Popsugar/Book Riot/etc. 2019 Reading Challenge (with archive)
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https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/19585498-the-52-topics-for-the-2019-reading-challengeCategory count: Column AJhttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1WvpKm3RKx96igCQWl0dMbTBjj7ZgYJUO3m8jcdD6_FA/edit?usp=sharing
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#CategoryChoice: TitleChoice: Author
Date Finished
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1Nominated for or won an award in a genre I enjoyThe New Negro: The Life of Alain LockeJeffrey C. Stewart1/11/2019on kindle; returned to libe1/7
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2One of the 5 W's in the title (Who, What, Where, When, Why)Who Thought this was a Good Idea?Alyssa Mastromonaco1/13/2019on kindle; returned to libe1/14
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3Author's name contains A, T, and YHospital SketchesLouisa May Alcott1/20/2019on bookshelves1/21
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4With a criminal characterCaveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art ForgerKen Perenyi1/22/2019on kindle; checked out from libe1/28
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5By Shakespeare or inspired by ShakepseareHag-SeedMargaret Atwood2/8/2019have from libe and Libby2/4
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6With a dual timelineSing, Unburied, SingJesmyn Ward2/16/2019have from libe; on hold from Libby2/11
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72 related to same topic, genre, theme: #1Off to Be the WizardScott Meyer2/11/2019on kindle2/18
start Wolf Hall any time here
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82 related to same topic, genre, theme: #2Spell or High WaterScott Meyeron kindle2/25
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9From one of the top 5 $-making genres (romance/erotica, crime/mystery, religious/inspirational, sci-fi/fantasy, or horror)BintiNnedi Okoraforon kindle3/4
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10Featuring an historical figureMy Lady JaneCynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadowson kindle3/11
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11Related to one of the 12 Chinese Zodiac animalsWolf HallHilary Mantelhttps://www.goodreads.com/award/show/8875-the-rooster---the-morning-news-tournament-of-books3/18
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12About reading, books, or an author/writerPortrait of An Artist As An Old ManJoseph Heller3/25
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13Included on a NY Library Staff Picks listEloquent RageBrittney Cooperhttps://www.nypl.org/books-music-movies/recommendations/best-books/staff-picks4/1
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14Title, subtitle, or cover relating to an astronomical termThe LuminariesEleanor Cattonon kindle4/8
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By an author from or set in a Mediterranean country
Beautiful RuinsJess Walteron iBooks4/15
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16Told from multiple perspectivesCloud AtlasDavid Mitchellon kindle4/22
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17Speculative fiction11/22/63Stephen Kingon iBooks4/29
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18Related to one of the elements in the periodic tableRadium GirlsKate Mooreon kindle5/6
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19By an author who has more than one book on my TBRMs. Marvel vol. 4, Last DaysG. Willow Wilsonlibrary5/13
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20Featuring indigenous people of a countryThe Swan BookAlexis Wrightlibrary5/20
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21From one of the polarizing or close call votesObsidian BluesHerman Beaverson order
Minimal Goodreads reviews & poetry
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22With a number in the title or on the coverBarefoot Gen, vol. 1Keiji Nakazawalibrary6/3
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23Inspired by the wedding rhyme: #1, Something OldLessAndrew Sean Greerlibrary; turning 50, like me, and eleigible for AARP6/10
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24Inspired by the wedding rhyme: #2, Something NewBecomingMichelle ObamaXmas present6/17
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25Inspired by the wedding rhyme: #3, Something BorrowedBelieve MeEddie Izzardlibrary6/24
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26Inspired by the wedding rhyme: #4, Something BlueMo Meta BluesQuestloveon bookshelf7/1
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27On the 1001 books to read before you die listCurious Incident of the Dog in the Night-timeMark Haddonhttps://1001bookreviews.com/the-1001-book-list/7/8
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28Related to something cold (theme, author, title, cover, etc.)WinterMarissa Meyerlibrary7/15
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29Published before 1950Anne of Green GablesL. M. Montgomeryon bookshelf7/22
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30Featuring an elderly characteras brave as youJason Reynoldslibrary7/29
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31Children's classic I've never readWind in the WillowsKenneth Grahamelibrary8/5
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32More than 500 pagesUlyssesJames Joyceon bookshelf8/12
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33Owned for at least a year, but have not readWatchmenAlan Mooreon bookshelf8/19
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34With a person's name in the titlePope JoanDonna Woolfolk Crosson bookshelf8/26
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35Psychological thrillerThe Woman in the WindowA.J. Finnlibrary9/2
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36On NPR's best books of the year listEssex SerpentSarah Perryhttps://apps.npr.org/best-books-2017/
on kindle
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37Set in a school or universitySecret HistoryDonna Tartton kindle9/16
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38Not written in traditional novel format (poetry, epistolary, graphic novel, etc.)This One SummerMariko Tamakilibrary9/23
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39Strong sense of place, author brings setting to lifeLet's Play DeadSheila Connollylibrary9/30
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40Stumbled uponLove is a Mix TapeRob Sheffieldon kindle10/7
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41From the 2018 GR Choice AwardsCirceMadeline Millerhttps://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-books-2018?int=gca_eb
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10/14
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42With a monster or "monstrous" characterBeautiful CreaturesKami Garcia & Margaret Stohlon iBooks10/21
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43Related to STEM (fiction or non-)The MartianAndy Weiron kindle10/28
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44Related in some way to a TV show or movie I enjoyed (topic, era, appeared on-screen etc.)Watership DownRichard Adamslibrary11/4
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45Multi-generational sagaThe House of the SpiritsIsabel Allendelibrary11/11
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46(Mostly) black coverThe RoadCormac McCarthylibrary11/18
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47Related to foodEight FlavorsSarah Lohmanon kindle11/25
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48Nat'l Book Award finalist or winnerChallenger DeepNeal Shustermanhttps://www.nationalbook.org/national-book-awards/search/?type=category&search=fiction
library
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49By Far East Asian author or set in Far East Asian countryWild SwansJung Changlibrary12/9
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50Includes a journey (physical, health, or spiritual)Long Walk to FreedomNelson Mandelalibrary12/16
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51Published in 2019https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/2019/01/10/books-can-wait-read/JqreMGmjfOPuFxZ1Q1UpGO/story.html12/23
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52Weird or intriguing titleGirl Waits with GunAmy Stewarton kindle12/30
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https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/Reading-Challenge-2019-45450968?stream_view=1#photo-45479364Current category count:
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#Category--MAINChoice: TitleChoice: Author
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1Becoming a movie in 2019The Woman in the WindowA.J. Finn
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2Makes me nostalgicBecomingMichelle ObamaLife Moves Pretty Fast (80s movies); Secret History of Wonder Woman; Mo Meta Blues
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3Written by a musicianMo Meta BluesQuestloveon bookshelves
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4Think should be turned into a movie 11/22/63Stephen King
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51Mil+ ratings on GoodreadsThe Kite RunnerKhaled Hosseini2/20/2019also on bucket list
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6Plant in title or on coverWind in the WillowsKenneth Grahamealso on bucket list
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7Reread a favorite bookAnne of Green GablesL. M. Montgomery(prelude to Netflix series)
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8About a hobbyFangirlRainbow Rowellon kindle
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9Meant to read in 2018Wolf HallHilary Mantelaudible
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10"pop," "sugar," or "challenge" in the titleChallenger DeepNeal Shustermansugar & challenge options in my nutrition & mgmt collections
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11Item of clothing or accessory on coverOrange is the New BlackPiper Kermanon kindle
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12Inspired by mythology, legend, or folkloreCirceMadeline Miller
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13Published posthumouslyPortrait of An Artist As An Old ManJoseph HellerWhen Breath Becomes Air? Pioneer Girl? Portrait of Artist as Old Man (Heller)? V.C Andrews? Motorcycle Diaries?
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14See someone reading on TV or in movieWatership DownRichard AdamsSawyer on Lost; also on bucket list
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15Retelling of a classicHag-SeedMargaret Atwood2/8/2019
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16Question in the titleWho Thought this was a Good Idea?Alyssa Mastromonaco1/13/2019on kindle
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17Set on a college or university campusSecret HistoryDonna Tartton kindle; also on bucket list
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18About someone with a superpowerMs. Marvel vol. 4, Last DaysG. Willow WilsonWarbringer? Wonder Woman anthology? Not Your Sidekick series? Continue the Beautiful Creatures series?
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19Told from multiple character POVsCloud AtlasDavid Mitchellon kindle
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20Set in spaceThe MartianAndy Weiron kindle; can swap for 2-word title if Wild Swans takes the wedding category
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21By two female authorsMy Lady JaneCynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadowson kindle
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22Title containing "salty," "sweet," "bitter," or "spicy"All that is Bitter and SweetAshley Juddon kindle
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23Set in ScandinaviaSophie's WorldJostein Gaarderalso on bucket list; library
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24Takes place in a single dayUlyssesJames Joyceam I really that crazy? https://biblioklept.org/2010/06/16/how-to-read-james-joyces-ulysses-and-why-you-should-avoid-how-to-guides-like-this-one/
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25Debut novelBeautiful CreaturesKami Garcia & Margaret Stohlon kindle
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26Published in 2019
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27Featuring an extinct or imaginary creatureEssex SerpentSarah Perryon kindle
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28Recommended by a celebrity I admireEloquent RageBrittney CooperOur Shared Shelf
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29With "love" in the titleLove is a Mix TapeRob Sheffieldon kindle
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30Featuring an amateur detectiveGirl Waits with GunAmy StewartShadow of the Wind? Sixty-Eight Rooms? (have these two on kindle) Hunting Prince Dracula?
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31About a familyWild SwansJung Changalso on bucket list
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32By an author from Asia, Africa, or South AmericaLong Walk to FreedomNelson Mandelaalso on bucket list
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33With a zodiac sign or astrology term in the titleThe LuminariesEleanor Cattonon kindle (other angles: ascendant? descendant?)
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34Includes a weddingLessAndrew Sean Greerwondering if Wild Swans will fit this
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35Author whose first & last names start with the same letterWinterMarissa MeyerAtopia Chron. fits (see "Cli-fi"); Marissa Meyer; Bill Bryson; Sharon Salzberg; Rebecca Raisin; Rick Rigsby; Lois Lowry; Mary MacLeod; Rainbow Rowell; Michaela MacColl; Jonas Jonasson; Craig Carlson; Ransom Riggs; Chris Colfer
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36Ghost storySing, Unburied, SingJesmyn Ward2/16/2019
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37Two-word title The RoadCormac McCarthyalso on bucket list
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38Based on a true storySchindler's ListThomas Keneallyalso on bucket list; library
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39Revolving around a puzzle or gameAn Unwelcome QuestScott Meyeron kindle
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40Favorite prompt from a past challengeWatchmenAlan Moorefrom '15: started but never finished (Watchmen, On the Road, lingering titles on Goodreads)
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