The POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

Last year was my first time taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge. It turns your to-be-read list into a kind of scavenger hunt.

One of the best parts for me was doing the challenge with local friends, in both my writing group and my book club. The challenge pushed me outside of my literary comfort zone, finding me up late at night with books I might otherwise have never discovered.

I’m definitely in for 2018 and excited about the list, which I’ve posted on my “Books and Coffee with Becky Muth” group on Facebook. If you’re also in, then head over and join the group now so we can cheer for each other along the way.

Here’s a recap of the books for 2017 and my results. I ended up with about 35 of 50 in the challenge, but read far more than that overall. My goal this year is to complete the challenge.


  • A book recommended by a librarian
  • A book that’s been on your TBR list for way too long – Twisted by Andrew Kaufman
  • A book of letters
  • An audiobook – American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • A book by a person of color – The Right Way to Be Wrong by Tracy Ball
  • A book with one of the four seasons in the title – When I Fall in Love by Melissa Storm
  • A book that is a story within a story – Gods of Howl Mountain
  • A book with multiple authors – Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  • An espionage thriller – A War of Deception by P. A. Duncan
  • A book with a cat on the cover Bundle of Trouble by Diana Orgain
  • A book by an author who uses a pseudonym – Love’s Reunion by Natalie Middleton
  • A bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read – I’d Rather Wear Pajamas by Chelsea Flagg (Memoir)
  • A book by or about a person who has a disability – The Demon Duke by Margaret Locke
  • A book involving travel – Sleeping with Elvis by Beth Carter
  • A book with a subtitle – Lifelong Writing Habit, the Secret to Wring Every Day by Chris Fox
  • A book that’s published in 2017 – Bone White by Wendy Corsi Staub
  • A book involving a mythological creature – The Accidental Alchemist by Gigi Pandian
  • A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile – A Body in the Backyard by Elizabeth Spann Craig
  • A book about food The Crêpes of Wrath: A Pancake House Mystery by Sarah Fox
  • A book with career advice – Put the Cat In the Oven Before You Describe the Kitchen: A Concise, No-Bull Guide To Writing Fiction – Kindle edition by Jake Vander Ark
  • A book from a nonhuman perspective
  • A steampunk novel
  • A book with a red spine – Hard Time by Sara Paretsky
  • A book set in the wilderness – Let There Be Light by Melissa Storm
  • A book you loved as a child
  • A book by an author from a country you’ve never visited – The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
  • A book with a title that’s a character’s name – The Man Who Killed Edgar Allan Poe by J. R. Rada
  • A novel set during wartime – The War Nurse by R.V. Doon
  • A book with an unreliable narrator – The Better Spy by P.A. Duncan
  • A book with pictures
  • A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you – Snow Jewel by Natalina Reis
  • A book about an interesting woman – Premonition by Agnes Jayne
  • A book set in two different time periods – I Found You by Lisa Jewell
  • A book with a month or day of the week in the title – Another Saturday Night and I Ain’t Got No Body by Jennie Marts
  • A book set in a hotel – Flying by the Seat of my Knickers by Eliza Watson
  • A book written by someone you admire – Lifesong by Carol J Marshall
  • A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017 – A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
  • A book set around a holiday other than Christmas – Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie
  • The first book in a series you haven’t read before – Somebody Like You (Cupid’s Bow First Generation Book 1) by Melissa Storm
  • A book you bought on a trip


  • A book recommended by an author you love – How to Write 5k Words per Hour by Chris Fox
  • A bestseller from 2016 – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • A book with a family-member term in the title – Mother Knows Best by Karen MacInerney
  • A book that takes place over a character’s life span – Palm Trees in the Snow by Luz Gabas
  • A book about an immigrant or refugee – A Face in the Crowd by Phyllis A. Duncan
  • A book from a genre/subgenre that you’ve never heard of – Gothic Princess by Falcon Storm (Urban Fantasy)
  • A book with an eccentric character – Cruising for Murder: A Myrtle Clover Cozy Mystery by Elizabeth Spann Craig
  • A book that’s more than 800 pages
  • A book you got from a used book sale
  • A book that’s been mentioned in another book – Love’s Promise by Melissa Storm
  • A book about a difficult topic – Desert Jewel by Natalina Reis
  • A book based on mythology

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