Same Old Resolution

Once again, my New Year’s Resolution is to complete Popsugar’s Reading Challenge. I had loads of fun with the 2016 and 2017 challenges.

I had a thought, earlier this year, to branch out to another reading challenge, just for the sake of variety. There are several out there, but I have yet to find one as varied, inventive, and weird as the ones the folks at Popsugar come up with.

For 2018, there are 40 categories, with an Advanced option for 10 more. That’s fewer than 2017, but still more than 2016. As usual, I see easy ones, tough ones, and some I don’t yet have a clue about. Half the fun, for me, will be researching books for the Categories.

(Note to myself: Look up the word “alliteration”.)

As usual, I will impose two rules on myself: I won’t read a book I’ve read before (unless the Category requires it), and I’ll finish every book I start.

There’s also a third rule: Since I’m doing this for my own enjoyment, and there is no completion prize, I can make and break my own rules as I see fit.

So, here is Popsugar’s 2018 Reading Challenge:

  • A book made into a movie you’ve already seen
  • True crime
  • The next book in a series you started
  • A book involving a heist
  • Nordic noir
  • A novel based on a real person
  • A book set in a country that fascinates you
  • A book with a time of day in the title
  • A book about a villain or antihero
  • A book about death or grief
  • A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym
  • A book with a LBGTQ+ protagonist
  • A book that is also a stage play or musical
  • A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you
  • A book about feminism
  • A book about mental health
  • A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift
  • A book by two authors
  • A book about or involving a sport
  • A book by a local author
  • A book with your favorite color in the title
  • A book with alliteration in the title
  • A book about time travel
  • A book with a weather element in the title
  • A book set at sea
  • A book with an animal in the title
  • A book set on a different planet
  • A book with song lyrics in the title
  • A book about or set on Halloween
  • A book with characters who are twins
  • A book mentioned in another book
  • A book from a celebrity book club
  • A childhood classic you’ve never read
  • A book that’s published in 2018
  • A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner
  • A book set in the decade you were born
  • A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to
  • A book with an ugly cover
  • A book that involves a bookstore or library
  • Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges


  • A bestseller from the year you graduated high school
  • A cyberpunk book
  • A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place
  • A book tied to your ancestry
  • A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title
  • An allegory
  • A book by an author with the same first or last name as you
  • A microhistory
  • A book about a problem facing society today
  • A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

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