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message 1: by Katie (last edited Oct 01, 2018 07:37AM) (new)

Katie | 2369 comments For 2018, I've decided to read all nonfiction books unless the topic specifically requires a fiction book.
I welcome any and all nonfiction recommendations!
I planned out all the books for my challenge, which I've never done before. Wish me luck.


Total Read: 37/52

1. A book with the letters A, T & Y in the title
Farm City The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter

2. A book from the first 10 books added to your To Be Read list
In the Garden of Beasts Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson
3. A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards
Inferior How Science Got Women Wrong—and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story by Angela Saini
4. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #1 Earth
The Great Quake How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet by Henry Fountain

5. A book about or inspired by real events
The Island at the Center of the World The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America by Russell Shorto
6. A book originally written in a language other than English
Secondhand Time The Last of the Soviets by Svetlana Alexievich
7. A gothic novel
*fiction*
Dracula by Bram Stoker
8. An "own voices" book
We Were Eight Years in Power An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates
9. A book with a body part in the title
The Arm Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports by Jeff Passan
10. An author's debut book
The Ends of the World Supervolcanoes, Lethal Oceans, and the Search for Past Apocalypses by Peter Brannen

11. A literary fiction
*fiction*
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
12. A book set in Africa or South America
How Dare the Sun Rise Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana
13. A book with a plot centered around a secret
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott
14. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #2 Fire
American Fire Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse

15. A book with an unique format/writing structure
Dear Fahrenheit 451 Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks A Librarian's Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life by Annie Spence
16. A narrative nonfiction
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

17. A book you expect to make you laugh
Gumption Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers by Nick Offerman
18. A book with a location in the title
Missoula Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer
19. A book nominated for the Edgar Award or by a Grand master author
While the City Slept A Love Lost to Violence and a Young Man's Descent into Madness by Eli Sanders
20. A book rated 5 stars by at least one of your friends
Garbology Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash by Edward Humes
21. A book written in first person perspective
The Girl Who Smiled Beads A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya
22. A book you have high expectations or hope for
Astoria John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival by Peter Stark
23. A medical or legal thriller
The Demon in the Freezer by Richard Preston

24. A book with a map
The Map That Changed the World by Simon Winchester
25. A book with an antagonist/villain point of view
A Burglar's Guide to the City by Geoff Manaugh

26. A book with a text only cover
Fantasyland How America Went Haywire A 500-Year History by Kurt Andersen
27. A book about surviving a hardship
The Worst Hard Time The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan
28. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #3 Water
Elixir A History of Water and Humankind by Brian M. Fagan
29. A book with a "Clue" weapon on the cover or title
American Gun A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms by Chris Kyle
30. A short book
Fictitious Dishes An Album of Literature's Most Memorable Meals by Dinah Fried
31. A book set in a country you'd like to visit but have never been to
Parisians An Adventure History of Paris by Graham Robb

32. An alternate history book
*fiction*
The Guns of the South by Harry Turtledove
33. A book connected to a word "born" in the same year as you
zygote intrafallopian transfer
The Art of Waiting On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood by Belle Boggs
34. A suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls, that didn't win but was polarizing or a close-call
A book about feminism or with feminist themes
Doing Harm The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick by Maya Dusenbery
35. A book featuring a murder
The Art of the English Murder From Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock by Lucy Worsley
36. A book published in the last 3 years (2016, 2017, 2018) by an author you haven't read before
Squeezed Why Our Families Can't Afford America by Alissa Quart
37. A Women's Prize for Fiction winner or nominee
*fiction*
Life After Life (Todd Family, #1) by Kate Atkinson
38. A science book or a science fiction book
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
39. A book with a form of punctuation in the title
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal

40. A book from Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
41. A book by an author with the same first and last initials
The Big Sort Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart by Bill Bishop
42. A book that takes place on, in, or underwater
Dead Wake The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence
You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know by Heather Sellers

44. A ghost story
The Bell Witch An American Haunting by Brent Monahan
45. A book that intimidates/ scares you
*fiction*
Ulysses by James Joyce
46. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #4 Air
Caesar's Last Breath Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us by Sam Kean

47. A book where the main character (or author) is of a different ethnic origin, religion, or sexual identity than your own
A Long Way Gone Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
48. A book related to one of the 7 deadly sins (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, sloth)
Wrath
The Feud The Hatfields and McCoys, The True Story by Dean King
49. A book from one of the Goodreads Best Books of the Month lists
The Fact of a Body A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
50. A book with a warm atmosphere (centered on family, friendship, love or summer)
Dancing in the Streets A History of Collective Joy by Barbara Ehrenreich

51. An award-winning short story or short story collection
*fiction*
The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor
52. A book published in 2018
Superfans Into the Heart of Obsessive Sports Fandom by George Dohrmann



message 2: by Katie (last edited Apr 03, 2018 10:28AM) (new)

Katie | 2369 comments OTHER PLANS


message 3: by Katie (last edited Aug 06, 2018 08:55AM) (new)

Katie | 2369 comments OTHER PLANS

2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge


A book made into a movie you've already seen
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
True crime
A False Report A True Story of Rape in America by T. Christian Miller
The next book in a series you've started
A book involving a heist
Nordic noir
A novel based on a real person
Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict
A book set in a country that fascinates you
Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
A book with a time of day in the title
The Twilight Wife by A.J. Banner
A book about a villian or antihero
House of Names by Colm Tóibín
A book about death or grief
Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda
A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym
Adam Bede by George Eliot
A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist
Meet Cute Some People Are Destined to Meet by Jennifer L. Armentrout
A book that is also a stage play or musical
Native Son by Richard Wright
A book by an author of a different ethnicity to you
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
A book about feminism
Half the Sky Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof
A book about mental health
A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift
Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1) by Tammara Webber
A book by two authors
Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics A 10% Happier How-to Book by Dan Harris
A book about or involving sport
A book by a local author
Cubed A Secret History of the Workplace by Nikil Saval
A book with your favourite colour in the title
A book with alliteration in the title
Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West
A book about time travel
A book with a weather element in the title
A book set at sea
A book with an animal in the title
The Fox Hunt A Refugee’s Memoir of Coming to America by Mohammed Al Samawi
A book set on a different planet
A book with song lyrics in the title
Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West
A book about or set on Halloween
A book with characters who are twins
A book mentioned in another book
A book from a celebrity bookclub
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
A childhood classic you've never read
A book that's published in 2018
The Food Explorer The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats by Daniel Stone
A past goodreads Choice Awards winner
A book set in the decade you were born
A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
A book with an ugly cover
Breakable (Contours of the Heart, #2) by Tammara Webber
A book that involves a bookstore or library
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
Your favourite prompt from the 2015, 2016 or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges

Advanced

A bestseller from the year you graduated highschool
A cyberpunk book
A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place
A book tied to your ancestry
You Need a Budget The Proven System for Breaking the Paycheck to Paycheck Cycle, Getting Out of Debt, and Living the Life You Want by Jesse Mecham
A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title
An allegory
A book by an author with the same first or last name as you
How to Love by Katie Cotugno
A microhistory
A book about a problem facing society today
The Dark Net Inside the Digital Underworld by Jamie Bartlett
A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge


message 4: by Katie (last edited Aug 06, 2018 09:04AM) (new)

Katie | 2369 comments Katie's Personal 2018 ATY Reject Challenge

My personal 2018 reject challenge includes the topics I voted for during the polls that didn't make it to the final list.

1. A book that one of the ATY mods rated 5 stars
2. A book that mentions its title in the contents
Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington
3. A literary western or western
4. A fiction book by an author famous for something other than writing
Heather, the Totality by Matthew Weiner
5. A nonfiction book about women
Text Me When You Get Home The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship by Kayleen Schaefer
6. A book you'd never heard of
Forever My Girl (Beaumont #1) by Heidi McLaughlin
7. A book from Goodreads Top 100 Children's Books
8. A book that none of your Goodreads friends have read/rated
The Food Therapist Break Bad Habits, Eat with Intention, and Indulge Without Worry by Shira Lenchewski
9. Your book result from the Ultimate Flowchart For Finding Your Next Book
10. A book set in or written by someone from a country or territory with a population of less than one million
11. A book representing each of the four points on a compass: North
12. A book representing each of the four points on a compass: South
13. A book representing each of the four points on a compass: East
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
14. A book representing each of the four points on a compass: West
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
15. An alternate history book (See ATY Challenge) with a related fiction and nonfiction book
16. An alternate history book (See ATY Challenge) with a related fiction and nonfiction book
17. A book describing the experience of immigrants
The Parking Lot Attendant by Nafkote Tamirat
18. A book with a plot centered on technology and/or social media
Technically Wrong Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech by Sara Wachter-Boettcher
19. A book made into a movie that was nominated for an Academy Award.
20. A book written by a TED speaker.
The Checklist Manifesto How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande
21. A book about something celestial or containing something celestial in the title or author's name.
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
22. A book set during winter or in a snowy environment
23. A book from any genre where cooking or food is a major theme
Hippie Food How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat by Jonathan Kauffman
24. An epic book or a book with an epic element
25. An oral history
26. A book about art or artists
27. A book you chose by playing MASH
28. A book related to social justice
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
29. A book recommended by a famous person
Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
30. A book that you're reading as part of a reading group, buddy read, or book of the month
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
31. A book about or involving the arts
The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney
32. A book with less than 2018 ratings
The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby
33. A book with a theme of human vs. nature or human vs. the environment
Rocket Men The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon by Robert Kurson


message 5: by Cheri (new)

Cheri (jovali2) | 542 comments Katie wrote: "For 2018, I've decided to read all nonfiction books unless the topic specifically requires a fiction book.
And for now, I want lots & lots of options...."


I think that's very cool! I used to read primarily non-fiction and started joining challenges to push myself to read more fiction, but I still use non-fiction for many of the challenges because I keep finding ones I want to read. I'll be keeping an eye on your lists to get ideas for myself!


message 6: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Audiogirl.booking.it (audiogirlbookingit) | 488 comments I like your nonfiction plan!!! Hope it works out great!


message 7: by Peter (new)

Peter | 0 comments I highly recommend A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. It's not an easy read, but it'e message is so, so important. This book should be on highschool reading lists.


message 8: by Tia (new)

Tia | 128 comments If you want more options for Prompt 41, would recommend something by Bill Bryson


message 9: by Bryony, Circumnavigation Mod (new)

Bryony (bryony46) | 1058 comments Mod
Reading only non-fiction is such an exciting idea, I'll be really interested in seeing your choices for some of the prompts.

If you're looking for a non-fiction choice for the short book prompt then I really recommend The People of the Abyss by Jack London.


message 10: by Rachel (new)

Rachel A. (abyssallibrarian) | 2672 comments Impressive. I would never be able to read only non-fiction for a whole year. I find a lot of it so dry!


message 11: by Michelle (new)

Michelle (mich2689) | 476 comments Wow that’s really impressive, Katie! You’re going to learn so much next year!


message 12: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments Tia wrote: "If you want more options for Prompt 41, would recommend something by Bill Bryson"

I'm currently reading Thunderbolt Kid and peeing my pants laughing!


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Manda (bookwenchmanda) | 1094 comments Katie, I am so impressed with this. You are my reading hero!


message 14: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments Cheri, I have already added so many books to my TBR based on what I see you reading or adding to your list. It's so nice to have someone to look to for great nonfiction recommendations.


message 15: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments Peter, I'm so glad to hear it's worth reading. It was not even on my radar at all until I looked at that Amazon list and read the synopsis. It definitely sounds like the kind of book I'm trying to read more of. And since I'm doing the Around the World challenge, it will teach me about a part of the world I don't know about, which I love. It looks like there are a number of topics l could fit it into too.


message 16: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments Tia, Bill Bryson is a great idea for that topic. Thanks. I read my first book by him this year, At Home, but there are quite a few others of his I'd like to read.


message 17: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments Thanks for the recommendation, Bryony. I read Jack London for the first time this year and loved The Call of the Wild way more than I thought I would. I haven't heard of the book you mentioned, so I'll definitely habe to look that up.


message 18: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments Rachel, I really love nonfiction and have been on quite a nonfiction kick lately, which is when I decided to focus on a nonfiction challenge. I'm a little worried I may get sick of reading all nonfiction for the challenge, especially since I'm such a mood reader, but l figure since I'm doing PopSugar and other side reads where I'll do fiction, it should all balance out. At least that's what I'm hoping!


message 19: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments Wow, thanks Michelle and Manda. I'm hoping it should be really fun to take a new approach to the challenge!


message 20: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3491 comments I'm hoping to read a fair amount of the 2018 challenge in non-fiction too. Although I have quite a lot of them on my bookshelf at home already, I'll definitely be checking out your list for inspiration when I get stuck!


message 21: by Angie (new)

Angie | 807 comments In Cold Blood is so good. I highly recommend it.


message 22: by Anna (new)

Anna | 982 comments A really ambitious plan, Katie! I'm planning to read more non-fiction in 2018, but mostly dealing with Biology and Medicine.


message 23: by Charity (new)

Charity (faeryrebel78) | 552 comments Very ambitious plan. I couldn't read a whole year of non fiction that's for sure. I need fictional worlds to get lost in. Good luck on your challenge!


message 24: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments Thanks Charity. I will definitely be reading a lot of fiction for PopSugar and my reject challenge, so I'm hoping that it will be a good balance in the end. We shall see!


message 25: by Jillian (last edited Oct 15, 2017 07:50AM) (new)

Jillian | 1669 comments I'm looking forward to seeing all the non-fiction books you pick and getting some good ideas. I have a personal goal of 20 non-fiction books to read during the year and I'm trying to fit as many as I can into this challenge.

I looking for a book with the word water in it. I'm glad you found this one Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization/Steven Solomon
Water The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization by Steven Solomon . I have added to my list.


message 26: by Cheri (new)

Cheri (jovali2) | 542 comments You might consider A Burglar's Guide to the City as a non-fiction choice for 25. A book with an antagonist/villain's point of view. I started it but DNF, but it's right on topic. I just had too many other things I wanted to get to.


message 27: by Joan (new)

Joan Barnett | 1544 comments I loved Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster. I read over 15 years ago I think. It started me down a rabbit hole of reading about Everest. I thought it was fascinating and so many twists and arguments with the other climbers.


message 28: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments Thank you, Cheri! I've been wondering what I will be able to fit into that category, and the book you suggested sounds perfect and very interesting. I'm definitely going to add that to my list.


message 29: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments Joan, I've heard so many great things about Into Thin Air. It looks like it will fit into quite a few categories, so I'm for sure going to try to fit it somewhere into the challenge next year.


message 30: by Evelyn (new)

Evelyn | 253 comments I love your nonfiction plan and for the A book with a location in the title, I was considering Voices from Chernobyl The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich .


message 31: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3491 comments I've got Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster pencilled in for a few categories too. I enjoyed his writing in Into the Wild, but really didn't care for his hero worship of McCandless, so I've been put off from trying him again. Maybe next year, especially if a few people are reading it!


message 32: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Audiogirl.booking.it (audiogirlbookingit) | 488 comments I have "Into thin air" on my list too!!! ;) hear great things!!


message 33: by Jackie, Solstitial Mod (new)

Jackie | 1304 comments Mod
I *love* Into Thin Air! It's very different from Into the Wild so don't let that keep you away. Krakauer's work is what got me into what I call "adventure nonfiction".


message 35: by Pam (new)

Pam (bluegrasspam) | 2547 comments Great idea Katie! I will be checking your list for books!! Here's a suggestion for #29 "Clue weapon" category- George Washington's Secret Spy War: The Making of America's First Spymaster. I just received it from a GR win and haven't read it yet. It looks good!


message 36: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments Eve, Voices of Chernobyl is a book I discovered during the voting process. It came up as an option for the Oral History suggestion. I'm doing my own version of the Rejects Challenge to include the topics I voted for during the polls that didn't make it to the final list. So I have that books planned for that challenge. But then I just searched in the 10 libraries I have & none of them have that book! I'm pretty bummed.


message 37: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments I got all excited about Into Thin Air with all the good reviews & I just checked my libraries & none of them have it on audiobook. And I am almost exclusively audiobook because I'm a terribly slow reader. I'll have to be really motivated to read it in actual book form. That's a letdown.


message 38: by Jackie, Solstitial Mod (new)

Jackie | 1304 comments Mod
Katie wrote: "I got all excited about Into Thin Air with all the good reviews & I just checked my libraries & none of them have it on audiobook. And I am almost exclusively audiobook because I'm a terribly slow ..."

You could do a free trial of Audible...pretty much every podcast I've ever listened to and many many youtubers are sponsored by audible so they have a code for a free month. I've never tried audible b/c I'm not super into audiobooks, but they apparently have a pretty much everything.


message 39: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Audiogirl.booking.it (audiogirlbookingit) | 488 comments Does your library have a recommend section I often have success recommending books for my library to purchase in audio form! ;)


message 40: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments Manan, thank you for all the suggestions. I haven't heard of a number of these, so I'll definitely have to look into them. Mein Kampf is a great idea for topic 25; I can't believe I didn't think of that. I'm looking forward to more suggestions from you.


message 41: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments Pam, thank you! That's a great suggestion for the Clue topic. I was having such trouble coming up with an idea for it and then suddenly American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms came to my mind. I'll definitely add your suggestion to my list of options.


message 42: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments Jackie, I'll have to look into that. I've already done an audible free trial once, but maybe I can do it again with a different email address.

Kelly, I will definitely have to try the library recommendation option. I'm off to look into that now.


message 44: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments So I decided to change how I'm planning; and by that I mean, I actually planned out a single book for each topic. I originally went into this with a list of a bunch of options for each, but I decided to narrow it down to a single book for each topic that I can access through my libraries. I included a list of options in message 2 & 3 in case I can't get the book I want or I change my mind.

I have everything laid out & I'm super excited, but I have one nemesis topic: 33. A book connected to a word "born" in the same year as you. There are a bunch of words for 1986, but I haven't found the right word & corresponding book. I'm open to suggestions for anyone who wants a scavenger hunt.


message 45: by Tammy (last edited Oct 18, 2017 12:15PM) (new)

Tammy | 704 comments My first thought would be Private Parts by Howard Stern who happens to be a shock jock!

And the Band Played On would also be appropriate for HIV.

Or you could do Sound Bites: Eating on Tour with Franz Ferdinand by Alex Kapranos.


message 46: by Jackie, Solstitial Mod (new)

Jackie | 1304 comments Mod
For 'translational research' I suggest I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life; it's written for a general audience.


message 47: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments Wow Tammy, you came up with ideas so quick! Howard Stern was my first thought for shock jock, but I don't think I could handle him. The other 2 are really interesting choices. I especially love reading about food, so the sound bite one sounds interesting. Thanks for the suggestions!


message 48: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments Jackie, that is so interesting! I didn't even look at the definition of transitional research, but that looks like a great word that would have a lot of interesting possibilities. I read I Contain Multitudes for the Goodreads Choice topic this year & found it so fascinating. I'd love to find another book that could fit this word. I think that would be right up my alley.


message 49: by Jackie, Solstitial Mod (new)

Jackie | 1304 comments Mod
Katie wrote: "Jackie, that is so interesting! I didn't even look at the definition of transitional research, but that looks like a great word that would have a lot of interesting possibilities. I read I Contain ..."

I had to look up what it meant and as soon as I saw the definition I immediately though of I Contain Multitudes. Have you read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks? That would probably also fit for that category.


message 50: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments Well Jackie, you have my taste in books dialed right in. I read Henrietta Lacks last year and loved it! Any other suggestions? Third time's the charm?


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