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2021 Popsugar Reading Challenge - Announcement & Potential TBR

Happy Saturday everyone! This year, I took part in the Popsugar Reading Challenge for the first time ever and I'm coming back in 2021 for more fun.  Like last time there are 40 regular prompts and an additional 10 advanced prompts.  Between this and Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge, I think I'm going to have pretty great reading year!  Keep reading to see my TBR for the 2021 Popsugar Reading Challenge:

1. A book that's published in 2021

My choice: A Vow So Bold & Deadly (Curseworkers #3) by Brigid Kemmerer - I've loved the first two installments of this series and I can't wait to see how it all ends.

2. An Afrofuturist book

My choice: Home (Binti #2) by Nnedi Okorafor - I'm surprised I haven't already read this one based on how much I liked the first part.

3. A book that has a heart, diamond, club, or spade on the cover

My choice: King of Fools (The Shadow Game #2) by Amanda Foody - Ace of Shades was quite a bit of fun and it's time to get caught up.

4. A book by an author who shares your zodiac sign

My choice: Chain of Iron (The Last Hours #2) by Cassandra Clare - I can't resist this series!

5. A dark academia book

My choice: Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas - I just happened to find this at a library book sale and it sounds like it has potential.

6. A book with a gem, mineral, or rock in the title

My choice: The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1) by Philip Pullman - Somehow I totally missed out this series while I was growing up, and I'm excited to finally try it.

7. A book where the main character works at your current or dream job

My choice: The Masked City (The Invisible Library #2) by Genevieve Cogman - The Invisible Library was outstanding and I have no idea why I've been putting it off for so long.

8. A book that has won the Women's Prize for Fiction

My choice: Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell - Won the 2020 award and I've only heard great things about it.

9. A book with a family tree 

My choice: A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) by George R.R. Martin - Maybe I'll get caught up before book six is released. 

10. A bestseller from the 1990s 

My choice: The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes #1) by Laurie R. King - I've been told to read this so many times and now I'm finally going to get to it.

11. A book about forgetting

My choice: Still Alice by Lisa Genova - I have a feeling I'll be very misty eyed with this one.

12. A book you have seen on someone's bookshelf (in real life, on a Zoom call, in a TV show, etc.)

My choice: The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss - I saw this one of Yo-Yo Ma's Instagram video performances.  You can see it here.

13. A locked-room mystery

My choice: The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot #1) by Agatha Christie - Somehow although I've seen so many adaptations of the character, I haven't read any of original Poirot stories before now.

14. A book set in a restaurant

My choice: Gil's All Fright Dinner by A. Lee Martinez - This just looks awesome.

15. A book with a black and white cover

My choice: The Year of the Witching (Bethel #1) by Alexis Henderson - I just picked myself up a copy of this and I'm really looking forward to reading it.

16. A book by an Indigenous author

My choice: Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse - Roanhorse is one of my favorites and I'm looking forward to her works for younger readers.

17. A book that has the same title as a song

My choice: Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry - I've heard a great deal about this, but I'm looking forward to giving it a shot.

18. A book about a subject you are passionate about

My choice: Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly - I can't resist a story about hidden women's history. Plus, I really enjoyed the movie adaptation so it's more than time to read the source material.

19. A book that discusses body positivity

My choice: Puddin' (Dumplin' #2) by Julie Murphy - I enjoyed the first of this series and I'm going to have to continue on with it.

20. A book found on a Black Lives Matter reading list 

My choice: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson - The film adaptation was very powerful and I finally need to read the source material.

21. A genre hybrid

My choice: The Six-Gun Tarot (Golgotha #1) by R.S. Belcher - I love the Western horror and I don't get to read as much of it as I would like.  This series opener sounds like it has potential.

22. A book set mostly or entirely outdoors 

My choice: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson - I've noticed Bryson's books at my library and I especially like the sound of this one.

23. A book with something broken on the cover 

My choice: Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage - I've heard a lot of mixed reactions to this one, but I'd still like to give it a try.

24. A book by a Muslim American author

My choice: Internment by Samira Ahmed - I've had this on my shelf for way too long.  

25. A book that was published anonymously

My choice: Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks - This was originally published anonymously and I've somehow missed it before now.

26. A book with an oxymoron in the title

My choice: Midnight Sun (Twilight #5) by Stephenie Meyer - Not exactly my kind of thing, but I who am I kidding I'll be reading this.

27. A book about do-overs or fresh starts 

My choice: Loki: Agent of Asgard, Vol. 1: Trust Me by Al Ewing - I haven't read a lot of comics featuring Loki, but he's one of my favorites of the MCU and I can't wait to watch his upcoming tv series.

28. A magical realism book

My choice: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz - I've been told I need to read this so many time and I'm finally going to get to it for this challenge.

29. A book set in multiple countries 

My choice: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova - This sounds like it will be fantastic and I'm really not sure how I haven't already picked it up.

30. A book set somewhere you'd like to visit in 2021 

My choice: The Yard (Scotland Yard's Murder Squad #1) by Alex Grecian - Someday in the future I'd love to go back to London.  I doubt that will happen next year though.

31. A book by a blogger, vlogger, YouTube video creator, or another online personality

My choice: The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews - I'm really looking forward to this especially since I loved her debut release.

32. A book whose title starts with "Q," "X," or "Z"

My choice: Zero Repeat Forever (The Nahx Invasion #1) by Gabrielle S. Prendergast - I've been eyeing this for ages and this sounds like as good of time to finally jump in as ever.

33. A book featuring three generations (grandparent, parent, child) 

My choice: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance - This sounds like quite a read, but I don't know if I can say that about the movie adaptation.

34. A book about a social justice issue

My choice: Concrete Rose (The Hate U Give #0) by Angie Thomas - I can't wait to listen to the audiobook edition of this novel.

35. A book in a format than what you normally read (audiobooks, ebooks, graphic novels)

My choice: Hawkeye: Kate Bishop, Vol. 3: Family Reunion by Kelly Thompson - This series has really grown on me and might become a favorite.

36. A book that has fewer than 1,000 reviews on Amazon or Goodreads

My choice: Shadowshaper Legacy (Shadowshaper Cypher #3) by Daniel Jose Older - I've loved the first two books in this series and it totally deserves all the love.

37. A book you think your best friend would like 

My choice: Shadowblack (Spellslinger #2) by Sebastien de Castell - I read the first book in this series last year for the 2020 challenge and I have a feeling my best friend would love it.

38. A book about art of an artist 

My choice: Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman - I can't resist a book about Van Gogh.

39. A book everyone seems to have read but you

My choice: Ruin and Rising (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #3) by Leigh Bardugo - I'm looking forward to finally seeing how it officially ends - and do it in time for the April 2021 premiere of the adaptation from Netflix!

40. You favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

My choice: The Time of Contempt (The Witcher #2) by Andrzej Sapkowski - I've enjoyed what I've read of these and I need to get caught up.

Advanced Tasks

1. The longest book (by pages) on your TBR list

My choice: A Dance of Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) by George R.R. Martin - Like I said, I'm going to catch up!

2. The shortest book (by pages) on your TBR list

My choice: Endangered Species (Lost #1) by Cathy Hapka - I had not idea there were Lost tv series tie-in books until I just happened to stumble upon it.

3. The book on your TBR list with the prettiest cover

My choice: Horrid by Katrina Leno - I mean, just look at it!

4. The book on your TBR list with the ugliest cover 

My choice: Anno Dracula by Kim Newman - I've heard this is great, but the cover on my copy is underwhelming.

5. The book that has been on your TBR list for the longest amount of time 

My choice: A Dirty Job (The Grimm Reaper #1) by Christopher Moore - This sounds excellent and I can't believe I haven't already read it.

6. A book from your TBR list you meant to read last year but didn't

My choice: War of the Bastards (Royal Bastards #3) by Andrew Shvarts - I'm not ready for this series to end.

7. A book from your TBR list you associate with a favorite person, place, or thing

My choice: The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman - My best friend gave me this book and I can't wait to get ot it.

8. A book from your TBR list chosen at random 

My choice: Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon (Sherlock Holmes in Minnesota #1) by Larry Millett - I closed my eyes and pointed at one in random.

9. A DNF book from your TBR list

My choice: Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1) by Emily A. Duncan - I wasn't all that interested in this while reading in print, so I'll try it in audiobook format this time around.

10. A free book from your TBR list (gifted, borrowed, library)i

My choice: The Queen's Secret by Karen Harper - A friend of mine gave this to me and it sounds like a great historical novel.

Congrats for making it this far!  This is going to be a great challenge!  Have you read any of these books?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!


  1. <3 A Dirty Job is HILARIOUS! Enjoy!!

  2. Wow awesome list! There are a lot of books on here I've read and loved: Helter Skelter, A Walk in the Woods, Gil's All Night Fright Diner, The Golden Compass!! You're going to have a fun year!

    1. It's going to be a good reading year for sure! Thanks for coming over, Tammy.


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