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Ali (alide_08) | 213 comments 2017 Pop Sugar Challenge

So I've realized I really enjoy planning what to read for Reading Challenges. I think it has to do with my neurotic need to sort and tidy, so I'm adapting my To-Read List to the 2017 Pop Sugar Challenge. I am in no way planning on finishing this challenge and may only start it if my ATY 2017 challenge is completed early. It's January and I'm feeling pretty optimistic clearly.

1. A book recommended by a librarian
The Vegetarian, by Han Kang.4/14/18 ☆☆


2. A book that's been on your TBR list for way too long
The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton.

3. A book of letters
Why We Broke Up, by Daniel Handler.

4. An audiobook
When You Are Engulfed in Flames, by David Sedaris 8/18/17 ☆☆☆

5. A book by a person of color
The Association of Small Bombs, by Karan Mahajan.

6. A book with one of the four seasons in the title
Winter's Bone, by Daniel Woodrell.
There is really not a single title on my To Read List with a Season in it. But I really liked this movie.

7. A book that is a story within a story
The Man in the High Castle, by Phillip K. Dick.

8. A book with multiple authors
Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green and David Levithan.

9. An espionage thriller
Sweet Tooth, by Ian McEwan.

10. A book with a cat on the cover
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry, by Jon Ronson.

11. A book by an author who uses a pseudonym
The Long Walk, by Richard Bachman (Stephen King)

12. A bestseller from a genre you don't normally read
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, by Katarina Bivald.
(I hate to say Chick Lit because I find the term a little derogatory , but this is a light-hearted contemporary read. I usually read dark, terrible books about the past or future, so this "warm, witty book is out of character for me).

13. A book by or about a person who has a disability
The Impossible Knife of Memory, by Laurie Halse Anderson.

14. A book involving travel
On the Road, by Jack Kerouac

15. A book with a subtitle
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster, by Jon Krakauer.

16. A book that's published in 2017
Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders. 7/18/2017 ☆☆☆☆☆

17. A book involving a mythical creature
The Golem and the Jinni, by Helen Wecker.

18. A book you've read before that never fails to make you smile
Skipping. I don't feel like re-reading currently.

19. A book about food
The Wonder, by Emma Donoghue.
(It's more above a lack of food but I think it fits)

20. A book with career advice
Bossypants, by Tina Fey. 5/8/17 ☆☆☆☆
Not advice for my particular career but I think it counts.

21. A book from a nonhuman perspective
Dogsbody, by Dianna Wynne Jones.

22. A steampunk novel
Boneshaker, by Cherie Priest 6/28/17 ☆☆☆


23. A book with a red spine
The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead.1/29/18 ☆☆☆☆

24. A book set in the wilderness
The Ritual, by Adam Nevill.

25. A book you loved as a child
Don't feel like re-reading.

26. A book by an author from a country you've never visited
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith.

27. A book with a title that's a character's name
Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell.10/16/17☆☆☆☆☆

28. A novel set during wartime
Shanghai Girls, by Lisa See.

29. A book with an unreliable narrator
Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov.7/13/18 ☆☆☆

30. A book with pictures
The Complete Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi. 6/4/17☆☆☆☆

31. A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you
Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. 8/22/17 ☆☆☆☆☆

32. A book about an interesting woman
The Paying Guests, by Sarah Waters.

33. A book set in two different time periods
Fates and Furies, by Lauren Groff.

34. A book with a month or a day of the week in the title
The View from Saturday, by E.L. Konigsburg.

35. A book set in a hotel
Hotel Iris, by Yoko Ogawa.

36. A book written by someone you admire
Difficult Women, by Roxane Gay.

37. A book that's becoming a movie in 2017
The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls. 8/16/17 ☆☆☆☆

38. A book set around a holiday other than Christmas
V for Vendetta, by Alan Moore.
(Guy Fawkes Day. It's a stretch but this is a terrible topic.)

39. The first book in a series you haven't read before
The Thief, by Megan Whalen Turner.

40. A book you bought on a trip
Meh, the only one I have is Pygmy, and I got half-way through and it was awful so I'm skipping it.

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41. A book recommended by an author you love
The Sisters Brothers, by Patrick DeWitt.
(Lemony Snicket recommended it to Neil Gaiman, both are my favorites, in a New York Times article).

42. A bestseller from 2016
Lily and the Octopus, by Steven Rowley.

43. A book with a family-member term in the title
My Brother's Shadow, by Tom Avery.

44. A book that takes place over a character's life span
Moloka'i, by Alan Brennert.

45. A book about an immigrant or a refugee
Middlesex, by Jeff Eugenides

46. A book about a genre/subgenre that you've never heard of
Ghost Story, by Peter Straub.
(Quiet Horror- subtly written horror that uses atmosphere and mood, rather than graphic description, to create fear and suspense.)

47. A book with an eccentric character
The Woman Upstairs, by Claire Messud.

48. A book that's more than 800 pages
It, by Stephen King.☆☆☆☆

49. A book you got from a used book sale
Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures, by Vincent Lam.

50. A book that's been mentioned in another book
The Stranger, by Albert Camus.

51. A book about a difficult topic
Tampa, by Alissa Nutting.3/28/18 ☆☆☆☆

52. A book based on mythology
Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman.
Bitter Greens

13/49
Bossypants by Tina Fey It by Stephen King The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1) by Cherie Priest Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates The Vegetarian by Han Kang The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell Tampa by Alissa Nutting Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov


message 2: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments I am so with you in the joys of planning. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is a great idea for that prompt. I don't prefer chick lot either, but this is a book my book club is reading this year, so I may use it for the same prompt!


message 3: by Ali (new)

Ali (alide_08) | 213 comments I'm excited for Broken Wheel Club! I do really enjoy a good book about books.

Planning like this is just a fun way to organize my To-Read List. I'll be shocked if I read even one of these books but I like knowing which one's I'm prioritizing. The fun is in the search I guess!


message 4: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3489 comments The Psychopath Test is a really fascinating read. I loved it!


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