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I drifted away from participating in the Goodreads community discussions back in April. Last week I went back to my list to see what I could fill in from the books I've read this year. I did keep up pretty well on noting all the books I read in Goodreads. I read a few last-minute books to fill gaps. I resisted the temptation to stick Sea of Rust in for the prompt "A Western" or The Marrow Thieves for the prompt "A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title". I think I've got 46 fills out of 67 prompts. √ means I read the book; a book title without a √ means that I picked something out for the prompts but didn't read it. I'm going to put those on Mount TBR for next year.

2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge

1. A book made into a movie you've already seen – A Monster Calls
√ 2. True Crime - Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
3. The next book in a series you started - The Obelisk Gate
4. A book involving a heist
5. Nordic noir
√ 6. A novel based on a real person – Be Prepared
√ 7. A book set in a country that fascinates you – Chronicle of a Death Foretold
√ 8. A book with a time of day in the title – I Shall Wear Midnight
[DNF] 9. A book about a villain or antihero – The Traitor Baru Cormorant
√ 10. A book about death or grief - Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?
√ 11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym – Houston Houston Do You Read
√ 12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist – Tell Me What You Like
√ 13. A book that is also a stage play or musical – The Real Inspector Hound
√ 14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you – Sing, Unburied, Sing
√ 15. A book about feminism - We Should All Be Feminists
√ 16. A book about mental health - Eliza and Her Monsters
17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift - A Glorious Freedom: Older Women Leading Extraordinary Lives
√ 18. A book by two authors - Gena/Finn
√ 19. A book about or involving a sport - You and a Bike and a Road
√ 20. A book by a local author – I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land
√ 21. A book with your favorite color in the title – Devil in a Blue Dress
√ 22. A book with alliteration in the title – The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion
√ 23. A book about time travel – Paper Girls
√ 24. A book with a weather element in the title – The Other Wind
√ 25. A book set at sea – Ocean Meets Sky
√ 26. A book with an animal in the title - H is for Hawk
√ 27. A book set on a different planet - The Best of All Possible Worlds
28. A book with song lyrics in the title – number9dream
29. A book about or set on Halloween - A Night in the Lonesome October
√ 30. A book with characters who are twins – Castle Hangnail
31. A book mentioned in another book
√ 32. A book from a celebrity book club - The Gate to Women's Country
√ 33. A childhood classic you've never read - The Girl with the Silver Eyes
√ 34. A book that's published in 2018 - The Hazel Wood
35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner - Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
√ 36. A book set in the decade you were born - Harriet the Spy
37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to
√ 38. A book with an ugly cover - The XY
√ 39. A book that involves a bookstore or library - The Little Paris Bookshop
40. Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges

2018 Popsugar Advanced Reading Challenge

1. A bestseller from the year you graduated high school - Lanark
√ 2. A cyberpunk book - Artificial Condition
3. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place
√ 4. A book tied to your ancestry - The Sparrow
5. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title
6. An allegory
√ 7. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you - Rapture
8. A microhistory – Word by Word
√ 9. A book about a problem facing society today - When They Call You A Terrorist
10. A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

Book Riot's Read Harder

√ 1. A book published posthumously – The Master and Margarita
2. A book of true crime –
√ 3. A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance) - Tehanu
√ 4. A comic written and drawn by the same person - The Tea Dragon Society
√ 5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa) - The Hope Factory
√ 6. A book about nature – Rambunctious Garden
7. A western
√ 8. A comic written or illustrated by a person of color – The Prince and the Dressmaker
√ 9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature - The God of Small Things
√ 10. A romance novel by or about a person of color – The Kiss Quotient
√ 11. A children’s classic published before 1980 – Pippi Longstocking
√ 12. A celebrity memoir - I Feel Bad about My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
√ 13. An Oprah Book Club selection – The Handmaid's Tale
√ 14. A book of social science – Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict
√ 15. A one-sitting book - Petra
16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series
√ 17. A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author - Trail of Lightning


I think I read 85 works of fiction, 22 nonfiction. 32 male authors, 69 female authors. 23 people of color, 78 white people.

I'd like to read more nonfiction next year. I tend to start nonfiction, get interrupted by a book group or library due date, and then leave it hanging on my "currently reading" stack forever.


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