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After a LONG hiatus…I’m back to blogging. Hopefully, kelleybean is too (insert not-so-subtle hint here).

For my first post in several years, and given that the very last post entered on the site was about this very same thing in 2015, I’m hereby committing to the Popsugar Reading Challenge for 2018. This year’s challenge includes 40 books (or 50 if you’re going the advanced route). Since my Goodreads goal for the year is a book a week, this is perfect 🙂pop sugar graphicThe categories are listed below and they have a handy printable graphic on the site linked above to help you chart your progress. I’ll update this post as I finish each category along the way and try to do a individual review of each book choice. Join me and we’ll have some fun, discuss some books, and maybe I’ll even get out of my reading (and blogging) rut!

  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 – The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick (This features actual famous Nazis as potential world leaders in an alternate universe, although they aren’t really central figures, but I guess it counts).
  7. A book set in a country that fascinates you
  8. A book with a time of day in the title – Night by Elie Wiesel
  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 – The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (A reread for school, but this is truly one of my favorites. The prose is sparse and poetic in its simplicity while delving into heavy topics such as racism, poverty, domestic and sexual abuse.)
  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 – The Clothes Make the Girl (Look Fat?) by Brittany Gibbons
  18. A book by two authors
  19. A book about or involving a sport – Beartown by Fredrick Backman
  20. A book by a local author – A Thousand Miles from Nowhere by John Gregory Brown (Does an author who lives within two hours of my house count? For now, this book will go here. I guess if I find someone MORE local, I can move this to a book about mental health.)
  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 –Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham (How past must this be? This won in 2017 for the Humor category.)
  36. A book set in the decade you were born
  37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to – The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Bachman
  38. A book with an ugly cover – Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
  39. A book that involves a bookstore or library
  40. Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 Popsugar Reading Challenges
  41. A bestseller from the year you graduated
  42. A cyberpunk book
  43. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place
  44. A book tied to your ancestry
  45. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title
  46. An allegory
  47. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you
  48. A microhistory
  49. A book about a problem facing society today – Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (It’s about gang violence and retaliation)
  50. A book recommended by someone else taking the Popsugar Reading Challenge

Others that fit nowhere: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Dinner with the Smileys by Sarah Smiley

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