2016 PopSugar Reading Challenge

I did 22 out of 50 in last year’s challenge. I didn’t do too well, I know. 2015 was not a good reading year for me. Everything else was incredible though.

But I still appreciated last year’s challenge. Fifty books was a bit of a reach but it did serve as a reading plan of sorts. And I wanted it to be that for me. It forced me to seek titles that I normally wouldn’t read. However, a sort of downside of that is I kind of forced myself to find titles that fit the description of the challenge items. I know it’s not the challenge’s fault, it’s totally mine. I know there wasn’t a rule that I should finish the challenge but I wanted to so badly that in a way, I restricted myself. I’m trying to not be so obsessive about that but it’s just my personality.

This year after checking out a couple of different reading challenges, I’m partaking in the same challenge as last year. Again, I’ll take this as a reading plan but I won’t be too hard on myself. My general resolution is to read more, to read physical books, so if anything, I will stick to that. Wish me luck and I wish you good luck in 2016!


You might see some carry over from last year. Again, titles will change without notice. I might juggle things around as the year goes on. Please don’t look at this as my official reads of the year. I’m open to suggestions and unlike last year, I’ve reinstated the DNF option. Life is too short to read bad books.

Let’s dig into the list, shall we? (28)

  1. A book based on a fairytale. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.
  2. A National Book Award winner. I have to look through the list for this. Let’s see… I know there are Filipino books in this category. I will have to think this over.
  3. A YA bestseller. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab.
  4. A book you haven’t read since high school. Yay, a re-read! I have the whole Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys collection. One of those, most definitely.
  5. A book set in your home state. California. Symbiont by Mira Grant. Set in San Francisco.
  6. A book translated to English. Confessions by Kanae Minato.
  7. A romance set in the future. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. I mean, Alana/Marko!
  8. A book set in Europe. The Dinner by Herman Koch.
  9. A book that is under 150 pages. Steins;Gate, Volume 1.
  10. A New York Times bestseller. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.
  11. A book that’s becoming a movie this year. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.
  12. A book recommended by someone you just met. The Vegetarian by Han Kang.
  13. A self-improvement books. I don’t usually read books in this genre.
  14. A book you can finish in a day. The White House Boys: An American Tragedy by Roger Dean Kiser.
  15. A book written by a celebrity. You mean “co-written”, right? Not sure yet.
  16. A political memoir. Again, not my cup of tea but we’ll see.
  17. A book at least 100 years older than you. Jane Eyre. For sure this time.
  18. A book that’s more than 600 pages. Eona by Alison Goodman. 637 pages.
  19. A book from Oprah’s Book Club. I used to collect these. I have a lot.
  20. A science fiction novel. Armada by Ernest Cline.
  21. A book recommended by a family member. Graceling by Kristin Cashore. My brother recommended the whole series.
  22. A graphic novel. Monstress by Marjorie Liu.
  23. A book that is published in 2016. Burning by Danielle Rollins.
  24. A book with a protagonist who has your occupation. Huh? Can anyone find me a book with a payroll clerk? Thank you.
  25. A book that takes place during Summer. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson.
  26. A book and its prequel. I’ve been meaning to re-read The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings and then move on to The Hobbit.
  27. A murder mystery. The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino.
  28. A book written by a comedian. I’m not much for comedy but we’ll see.
  29. A dystopian novel. Legend by Marie Lu.
  30. A book with a blue cover. Morning Star by Pierce Brown.
  31. A book of poetry. No poetry for me, unfortunately.
  32. The first book you see in a bookstore. A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab. I went into Vroman’s Bookstore in search for this and there it was, on display up front.
  33. A Classic from the 20th century. A trip to Barnes & Nobles to check out their Classic collection should be scheduled.
  34. A book from the library. Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry. It’s a former library copy. Like I said, I don’t check out books from the library. I read them on the premises.
  35. An autobiography. It’s been on my list since forever: I Am Nujood Ali, Age 10, and Divorced.
  36. A book about a road trip. Wolf by Wolf by Amy Graudin.
  37. A book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with. The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh.
  38. A satirical book. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye.
  39. A book that takes place on an island. Deception Point by Dan Brown, Ellesmere Island.
  40. A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun by Tsubaki Izumi manga.

Hmm… 40? Ten less from last year. 41 actually – one says to read the book and the prequel. It looks doable. I mean, I said that to myself last year too but I think I’m more motivated now. It’s appalling how little I read last year. I may have the same stuff going on for me but I’ll try to be better at time management and not neglecting reading. It’s something I enjoy as much as the other stuff.

Again, if you have suggestions, leave them here. Have an amazing 2016!


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