I’m attempting two readathons this year – Book Riot’s Read Harder and Popsugar’s Ultimate Reading Challenge. I will keep a note here of the books I’ve read (or am planning to read) for each prompt. Titles in bold are definites, meaning I’ve already started/read/bought/ordered or somehow committed myself to reading them. Titles in italics are tentative and may be changed before I read them. If there are multiple books beside a prompt it means that I’m having trouble deciding which to choose, any help is gratefully received!

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


Advanced Extras


  1. A book recommended by an author you love
  2. 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)
  3. A book with a family member term in the title
  4. A book that takes place over a character’s lifespan
  5. A book about an immigrant or refugee
  6. 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)
  7. A book with an eccentric character
  8. A book that’s more than 800 pages
  9. A book you got from a used book sale – Missing Abby by Lee Weatherly
  10. A book that’s been mentioned in another book – Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (Textbook) by JK Rowling
  11. A book about a difficult topic – A Stolen Childhood by Casey Watson
  12. A book based on mythology