It’s making a comeback! I’m doing the PopSugar Reading Challenge again this year. Last year was a bit too crazy for me so I picked something else. This year, I saw this reading challenge master list. I looked through each of them and PopSugar’s seemed most interested to me. Sure, I also wanted to beat the backlist and finish series and read more diversely. I can also do those while mainly following these categories.
As mentioned in my 2018 Reading Resolutions post, I will try my damn hardest to stick with the choices that I mention in this post. Now, I’m not saying that I will not change it when (1) I feel like it or (2) if I read another book that fits the bill. I will still do that. But I will be trying to construct my TBR to include books mentioned here. We have a whole year of new releases and who knows what else could happen. Also, I’m leaving some blank and will fill up as I encounter books that satisfy that category.
Basically, I’m just making excuses for myself. LMAO.
Honestly though, I am determined to broaden my horizons reading-wise this year and read not just the more popular, newest releases, or the cult YA favorites. Think of this as having a “reason” to finally get to these books. Same as with Tome Topple, an “excuse” to read books with 500+ pages, this challenge will be all about reading things I won’t normally think of when building a TBR.
I hope that makes sense. I know I’m blabbering. I apologize. I’m at work. I don’t drink coffee anymore. LOL.
Let’s get to the titles, shall we?
- A book made into a movie you’ve already seen: Your Name. by Makoto Shinkai. I watched this for the first time last Christmas but I’ve seen the novelization at my local Kinokuniya bookstore for months. Now I have a reason to pick it up.
- True crime. His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet. I have this on my TBR for quite some time. I actually started this on audio but it didn’t hook me. I’m thinking this is better to be read instead of listening to it.
- The next book in a series you started. Cress by Marissa Meyer. It can be so many other titles, really.
- A book involving a heist. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I wholeheartedly wanted to read this last year but the Grishaverse left a sour taste in my mouth.
- Nordic noir.
- A novel based on a real person.
- A book set in a country that fascinates you. Japan. I have a lot of Japanese fiction to choose from.
A book with a time of day in the title. Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire. A short read too.
- A book about a villain or antihero. I’m hoping that Vengeful by VE Schwab gets released this year. It’s the sequel to Vicious and that’s about antiheroes.
- A book about death or grief.
A book with your favorite color in the title. Orange Vol 6. This is a must-have for every #TeamSuwa member.
- A book with alliteration in the title. Dust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve put this on a TBR and never even pulled it off my shelf. This is the year.
- A book about time travel. Invictus by Ryan Graudin. Another book that I wanted to read last year. I have a signed copy even.
- A book with a weather element in the title. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I’m definitely picking this one up for Tome Topple.
- A book set at sea.
- A book with an animal in the title. Either Parasite Eve by Hideaki Sena or A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan.
- A book set on a different planet. Iron Gold by Pierce Brown. Mars.
A book with song lyrics in the title. Suffer the Children by Craig di Louie. It’s a Tears for Fears song.
- A book about or set on Halloween.
- A book with characters who are twins.
- A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym. (Unfortunately, I know that I do not enjoy Robert Galbraith.)
- A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist.
- A book that is also a stage play or musical. Haikyuu by Haruichi Furudate. If you haven’t seen the stage play, you haven’t seen perfection yet.
- A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you. This can be anyone except Rin Chupeco. 😉
- A book about feminism.
- A book about mental health.
- A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift.
A book by two authors. Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy A book about or involving a sport. Stay by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy, hockey.
- A book by a local author. Pasadena, CA authors!
- A book mentioned in another book.
- A book from a celebrity book club.
- A childhood classic you’ve never read.
- A book that’s published in 2018. The Demon Crown by James Rollins. I’ve been listening to most of his backlist on audio. I would love to go back to actually reading his books.
- A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner. I don’t particularly like any of them, apart from those I already read. The Martian by Andy Weir, probably.
- A book set in the decade you were born. 80s!
- A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to.
- A book wtih an ugly cover. Hello, New Adult!
- A book that involves a bookstore or library.
- Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges.
I am very open to suggestions and recommendations. I don’t read a lot of YA contemporaries – to be honest, I don’t like to – but recommendations are welcome. I’d like to at least try them.
Good luck with your own reading challenges. Let’s make 2018 an awesome reading year.