Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge – 2019 – (Basic 40 Complete)

This is my second time doing the Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge I completed the non-advanced (the first 40) in 2018 and for some crazy reason I am doing this challenge in conjunction with the Around the Year in 52 Books, daft I know.   There is a Goodreads group for this too.

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

1. A book becoming a movie in 2019  Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats
by T. S. Eliot (but the movie looks like one to avoid)

2. A book that makes you nostalgic  The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough (as I first read it aged around 16, or if not this prompt, for #6 or #7, #31 or #50)
3. A book written by a musician (fiction or nonfiction)  M-Train by Patti Smith
old possums books of practical cats thorn birds 25109655
4. A book you think should be turned into a movie – Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben
5. A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads:  Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal (Harry Potter #1) byJ.K. Rowling (a reread but this time in Spanish)
6. A book with a plant in the title or on the cover – Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield (could also count for #36 at a push)

dont let go Harry Potter y la Pierdra Filosofal once upon a river
7. A reread of a favourite book – The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman (also works for #35)
8. A book about a hobby – Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (about hiking amongst other things)
9. A book you meant to read in 2018 – All Among The Barley by Melissa Harrison (also counts for #6)

subtle knife Wild All Among the barley
10. A book with POP, SUGAR, or CHALLENGE in the title : Visions of Sugar Plums (Stephanie Plum #8.5) by Janet Evanovich
11. A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover – Day of the Accident by Nuala Ellwood (red coat) (also fit for #26 )
12. A book inspired by myth/legend/folklore – Things in Jars by Jess Kidd or #12

visions of sugar plums day accident Things in Jars
13. A book published posthumously – Ariel by Sylvia Plath
14. A book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie.  From the  Rory Gilmore List – Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
15. A retelling of a classic – Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood 
plath ariel Anna Karenina Hag Seed
16. A book with a question in the title. : Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson (and  #17 (in part), #31 or #43)
17. A book set on college or university campus:  Educated by Tara Westover 
18. A book about someone with a superpower –  Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel by Ruth Hogan well she can see dead people (also works for #2, #26 and #36)
queenie Malones paradise hotel  Educatedwhy be happy when you could be normals
19. A book told from multiple POVs – The Other Half of Augusta Hope by  Joanna Glen
20. A book set in space – Calling Major Tom by David M. Barnett
21. A book by two female authors : The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
The other half of augusta hope  33927878._sy475_ 0008272956
22. A book with SALTY, SWEET, BITTER, or SPICY in the title  Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
23. A book set in ScandinaviaThe Glass Woman by Caroline Lea set in 17th Century Iceland (which can be termed Scandinavia loosely,  this also will count for #26, #19 or #34)
24. A book that takes place in a single day : Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet  lillian boxfish takes a walk the glass woman
25. A debut novel – The Parisian by Isabella Hammad
26. A book that’s published in 2019 – The Binding by Bridget Collins
27. A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature  The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (or #12 or #25)
parisian the binding  golem jinni
28. A book recommended by a celebrity you admire. I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong (as recommended by Bill Gates)
29. A book with LOVE in the title Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
30. A book featuring an amateur detective –  The Anarchists’ Club (Leo Stanhope #2) by Alex Reeve
I contain multitueds Eat Pray Love The Anarchists club

31. A book about a family The Accidental by Ali Smith

32. A book author from Asia, Africa, or South America:  Quichotte by Salman Rushdie
33. A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in title:  Moon Over Soho (Rivers of London #2) by Ben Aaronovitch
the accidental Quichotte moon over soho
34. A book that includes a wedding –  The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
by Lisa See, two weddings in fact (also works for #31)
35. A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter: Wool (Silo #1) by Hugh Howey
36. A ghost story –  Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
tea girl hummingbird lane  wool rivers of london
37. A book with a two-word title –  Story Genius by Lisa Cron
38. A novel based on a true story The Shining by Stephen King
39. A book revolving around a puzzle or game The Man Who Saw Everything
by Deborah Levy (its a bit of a cheat but the whole book is a puzzle).

40. Your favourite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading challenge Plan from the 2017 challenge, a book with a subtitle: Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
Story Genius The Shining The Man Who Saw Everything behind the beautiful forevers


41. A “cli-fi” (climate fiction) book
42. A “choose-your-own-adventure” book.  – The Shamutanti Hills (Fighting Fantasy: Sorcery!, #1) by Steve Jackson  (also for #2)
43. An “own voices” book An American Marriage by Tayari Jones  

shamutanti hills  american marriage-min
44. Read a book during the season it is set in:  Foxglove Summer (Rivers of London #5) by Ben Aaronovitch 
45. A LitRPG book Plan Plan: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (the best of a bad lot I think)
46. A book with no chapters / unusual chapter headings / unconventionally numbered chapters – Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid  (really large chapters by stage in the bands’ career)

20499240 Daisy Jones and the Six
47. Two books that share the same title
48. Two books that share the same title
49. A book that has inspired a common phrase or idiom The Godfather by Mario Puzo
50. A book set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage, or convent

the godfather

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