints and psychopaths hot milk levy 36437011

  • 19 A book set in a country beginning with “C” (Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, The Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo (the Democratic Republic of), Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic)The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel (set in Canada as well as the US)
  • 20 A book you picked up because the title caught your attention The Bloody Chamber And Other Stories by Angela Carter (also works for #11, #12, #44, #45 and #46)
  • 21 A book published the month of your birthday  The Art of Not Falling Apart
    by Christina Patterson (also works for #38)

glass hotel the bloody chamber the art of not falling apart

  • 22 A book by or about a woman in STEM Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
  • 23 A book that won an award in 2019 The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold (also works for #10, #9, #8, #33) Goodreads Choice Award for History & Biography (2019),
  • 24 A book on a subject you know nothing about  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (also works for 22)

stiff mary roach the five The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks 

  • 25 A book with only words on the cover, no images or graphics How to Talk So Teens Will Listen & Listen So Teens Will Talk. Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
  • 26 A book with a pun in the title Born Lippy: How to Do Female by Jo Brand (also works for #43 at a push, and maybe #12)
  • 27 A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins ( pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth) Bonk, the curious coupling of sex and science by Mary Roach (Lust)

how to talk so teens will listen born lippy jo brand bonk the curious coupling of sex and science

  • 28 A book with a robot, cyborg, or AI character  Skyward (Skyward, #1) by Brandon Sanderson
  • 29 A book with a bird on the cover The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
  • 30 A fiction or nonfiction book about a world leader Plan: Lincoln in the Bardo
    by George Saunders or 11/22/63 by Stephen King (with the JFK assassination being part of it) or The President is Missing by President Bill Clinton and James Patterson

skyward salt path

  •  31 A book with “gold,” “silver,” or “bronze” in the title Plan: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt or  Plan:A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood (also works for #45)
  •  32 A book about a WOC Plan: My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
  • 33 A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads  Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (also works for #44 and ?#48)

Dr Sleep King

  • 34 A book you meant to read in 2019  The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
  • 35 A book with a three-word title The October Man by Ben Aaronovitch 
  • 36 A book with a pink cover Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

watchmaker filigree street the october man annihilation

  • 37 A western Plan: The Sisters Brothers by Patrick Dewitt, or The Coming by David Osborne
  • 38 A book by or about a journalist More Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
  • 39 Read a banned book during Banned Books Week (?sometime in September) Plan: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • 40  Your favourite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge   from 2019 #30 A book featuring an amateur detective The Vicious Vet (Agatha Raisin #2) by M.C. Beaton

more tales of the city 2 vicious vet

Advanced List

  • 41 A book written by an Author in their 20’s Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh (who was 28 when this book was published in 2013)
  • 42 A book with “20” or “twenty” in the title Plan: Fives and Twenty-Fives by Michael Pitre
  • 43 A book with a character with a visual impairment or enhancement (a nod to 20/20 vision) Well she wears glasses so: Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott 

hyperbole and a half bird by bird

  • 44 A book set in Japan, host of the 2020 Olympics.The Lost Future of Pepperharrow by Natasha Pulley
  • 45 A book set in the 1920s Plan: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf or The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  • 46 A book with an author who has written more than 20 books Pet Sematary by Stephen King  (also works for #48)

the lost future of pepperharrowpet-sematary-stephen-king

  • 47 A book with more than 20 letters in its title To Be Taught, If Fortunate
    by Becky Chambers
  • 48 A book published in the 20th century Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener (Agatha Raisin #3) by M.C. Beaton (first published in 1994)
  • 49 A book from a series with more than 20 books Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton (from a series with 30 books so far)
  • 50 A book with a main character in their 20s Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

to be taught if fortunate agatha raisin potted gardener quiche of death agatha raisin tales of the city 1

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