I’m doing this challenge for the 3rd year in a row. In 2018, I finished by the end of the year. In 2019, I didn’t quite make it. I’m hoping this year I can read all 50 prompts by the end of December. This year’s book prompts listed at popsugar.com look interesting. I know I’ll end up reading some old favourites as well as find new books to stretch my reading horizons.
I don’t spend money or buy books unless they’re by my favourite authors or something I know I want to read again sometime. If I don’t have a book I want to read already for a prompt, I get a lot of eBooks free through book giveaway site BookBub and my Amazon Prime membership. I happen to like my favourite genre books available on BookBub and free decent eBooks plus shipping perks of Amazon Prime; I’m not affiliated with them or anybody else. Kindle Unlimited or other book subscription services also have a wide range of free eBooks. Libraries have paperbacks and digital copies. I’m going to try borrowing library books more this year. I also take advantage of paperback book swaps in my local communities. Reuse and recycle!
I’m tracking my 2020 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge progress below. I’ve added Goodreads book links for the prompts I’ve finished.
24/50 prompts = Jan’s Current Status
50 Reading Prompts
- Published in 2020
- By trans or non-binary author
- Great first line
- About a book club
- Set in a city that has hosted the Olympics The Actress (Rita Farmer Mystery #1) by Elizabeth Sims.
- Bildungsroman (young adult emotional/spiritual journey) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- First book on shelf touched with eyes closed (fun!)
- Upside down image on cover
- Has a map
- Recommended by your favourite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club
- Anthology Doctor Bell Anthology by Jan L. Mayes
- Passes the Bechdel test (female characters not just focussed on gossip, etc.) The Widow’s Watcher by Eliza Maxwell
- Same title as a movie or TV show that is unrelated
- By an author with flora or fauna in their name
- Published the month of your birthday (March for me) The Dead Room by SM Erickson
- About or by a woman in STEM Tinnitus Toolbox Hyperacusis Handbook by Jan L. Mayes
- Won an award in 2019 Tinnitus Toolbox Hyperacusis Handbook by Jan L. Mayes
- On a subject you know nothing about Tears of the Silenced by Misty Griffin
- Only words on cover
- Pun in title Doctor Bell Anthology by Jan L. Mayes (Tinnitus = Ringing in the ears. Bell? Tinnitus terror tales? Punny, eh?)
- Featuring one of the 7 deadly sins Every Single Secret by Emily Carpenter
- Includes robot, cyborg, or AI character
- Bird on the cover
- Fiction or non-fiction about a world leader The Dark Citadel by Michael Wallace
- Gold, silver, or bronze in the title
- By a woman of colour
- At least a 4 star rating on Goodreads The Dark Citadel by Michael Wallace
- Meant to read in 2019 The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
- About or involving social media: Closer Home by Kerry Anne King
- Has a book on the cover (Should I read my disturbing horror paranormal flash fiction book Regretfully Invited? Quick read, but also not for sensitive or young readers.)
- Medical thriller Doctor Bell Anthology by Jan L. Mayes
- With a made-up language The Dark Citadel by Michael Wallace
- Set in a country beginning with C = Paper Wife by Laila Ibrahim (Don’t forget Oh, Canada! Doctor Bell Anthology)
- Book picked because title caught your attention
- Three word title Blood of Elves (Witcher #1) by Andrzej Sapkowski
- Pink cover
- By or about a journalist
- Banned book during banned books week (Sept 20-26, 2020)
- Favourite past POPSUGAR prompt
- Written by author in their 20s
- 20 or Twenty in title 11/22/63 by Stephen King
- Has character with vision impairment or enhancement Lies that Bind Us by Andrew Hart
- Set in Japan
- Set in 1920s
- By an author with more than 20 books The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
- Book with more than 20 letters in title The Ghosts of Kali Oka Road by M. L. Bullock
- Published in 20th century
- From a series with more than 20 books
- Main character in their 20s Paper Wife by Laila Ibrahim
Books I’ve written have never met so many prompts as this year. So that’s kind of fun. If you need help finding books, the Goodreads group Ultimate Popsugar Reading Challenge has suggestions for every prompt. In my view, no book is too short or simple to count if it meets a prompt. Including children’s books. Graphic novels are great too. When I’m not sure if a book I have exactly meets a prompt, I say close is good enough. It’s my challenge so I don’t need to be a purist. I want to enjoy reading. Some people only do the first 35 prompts. Some people use the same book for more than 1 prompt so they can read fewer books to finish the challenge.
I set up my 2020 POPSUGAR reading shelf at my Goodreads Jan L. Mayes Author page. Can you tell which book I’ve included to-read with the prompt I’m using it for? Which prompt do you think Little Women is for? Can you spot my biggest problem? I can’t wait until September’s banned book week to read The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. If you’re on Goodreads, send me a friend request, and let’s share our reading progress and help each other meet this challenge! Book suggestions for prompts welcome.
Jan L. Mayes“Never give up. Never surrender.”
Author, audiologist, educator, quiet activist, playing with words.