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Popsugar Reading Challenge

['At the Library with Denise Corey']
['At the Library with Denise Corey']

At the Library with Denise Corey

This year I’ve decided to take part in the Popsugar Reading Challenge: ( 

It has 40 reading prompts, 50 if you want to do the advanced challenge.

What’s a reading challenge and why would you want to take part, you ask? 

A reading challenge is a list of prompts to read books in different genres, books with a specific word in the title, or published in a certain year. It’s a way of opening up your reading horizons a little bit so you read some different things. I know that I tend to pick up the same kinds of books over and over again and so it’s helpful to have something that will take me outside of my limits. 

Popsugar isn’t the only reading challenge out there. There are all kinds! There’s the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge that I took part in a few years ago, there are challenges to read a book a week, or to read in a certain subject area. In fact, there is a challenge for every kind of reader. 

In trying to take part in this reading challenge I’m attempting to outline some of the books I’ll read for the year – to make sure I’ll cover all the challenge prompts. 

I’ve already completed “a book published in 2018”, The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu. Right now I’m working “a book made into a movie you've already seen” - I’m reading The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks.

Next up is True Crime.  This is a genre that’s very difficult for me so I think I’ll try for something not too violent.  Some of the other prompts in the challenge are found below along with some books I plan to read to fulfill them:

*The next book in a series you have started - The Fall by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan (2nd book in The Strain Trilogy)

*A novel based on a real person - Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini (based on Ada Lovelace)

*A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist - Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher

*A book about feminism - Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay

*A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift - The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

*A book about time travel – Hourglass by Myra McEntire

*A book set at sea - The Seas by Samantha Hunt

*A book with an animal in the title - Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen

*A book set on a different planet - Artemis by Andy Weir

*A book set in the decade you were born - Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

*A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to - If I Fall, If I Die by Michael Christie

*A book that involves a bookstore or library - The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Does this mean that those are the actual books that I will read this year?  Only time will tell. I’m a flighty reader who is easily distracted by a pretty book cover.

If you’re looking for books to satisfy your reading challenges this year check out the library’s catalogue at


Denise Corey is the chief librarian for the Cumberland Public Libraries.

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