Happy new year, Readers! I thought I’d do a sort of summing up post of my reading in 2019 and came across this.

I did I even know the Popsugar Reading Challenge existed before this so the reading challenge paid no influence in the books I read last year.

I thought it would be interesting to see the books I read that fit into the categories on the list. I reckon you can double-up.

Without Meaning to I checked Off:

  • A book that makes you nostalgic – Nancy Drew: Secret of Shadow Ranch. Loved playing the Her Interactive games!
  • A book written by a musician – Land of Stories: Beyond The Kingdoms. Chris Colfer sings, okay.
  • A book you think should be turned into a movie – Broken Throne. After Red Queen, of course.
  • A book with at least a million ratings on Goodreads – Romeo & Juliet
  • A book with a plant in the title or on the cover – Nigel: My Family and Other Dogs. It wouldn’t be Monty Don without a plant on the cover.
  • A book about a hobby – Three-Act Tragedy. Agatha Christie’s Poirot has a hobby in solving cases and acting plays a major role in this book (pardon the pun).
  • A book you meant to read in 2018 – Bright Young Dead. Jessica Fellowes follow-up mystery to Mitford Murders.
  • A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover – Diamond girls by Jacqueline Wilson. There’s a hat on the front cover.
  • A book inspired by mythology, legend or folklore – Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. Vampires and werewolves make an appearance.
  • A book published posthumously – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Co-author Mary Ann Shaffer passed away during the writing of the novel so her niece Annie Barrows finished it off.
  • A book set on a college or university campus – Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer. The main characters go to high school.
  • A book with someone with a superpower – Broken Throne. Most of the characters have special abilities.
  • A book told from multiple character POVs – Broken Throne. This ticks a lot of boxes.
  • A book set in space – A Wrinkle In Time. Technically, though I am not quite sure this counts.
  • A book by two female authors – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.
  • A book that takes place in single day – A Wrinkle In Time. When they come back to earth their mother says they haven’t been gone long. Technically, though, this book took place outside of time.
  • A debut novel – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie society. For the two authors working together it was.
  • A book that’s published in 2019 – Broken Throne. 4th time used now!
  • A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Screenplay. This book fits this prompt to a T.
  • A book featuring an amateur detective – Nancy Drew: Secret of the Old Attic. Nancy is an amateur detective. That’s what she’s known for!
  • A book about a family – My Mum, Tracy Beaker
  • A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in the title – Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer
  • A book that includes a wedding – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Right at the end, I’m not going to spoil who’s the groom.
  • A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter – Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer.
  • A ghost story – Nancy Drew: Clue of the Tapping Heels. Not really, but I’m counting it.
  • A book with a two-word title – Pelican Point
  • A book revolving around a puzzle or game – Bright Young Dead. The household members are playing a treasure hunt throughout the house when someone dies.
  • Past Popsugar Prompt: A book set in a country that fascinates you – The Dragonfly Pool. Set in fictional Bergania, I would love to visit this country (sadly it doesn’t exist).


  • A “cli-fi” (climate fiction) book – Kill Code by Clive Fleury.
  • An “own voices” – Nigel, My family and Other Dogs by Monty Don. He’s in the book and he wrote it. That’s “own voices” if you ask me.
  • A book with no chapters – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Written in the form of letters.
  • A book that has inspired a common phrase or idiom – Romeo and Juliet. The phrase, “star-crossed lovers” came from this story, good old William Shakespeare.

So there you go. This post was fun and it’s cool to see how much one can actually read in a year. I don’t like looking at challenges to complete though as it takes away from the enjoyment of reading and taking your time with each book.

Have you read any of these? Do you agree with the categories and the books?

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