Once again, I’m attempting two readathons this year – Book Riot’s Read Harder and Popsugar’s Ultimate Reading Challenge. Hopefully I’ll do better than last year! Any suggestions or recommendations for any of the topics are gratefully received. I’ll link to any reviews once I write them. If there is a star (*) next to it, I am currently reading the book. No star means I’ve finished it so look out for the review! And feel free to follow me on Goodreads (Alicia M)!

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


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