2019 Popsugar Reading Challenge~My Planned Books for the Challenge ♥


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Back in November, I wrote a post sharing that I’d completed the 2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge and what books I’d read to get there. I also said then I was going to do the challenge again in 2019, which I’ve already started. I’m aiming to finish the Advanced Challenge but as long as I complete the Regular Challenge, it’s all good!

Just like last year, I started the year off by getting all 50 books together that I plan to read for each prompt–40 for the Regular prompts and 10 more for the Advanced prompts. It was so much fun to look through my TBR and find books I already own that would fit prompts, which turned out to be quite a lot, fit in some of my ARCS for some of them, and then I had to go searching for some books because I just didn’t have anything that would fit! I think half the fun in this challenge is finding the books! 🙂

Anyway, I was so excited last year to share with you the books that I read to complete the 2018 challenge, that I wanted to share with you the books that I plan on reading to meet this year’s challenge! I’ve got a diverse mix of books, so it will be fun reading them and I’ll be very curious to look back once I’ve completed the challenge (hopefully!) to see if I stuck to this list or changed books to fit the prompts depending on my mood at the time!

*I’ve already read (or am currently reading) some of the books since January 1st so if I have, it will be marked with an asterisk!

2019 PopSugar Reading Challenge

Regular Prompts:

Numbers 1-8

A book becoming a movie in 2019: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
A book written by a musician (fiction or nonfiction): Life by Keith Richards
*A book you think should be turned into a movie: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
A book with a plant in the title or on the cover: Burying the Honeysuckle Girl by Emily Carpenter


Numbers 9-16


A book you meant to read in 2018: The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

A book with POP, SUGAR, or CHALLENGE in the title: Gimme Some Sugar by Molly Harper

A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover: I’ve Got Sand in All the Wrong Places by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella

A book inspired by myth/legend/folklore: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

*A book published posthumously: I’ll Be Gone in The Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

A book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie: The Shining by Stephen King

A retelling of a classic: The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

A book with a question in the title: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee   

Numbers 17-24

  A book set on college or university campus: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

A book about someone with a superpower: Catwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons #3) by Sarah J. Maas

A book told from multiple POVs: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

A book set in space: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff 

A book by two female authors: Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren 

A book with SALTY, SWEET, BITTER, or SPICY in the title: Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth

A book set in Scandinavia: The Thirst (Harry Hole #11) by Jo Nesbø

*A book that takes place in a single day: A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult


Numbers 25-32


  A debut novel: My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing 

*A book that’s published in 2019: The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy #3) by Katherine Arden

A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

A book recommended by a celebrity you admire: Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

*A book with LOVE in the title: Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren 

A book featuring an amateur detective: Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) by Kerri Maniscalco

* A book about a family: The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

A book by an author from Asia, Africa, or South America: Rich People Problems (Crazy Rich Asians #3) by Kevin Kwan 

 Numbers 33-40


 A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in the title: The Pisces by Melissa Broder 

A book that includes a wedding: China Rich Girlfriend (Crazy Rich Asians #2) by Kevin Kwan 

A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter:All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

A ghost story: Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

*A book with a two-word title: Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone 

A novel based on a true story: The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory

A book revolving around a puzzle or game: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading challenge: Geekerella by Ashley Poston (a fairytale retelling)  

 Advanced Prompts: 

Numbers 41-45

 A “cli-fi” (climate fiction) book: Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

A “choose-your-own-adventure” book: Romeo and/or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure by Ryan North

An “own voices” book: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang 

Read a book during the season it is set in: The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams

A LitRPG book: The Land: Founding (Chaos Seeds #1) by Aleron Kong  


Numbers 45-50

 A book with no chapters / unusual chapter headings / unconventionally numbered chapters: Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid 

Two books that share the same title: The Thief (Black Dagger Brotherhood #16) by J.R. Ward 

Two books that share the same title: The Thief (The Queen’s Thief #1) by Megan Whalen Turner

A book that has inspired a common phrase or idiom: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

A book set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage, or convent: Lamentation (Matthew Shardlake #6) by C.J. Sansom 



I’d love to know if you’re participating in the Popsugar Challenge and if you are, what books your reading! Or if you’re participating in any other challenges this year, I’d love to know about those too! And if you’ve read any of the books on my list, I’d love to know what you thought about them (if any are terrible, I can look for other ideas 😂)!signature (1)




39 thoughts on “2019 Popsugar Reading Challenge~My Planned Books for the Challenge ♥

    1. I try to be, Jonetta! I get stressed if I’m not, but that’s something I’m working on. Thanks! I’m excited. Some of these books I’d never heard of so it’s nice to broaden my reading.

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    1. Thanks, Berit! I never did one until last year, well besides the Goodreads one, and enjoyed it. I figured since I’m going to read more than 50 books in a year anyway this is a good way to clear some off my TBR and diversify my reading throughout the year. Sometimes I get stuck in a thriller rut, lol.

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  1. We’re reading a handful of the same books! This is going to be an awesome year. I hope you enjoy The Heart’s Invisible Furies. I enjoyed it for the most part. I can’t wait to see how you like Slaughter House Five. Been wanting to read that like forever it seems. I know you’ll nail this one like you did last year, but good luck! ♥️💜♥️

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    1. That’s funny that we are! I think I will enjoy Heart’s since I like Boyne’s writing. I’m not a huge fan of Vonnegut, but that was the only book that I could find that I hadn’t read to fit the prompt, lol. So we’ll see…I hope so! I’m 7 books into the challenge, so I’m making progress! xoxo ❤ ♥

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  2. I have read quit a few of the books you have mentioned, Stephanie. The Heart’s Invisible Furries was my most favorite book of 2017. Sure hope this one will be a winner in you estimation. Pachincho was another favorite, Norse Mythology and My Lovely Wife were both good. I was not a fan of The Mother in Law book, but I think I am in the minority there. Good Luck! You have some wonderful books ahead of you.

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    1. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Heart’s and I love Boyne’s writing, so I think I will love it. And I’ve also heard Pachinko is wonderful, so I’m really looking forward to reading it. I’m really looking forward to My Lovely Wife. I read The Mother in Law a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed it for the most part although I didn’t think it was as good as her last book. Thank you! I’m looking forward to them!

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  3. Oh my, this is quite the challenge! You have selected some fantastic books. Some I have read, others I want to read and even some I have not heard of. I’m looking forward to your progress and reviews. Good luck!

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      1. It’s so much fun. I didn’t make it public last year until I finished it although there were a few people who knew I was doing it since they were too, but I wasn’t keeping track on my blog. I won’t be reviewing all 50 books just because I don’t review every book I read and never have, but I’ll probably mark off each book as I read it or something. Or just do an end of the year post about my progress. Good luck with it! There’s a Popsugar Challenge group on Goodreads, you don’t have to be a member to look at their forums, and they have great ideas for some of the trickier prompts.

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      2. That sounds like fun! You both should enjoy it! Yes, there were some prompts that had me scratching my head for a bit, lol. That GR group will definitely help! Good luck and enjoy!


  4. Ooooo such great selections! I’d like to check out the Joe Hill one, I read Horns and it was so unusual & interesting, really enjoyed it. My folks love the Shardlake (by Sansom) series. I’m not sure if I could do the Daisy Jones & The Six book if it doesn’t have proper chapters though, I find well spaced chapters really make a novel more fluid in reading. xx

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    1. Thanks! I’ve never read anything by Joe Hill, so I’m looking forward to it…I think, lol. I would have never read horror about 2 years ago, including his dad’s stuffs, so I’m branching out! I really enjoy the Shardlake series, but it’s been a decade since I read the last book, so I really need to read this one and there’s one more after this that. It looks like Daisy Jones is written as an interview with different band members and Daisy, which is interesting. It won’t bother me, but I can see how it could. We’ll see…xoxo

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  5. I always love reading people’s reading lists esp the popsugar challenge bec i myself make a personal list of books to fit in with the postage challenges. You have chosen amazing amazing books with the goldfinch, Alice network, Norse mythology!!! Good luck to you and keep updating the reviews as u read them!

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  6. It’s fun to see what other people are reading for the prompts! I’m reading The Alice Network now and loving it so far; I can’t wait to read the others! Thanks; I will! 🙂


  7. Great list! I read several of those! I usually do exactly this: plan each book in advance for the popsugar challenge but this year I decided to mood-read and see if the book fits one of the categories. So far, I’ve made huge progress because somehow January has turned into a humungous reading month for me! I will try to check in throughout the year to see what you think of the books you’ve chosen! Also, yay for NC peeps!

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    1. Thank you! I hope you enjoyed the ones that you read. 🙂 I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only list maker. I made a list last year at the beginning of the challenge, but I honestly ended up reading a book and going “Ah, you fit a prompt!” and substituting it, so I’m wondering if I’ll stick 100% to the list (doubtful) since I’m a mood reader, especially during the summer. I hope you have great reads for your prompts and reading by mood sounds wonderful. I’m just a compulsive list maker haha; I think if I didn’t I wouldn’t know what to do. That’s good! I think I’ve read 7 so far and am reading my 8th, so I hope I keep making good progress for the rest of the year. Thanks! I won’t review them all just because I don’t review every book that I read, but I will probably mark them off as I read them. NC is pretty great (it’s my adopted home but I love it!).


  8. I completed the challenge in 2018, and read the most amazing, “out of the box” books! I skipped last year and now I’m back. You, however, are far more organized than I ever could hope to be. I’m more of a catch as catch can kind of gal and then stay on the prowl for things that might throughout the year. I already know there will be one or two that I will skip and make for with the bonus challenges. Good luck and happy reading Stephanie!

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    1. I made the list last year, and I honestly ended up changing books around–I’d be reading a book and decide it was just perfect for one of my prompts, so I foresee that I’ll do that this year although I’m almost tempted to see if I can stick to the list, lol. I’m just a list maker for everything or my anxiety goes crazy, so I guess we’ll chalk it up to being organized, lol! I feel like I get stuck in a rut year after year, especially since I teach Literature too and so often I’m required to teach the same books, so this challenge has livened up my reading! I definitely read some books last year that I would never have read and will this year too thanks to these prompts! Good luck with your challenge too; I hope you read some more amazing books this year too!


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