2020 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

Every year POPSUGAR announces a reading challenge and every year I participate but never actually end up completing it. Last year I did a much better job than I had previously, but still didn’t quite make it through all of the prompts. However, this year I really, really, REALLYYYYY want to finish this challenge for this first time ever. 2020 is supposed to be the year for new beginnings after all, right?

With that being said, I really enjoy how random and diverse the prompts are with this reading challenge and encourage anyone to try it out, especially if you enjoy no pressure challenges. It’s purely for fun and to get readers to expand their reading horizons. If you are interested, I recommend checking out the GOODREADS GROUP, as it is super helpful with a very engaged community.

2020 Prompts and (Tentative) TBR


A book that’s published in 2020 – The Empire of Gold (The Daevabad Trilogy, #3) by S.A. Chakraborty

A book by a trans or nonbinary author – The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

A book with a great first line – Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

A book about a book club – The Rejected Writers’ Book Club by Suzanne Kelman

A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics – Warcross (Warcross, #1) by Marie Lu

A bildungsroman – The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

The first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed – The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O by Neal Stephenson

A book with an upside-down image on the cover – The Beautiful (The Beautiful, #1) by Renee Ahdieh

A book with a map – Five Dark Fates (Three Dark Crowns, #4) by Kendare Blake

A book recommended by your favorite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club – Final Girls by Riley Sager

An anthology – From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars) by Elizabeth Schaefer

A book that passes the Bechdel test – Honor Lost (Honors, #3) by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre

A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but is unrelated to it – Invictus by Ryan Graudin

A book by an author with flora or fauna in their name – Valiant (A Modern Faerie Tale, #2) by Holly Black

A book published the month of your birthday (January) – The Wicked City by Beatriz Williams

A book about or by a woman in STEM – Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

A book that won an award in 2019 – The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1) by R.F. Kuang

A book on a subject you know nothing about – Surprise, Kill, Vanish: The Secret History of CIA Paramilitary Armies, Operators, and Assassins by Annie Jacobsen

A book with only words on the cover, no images or graphics – Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury

A book with a pun in the title – The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins – The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings, #1) by Mackenzi Lee

A book with a robot, cyborg, or AI character – Defy the Fates (Constellation, #3) by Claudia Gray

A book with a bird on the cover – A Gathering of Ravens (Grimnir, #1) by Scott Oden

A fiction or nonfiction book about a world leader – State of Sorrow (Sorrow, #1) by Melinda Salisbury

A book with “gold”, “silver”, or “bronze” in the title – Iron Gold (Red Rising, #4) by Pierce Brown

A book by a WOC – The Silence of Bones by June Hur

A book with a four-star rating on Goodreads – The Lioness of Morocco by Julia Drosten

A book you meant to read in 2019 – Kingsbane (Empirium, #2) by Claire Legrand

A book about or involving social media – If You’re Out There by Katy Loutzenhiser

A book that has a book on the cover – Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle

A medical thriller – Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

A book with a made-up language – Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse, #1) by James S.A. Corey

A book set in a country beginning with “C” – Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

A book you picked because the title caught your attention – Layoverland by Gabby Noone

A book with a three word title – Now Entering Addamsville by Francesa Zappia

A book with a pink cover – Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George

A Western – Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist

A book by or about a journalist – Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

Read a banned book during Banned Books Week (September 20-26) – Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Your favorite prompt from a past year: A book you started but never finished (2015) – Middlemarch by George Eliot


A book written by an author in their 20’s – That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger

A book with “20” or “twenty” in the title – The Twentieth Wife (Taj Mahal Trilogy, #1) by Indu Sundaresan

A book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement (a nod to 20/20 vision) – Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle, #2) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

A book set in Japan, host of the 2020 Olympics – Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

A book set in the 1920’s – Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners, #3) by Libba Bray

A book by an author who has written more than 20 books – Sword and Pen (The Great Library, #5) by Rachel Caine

A book with more than 20 letters in its title – The Last Equation of Isaac Severy by Nova Jacobs

A book published in the 20th century – The Song of Troy by Colleen McCullough

A book from a series with more than 20 books – Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen, #1) by Steven Erikson

A book with a main character in their 20’s – The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Will you be participating in the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge this year? Have you participated before? Did you complete it? Have you read any of the books on my TBR?

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