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…
21. A book published the month of your birthday
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
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.
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.
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
Advanced #5. A book set in Japan, host of the 2020 Olympics
Set in Korea and Japan. Reading this for the Asian Readathon.
Advanced #8. A book published in the 20th century
My book notes
1. A book that’s published in 2020 – (American Dirt)
∅ 2. A book by a trans or nonbinary author – (Is God Anti-Gay? and Single Gay Christian)
3. A book with a great first line – (Little Fires Everywhere)
4. A book about a book club – (The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires)
5. A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics (The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)
6. A bildungsroman (My Brilliant Friend)
★ 7. The first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed – (Light on the Devils)
∅ 8. A book with an upside-down image on the cover – (Verity)
9. A book with a map – (Grandma Gatewood’s Walk)
10. A book recommended by your favorite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club – (Midworld)
★ 11. An anthology – (It’s All in the Story – California)
12. A book that passes the Bechdel test – (Digging In)
13. A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but is unrelated to it – (Beloved)
14. A book by an author with flora or fauna in their name – (Your Blue Is Not My Blue: A Missing Person Memoir by Aspen Matis)
∅ 15. A book about or involving social media – (Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman)
16. A book that has a book on the cover – (The Thirteenth Tale) – currently reading
17. A medical thriller – (The Silent Patient)
18. A book with a made-up language – (Native Tongue)
19. A book set in a country beginning with “C” (The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane)
20. A book you picked because the title caught your attention – (Daughters of the Lake)
★ 21. A book published the month of your birthday – (The Mount of Olives)
22. A book about or by a woman in STEM – (Lab Girl)
23. A book that won an award in 2019 – (The Calculating Stars)
24. A book on a subject you know nothing about – (Beneath a Scarlet Sky)
25. A book with only words on the cover, no images or graphics – (Between the World and Me)
26. A book with a pun in the title – (Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café)
27. A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins – (Ramona)
28. A book with a robot, cyborg, or AI character – (Cress)
29. A book with a bird on the cover – (The Memoir Project)
∅ 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 – (Ladies of Gold, volume 1, compiled by James Maloney)
32. A book by a WOC – (Parable of the Sower)
33. A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads – (Where the Crawdads Sing)
∅ 34. A book you meant to read in 2019 – (Ireland)
35. A book with a three-word title – (The Witch Elm)
36. A book with a pink cover – (If I Had Your Face)
37. A Western – (Lonesome Dove)
38. A book by or about a journalist – (The Broken Girls)
∅ 39. Read a banned book during Banned Books Week – (Looking for Alaska or Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian)
40. Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge (Graphic novel: Everyone’s a Aliebn…)
2020 Challenge – Advanced prompts
∅ 1. A book written by an author in their 20s – (Know My Name)
∅ 2. A book with “20” or “twenty” in the title – (Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail)
∅ 3. A book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement (a nod to 20/20 vision) – (Blindness)
∅ 4. A book set in the 1920s – (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn)
5. A book set in Japan, host of the 2020 Olympics (Pachinko)
∅ 6. A book by an author who has written more than 20 books – (Devoted)
∅ 7. A book with more than 20 letters in its title – (Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine)
8. A book published in the 20th century – (I Capture the Castle)
∅ 9. A book from a series with more than 20 books – (The Mysterious Affair at Styles or One for the Money)
∅ 10. A book with a main character in their 20s – (An Anonymous Girl)
Reading team: Ultimate PopSugar Reading Challenge group at Goodreads.
Official page: PopSugar Reading Challenge 2020