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POPSUGAR Reading Challenge #3: The 40 Books I Plan To Read This Year

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge #3


For the past few weeks, I’ve been showing off the books I’ve chosen for my POPSUGAR Reading Challenge. It’s a massive list of 40 books, so I split the list into four groups of ten to make the posts smaller. This is week three, so I’ll be looking at prompts 20 through 30.

If you don’t know what the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge is, the website POPSUGAR releases a reading challenge every year in which they create various prompts. These prompts give you the opportunity to choose books that diversify your reading experience, which is something I’ve been wanting to do this year.


POPSUGAR Reading Challenge #3: Prompts 20 through 30

A Book With Your Favorite Color in the Title

My favorite color is purple, and although I know The Color Purple is the more obvious choice, I’ve already read that book twice in the last five years. So I went with Lilac Girls, which was released last year and got rave reviews. It’s not exactly outside of my comfort zone, but it’s a book I know I’ve wanted to read for some time now.

A Book With Alliteration in the Title

Mr. Mercedes
Stephen King is an author I don’t often pass up the chance to read. And trying to find books with alliteration in their titles wasn’t as easy as you think it is. By the way, alliteration means that words in the same group all start with the same letters. And the Bill Hodges series has been on my TBR since I heard about it becoming a TV series.

A Book About Time Travel

How to Stop Time
How Top Stop Time is a 2018 release, and lucky for me I’ve already read it. How To Stop Time was such a stunner, and although it’s not specifically about traveling through time, it’s about a man who has lived through over four centuries. Therefore, I’m considering it time travel! If you’re interested, my review for How To Stop Time is here.

A Book With A Weather Element in the Title

The Winter People
I’m still unsure about The Winter People, and I’m not sure winter technically counts as a “weather element,” but it’s my list and I’ll do what I want. I’ve heard good things about The Winter People, and Jennifer McMahon is an author I’ve read before and am familiar with, so I may give it a shot. Or I may change this prompt altogether. I haven’t decided yet. Do you know of any good “weather element” books? Let me know!

A Book Set at Sea

The Miracle of Dunkirk
I bought The Miracle of Dunkirk around November since I wanted to read more nonfiction. It was really reasonably priced and I enjoy anything from World War II. The story behind this book has been an interesting part of history that I’m not too familiar with, so I’m excited to dive in and learn more about Operation Dynamo and the evacuation of Dunkirk.

A Book With an Animal in the Title

The Bear and the Nightingale
I’ve featured The Bear and the Nightingale a lot on my blog since late December when I picked it up at Barnes and Noble. If you know anything about me, then you know Young Adult fiction isn’t my cup of tea. Neither is fantasy. The Bear and the Nightingale is categorized as Young Adult Fantasy, so why do I want to read this book, you ask? Well, it takes place in Russia. And that’s all I really need!

A Book Set on a Different Planet

At first, I chose The Martian for this prompt. But in all honesty, I read Andy Weir’s Artemis last year and wasn’t a huge fan of the science aspect. I’ve heard that The Martian wasn’t as good as Artemis, so I’m officially switching it out. Instead, I’ll be reading Dune, the first in the Dune Chronicles by Frank Herbert. I have always loved the miniseries that was on Scifi years ago, so I’m attempting to start the series this year!

A Book With Song Lyrics in the Title

Breakfast at Tiffany's
I remember the first time I watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Audrey Hepburn. I was a teenager, and I instantly fell in love! I’ve always known it was a book but just never found the right time to read it. Truman Capote is pretty well-known, but I’ve never read any of his works. So I’m making the time to get to Breakfast at Tiffany’s this year. And even though the song is named after the book, it still counts!

A Book About or Set on Halloween

A Head Full of Ghosts
This prompt was another difficult one to fulfill, which is so surprising to me. I was almost tempted to pick out one of my Goosebumps books from when I was a kid. But I decided against that and chose A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay. This will be my first Tremblay novel, and I’ve heard that he’s an amazing horror writer. So, most likely, this one won’t be my last!

A Book With Characters Who Are Twins

White Bodies
I have a thing for novels with twins in them. There’s something about the idea of adult twins that almost freak me out. They look alike in almost every way, but can be so incredibly different. White Bodies is a novel that feature adult female twins, and it released last year, so I’m gonna go with it. It’s been on my Goodreads TBR for some time now anyway!



And there is 20 through 30! If you haven’t¬†already, you can check out my first set of ten here and my second set of ten year. Come back next week to see the final set of ten and keep up with my progress in the menu bar above! Got any interesting suggestions? Are you participating in the challenge as well? Comment below!

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8 thoughts on “POPSUGAR Reading Challenge #3: The 40 Books I Plan To Read This Year

  1. The Lilac Girls and Mr Mercedes are both amazing reads. I was in the minority with White Bodies, which I found to be only an average read. Haven’t heard of Paul Tremblay, but going to find something of his to read after your introduction. Love a good horror read, and there aren’t too many really good ones around.

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