the 2018 popsugar reading challenge part 1// do i have what it takes??

While I was on the hunt for new challenges I wanted to participate in for 2018, I happened to stumble upon this website called popsugar. It hosts a variety of different things but I found one in particular called the 2018 reading challenge. There is also a Goodreads group, for those that are interested.

Basically, there is a list of 40 different challenges with an advanced list, if you are feeling unstoppable. The goal is to basically read a book pertaining to that challenge. I figured that this would be a good way for me to continue to expand my horizons on books.

In this post, you’ll find part 1 (one) of 2 (two) parts. This list is extensive, with 40 different challenges. I didn’t want to make this post ridiculously long and I wanted to explain my answers on why I picked what I did hence why it’s split evenly into 2 (two) nice little parts.

Please note: these books are subject to change due to me not liking the book or unavailability at my local library. 

*Click on the picture to be taken to the Goodreads synopsis

•a book made into a movie you’ve already seen

→The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison

∇Reason I chose this was because I have seen the movie on Netflix and I loved it! I had originally taken this off my tbr but it was the first movie I could think of.

the revised fundamentals of caring


•true crime

→Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi

∇Reason I chose this was because for one: I googled true crime books and two: I’ve always been curious about the Manson Murders.

helter skelter


•the next book in a series you started

→The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

∇Reason I chose this is because I own it and I really want to see how David Lagercrantz continues the amazing series that Stieg Larsson started.

the girl in the spiders web


•a book involving a heist

→ The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

∇Reason I chose this is because it’s been on tbr for forever. All my GR friends sing this book’s praises and I’ve already read Six of Crows so I couldn’t use that one.

the lies of locke lamora


•nordic noir

→The Son by Jo Nesbø

∇Reason I chose this was because I already read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and I’ve heard pretty positive things about this author.

the son


•a novel based on a real person

→The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

∇Reason I chose this was because I own it (well my mom does and I just took it. I am awful.) and it was really hyped up when it was first released.



•a book set in a country that fascinates you

→The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

∇Reason I chose this was because it takes place in England and that is the one country in the entire world that I would love to visit. Plus it’s about my favorite time in history.



•a book with the time of day in the title

→The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon

∇Reason I chose this was because it had the word “night” in it and I’ve heard some good things about.



•a book about a villain or antihero

→Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

∇Reason I chose this was because I have heard that the TV show is just amazing. I haven’t seen it but I like to read the book first before a TV show.



•a book about death or grief

→Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

∇Reason I chose this was because it sounds like Far From You but with guys. That book broke my heart, I’m sure this one will too.



•a book with your favorite color in the title

→Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

∇Reason I chose this is because my favorite color is black and I wanted a reason to re-read Black Beauty.



•a book with an alliteration in the title

→Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

∇Reason I chose this is because I own it and when I google searched what al alliteration was, this was one of the few books that wasn’t a children’s book.

gone girl


•a book about time travel

→Return Once More by Trisha Leigh

∇Reason I chose this was because it is on my tbr and it fits the time travel challenge with meeting your one true love.

return once more


•a book with a weather element in the title

→The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

∇Reason I chose this is because it has the word “lightning” in it and it’s probably about time I read this series and see what the fuss is about.



•a book set at sea

→Pirates! by Celia Rees

∇Reason I chose this was because well, pirates live on ships. Enough said.



•a book with an animal in the title

→Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

∇Reason I chose this was because I own it and it has elephants in the title. Elephants are awesome.



•a book set on a different planet

→172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

∇Reason I chose this is I assume it takes place on the moon, hence the title. I hope the moon counts as a different planet.



•a book with song lyrics in the title

→Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill

∇Reason I chose this was for two reasons. One: this is right under 127 Hours on the Moon when I searched the previous challenge. And two: this is the title of a song by Soundgarden.



•a book about or set on Halloween

→The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

∇Reason I chose this was because it’s about Vlad the Impaler and it came up when I did a search for Halloween. I didn’t want to be too terrified.



•a book with characters who are twins

→The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

∇Reason I chose this was because it involves twins and the concept just sounds so good.






11 thoughts on “the 2018 popsugar reading challenge part 1// do i have what it takes??

  1. I really liked Water for Elephants. I also read Gone Girl in 2017 and I feel like it’s a book where you should definitely read it before seeing the movie. I made the mistake of seeing the movie first so the reading experience was ruined because I knew exactly what was going to happen. Good luck with your challenge!!

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  2. I joined the Popsugar Reading Challenge last year [it’s so weird typing that.. It’s only five days ago..] and finished the whole thing! I was going to join this year’s as well but I kind of disliked a lot of the prompts? So I just made my own bingo with the prompts I did like and added a bunch of other ones to it as well, haha.

    I hope you can finish this challenge! It really feels sooo good when you do!
    Happy reading!

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    1. That is such a clever idea! Some of the prompts were kinda eh for me, like nordic noir. But I do like that it is going to challenge me to read genres and books I normally don’t.
      Good luck with your bingo! I totally love that idea! ❤

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