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Telling Tales | POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2021

So, last year I managed a total of 23 out of 40 for the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2020, which was only slightly higher than the previous year. However, this year I’m going to aspire to go a little higher, taking part in the Advanced section in the challenge too. Fingers crossed I smash it! Anyways, here’s the prompts and some ideas for each of the 40 main prompts!

A book that’s published in 2021

  • Lore by Alexandra Braken
  • Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco

An Afrofuturist book

  • Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman

A book that has a heart, diamond, club, or spade on the cover

  • Heartstopper, Volume One by Alice Oseman
  • Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

A book by an author who shares your zodiac sign (Cancer)

  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

A dark academia book

  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

A book with a gem, mineral, or rock in the title

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

A book where the main character works at your current or dream job (Writer)

  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

A book that has won the Women’s Prize For Fiction

  • The Power by Naomi Alderman

A book with a family tree

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  • A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

A bestseller from the 1990s

  • Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
  • Wicked by Gregory Maguire

A book about forgetting

  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
  • The Binding by Bridget Collins

A book you have seen on someone’s bookshelf (in real life, on a Zoom call, in a TV show, etc.)

  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  • Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

A locked-room mystery

  • All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

A book set in a restaurant

  • Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

A book with a black-and-white cover

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home For Perculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

A book by an Indigenous author

  • The Thing’s She’s Seen by Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina

A book that has the same title as a song

  • Vicious by V.E. Schwab
  • Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

A book about a subject you are passionate about (Wicca)

  • Wicca by Harmony Nice
  • Witch, Please by Victoria Maxwell

A book that discusses body positivity

  • Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  • Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade

A book found on a Black Lives Matter reading list

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

A genre hybrid

  • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

A book set mostly or entirely outdoors

  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

A book with something broken on the cover

  • The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
  • The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

A book by a Muslim British author

  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

A book that was published anonymously

  • The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

A book with an oxymoron in the title

  • The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
  • Sweet & Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley

A book about do-overs or fresh starts

  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell

A magical realism book

  • The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

A book set in multiple countries

  • Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

A book set somewhere you’d like to visit in 2021 (Edinburgh)

  • The Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel

A book by a blogger, vlogger, YouTube video creator, or other online personality

  • You Will Get Through This Night by Daniel Howell
  • The Paper & Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie

A book whose title starts with “Q,” “X,” or “Z”

  • Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

A book featuring three generations (grandparent, parent, child)

  • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
  • American Panda by Gloria Chao

A book about a social justice issue

  • Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given
  • Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

A book in a different format than what you normally read (audiobooks, ebooks, graphic novels) (Audiobooks)

  • Ghosting You by Alexander C. Eberhart
  • Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

A book that has fewer than 1,000 reviews on Amazon or Goodreads

  • Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman

A book you think your best friend would like

  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

A book about art or an artist

  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

A book everyone seems to have read but you

  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Wicked King by Holly Black
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Your favourite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge (A Book From Your Childhood)

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
  • Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan

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