2020 POPSUGAR Reading challenge

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.

30/50 prompts = Jan’s Current Status

50 Reading Prompts

  1. Published in 2020
  2. By trans or non-binary author
  3. Great first line
  4. About a book club
  5. Set in a city that has hosted the Olympics The Actress (Rita Farmer Mystery #1) by Elizabeth Sims.
  6. Bildungsroman (young adult emotional/spiritual journey) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  7. First book on shelf touched with eyes closed (fun!)
  8. Upside down image on cover
  9. Has a map White Rose Black Forest by Eoin Dempsey
  10. Recommended by your favourite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club
  11. Anthology Doctor Bell Anthology by Jan L. Mayes
  12. Passes the Bechdel test (female characters not just focussed on gossip, etc.) The Widow’s Watcher by Eliza Maxwell
  13. Same title as a movie or TV show that is unrelated
  14. By an author with flora or fauna in their name The Collector by John Fowles
  15. Published the month of your birthday (March for me) The Dead Room by SM Erickson
  16. About or by a woman in STEM Tinnitus Toolbox Hyperacusis Handbook by Jan L. Mayes
  17. Won an award in 2019 Tinnitus Toolbox Hyperacusis Handbook by Jan L. Mayes
  18. On a subject you know nothing about Tears of the Silenced by Misty Griffin
  19. Only words on cover
  20. Pun in title Doctor Bell Anthology by Jan L. Mayes (Tinnitus = Ringing in the ears. Bell? Tinnitus terror tales? Punny, eh?)
  21. Featuring one of the 7 deadly sins Every Single Secret by Emily Carpenter
  22. Includes robot, cyborg, or AI character
  23. Bird on the cover Devil’s Feather by Minette Walters
  24. Fiction or non-fiction about a world leader The Dark Citadel by Michael Wallace
  25. Gold, silver, or bronze in the title
  26. By a woman of colour The Kiss Thief by LJ Shen
  27. At least a 4 star rating on Goodreads The Dark Citadel by Michael Wallace
  28. Meant to read in 2019 The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
  29. About or involving social media: Closer Home by Kerry Anne King
  30. 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.)
  31. Medical thriller Doctor Bell Anthology by Jan L. Mayes
  32. With a made-up language The Dark Citadel by Michael Wallace
  33. Set in a country beginning with C = Paper Wife by Laila Ibrahim (Don’t forget Oh, Canada! Doctor Bell Anthology)
  34. Book picked because title caught your attention Dead End Girl by LT Vargus and Tim McBain
  35. Three word title Blood of Elves (Witcher #1) by Andrzej Sapkowski
  36. Pink cover
  37. Western
  38. By or about a journalist Devil’s Feather by Minette Walters
  39. Banned book during banned books week (Sept 20-26, 2020)
  40. Favourite past POPSUGAR prompt Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
  41. Written by author in their 20s Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg
  42. 20 or Twenty in title 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  43. Has character with vision impairment or enhancement Lies that Bind Us by Andrew Hart
  44. Set in Japan
  45. Set in 1920s
  46. By an author with more than 20 books The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
  47. Book with more than 20 letters in title The Ghosts of Kali Oka Road by M. L. Bullock
  48. Published in 20th century
  49. From a series with more than 20 books
  50. 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.

Happy reading!


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