The 2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge…Finished!!


So this year I decided to do my first ever reading prompt challenge, the 2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge, thanks to the encouragement of my good friend Danielle, who is taking an extended break from her blog Books, Vertigo, and Tea. I’m so glad that I let her encourage me to do this challenge because I read books this year that I normally wouldn’t have picked up! For example, I’m not a sci-fi fan at all and although I’d heard wonderful things about The Martian, I would never have read it if I hadn’t need to for a prompt…the same thing goes for Ready Player One!

Some of these books were books that I taught in the spring in an Interpreting Literature class while I was guest lecturing at a different university; they were books that were already on the syllabus and I didn’t get to pick, which was a first (and I wasn’t honestly thrilled about)! They were also books that I probably wouldn’t have picked but I ended up really enjoying all of them except two.

It really was a great experience to diversify my reading and read books that I otherwise might not have read!

Here are the 50 books that I read this year for the challenge, yay me!!

Main Prompts (40):










• A childhood classic you’ve never read: Mary Poppins
• A book published in 2018-White Chrysanthemum
• A past Goodreads Choice winner: The Hate U Give
• A book set in the decade you were born: The Great Alone
• A book you meant to read in 2017 but you didn’t get to – Watching Glass Shatter
• A book with an ugly cover-Anatomy of a Scandal
• A book that involves a bookstore or a library-Words in Deep Blue
• Your favorite prompt from the 2015/2016/2017 PopSugar Challenge-A Book Based on a Fairy Tale (2016)-The Girl in the Tower

Advanced Tasks (10):





• An Allegory: The Allegory of the Cave
• A book with an author with the same first or last name as you: America’s First Daughter
• A microhistory: Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
• A book about a problem facing society today- Exit West
• A book recommended by someone else taking the PopSugar challenge: The Royal We


I’m definitely doing the 2019 Popsugar Reading Challenge again next year because it looks like it will be a lot of fun!! I hope a lot of you will join me…it was so much fun! Now time to figure out what books to read for these 2019 prompts…if you have any ideas, feel free to share!


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40 thoughts on “The 2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge…Finished!!

  1. You are SO amazing!! That is a lot of terrific books to read in one year. I’m in awe!! I did the PS Challenge in 2017 but this year was just too hectic to give it a go. I’m going to try again in 2019. Thank you for the inspiration and all of the great reviews this year!

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    1. Thank you!! It was fun to do…tough at times to find the right book for the prompt but worth it. I knew I’d read way more than 50 books in a year, so this was a great way of diversifying my reading. You’re welcome! I’m glad you’re going to do it in 2019 and good luck!! It’ll be fun!


    1. Thanks, Jonetta! Maybe you’ll reach the 40 book challenge before the end of the year? I did read some really good books, which made the challenge so much more fun!


  2. I’m super impressed, Steph! Way to go with the challenge! I think I’m still so hectic with ARCs that it makes me nervous, but maybe by 2020, I can join you for one. That will be my goal, and I’m not kidding. Somehow my January and February are already out of control, so I’m hoping to keep my entire year from being like that! 😂 Anyway, way to go! And Happy Thanksgiving, my sweet superhuman friend! ♥️ xoxo


    1. Thanks! I managed to read half of them the first of the year when I was keeping myself to less than 5 ARCs a month like I normally do during the school year then only had about 6 left to read after summer was over.

      I only had 2 ARCs for Nov and 3 for Dec so I was lucky (after the nightmare of Oct…)! You’re not kidding! I’m sure you have more ARCS for Jan and Feb than I do but anything more than 6 or 7 a month is more than I want to commit to right now, lol. And I think I have 10 both months, which is one reason I’m starting to read and review them now, whew! I don’t want them to get crazy either. so I’m keeping a close eye on publication dates for spring! I really want to read more of my books in 2019 although I think I made a big dent or at least the goal I set the beginning of the year of reading the books I owned!

      Thanks again! It would be great if you did it too and ARCS can be used for prompts too! Happy Thanksgiving to you too, my friend! I hope you have a wonderful day! ♥ xoxo

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      1. Unfortunately, yes, there are more than 10 each for January and February. There are some weeks where there wasn’t enough room (lines, really) to add each book, and I don’t like that…You have done brilliantly with setting limits and also with reading your own books! I’m going to shoot for that later in 2019 (though I know spring and summer will be hard because—- summer books!). I hope your Thanksgiving has been wonderful. At least we had a semi-warm, sunny one! ♥️ xoxo

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      2. That is a lot! I’d be swimming in reviews. I think I have 7 that I need to write but I just keep on reading, lol. Thank you! It takes a lot of willpower to say no, but I know my limits. I just can’t. You’ll do great later in the year. I know…summer books!!! It was great!! I hope that yours was too! Yes! That was a plus. 🙂 xoxo ♥

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    1. Thank you, Brigid! It definitely was. I’ve read 210 for the year, including these 50! I’m hoping to make it to 225 by the end of the year. We’ll see since the holidays are so busy. I hope you enjoyed the 3 books you read from this list. Most of the 50 were very good, but a couple were not very…Thank you!

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      1. You’ll make it!! I started out with my target as 150 and passed that over the summer. I probably should have set it at 175 since I read 178 books last year, but I wasn’t sure how the year would play out. It’s been such an odd one…Next year I’m definitely setting it for 175, lol! Maybe you’ll even surprise yourself and make it to 190!! 😉 ♥

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    1. Aww, thanks! Ha! It wasn’t easy, I admit..I had to scrounge the Goodreads lists to find some of them and poke around the Popsugar group on Goodreads to see what suggestions they had too. Next year’s lists looks like it’s going to be tougher, so I’m going to have to start hunting around now. ♥

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      1. Right…a “cli-fi” book?? A “choose your own adventure book” haha! I haven’t read one of those since I was like 6! A LitRPG book…seriously? A book set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage, or convent…um-mm…I think I read one years ago, but I can’t think of anything, lol. They have some crazy prompts, lol.

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