POPSUGAR's 2021 Reading Challenge

One of the things I truly look forward to each November is the release of the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge for the upcoming year. Weirdly, the...

One of the things I truly look forward to each November is the release of the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge for the upcoming year. Weirdly, the challenge wasn't released until December this year, but that's 2020 for ya. 

Finally, the 2021 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge was announced and I am so excited for what 2021 holds in terms of reading accomplishments. This upcoming challenge is full of diverse options for the new year, and I already have a ton of books that will satisfy many of these prompts, but we all know how that goes. 

You can always keep up with my progress at the top of the page (under the 'books & reading' tab, you'll find all of my previous and current reading challenges). You can also catch me on Goodreads and Instagram! I've included POPSUGAR's printable graphic below, which I usually save on my phone so I can mark as I go. Feel free to grab it to keep up with your completed prompts, too!


2021 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

01. A book that's published in 2021

02. An Afrofuturist book

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

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

05. A dark academia book

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

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

08. A book that has won the Women's Prize For Fiction

09. A book with a family tree

10. A bestseller from the 1990s

11. A book about forgetting

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

13. A locked-room mystery

14. A book set in a restaurant

15. A book with a black-and-white cover

16. A book by an Indigenous author

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

18. A book about a subject you are passionate about

19. A book that discusses body positivity

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

21. A genre hybrid

22. A book set mostly or entirely outdoors

23. A book with something broken on the cover

24. A book by a Muslim American author

25. A book that was published anonymously

26. A book with an oxymoron in the title

27. A book about do-overs or fresh starts

28. A magical realism book

29. A book set in multiple countries

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

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

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

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

34. A book about a social justice issue

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

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

37. A book you think your best friend would like

38. A book about art or an artist

39. A book everyone seems to have read but you

40. Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge


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

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

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

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

45. The book that's been on your TBR list for the longest amount of time

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

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

48. A book from your TBR list chosen at random

49. A DNF book from your TBR list

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

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