Anticipated Reads · Reading Challenge

Ideas for Each POPSUGAR Reading Challenge Prompt

I had such a blast searching for novels to fit the prompts and seeing where I could squeeze in books that were already on my TBR for the new year. I’ve included below the 40 prompts for the regular challenge and following that my 10 choices for the advanced reading list, although I may not get to those. We’ll just see how the year goes!

PUBLISHED IN 2020

Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chepeco

TRANS/NON-BINARY AUTHOR

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

GREAT FIRST LINE

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

ABOUT A BOOK CLUB

-UNDECIDED-

SET IN A CITY THAT HAS HOSTED THE OLYMPICS

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

BILDUNGSROMAN

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

FIRST BOOK YOU TOUCH ON A SHELF WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

AN UPSIDE DOWN IMAGE ON THE COVER

The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

A MAP

The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

RECOMMENDED BY YOUR FAVORITE BLOG/ PODCAST/ONLINE BOOK CLUB

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

ANTHOLOGY

Holidays Are Hell

PASSES THE BECHDEL TEST

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

SAME AS TITLE AS MOVIE/TV SHOW BUT IS UNRELATED TO IT

The Toll by Neil Shusterman

AUTHOR WITH FLORA/FAUNA IN THEIR NAME

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

ABOUT/INVOLVING SOCIAL MEDIA

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

HAS A BOOK ON THE COVER

Assassin of Truth by Brenda Drake

MEDICAL THRILLER

Outbreak by Robin Cook

A MADE UP LANGUAGE

Dark Eden by Chriss Beckett

SET IN A COUNTRY BEGINNING WITH ‘C’

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

YOU PICKED BECAUSE THE TITLE CAUGHT YOUR ATTENTION

The Merciful Crow by by Margaret Owen

PUBLISHED THE MONTH OF YOUR BIRTHDAY

The Nemesis by SJ Sincaid

ABOUT/BY A WOMAN IN STEM

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

WON AN AWARD IN 2019

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

A SUBJECT YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

only words on the cover, no images/graphics

If by Nicholas Bourbaki

pun in the title

The Good, the Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison

featuring one of the seven deadly sins

Envy by Sandra Brown

with a robot/cyborg/AI character

Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

a bird on the cover

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

fiction/nonfiction book about a world leader

The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton, James Patterson

“gold”/”silver”/”bronze” in the title

Iron Gold by Pierce Brown

by a WOC

Smoke in the Sun by Reneé Ahdieh

at least a four-star rating on Goodreads

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

meant to read in 2019

Supernova by Marissa Meyer

a three-word title

These Rebel Waves by Sarah Raasch

a pink cover

Wicked Fox by Kat Cho

A Western

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

by/about a journalist

-UNDECIDED-

Read a banned book during Banned Books Week

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

written by an author in their 20s

Chirldren of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

“20”/”twenty” in the title

Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by by Pablo Neruda, W.S. Merwin (Translator)

character with a vision impairment/enhancement

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman

set in the 1920s

-UNDECIDED-

set in Japan, host of the 2020 Olympics

Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida

an author who has written more than 20 books

Evernight by Claudia Gray

more than 20 letters in its title

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

published in the 20th century

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

a series with more than 20 books

Golden in Death (In Death #50) by J.D. Robb

a main character in their 20s

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman


Do you see any books you have loved in past years, or ones you’d like to read as well? Let me know if you’re participating in the challenge too!

If you need a group to join in discussing your POPSUGAR challenge for 2020, you can join the Goodreads group made up of readers who participate in the challenge every year or POPSUGAR Book Club on Facebook!

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