Monday, November 18, 2019

PopSugar Reading Challenge 2020



The folks at PopSugar are back with their boundaries-pushing reading challenge for 2020. They encourage us to expand our reading horizons with reading prompts that may push us out of our comfort zones. They give us 40 standard prompts with another 10 for those are very committed. We don't have to do all of them--the goal is read more and to read more of the things we might not normally choose. As per usual, I am setting a personal goal of 20 prompts in order to claim the challenge complete--from either list. This fits in very well with their advanced challenge prompts--which seem to focus on "twenty." 

Here are the prompts that appeal most to me--for the full list, please click the link above.

1. A book that's published in 2020:
2. A book about a book club: Read & Buried by Erika Chase
3. The first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed:
4. A book with a map: The Crying Sisters by Mabel Seeley [map of the two lakes] (2/23/20)
5. A book recommended by your favorite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club: The Plague Court Murders by Carter Dickson (1/26/20) [various fellow GAD bloggers]
6. An anthology: Deep Waters: Murder on the Waves by Martin Edwards [ed] (2/24/20)
7. A book published in the month of your birth: The Death of a Joyce Scholar by Bartholomew Gill (1/31/20)
8. A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie [greed] (1/9/20)
9. A book with a robot, cyborg, or AI character: The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
10. A book with a bird on the cover: 
11. A fiction or nonfiction book about a world leader: Elizabeth & Essex by Lytton Strachey (Elizabeth I)
12. A book with "gold," "silver," or "bronze" in the title: Silver Wings for Vicki by Helen Wells (2/16/20)
13. A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads: Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers [4.13 rating when last I looked] (1/13/20)
14. A book you meant to read in 2019: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Scott Turton (1/15/20)
15. A book that has a book on the cover: The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett (2/18/20)
16. A book set in a country beginning with "C": Chinese Nightmare by Hugh Pentecost (4/18/20)
17. A book you picked because the title caught your attention: Between the Thames & the Tiber by Ted Riccardi (Sherlock Holmes pastiche titles always catch my attention) [7/20/20]
18. A book by or about a journalist: Good Luck to the Corpse by Max Murray (was a journalist for much of his life) [3/30/20]
19. Your favorite prompt from a past PopSugar Challenge (Item of clothing on cover--prompt from 2019): The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer (1/24/20)

And from the Advanced List:
20. A book with "20" or "twenty" in the title: In Memory Yet Green: The Autobiography 1920-1954 by Isaac Asimov (7/22/20)
21. A book set in Japan (host of 2020 Olympics): Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh (2/6/20)
22. A book set in the 1920s: The Big Four by Agatha Christie [1927] (2/27/20)
23. A book by an author who has written more than 20 books: Red Threads by Rex Stout (2/14/20)
24. A book with more than 20 letters in its title: Murder on the Waterfront by Michael Jahn [21] (1/20/20)
25. A book published in the 20th C: Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer [1935] (1/27/20)
26. A book from a series with more than 20 books: Information Received by E. R. Punshon [Bobby Owens series = 35 books] 

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