I’ve looked at several reading challenges the last few years, but never really committed to one other than just trying to read a certain number of books within a year. I printed the Popsugar Reading Challenge a week or two ago and decided to give it a try. I didn’t really think about sharing it here until Rachel, one of the bloggers I follow, shared the reading challenge she is using this year. This list is subject to change throughout the year, but I wanted to try to go ahead and pick a book for each category.


  1. A book recommended by a librarian – Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt
  2. A book that’s been on your TBR list for way too long – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. A book of lettersThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
    Dear Fahrenheit 451: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Break-Up Notes to the Books in Her Life by Annie Spence
  4. An audiobook – American Sniper by Chris Kyle
  5. A book by a person of color – Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston
  6.  A book with one of the four seasons in the title – A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
  7. A book that is a story within a story – A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  8. A book with multiple authors – Iluminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  9. An espionage thriller – Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
  10. A book with a cat on the cover – The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  11. A book by an author who uses a pseudonym – Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  12. A bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read – No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
  13. A book by or about a person who has a disability – Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
  14. A book involving travel – Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  15. A book with a subtitleThe Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
    Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin
  16. A book that’s published in 2017 Love Story by Karen Kingsbury
    The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh
  17. A book involving a mythical creature – The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
  18. A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile – Pretense by Lori Wick
  19. A book about food – Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
  20. A book with career advice – Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck by Jon Acuff
  21. A book from a nonhuman perspective – The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  22. A steampunk novel – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  23. A book with a red spine – Us by David Nicholls
  24. A book set in the wilderness – The Revenant by Michael Punke
  25. A book you loved as a childElsie’s Endless Wait by Martha Finley
    Hold On Tight – Robin Jones Gunn
  26. A book by an author from a country you’ve never visited – Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  27. A book with a title that’s a character’s name – Serena by Ron Rash
  28. A novel set during wartime – The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  29. A book with an unreliable narrator – Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
  30. A book with pictures – The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  31. A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you – The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  32. A book about an interesting woman – Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott
  33. A book set in two different time periods – The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
  34. A book with a month or day of the week in the title – The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright
  35. A book set in a hotel – Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
  36. A book written by someone you admire – Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit by Francis Chan
  37. A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017 – The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
  38. A book set around a holiday other than Christmas – Still Life by Louise Penny
  39. The first book in a series you haven’t read before – A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
  40. A book you bought on a trip – The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

35 of the 40 books I picked were already on my TBR list and only two of them will be re-reads (only because the prompt required a book I had previously read). I’m excited to see how many of these I read this year!

Completed: 23/40

Updated: 1/3/2017