Popsugar's 2016 Reading Challenge

So, I've told y'all before that one of my resolutions for the new year is to read at least one book each month. I found this super a...

So, I've told y'all before that one of my resolutions for the new year is to read at least one book each month. I found this super awesome reading challenge on Pinterest (yep, I Pinterest just like the rest of the world) via Popsugar. The challenge includes this awesome printable graphic to print off and use as a checklist. The list includes 40 (technically 41) descriptives, so you get to chose the book you'd like to read just based off from a descriptive on the list. While some books may cover more than one descriptive, my goal for myself is to only mark off one with each book read. Additionally, I've set my 2016 book goal to 40 on Goodreads. You can follow me and my books read here on Goodreads.

Let me know if you're interested in joining the challenge too, and we can keep up with it together! I'm also so interested to hear any recommendations you may have, so share away.



1. A book based on a fairy tale. Wicked by Gregory Maguire, finished 12/20/16.
2. A national book award winner. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier, finished 12/31/16.
3. A YA bestseller. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (see review here), finished 5/14/16.
4. A book you haven't read since high school.
5. A book set in your home state. Saving Ceecee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman, finished 8/20/16.
6. A book translated to English. The Vegetarian by Han Kang (see the review here), finished 2/19/16. (translated to English from Korean)
7. A romance set in the future. The Shore by Sara Taylor (see review here), finished 1/26/16.
8. A book set in Europe. Hunting Unicorns by Bella Pollen (see review here), finished 4/13/16.
9. A book that's under 150 pages. Animal Farm by George Orwell, finished 2/5/16. (141 pages, including preface and introduction.)
10. A New York Times bestseller. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (see review here), finished 5/12/16.
11. A book that's becoming a movie this year. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (see review here), finished 5/6/16.
12. A book recommended by someone you just met. My Friend Leonard by James Frey (see review here), finished 2/24/16. (Recommended via someone on Instagram.)
13. A self-improvement book. Drop In: Lead with Deeper Presence and Courage by Sara Harvey Yao, finished 11/15/16.
14. A book you can finish in a day. It Was Me All Along by Andre Mitchell (see review here), finished 4/2/16.
15. A book written by a celebrity. Bossypants by Tina Fey, finished 8/31/16.
16. A political memoir.
17. A book at least 100 years older than you.
18. A book that's more than 600 pages.
19. A book from Oprah's book club. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey (see review here), finished 2/2/16.
20. A science-fiction novel. Eleanor by Jason Gurley (see review here), finished 3/12/16.
21. A book recommended by a family member. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt (see review here), finished 2/15/16. (Recommended by both of my sisters.)
22. A graphic novel. The Crow by James O'Barr, finished by 12/6/16.
23. A book that is published in 2016. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben (see review here), finished 4/18/16.
24. A book with a protagonist that has your occupation. Dark Matter by Black Crouch (see review here), finished 8/8/16. *sidenote: Jason is a college physics professor. I am not a professor, but I work at a college. It's the best I could find.
25. A book that takes place during Summer. The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter (see review here), finished 10/14/16.
26 & 27. A book and its prequel. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (see review here), finished 5/24/16 and Hollow City by Ransom Riggs, finished 6/8/16.
28. A murder mystery. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin, finished 3/15/16.
29. A book written by a comedian. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling, finished 5/17/16.
30. A dystopian novel. 1984 by George Orwell, finished 3/27/16.
31. A book with a blue cover. Little Beauties by Kim Addonizio (see review here), finished 4/1/16.
32. A book of poetry. Seriously Funny by Barbara Hamby & David Kirby, finished 12/26/16.
33. The first book you see in a bookstore. The Girls by Emma Cline (see review here), finished 9/4/16.
34. A classic from the 20th century. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, finished 4/27/16. 
35. A book from the library. The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer (see review here), finished 9/7/16.
36. An autobiography. Smashed by Koren Zailckas, finished 6/25/16.
37. A book about a road trip. Paper Towns by John Green (see review here), finished 7/7/16.
38. A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with.  Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (see review here), finished 3/2/16. (Focused on Indian culture.)
39. A satirical book. Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk, finished 11/5/16.
40. A book that takes place on an island. A World Without You by Beth Revis, finished 10/19/16.
41. A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy. Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone illustrated (see my favorite illustrations here), finished 1/18/16.

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9 comments

  1. I love this idea! I am totally on board. Going to add you on Goodreads now. :)

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    1. I'm so excited to have you along for the journey! Good luck with your reading goals this year!


      -Kayla

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  2. This is such a cool challenge! I bet you'll pick up quite a few books you wouldn't have read otherwise. Can't wait to see which ones you pick!

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    1. Yes! That's the goal. I'm excited to discover some new books!

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  3. I love these reading challenges-- I printed this one out, but haven't really looked it over again so I need to do that and see if anything I've read fits in with the categories yet.

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    1. Yes! These reading challenges are great, because they give you freedom to read what you want, but also help you read books you probably wouldn't have discovered otherwise. I've been so excited to read lately because of this challenge.

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  4. I love this idea and will be joining! I can already knock out some of these since I have been reading since the new year, so I shouldn't be to far behind.

    -Cheltee Nicole
    www.mrstriplethreat.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes! That's awesome. I'm glad to have someone else following along. Make sure to add my on goodreads if you have an account!

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  5. Nice.Thank you so much for sharing this.

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