2020 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

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  1. A book that’s published in 2020 — Weather, Jenny Offill
  2. A book by a trans or nonbinary author
  3. A book with a great first line
  4. A book about a book club — The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
  5. A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics
  6. A bildungsroman — Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami
  7. The first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed
  8. A book with an upside-down image on the cover
  9. A book with a map — A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
  10. A book recommended by your favorite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club — Girl, Woman, Other, Bernardine Evaristo
  11. An anthology
  12. A book that passes the Bechdel test — Upright Women Wanted, Sarah Gailey
  13. A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but is unrelated to it
  14. A book by an author with flora or fauna in their name
  15. A book about or involving social media
  16. A book that has a book on the cover
  17. A medical thriller
  18. A book with a made-up language
  19. A book set in a country beginning with “C”
  20. A book you picked because the title caught your attention
  21. A book published the month of your birthday — The Reapers are the Angels, Alden Bell
  22. A book about or by a woman in STEM
  23. A book that won an award in 2019
  24. A book on a subject you know nothing about
  25. A book with only words on the cover, no images or graphics
  26. A book with a pun in the title
  27. A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins — The Stand, Stephen King
  28. A book with a robot, cyborg, or AI character — The Illustrated Man, Ray Bradbury
  29. A book with a bird on the cover — The Vanished Birds, Simon Jimenez
  30. A fiction or nonfiction book about a world leader — The Penultimate Truth, Philip K. Dick
  31. A book with “gold,” “silver,” or “bronze” in the title
  32. A book by a WOC — How Long ’til Black Future Month?, N.K. Jemisin
  33. A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads — Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  34. A book you meant to read in 2019 — Nothing to See Here, Kevin Wilson
  35. A book with a three-word title — Who Goes There?, John W. Campbell
  36. A book with a pink cover
  37. A Western
  38. A book by or about a journalist — Dopesick, Beth Macy
  39. Read a banned book during Banned Books Week
  40. Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge (book with a number in the title) — Zone One, Colson Whitehead


  1. A book written by an author in their 20s
  2. A book with “20” or “twenty” in the title
  3. A book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement (a nod to 20/20 vision) — Come Tumbling Down, Seanan McGuire
  4. A book set in Japan, host of the 2020 Olympics
  5. A book set in the 1920s
  6. A book by an author who has written more than 20 books — Foundation, Isaac Asimov
  7. A book with more than 20 letters in its title — Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Haruki Murakami
  8. A book published in the 20th century — Lord of Chaos, Robert Jordan
  9. A book from a series with more than 20 books
  10. A book with a main character in their 20s — Oona Out of Order, Margarita Montimore