Reading Challenge Complete: PopSugar 2017!

  1. A book recommended by a librarian: Throne of Glass
  2. A book that’s been on my TBR list way too long: The Mabinogion Tetralogy
  3. A book of letters: The Martian
  4. An audiobook: A Short History of Nearly Everything
  5. A book by a person of color: The Alchemist
  6. A book with on of the four seasons in the title: The Summer Tree
  7. A book that is a story within a story: Wizard and Glass
  8. A book with multiple authors: Beyond Possession
  9. An espionage thriller: The Girl Who Played With Fire
  10. A book with a cat on the cover: Life of Pi
  11. A book by an author who uses a pseudonym: Rewritten
  12. A bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read: Falcon Saga
  13. A book by or about a person with a disability: The Blind Contessa’s New Machine
  14. A book involving travel: Fangland
  15. A book with a subtitle: Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness
  16. A book published in 2017: A Court of Wings and Ruin
  17. A book involving a mythical creature: The Wandering Fire
  18. A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile: The Martian Chronicles
  19. A book about food: The Recipe
  20. A book with career advice: Bryson’s Dictionary of Troublesome Words: A Writer’s Guide to Getting It Right
  21. A book from a nonhuman perspective: Jonathan Livingston Seagull
  22. A steampunk novel: The Iron Duke
  23. A book with a red spine: Rebecca
  24. A book set in the wilderness: The Snow Child
  25. A book you loved as a child: A Wind in the Door
  26. A book by an author from a country I’ve never visited: People of the Book
  27. A book with a title that’s a character’s name: Mr. Cavendish, I Presume
  28. A novel set during wartime: Between Shades of Gray
  29. A book with an unreliable narrator: Alias Grace
  30. A book with pictures: Seveneves
  31. A book where the main character is a different ethnicity from me: Tiny Pretty Things
  32. A book about an interesting woman: Paula
  33. A book set in two different time periods: My Dream of You
  34. A book with a month or day of the week in the title: Tuesdays with Morrie
  35. A book set in a hotel: The Shining
  36. A book written by someone you admire: The Drawing of the Three
  37. A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017: The Gunslinger
  38. A book set around a holiday other than Christmas: Finding Destiny
  39. The first book in a series I haven’t read before: Poison Study
  40. A book I got on a trip: Magic Bites

The Advanced Section:

  1. A book recommended by an author I love: Fantasy Lover
  2. A bestseller from 2016: Lab Girl
  3. A book with a family-member term in the title: The Basket Maker’s Wife
  4. A book that takes place over a character’s life span: The Poisonwood Bible
  5. A book about an immigrant or refugee: Say You’re One of Them
  6. A book from a genre/subgenre I’ve never heard of: Misfits
  7. A book with an eccentric character: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
  8. A book that’s more than 800 pages: Drums of Autumn
  9. A book from a used book sale: Mélusine
  10. A book that’s mentioned in another book: Watership Down
  11. A book about a difficult topic: A Thousand Splendid Suns
  12. A book based on mythology: The Dark Wife

My final list for the 2017 challenge! (If you’re curious about last year’s list, it’s here.)

This year, 14 of these books earned five-star ratings from me–that’s 27%, more than twice the proportion of awesome books as last year. So I guess I’m more confident in my tastes now, even when stretching myself for a reading challenge? A mere six books got the dreaded single star (11%).

I’m eagerly awaiting the 2018 challenge list, because even with my desire to cut back on the reading pressure I’ve put on myself, I still want to do at least one challenge, and PopSugar is so flexible!

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