Past Reading Challenges

(PAST) 2018 Reading Challenges

Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge

  1. A book made into a movie you’ve already seen
  2. True crime
  3. The next book in a series you started
  4. A book involving a heist
  5. Nordic noir
  6. A novel based on a real person
  7. A book set in a country that fascinates you
  8. A book with a time of day in the titles
  9. A book about a villain or antihero
  10. A book about death or grief
  11. A book with your favourite colour in the title
  12. A book with alliteration in the title
  13. A book about time travel
  14. A book with a weather element in the title
  15. A book set at sea
  16. A book with an animal in the title – The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen*
  17. A book set on a different planet
  18. A book with song lyrics in the title
  19. A book set on or about Halloween
  20. A book with characters who are twins
  21. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym
  22. A book with an LGBT protagonist
  23. A book that is also a stage play or musical
  24. A book by an author of a different ethnicity as you
  25. A book about feminism
  26. A book about mental health
  27. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift
  28. A book by two authors
  29. A book about or involving a sport
  30. A book by a local author
  31. A book mentioned in another book
  32. A book from a celebrity book club
  33. A childhood classic you’ve never read
  34. A book that’s published in 2018
  35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner – Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (Goodreads Choice Awards 2016 Young Adult Fiction)
  36. A book set in the decade you were born
  37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get around to
  38. A book with an ugly cover
  39. A book that involves a library or bookstore – The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell*
  40. Your favourite prompt from the 2015, 2016 or 2017 popsugar reading challenges – Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (A book with a title that’s a character’s name, Popsugar 2017 Challenge)
  41. A bestseller from the year you graduated high school
  42. A cyberpunk novel
  43. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place
  44. A book tied to your ancestry
  45. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title
  46. An allegory
  47. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you
  48. A microhistory
  49. A book about a problem facing society today
  50. A book recommended by someone else doing the challenge

Book Riot’s 2018 Read Harder Challenge

  1. A book published posthumously
  2. A book of true crime
  3. A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance)
  4. A comic written and illustrated by the same person
  5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa)
  6. A book about nature
  7. A western
  8. A comic written or illustrated by a person of color
  9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature
  10. A romance novel by or about a person of color
  11. A children’s classic published before 1980
  12. A celebrity memoir
  13. An Oprah Book Club selection
  14. A book of social science
  15. A one-sitting book
  16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series
  17. A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
  18. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image
  19. A book of genre fiction in translation
  20. A book with a cover you hate
  21. A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author
  22. An essay anthology
  23. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60
  24. An assigned book you hated (or never finished)


(PAST) 2017 Reading Challenges

Book Riot’s 2017 Read Harder Challenge

  1. Read a book about sports – The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz //Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra // Jerkbait by Mia Siegert
  2. Read a debut novel – Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
  3. Read a book about books
  4. Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author – Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories by Mariana Enriquez
  5. Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative – American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  6. Read an all-ages comic – Princeless Vol 1 (Save Yourself) // Goldie Vance Vol 1 // Lumberjanes Vol 1 
  7. Read a book published between 1900 and 1950
  8. Read a travel memoir
  9. Read a book you’ve read before – Whistling for the Elephants by Sandi Toksvig
  10. Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location – Hide and Seek by Ian Rankin (Rebus novels)
  11. Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location – number9dream by David Mitchell //Spring Snow by Yukio Mishima
  12. Read a fantasy novel
  13. Read a nonfiction book about technology
  14. Read a book about war
  15. Read a YA or middle grade novel written by an author who identifies as LGBT – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  16. Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country
  17. Read a classic by an author of colour
  18. Read a superhero comic with a female lead – Ms Marvel Vol 1 (No Normal) // Captain Marvel Vol 1 (Higher, Further, Faster, More) // Batgirl Vol 1 (The Batgirl of Burnside) // Batwoman Vol 1 or Batwoman: Elegy
  19. Read a book in which a character of colour goes on a spiritual journey
  20. Read an LGBT romance novel – If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
  21. Read a book published by a micropress – Deer Woman by Elizabeth LaPensee
  22. Read a collection of stories by a woman – The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales by Kirsty Logan // The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler (does this count??)
  23. Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love – Poet in New York: A Bilingual Edition by Federico Garcia Lorca, Edward Hirsch, Pablo Medina and Mark Statman
  24. Read a book wherein all points-of-view characters are people of colour

POPSUGAR 2017 Reading Challenge

  1. A book recommended by a librarian
  2. A book that’s been on your TBR list for way too long – Identical by Ellen Hopkins // Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn (both added to my Goodreads TBR in 2012)
  3. A book of letters
  4. An audiobook
  5. A book by a person of colour
  6. A book with one of the four seasons in the title – Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson // Spring Snow by Yukio Mishima
  7. A book that is a story within a story – The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield 
  8. A book with multiple authors
  9. An espionage thriller
  10. A book with a cat on the cover
  11. A book by an author who uses a pseudonym – The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
  12. A bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read
  13. A book by or about a person who has a disability
  14. A book involving travel
  15. A book with a subtitle – Christmas at Battersea: True Stories of Miracles and Hope
  16. A book that’s published in 2017
  17. A book involving a mythical creature
  18. A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile
  19. A book about food
  20. A book with career advice – On Writing by Stephen King // Free For All: Oddballs, Geeks and Gangstas in the Public Library by Don Borchert // How to Read Literature Like A Professor by Thomas C Foster
  21. A book from a nonhuman perspective
  22. A steampunk novel
  23. A book with a red spine – The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer
  24. A book set in the wilderness
  25. A book you loved as a child
  26. A book by an author from a country you’ve never visited
  27. A book with a title that’s a character’s name
  28. A novel set during wartime – Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein // Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  29. A book with an unreliable narrator – We Were Liars by E Lockhart
  30. A book with pictures
  31. A book where the main character is a different ethnicity to you – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  32. A book about an interesting woman
  33. A book set in two different time periods
  34. A book with a month or day of the week in the title
  35. A book set in a hotel
  36. A book written by someone you admire – Girl Hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe
  37. A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017 – Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon // The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman // Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie 
  38. A book set around a holiday other than Christmas
  39. The first book in a series you haven’t read before – Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan 
  40. A book you bought on a trip – Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell
  41. A book recommended by an author you love
  42. A bestseller from 2016 – All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr // The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah // The Girls by Emma Cline // Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty // Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (all taken from the New York Times bestseller lists)
  43. A book with a family member term in the title
  44. A book that takes place over a character’s lifespan
  45. A book about an immigrant or refugee
  46. A book from a genre/subgenre that you’ve never heard of – Soulless by Gail Carriger (Mannerpunk/Fantasy of Manners) // The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (Low Fantasy) // Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Cyberpunk) // Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Cyberpunk)
  47. A book with an eccentric character
  48. A book that’s more than 800 pages
  49. A book you got from a used book sale – Missing Abby by Lee Weatherly
  50. A book that’s been mentioned in another book – Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (Textbook) by JK Rowling
  51. A book about a difficult topic – A Stolen Childhood by Casey Watson
  52. A book based on mythology