Two Reading Challenges Done, One to Go!

  1. A book based on a fairy tale: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids
  2. A National Book Award winner: Between the World and Me
  3. A YA bestseller: The Raven King
  4. A book I haven’t read since high school: Dune
  5. A book set in my home state: Middlesex
  6. A book translated to English: The Last Wish
  7. A romance set in the future: Shatter Me
  8. A book set in Europe: An Italian Adventure
  9. A book under 150 pages: Of Love and Other Demons
  10. A New York Times bestseller: Eona
  11. A book that’s becoming a movie this year: The Girl on the Train
  12. A book recommended by someone you just met: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
  13. A self-improvement book: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
  14. A book you can finish in a day: Three Simple Rules
  15. A book written by a celebrity: My Life in France
  16. A political memoir: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
  17. A book at least 100 years older than me: Evelina
  18. A book that’s more than 600 pages: Dragonfly in Amber
  19. A book from Oprah’s Book Club: Paradise
  20. A science-fiction novel: Kindred
  21. A book recommended by a family member: In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead
  22. A graphic novel: March: Book One
  23. A book published in 2016: Passenger
  24. A book with a protagonist who has my occupation: The Men with the Golden Cuffs
  25. A book that takes place during summer: Prodigal Summer
  26. A book and its prequel: Uncharted Territory
  27. A murder mystery: The Nine Tailors
  28. A book written by a comedian: Last Words
  29. A dystopian novel: Under the Dome
  30. A book with a blue cover: Rain Village
  31. A book of poetry: The Book of Nightmares
  32. The first book I see in a bookstore: Mine Till Midnight
  33. A classic from the 20th century: The Good Earth
  34. A book from the library: If I Stay
  35. An autobiography: 32 Yolks
  36. A book about a road trip: Angels
  37. A book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with: Shanghai Girls
  38. A satirical book: Comedies of Moliere
  39. A book that takes place on an island: Island of Wings
  40. A book that’s guaranteed to bring me joy: The Court of Mist and Fury

The final list for the PopSugar 2016 Reading Challenge! I gave 5-star ratings to 5 of the 50 books (12.5%), much lower than the Read Harder rate, but these categories are, generally speaking, broader, so more books would work for them. Which means, more potentially awful books–I gave 1-star ratings to 7 of them, and five of those were DNFs.

So it’s awesome that this challenge pushed me to read so many things I wouldn’t have read otherwise, but that does lead to some stinkers.

Comparing this with Read Harder, I’d recommend RH for readers who want a heavily targeted challenge to push their reading boundaries, and PopSugar for those who want slightly broader categories they can wiggle more types of books into. Both were good, and I intend to take a look at the PopSugar 2017 list when it’s available, just to see.



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