2019 Popsugar Reading Challenge

I’ve wanted to try this challenge for at least 2 years now but I always forgot about it until the middle of the year. 2019 is the year that I start from January 1, so I am so pumped about it! I will be keeping track of the challenge on this post and will continue to update it as I complete more prompts. If you’re also doing the challenge let me know where you are!

The Challenge

Count: 7/40

[] A book becoming a movie in 2019

[] A book that makes you nostalgic

[X] A book written by a musician (fiction or nonfiction)

[X] A book you think should be turned into a movie

[] A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads

[] A book with a plant in the title or on the cover

[] A reread of a favorite book

[] A book about a hobby

[X] A book you meant to read in 2018

[] A book with “pop,” “sugar,” or “challenge” in the title

[] A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover

[] A book inspired by mythology, legend, or folklore

[] A book published posthumously

[] A book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie

[] A retelling of a classic

[] A book with a question in the title

[] A book set on a college or university campus

[] A book about someone with a super power

[X] A book told from multiple character POVs

[] A book set in space

[] A book by two female authors

[] A book with a title that contains “salty,” “sweet,” “bitter,” or “spicy”

[] A book set in Scandinavia

[] A book that takes place in a single day

[] A debut novel

[] A book that’s published in 2019

[X] A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature

[] A book recommended by a celebrity you admire

[] A book with ‘love” in the title

[X] A book featuring an amateur detective

[X] A book about a family

[] A book written by an author from Asia, Africa, or South America

[] A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in the title

[] A book that includes a wedding

[] A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter

[] A ghost story

[] A book with a two-word title

[] A novel based on a true story

[] A book revolving around a puzzle or game

[] Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge


[] A cli-fi (climate fiction) book

[] A “choose-your-own-adventure” book

[X] An “own voices” book

[] Read a book during the season it is set in

[] A LitRPG book

[X] A book with no chapters, unusual chapter headings, or unconventionally numbered chapters

[] Two books that share the same title (1)

[] Two books that share the same title (2)

[] A book that has inspired a common phrase or idiom (e.g., Big Brother from 1984)

[] A book set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage, or convent

January 2019

  1. when dimple met rishiA book you meant to read in 2018: When Dimple Met Rishi (5/5 stars)

I absolutely loved this book! Dimple and Rishi were such great characters and I really enjoyed the author’s writing style. I had seen this book in bookstores and libraries but had never checked it out, despite its longtime place on my tbr list. I’m going to work hard to shorten that list this year, and this was the first book I crossed off. You can read my full review here.


2rayne & delilah's midnite matinee. A book written by a musician (fiction): Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee (5/5 stars)

I got this arc through NetGalley and will be releasing my review when the book is published on February 26, 2019. This book is written by Jeff Zentner who, according to his Goodreads bio, started his writing career as a songwriter and guitarist. He has released five albums and has recorded with many well-known artists.


3.this is what it feels like A book told from multiple character POVs: This is What it Feels Like (4/5 stars)

This is What it Feels Like is told from three main points of view and one secondary point of view. The book follows three post-high school graduates as they try to win the Sun City contest for a chance to win $15,000 and a shot to work with their favorite band. But Dia, Jules, and Hanna have a long and complicated past together, and they need to figure out how to work together long enough to win the contest. You can read my full review here.

the golden tresses of the dead.jpg4. A book featuring an amateur detective: The Golden Tresses of the Dead (5/5 stars)

This is the 10th book in the Flavia deLuce series by Alan Bradley. The series follows Flavia deLuce, a spunky 11 year old who has a penchant for chemistry and mystery. Flavia is one of the funniest, wittiest book characters I’ve read, and the mysteries Alan Bradley concocts are fantastic. You can read my review of this book on my Goodreads page. If you haven’t started this series yet I would highly recommend doing so!

library of fatesAdvanced 1: An ownvoices book: The Library of Fates (5/5 stars)

Aditi Khorana writes about Indian folklore in The Library of Fates. This book follows Amrita as she embarks on a journey to get her kingdom and her family back from a ruthless emperor. The author dedicated this book to those whose voices aren’t being heard, and her acknowledgements section mentions the importance of the ownvoices movement. You can read my full review here.

two can keep a secret5. A book you think should be turned into a movie: Two Can Keep a Secret (4/5 stars)

As I mentioned in my original blog post, I prefer McManus’s debut novel over Two Can Keep a Secret. However, I think this would make a great movie. You have the creepiness of the horror park, the woods, disappearances, and overall thrilling mystery. I think the style would be better executed on a more visual platform like a movie or TV show (I’m almost getting Riverdale vibes).

strange graceAdvanced 2: A book with no chapters, unusual chapter headings, or unconventionally numbered chapters: Strange Grace (4/5 stars)

Strange Grace is overall a very unconventional book. It has impressive LGBTQ+ representation (especially for YA), tells the twisted tale of a devil in the forest, and is written in parts rather than chapters. Within each part there are breaks to switch POV between the three main characters, but even those just pick up right here the last POV left off. I think this really added to the book by keeping us on our toes with the supernatural mystery surrounding Three Graces.

starfish6. A book about a family: Starfish (4/5 stars)

I guess this book is more about a girl trying to discover her own voice within her family and society as a whole. However, Starfish touches on a lot of serious issues that can occur within families, such as sexual and emotional abuse, mental health issues, and divorce, to name a few. Even as the main character is doing her own thing in California, she is still drawn to her family and the role they have in her life. It isn’t the type of narrative you usually find in YA books, and I think it is important to change that.

warrior of the wild7. A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature: Warrior of the Wild (5/5 stars)

This is another book that I received from NetGalley, so my review will be coming later in February when the book is published. Warrior of the Wild contains many imaginary creatures like the ziken, the gunda, valder, and many more. The world the author has created in this book is rooted in old civilizations but has fantastical elements like imaginary monsters that make the plot exciting and more imaginative.

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