Oh, happy me… I’m finally able to work on my 2020 PopSugar Reading Challenge page. This page will list books I read that fit the prompts of the challenge. I will modify the page as I read books throughout the year.
2020 Challenge – Currently Reading…
30. A fiction or nonfiction book about a world leader
Advanced-2. A book with “20” or “twenty” in the title
Why We Write About Ourselves: Twenty Memoirists on Why They Expose Themselves (and Others) in the Name of Literature
2020 Challenge – What I’ve read so far…
I’m not picking all my books in advance this year. Instead I’ll list only the books I’ve actually read during 2020.
1. A book that’s published in 2020
I know about the controversy swirling around this book. People say it is racist because the author isn’t Latina enough to be qualified to write about Mexican people and issues. Wow, that’s a crazy controversy. Most authors aren’t writing biographically… we’re just creating works of fiction from our imaginations. I don’t think I need to live in the 1920’s to write a historical novel set in that era, and I don’t think Jeanine Cummins needs browner skin to write about Mexican issues. And I do not like having people tell me what I should or shouldn’t read – I want to read what I want and judge for myself if there’s any merit to it. So, in honor of all the controversy and nay-sayers, I’ve chosen to read this book.
3. A book with a great first line
It started out like a YA novel with a plethora of teenagers, but eventually got into adult characters and themes. I read this very early in the year with the local book club, River Readers. Here’s the great first line: “Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.”
4. A book about a book club
Book club vs. vampire guy – who will win?
5. A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics
This book is set in London, which hosted the Summer Olympics in 1908, 1948, and 2012. It is a short novel; I read it on April 20-21, 2020.
6. A bildungsroman
Naples, Italy . . . and the story of the childhood friendship of Lila and Elena. Finished this on February 10, 2020. Here’s my Goodreads review of My Brilliant Friend.
9. A book with a map
10. A book recommended by your favorite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club
I’m reading this because Todd the Librarian recommends it.
12. A book that passes the Bechdel test
This was a fun reading experience. A woman, grieving her husband’s passing, find peace digging in her yard.
13. A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but is unrelated to it
One of the best novels ever written. It starts with a baby ghost in chapter one. Some call this book magical realism. I call it – something unlike anything else I’ve ever read. Loved it.
14. A book by an author with flora or fauna in their name
15. A book about or involving social media
Took me a while to start liking Eleanor – but now that I do, I always will. Great novel.
16. A book that has a book on the cover
Fantastic cover, and great novel that featured two older women who write… one, an aging novelist, and the other, her hired biographer.
17. A medical thriller
Some doctors are just weird. Some patients hide their secrets. This is a great page turner. I very much recommend it.
18. A book with a made-up language
This is vintage sci-fi originally published in 1984.
19. A book set in a country beginning with “C”
China! LOVED this book!!
20. A book you picked because the title caught your attention
Spooky dream ghosts. Intriguing resolution.
21. A book published the month of your birthday
22. A book about or by a woman in STEM – (Lab Girl)
Very scientific. This is the personal memoir of a botanist. Lots of plant information.
23. A book that won an award in 2019
This novel won the 2019 Hugo Award for science fiction.
24. A book on a subject you know nothing about
I knew nothing about what it was like in Italy during World War II. Now I know a bit more. So sorry for Milan.
25. A book with only words on the cover, no images or graphics
26. A book with a pun in the title
“Higher Grounds” – cute coffeeshop name. This is a Christian novel, and very enjoyable for a lighthearted read. Recommended to me by a friend.
27. A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins
A vintage novel published in 1884 with a prideful foster mother.
29. A book with a bird on the cover
Wonderful short five-chapter book about memoir writing. Very much recommended for any of us involved in this sport.
32. A book by a WOC
I’m reading this in May for a Booktube readathon, Maybe Midrash. See my video here for an explanation.
33. A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads
Of course I knew about the amazing popularity of this novel last year. I wanted to read it… so much! I wanted to read it even more when I found out Delia Owens lives in North Idaho… and now, I have read it. It went down easy.
34. A book you meant to read in 2019
I very much enjoyed this YA novel about a sixteen year old girl who inherits a homesteading claim in Montana. It was a Newbery Honor Book in 2007.
35. A book with a three-word title
Wow. Much better than expected. No witchcraft involved – just a fascinating first-person murder mystery with an unreliable narrator.
36. A book with a pink cover
Reading this for the Asian Readathon.
37. A Western
38. A book by or about a journalist
39. Read a banned book during Banned Books Week
Challenged in multiple school districts:
Advanced #1. A book written by an author in their 20s
I started out liking this memoir and ended up hating it because of the length and off-topic drivel. My review is at Goodreads: Know My Name.
Advanced #3. A book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement (a nod to 20/20 vision)
One of the seriously most depressing, distressing books I’ve ever read. Awful!! Well-written, but the subject matter was the worst. You’ve been warned. It does make one grateful for the gift of sight!
Advanced #5. A book set in Japan, host of the 2020 Olympics
Set in Korea and Japan. Reading this for the Asian Readathon.
Advanced #6. A book by an author who has written more than 20 books
Great book to read during anxiety-inducing times like these.
Advanced #8. A book published in the 20th century
Advanced #10. A book with a main character in their 20’s
My book notes
2. A book by a trans or nonbinary author – (Is God Anti-Gay? and/or Single Gay Christian)
★ 8. A book with an upside-down image on the cover – (It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way)
★ 11. An anthology – (It’s All in the Story – California)
★ 30. A fiction or nonfiction book about a world leader – (Lincoln in the Bardo)
31. A book with “gold,” “silver,” or “bronze” in the title – (How Much of These Hills is Gold)
2020 Challenge – Advanced prompts
★ 2. A book with “20” or “twenty” in the title – (Why We Write About Ourselves)
4. A book set in the 1920s – (A Gentleman in Moscow)
7. A book with more than 20 letters in its title – (Scary Stories for Young Foxes)
9. A book from a series with more than 20 books – (One for the Money)
Reading team: Ultimate PopSugar Reading Challenge group at Goodreads.
Official page: PopSugar Reading Challenge 2020