Popsugar Reading Challenge 2019

The last few years, I’ve used the PopSugar reading challenge as a way to expand the books I’ve been reading. I’ve enjoyed it so much that I’m taking part in the Popsugar 2019 Reading Challenge again this year. Below are the topics and I’ll update the book I read for each one as I read it.

Some of the categories look like fun, and others will be more of a challenge. Either way, it should be fun.

If any categories are in blue, it means I’ve initially marked it in a different colour so I can easily find them to allocate them to one category as the year goes on. I have included links to my Good Reads reviews.

The categories still to be read are marked in red so I can easily find them as the challenge goes on.


1. A book becoming a movie in 2019

2. A book that makes you nostalgic

3. A book written by a musician (fiction or nonfiction)

4. A book you think should be turned into a movie

5. A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads

6. A book with a plant in the title or on the cover

7. A reread of a favorite book

8. A book about a hobby

9. A book you meant to read in 2018

10. A book with POP, SUGAR, or CHALLENGE in the title

11. A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover

12. A book inspired by myth/legend/folklore

13. A book published posthumously

14. A book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie

15. A retelling of a classic

16. A book with a question in the title

17. A book set on college or university campus

18. A book about someone with a superpower

19. A book told from multiple POVs – A Month of Sundays by Liz Byrski

20. A book set in space

21. A book by two female authors

22. A book with SALTY, SWEET, BITTER, or SPICY in the title

23. A book set in Scandinavia

24. A book that takes place in a single day

25. A debut novel

26. A book that’s published in 2019

27. A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature

28. A book recommended by a celebrity you admire

29. A book with LOVE in the title

30. A book featuring an amateur detective

31. A book about a family

32. A book author from Asia, Africa, or South America

33. A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in title

34. A book that includes a wedding

35. A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter

36. A ghost story

37. A book with a two-word title

38. A novel based on a true story

39. A book revolving around a puzzle or game

40. Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading challenge


41. A “cli-fi” (climate fiction) book

42. A “choose-your-own-adventure” book

43. An “own voices” book

44. Read a book during the season it is set in

45. A LitRPG book

46. A book with no chapters / unusual chapter headings / unconventionally numbered chapters

47. Two books that share the same title

48. Two books that share the same title

49. A book that has inspired a common phrase or idiom

50. A book set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage, or convent

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About Melissa

Melissa Gijsbers started writing when she was in High School during the 1990s, even winning some awards for a short story and a script. For many years, life got in the way of creative writing, however she did start blogging around 2006.

She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia with her two sons and a pet blue tongue lizard.

Melissa Gijsbers, Author, Speaker & Booklover
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