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
Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala

02. An Afrofuturist book
Lakewood by Megan Giddings

03. A book that has a heart, diamond, club, or spade on the cover
Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon

04. A book by an author who shares your zodiac sign
Mercury Boys by Chandra Prasad

05. A dark academia book
The Ivies by Alexa Donne

06. A book with a gem, mineral, or rock in the title
Of Women & Salt by Gabriela Garcia

07. A book where the main character works at your current or dream job
How to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams

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

09. A book with a family tree
The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

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
Survive the Night by Riley Sager

14. A book set in a restaurant
Arsenic & Adobo by Mia P. Manansala

15. A book with a black-and-white cover
My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

16. A book by an Indigenous author
The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

17. A book that has the same title as a song
Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler

18. A book about a subject you are passionate about
Off the Record by Camryn Garrett (body weight-image)

19. A book that discusses body positivity
Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

20. A book found on a Black Lives Matter reading list
Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour

21. A genre hybrid
Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark

22. A book set mostly or entirely outdoors
Hairpin Bridge by Taylor Adams

23. A book with something broken on the cover
The Initial Insult by Mindy McGinnis

24. A book by a Muslim American author
This is All Your Fault by Aminah Mae Safi

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
Lola on Fire by Rio Youers

28. A magical realism book
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

29. A book set in multiple countries
Infinite Country by Patricia Engel

30. A book set somewhere you'd like to visit in 2021
The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon

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"
The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost Kiss by Amy Noelle Parks

33. A book featuring three generations (grandparent, parent, child)
Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

34. A book about a social justice issue
When You Look Like Us by Pamela N. Harris

35. A book in a different format than what you normally read (audiobooks, ebooks, graphic novels)
Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert (ebook)

36. A book that has fewer than 1,000 reviews on Amazon or Goodreads
It Came From the Multiplex by various authors

37. A book you think your best friend would like
Yearbook by Seth Rogen

38. A book about art or an artist
What Would Frida Do? by Arianna Davis

39. A book everyone seems to have read but you
The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré

40. Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge
Spark and the League of Ursus by Robert Repino (non-human perspective, 2017)


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

42. The shortest book (by pages) on your TBR list
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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
Get a Life, Chloe Brown  by Talia Hibbert

47. A book from your TBR list you associate with a favorite person, place, or thing
Fresh Brewed Murder by Emmeline Duncan (coffee)

48. A book from your TBR list chosen at random
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

49. A DNF book from your TBR list
A Promised Land by Barack Obama

50. A free book from your TBR list (gifted, borrowed, library)
Ten Rules for Faking It by Sophie Sullivan

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