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PopReadHarderSugarEtc.Challenges 2018

75 Books Challenge for 2018

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1katiekrug
Edited: Nov 12, 1:55pm Top



Some of us are planning to casually follow along with non-LT reading challenges in the new year. And some of us are planning to slavishly complete them. Hey, no judgment here – different strokes for different folks, I say!

Please feel free to use this thread to track your non-LT challenge reads, make suggestions for good reads for the categories, lurk to enjoy the adolescent humor and snarky commentary, or never click on this thread again.

I only started the thread because SOME people pressured me into it *coughMamiecoughSusancoughMeg* - I have no idea how this will go or if it will generate any interest. If it doesn’t, we all know who to blame. If it takes LT by storm, well then, you’re welcome. I live to serve.

2katiekrug
Edited: Nov 12, 1:56pm Top



2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge
http://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/Reading-Challenge-2018-44138581

1. A book made into a movie you've already seen
2. True crime
3. The next book in a series you started
4. A book involving a heist
5. Nordic noir
6. A novel based on a real person
7. A book set in a country that fascinates you
8. A book with a time of day in the title
9. A book about a villain or antihero
10. A book about death or grief
11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym
12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist
13. A book that is also a stage play or musical
14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you
15. A book about feminism
16. A book about mental health
17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift
18. A book by two authors
19. A book about or involving a sport
20. A book by a local author -
21. A book with your favorite color in the title
22. A book with alliteration in the title
23. A book about time travel
24. A book with a weather element in the title
25. A book set at sea
26. A book with an animal in the title
27. A book set on a different planet
28. A book with song lyrics in the title
29. A book about or set on Halloween
30. A book with characters who are twins
31. A book mentioned in another book
32. A book from a celebrity book club
33. A childhood classic you've never read
34. A book that's published in 2018
35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner
36. A book set in the decade you were born
37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to
38. A book with an ugly cover
39. A book that involves a bookstore or library
40. Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges (you can easily Google these)

Advanced Reading Challenge

1. A bestseller from the year you graduated high school
2. A cyberpunk book
3. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place
4. A book tied to your ancestry
5. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title
6. An allegory
7. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you
8. A microhistory
9. A book about a problem facing society today
10. A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

3katiekrug
Edited: Jan 24, 11:07am Top



2018 BookRiot Read Harder Challenge
http://bookriot.com/2017/12/15/book-riots-2018-read-harder-challenge/

1. A book published posthumously
2. A book of true crime
3. A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance)
4. A comic written and illustrated by the same person
5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa)
6. A book about nature
7. A western
8. A comic written or illustrated by a person of color
9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature
10. A romance novel by or about a person of color
11. A children’s classic published before 1980
12. A celebrity memoir
13. An Oprah Book Club selection
14. A book of social science
15. A one-sitting book
16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series
17. A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
18. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image
19. A book of genre fiction in translation
20. A book with a cover you hate
21. A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author
22. An essay anthology
23. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60
24. An assigned book you hated (or never finished)

4katiekrug
Edited: Jan 24, 11:08am Top



2018 Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge
http://modernmrsdarcy.com/reading-challenge-2018/

1. A Classic You’ve Been Meaning to Read
2. A Book Recommended by Someone with Great Taste
3. A Book in Translation
4. A Book Nominated for an Award in 2018
5. A Book of Poetry, a Play, or an Essay Collection
6. A Book You Can Read in a Day
7. A Book That’s More Than 500 Pages
8. A Book by a Favorite Author
9. A Book Recommended by a Librarian or Indie Bookseller
10. A Banned Book
11. A Memoir, Biography, or Book of Creative Nonfiction
12. A Book by an Author of a Different Race, Ethnicity, or Religion Than Your Own

5katiekrug
Edited: Dec 28, 2017, 1:12pm Top



If you have another list to suggest, let me know!

6katiekrug
Edited: Dec 28, 2017, 1:14pm Top



If you have another list to suggest, let me know!

Or feel free to add another list you are challenging yourself with in the thread...

7katiekrug
Edited: Dec 28, 2017, 1:15pm Top

Just in cases....

(Bonus to whomever first identifies the movie referenced!)

8katiekrug
Dec 28, 2017, 1:08pm Top

9susanj67
Edited: Dec 28, 2017, 1:31pm Top

Oh my word! A PopReadHarderSugarEtc.Challenges thread! I never would have thought of it. Thanks Katie!

10Berly
Edited: Dec 28, 2017, 1:27pm Top



As if I need another challenge..or more sugar...but you never know!!

11richardderus
Dec 28, 2017, 1:29pm Top

*SIGH* indeed.

12Crazymamie
Dec 28, 2017, 1:57pm Top

Love Actually. I LOVE that movie! Now look at you being all generous and setting up a thread for us'all. (I just made up a new Southern word!) Thanks, Katie!

13katiekrug
Dec 28, 2017, 2:10pm Top

>9 susanj67: - snork!

>10 Berly: - Kim, you can do it real casual-like. Just read whatever you're going to read and then see how many you can check off. I think that may be what I do...

>11 richardderus: - Good sigh or bad sigh? Are you going to come play with us?

>12 Crazymamie: - Ding! Ding! Ding! Mamie wins! Mamie wins absolutely nothing but my love and admiration.

"Us'all" huh? Please see my 2018 thread for my views on misuse of apostrophes... ;-)

14thornton37814
Dec 28, 2017, 3:06pm Top

Have a great year of reading!

15richardderus
Dec 28, 2017, 3:16pm Top

>13 katiekrug: Just an echo of your sigh announcing this little corner of the world's opening.

Probably not on participation...I'm opposed to pre-planning reading for the most part.

16katiekrug
Dec 28, 2017, 3:18pm Top

*sigh*

Fine.

:)

17Crazymamie
Dec 28, 2017, 3:24pm Top

>15 richardderus: Richard, you don't have to pre-plan. Just read what you want and then see if it fits anywhere. Could not be easier. Plus, there will be snark.

>13 katiekrug: I'll take it! And did I not mention that I am in the Deep South and therefore practically required to misuse apostrophes.

18richardderus
Dec 28, 2017, 3:30pm Top

I get hives when I think about planning reads...just utterly opposed to it.

19Crazymamie
Dec 28, 2017, 3:36pm Top

Right. SO don't plan. Fly by the seat of your pants.

20Helenliz
Dec 28, 2017, 3:39pm Top

I'm just dropping a star. No promises, of course...
I don't "do" planning either. Or rather I do, but immediately the plan looses its appeal. I reckon the Mrs Darcy list looks eminently doable.

21elliepotten
Dec 28, 2017, 3:49pm Top

Dropping a star just because the PopSugar list looks so... delicious... Even if all I end up doing is throwing suggestions out there for OTHER readers, haha. My inner bookseller still likes to stretch her wings every now and again. :)

22jessibud2
Edited: Dec 28, 2017, 4:00pm Top

>13 katiekrug: - I don't know about apostrophes but I once read a book called The Book of "Unnecessary " Quotation Marks... ;-)

Dropping a star because I love lists, even if I seldom, if ever, follow them

23katiekrug
Dec 28, 2017, 4:06pm Top

>18 richardderus: and >19 Crazymamie: - Right. What I do is read books and then see if I can check off a box. I like to check things off.

>20 Helenliz: - No promises necessary, Helen. You are welcome to just come hang out :)

>21 elliepotten: - Most excellent, Ellie. Suggestions are welcome! Feel free to pick a random category and make suggestions. Maybe others will, too, and it'll just be a fun way to collect BBs.

>22 jessibud2: - Oh, Shelley, I love that book title. Classic.

Lists are very fun. No need to follow them but do let us know if you have suggestions!

24richardderus
Dec 28, 2017, 4:14pm Top

Okay. I caved. I put the BookRiot "challenge" on my thread. It is ALL KATIE KRUG'S FAULT.

So far I haven't ticked off the boxes yet! This is stressful!! HELP!!!

25katiekrug
Dec 28, 2017, 4:18pm Top

Bwahahahahahaha!

(It's not 2018 so you aren't ALLOWED to check any boxes off yet!)

26elliepotten
Edited: Dec 29, 2017, 10:17am Top

>23 katiekrug: Oh yeaaaah, 'cos we all need more of THOSE! *cackles evilly* I'll work on it... ;)

ETA: Okay, I stuck the PopSugar one on my thread. I guess I'm unofficially a-challengin' after all! Direct link to the post here! I'm adding prompt ideas to it already, and I'll update it with actual books read as I go. :)

27drneutron
Dec 28, 2017, 5:31pm Top

By the way, I've added this to the group wiki under "Non-LT Challenges".

28dragonaria
Dec 28, 2017, 6:21pm Top

SNARK! I'm in.

29katiekrug
Dec 28, 2017, 6:24pm Top

>26 elliepotten: - Glad to have you along, Ellie!

>27 drneutron: - Thank you, Jim :)

>28 dragonaria: - Woohoo! Another victim participant!

30Familyhistorian
Dec 29, 2017, 1:48am Top

A challenge thread! What a great idea! Thanks for thinking this up, Katie. *smile*

31Ameise1
Dec 29, 2017, 3:05am Top

Dropping a star. My question is if I read a book which fits to the AAC challenge then I'm not allowed to put it into the popsugar challenge either?

32Helenliz
Dec 29, 2017, 5:41am Top

>31 Ameise1: You can obviously make your own rules. I don't read enough in a year to say a book can only count for one challenge. If I can find one book that fulfills a line on different challenge, it will be counted as many times as I can make it fit!

33charl08
Dec 29, 2017, 5:53am Top

>32 Helenliz: I agree.

34Ameise1
Dec 29, 2017, 6:01am Top

>32 Helenliz: >33 charl08: Thanks so much Helen and Charlotte. So, I'm in. :-)

35lauralkeet
Dec 29, 2017, 8:37am Top

Great idea for a thread, Katie! I heard about the Read Harder challenge via Ellen and put it on my shiny new thread. That's the ONLY -- repeat ONLY -- challenge that will earn a thread spot so I just merrily scrolled by the others you listed but I'm up for socializing about them here.

36katiekrug
Edited: Dec 29, 2017, 9:54am Top

>30 Familyhistorian: - Haha, Meg :) It's almost like I had no choice!

>31 Ameise1:, >32 Helenliz:, >33 charl08:, >34 Ameise1: - Yep, the rules are your own. I am planning to count a book in multiple challenges when I can. What I want to avoid (personally - others may do it differently) is using one book to tick off multiple boxes on the same list.

>35 lauralkeet: - Hi Laura! Thanks for jumping in!

37katiekrug
Dec 29, 2017, 9:56am Top

I had fun last night making a master sheet of the three lists posted up top, plus the BingoDOG categories from the Category Challenge group, and highlighting the overlaps. I should have been reading but whatever....

I am going to need some help with the "comics" related tasks in the Read Harder challenge. Assuming I am trying to complete the challenge.... *slinks away guiltily*

38elliepotten
Dec 29, 2017, 10:15am Top

>37 katiekrug: I'm supposed to be working REAAAAAALLY hard today to finish 27 pages of editing plus a final 162-page run-through by the New Year... and instead, I've been beetling about in my library corner looking for potential reads for the PopSugar challenge prompts. YOU ARE NOT ALONE! :D

39libraryperilous
Dec 29, 2017, 10:50am Top

>7 katiekrug: Oh god, that film. *shudders*

Hmm, some of the categories, esp. the PopSugar ones, sound interesting. I think I'll create a sort of mini-challenge, pick the twelve that interest me the most, and then read one book for one category each month. If I read books that would fit the other categories in that month, I'll not count them. That should be a fun challenge without adding too much stress to my 2018 reading.

40katiekrug
Dec 29, 2017, 11:13am Top

>38 elliepotten: - Oh, good! I was concerned I was having too much fun with this...

>39 libraryperilous: - Okay, guilty. I watch Love ACtually every Christmas :)

I actually love (see what I did there?) your idea of picking 12 and doing one each month. I hope others see the flexibility and create their own mini-challenges, too, if committing to a complete one seems a bit much.

41m.belljackson
Dec 29, 2017, 11:20am Top

>40 katiekrug:

Where was the movie clue?

Thanks!

42susanj67
Edited: Dec 29, 2017, 11:32am Top

>37 katiekrug: Ha! A spreadsheet! I *knew* there would be a spreadsheet once you eventually accepted your destiny as a challenge-completer :-)

I looked up Better World Books to see if they have a 2018 challenge but I can't see anything yet. I'll keep an eye out, though, and add it if I see it.

43katiekrug
Dec 29, 2017, 11:57am Top

>41 m.belljackson: - In message >7 katiekrug:. "Just in cases" is a line from the movie.

>42 susanj67: - Hmph. It's not a spreadsheet. It's a table. Very different, I'll have you know.

I had looked for a 2018 BWB challenge when I was setting this thread up and couldn't find one. Because I need another list...

44Familyhistorian
Dec 29, 2017, 3:02pm Top

>36 katiekrug: Really? :-)

>37 katiekrug: I was wondering about all the comics challenges in the read harder challenge. Do you think they mean graphic novels or comic/comics? If it means GNs then 4. A comic written and illustrated by the same person could be any of the Lucy Knisley GNs or the book Tangles.

45katiekrug
Dec 29, 2017, 3:05pm Top

>44 Familyhistorian: - I am choosing to interpret the comics loosely and will include GNs in my options. It's going to be hard for me to finish those, as I am not a huge comic OR GN fan...

46katiekrug
Dec 29, 2017, 3:08pm Top

Has anyone read The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet? I am planning to read it for sci-fi by female author with female protagonist (Read Harder) but could also tick-off recommended by someone doing the PopSugar challenge, too, if there were, in fact, someone planning to do the PS challenge and who could recommend it :)

47EBT1002
Dec 29, 2017, 3:09pm Top

Katie, I admire your resolute resistance to all things resembling peer pressure. And I'm so glad that you decided on your own accord to host this challenge thread!

I have no idea what my participation will look like. I would need a spreadsheet table to sort out what fits where and what overlaps with what in the various challenges in which I am not participating in 2018. (You know, I'm just as resolute as you are ~ )

But I have dropped off a star and look forward to the fun!

48EBT1002
Dec 29, 2017, 3:10pm Top

>46 katiekrug: LOL.

Sorry. Can't help you. But I think you are on to something here....

49katiekrug
Dec 29, 2017, 3:12pm Top

>47 EBT1002: and >48 EBT1002: - Yep, that's me. Totally immune to peer pressure :)

I am putting together a table and would be happy to share it with anyone interested.

50EBT1002
Edited: Dec 29, 2017, 3:13pm Top

And, if I had checked in here yesterday, I would totally have beat Mamie to the "Just in cases" reference bonus points! Oh well. It's a good thing I'm not competitive.

(I watch "Love Actually" at least every Christmas!)

51Familyhistorian
Dec 29, 2017, 3:13pm Top

>45 katiekrug: I will follow your lead, Katie, as I have a lot of GNs on the shelf. They have the advantage of being fairly quick reads. Maybe they would go down better with some wine?

52Crazymamie
Dec 29, 2017, 3:15pm Top

>46 katiekrug: Me. I really liked that one.

Oh! I am interested in your table.

>50 EBT1002: Right. Good thing.

53Crazymamie
Dec 29, 2017, 3:16pm Top

>51 Familyhistorian: Everything goes down better with wine. I like how you think, Meg!

54Berly
Dec 29, 2017, 3:20pm Top

Tables please. Both the book count kind and one to put my wine glass on. : )

55Crazymamie
Edited: Dec 29, 2017, 3:24pm Top

8. A comic written or illustrated by a person of color - The March GNs are fabulous - I am reading the second one right now, but they are about the Civil Rights Movement and Congressman John Lewis wrote them - the story is told through his eyes.

4. A comic written and illustrated by the same person - Maus: A Survivor's Tale written and illustrated by Art Spiegelman is fabulous.

56katiekrug
Dec 29, 2017, 3:25pm Top

>50 EBT1002: - You are forgiven your late appearance because you have been sick :)

>51 Familyhistorian: - Quick reads are always welcome! Wine makes everything better.

>52 Crazymamie: and >53 Crazymamie: - YAY! Thanks, Mamie. Everything goes down better with wine. My thoughts exactly! If you send me your email address, I'll send the table to you.

>54 Berly: - Okay, let me clean it up and I'll send it around. PM me your email, please!

57katiekrug
Dec 29, 2017, 3:26pm Top

>55 Crazymamie: - Great idea for March! I've been wanting to check that out. For the other, I was thinking of going comic-y comic, and reading a Calvin and Hobbes collection :) Your suggestion is much more worthy.

58Crazymamie
Dec 29, 2017, 3:31pm Top

Yes, but I have big love for Calvin and Hobbes.

59richardderus
Dec 29, 2017, 3:35pm Top

Oooh Calvin and Hobbes! I have the entire strip in a 4-volume collection. It weighs about 20lb and hurts like sixty if one drops it on one's extremities.

60katiekrug
Dec 29, 2017, 3:45pm Top

>58 Crazymamie: - I just need to find the anthology. It got packed with The Wayne's books, and they are all still in boxes because he's a philistine.

>59 richardderus: - I think I've seen that collection. *Lust*

61richardderus
Dec 29, 2017, 4:42pm Top

62jessibud2
Dec 29, 2017, 5:01pm Top

>56 katiekrug:, >57 katiekrug: - I read the March trilogy last year and they were excellent. But I actually have the massive 3-tome collection of C&H and that would be an excellent choice. I have obviously read a lot of them over the years and I read them daily online but to read through the collection is a goal of mine! Woo hoo, can't wait.

63norabelle414
Dec 29, 2017, 6:34pm Top

A lot of graphic memoirs are written and illustrated by the same person, so I would recommend looking in that direction. Along with Maus and March, some other good ones are Fun Home and Persepolis. Graphic memoirs are also not usually published by DC, Marvel, or Image.

64Dejah_Thoris
Dec 29, 2017, 8:20pm Top

Oh, sure, just what I needed - more reading challenges!

And, of course, I won't be able to resist.....

65elliepotten
Dec 30, 2017, 4:12am Top

>44 Familyhistorian: Yup, my mind went straight to Lucy Knisley too! I can't wait for her to bring out something new, I think I've only got Displacement left to read otherwise. Along sort-of similar lines, Hyperbole and a Half would work as well. I'm still gutted that Allie Brosh's second installment of that got cancelled, or delayed indefinitely, or whatever it was that happened. :(

I'm only just starting to comb my shelves for PopSugar ideas, but so far I'm only really struggling for a 'book involving a heist' (I got NOTHING for that) and the local author one. We have, like, two, neither of which I'm bothered about. I'm wondering whether to go with 'an author who has written and been inspired locally' instead. Jane Austen wrote part of Pride and Prejudice in the town where our bookshop used to be, and may have based Pemberley on Chatsworth House, which was used in the 2005 movie. Charlotte Bronte has Jane Eyre-y ties here too. Would that be an acceptable twist on the prompt, d'you reckon?

66katiekrug
Dec 30, 2017, 9:40am Top

>61 richardderus:, >62 jessibud2:, and >63 norabelle414: - Thank you, Richard, Shelley, and Nora for the good info!

>64 Dejah_Thoris: - You know you want to...... :)

>65 elliepotten: - Ellie, I completely support your interpretation for "local author." As for the heist one, I had a few on my Kindle (The Art Forger, Signal Red, and conveniently - The Heist). I know you want to read off your shelves, but surely using the library for one isn't so terrible.... :)

67Helenliz
Dec 30, 2017, 10:08am Top

>65 elliepotten: Ellie, having a look at your library and books in "To Read" there are a couple that have a heist of sorts. The Goldfinch starts with the painting being stolen. The Coral Island and Treasure Island both contain treasure & Pirates, so I think we can safely assume that it's been stolen somewhere along the line! You've got a couple of Sherlock Holmes books on the list, anything where a robbery is solved would qualify. There are several stories, it would just be a case of checking which ones are in the various volumes. Even in Wind in the Willows there is a robbery *shocked face*.
And while it is not exactly a heist, I'd be trying to shoehorn Bel Canto in there somewhere. Adored that book.

68drneutron
Dec 30, 2017, 11:22am Top

Another heist story is Artemis - on the moon even!

69charl08
Dec 30, 2017, 1:30pm Top

Gosh this thread is already dangerous for book bullets. Grumble grumble.

70katiekrug
Dec 30, 2017, 6:48pm Top

>67 Helenliz: and >68 drneutron: - Great recs!

>69 charl08: - Sorrynotsorry, Charlotte!

71elliepotten
Dec 31, 2017, 5:38am Top

>66 katiekrug: Not in the slightest! I'll definitely scour my shelves first, I'm a liability once I get in our library, haha - but if I come up empty-handed, just watch me go... ;)

>67 Helenliz: Ooh, yes, The Goldfinch could be a good choice, I haven't read that one yet. Thanks! (And yes, I'm really looking forward to Bel Canto!

>68 drneutron: YES! I don't have it, but it came up when I searched for a list of heist novels so I've added it to my library list. A moon heist sounds more up my street than an Earthly one, I have to say. Cheers m'dears!

72CDVicarage
Dec 31, 2017, 6:38am Top

I've added the PopSugar one to my thread and I'm already reading a book that will fit no. 6 so I feel a real sense of achievement to start the New Year with!

73katiekrug
Dec 31, 2017, 10:55am Top

Welcome, Kerry! What's your book for #6? I am thinking of reading Georgia by Dawn Tripp, about Georgia O'Keeffe.

74CDVicarage
Dec 31, 2017, 11:01am Top

>73 katiekrug: Mr. Dickens and his Carol, also suitably seasonal!

75katiekrug
Dec 31, 2017, 11:05am Top

Perfect!

76rretzler
Dec 31, 2017, 11:06am Top

Wait...it's not even January and I'm behind already...how did this happen?

This is my kind of reading challenge. I'll just read and then see where it fits - especially since I've been promised checkboxes. Now...off to find those checkboxes...

77Crazymamie
Dec 31, 2017, 11:07am Top

>74 CDVicarage: OH, excellent thought! I had started that one before Christmas, but then I got side-tracked.

78katiekrug
Dec 31, 2017, 1:49pm Top

>76 rretzler: - Welcome, Robin!

I should have done this at the outset, but I'll add inks for the various challenges in the top posts.

79Narilka
Dec 31, 2017, 2:16pm Top

I'm doing the Popsugar one and added it to my thread for tracking.

80The_Hibernator
Dec 31, 2017, 3:33pm Top

I have my Popsugar list up on my thread!

81katiekrug
Dec 31, 2017, 6:40pm Top

>79 Narilka: and >80 The_Hibernator: - Hope you'll both post here with updates on how it's going for you.

82The_Hibernator
Dec 31, 2017, 6:42pm Top

You want my entire list posted? I can do that, it just didn't seem like anyone else was posting it here..,,

83katiekrug
Dec 31, 2017, 6:44pm Top

No, I just meant update with progress or suggestions for books. But really, it's supposed to be totally free-form, so feel free to ignore me!

84The_Hibernator
Dec 31, 2017, 6:48pm Top

Ah. Yes, I was apparently distracted when I read that...,or maybe my reading comprehension is low. 😳

85Ameise1
Jan 1, 6:53am Top

Happy New Year and happy reading 2018.

I've finished for the popsugar #3 The Emperor's Tomb. It was a gorgeous reading.

86charl08
Edited: Jan 1, 7:24am Top

#15 I'm planning to read Rebel Girls: their fight for the vote for the feminist prompt.

87susanj67
Jan 1, 8:18am Top

I've just finished The Women's Room for #15, which is definitely worth a read if, like me, you somehow haven't got to it before now. Before I found that one at the library, I was considering Women of Ideas and What Men Have Done To Them by Dale Spender, which was published in 1982. I bought a copy when the author came to speak at my university in Ye Olden Days.

88Morphidae
Edited: Jan 1, 1:33pm Top

I'm yet another who watches Love Actually every Christmas.
*
>37 katiekrug: Do you think I could get a copy of that master sheet? I love lists and it will save me the time of having to do it myself.
*
My concern is for #3 A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place (on the Advanced Pop list.) I'm homebound which will make it near impossible. Any ideas? I was thinking maybe looking at an LT thread by someone I don't know.

89Helenliz
Jan 1, 1:46pm Top

>88 Morphidae: If you might not see someone reading in public, might a thread like this: https://www.librarything.com/topic/96343 answer the case? It has been dormant a while, but listed what people had seen others reading in public. So while you may not have seen the book being read, you would know that by report.

My seasonal must watch film is Muppet Christmas Carol. Love that film.

90katiekrug
Jan 1, 6:38pm Top

>88 Morphidae: - Morphy, if you PM me your address, I'd be happy to send it to you.

And I think your idea for fulfilling that task is totally fine, as is >89 Helenliz: 's suggestion. I'm a bit worried about that one myself because so many people read on their phones or other devices these days!

91Morphidae
Jan 1, 10:03pm Top

>89 Helenliz: Great idea.

>90 katiekrug: Also, I could choose from libraries most like mine...

92katiekrug
Jan 2, 7:56am Top

That's a good idea, too, Morphy. However you want to do it - no one here is going to cry foul :)

93The_Hibernator
Jan 2, 8:52am Top

Yes, Morphy. No one is going to call foul no matter how you complete (or partially complete this task). I, for instance, have taken out task 40 altogether because I feel it's meaningless. If I'm picking any task from any Pop Sugar challenge, ANY book could fit. What's the point? Also "book that's mentioned in another book?" Pretty much any well-known classic fits that task. So I chose to just tods in a classic. I could be more hard core and try to challenge myself by interpreting those tasks at a highee difficulty level, but my purpose in doing this challenge is simply to make sure I don't fall into a genre-rut and to pull books frim off my shelves.

94Crazymamie
Jan 2, 10:14am Top

Yesterday I finished Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917, and I am wondering if that qualifies as a microhistory. What do you think?

95libraryperilous
Jan 2, 10:25am Top

>46 katiekrug: Late to this, and someone else probably popped in to answer, but yes: Great read! It's a delightful book, and it was a pleasure to read an author who likes her characters so much.

>89 Helenliz: I go with The Shop Around the Corner. One year, I was staying in London for a few months, and the BFI screened it for their holiday film of the year. I went several times and made friends go, too.

96katiekrug
Jan 2, 10:31am Top

>94 Crazymamie: - I definitely think it counts as a microhistory.

>95 libraryperilous: - Thanks, Diana!

97Crazymamie
Jan 2, 10:35am Top

>94 Crazymamie: WahHoo! I was hoping. And now I have my very first entry for the PopSugar challenge!

98libraryperilous
Jan 2, 1:57pm Top

>94 Crazymamie: This sounds like a fascinating book. I'm not sure what it says about me that I've discovered a craving for disaster nonfiction in 2017.

99libraryperilous
Jan 2, 2:24pm Top

The Twelve Labors of libraryperilous in 2018:


  1. A nonfiction meditation on the ocean: What it says on the tin.

  2. Hic sunt amica dracones: Friendly dragons!

  3. Hamlet (1.5.188-189): A novel with the word 'clock' in the title
  4. .
  5. Read This, Not That!: An alternate that rebuts or is more deeply researched than a popular title.

  6. CounterPunching Current Affairs: A nonfiction title that's been reviewed in a good leftist magazine, such as Dissent or The Boston Review
  7. .
  8. The Celery Stalks at Midnight: A book with a groan-inducing pun in the title.

  9. Rerun: A reread of a favorite novel that I haven't already reread.

  10. Existential dread: A highbrow spy thriller set in Europe between WWI and WWII.

  11. A Victorian doorstop: This one's self-explanatory, right?

  12. For James Tiptree: A hard sci-fi series by a woman

  13. Down and Out in The Big Smoke: nonfiction (of any kind) about London

  14. New Yawk Shitty: fiction (of any kind) about New York City


I have titles in mind for some of these challenges, and I'll have fun researching the others. Suggestions are welcome for all twelve, of course.

What I may do as an extra challenge is either a) double the number of books read for a particular month's challenge, or b) read an extra book for the previous month's challenge in the new month, along with the new topic.

I used a random generator to pick January's topic. I rolled three, so I'll be reading a novel with the word 'clock' in the title. I have either The Big Clock or Clock Without Hands in mind, but I'm open for suggestions.

100katiekrug
Jan 2, 2:43pm Top

>99 libraryperilous: - Oh fun! How did you come up with the categories?

101libraryperilous
Jan 2, 2:59pm Top

>100 katiekrug: Thank you. I'm excited. Honestly, I tried to pick some that would reflect ongoing reading interests, are high on Mt TBR, or would be good ways to explore new subject interests. Then, I just pretended I'm cleverer than I really am and made silly category titles. I'm especially proud of #5, because CounterPunch and Current Affairs are the woooorst. :)

102katiekrug
Jan 3, 8:28am Top

I might join you in #7, 11, and 12 :)

103Crazymamie
Jan 3, 8:51am Top

104libraryperilous
Edited: Jan 3, 9:41am Top

>103 Crazymamie: Thank you! Feel free to join in or suggest for any or all of 'em. I had fun thinking up categories that I knew I'd be more likely to finish, so it's a bit of a cheat challenge.

>102 katiekrug: Anytime. I'll let you know when the random generator tells us it's time. :)

105BLBera
Jan 4, 1:56am Top

Great idea, Katie. I did read and like A Small Angry Planet and don't read much SF, so there's that.

106katiekrug
Jan 4, 10:55am Top

Glad to have another endorsement, Beth!

________________________

I finished my first book of the year and my first for the PopSugar challenge - Prompt #28 - A book with Song Lyrics in the Title - Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin. A very good read.

107rretzler
Jan 4, 11:09am Top

I found a couple of challenges that I am also going to attempt, but only because they fit in with what I normally do:

Audiobook Challenge - listen to more audiobooks than you did in the prior year - https://i1.wp.com/www.hotlistens.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Audiobook-Challeng-2018.jpg?w=500

British Book Challenge - to read books by British authors and it will go along with Paul's British Book Challenge, killing two birds with one stone - http://www.talesofyesterday.co.uk/2017/12/tales-post-british-books-challenge-201...

Family Tree Reading Challenge - read a book that came out the year you and your family members were born - this is only 4 books so it should be easy - https://blbooks.blogspot.com/2017/12/family-tree-reading-challenge.html

New Release Challenge - read books released in 2018 - I already have many of those preordered - https://unconventionalbookviews.com/2018-new-release-challenge-sign/

NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge - read and review books received from NetGalley - this will help me review more - http://bookishthingsandmore.com/2017/12/2018-netgalley-edelweiss-reading-challen...

Newbery Reading Challenge - read Newbery books - already planning on this - http://www.smilingshelves.com/home/introducing-the-2018-newbery-reading-challeng...

Just the Facts Ma'am - read vintage mysteries - already planning this - https://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2017/11/vintage-mystery-challenge-2018-just.html

I doubt that I'll actually meet any of the hard and fast goals for these - except for the Family Tree challenge - but since I'm already doing most of these, we'll see how it all falls out!

108ChelleBearss
Jan 4, 12:32pm Top

Oh this looks fun!! Thanks Katie for starting this
I think I will join in on the pop sugar list and see what happens!

109katiekrug
Jan 4, 1:10pm Top

>107 rretzler: - Several of those look like fun, Robin! I like checking things off, so the more lists the merrier :)

>108 ChelleBearss: - Yay, Chelle!

110DeltaQueen50
Jan 4, 1:11pm Top

I can never resist a good challenge but I was going to try until I read that there will be snark - absolutely can't resist that! I will lightly attempt the 2018 PopSugar Challenge but will mostly drop by here for the social activity! Can I dare to hope that there may be the odd rant or two as well!

111katiekrug
Jan 4, 1:19pm Top

Hi Judy! Lovely to have you pop in whenever the spirit moves you.

*scurries off to work on a rant*

112ffortsa
Jan 4, 6:06pm Top

HELP!

(glug glurp glug glug)

I have now officially drowned in challenges.

And it looked like so much fun when it started.

113katiekrug
Jan 6, 11:06am Top

It doesn't have to be a chore, Judy! Most of us are just reading whatever and seeing how many boxes we can check, rather than aiming to complete the full list(s) :)

114charl08
Edited: Jan 6, 11:30am Top

>111 katiekrug: Did I miss the rant?

115katiekrug
Jan 6, 11:58am Top

>114 charl08: - Nope, I got distracted. Must do better.

116katiekrug
Edited: Jan 8, 9:11am Top

Just had to share my 4-fer. I read He Who Fears the Wolf by Karin Fossum, which checks a box on all 4 challenges I'm tracking (PopSugar, Book Riot, Modern Mrs. Darcy, and BingoDOG).

*pats self on back*

I may be having entirely too much fun with this...

ETA: grammatical error

117Crazymamie
Jan 8, 9:08am Top

*standing ovation* Way to go, Katie!! I actually have that one in the stacks, and I was encouraged that you said it was better than the first one.

118katiekrug
Jan 8, 9:11am Top

I really thought it was excellent, Mamie. At least 4 stars, maybe 4.5...

119Crazymamie
Jan 8, 9:11am Top

Good enough for me - I'll be sure to get to it soonish.

120katiekrug
Jan 8, 9:13am Top

Excellent! It was so good, I considered starting the next right away (something I *never* do) but I was afraid it would be a letdown, so I moved on.

121Crazymamie
Jan 8, 9:14am Top

High praise indeed!

122rretzler
Jan 8, 2:41pm Top

>116 katiekrug: Woo hoo! Way to go, Katie. I got three different challenges on my first read this year - I'm going to have to step up my game!

123Helenliz
Jan 8, 2:44pm Top

May I list Rosie Revere, Engineer for Popsugar 6. A novel based on a real person .
Rose Revere features as great aunt Rose. Epic bed time reading book.

124katiekrug
Jan 8, 3:38pm Top

>121 Crazymamie: - :)

>122 rretzler: - As far as I can tell, that's the only 4-fer I will have. I think I have a couple of 3-fers, though.

>123 Helenliz: - Sure - why not? Sounds like fun!

125elliepotten
Edited: Jan 12, 2:58am Top

>88 Morphidae: >89 Helenliz: They're such good ideas! I was a bit stuck on that prompt too. I'm agoraphobic, I barely ever go anywhere, let alone on public transport (the most obvious place to see someone reading...) I guess I might see someone browsing in the library or a bookshop, or hear someone in those places recommending something to someone else? Possibly? Or I might search likely tags on Instagram, something like 'readingonthetrain', see what comes up. Got to be creative with my book stalking. :D

Ticking off my first PopSugar prompt - 8, a book with a time of day in the title - with Night by Elie Wiesel. I still have a few pages to go, but I'm having to read it alongside something else. It's incredible, but way too intense and important to just hoover it up in one go. :(

126rretzler
Jan 12, 10:43am Top

Not that we need any more challenges, I just happened to be updating my reading list on Worlds Without End and I noticed that they had a "Roll Your Own" reading challenge. Worlds Without End (WWE) is a great site for SciFi, Fantasy and Horror. When I investigated, I found out that there are a bunch of challenges to choose from, and most of them have several different levels.

Since I plan to read a good amount of SciFi this year, I signed up for several challenges that I could easily complete with the books I already planned to read:

I Just Have to Read More of That Author - read more books by authors you've already read once.
Men of Genre Fiction - read "new-to-you" male authors of SciFi, Fantasy & Horror
Choose Your Own Adventure - choose books that have a common plot element or other point of commonality
Pick and Mix - choose any books found on the WWE website
Read the Sequel - sequels of any books you've already read
Space Opera - read from the Space Opera subgenre

If you're a SciFi, Fantasy or Horror fan, you should check out the challenges. They're very user friendly!

127katiekrug
Jan 12, 11:27am Top

>125 elliepotten: - Those all sound like good ideas, Ellie.

>126 rretzler: - Thanks for that, Robin!

128ChelleBearss
Jan 13, 8:01am Top

I finished my first book of the Challenge. The Midnight Line by Lee Child will be for PopSugar line #8. A book with a time of day in the title

129libraryperilous
Jan 13, 11:29am Top

Holds of Clock Without Hands and The Big Clock came in at the library, so I guess I should get a move on.

130katiekrug
Jan 13, 3:18pm Top

>128 ChelleBearss: - Go, Chelle!

>129 libraryperilous: - Time's a-wasting - ha ha ha!

131libraryperilous
Jan 15, 10:45am Top

>130 katiekrug: O cursed spite!

132susanj67
Jan 20, 7:47am Top

For anyone looking for "A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place", I was standing on a tube platform the other day and saw a girl on the opposite platform reading a book which I have identified as Exile by James Swallow. As the prompt doesn't require the book/person to be seen by YOU, this should count for everyone :-) But I will keep a look out for other books, as this one is a thriller and I know that not everyone loves those.

133katiekrug
Jan 20, 9:53am Top

>131 libraryperilous: - :D

>132 susanj67: - Thanks for that, Susan! I keep forgetting to look for people reading when I'm on trains/planes/subway. It also seems like most people in those places are doing it electronically which adds to the challenge...

134ChelleBearss
Jan 22, 7:28am Top

Finished book #2 for PopSugar: Magpie murders by Anthony Horowitz
26. A book with an animal in the title

135elliepotten
Jan 22, 8:13am Top

I think I'm going to switch up the PopSugar prompt about reading an author with the same first or last name as you. The only author I can really think of is Eleanor Catton and... eh. And no one has the same surname as me! I suppose I could go for something like 'Potter' as an 'almost-there' alternative. Read Beatrix maybe. But what I was THINKING is that I might read a book with my name in the TITLE instead. That opens it up to things like Eleanor Rigby, Eleanor and Park etc.

As for the reading in public prompt... I had a sudden moment of inspiration regarding my 'agoraphobic alternative: look at likely hashtags on Instagram' idea and hit up Hot Dudes Reading. I found a guy reading Kitchen Confidential, which I have, and I'm *cough* quite willing to keep 'researching' in the meantime, see what else I can find on there. ;)

136Crazymamie
Jan 22, 10:02am Top

>135 elliepotten: Ellie, you are so sweet to sacrifice yourself like that for us. What a team player!

137elliepotten
Jan 22, 11:21am Top

>136 Crazymamie: I AM AREN'T I. In fact.... *browses another teeny tiny batch of photos with deep, deep appreciation for the literary masterpieces within* Whaaaaat?!

138Crazymamie
Jan 22, 11:22am Top

*belly laugh*

139katiekrug
Jan 22, 12:14pm Top

>135 elliepotten: - I think that is well within the spirit of the prompt, Ellie! I'm tempted to do it, too, but I have a few books by "Katie" authors on my shelves, so I will go with one of those.... Maybe :)

140EBT1002
Jan 23, 12:20am Top

>135 elliepotten: I think those are both brilliant adaptations!

141charl08
Edited: Jan 23, 4:04am Top

>135 elliepotten: Eleanor Farjeon? Eleanor Estes?

I was also thinking Five Children and It but that of cpurse is Edith, another lovely name.

I might try and read the NZ playwright with the same name as me, one of her plays is Bonaventure: playscript. Someone told me she's still in print because she wrote plays with mostly female cast (brilliant for am dram numbers, apparently).

142elliepotten
Jan 23, 9:32am Top

>141 charl08: Edith was my great-grandmother's name. A lovely lady who fed us raspberry ripple ice cream and Jammy Dodgers, gave us her old cameras to play with, and let us water-paint on her living room floor, until she finally died, well into her nineties, on her very first night home alone after my great-grandfather passed away. Off topic, yes, but she was awesome so I'M SHARING ANYWAY. :)

143libraryperilous
Jan 23, 10:12am Top

>135 elliepotten: Haha. And I like your alternate ideas for the name challenge. >141 charl08: beat me to Farjeon. I recently read Eleanor Estes's The Coat-Hanger Christmas Tree and can recommend it.

Raspberry ripple ice cream ... ah, a childhood favorite of mine.

144Narilka
Jan 23, 10:18am Top

I completed 12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist with Wake of Vultures. It's a YA Fantasy/Western. The main character is female that disguises herself as a male and appears to be bisexual. This could also count for 26. A book with an animal in the title if you wanted.

145DeltaQueen50
Jan 26, 11:23pm Top

For the month of January, I have completed the following PopSugar Challenges:

1. A Book made into a film I've already seen: The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
5. A Nordic Noir: Nemesis by Jo Nesbo
9. About a villian or an anti-hero: The North Water by Ian McGuire
13. A Book That is Also a Stage Play: Black Coffee by Agatha Christie
22. Alliteration in Title: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
31. A Book That is Mentioned in Another Book: The Island of Doctor Moreau

I'm having fun with these challenges!

146ChelleBearss
Jan 27, 8:24am Top

Forgot to report that I finished 3) Pyramid of Mud by Andrea Camilleri for PopSugar #7. A book set in a country that fascinates you

147katiekrug
Jan 27, 10:01am Top

Seems like people are moving along nicely with the challenge(s). I'll post an update of my own at the end of the month.

148ChelleBearss
Jan 29, 8:23am Top

I finished my last book for January. Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere for PopSugar #13. A book that is also a stage play or musical

149katiekrug
Jan 31, 11:40am Top

Well done, Chelle! That reminds me I really need to get to that Gaiman....

150katiekrug
Jan 31, 11:45am Top

Progress Update:

2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge
x 5. Nordic noir - He Who Fears the Wolf by Karin Fossum
x 10. A book about death or grief - The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
x 14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you - Black Water Rising by Attica Locke
x 15. A book about feminism - How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
x 19. A book about or involving a sport - Running Back by Allison Parr
x 28. A book with song lyrics in the title - Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

1. A book made into a movie you've already seen
2. True crime
3. The next book in a series you started
4. A book involving a heist
6. A novel based on a real person
7. A book set in a country that fascinates you
8. A book with a time of day in the title
9. A book about a villain or antihero
11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym
12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist
13. A book that is also a stage play or musical
16. A book about mental health
17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift
18. A book by two authors
20. A book by a local author
21. A book with your favorite color in the title
22. A book with alliteration in the title
23. A book about time travel
24. A book with a weather element in the title
25. A book set at sea
26. A book with an animal in the title
27. A book set on a different planet
29. A book about or set on Halloween
30. A book with characters who are twins
31. A book mentioned in another book
32. A book from a celebrity book club
33. A childhood classic you've never read
34. A book that's published in 2018
35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner
36. A book set in the decade you were born
37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to
38. A book with an ugly cover
39. A book that involves a bookstore or library
40. Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges (you can easily Google these)
Advanced Reading Challenge
1. A bestseller from the year you graduated high school
2. A cyberpunk book
3. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place
4. A book tied to your ancestry
5. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title
6. An allegory
7. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you
8. A microhistory
9. A book about a problem facing society today
10. A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

2018 BookRiot Read Harder Challenge
x 5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa) - Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
x 12. A celebrity memoir - How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
x 19. A book of genre fiction in translation - He Who Fears the Wolf by Karin Fossum
x 21. A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author - Black Water Rising by Attica Locke

1. A book published posthumously
2. A book of true crime
3. A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance)
4. A comic written and illustrated by the same person
6. A book about nature
7. A western
8. A comic written or illustrated by a person of color
9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature
10. A romance novel by or about a person of color
11. A children’s classic published before 1980
13. An Oprah Book Club selection
14. A book of social science
15. A one-sitting book
16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series
17. A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
18. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image
20. A book with a cover you hate
22. An essay anthology
23. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60
24. An assigned book you hated (or never finished)

2018 Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge
x 3. A Book in Translation - He Who Fears the Wolf by Karin Fossum
x 11. A Memoir, Biography, or Book of Creative Nonfiction - The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
x 12. A Book by an Author of a Different Race, Ethnicity, or Religion Than Your Own - Black Water Rising by Attica Locke

1. A Classic You’ve Been Meaning to Read
2. A Book Recommended by Someone with Great Taste
4. A Book Nominated for an Award in 2018
5. A Book of Poetry, a Play, or an Essay Collection
6. A Book You Can Read in a Day
7. A Book That’s More Than 500 Pages
8. A Book by a Favorite Author
9. A Book Recommended by a Librarian or Indie Bookseller
10. A Banned Book

2018 BingoDOG Challenge
x 6. Autobiography/memoir - The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
x 13. Book that is humorous - How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
x 22. Originally in a different language - He Who Fears the Wolf by Karin Fossum
x 25. Read a CAT (middle square) - Black Water Rising by Attica Locke (ColorCAT - January - Black)

1. Title contains a person’s rank, real or fictional
2. Story involves travel
3. A long-time TBR/TBR the longest
4. Poetry or plays
5. New-to-you author
7. Book with a beautiful cover (in your opinion)
8. Book that fits at least 2 KIT’s/CAT’s
9. Related to the Pacific Ocean
10. Title contains something you would see in the sky
11. Book bought in 2017 that hasn’t been read yet
12. Number in the title
14. Book on the 1001 list
15. LGBT central character
16. Book set during a holiday
17. Fat book - 500 plus pages
18. X somewhere in the title
19. Money in the title - any form of currency, type of payment, etc...
20. Book published in 2018
21. Relative name in the title (aunt, niece, etc...)
23. Published more than 100 years ago
24. Title contains name of a famous person, real or fictional

151rretzler
Jan 31, 1:06pm Top

I'm moving along with some of the challenges and not so much with others. Here are the ones I have made progress on (with just my progress listed):

PopSugar Reading Challenge
  1. Book with characters who are twins - God Stalk by PC Hodgell
  2. Book mentioned in another book - Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
  3. Book made into a movie I've already seen - I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  4. Book published in 2018 - A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn
  5. Book by 2 authors - Last Train to London by Neil Richards and Matthew Costello
  6. Next book in series - The Curse of Mabb's Farm by Neil Richards and Matthew Costello
  7. Book with alliteration in the title - Murder Has a Motive by Francis Duncan
  8. Book with a cover I hate - Alpha Alpine by Mary Daheim
  9. Book about death or grief - Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  10. Book I meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to - Somebody at the Door by Raymond Postgate

Read Harder Challenge
  1. SciFi with female protagonist and female author - God Stalk by PC Hodgell (equating SciFi with Fantasy here)
  2. Book with a cover I hate - Alpha Alpine by Mary Daheim
  3. First book in new to me middle grade or YA series - Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Modern Mrs Darcy
  1. Recommended - God Stalk by PC Hodgell - recommended by Roni
  2. Classic - Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
  3. Read in a day - A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn
  4. Recommended by librarian or bookseller - Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer - Keegan's school librarian/teacher

Just the Facts, Ma'am Vintage Mystery Challenge
  1. Why - an author I've never tried - The Abbey Court Murder by Annie Haynes
  2. How - at least two deaths with different means - Murder Has a Motive by Francis Duncan
  3. Where - set in a small village - Somebody at the Door by Raymond Postgate

New Release Challenge - read and review books released in 2018
  1. A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn
  2. Murder Has a Motive by Francis Duncan

Audiobook Challenge - listen to more audiobooks than last year (15)
  1. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
  2. Last Train to London by Neil Richards and Matthew Costello
  3. The Curse of Mabb's Farm by Neil Richards and Matthew Costello
  4. Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

NetGalley Review Challenge - read and review ARCs
  1. Murder Has a Motive by Francis Duncan
  2. Alpha Alpine by Mary Daheim
  3. Somebody at the Door by Raymond Postgate

British Book Challenge - read books by British authors
  1. The Abbey Court Murder by Annie Haynes
  2. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
  3. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  4. Last Train to London by Neil Richards
  5. The Curse of Mabb's Farm by Neil Richards
  6. Murder Has a Motive by Francis Duncan
  7. Somebody at the Door by Raymond Postgate

152katiekrug
Jan 31, 8:42pm Top

Great job, Robin!

153susanj67
Feb 1, 4:50am Top

>151 rretzler: Wow, Robin, you're really ticking off those categories!

I've just finished Manhattan Beach, which fits the PopSugar category 32 - A book from a celebrity book club. Reese Witherspoon is the relevant celebrity.

I also finished The Spy Who Couldn't Spell, which fits PopSugar's category 2 - True crime. This is about a guy who tried to sell US military secrets to the enemy, so if true crime involving gruesome murders etc isn't your thing (and so much true crime seems to be just that), this one might work. There is quite a bit in it about codes and ciphers, which he used to encrypt his communications, and that is also interesting.

154rretzler
Feb 1, 8:54am Top

>152 katiekrug: >153 susanj67: Thanks, Katie and Susan. I suspect that I was just lucky in my picks for January. I'm looking at some of the other categories of PopSugar and ReadHarder and thinking they're just not going to fit my reading!

155libraryperilous
Feb 2, 9:23am Top

Despite not finishing my challenge for January, the random generator tells me my February challenge will be #1, a nonfiction meditation on the ocean. The book I had in mind when I created that category is Seven-Tenths, which has been on my TBR for ages.

I still have my January selections out from the library, so that counts, right?

156Crazymamie
Feb 2, 11:00am Top

>155 libraryperilous: Yes.

Here's what I accomplished in January:

5. Nordic noir - Nightblind by Ragnar Jonasson
9. A book about a villain or antihero - The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
20. A book by a local author - March: Book Two by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
26. A book with an animal in the title - The Jaguar's Children by John Vaillant
30. A book with characters who are twins - God Stalk by P. C. Hodgell
35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner - Artemis by Andy Weir
36. A book set in the decade you were born - The White Album by Joan Didion
8. A microhistory - Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917 by Sally M. Walker

157susanj67
Feb 3, 5:08pm Top

I finished Kintu this afternoon, and it has LOTS of twins in it, so it would be a good pick for category 30 in the PopSugar challenge.

158ChelleBearss
Feb 3, 5:31pm Top

My January Reads:

7. A book set in a country that fascinates you - The Pyramid of Mud by Andrea Camilleri
8. A book with a time of day in the title - Midnight Line by Lee Child
13. A book that is also a stage play or musical - Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
26. A book with an animal in the title- Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

159charl08
Edited: Feb 4, 12:23pm Top

Um, so I'm a bit behind, (and thanks to Susan for the nudge) but I have read:

2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge - 5 down!

3. The next book in a series you started Dead Lions
14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you Persepolis
17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift Frogkisser
34. A book that's published in 2018 The Wedding Date
37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to
Broad Strokes: 15 women who made art

They were all good reads, Persepolis a reread for my work book group.

160katiekrug
Feb 5, 8:27am Top

Nice job, everybody!

I hope you are finding it as much fun as I am... something so satisfying about ticking off the boxes... :)

161ChelleBearss
Edited: Feb 6, 1:12pm Top

If anyone is looking for an idea for Nordic Noir I just bought Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen from Kobo for $2.99.

Crime Fiction Lover website has some other suggestions for the best new Nordic Noir from 2017.

162charl08
Feb 7, 9:25am Top

>161 ChelleBearss: And just like that, three books were reserved on my library catalogue. Hmmm.

163EBT1002
Feb 8, 11:15pm Top

I'm shifting gears mid-February.

I'm reducing my monthly challenges commitments and signing up for the PopSugar and Read Harder challenges. Yay!

I'm a bit behind but I have 10.5 months to catch up!

164katiekrug
Feb 8, 11:19pm Top

Welcome, Ellen!!!

165Crazymamie
Feb 9, 11:41am Top

>163 EBT1002: Ellen is in the House!!! Most exciting!

166susanj67
Feb 10, 11:33am Top

I've finished three this weekend for the PopSugar challege:

For the mental health category: Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body by Jo Marchant

For the micro-history category: Pandemic 1918 by Catharine Arnold (I can't get a touchstone to work for this one). This might also work for the book about a problem facing society today (avian flu epidemics) although that might be a bit of a stretch :-)

For the book set on another planet category: Artemis by Andy Weir (this would also work for the book about a heist category)

167katiekrug
Feb 10, 3:59pm Top

Who's going to tell Susan the moon isn't a planet?

Just kidding! I think it's well within the spirit of the prompt :-)

168Crazymamie
Feb 10, 4:37pm Top

>167 katiekrug: Haha! I was thinking the same thing!

169charl08
Feb 11, 3:47pm Top

I've picked up Lullaby (The perfect Nanny in the US), and since the story opens with a mum walking into a nursery out of a nightmare I think it will safely fit the prompt about villains and anti-heroes #9.

171Crazymamie
Feb 11, 4:35pm Top

172elliepotten
Edited: Feb 15, 4:58pm Top

I'm five down so far on the PopSugar challenge. Not phenomenal progress, but I'm a slow reader, so... whaaaaatever.

Completed so far:
A book made into a movie I've already seen - A Good Year by Peter Mayle (made into the 2006 film)
A book with a time of day in the title - Night by Elie Wiesel
A book about mental health - A Voice in the Distance by Tabitha Suzuma (bipolar disorder)
A book that was given to me as a gift - The Gifts of Reading by Robert Macfarlane
A favourite prompt from a previous PopSugar challenge - The Human Experiment: Two Years and Twenty Minutes Inside Biosphere 2 by Jane Poynter (2015 challenge, a non-fiction book)

Now, to comb through all YOUR lists for more ideas! :D

And >160 katiekrug: - gawd, adding little ticks next to each one as I go is soooooo satisfying! *rubs hands together gleefully*

173katiekrug
Feb 15, 5:18pm Top

Nicely done, Ellie! And the ticking off is my favorite part ;-)

Let us know if there are any prompts you need/want help on - that's my second favorite part of the whole exercise.

174katiekrug
Feb 20, 10:08am Top

So, I'm counting The Power as a sci-fi novel. I don't think it's much of a cheat, really.

I found this definition: "fiction based on imagined future scientific or technological advances and major social or environmental changes, frequently portraying space or time travel and life on other planets." And if I ignore the last bit, it works reasonably well.

So there ;-)

175charl08
Feb 20, 4:03pm Top

Sounds good to me, Katie!

176katiekrug
Feb 20, 4:28pm Top

Thanks, Charlotte :)

177Deedledee
Feb 23, 4:33pm Top

I've completed these ones for the Popsugar reading challenge:

A book made into a movie you've already seen - The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
True Crime - Lost Girls: an Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker
A book about a villain or antihero - Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist - Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher
A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you - Prairie Ostrich by Tamai Kobayashi
A book that's published in 2018 - The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu
A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to - If I Fall, If I Die by Michael Christie

178ChelleBearss
Edited: Feb 28, 4:04pm Top

Looks like February is almost over and I won't be finishing a book tonight so here is what I've finished this month.

February Totals:
4. A book involving a heist - The Rooster Bar by John Grisham
18. A book by two authors - Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King & Owen King
32. A book from a celebrity book club - The Lying Game by Ruth Ware (Reese Witherspoon Book Club)
40. Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges - The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (2017 Popsugar 28. A Novel set during Wartime)
45. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title - Strawberry Shortcake Murder by Joanne Fluke
50. A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge - The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey (Mamie)

179DeltaQueen50
Mar 1, 12:10pm Top

Here are my February Books that I added to the 6 ones that I completed in January:

40. Favorite Prompt From Previous Year - A Book Set in the Wilderness (2017) - The Revenant by Michael Punke
32. A Book From a Celebrity Book Club (Reese Witherspoon) - Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
4. A Bank Heist - High Sierra by W. R. Burnett
27. Set on a Different Planet - I Dare by Sharon Lee

180katiekrug
Mar 1, 12:37pm Top

>177 Deedledee:, >178 ChelleBearss:, and >179 DeltaQueen50: - Well done, ladies! I need to update mine through February....

181ChelleBearss
Mar 1, 1:33pm Top

I'm not 100% sure what a "microhistory" is but I'm currently reading The Devil in the White City and I'm thinking it would fit that prompt?

182katiekrug
Mar 1, 2:23pm Top

I think so, Chelle. As I understand it, a microhistory deals with a very specific or niche topic or time or place. So the Larson should be perfect.

183Crazymamie
Mar 1, 2:25pm Top

>182 katiekrug: Yep. I agree.

184Crazymamie
Edited: Mar 1, 2:35pm Top

Here's my list for February:

4. A book involving a heist: Greenglass House by Kate Milford
8. A book with a time of day in the title: Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire
10. A book about death or grief: The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you: March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
15. A book about feminism: A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft
22. A book with alliteration in the title: The Dying Detective by Leif GW Persson
28. A book with song lyrics in the title: The Cold, Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty
37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to: The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

Advanced Reading Challenge
9. A book about a problem facing society today: On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder

185jessibud2
Mar 1, 2:52pm Top

>184 Crazymamie: - Mamie, On Tyranny was just so excellent. I read it last year, on Ellen's recommendation and I remember reading it on the train ride, coming home to Toronto from a visit in Montreal. I kept marking passages and by the tie I got home and was ready to do my review here on LT, I had far too many passages marked to select from!

186charl08
Edited: Mar 1, 6:01pm Top

Gosh, everyone did very well in February. Just off to check the back lists of prompts to try and claim something I've already read...

ETA A book set in a hotel! (2017) - Hotel Silence - great one for fans of A Man Named Ove.

187Ameise1
Mar 2, 3:43am Top

What I read so far:

3. The next book in a series you started: The Emperor's Tomb by Steve Berry (4½ stars)
9. A book about a villain or antihero: The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brein (4 stars)
10. A book about death or grief: Blue Nights by Joan Didion (4 stars)
11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (4 stars)
14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you: Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead (3 stars)

188katiekrug
Mar 2, 1:07pm Top

Progress Update:

PopSugar Challenge - I read 3 more in February, for a total of 9/50 so far.

1. A book made into a movie you've already seen - True Grit by Charles Portis
24. A book with a weather element in the title - Red Lightning by Laura Pritchett
34. A book that's published in 2018 - The Judge Hunter by Christopher Buckley

BookRiot Challenge - I read 2 more in February for a total of 6/24 so far.

7. A western - True Grit by Charles Portis
17. A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author - The Power by Naomi Alderman

Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge - I didn't read any in February, so my total is still 3/12.

BingoDOG - I read 1 more in February for a total of 5/25 so far.

10. Title contains something you would see in the sky - Red Lightning by Laura Pritchett

189ChelleBearss
Mar 13, 8:24am Top

Question for everyone. For prompt 33. A childhood classic you've never read are you all reading that as a children's book or any classic novel?

190Crazymamie
Mar 13, 8:53am Top

>189 ChelleBearss: I was reading it as a classic children's novel - something like Anne of Green Gables or The Secret Garden.

191katiekrug
Mar 13, 9:26am Top

Same.

192susanj67
Mar 13, 10:29am Top

Me too. I have, in fact, picked Anne of Green Gables!

193Crazymamie
Mar 13, 10:37am Top

>192 susanj67: I was thinking about that one, too, Susan - I have it on audio narrated by Rachel McAdams.

194katiekrug
Mar 13, 9:47pm Top

I can't believe you two have never read AoGG!

195Helenliz
Mar 14, 2:20am Top

I only read it last year. Not all that impressed. I suspect Anne would have annoyed me even more as a child.

196susanj67
Mar 14, 6:08am Top

>194 katiekrug: I am very poorly read when it comes to children's classics. No Anne, no Black Beauty, I think Pollyanna under protest, but really I missed most of them. I am now thinking that I'll download Anne and take her to the hospital next week, as a nice light read *and* one to cross off the PopSugar list. Then I can watch the Netflix series when I'm at home. Hmmm, checking my Kindle collection, I already have all the books in one volume :-)

197ChelleBearss
Mar 14, 8:23am Top

I also have not read AoGG or Black Beauty. I was a big reader as a child but I seem to have skipped that stage and went right from Baby Sitters Club and Archie Comics to RL Stine and Stephen King.

198katiekrug
Mar 14, 12:35pm Top

I missed a lot of childhood "classics" as well - never read Black Beauty, A Little Princess, etc. I did finally read The Secret Garden a few years ago...

199charl08
Mar 14, 7:24pm Top

>196 susanj67: Oh, don't watch the netflix one. If you can find the Megan Fellowes one, it's lovely.

I don't know what to read in kids classics. I did my best to read them all back when. Please don't make me read Twilight...

200ChelleBearss
Mar 14, 8:17pm Top

>199 charl08: Ha! I'm not sure twilight would be considered a classic. Although I admit to loving it (please don't judge me :)

This might help. Top 100 Kids novels

I'm leaning towards Bridge to Terabithia or Island of the Blue Dolphins as I feel I may have read these in elementary school but don't remember them well.

201jessibud2
Mar 14, 8:22pm Top

>199 charl08: - I second the Megan Follows version of the Anne of Green Gables series. It was a tv series on Canadian tv, CBC but can probably be found somewhere, on its own. It was a great production.

202Crazymamie
Mar 14, 9:23pm Top

203DeltaQueen50
Mar 15, 12:45am Top

I have read many of the classic children's books but I did miss reading The Witch of Blackbird Pond so I will probably go with that.

204charl08
Mar 15, 3:46am Top

>200 ChelleBearss: Not read either of those, so that solves that one - thanks!
(I think the problem may be my definition of 'classic' - horrible feeling that in my head it means 'old children's book I've read'!!)

I like the sound of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon too.

I've been able to tick off a few categories lately -
5. Nordic noir The Darkness
10. A book about death or grief Claire of the Sea Light
15. A book about feminism Women and Power: a manifesto

206jennyifer24
Mar 17, 11:35pm Top

>199 charl08:, >201 jessibud2: Dropping by to "third" the Megan Follows Anne over the new one.

>203 DeltaQueen50: >205 katiekrug: Witch of Blackbird Pond was my favorite book for a while. Might have to find a copy now to reread...

207charl08
Edited: Mar 18, 7:24pm Top

Just read Girl in Disguise which I can heartily recommend to fit the category of 'A Novel Based on A Real Person' - based on the life of the first female operative of the Pinkerton Detective Agency.

208katiekrug
Mar 21, 11:39am Top

I finally finished Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie which wasn't slotted anywhere. I feel like I gave so much reading time to it, that it Must Fit Somewhere, so I am going with the "local author" prompt. Massie now lives just north of NYC, and I live just west of it, so I am considering the metro area as "local" :)

209Morphidae
Mar 22, 3:38pm Top

>206 jennyifer24: Oh, yes, I fourth Megan Follows. Colleen Dewhurst and Patricia Hamilton were wonderful as Marilla and Rachel. And, of course, Jonathan Crombie as Gilbert. What a cutie and such a shame he died so young.

210Morphidae
Edited: Mar 22, 3:52pm Top

>200 ChelleBearss: and others. Hmm, any interest in a challenge to conquer that 100 list in 2018-2019?

211jessibud2
Mar 22, 4:12pm Top

>209 Morphidae: - Oh yes! I had forgotten about Colleen Dewhurst! She was such a wonderful actress. And yes, about Crombie dying so young. As an aside, his dad was mayor of Toronto for several years. Such a terrific man, still!

212ChelleBearss
Mar 23, 9:58am Top

>210 Morphidae: Hmmm, interesting challenge. Chloe will be 4, going on 5, next year. I wonder what the age range is for some of those books as I'd love to read them with her

213Morphidae
Mar 23, 11:03am Top

>212 ChelleBearss: I think many of them are chapter books aimed more at the 8 - 12 group.

214jennyifer24
Mar 25, 12:50am Top

>209 Morphidae:, >211 jessibud2: I did think the newer Netflix version was well-cast (although of course I love the original cast!) but it was just so much more depressing. Not the right tone for AoGG for me at all. A fun realization though was that the actor who played Jasper Dale in Avonlea, R.H. Thompson, was Matthew in the new series (some similarities in characters there!).

>210 Morphidae: That's a good list of books! I'd be interested in reading/rereading them. I just got Witch of Blackbird Pond from my parents' house and am reading Little House in the Big Woods to my class now :-)

215jessibud2
Edited: Mar 25, 7:47am Top

>214 jennyifer24: - Oh, R.H. Thompson is such a wonderful actor!! I have seen him on stage here in Toronto, as well, several times, as well as in other tv series and movies. He is such a talented man and seriously, one of my favourite actors.

216Morphidae
Edited: Mar 25, 4:09pm Top

>214 jennyifer24: Okay, I'll set it up some time this week. I might set it up as a group with a thread for each book. We'll see. I'd just hate to have people have to search through one huge thread for a book.

How many books per month? Since they are children's books, I'm thinking either two or four. Two would take us two years to complete the list, four would take us one year. I'm a quick reader and would have no problem reading one book a week. But others may have a harder time. Obviously, certain books (Harry Potter!) would take more time and I'd probably match them up with either picture books or young readers.

Do we read it in order of the list? Should we keep the Potters or any series books for the last (or just keep them together) and read them in order? I'd like to push the Potters off a bit since I just finished a reread.

217ChelleBearss
Mar 26, 9:10am Top

I'd be to try some of that list! I've read about 20 of them so I won't reread those. Some I can read with C so I could probably do four a month of the smaller ones. Some would be harder than others but I'm game to try!

218jennyifer24
Mar 26, 7:36pm Top

>216 Morphidae: >217 ChelleBearss: I think that sounds like a plan. Four/month is probably doable since they are shorter and sounds like everyone will have some rereads. I like the idea of doing a series together. I'm already planning an HP reread this summer so I'll go off-schedule for that (or read them twice! lol). Let me know how I can help!

219DeltaQueen50
Mar 29, 11:17pm Top

For the month of March I have completed another 5 books for the 2018 PopSugar Challenge:

16. A Book About Mental Health - Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
17. A Book That I Borrowed or was Given to Me as a Gift - A Robot in the Garden by Deborah Istall
21. A Book That has my Favorite Color in the Title: Friends At Thrush Green by Miss Read
34. A Book Published in 2018: The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
38. A Book With an Ugly Cover - Cemetery Lake by Paul Cleave

This brings my 3 month total to 15 books read for this challenge.

220katiekrug
Mar 30, 9:19am Top

Go Judy! Go Judy!

221Ameise1
Mar 30, 12:05pm Top

Can somebody plese tell me if 'sunrise' would qualify for a time of day?

222Deedledee
Mar 30, 1:45pm Top

>221 Ameise1:
It's your challenge so you make up your own rules.

223Ameise1
Mar 30, 2:09pm Top

>222 Deedledee: I love this point of view. Thanks so much.

224ChelleBearss
Mar 30, 9:49pm Top

I don’t think I’m going to manage to finish another before the end of the month so here are my March totals:

2. True crime - The Spider and the Fly: A Reporter, a Serial Killer, and the Meaning of Murder by Claudia Rowe
6. A novel based on a real person - Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend
10. A book about death or grief - Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist - The People we Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder
15. A book about feminism - The Power by Naomi Alderman
16. A book about mental health - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Homeyman
17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift - Rabbit Remembered by John Updike
22. A book with alliteration in the title - Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King
23. A book about time travel - How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
28. A book with song lyrics in the title - Aunt Dimity and the Summer King by Nancy Atherton (Summer Kings by Cutty Ranks)
38. A book with an ugly cover - Flight by Sherman Alexie
48. A microhistory - The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

225charl08
Edited: Mar 31, 4:02am Top

This is where I'm up to now. Bookworm: a memoir is pretty useful if looking for a book with another book mentioned in it - mentions LOTS of books :-)

2. True crime The Killers of the Flower Moon
3. The next book in a series you started Dead Lions
5. Nordic noir The Darkness
6. A novel based on a real person Girl in Disguise
7. A book set in a country that fascinates you Miss Burma
10. A book about death or grief Claire of the Sea Light
12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist My Brother's Husband
14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you Persepolis
15. A book about feminism Women and Power
17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift Frogkisser
22. A book with alliteration in the title Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
33. A childhood classic you've never read A Wrinkle in Time
34. A book that's published in 2018 The Wedding Date
37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to
Broad Strokes: 15 women who made art
39. A book that involves a bookstore or library Bookworm: a memoir of childhood reading
40. Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges - a book set in a hotel Hotel Silence

Advanced Reading Challenge
7. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you MI5 and Me

226Deedledee
Mar 31, 6:06pm Top

Popsugar reading challenge for March
A book by two authors: Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King
A book about death or grief: This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
A book by a local author: Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World by Janet Cameron
A book set in a country that fascinates you: Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy

227katiekrug
Apr 9, 8:02pm Top

Ellen has suggested everyone recommend a few of their favorite books to help others with the prompt to read a book recommended by someone else doing the PopSugar challenge.

Here are some under-the-radar gems that I loved pre-LT (and their Amazon descriptions):

Eucalyptus by Murray Bail
On a property in New South Wales, a widower named Holland lives with his daughter, Ellen. Over the years as she grows into a beautiful woman, Holland plants hundreds of different eucalyptus trees on his land, filling the landscape, making a virtual outdoor museum of trees. When Ellen is nineteen, Holland announces that she may only marry the man who can correctly name the species of each and every gum tree on his property. A strange contest begins, and Ellen is left unmoved by her suitors until she chances on a strange young man resting under the Coolibah tree whose stories will amaze and dazzle her. A modern fairy tale, and an unforgettable love story, that bristles with spiky truths and unexpected wisdom about art, feminine beauty, landscape, and language. Eucalyptus affirms the seductive power of storytelling itself.

Gramercy Park by Paula Cohen
New York City, 1894. To Gramercy Park, bordered by elegant town houses, cloistered behind its high iron fence, comes Mario Alfieri, the world's greatest tenor. Poised for his premier at the Metropolitan Opera, the summit of society, the handsome Alfieri needs a refuge from the clamor of New York's elite . . . and from the eager women who rule it. He finds it, he thinks, at Gramercy Park, in the elegant mansion of the recently deceased Henry Ogden Slade. The house is available . . . but not quite empty. Clara Adler, Slade's former ward, lives there still, friendless and alone. Who is this bewitching orphan? Why did Slade take her into his home, only to leave her penniless at his death? And what tragedies and terrors have left Clara little more than a pale and frightened ghost, haunting the deserted mansion? Mystified, then enchanted, Alfieri is soon involved in an intrigue that spans two decades and pits him against a vicious enemy who swears to destroy both him and the woman he loves . . . and whose weapon is a scandal that has already come close to killing Clara Adler.

What Girls Learn by Karin Cook
In her debut novel, What Girls Learn, author Karin Cook takes familiar--and familial--territory and turns it neatly on its head. Tilden, the 12-year-old narrator of Cook's tale, and her 11-year-old sister Elizabeth are suddenly uprooted from a hardscrabble life in Atlanta and moved to Long Island when their mother falls in love with a man they've never met. Fortunately, Nick turns out to be a kind man, and the girls' enjoy a temporary stability. Then Frances, their mother, discovers a lump in her breast. While she is hospitalized, her predatory brother arrives, and the sisters are thrown back upon a bond that, although stretched by sibling rivalry, can never be broken.
Karin Cook depicts the inner lives of girls on the verge of adolescence with tremendous insight, and in Tilden, she has found a narrator both eloquent and observant. What Girls Learn explores notions of family and femininity and the transcendence of love, even in the face of loss.

228jessibud2
Apr 9, 8:23pm Top

>227 katiekrug: - I once had a copy of Eucalyptus but I don't remember ever reading it. It sounds like a re-imagining of the old legend of Atalanta

229ChelleBearss
Edited: Apr 10, 9:55am Top

My 5 star reads from this year are:
The Power by Naomi Alderman
The Girl with all the Gifts by MR Carey

4.5 stars:
Misery by Stephen King
The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

My all time favourites are:
The Stand by Stephen King
The Inspector Gamache Series by Louise Penny. Still Life is the first but I recommend the whole series (in case maybe you have already started on the series :)
Bitten by Kelley Armstrong (and the whole series is great!)
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

Hope these help someone! (also if you need any other ideas for other books I have a list on my thread at the top with some suggestions for myself for some of the prompts)

230charl08
Apr 19, 5:02pm Top

Nice idea re recommendations. I really enjoyed When I Hit You .5 ☆s from me.

231DeltaQueen50
Edited: Apr 28, 7:08pm Top

I'll add a few books that I would recommendm although many have probably already read them:

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
Born A Crime by Trevor Noah
A Robot in the Garden by Deborah Install
Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
The Death of Bees by Lisa O'Donnell

232DeltaQueen50
Apr 28, 7:08pm Top

During April I completed the following for the 2018 PopSugar Challenge:

A Book About Sports: Wobble to Death by Peter Lovesey
A Book About Feminism: The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
A Book About Time Travel: Time and Again by Jack Finney
A Childhood Classic: Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
An Allegory: Red Moon by Benjamin Percy

233charl08
Apr 29, 3:30pm Top

I wasn't sure what I'd read for the book mentioned in another book, but have just come across Christ Stopped at Eboli mentioned in A Bold and Dangerous Family, and it is in a very beautiful penguin classic, so it has jumped into my order basket.

234katiekrug
Apr 30, 2:37pm Top

Charlotte, I read parts of Christ Stopped at Eboli for a course in college; it is excellent. And you've reminded me that I want to actually read the whole thing!

235ChelleBearss
May 1, 9:48am Top

My April wrap up:

5. Nordic noir - The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen
9. A book about a villain or antihero - The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you - Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell
19. A book about or involving a sport - Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman (soccer)
20. A book by a local author - This Fallen Prey by Kelley Armstrong
27. A book set on a different planet - The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
30. A book with characters who are twins - The Hush by John Hart
34. A book that's published in 2018 - The Shadow Killer by Arnaldur Indridason
36. A book set in the decade you were born - Misery by Stephen King
37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to - The Unquiet Past by Kelley Armstrong
39. A book that involves a bookstore or library - Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan

I have 17 prompts left and some are going to be toughies!

236katiekrug
May 1, 9:50am Top

Way to go, Chelle!

What prompts are going to be tough for you? Maybe we can help :)

237Ameise1
May 1, 10:00am Top

You all are doing so well. I'm far behind. Here is what I've finished so far:

3. The next book in a series you started: The Emperor's Tomb by Steve Berry (4½ stars)
5. Nordic noir: Opferzahl by Arne Dahl (4 stars)
6. A novel based on a real person: Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue (4 stars)
8. A book with a time of day in the title: Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd (4½ stars)
9. A book about a villain or antihero: The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brein (4 stars)
10. A book about death or grief: The Gathering by Anne Enright (4½ stars)
11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (4 stars)
14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you: Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead (3 stars)
15. A book about feminism: The Color Purple by Alice Walker (4½ stars)
16. A book about mental health: Blue Nights by Joan Didion (4 stars)
26. A book with an animal in the title: Turnstone by Graham Hurley (4½ stars)
28. A book with song lyrics in the title: Still Life by Louise Penny (4 stars)
37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to: Glasgow Kiss (DCI Lorimer) by Alex Gray (4½ stars)

Advanced Reading Challenge - Read:
7. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you: The Chimney Sweeper's Boy by Barbara Vine (4 stars)
8. A microhistory: The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West

238katiekrug
May 1, 10:07am Top

That looks pretty good to me, Barbara!

239Ameise1
May 1, 10:39am Top

Thanks so much, Katie.

240ChelleBearss
May 1, 2:53pm Top

>237 Ameise1: Those looks great! Keep it up :)

>236 katiekrug: I have some ideas for a few of them but I'll have to be in the mood for some of them.

24. A book with a weather element in the title
31. A book mentioned in another book - (Keep waiting for a book to be mentioned in my books that appeal to me)
41. A bestseller from the year you graduated high school - I've either read them or they don't appeal.
43. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place (I'm a hermit and people don't read actual novels in public anymore)
44. A book tied to your ancestry (French Canadian)
46. An allegory
49. A book about a problem facing society today

I've looked at the helpful lists on good reads and I'm sure I can find something for each eventually. I'm a moody reader right now though ;-p

241Deedledee
Edited: May 2, 5:18pm Top

My April Popsugar challenge wrap-up:
A novel based on a real person - Goodnight from London by Jennifer Robson
A book about mental health - Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeywell
A book with song lyrics in the title- I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive by Steve Earle
A book with characters who are twins -The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges - Good as Gone by Amy Gentry (an audiobook)

242katiekrug
May 3, 9:01am Top

>240 ChelleBearss: - I am definitely going to struggle with the "saw a stranger reading in a public place" too. I may cheat a bit and find a photograph of someone reading on a subway or something....

For the one related to your ancestry, the first thing that came to mind for French Canadian was the Louise Penny series. Or you could stretch it a bit and find a book connected to France maybe? I'm focusing on my Irish heritage, so that's a bit easier...

I'm probably no help on a problem facing society today, because Canada looks pretty idyllic at the moment, from this side of the border :) For that one, I'm planning on a book about gun violence, poverty, or immigration. Maybe you could steal an American problem? Ha!

I'm reading Lord of the Flies for the allegory. Have you read Animal Farm? That's short and brilliant.

For the weather, anything with sun or snow or wind? I have several with rain in the title. I may go with Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie.

Anyway, I'm probably not helping at all :-P But we are supportive of creative thinking (i.e. stretching/cheating), plus no one is policing your choices, so don't worry too much about it :)

243katiekrug
May 3, 9:02am Top

>241 Deedledee: - That's excellent progress! I"m thinking of reading Eleanor Oliphant soonish....

244Crazymamie
May 3, 11:51am Top

The PopSugar prompt does not say that YOU have to see a stranger reading the book in public, so here are the two books I have seen so far - A Wrinkle in Time and Lilac Girls. It's weird how hard it is to catch someone reading an actual book in public that is not for education or work.

245katiekrug
May 3, 11:53am Top

>244 Crazymamie: - Hmm, Joe was just saying good things about Lilac Girls......

246Crazymamie
May 3, 12:13pm Top

>245 katiekrug: It's funny, because I just saw someone reading it in the salon where I was getting my hair cut yesterday, and then Joe mentioned it on my thread today.

247katiekrug
May 3, 12:22pm Top

Sounds like the universe trying to tell you something!

248DeltaQueen50
May 3, 1:33pm Top

I tried to be discreet but I spent the better part of my last ferry trip coming home from Vancouver Island in walking around and trying to see what people were reading. Unfortunately most of the mysteries were from series that I am reading but haven't got there yet. I did see one, The Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda, that am thinking about. I am also going to keep my eyes peeled when I go to the library as people often sit around there with a book in their hand.

What is everyone thinking about for the cyberpunk book? I have no idea on that one.

249katiekrug
Edited: May 3, 3:12pm Top

Good for you, Judy! I always think the next time I'm in the city, I need to check out reading material on the subway, but I always forget once I'm there :-/

I slotted an ARC I had - The Completionist - in for cyberpunk, as it seemed to fit the definition on Wikipedia: "a futuristic setting that tends to focus on a "combination of lowlife and high tech" featuring advanced technological and scientific achievements, such as artificial intelligence and cybernetics, juxtaposed with a degree of breakdown or radical change in the social order."

I also read somewhere that Ready Player One is considered by some to be cyberpunk.

ETA: The Completionist was pretty good; it's scheduled for release in June in the US.

250charl08
May 3, 3:10pm Top

Frustratingly I couldn't see what a young man reading on the train was reading beyond a red book. Must try harder.

251katiekrug
May 3, 3:13pm Top

Or just find a book that is also red and call it a match!

252charl08
May 3, 3:17pm Top

I was trying to think of all the red paperback fiction I'd come across - top candidate was Us.

253katiekrug
May 3, 3:18pm Top

Top candidate for the book you saw, or top candidate to read for the prompt?

I have that one on my shelves....

254Deedledee
May 3, 6:32pm Top

>243 katiekrug:
I highly recommend Eleanor Oliphant. You really come to care about her.

>240 ChelleBearss:
There's a Twitter account @hotdudesreading that has pictures of.... er, well.... hot dudes reading in public. I'm thinking of combing through that to find a book read by a stranger in public.

255katiekrug
May 4, 9:18am Top

>254 Deedledee: - I may resort to hotdudesreading, and not just as an excuse to take a peek ;-)

256norabelle414
May 4, 9:25am Top

There's also a Hot Dudes Reading book, which would be an extremely meta way to fulfill that challenge

257katiekrug
May 4, 9:40am Top

>256 norabelle414: - Bwahahahahaha!

258charl08
May 4, 9:57am Top

Am I allowed to message the host of Hot Dudes Reading with a complaint that they don't highlight Which Book is Being Read?!!
(or am I missing the point?)

259Crazymamie
May 4, 9:58am Top

Late to the party, but here's what I completed for April:

3. The next book in a series you started The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths
7. A book set in a country that fascinates you - The Chessmen by Peter May
11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym - The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas
21. A book with your favorite color in the title All Systems Red by Martha Wells
23. A book about time travel - A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
31. A book mentioned in another book Above Suspicion by Helen MacInnes (mentioned in A World Gone Mad)

And from the Advanced Reading Challenge:
6. An allegory Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi

260Crazymamie
May 4, 9:59am Top

>258 charl08: *belly laugh*

261ChelleBearss
May 4, 5:58pm Top

>254 Deedledee: Thanks, Dee! I remember seeing a blog or something many years ago about pictures of people reading books on the subway. I can't seem to find the link now though. I'll take a look at hot dudes, um, for research purposes ;-p

I thought I'd luck out yesterday at Starbucks but no one was reading books. People had computers, phones and magazines. Les sigh.

262DeltaQueen50
May 5, 5:39pm Top

>249 katiekrug: Thanks, Katie. I was looking at a few lists of Cyberpunk books and I realize that Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep shows up on all of them and, since it is on the 1001 List, I will read that for both the PopSugar Challenge and for another book toward catching up with my brother.

263EBT1002
May 11, 1:49am Top

Riding the light rail to work gives me opportunities to view people reading in public. Except that so many people just look at their phones....

264EBT1002
May 11, 1:51am Top

I appreciate the recommendations. I'll think about a few I can add. It's a pretty wide-open category, really. I mean, we recommend books to one another all the time, yes?

Also, have we already had this conversation: what is a microhistory?

265EBT1002
May 11, 1:53am Top

Ha! I just went over to Katie's thread and Just Mercy is listed as a favorite read of 2017. I consider that to be a recommendation and I have it on my TBR shelves. Perfect.

266ChelleBearss
May 11, 8:28am Top

>264 EBT1002: Hi Ellen! I used Devil in the White City for my micro history prompt.
Here is a goodreads list of suggestions for this prompt.
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/19016852-8-a-microhistory

"Microhistory is the intensive historical investigation of a well-defined smaller unit of research (most often a single event, the community of a village, or an individual)."

267Helenliz
May 11, 9:11am Top

>264 EBT1002: building on that definition, there have been a few books out in the last decade or w=so that have attempted to give a view of what was taking place in one particular year. 1215 looks at the year Magna Carta was signed, while 1000 does the same thing for the turn of the first millennium. Not sure if that would be of interest or not, but it's another route to explore.

268katiekrug
May 11, 9:24am Top

>265 EBT1002: - Ellen, Just Mercy is definitely recommended. Prepare to be infuriated, but the work that Stevenson and the Equal Justice Initiative is doing is really inspiring. And they just opened the memorial to victims of lynching a few weeks ago. It's the only thing that would get me to visit Alabama :-P

Chelle and Ellen have provided two good starting points. I think of a microhistory as an in-depth exploration of something small that can illuminate a larger piece of history (not sure that makes sense). I read The Children's Blizzard for that prompt, which is about a snow storm on the Great Plains in the 1890s - so really specific, but through it, the author was able to explore themes related to frontier expansion, climate and science, the immigrant experience, etc.

To add on to Helen's examples, Bill Bryson wrote One Summer about what was going on in the US in the summer of 1927.

269charl08
May 11, 4:55pm Top

I counted Bad Girls: A History of Rebels and Renegades for the microhistory prompt - a book about the history of one prison for women in London. Worthwhile read I thought.

270EBT1002
May 11, 9:52pm Top

You all are the best. Thank you. I'll have to think about what I want to read for that microhistory prompt but now I have a framework to bring to it.

>268 katiekrug: I was reading in the NYT about the memorial to lynching victims a couple of weeks ago and it made me want to visit Alabama! P and I agreed that we will build in a stop in Montgomery when we are on our way somewhere in that region. It just looks amazing from all I have seen about it.

271Familyhistorian
May 12, 12:04pm Top

>266 ChelleBearss: Ooh, I just finished Devil in the White City. Thanks for the info on micro histories. I think I read those types of books a lot.

272charl08
May 13, 2:48pm Top

Can anyone recommend something set in the 70s for the decade you were born one? Ideally a woman author as I'm trying to read more women as part of my feminism challenge this year.

273Helenliz
May 13, 3:01pm Top

>272 charl08: good question! This list has some interesting possibilities: http://www.sewickleylibrary.org/adult/1970s-books-for-all-ages/

274charl08
May 13, 3:19pm Top

Ooh, a list. Dreams of Significant Girls and Paradise both sound tempting. Although so does a reread of Big Stone Gap. Thanks!

275Familyhistorian
Edited: May 16, 8:08pm Top

My book club has selected Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave for next month's read. There's a fruit title for you!

276ChelleBearss
May 29, 9:16am Top

I won't be finishing any more for May so here are my totals:

3. The next book in a series you started - The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett
25. A book set at sea - Fluke by Christopher Moore
29. A book about or set on Halloween - Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
31. A book mentioned in another book - And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (Magpie Murders)
49. A book about a problem facing society today - Origin by Dan Brown (Decline of religion)

277DeltaQueen50
May 30, 5:48pm Top

Here are my May totals:

7. Set in a Country that Fascinates Me: The King's Last Song by Geoff Ryman (Cambodia)
10. Dealing with Death and Grief: Blaming by Elizabeth Taylor
18. A Book by Two Authors: Tuesday's Gone by Nicci French (husband and wife team)
28. Song Lyrics in Title: My Best Friend's Girl by Dorothy Koomson (Sung by The Cars)

Advanced Reading Challenge

4. Tied to My Ancestry: Morning At Jalna by Mazo de la Roche

278katiekrug
May 31, 9:30am Top

My progress to date:

2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge
x 1. A book made into a movie you've already seen - True Grit by Charles Portis
2. True crime
x 3. The next book in a series you started - The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths
x 4. A book involving a heist - The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
x 5. Nordic noir - He Who Fears the Wolf by Karin Fossum
6. A novel based on a real person
7. A book set in a country that fascinates you
8. A book with a time of day in the title
x 9. A book about a villain or antihero - The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
x 10. A book about death or grief - The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym
x 12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist - London Calling by Clare Lydon
13. A book that is also a stage play or musical
x 14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you - Black Water Rising by Attica Locke
x 15. A book about feminism - How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
x 16. A book about mental health - Dog Crazy by Meg Donohue
17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift
x 18. A book by two authors - Love in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly
x 19. A book about or involving a sport - Running Back by Allison Parr
x 20. A book by a local author - Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie
21. A book with your favorite color in the title
x 22. A book with alliteration in the title - The Grave's a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley
23. A book about time travel
x 24. A book with a weather element in the title - Red Lightning by Laura Pritchett
25. A book set at sea
x 26. A book with an animal in the title - The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
27. A book set on a different planet
x 28. A book with song lyrics in the title - Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
29. A book about or set on Halloween
x 30. A book with characters who are twins - A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie
31. A book mentioned in another book
32. A book from a celebrity book club
x 33. A childhood classic you've never read - Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
x 34. A book that's published in 2018 - The Judge Hunter by Christopher Buckley
35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner
x 36. A book set in the decade you were born - Fiesta San Antonio by Janet Dailey
37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to
38. A book with an ugly cover
x 39. A book that involves a bookstore or library - The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
40. Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges (you can easily Google these)

Advanced Reading Challenge
1. A bestseller from the year you graduated high school
x 2. A cyberpunk book - The Completionist by Siobhan Adcock
3. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place
4. A book tied to your ancestry
x 5. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title - Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library - Chris Grabenstein
6. An allegory
x 7. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you - Men and Dogs by Katie Crouch
x 8. A microhistory - The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin
x 9. A book about a problem facing society today - Big Guns by Steve Israel
10. A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

279charl08
Jun 1, 3:03pm Top

Read this month for the challenge -

21. A book with your favorite colour in the title The Green Hollow
36. A book set in the decade you were born Lady with a Cool Eye

Extra:
5. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title Chicken with Plums
8. A microhistory Bad Girls: a history of rebels and renegades
9. A book about a problem facing society today When I Hit You

280Deedledee
Jun 4, 5:11pm Top

Popsugar Challenge books read in May:

A childhood classic you've never read: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
A book about a problem facing society today: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

281charl08
Edited: Jun 6, 3:11am Top

I'd already seen the film, so I've finished up Hidden Figures this week. Can't recommend this highly enough - accessible science / history of the black women who made US air / space advances possible with their impressive maths skills.

(1. A book made into a movie you've already seen)

282charl08
Jun 11, 2:09am Top

If anyone's looking for a celebrity bookclub book for the popsugar challenge, I just finished You think it I'll Say It which was recommended by Reece Witherspoon for her bookclub.

283EBT1002
Jun 11, 11:56pm Top

Is an essay anthology by definition a collection of essays be different writers?

284EBT1002
Jun 11, 11:57pm Top

>282 charl08: Thanks, Charlotte. I read a review of a celebrity memoir a couple of weeks ago but I failed to make note and I can't remember for the life of me what it was or who wrote it. So yes, I'm still shopping for a celebrity memoir. Too bad I already read (and loved) Not My Father's Son.

285katiekrug
Jun 12, 9:26am Top

>283 EBT1002: - I think it's totally up to you, Ellen. I could make an argument either way...

>284 EBT1002: - The prompt Charlotte mentions isn't for a celebrity memoir - it's for a book recommended by a celebrity book club (Oprah, Reece Witherspoon, I'm sure there are others....). But if you want a celebrity memoir, I really enjoyed Billy Crystal's Still Foolin' 'Em.

286Morphidae
Edited: Jun 12, 10:00am Top

>283 EBT1002: If you want to go by Wiki's definition...

"In book publishing, an anthology is a collection of literary works chosen by the compiler. It may be a collection of poems, short stories, plays, songs, or excerpts by different authors. In genre fiction, anthology is used to categorize collections of shorter works such as short stories and short novels, by different authors, each featuring unrelated casts of characters and settings, and usually collected into a single volume for publication."

287Ameise1
Jun 22, 2:51pm Top

Due to a different school system here in Switzerland, could someone please tell me at what age somebody graduate high school?

288Crazymamie
Edited: Jun 22, 3:12pm Top

>287 Ameise1: Usually 17 or 18 years of age

289Ameise1
Jun 22, 3:34pm Top

Thanks so much, Mamie.

290DeltaQueen50
Jun 23, 7:07pm Top

As we are heading off for on holidays on Monday, I am posting my June PopSugar Reads today:

2. True Crime: Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde by Jeff Guinn
20. Book by a local author: Pleased to Meet You by Caroline Adderson
26. Animal in title: The Judas Sheep by Stuart Pawson (still reading this one, should be finished in a day or so

And for the Advanced Reading Challenge:

8. A Microhistory: Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis

291Ameise1
Jun 24, 7:11am Top

What I've read so far:

1. A book made into a movie you've already seen
The Crow Trap by Anne Cleeves (4½ stars)
3. The next book in a series you started
The Emperor's Tomb by Steve Berry (4½ stars)
5. Nordic noir
Opferzahl by Arne Dahl (4 stars)
6. A novel based on a real person
Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue (4 stars)
8. A book with a time of day in the title
Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd (4½ stars)
9. A book about a villain or antihero
The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brein (4 stars)
10. A book about death or grief
The Gathering by Anne Enright (4½ stars)
11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (4 stars)
12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (4½ stars)
14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you
Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead (3 stars)
15. A book about feminism
The Color Purple by Alice Walker (4½ stars)
16. A book about mental health
Blue Nights by Joan Didion (4 stars)
17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift
Cat And Mouse by James Patterson (4 Stars) (got it from my SIL coku)
19. A book about or involving a sport
The Danger by Dick Francis (4½ stars)
20. A book by a local author
Das Päckchen by Franz Hohler (4½ stars) Franz Hohler is ten minutes walking from my door.
22. A book with alliteration in the title
The Seventh Sacrament by David Hewson (4 stars)
26. A book with an animal in the title
Turnstone by Graham Hurley (4½ stars)
28. A book with song lyrics in the title
Still Life by Louise Penny (4 stars)
37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to
Glasgow Kiss (DCI Lorimer) by Alex Gray (4½ stars)
39. A book that involves a bookstore or library
The Keepers of the Library by Glenn Cooper (4stars)

Advanced Reading Challenge - Read:
5. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title
Winterkartoffelknödel (kartoffel=potato) by Rita Falk (4 stars)
7. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you
The Chimney Sweeper's Boy by Barbara Vine (4 stars)
8. A microhistory
The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West
10. A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge
A World Gone Mad by Astrid Lindgren (5 stars) (Charlotte)

292jennyifer24
Edited: Jul 30, 1:38pm Top

I don't feel like I've made too much progress- my reading has been slower this year and I've had a hard time fitting in many books, but here's what I have for the year so far.

1. A book made into a movie you've already seen
Ready Player One
3. The next book in a series you started
The Paris Spy
6. A novel based on a real person- Constance A Story of Early Plymouth
7. A book set in a country that fascinates you
I Capture the Castle
8. A book with a time of day in the title
Midnight Riot
10. A book about death or grief
The Divine Comedy
12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
13. A book that is also a stage play or musical
Les Miserables
14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you
Zone One
15. A book about feminism
The Power
22. A book with alliteration in the title
Strangers & Sojourners
26. A book with an animal in the title
Flat Broke with Two Goats
30. A book with characters who are twins
Night Circus
34. A book that's published in 2018
Still Me

Advanced Reading Challenge

3. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place- There There
7. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you
Cloche and Dagger
9. A book about a problem facing society today
On Pilgrimage

293ChelleBearss
Jul 2, 8:16am Top

My totals for June. I have 8 more to finish :)

33. A childhood classic you've never read - Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner - Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (debut Goodreads author 2015)
43. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place - The Outsider by Stephen King (Starbucks on Instagram)
46. An allegory - The Stand by Stephen King

294Deedledee
Jul 2, 6:02pm Top

What I managed to cover in the Popsugar reading challenge in June:
A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner - The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge - Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
A book about feminism - Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini

295ChelleBearss
Edited: Jul 11, 11:49am Top

For anyone looking for something to fit in #11 (A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym) JK Rowling's new one Lethal White now has a release date of September 18th and is released under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith

296EBT1002
Jul 12, 12:29am Top

>295 ChelleBearss: Good to know, Chelle. Thanks for the tip!

297DeltaQueen50
Jul 13, 12:27pm Top

I have one more addition for June - A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you : Go Tell It On The Mountain by James Baldwin

298charl08
Jul 13, 1:30pm Top

>295 ChelleBearss: Well that's gone straight onto my pre-order list. What's going to happen at the wedding?

299Helenliz
Edited: Jul 18, 12:36pm Top

I've had my eye on this since the thread was set up, but I know I have a habit of overcomitting. Now I've almost finished the Bingo card in the 2018 category group, I'm going to apply myself to this list. No promises on finishing it, if course! I've had a look at what I have read so far and this is, I think, what I've already got covered.

6. A novel based on a real person Lucky Button
8. A book with a time of day in the title The Pie at Night
9. A book about a villain or antihero The Black Moth
10. A book about death or grief The Art of Flying
12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist Happiness, Like Water
14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you Wish I was Here
15. A book about feminism A Brief Summary, In Plain Language, Of The Most Important Laws Of England Concerning Women: Together With A Few Observations Thereon
17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift NW
18. A book by two authors (well actually more than 2) Murder Under the Christmas Tree
22. A book with alliteration in the title Rosie Revere, Engineer
24. A book with a weather element in the title Simon the COLDheart
25. A book set at sea Pugwash in the Pacific
26. A book with an animal in the title The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
30. A book with characters who are twins Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
33. A childhood classic you've never read The Little Prince
34. A book that's published in 2018 The Periodic Table of Feminism
37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to Property

Advanced Reading Challenge

5. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title Eggs, Beans and Crumpets
6. An allegory The Field of the Cloth of Gold

Edited to add a few more after a more thorough look at what I've read.

300katiekrug
Jul 18, 8:39am Top

Welcome, Helen!

301jennyifer24
Jul 30, 1:36pm Top

>292 jennyifer24: I added a couple of books this month. I actually saw someone reading a "real" book in a public place!!

6. A novel based on a real person- Constance A Story of Early Plymouth by Patricia Clapp

Advanced Reading Challenge
3. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place- There There by Tommy Orange

302ChelleBearss
Edited: Jul 31, 12:53pm Top

July Totals:
1.) A book made into a movie you've already seen - Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
11.) A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling
21.) A book with your favorite color in the title - Black Water Rising by Attica Locke
24.) A book with a weather element in the title - The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
41.) A bestseller from the year you graduated high school - White Oleander by Ian McEwan
42.) A cyberpunk book - Warcross by Marie Lu
44.) A book tied to your ancestry - Bride of New France by Suzanne Desrochers (French Canadian)
47.) A book by an author with the same first or last name as you - A Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

With my July totals finished I have now completed this year's challenge! :)


1. A book made into a movie you've already seen - Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
2. True crimeThe Spider and the Fly: A Reporter, a Serial Killer, and the Meaning of Murder by Claudia Rowe
3. The next book in a series you started - The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett
4. A book involving a heist - The Rooster Bar by John Grisham
5. Nordic noir - The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen
6. A novel based on a real person - Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend
7. A book set in a country that fascinates you - A Pyramid of Mud by Andrea Camilleri
8. A book with a time of day in the title -Midnight Line by Lee Child
9. A book about a villain or antihero - The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
10. A book about death or grief - Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling
12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist - The People we Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder
13. A book that is also a stage play or musical - Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you - Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell
15. A book about feminism - The Power by Naomi Alderman
16. A book about mental health - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift - Rabbit Remembered by John Updike
18. A book by two authors - Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King & Owen King
19. A book about or involving a sport - Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman (soccer)
20. A book by a local author - This Fallen Prey by Kelley Armstrong
21. A book with your favourite colour in the title - Black Water Rising by Attica Locke
22. A book with alliteration in the title - Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King
23. A book about time travel- How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
24. A book with a weather element in the title The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
25. A book set at sea - Fluke by Christopher Moore
26. A book with an animal in the title- Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
27. A book set on a different planet - The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
28. A book with song lyrics in the title - Aunt Dimity and the Summer King by Nancy Atherton (Summer Kings by Cutty Ranks)
29. A book about or set on Halloween - Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
30. A book with characters who are twins - The Hush by John Hart
31. A book mentioned in another book - And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (Magpie Murders)
32. A book from a celebrity book club - The Lying Game by Ruth Ware (Reese Witherspoon Book Club)
33. A childhood classic you've never read - Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
34. A book that's published in 2018 - The Shadow Killer by Arnaldur Indridason
35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner - Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (debut Goodreads author 2015)
36. A book set in the decade you were born - Misery by Stephen King
37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to - The Unquiet Past by Kelley Armstrong
38. A book with an ugly cover - Flight by Sherman Alexie
39. A book that involves a bookstore or library - Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
40. Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges - The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (2017 Popsugar 28. A Novel set during Wartime)

Advanced Reading Challenge

41. A bestseller from the year you graduated high school - White Oleander by Janet Fitch
42. A cyberpunk book - Warcross by Marie Lu
43. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place - The Outsider by Stephen King (Starbucks on Instagram)
44. A book tied to your ancestry - Bride of New France by Suzanne Desrochers
45. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title - Strawberry Shortcake Murder by Joanne Fluke
46. An allegory - The Stand by Stephen King
47. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you - The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond
48. A microhistory - The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
49. A book about a problem facing society today - Origin by Dan Brown (Decline of religion)
50. A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge - The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey (Mamie)

303katiekrug
Jul 31, 1:32pm Top

>301 jennyifer24: - I was so excited when I saw someone on a plane reading a book, and one that I'd actually want to read... Most of the time, I'd forget to look while I was out and about and when I did, I could never see what the titles were...

>302 ChelleBearss: - Well done, Chelle! I think you are the first of our merry band of crazy people :)

304jennyifer24
Jul 31, 2:25pm Top

>302 ChelleBearss: Wahoo!! Congratulations!
Would you say that you recommend Warcross or Bride of New France? They sound interesting! (Does it count as a recommendation if you ask for the recommendation? lol)

>303 katiekrug: Yes! A friend had just finished the same book and liked it and I really didn't even know what it was about but I was going to read it! I saw another one in the airport in the spring, but it was probably 4-5 in. thick and my sister and I tried to see the cover but never managed (which is probably just as well).

305DeltaQueen50
Aug 1, 3:12pm Top

Congratulations, Chelle! I think I still have about a dozen to complete the challenge. During July I managed to read 7 books that fit:

25. A Book Set At Sea: The Sea Witch by Helen Hollick
26. Animal in Title: Judas Sheep by Stuart Pawson
30. Characters that are Twins: The Ice Twins by S. K. Tremayne
37. A Book I Meant to Read in 2017: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Advanced Challenge

2. Cyberpunk - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
3. Book Being Read By A Stranger: The Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
5. A Fruit of Veg. in Title: Spilling the Beans on the Cat's Pajamas by Judy Parkinson

306Deedledee
Aug 2, 10:24am Top

Popsugar Reading challenge books finished in July:

A book with your favorite color in the title: Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
The next book in a series you started: The Fall by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

307charl08
Aug 30, 3:26pm Top

Thanks to Jenn for recommending Dead Wake - worked really well for the book set at sea.

308DeltaQueen50
Aug 30, 4:09pm Top

I won't be finishing any more books in August so here are the books I read for the PopSugar Challenge during last month:

12. LGBTQ Main Character: Ash by Malinda Lo
24. Book Title Contains a Weather Element: Snow Angels by Stewart O'Nan

Advanced Challenge:

1. A Bestseller from the Year I Graduated High School: Cousin Kate by Georgette Heyer (1968)
2. A Problem Facing Society Today: Dumplin' by Julie Murphy (Body Image)

309Familyhistorian
Aug 30, 4:34pm Top

>308 DeltaQueen50: A Heyer for Bestseller from the Year you graduated high school, Judy? You are so lucky. I have yet to find a book from the year I graduated (1969) that I actually want to read.

310DeltaQueen50
Sep 1, 12:20pm Top

>309 Familyhistorian: LOL, Meg. I thought you were going to tell me I am so old!! Seriously, I was lucky, there were a lot of books that I had already read and the ones I hadn't, other than the Heyer, just didn't interest me.

311Berly
Sep 1, 3:17pm Top

>302 ChelleBearss: Way to go! Finished.

>308 DeltaQueen50: I love Heyer!! Next year I am doing this challenge...

: )

312Helenliz
Sep 1, 4:15pm Top

I'm claiming Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves for line 10. A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge as I am fairly sure that I caught that one from Charlotte.

313charl08
Sep 1, 5:24pm Top

Yup, I definitely recommended it (although other people read it too!)

314Deedledee
Sep 2, 8:40pm Top

Popsugar Reading challenge books finished in August:

A book with a time of day in the title: Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris
A book that involves a bookstore or library: It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken by Seth
A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym: You Think It, I'll Say It: Stories by Curtis Sittenfeld

315Helenliz
Edited: Sep 9, 2:35pm Top

2 more ticked off

7. A book set in a country that fascinates you Beauvallet I'm selecting as my country that fascinates me Tudor England. A bit of a cheat, I admit, but I'm far more a history buff than a geography one! Co-incidentally I watched an art documentary on Holbein this week, and it speculated that one reason why the Tudors are so fascinating is that the images of them are quite so startlingly good.

4. A book tied to your ancestry Undertones of War. A memoir of the trenches of the Western front in WW1. Two of my great grandfathers fought and survived WW1, one was made POW during the first days of the war, as part of the BEF and the retreat from Mons. The other survived 4 years in the trenches and I have his 3 medals on my wall to show for it. He survived the next 50 years, never spoke about his experiences and had nightmares about it until he died. I can't help but feel that the current WW1 commemorations have the wrong end of the stick. Yes, those that died made a sacrifice. But those that came back and continued to suffer from the wounds (be the physical or mental) have been ignored. Who suffered more? those that die or those that have to continue to live?

316Helenliz
Sep 12, 11:24am Top

Quick question - the book for 11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym Does the book I read have to have the male pseudonym? JK Rowling writes using a male pseudonym, can I read a book by her as JK Rowling, or do I need to read one by her as Robert Galbraith? The former would be easier...

317katiekrug
Sep 12, 11:35am Top

I think the question is worded as such that reading a JK Rowling book is fine (it may not be what the challenge writer intended but it's how it came out). Also, we aren't very strict around here, so..... :-)

318katiekrug
Sep 12, 11:36am Top

I haven't posted my progress in a while, so here it is.

2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge
6. A novel based on a real person
7. A book set in a country that fascinates you
8. A book with a time of day in the title
11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym
17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift
21. A book with your favorite color in the title
25. A book set at sea
29. A book about or set on Halloween
38. A book with an ugly cover
40. Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges (you can easily Google these)

Advanced PopSugar Reading Challenge
6. An allegory

x 1. A book made into a movie you've already seen - True Grit by Charles Portis
x 2. True crime - Writing My Wrongs by Shaka Senghor
x 3. The next book in a series you started - The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths
x 4. A book involving a heist - The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
x 5. Nordic noir - He Who Fears the Wolf by Karin Fossum
x 9. A book about a villain or antihero - The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
x 10. A book about death or grief - The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
x 12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist - London Calling by Clare Lydon
x 13. A book that is also a stage play or musical - A Kid for Two Farthings by Wolf Mankowitz
x 14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you - Black Water Rising by Attica Locke
x 15. A book about feminism - How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
x 16. A book about mental health - Dog Crazy by Meg Donohue
x 18. A book by two authors - Love in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly
x 19. A book about or involving a sport - Running Back by Allison Parr
x 20. A book by a local author - Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie
x 22. A book with alliteration in the title - The Grave's a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley
x 23. A book about time travel - Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman
x 24. A book with a weather element in the title - Red Lightning by Laura Pritchett
x 26. A book with an animal in the title - The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
x 27. A book set on a different planet - The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
x 28. A book with song lyrics in the title - Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
x 30. A book with characters who are twins - A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie
x 31. A book mentioned in another book - Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis
x 32. A book from a celebrity book club - Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
x 33. A childhood classic you've never read - Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
x 34. A book that's published in 2018 - The Judge Hunter by Christopher Buckley
x 35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner - The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
x 36. A book set in the decade you were born - Fiesta San Antonio by Janet Dailey
x 37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to - Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
x 39. A book that involves a bookstore or library - The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

Advanced Reading Challenge
x 1. A bestseller from the year you graduated high school - I Was Amelia Earhart by Jane Mendelsohn
x 2. A cyberpunk book - The Completionist by Siobhan Adcock
x 3. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place - Don't Let Go by Harlan Coben
x 4. A book tied to your ancestry - From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan
x 5. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title - Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library - Chris Grabenstein
x 7. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you - Men and Dogs by Katie Crouch
x 8. A microhistory - The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin
x 9. A book about a problem facing society today - Big Guns by Steve Israel
x 10. A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge - Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

319DeltaQueen50
Sep 30, 2:25am Top

My PopSugar Reads for September:

8. Time of day in the title: The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
35. A previous Goodreads Reader's Choice Award winner: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
36. Set in the decade that you were born: A Bullet for Cinderella by John D. MacDonald

Advanced Reading Challenge

10. Recommended by someone else taking the PopSugar Reading Challenge - Slow Horses by Mick Herron

This leave me with 5 left to complete.

320Deedledee
Oct 1, 2:46pm Top

Popsugar Reading challenge books finished in September:

A book about time travel - Somewhere in Time by Richard Matheson
A book with an animal in the title - The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter by Holly Robinson

I'm having a not so great reading year. I don't think I'm going to finish the challenge.

321katiekrug
Oct 17, 8:59am Top

I only have a few prompts left to complete the challenge:

6. A novel based on a real person - Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O'Keeffe (currently reading)
7. A book set in a country that fascinates you - The English Patient (planned)
11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym - The Cuckoo's Calling (planned)
17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift - Airships (planned)
21. A book with your favorite color in the title - Purple Hibiscus (planned)

For those interested, we'll be doing this again next year! I'll set up a new thread when the 2019 group is created, because Susan and Mamie said I had to ;-)

322Helenliz
Oct 17, 9:00am Top

>321 katiekrug: Good. >:-)

323Ameise1
Oct 19, 11:10am Top

I've finished my popsuger challenge. :-)

http://www.librarything.com/topic/296668#6587254

324Helenliz
Oct 19, 11:33am Top

>323 Ameise1: oh that is impressive. Well done you.

325katiekrug
Edited: Oct 19, 11:43am Top

Way to go, Barbara!

326drneutron
Oct 19, 2:41pm Top

Very cool!

327charl08
Oct 21, 3:31am Top

>323 Ameise1: Congrats.

328Ameise1
Oct 21, 5:56am Top

Thanks so much, Helen, Katie, Jim and Charlotte. It was great fun.

329DeltaQueen50
Nov 1, 1:28pm Top

My October PopSugar reads were:

6. Book Based on a Real Person - Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes
29. Book Set on Halloween - Halloween Party by Agatha Christie

Three more to go!

330Deedledee
Nov 2, 4:37pm Top

Popsugar Reading challenge books finished in October:

A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title -Heart Berries: a memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot
A book that is also a stage play or musical - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Nordic noir - The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen
A book set at sea- Life of Pi by Yann Martel

331katiekrug
Nov 5, 10:03am Top

I've only got two more to go!

A book set in a country that fascinates you
A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift

332susanj67
Nov 6, 4:42am Top

I have finished! My books are in message 4 here.

Thank you Katie for starting this thread to keep us all on track :-)

333katiekrug
Nov 6, 8:10am Top

Way to go, Susan!

334Deedledee
Nov 6, 6:19pm Top

335Ameise1
Nov 7, 2:05pm Top

>332 susanj67: Well done, Susan.

336susanj67
Nov 8, 5:40am Top

>333 katiekrug:, >335 Ameise1:, >335 Ameise1: Thanks everyone!

PopSugar has published a good article about the best books from the challenge, which is here: https://www.popsugar.co.uk/entertainment/Best-Books-From-POPSUGAR-Reading-Challenge-2018-45469863

And they say to "stand by" for the 2019 one!

337katiekrug
Nov 8, 7:57am Top

Thanks for sharing that, Susan.

I think several of us have our eyes peeled for next year's challenge!

338ChelleBearss
Nov 8, 5:48pm Top

Great job everyone! Glad to see so many finishing with lots of time left! :)

339katiekrug
Edited: Nov 12, 1:57pm Top

The day you've all been waiting for:

Next year's challenge is posted!

https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/Reading-Challenge-2019-45450968

Some interesting prompts - several of which will require some Googling for me (LitRPG?).

340susanj67
Nov 12, 9:41am Top

Woo-hoo! Thanks Katie! Where is a mug of tea and a quiet afternoon on the sofa making LISTS when I need it?

341Helenliz
Nov 12, 9:49am Top

>339 katiekrug:. Cool!
umm, when you find out what LitRPG is, can you let us lollards know?

I like "the read a book that shares a title", and you get to read both of them - that's neat!

342katiekrug
Nov 12, 9:54am Top

Credit goes to Mamie who alerted me to the news!

Apparently LitRPG is a book based on a role-playing video game or some such. Yuck. I may come up with a way of "cheating" on that one, though I still haven't read Ready Player One and that might count...

343katiekrug
Nov 12, 9:55am Top

>340 susanj67: - Susan - I'm just ignoring my work this morning :)

344katiekrug
Nov 12, 9:56am Top

Since the 2019 75ers group won't be posted until the end of December, would people like me to create a new thread linked to this one to continue the discussions about next year's challenge? This one is getting a little long, but if no one cares then we can just carry on.

345susanj67
Edited: Nov 12, 10:04am Top

>343 katiekrug: Yeah, that could work... :-)

>344 katiekrug: Katie, that would be great if we had a new thread, for planning and some links. Here's the Goodreads thread, as a starter for links: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/152458-ultimate-popsugar-reading-challenge

346Helenliz
Nov 12, 10:14am Top

2019 list transcribed:
01 - A book becoming a movie in 2019
02 - A book that makes you nostalgic
03 - A book written by a musician (fiction or nonfiction)
04 - A book you think should be turned into a movie
05 - A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads
06 - A book with a plant in the title or on the cover
07 - A reread of a favorite book
08 - A book about a hobby
09 - A book you meant to read in 2018
10 - A book with "pop", "sugar" or "challenge" in the title
11 - A book with an item of clothing or acceessory on the cover
12 - a book inspired by mythology, legend or folklore
13 - A book published posthumously
14 - a book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie
15 - A retelling of a classic
16 - A book with a question in the title
17 - A book set on a college or university campus
18 - a book about someone with a super power
19 - a book told from multiple POVs
20 - a book set in space
21 - a book by two female authors
22 - A book with a title that contains "salty", "sweet", "bitter" or "spicy"
23 - A book set in Scandinavia
24 - a book that takes place in a single day
25 - a debut novel
26 - a book that's published in 2019
27 - a book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature
28 - a book recommended by a celebrity you admire
29 - a book with "love" in the title
30 - a book featuring an amateur detective
31 - A book about a family
32 - A book written by an author from Asia, Africa or South America
33 - A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in the title
34 - a book that includes a wedding
35 - A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter
36 - A ghost story
37 - a book with a two-word title
38 - A novel based on a true story
39 - A book revolving around a puzzle or game
40 - Your favorite prompt from a past Popsugar Reading Challenge
Advanced:
41 - A "cli fi" book
42 - A "choose-your-own-adventure" book
43 - An "own voices" book
44 - Read a book during the season it is set in
45 - A LitRPG book
46 - A book with no chapters / unusual chapter headings / unconventionally numbered chapters
47 & 48 - Two books that share the same title
49 - A book that has inspired a common phrase or idiom
50 - A book set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage, or convent

347katiekrug
Nov 12, 10:22am Top

>345 susanj67: - I'll start a new thread a little later today, I think.

>346 Helenliz: - Thanks, Helen!

The prompt about a book written by a musician - I LOVED Bright's Passage by Josh Ritter about a WWI soldier returning home to West Virginia with some baggage. It's $2.99 for Kindle (US) right now, if anyone is interested...

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