2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge: Update


I announced in late January that I am participating in this year’s Popsugar Reading Challenge, but I haven’t posted an update on the challenge since then. If you are unfamiliar with the challenge, there are fifty book prompts. The aim of the challenge is to read a book for all fifty prompts by the end of the year. You can find my initial post here. Each book that I read is only allowed to apply to one prompt, to create a bit of an extra challenge.




Here goes with my update:

  1. A book that’s published in 2020 – COMPLETE
    • I have read multiple books that were published this year.
  2. A book by a trans or nonbinary author – INCOMPLETE
  3. A book with a great first line – INCOMPLETE
    • This may actually be complete, but nothing is coming to mind at the moment. I will need to go through the books I have read and make sure.
  4. A book about a book club – INCOMPLETE
  5. A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics – COMPLETE
    • I read The Traitor, which is set in Munich. Munich hosted the Olympics in 1972.
  6. A bildungsroman – COMPLETE
    • I believe that  Dear Edward counts as a bildungsroman.
  7. The first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed – INCOMPLETE
    • I have yet to do this, but it is an amazing idea.
  8. A book with an upside-down image on the cover – INCOMPLETE
    • When bookshops are open again I am going to look for a book that fits this prompt.
  9. A book with a map – INCOMPLETE
    • I think I need to pick up a fantasy book to complete this prompt. Any recommendations?
  10. A book recommended by your favourite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club – INCOMPLETE
    • I am totally open to suggestions on this one!
  11. An anthology – INCOMPLETE
    • This one might be a bit outside my normal reading comfort zone to be fair. I am open to suggestions!
  12. A book that passes the Bechdel test – COMPLETE
    • Miss Austen by Gill Hornby passes this to the best of my knowledge.
  13. A book with the same title as a a movie or TV show but is unrelated to it – COMPLETE
    • I didn’t expect to have completed this, but I just googled the name of the book that I most recently finished (Tapestry) and apparently a movie of the same name came out in 2014. The movie sounds dreadful.
  14. A book by an author with flora or fauna in their name – INCOMPLETE
    • I did read a book by Kate Field, but I think that counting field as flora or fauna would be a bit cheeky.
  15. A book about or involving social media – INCOMPLETE
    • I haven’t read one yet, but I do have a book that fits this prompt on my Netgalley to-read list.
  16. A book that has a book on the cover – COMPLETE
  17. A medical thriller – INCOMPLETE
    • I read one last year, but unfortunately that does not count.
  18. A book with a made-up language – INCOMPLETE
    • I think I will need another fantasy for this one.
  19. A book set in a country beginning with C – COMPLETE
  20. A book you picked up because the title caught your attention – COMPLETE
  21. A book published the month of your birthday – INCOMPLETE
    • I am going to wait until July for this one.
  22. A book about or by a woman in STEM – COMPLETE
    • This Wont End Well fits this prompt well, as it is about a woman who works for a chemicals company.
  23. A book that won an award in 2019 – INCOMPLETE
  24. A book on a subject you know nothing about – INCOMPLETE
  25. A book with only words on the cover, no images or graphics INCOMPLETE
  26. A book with a pun in the title – INCOMPLETE
  27. A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins – INCOMPLETE
  28. A book with a  robot, cyborg, or AI character – INCOMPLETE
  29. A book with a bird on the cover – COMPLETE
  30. A fiction or nonfiction book about a world leader – INCOMPLETE
  31. A book with ‘gold’, ‘silver’, or ‘bronze’ in the title – INCOMPLETE
  32. A book by a WOC – INCOMPLETE
    • This is only incomplete for now. I am reading one now.
  33. A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads – COMPLETE
  34. A book you meant to read in 2019 – INCOMPLETE
    • I plan to fix this soon.
  35. A book with a three-word title – COMPLETE
    • My Great Ex-Scape fits this prompt. Ex-scape isn’t technically a word, but I’m counting it for this purpose.
  36. A book with a pink cover – INCOMPLETE
  37. A Western – INCOMPLETE
  38. A book by or about a journalist – INCOMPLETE
  39. Read a banned book during Banned Books Week – INCOMPLETE
  40. Your favourite prompt from a past Popsugar Reading Challenge (A book set on a college or university campus) – INCOMPLETE
  41. A book written by an author in their 20s – INCOMPLETE
    • I may have completed this, but it is strangely difficult to find the age of a lot of authors.
  42. A book with ’20’ or ‘twenty’ in the title – INCOMPLETE
  43. A book with a  character with a vision impairment or enhancement – INCOMPLETE
    • This seems like a good enough excuse to re-read a Harry Potter book
  44. A book set in Japan, host of the 2020 Olympics – INCOMPLETE
  45. A book set in the 1920s – INCOMPLETE
  46. A book by an author who has written more than 20 books – INCOMPLETE
  47. A book with more than 20 letters in its title – COMPLETE
  48. A book published in the 20th century – INCOMPLETE
  49. A book from a series with more than 20 books – INCOMPLETE
    • I have no idea how to complete this one
  50. A book with a main character in their 20s – INCOMPLETE
    • I have technically completed this one, but I have already counted that book for a different prompt.


I have completed 13 out of the 50 prompts so far. I am pretty confident that I will complete this challenge, although some of them will definitely be more difficult than others. If you have any recommendations for books that fit any of the incomplete prompts then please leave them in the comments below. Thanks!

xx Claudia


4 comments so far.

4 responses to “2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge: Update”

  1. alisbooks says:

    You’ve made pretty good progress! Good luck fulfilling the rest of your prompts. I might have to take some of your ideas to finish mine.

  2. Wow, you’ve read so many! I’ve also been trying to do the challenge but I’m pretty behind. The anthology I read was Exhalation : Stories by Ted Chiang – it’s a bunch of sci-fi stories that are really interesting. I know Neil Gaiman also writes a bunch of short stories (Smoke and Mirrors?). And for books with maps I’m planning to read Children of Blood and Bone / Children of Virtue and Vengeance – it’s a very popular YA series. The book I’m reading now The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is also a good book with a map – it’s a murder mystery with an interesting twist.

    Have fun with your reading challenge! Hopefully I can catch up to you as well ?.

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