Reading Challenge

Sweet Reads 2018

I can’t believe 2018 is upon us; it feels like yesterday that I was just graduating high school – in 2001! I know I’m revealing my age here, but who gives a damn! Anyway, age aside, I’ve never ever completed POPSUGAR’S reading challenge and this year, I’m making it a resolution to at least come as close as possible to doing so!

Perhaps my favorite thing about this challenge is all the fun categories, plus picking awesome books to fit into said prompts! As I’ve mentioned previously, I’ve always had a hard time following through with especially year-long challenges, but since I’ve done so much better with my reading this year, I’m going to do my best to stick it out and make it through to the 2019 challenge – I can’t believe I just typed freaking 2019…

My Reading List

A book made into a movie I’ve already seen – The Shining by Stephen King

True crime – Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi

The next book in a series I started – Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

A book involving a heist – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Nordic noir – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

A novel based on a real person – The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

A book set in a country that fascinates you – The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

A book with a time of day in the title – 11:11: The Time Prompt Phenomenon by Marie D. Jones

A book about a villain or antihero – American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

A book about death or grief – Sleeping, Dreaming, and Dying by Dalai Lama XIV

A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym – Middlemarch by George Eliot

A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Saez

A book that is also a stage play or musical – Misery by Stephen King

A book by an author of a different ethnicity than me – From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon

A book about feminism – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

A book about mental health – An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison

A book I borrowed or was given to me as a gift – Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

A book by two authors – Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

A book about or involving a sport – My Fight/Your Fight by Ronda Rousey

A book by a local author – The Long Home by William Gay

A book with my favorite color in the title – A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

A book with alliteration in the title – Red Rising by Pierce Brown

A book about time travel – Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

A book with a weather element in the title – Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

A book set at sea – And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

A book with an animal in the title – The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

A book set on a different planet – The Martian by Andy Weir

A book about or set on Halloween – Halloween Party by R.L. Stine

A book with characters who are twins – The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand

A book mentioned in another book – The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A book from a celebrity book club – She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb

A childhood classic I’ve never read – A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

A book published in 2018 – Paper Girls, Vol. 4  by Brian K. Vaughan

A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner – Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

A book set in the decade I was born – Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

A book I meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to – My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

A book with an ugly cover – The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

A book that involves a bookstore or library – Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

My favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges – Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu


A bestseller from the year I graduated high school – Dreamcatcher by Stephen King

A cyberpunk book – Warcross by Marie Lu

A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place –

A book tied to my ancestry –

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 me –

A microhistory –

A book about a problem facing society today –

A book recommended by someone else taking the Challenge –

Love, Maggie


  1. Linda

    Good luck Maggie!

    08 . 01 . 2018
    • Maggie

      Thanks, girlie! <3

      08 . 01 . 2018
  2. Ashleigh Williams

    OOO this sounds like a great challenge. I can’t wait to see how you get along with it this year. Will you be posting any reviews of the books you’re planning on reading? There are quite a few on this list I’ve yet to read and would love to hear your opinions on them 🙂

    07 . 01 . 2018
    • Maggie

      Hey, Ashleigh! I’m definitely going to be posting reviews – hopefully for ALL of them! 😀

      08 . 01 . 2018
  3. Nicole @ Boundless Bookaholic

    Good luck! I absolutely loved Aristotle and dante. If you like audiobooks, I recommend that one highly.

    04 . 01 . 2018
    • Maggie

      Thanks, Nicole! That’s so funny – I actually have Aristotle and Dante on audio already! I’m excited!

      07 . 01 . 2018
  4. kris

    good luck with this challenge! YOu will do great it sounds super fun.

    04 . 01 . 2018
    • Maggie

      Thanks so much! I’m really excited and hopefully, I’ll complete it this time! LOL!

      07 . 01 . 2018
  5. Jenn

    You have so many great books on this list! GOOD LUCK COMPLETING THIS CHALLENGE!

    03 . 01 . 2018
    • Maggie

      Aw! Thanks, Jenn! 😀

      07 . 01 . 2018
  6. Sarah Campbell

    This is a fun challenge!! Good luck Mags! 🙂

    03 . 01 . 2018
    • Maggie

      Thanks so much, Sarah! I’m excited!

      07 . 01 . 2018
  7. Dorka

    This is a great list! I hope you’ll love Six of Crows! It quickly became one of my all-time favourites! 😀

    03 . 01 . 2018
    • Maggie

      Thanks, Dorka! I can’t believe I STILL haven’t read Six of Crows! I’m really looking forward to it!

      07 . 01 . 2018
  8. Danielle

    Good luck with this challenge! You have some amazing books on this list and plenty of books on here that i still Want to read!

    03 . 01 . 2018
    • Maggie

      Thanks, Dani! I just went over my list again and I’m pretty damn excited to read what I’ve picked! LOL!

      07 . 01 . 2018
  9. Diana @ The Bookish Sisters

    OH MY GOSH. Ari and Dante is my all-time freaking favoRite book!! Hope you like that one!!

    03 . 01 . 2018
    • Maggie

      Yay! I’m really excited to listen to it! I’ve got it on audio! 😀

      07 . 01 . 2018
  10. witchiechapters

    I’m also doing Popsugar this year! I’m only doing 22 challenges (attempting to anyway) because I fit them onto one page of my reading journal. I’m excited to see you doing this as well 😊. I have yet to read A Wrinkle and Time. I need to read it before the movie!

    03 . 01 . 2018
    • Maggie

      Yay, Lia! We can so cheer each other on all year! LOL! 22 challenges is incredible! I hope you can finish them all! I just got a reading journal and need to start actually using it!

      07 . 01 . 2018
      • witchiechapters

        I think I’m going to make a post about it but I’m not sure yet. Also YAY lol. We got this!!!!

        08 . 01 . 2018
        • Maggie

          We totally got this! What books are you reading for the advanced categories? You should totally make a post about your challenges! 😀

          08 . 01 . 2018

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