2021 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge: What I’m Reading for All 50 Prompts

This post, POPSUGAR 2021 Reading Challenge | What I’m Reading for All 50 Prompts contains affiliate links. You are not obligated to purchase through these links, but doing so helps support this blog at no additional cost to you. Sharing and following are great free ways to show your support and are equally appreciated!

Featured Image for the POPSUGAR 2021 Reading Challenge Blog Post.  Text  contains the title of the blog post above miniature book covers for Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe, The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien, Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse, The Secret History by Donna Tartt, and The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones.

2021 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge: A Foreword

Hello, sunshines! New blog, who dis? After 2020 and the thick layer of dust that settled on this blog, I decided I needed a fresh start. So, I’m back, with my list of selections for the 2021 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge.

I will list my selection for each prompt, and, where relevant, I also included other titles that work for said prompt. So, whether you’re looking for book suggestions to fill some stray prompts or your TBR just needs some inspiration, here are 50+ ideas for your own list!

I will update this post throughout the year with ratings and links to reviews and wrap-ups where relevant. You can also easily view this list (without my ramblings) on Bookshop.org or Goodreads. Links to both can be found at the bottom of this post.

Snack Alert! This post is kind of a long one, so you might want to grab something to eat before diving in!

Now, on to the list!


Jump to: 1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30 | 31-40Advanced Prompts: 41-50


2021 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge: Regular Prompts

1. A book that’s published in 2021.

Book Cover for Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

Finished on May 23, 2021

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Read on Papberback, 480 pages

Support a local bookstore by purchasing Son of the Storm on Bookshop.org.

Check out my thoughts on Son of the Storm in my May 2021 Wrap-Up.

2. An Afrofuturist book.

Book Cover for Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson

Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson

Finished on June 5, 2021

Rated 3.0 out of 5 stars

Read on Kindle, 281 pages

Support a local bookstore by purchasing Brown Girl in the Ring on Bookshop.org.

Check out my thoughts on Brown Girl in the Ring in my June 2021 Wrap-Up.

3. A book that has a heart, diamond, club, or spade on the cover.

Book Cover for Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie

Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie

Finished on July 27, 2021

Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars

Read on Paperback, 258 pages

Support a local bookstore by purchasing Cards on the Table on Bookshop.org.

Check out my thoughts on Cards on the Table in my July 2021 Wrap-Up.

4. A book by an author who shares your zodiac sign.

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

About the Book: This is the first in Gemini author R.F. Kuang’s debut trilogy. It is a historical military fantasy with roots in the Opium Wars. The book follows Rin, a peasant girl who, against all odds, is accepted into an elite military academy. Rin discovers she harbors shamanic powers that could not only make life at the academy much easier, but could possibly even save her continent from total destruction.

Related Works: Other books I considered for this prompt were the Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy and The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri.

Support a local bookstore by purchasing The Poppy War on Bookshop.org.

5. A dark academia book.

Book Cover for The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Finished on July 5, 2021

Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars

Read on Paperback, 629 pages

Support a local bookstore by purchasing The Secret History on Bookshop.org.

Read my thoughts on The Secret History in my July 2021 Wrap-Up.

6. A book with a gem, mineral, or rock in the title.

Book Cover for The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Finished on February 28, 2021

Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars

Read on Kindle, 213 Pages

Support a local bookstore by purchasing The Nickel Boys on Bookshop.org.

Read my thoughts on The Nickel Boys in my February 2021 Wrap-Up.

7. A book where the main character works at your current or dream job.

Book Cover for Confessions by Kanae Minato

Confessions by Kanae Minato

Finished on July 30, 2021

Rated 3.0 out of 5 stars

Read on Kindle, 240 pages

Support a local bookstore by purchasing Confessions on Bookshop.org.

Read my thoughts on Confessions in my July 2021 Wrap-Up.

8. A book that has won the Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Book Cover for The Song of AChilles by Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Finished on June 20, 2021

Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars

Read on Kindle, 389 pages

Support a local bookstore by purchasing The Song of Achilles on Bookshop.org.

Check out my thoughts on The Song of Achilles in my June 2021 Wrap-Up.

9. A book with a family tree.

Book Cover for Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Finished on April 18, 2021

Rated 3.0 out of 5 stars

Read on Kindle, 559 pages

Support a local bookstore by purchasing Wolf Hall on Bookshop.org.

Check out my thoughts on Wolf Hall in my April 2021 Wrap-Up.

10. A bestseller from the 1990s.

Book Cover for Blindness by Jose Saramago

Blindness by José Saramago

Finished on June 11, 2021

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Read on Kindle, 349 pages

Support a local bookstore by purchasing Blindness on Bookshop.org.

Check out my thoughts on Blindness in my June 2021 Wrap-Up.

11. A book about forgetting.

Book Cover for The Binding by Bridget Collins

The Binding by Bridget Collins

About the Book: In this historical fantasy set in fifteenth-century England, people visit bookbinders to spill their deepest, darkest secrets onto page. Once their stories are bound into books, those memories are forgotten and no longer have the power to hurt them. Our main character Emmett is an apprentice of one such bookbinder, and feels a connection to one client, a man named Lucian Darnay.

Related Works: As a historical fantasy, this book also works for Prompt #21 (a genre hybrid). Another book I considered for this prompt was Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson.

Support a local bookstore by purchasing The Binding on Bookshop.org.

12. A book you have seen on someone’s bookshelf.

Book Cover for The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

About the Book: When a book wins the Goodreads Choice Award for Fiction (and by five votes, at that), you tend to see it on a lot of people’s shelves. The Midnight Library follows Main Character Nora Seed as she finds herself in a magical library between life and death that contains an infinite number of books. Each of these books tells the story of the other life Nora could have lived if she had made a different choice at any point in her life.

Related Works: Not sure what to read for this prompt? See if something spotted by the Bookshelf Detective on a celebrity bookshelf piques your interest!

Support a local bookstore by purchasing The Midnight Library on Bookshop.org.

13. A locked-room mystery.

Book Cover for And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Finished on July 19, 2021

Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars

Read on Paperback, 247 pages

Support a local bookstore by purchasing And Then There Were None on Bookshop.org.

Read my thoughts on And Then There Were None in my July 2021 Wrap-Up.

14. A book set in a restaurant.

Book Cover for Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain

Finished on March 25, 2021

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars

Read on Paperback, 416 Pages

Support a local bookstore by purchasing Kitchen Confidential on Bookshop.org.

Read my thoughts on Kitchen Confidential in my March 2021 Wrap-Up.

15. A book with a black-and-white cover.

Book Cover for Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Finished on April 20, 2021

Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars

Read on Paperback, 564 pages

Support a local bookstore by purchasing Crime and Punishment on Bookshop.org.

Check out my thoughts on Crime and Punishment in my April 2021 Wrap-Up.

16. A book by an Indigenous author.

Book Cover for The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

Finished on May 28, 2021

Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars

Read on Hardcover, 320 pages

Support a local bookstore by purchasing The Only Good Indians on Bookshop.org.

Check out my thoughts on The Only Good Indians in my May 2021 Wrap-Up.

17. A book that has the same title as a song.

Book Cover for Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Finished on May 26, 2021

Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars

Read on Kindle, 288 pages

Support a local bookstore by purchasing Never Let Me Go on Bookshop.org.

Check out my thoughts on Never Let me Go in my May 2021 Wrap-Up or read my full review here.

18. A book about a subject you are passionate about.

Book Cover for Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Finished on January 19, 2021

Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars

Read on Kindle, 163 pages

Support a local bookstore by purchasing Between the World and Me on Bookshop.org.

Read my thoughts on Between the World and Me in my January 2021 Wrap-Up or read my full review here.

19. A book that discusses body positivity.

The Body is Not An Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor

Finished on February 27, 2021

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Read on Kindle, 183 pages

Support a local bookstore by purchasing The Body is Not an Apology on Bookshop.org.

Read my thoughts on The Body is Not An Apology in my February 2021 Wrap-Up.

20. A book found on a Black Lives Matter reading list.

Book Cover for Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Finished onJanuary 28, 2021

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Read on Kindle, 288 pages

Support a local bookstore by purchasing Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race on Bookshop.org.

Read my thoughts on Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race in my January Wrap-Up, or read my full review here.

21. A genre hybrid.

Book Cover for The Devil and the Dark Water

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

Finished on March 14, 2021

Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars

Read on Hardcover, 463 pages

Support a local bookstore by purchasing The Devil and the Dark Water on Bookshop.org.

Read my thoughts on The Devil and the Dark Water in my March Wrap-Up.

22. A book set mostly or entirely outdoors.

Book Cover for Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

Finished on February 26, 2021

Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars

Read on Paperback, 640 pages

Support a local bookstore by purchasing Black Leopard, Red Wolf on Bookshop.org.

Read my thoughts on Black Leopard, Red Wolf in my February Wrap-Up.

23. A book with something broken on the cover.

The Test by Sylvain Neuvel

Finished on July 27, 2021

Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars

Read on Kindle, 112 pages

Support a local bookstore by purchasing The Test on Bookshop.org.

Read my thoughts on The Test in my July 2021 Wrap-Up.

24. A book by a Muslim-American author.

Book Cover for The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

About the Book: The first in Shannon Chakraborty’s Davebad Trilogy, The City of Brass tells the story of Nahri, a conwoman who accidentally summons djinn warrior, who introduces her to a magical world she thought only existed in myth. Nahri has to learn not only how to navigate court politics, but also her newly-discovered magical powers.

Related Works: I also considered reading Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West for this prompt, but ended up choosing it for Prompt #27.

Support a local bookstore by purchasing The City of Brass on Bookshop.org.

25. A book that was published anonymously.

Book Cover for Frankenstein: The 1818 Text by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein: The 1818 Text by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

About the Book: I’m quite proud of myself for the fact that Frankenstein is my only reread of all the books I’ve selected for the 2021 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge. When I originally read it in 2019, I didn’t expect it to be so understated and philosophical. So I’m excited to revisit it not only with these adequate expectations, but also to read this original version that isn’t as widely published.

Related Works: I didn’t have any other anonymously-published books on my existing TBR, but if you’re willing to stretch the prompt a bit to include books originally published under a pseudonym, you could have a lot more options!

Support a local bookstore by purchasing Frankenstein on Bookshop.org.

26. A book with an oxymoron in the title.

Book Cover for The Future is History by Masha Gessen

The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen

Finished on April 29, 2021

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars

Read on Paperback, 544 pages

Support a local bookstore by purchasing The Future is History on Bookshop.org.

Check out my thoughts on the Future is History in my April 2021 Wrap-Up.

27. A book about do-overs or fresh starts.

Book Cover for Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

About the Book: Exit West tells the story of Nadia and Saeed, a young couple fleeing their country on the brink of civil war. Nadia and Saeed hear about magical doors that can whisk people away to a new life. They find a door and step through, leaving their lives and their families behind, entering an unknown future where they will only have each other.

Related Works: Bridget Collins’s The Binding works for this prompt, as well as one of my favorite reads of 2020, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton.

Support a local bookstore by purchasing Exit West on Bookshop.org.

28. A magical realism book.

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

About the Book: What better choice for the magical realism prompt than a book by the father of magical realism himself, Gabriel “Gabito” García Márquez? Márquez’s masterpiece focuses on the Colombian settlement of Macondo throughout seven generations of the central family, the Buendías.

Related Works: Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits (as well as other works by both these authors) would also work for this prompt.

Support a local bookstore by purchasing One Hundred Years of Solitude on Bookshop.org.

29. A book set in multiple countries.

Book Cover for The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

About the Book: The second book in Anee Rice’s ever-expanding Vampire Chronicles series, The Vampire Lestat tells the story of the titular “radiant and sinister” vampire from Interview. Lestat was once an aristocrat in pre-revolutionary France, and is now a 1980s rockstar. So, yeah, I’m fully expecting this to be camp AF. I just hope it’s fun, too.

Related Works: Umbert Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum, wherein the characters travel from Milan, Italy to Paris, France, also fits for this prompt.

Support a local bookstore by purchasing The Vampire Lestat on Bookshop.org.

30. A book set somewhere you’d like to visit in 2021.

Book Cover for Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe

Finished on April 25, 2021

Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars

Read on Kindle, 464 pages

Support a local bookstore by purchasing Say Nothing on Bookshop.org.

Read my thoughts on Say Nothing in my April 2021 Wrap-Up.

31. A book by a blogger, vlogger, YouTube video creator, or other online personality.

Book Cover for Axiom's End by Lindsay Ellis

Axiom’s End by Lindsay Ellis

Finished on January 15, 2021

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Read on Hardcover, 384 pages

Support a local bookstore by purchasing Axiom’s End on Bookshop.org.

Read my thoughts on Axiom’s End in my January 2021 Wrap-Up or read my full review here.

32. A book whose title starts with “Q,” “X,” or “Z.”

The Queen of the Damned by Ann Rice

About the Book: The third book in Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles (and about as far as I’m willing to go with Miss Rice), Queen of the Damned follows the stories of – among others – Akasha, the titular Queen of the Damned, and mother of all vampires. Akasha rises after a 6,000-year sleep and plans to “save mankind from itself and make all myths of the world real.” You know, whatever that means.

Related Works: Obviously, options were limited for this one. I wasn’t really excited about any of the choices I saw, so I figured I’d just slot in the third Vampire Chronicles bookand call it good.

Support a local bookstore by purchasing Queen of the Damned on Bookshop.org.

33. A book featuring three generations.

Book Cover for The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

About the Book: Isabel Allende’s classic Magical Realism novel follows three generations of the Trueba family. From patriarch Esteban and his wife Clara (who has a mystical connection to the spirit world) to their daughter Blanca, who eventually births Esteban’s first granddaughter, Alba, Allende’s novel is said to weave “the personal and the political into a universal story of love, magic, and fate.”

Related Works: Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude (whcih I am reading for Prompt #28) also works for this prompt.

Support a local bookstore by purchasing The House of the Spirits on Bookshop.org.

34. A book about a social justice issue.

Book Cover for Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall

Finished on March 2, 2021

Rated 3.0 out of 5 stars

Read on Kindle, 267 pages

Support a local bookstore by purchasing Hood Feminism Bookshop.org.

Read my thoughts on Hood Feminism in my March 2021 Wrap-Up.

35. A book in a different format than what you normally read.

The Iliad by Homer

Finished on May 17, 2021

Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars

Read on Paperback, 588 pages

Support a local bookstore by purchasing The Iliad on Bookshop.org.

Check out my thoughts on The Iliad in my May 2021 Wrap-Up.

36. A book that has fewer than 1,000 reviews on Goodreads.

Book Cover for Monster She Wrote by Lisa Kroger and Melanie Anderson

Monster She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction by Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson

Finished on June 29, 2021

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars

Read on Kindle, 320 pages

Suipport a local bookstore by purchasing Monster, She Wrote on Bookshop.org.

Check out my thoughts on Monster, She Wrote in my June 2021 Wrap-Up.

37. A book you think your best friend would like.

Book Cover for Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

About the Book: This is book #17 in the Hercule Poirot series (thank goodness for serialized mysteries and not having to read books from massive series in publication order). In this installment, our mustachioed detective is solving the murder of the young, stylish, Linnet Ridgeway on a cruise down the Nile River. I’m excited to read this before the new Kenneth Branagh adaptation is released.

Related Works: I am also reading two other Agatha Christie novels this year: Cards on the Table (another Poirot mystery) for Prompt #3 and And Then There Were None (a standalone) for Prompt #13.

Support a local bookstore by purchasing Death on the Nile on Bookshop.org.

38. A book about art or an artist.

Book Cover for Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

About the Book: Maggie O’Farrell’s 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction award-winning novel, Hamnet, draws inspiration from the death of Shakespeare’s son, who, some historians speculate, inspired the playwright to create what eventually became Hamlet. I might be stretchng this prompt a bit, though, as the book focuses mostly on Hamnet’s mother, Agnes; nevertheless, I’m very excited to pick this one up.

Related Works: Alex Michaelides 2019 debut thriller, The Silent Patient, also works for this prompt (but I chose it for Prompt #50).

Support a local bookstore by purchasing Hamnet on Bookshop.org.

39. A book everyone seems to have read but you.

Book Cover forThe Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

Finished on June 22, 2021

Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars

Read on Kindle, 432 pages

Support a local bookstore by purchasing the Fellowship of the Ring on Bookshop.org.

Read my thoughts on the Fellowship of the Ring in my June 2021 Wrap-Up.

40. Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge.

Book Cover for Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

About the Book: The first book in Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles series probably needs no introduction. Despite its mixed reception at the time of release, the film adaptation remains one of the biggest cultural touchstones of 1990s cinema. It also stars two of my husbands, so I’m legally obligated to like the movie (good luck figuring out which two). I’m reading this for the prompt A book that was made into a movie from the 2015 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge.

Related Works: You can probably fit any book you want here with a prompt from any of the previous challenges. Here are the lists: 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020.

Support a local bookstore by purchasing Interview with the Vampire on Bookshop.org.


2021 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge: Advanced Prompts

41. The longest book (by pages) on your TBR list.

Book Cover for War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Finished on February 28, 2021

Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars

Read on Paperback, 1273 pages

Support a local bookstore by purchasing War and Peace on Bookshop.org.

Read my thoughts on War and Peace in my February 2021 Wrap-Up.

42. The shortest book (by pages) on your TBR list.

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

About the Book: The first novella in Martha Wells’s Murderbot Diaries series, All Systems Red follows a group of scientists and their company-supplied droid (who refers to itself as Murderbot) as they attempt to uncover why a neighboring mission on a distant planet went dark.

Related Works: Ironically, I had three really short books in contention for this spot on the list. I did cheat a little, but all three contenders ended up on the list, so I don’t feel too bad about it. This book is 144 pages, Margaret Atwood’s Dearly (Prompt #48) is 124 pages, and Sylvain Neuvel’s The Test (Prompt #23) is 108 pages.

Support a local bookstore by purchasing All Systems Red on Bookshop.org.

43. The book on your TBR list with the prettiest cover.

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Finished on May 2, 2021

Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars

Read on Hardcover, 454 pages

Support a local bookstore by purchasing Black Sun on Bookshop.org.

Check out my thoughts on Black Sun in my May 2021 Wrap-Up.

44. The book on your TBR list with the ugliest cover.

Metamorphoses by Ovid

About the Book: Ovid’s Metamorphoses is an epic, narrative, mytho-historical poem, and it’s supposed to be really good. We need to talk about this cover though. I don’t necessarily think the cover itself is ugly. However, the statues on the cover – specifically, their creepy tree branch fingers – give me the friggen heebie jeebies! I’m sure the poetry is great, though! 🤪

Related Works: I was really trying to find an edition of Milton’s Paradise Lost for this prompt, but I just couldn’t find it in my heart to call any of the editions ugly. So, here we are.

Support a local bookstore by purchasing Metamorphoses on Bookshop.org.

45. The book that’s been on your TBR list for the longest amount of time.

The Odyssey by Homer

Finished on May 31, 2021

Rated 3.0 out of 5 stars

Read on Paperback, 515 pages

Support a local bookstore by purchasing The Odyssey on Bookshop.org.

Read my thoughts on The Odyssey in my May 2021 Wrap-Up.

46. A book from your TBR list you meant to read last year but didn’t.

Book Cover for Exhalation by Ted Chiang

Exhalation by Ted Chiang

About the Book: Exhalation is a collection of nine short stories from science fiction author Ted Chaing. If you don’t know who Ted Chiang is, he’s the guy who wrote the story that Denis Villeneuve’s heartbreaking masterpiece of cienma, Arrival, is based on. So yeah, he’s pretty good.

Related Works: Although I have read “Story of Your Life” (the story that Arrival) was adapted from), I haven’t read Chiang’s first short story collection, Stories of Your Life and Others. I already own Exhalation, though, so I figured I’d better start with this one.

Support a local bookstore by purchasing Exhalation on Bookshop.org.

47. A book from your TBR list you associate with a favorite person, place, or thing.

Book Cover for The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Finished on January 17, 2021

Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars

Read on Audio, 11 hours 05 minutes

Support a local bookstore by purchasing The Hobbit on Bookshop.org.

Read my thoughts on The Hobbit in my January 2021 Wrap-Up.

48. A book from your TBR list chosen at random.

Dearly by Margaret Atwood

About the Book: Dearly is Margaret Atwood’s 2020-released poetry collection, and winner of the 2020 Goodreads Choice Award for Poetry. The Handmaid’s Tale has been one of my favorite novels since I read it for the first time at the tender age of fourteen. Yet, for some reason, I’ve never read any of Margaet Atwood’s other works. So it’s time for that to change.

Related Works: Another Atwood piece I’ve had my eye on for some time is her MaddAddam Trilogy, which starts with 2003’s Oryx and Crake. Hopefully I get to it soon!

Support a local bookstore by purchasing Dearly on Bookshop.org.

49. A DNF book from your TBR list.

Book Cover for Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

About the Book: This is another story that probably doesn’t need any introduction, thanks in large part to its acclaimed film adaptation. I’m stretching this prompt a little; I haven’t actually attempted to read Gone Girl, but Sharp Objects (Flynn’s other novel) made me want to rip my hair out, and is probably the closest i’ve ever come to DNFing a book. So we’ll see how this goes.

Related Works: I don’t really DNF books beause I’m a completionist, or because I have problems, or because I’m a masochist, or probably all three, so I didn’t really have a lot of options for this one. But I do like the film quite a bit, so I’m tentatively excited for Gone Girl.

Support a local bookstore by purchasing Gone Girl on Bookshop.org.

50. A free book from your TBR list.

Book Cover for The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Finished on January 23, 2021

Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars

Read on Hardcover, 325 pages

Support a local bookstore by purchasing The Silent Patient on Bookshop.org.

Read my thoughts on The Silent Patient in my January Wrap-Up, or read the full-length review here.

2021 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge: An Afterword

Thanks for checking out my list for the 2021 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge! Check out the list of prompts for yourself on the POPSUGAR website. I’d love to know what you’re planning to read in 2021. Let me know what you’re looking forward to picking up this year in the comments down below!

View my 2021 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge lists on Goodreads or Bookshop.org.

As always, thanks for reading!