2019 was my best reading year in over a decade, thanks in large part to attempting both the Popsugar Reading Challenge and Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge. I’ll be attempting both challenges again in 2020 and linking my progress on this page.

22/50 (44%)

…as of April 4, 2020
(full prompt list)

o 1. A book that’s published in 2020
Elizabeth Lim, Unravel the Dusk
* Expected publication: July 7th 2020.

o 2. A book by a trans or nonbinary author
Masha Gessen, The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy
* Library (ebook). More on the author here.

3. A book with a great first line
Mackenzi Lee, The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky
* Finished March 3, 2020. Owned (hardcover).

4. A book about a book club
Lyssa Kay Adams, The Bromance Book Club
* Finished January 27, 2020. Library (ebook).

o 5. A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
* Owned (softcover). Barcelona, Spain, host of the 1992 Summer Olympics.

6. A bildungsroman
Joshua Whitehead, Jonny Appleseed
* Finished February 18, 2020. Library (ebook). Coming-of-age story of young (20s?) Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer Jonny.

7. The first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed
(Undecided)

o 8. A book with an upside-down image on the cover
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Deadeye Dick
* Owned (softcover).

9. A book with a map
Donnie Eichar, Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident
* Finished January 14, 2020. Library (ebook). Contains maps of the hikers’ journey.

o 10. A book recommended by your favorite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club
Sarah Smarsh, Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth
* Library (ebook). Recommended by Adventurous Kate.

o 11. An anthology
Katherine Govier, Without a Guide: Contemporary Women’s Travel Adventures
* Owned (softcover). Collection of essays about travel by female authors.

12. A book that passes the Bechdel test
Olivia Waite, The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics
* Finished January 10, 2020. Owned (softcover). Many conversations between women about the nature of science and art.

o 13. A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but is unrelated to it
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Hocus Pocus
* Owned (softcover). Shares a name with my favourite Halloween movie.

14. A book by an author with flora or fauna in their name
Caitlin Starling, The Luminous Dead
* Finished January 13, 2020. Owned (hardcover). Starling is a family of birds.

15. A book about or involving social media
(Undecided)

16. A book that has a book on the cover
Jenny Han, P.S. I Still Love You
* Owned (ebook). There’s a stack of notebooks/textbooks on the cover.

17. A medical thriller
Richard Preston, The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus
* Finished April 4, 2020. Library (ebook).

18. A book with a made-up language
(Undecided)

o 19. A book set in a country beginning with “C”
Margaret Laurence, The Stone Angel
* Owned (softcover). Set in Canada.

20. A book you picked because the title caught your attention
Amber Dawn, Sodom Road Exit
* Finished February 11, 2020. Library (ebook).

21. A book published the month of your birthday
Kim Phúc Phan Thị, Fire Road: The Napalm Girl’s Journey Through the Horrors of War to Faith, Forgiveness, and Peace
* Finished February 20, 2020. Library (ebook). Originally published October 3, 2017.

22. A book about or by a woman in STEM
Sheri Fink, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
* Finished April 1, 2020. Library (ebook). Sheri Fink has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and specializes in investigative reporting on science-, medicine-, and health-related issues.

o 23. A book that won an award in 2019
Mary Robinette Kowal, The Calculating Stars
* Owned (softcover). 2019 Hugo and Locus award winner.

24. A book on a subject you know nothing about
Mary Roach, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
* Finished January 8, 2020. Library (ebook).

25. A book with only words on the cover, no images or graphics
Svetlana Alexievich, Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster
* Finished March 17, 2020. Library (ebook).

26. A book with a pun in the title
Casey McQuiston, Red, White & Royal Blue
* Finished February 24, 2020. Library (ebook).

27. A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins
Mackenzi Lee, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
* Finished February 27, 2020. Library (ebook).

o 28. A book with a robot, cyborg, or AI character
Nina Varela, Crier’s War
* Owned (hardcover).

o 29. A book with a bird on the cover
Alice Hoffman, The Dovekeepers
* Owned (softcover). Not one but two birds!

o 30. A fiction or nonfiction book about a world leader
Masha Gessen, The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin or Timothy Snyder, Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin
* Library (hardcover) and owned (hardcover).

o 31. A book with “gold,” “silver,” or “bronze” in the title
Kenneth Oppel, Silverwing
* Owned (softcover).

32. A book by a WOC
Célestine Hitiura Vaite, Breadfruit
* Finished January 11, 2020. Owned (softcover). Author is Tahitian.

33. A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads
Jenny Han, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
* Finished March 21, 2020. Library (ebook). 4.17 average rating on goodreads.

o 34. A book you meant to read in 2019
Maggie Stiefvater, Call Down the Hawk
* Owned (hardcover).

35. A book with a three-word title
Gail Carriger, Romancing the Inventor
* Finished February 23, 2020. Owned (ebook).

36. A book with a pink cover
Dianne Freeman, A Lady’s Guide to Gossip and Murder
* Finished February 2, 2020. Library (ebook).

o 37. A Western
Guy Vanderhaeghe, The Last Crossing
* Owned (hardcover).

38. A book by or about a journalist
Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
* Finished January 2, 2020. Library (ebook).

o 39. Read a banned book during Banned Books Week
Alice Munro, Lives of Girls and Women
* Owned (softcover). Planning to read during Canada’s Freedom to Read Week (February 23-29).

40. Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge
(Undecided)

o 41. A book written by an author in their 20s
Tomi Adeyemi, Children of Blood and Bone
* Owned (hardcover). Tomi Adeyemi is 26 according to her wiki entry.

o 42. A book with “20” or “twenty” in the title
Leo McKay Jr., Twenty-Six
* Library (ebook).

o 43. A book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement (a nod to 20/20 vision)
Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett, Shadow Magic
* Owned (hardcover). One of the protagonists lost sight in one eye in the first book.

44. A book set in the 1920s
(Undecided)

o 45. A book set in Japan, host of the 2020 Olympics
Koushun Takami, Battle Royale
* Owned (softcover).

o 46. A book by an author who has written more than 20 books
Stephen King, The Shining
* Library (ebook).

47. A book with more than 20 letters in its title
Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties
* Finished February 14, 2020. Library (ebook). 22 letters.

o 48. A book published in the 20th century
Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House
* Owned (softcover). Originally published in 1959.

o 49. A book from a series with more than 20 books
Terry Pratchett, The Light Fantastic
* Owned (softcover). Discworld contains 40+ stories.

50. A book with a main character in their 20s
Dianne Freeman, A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder
* Finished January 4, 2020. Library (ebook). The protagonist is 27 years old.

11/24 (46%)

…as of April 4, 2020
(full prompt list)

o 1. Read a YA nonfiction book
Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale, #Notyourprincess: Voices of Native American Women
* Library (ebook).

o 2. Read a retelling of a classic of the canon, fairytale, or myth by an author of color
Helen Oyeyemi, Boy, Snow, Bird
* Owned (softcover). Based on Snow White.

3. Read a mystery where the victim(s) is not a woman
Dianne Freeman, A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder
* Finished January 4, 2020. Library (ebook). The victim is the protagonist’s husband.

4. Read a graphic memoir
George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and Harmony Becker, They Called Us Enemy
* Finished February 29, 2020. Owned (softcover). Graphic memoir about Takei’s family’s confinement in WWII-era Japanese Internment Camps.

5. Read a book about a natural disaster
Sheri Fink, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
* Library (ebook). Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

o 6. Read a play by an author of color and/or queer author
Ann-Marie MacDonald, Belle Moral: A Natural History
* Library (ebook). Author bio.

o 7. Read a historical fiction novel not set in WWII
Alice Hoffman, The Dovekeepers
* Owned (softcover). Based on the seige of Masada in Israel circa 70 C.E.

8. Read an audiobook of poetry
Nikita Gill, Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir your Soul
* Finished April 3, 2020. Library (audiobook).

o 9. Read the LAST book in a series
Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett, Steelhands
* Owned (hardcover). Last in a 4-book series.

10. Read a book that takes place in a rural setting
(Undecided)

o 11. Read a debut novel by a queer author
Nina Varela, Crier’s War
* Owned (hardcover).

12. Read a memoir by someone from a religious tradition (or lack of) that is not your own
Kim Phúc Phan Thị, Fire Road: The Napalm Girl’s Journey Through the Horrors of War to Faith, Forgiveness, and Peace
* Finished February 20, 2020. Library (ebook). Caodaism and Christianity.

o 13. Read a food book about a cuisine you’ve never tried before
Selina Periampillai, The Island Kitchen: Recipes from Mauritius and the Indian Ocean
* Wishlist.

o 14. Read a romance starring a single parent
Emma Chase, Sustained
* Library (ebook).

15. Read a book about climate change
Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
* Finished January 2, 2020. Library (ebook). Not strictly a climate change book, but discusses humans as the driving force behind current climate change and extinction events.

o 16. Read a doorstopper (over 500 pages) published after 1950, written by a woman
Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel’s Dart
* Owned (softcover). Published 2003. 1,015 pages.

17. Read a sci-fi/fantasy novella
Gail Carriger, Romancing the Inventor
* Finished February 23, 2020. Owned (ebook). A bit over the suggested 120 pages but not by much.

18. Read a picture book with a human main character from a marginalized community
Wab Kinew and Joe Morse, Go Show the World: A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes
* Finished January 14, 2020. Library (physical).

o 19. Read a book by or about a refugee
Zeyn Joukhadar, The Map of Salt and Stars
* Library (ebook). One of the protagonists is a Syrian refugee.

20. Read a middle grade book that doesn’t take place in the U.S. or the UK
Lois Lowry, Number the Stars
* Finished March 3, 2020. Library (ebook). Set in Copenhagen, Denmark.

21. Read a book with a main character or protagonist with a disability (fiction or non)
(Undecided)

22. Read a horror book published by an indie press
Amber Dawn, Sodom Road Exit
* Finished February 11, 2020. Library (ebook). Published by Arsenal Pulp Press.

23. Read an edition of a literary magazine (digital or physical)
(Undecided)

24. Read a book in any genre by a Native, First Nations, or Indigenous author
Joshua Whitehead, Jonny Appleseed
* Finished February 18, 2020. Library (ebook). More about the author here.

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