Hey all! So, typically Wednesdays are reserved for book reviews, but I’m running quite behind schedule so I have no book to review today! I know, I’ve fallen way behind. What with my reading slump in the beginning of January and the fact that I’m packing up my stuff to move I just haven’t found the time to read like I usually do. This month’s wrap-up will most likely be severely disappointing! So, instead of a review, I figured today I could focus my attention on the 40 books I’ve chosen for my POPSUGAR Reading Challenge.
POP SUGAR Reading Challenge #1: The First Ten
For those who don’t know, every year POPSUGAR releases a reading challenge with prompts that have to be fulfilled by different books. It’s to get readers like me reading books they wouldn’t normally pick up. This is my first year doing the challenge, and I’m really excited to be working on it!
Note: This is part one in a four-part series. I didn’t want to write about 40 complete books in one post as that would take up WAY too much time!
A Book Made Into A Movie You’ve Already Seen
I’ve seen the movie a thousand times and I absolutely adore it. I never realized it was also a book by Neil Gaiman! I read my first Neil Gaiman last summer and immediately want to read all of his work, so I chose this one for the movie prompt since I’ve been seeing so much praise for this book all over.
Charles Manson has become quite a household name, and his recent passing has put him even more in the spotlight. I know a few details about his following and the crimes committed, but not much. I’m hoping to read a lot more nonfiction in 2018, so this is the start of it!
The Next Book In A Series You Started
I started the Aaron Falk series in 2017, starting with The Dry. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it, so I was glad to have won a copy of Force of Nature. I’ve read it already, and I wasn’t as big a fan of second installment as I was in the first. It’s unfortunate, but oh well!
A Book Involving A Heist
This was a difficult prompt to figure out, so I decided to reread The Hobbit. It’s a timeless, classic story by J.R.R. Tolkien that I will never tire of, and it centers around a hobbit and a group of dwarves looking to take back treasure from a dragon. You can’t go wrong with a Tolkien tale!
Before this challenge, I didn’t even know what Nordic Noir was. Essentially, it’s Scandinavian Crime Fiction. Jo Nesbo is pretty well-known in this genre, so I decided to choose one of his books for this challenge. Originally I chose The Snowman, but I’ve been dying to get started on the Hogarth Shakespeare series featuring retellings of Shakespeare’s famous works. I mentioned this series in my Top 5 Series I Want To Start in 2018, so I adjusted this prompt accordingly.
A Novel Based on a Real Person
This was an obvious choice. I’ve been gushing about this book for the longest time, and I’m so excited that it fits into one of the prompts! Anastasia was a real Grand Duchess of Russia, who was slaughtered along with her family in 1917. A woman named Anna Anderson was also a real person who believed herself to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia. This is a fictional retelling of one of the 20th century’s greatest mysteries.
A Book Set in a Country That Fascinates You
I have heard such wonderful things about this book, and I ordered it from Book of the Month as an extra. Russia has always held my fascination, especially during the times of the Russian Revolution. I knew this book would be a perfect fit for this prompt, and I’m so excited that I plan to read it this year!
A Book With a Time of Day in the Title
I picked up The Night Circus from Thriftbooks a few months ago and have been dying to read it ever since. Since it has “Night” in the title, I consider this the perfect choice for the Time of Day prompt! I have seen a lot of interesting reviews revolving around The Night Circus, and I’m curious to see what all the fuss is about.
A Book About a Villain or Antihero
From what I’ve read about The Last Mrs. Parrish, the main character that the reader follows is not quite the perfect narrator. She’s manipulative and tries to squeeze her way into the perfect family in order to make herself shine brighter. I bought this book for my Kindle on sale for super cheap, and I’m really interested in seeing where it leads. So many people have been talking about it!
A Book About Death or Grief
The Immortalists released this year on January 9th, and it’s been the talk of the blogosphere ever since. I’m tempted to buy myself a copy, but I think I might wait on the library list. It centers around four siblings who learn the dates they’re going to die, and how they live their lives with that knowledge. It’s the perfect choice for the Death prompt!
I’ll be posting the next three sets of ten in the coming weeks, and I hope you’ll follow along and get inspired to do your own reading challenge! To check my progress, click the link in the menu bar to go to my POPSUGAR Reading Challenge page. Are you doing any reading challenges this year? Let me know!