Reading Challenge

My 2019 Popsugar Challenge TBR! 🌟

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! 🤓

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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!

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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)


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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!!! 🌻

8 thoughts on “My 2019 Popsugar Challenge TBR! 🌟

  1. That’s great that you can apply some books you already wanted to read anyway to the challenge! Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria and The Story of the Jews both sound great, I’m looking forward to your reviews of both of those, might have to add them to my reading list. And I love going over Barack Obama’s reading lists too, I look forward to that every year! This year I also loved his picks of American Prison and Feel Free, both were excellent. (I felt so-so about Educated but I’m firmly in the minority there.) Good luck with your challenge!!

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    1. Thank you! I’ll check out those recommendations, too! Now I’m even more intrigued to see what Educated has in store for me. And I’ll definitely review those two books here. Good luck with your 2019 reads 🤗


  2. Good luck completing this, you have some great books on that list! For the musician one, I’d recommend checking out Eve Of Man by Tom & Giovanna Fletcher, one of my surprising favourite reads of last year!

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