In 2021 I’m planning to shake things up a bit from the past few years:

  • 75 books overall, including at least 25 books for Classics Club
  • Attempting the Popsugar Reading Challenge again; however, using the prompts more to narrow down a manageable TBR list than to aim for completing the challenge.
  • Not doing Book Riot this year – several of the prompts that interest me are repeated on other lists, several are genres I’m not interested in,

2/50 (4%)

…as of January 4th, 2021
(full prompt list)

o 1. A book that’s published in 2021

o 2. A genre hybrid

o 3. An Afrofuturist book
The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin

o 4. A book set mostly or entirely outdoors
The Call of the Wild, Jack London

o 5. A book that has a heart, diamond, club, or spade on the cover
Iron Heart, Nina Varela

o 6. A book with something broken on the cover

o 7. A book by an author who shares your zodiac sign
How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories, Holly Black

o 8. A book by a Muslim-American author
And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

o 9. A dark academia book

o 10. A book that was published anonymously

o 11. A book with an oxymoron in the title
Strangers in Their Own Land, Arlie Russell Hochschild

o 12. A book with a gem, mineral, or rock in the title
The Stone Angel, Margaret Laurence

o 13. A book about do-overs or fresh starts
Persuasion, Jane Austen

o 14. A book where the main character works at your current or dream job

o 15. A magical realism book
One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez

o 16. A book that has won the Women’s Prize for Fiction
How to be Both, Ali Smith

o 17. A book set in multiple countries

o 18. A book with a family tree

o 19. A book set somewhere you’d like to visit in 2021

o 20. A bestseller from the 1990s

o 21. A book by a blogger, blogger, YouTuber, or other online personality

o 22. A book about forgetting
Still Alice, Lisa Genova

o 23. A book whose title starts with “Q”, “X”, or “Z”
The Quiet American, Graham Greene

o 24. A book you have seen on someone’s bookshelf

o 25. A book featuring 3 generations (grandparent, parent, child)

o 26. A locked-room mystery
The Chinese Orange Mystery, Ellery Queen

o 27. A book about a social justice issue
Native Son, Richard Wright

o 28. A book set in a restaurant

o 29. A book in a different format than what you normally read
The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin (audiobook)

o 30. A book with a black and white cover

o 31. A book that has fewer than 1000 reviews on Amazon or Goodreads

o 32. A book by an indigenous author

o 33. A book you think your best friend would like

o 34. A book that has the same title as a song

o 35. A book about art or an artist

o 36. A book about a subject you are passionate about

o 37. A book everyone seems to have read but you
A Court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J. Maas

o 38. A book that discusses body positivity

o 39. A book found on a Black Lives Matter reading list
The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander

o 40. Your favourite prompt from a past POPSUGAR reading challenge

o 41. The longest book (by pages) on your TBR list
The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

o 42. A book from your TBR list you meant to read last year but didn’t

o 43. The shortest book (by pages) on your TBR list
Fence Volume 1, C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad

o 44. A book from your TBR you associate with a favourite person, place, or thing

o 45. The book on your TBR with the prettiest cover

o 46. A book from your TBR chosen at random

o 47. The book on your TBR with the ugliest cover

o 48. A DNF book from your TBR
The Italian, Ann Radcliffe

o 49. The book that’s been on your TBR for the longest amount of time
Possession, A.S. Byatt

o 50. A free book from your TBR (gifted, borrowed, library)
Summer of Fear, Lois Duncan

My picks are a mix of YA and adult fiction, new releases and classics,

Fake Dating
o Boyfriend Material, Alexis Hall
o Written in the Stars, Alexandria Bellefleur
Non-Binary Rep
o Ana on the Edge, A.J. Sass
BIPOC Lead
o Elatsoe, Darcie Little Badger
Graphic Novel
Fence Volume 1, C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad, Joana LaFuente
Lesbian Rep
o The Price of Salt, Patricia Highsmith
o The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows, Olivia Waite
o Stormsong, C.L. Polk
Pansexual Rep
o Seven Ways We Lie, Riley Redgate
Trans Rep
o Cemetery Boys, Aiden Thomas
Science Fiction
o Winter’s Orbit, Everina Maxwell
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Gearbreakers, Zoe Hana Mikuta
Superheroes
o Dreadnought, April Daniels
o Hero, Perry Moore
Enemies to Lovers
o Iron Heart, Nina Varela
Retelling
o The Raven and the Reindeer, T. Kingfisher
Best Friends to Lovers
o Bonds of Brass, Emily Skrutskie
FREE SPACEGay RepAsexual Rep
o Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire
Intersex Rep
o None of the Above, I.W. Gregorio
NovellaBisexual Rep
I’ll Be the One, Lyla Lee
ContemporaryGenderqueer Rep
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Mystery/Thriller
o The Little Death, Michael Nava
Rom-Com
o My Most Excellent Year, Steve Kluger
Dark Academia
o The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
Gothic/Horror
o Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir
Rivals to Lovers
In Other Lands, Sarah Rees Brennan