Hullo, friends! I hope the first few hours of 2019 have already been grand for you. Do you smell that??? It’s the smell of starting fresh and tackling a whole new pile of books this year! I love it. So today I thought I’d bring you my self-suggested to-be-read pile for the 2019 Popsugar challenge. I’m trying it out for the first time (eeeeek!), so wish me good luck! 🤓
what is the popsugar challenge?
If you’ve never heard of the Popsugar challenge, you’re missing out! But worry not, I only heard about it like a month ago and I still decided to join 🤷🏻♀️ In short, it’s a l o n g year-long reading challenge that encourages people to read more and more and more.
There are a total of 40 reading challenges and then 10 more bonus challenges. I don’t know how the rules work, but I think you’re only supposed to use one book per prompt. However! I will be cheating and allowing myself to use one book for up to three prompts.
Here is the original picture with ALL the challenges!
my to-be-read pile for the challenge!
I am awful at reading every single book in my TBRs, so I’m giving myself a lot of leeway. This is just a roundup post of books I want to read during the year that also happen to work for this challenge! So, if I forget what book I could read to satisfy the challenges, I will just come back to this for inspiration! Voilà!
To see the books on Goodreads, click the hyperlinked (x)
🌿 A book becoming a movie in 2019: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness! It’s been on my TBR for ages and I feel like NOW is the time to pick it up (x)
🌿 A book that makes you nostalgic: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. Books about families always make me feel nostalgic (x)
🌿 A book written by a musician: ???? I’m not a big fan of music, so if you have any recommendations, please let me know!
🌿 A book you think should be turned into a movie: The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves. The blurb makes it sound like it could be turned into an incredible rom-com (x)
🌿 A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. It has almost three million ratings! h o w!!! (x)
🌸 A book with a plant in the title or on the cover: Meu Pé de Laranja Lima by José Mauro de Vasconcelos. Such a Portuguese-language (and Brazilian!) classic. I can’t believe I have never read it. (x)
🌸 A reread of a favorite book: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. This was once my favorite book (and still probably is) so I’m excited to dip my toes in this world again. (x)
🌸 A book about a hobby: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betti Smith. A book where reading is highlighted — right? (x)
🌸 A book you meant to read in 2019: Everything Here Is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee (x)
🌞 A book with “pop,” “sugar,” or “challenge” in the title: ???? Seriously no clue! Let me know if you have any suggestions.
🌞 A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover: Tin Man by Sarah Winman. This has been on my TBR since last year! (x)
🌞 A book inspired by mythology, legend, or folklore: Circe by Madeline Miller. If you thought I would take this chance to FINALLY read this book, you’d be wrong! (x)
🌞 A book published posthumously: The Caregiver by Samuel Park. The main characters are Korean immigrants in Brazil. How awesome and unique is that? (x)
🌞 A book you see someone reading on a tv show or movie: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. This is technically cheating because 1) it allegedly appears on Lost and I’ve never watched that show; and 2) no one actually reads this novel in the show — but shhhh (x)
❄️ A retelling of a classic: ???? All the retellings I’ve seen around don’t seem to be the kind of book I’m into. But if I enjoy Circe, I might try to tackle The Song of Achilles (x)
❄️ A book with a question in the title: Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum. I had no clue this book existed until now, but I’m all here for it. 1) it’s nonfiction; 2) it’s about race; 3) the author has tons of academic credibilty™ (x)
❄️ A book set on college or university campus: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. I don’t know if this is entirely set at university, but I know at least a part of it is (x)
❄️ A book about someone with a superpower: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. I’m not sure if this counts as a superpower, but waking up in a new body until a mystery is solved? Sounds super interesting! (x)
❄️ A book told from multiple character POVs: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (x)
🍋 A book set in space: Saga volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples. I love this graphic novel series and I want to finish reading all the books that are out by 2019 (x)
🍋 A book by two female authors: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Everyone and their mother has read this, apparently. And I will too because 1) I love romances; and 2) there’s a movie adaptation! (x)
🍋 A book with “sweet,” “bitter,” “salty,” or “spicy” in the title: There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon. Not quite ‘sweet’ but close enough (x)
🍋 A book set in Scandinavia: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. It’s been on my list for ages and it’s my mom’s favorite — so why not? (x)
🌵 A book that takes place in a single day: When All Is Said by Anne Griffin (x)
🌵 A debut novel: The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay. I’m really excited to read this one. It’s actually one of my most anticipated 2019 releases! (x)
🌵 A book that’s published in 2019: The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker (x).
🌵 A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wrecker (x).
🌹 A book recommended by a celebrity you admire: Educated by Tara Westover. This seems to be on all my favorite bloggers’ recommended list, as well as Barack Obama’s! I love his taste in books, so I’m expecting to love, love, love this one (x)
🌹 A book with “love” in the title: The Course of Love by Alain de Botton. I really liked Botton’s other works and this book sounds amazing, especially since I think I’m not the best self I can be in a relationship (x).
🌹 A book with an amateur detective: The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Massey. This woman is absolutely amazing as a lawyer, but she’s only a very rudimentary detective. The first volume in the series was one of my favorite books of 2019, so it’s obvious that I’ll pick this up in 2019 (x)
🌹 A book about a family: The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh. This novel sounds so, so good I can’t wait to get a copy! (x)
🌼 A book written by a writer from Asia, Africa, or South America: Miracle Creek by Eugenia Kim (x)
🌼 A book with a zodiac sign or astrology symbol in the title: The Pisces by Melissa Broder. It sounds weird and cool and that’s all I want in a book (x)
🌼 A book that includes a wedding: Save the Date by Morgan Matson. I promise — this will be the year when I finally finish reading this book!!! (x)
🌼 A book whose first name and last name start with the same letter: The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words, 1000 BCE — 1492 CE by Simon Schama. I bought this when I was in Berlin and I’m itching to pick it up. I love history nonfiction books and this one sounds like it will be one of my favorites (x)
🌚 A ghost story: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (x).
🌚 A book with a two-word title: Normal People by Sally Rooney. I have never read anything by this author but everyone says such good things about her writing! (x)
🌚 A novel based on a true story: Romanov by Nadine Brandes. I love Russian history so much, and this young-adult new release has peaked my interest! Fortunately, I got a copy of the ARC, so I will be reading it in January! (x)
🌚 A book revolving around a puzzle or game: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. I have literally never heard anyone talk about this before, but it sounds interesting… (x)
And this is my suggested TBR pile! I’m sure I won’t get around to reading all of these books, and that’s fine! I’m a mood reader, after all.
Are you also taking part in the Popsugar Challenge? What book/prompt do you think is most interesting from the ones I’ve picked? Have a great year!!! 🌻