At the start of the year I was so on track to finish this but I fizzled out after October. Yes there are still 5 days left of December but I’m not going to be able to finish all these prompts.
So I’ve come up with a couple of new ideas to see if they help me complete the challenge for next year.
Finish the Regular prompts and then move on to the Advanced prompts. This will feel like a mini achievement and should give me the boost I need to finish the last 10 prompts. The advance prompts for 2021 are all based on my own TBR which is another win itself. Surely I want to read those books, and I’ll fly right through them!
Assign a book to each prompt before 2021 starts. The struggle I had this year was trying to find books that I wanted to read, that fit the prompt but the worst offenders were reading a book that fits more than one prompt and shuffling it around and around and around after each book. Nightmare!
Use the Popsugar Goodreads or Facebook groups to get ideas and to talk with other readers to help me stay motivated to finish. At the end of the year it’s all a mental game. Will I get it done? Nah, so stop reading… Honestly, I’m the worst.
Here is how I’ve done for 2020
Regular Prompts 25/40
1. A book that’s published in 2020 / Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth
2. A book by a trans or nonbinary author
3. A book with a great first line / Harry Potter #7 by J.K. Rowling
4. A book about a book club
5. A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics / The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
6. A bildungsroman
7. The first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed / Are you listening? by Tillie Walden 8. A book with an upside-down image on the cover / Verity by Colleen Hoover
9. A book with a map
10. A book recommended by your favorite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club
11. An anthology
12. A book that passes the Bechdel test
13. A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but is unrelated to it / Bloom by Kevin Panetta 14. A book by an author with flora or fauna in their name / Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout 15. A book about or involving social media / What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera 16. A book that has a book on the cover / Calling All Witches by Laurie Calkhoven
17. A medical thriller
18. A book with a made-up language / Saga, vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan
19. A book set in a country beginning with “C”
20. A book you picked because the title caught your attention / In Bed with a Highlander (McCabe Trilogy #1) by Maya Banks 21. A book published the month of your birthday / Saga, vol. 9 by Brian K. Vaughan
22. A book about or by a woman in STEM
23. A book that won an award in 2019
24. A book on a subject you know nothing about
25. A book with only words on the cover, no images or graphics
26. A book with a pun in the title / When It All Went to Custard by Danielle Hawkins 27. A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins / Seduction of a Highland Lass (McCabe Triology #2) by Maya Banks 28. A book with a robot, cyborg, or AI character / Saga, vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughan 29. A book with a bird on the cover / Harry Potter #5 by J.K. Rowling 30. A fiction or nonfiction book about a world leader / Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston 31. A book with “gold,” “silver,” or “bronze” in the title / Chain of Gold (The Last Hours #1) by Cassandra Clare 32. A book by a WOC / Superheroes Are Everywhere by Kamala Harris 33. A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads / Beautiful Burn (The Maddox Brothers #4) by Jamie McGuire 34. A book you meant to read in 2019 / The Five People you meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom 35. A book with a three-word title / Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang 36. A book with a pink cover / Four Days of You and Me by Miranda Kenneally
37. A Western
38. A book by or about a journalist
39. Read a banned book during Banned Books Week / Harry Potter #6 by J.K. Rowling 40. Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge / #41 of 2015 Author I’ve Never Read = Chris Grabenstein’s Escape from Mr Lemoncello’s Library
Advanced Prompts 6/10
41. A book written by an author in their 20s
42. A book with “20” or “twenty” in the title
43. A book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement (a nod to 20/20 vision) / Harry Potter #3 by J.K. Rowling
44. A book set in the 1920s
45. A book set in Japan, host of the 2020 Olympics / Onibi: diary of a Yokai Ghost Hunter 46. A book by an author who has written more than 20 books / Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout 47. A book with more than 20 letters in its title / Harry Potter #2 by J.K. Rowling 48. A book published in the 20th century / Harry Potter #1 by J.K. Rowling
49. A book from a series with more than 20 books
50. A book with a main character in their 20s / Never Love a Highlander (McCabe Trilogy #3) by Maya Banks
All in all, not a bad first attempt at the Popsugar Reading Challenge. I’ve got a few more days to plan my reads for 2021.
Wish me luck peeps!