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2019 Reading Challenges List of Books @ TL Wright | A Bookish Life

2019 Reading Challenges Reading List

2019 Reading Challenges List of Books @ TL Wright | A Bookish Life

In an effort to have an organized reading list, I made a spreadsheet of all the prompts in the various reading challenges I’m a part of this year then threw the entire thing in a google doc just to see how nicely it’ll print.

I got the idea from this Google Sheets spreadsheet, but I did a little editing. I did use some of the suggestions for my own list as they sounded really interesting.

There are 152 prompts on the list with 34 extra options. Not all the prompts have a choice in them and will be filled once I find the book to fit. Those will be edited in when I’ve made my choice, and I’ll also edit in the book I chose for the prompts with multiple options.

 

Challenge Prompt

Choice 1

Choice 2

Choice 3

Choice 4

      

BR 1

An epistolary novel or collection of letters

The Habit of Being: The Letters of Flannery O’Connor

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows

Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster

 

BR 2

An alternate history novel

Age of Aztec by James Lovegrove

Clash of Eagles by Alan Smale

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

 

BR 3

A book by a woman and/or POC that won a literary award in 2018

The Art of Death by Edwidge Danicat

Flights by Olga Tokarczuk

  

BR 4

A humor book

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

Forever, Erma by Erma Bombeck

  

BR 5

A book by a journalist or about journalism

Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young

   

BR 6

A book by an POC set in or about space

Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation into Space by Margot Lee Shetterly

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin, translated by Ken Liu

BR 7

An #ownvoices book set in Mexico or Central America

Blood of the Dawn by Claudia Salazar Jiménez, trans. by Elizabeth Bryer

Leaving Tabasco by Carmen Boullosa

  

BR 8

An #ownvoices book set in Oceania

The Bone People by Keri Hulme

The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera

  

BR 9

A book published prior to January 1, 2019, with fewer than 100 reviews on Goodreads

The Diamond: A Novel by Julie Baumgold

   

BR 10

A translated book written by and/or translated by a woman

The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson

   

BR 11

A book of manga

A Bride’s Story by Kaoru Mori

The Ancient Magus’ Bride by Kore Yamazaki

  

BR 12

A book in which an animal or inanimate object is a point-of-view character

The 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

  

BR 13

A book by or about someone that identifies as neurodiverse

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

   

BR 14

A cozy mystery

What Child is This?: An Ellie Kent Mystery by Alice K. Boatwright

Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett

  

BR 15

A book of mythology or folklore (PS 12, RW 13)

Circe by Madeline Miller

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

  

BR 16

An historical romance by an AOC

In The Midst of Winter by Isabella Allende

The Beautiful Ones by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia

  

BR 17

A business book

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

   

BR 18

A novel by a trans or nonbinary author

The Black Tides of Heaven by J.Y. Yang

   

BR 19

A book of nonviolent true crime

Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art by Laney Salisbury

Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History by Ben Mezrich

The Library Book by Susan Orlen

 

BR 20

A book written in prison

De Profundis, The Ballad of Reading Gaol & Other Writings by Oscar Wilde

Letter From Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr.

  

BR 21

A comic by an LGBTQIA creator

Strong Female Protagonist by Molly Ostertag

Black Panther: World of Wakanda by Roxanne Gay

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

 

BR 22

A children’s or middle grade book (not YA) that has won a diversity award since 2009

Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers, Vol 1 edited by Arigon Starr

   

BR 23

A self-published book

The Martian by Andy Weir

   

BR 24

A collection of poetry published since 2014

Wade in the Water: Poems by Tracy K. Smith

   

PS 1

A book becoming a movie in 2019

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

  

PS 2

A book that makes you nostalgic

    

PS 3

A book written by a musician (fiction or nonfiction)

Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide by Darryl McDaniels

Creative Quest by Ahmir Questlove Thompson

  

PS 4

A book you think should be turned into a movie

Granted by John David Anderson   

PS 5

A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads

1984 by George Orwell

   

PS 6

A book with a plant in the title or on the cover

The book of Memory by Petina Gappah

   

PS 7

A reread of a favorite book

Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster

   

PS 8

A book about a hobby

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil de Grasse Tyson

   

PS 9

A book you meant to read in 2018

Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno

   

PS 10

A book with POP, SUGAR, or CHALLENGE in the title

No More Heroes: Grassroots Challenges to the Savior Mentality by Jordan Flaherty

   

PS 11

A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover

    

PS 12

A book inspired by myth/legend/folklore (BR 15, PS 15, RW 13)

Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Circe by Madeline Miller

  

PS 13

A book published posthumously

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

   

PS 14

A book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

   

PS 15

A retelling of a classic

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler {retelling of The Taming of the Shrew}

Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal {retelling of Pride and Predjudice}

An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma {twist on the Odyssey}

 

PS 16

A book with a question in the title

What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

   

PS 17

A book set on college or university campus

The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl

   

PS 18

A book about someone with a superpower

Not Your Villain by C.B. Lee

   

PS 19

A book told from multiple POVs

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

   

PS 20

A book set in space (BR 6)

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

   

PS 21

A book by two female authors

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele

   

PS 22

A book with SALTY, SWEET, BITTER, or SPICY in the title

Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller

   

PS 23

A book set in Scandinavia

Britt-Marie was Here by Fredrik Backman

   

PS 24

A book that takes place in a single day

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds Jason Reynolds

   

PS 25

A debut novel

Update

   

PS 26

A book that’s published in 2019

Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Children by Anissa Gray

  

PS 27

A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature

Animals of a Bygone Era by Maja Säfström

   

PS 28

A book recommended by a celebrity you admire

Becoming by Michelle Obama

   

PS 29

A book with LOVE in the title

The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean

   

PS 30

A book featuring an amateur detective (BR 14)

Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann

What Child is This? An Ellie Kent Mystery by Alice K. Boatwright

Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett

 

PS 31

A book about a family

Please Look After my Mother by Kyung-Sook Shin, Chi-Young Kim (Translator)

   

PS 32

A book author from Asia, Africa, or South America

Mrs. Funnybones by Twinkle Khanna

   

PS 33

A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in title

Aries by Rachel Medhurst

   

PS 34

A book that includes a wedding

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

   

PS 35

A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter

The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota

   

PS 36

A ghost story

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

   

PS 37

A book with a two-word title

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

   

PS 38

A novel based on a true story

Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig

   

PS 39

A book revolving around a puzzle or game

The Queen of Katwe by Tim Crothers {chess in Uganda}

   

PS 40

Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading challenge

Circe by Madeline Miller

   

PS+ 1

A “cli-fi” (climate fiction) book

Archipelago by Monique Roffey

American War by Omar El Akkad

  

PS+ 2

A “choose-your-own-adventure” book

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose your own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris

   

PS+ 3

An “own voices” book (BR 7/8)

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

   

PS+ 4

Read a book during the season it is set in

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

   

PS+ 5

A LitRPG book

Mass Effect: Initiation by N.K. Jemisin

   

PS+ 6

A book with no chapters / unusual chapter headings / unconventionally numbered chapters

The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin

   

PS+ 7

Two books that share the same title

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Salt by Nayyirah Wheed

  

PS+ 8

Two books that share the same title

Great Expectations by Kathy Acker

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

  

PS+ 9

A book that has inspired a common phrase or idiom

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

   

PS+ 10

A book set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage, or convent

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

   

RW 1

A mystery or thriller written by a woman of color

Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon

   

RW 2

A book about a woman with a mental illness

Postcards from the Edge by Carrie Fisher

   

RW 3

A book by an author from Nigeria or New Zealand

The Bone People by Keri Hulme

   

RW 4

A book about or set in Appalachia

What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia by Elizabeth Catte

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold Story of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg

  

RW 5

A children’s book (BR 22)

    

RW 6

A multigenerational family saga

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

   

RW 7

A book featuring a woman in science

Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt

In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall

  

RW 8

A play

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

   

RW 9

A novella

Borders of Infinity by Lois McMaster Bujold

   

RW 10

A book about a woman athlete

Sum It Up: A Thousand and Ninety-Eight Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective by Pat Summit with Sally Jenkins

   

RW 11

A book featuring a religion other than your own

The Viking’s Kurdish Love: A True Story of Zoroastrians’ Fight for Survival, Part I: 988-1003 by Widad Akreyi

   

RW 12

A Lambda Literary Award winner

Hunger by Roxane Gay

   

RW 13

A myth retelling (BR 15, PS 12, RW 13)

The Just City by Jo Walton

   

RW 14

A translated book published before 1945

The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon

   

RW 15

A book written by a South Asian author

A Newlywed’s Adventures in Married Land by Shweta Ganesh Kumar

   

RW 16

A book by an Indigenous woman

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

   

RW 17

A book from the 2018 Reading Women Award shortlist

Educated by Tara Westover

   

RW 18

A romance or love story (B16)

In The Midst of Winter by Isabella Allende

   

RW 19

A book about nature

Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer

   

RW 20

A historical fiction book

The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

   

RW 21

A book you bought or borrowed in 2019

    

RW 22

A book you picked up because of the cover

    

RW 23

Any book from a series

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

   

RW 24

A young adult book by a woman of color

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

   

RW+ 1

BONUS: A book by Jesmyn Ward

Sing, Unburied, Sing OR Salvage the Bones

   

RW+ 2

BONUS: A book by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Lowland

   

PingSis 1

A Book With More Than 500 Pages

The Outsider by Stephen King

   

PingSis 2

Book You Haven’t Read by Author You Love

The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick

   

PingSis 3

Goodreads winner in 2018

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara, Gillian Flynn, Patton Oswalt

   

PingSis 4

You Can Read in a Day

The Firm by John Grisham

   

PingSis 5

Book About a Difficult Topic

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

   

PingSis 6

Recommended by a Friend

The Ancient Magus’ Bride by Kore Yamazaki

   

PingSis 7

Book That Will Make You Cry

    

PingSis 8

Book Published in 2009

Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente

   

PingSis 9

Book Becoming Movie in 2019

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

   

PingSis 10

A Genre You Don’t Usually Read

Elevation by Stephen King

   

PingSis 11

Children’s Classic

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

   

PingSis 12

Cover With Your Favorite Color

    

PingSis 13

Bought at a Thrift Store

Polgara the Sorceress by David Eddings

   

PingSis 14

Young Adult Fiction

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

   

PingSis 15

First Book in a Trilogy

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

   

PingSis 16

Second Book in a Trilogy

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin

   

PingSis 17

Third Book in a Trilogy

The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin

   

PingSis 18

Dystopian Novel

The Stand by Stephen King

   

PingSis 19

Award-Winning Book

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

   

PingSis 20

A Book from the Rory Gilmore Challenge

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

   

PingSis 21

Published the Decade Before You Were Born

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

   

PingSis 22

Historical Fiction From A Favorite Time Period

The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, #1) by Caleb Carr

   

PingSis 23

Classic You’ve Never Read

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

   

PingSis 24

A Book That Will Keep You Up All Night

The Stand by Stephen King

   

PingSis 25

2018 Bestseller

Becoming by Michelle Obama

   

PingSis 26

Nonfiction Book about Science

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil de Grasse Tyson

   

PingSis 27

Listen to an Audiobook

Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation into Space by Margot Lee Shetterly

   

PingSis 28

Set in Your Home State

The Firm by John Grisham

   

PingSis 29

You Once Started But Never Finished

Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno

   

PingSis 30

With a One Word Title

Hunger by Roxane Gay

   

PingSis 31

A Fairy Tale Retelling

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

   

PingSis 32

Celebrity Book Club Pick

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

   

PingSis 33

A Book You Read in High School

The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway

   

PingSis 34

Business or Personal Finance Book

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

   

PingSis 35

Autobiography or Memoir

Becoming by Michelle Obama

   

PingSis 36

Book Set in Another Country

The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon

   

PingSis 37

Reread a Favorite Book

Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster

   

PingSis 38

Book by a Local Author

Death in the Family by James Agee

   

PingSis 39

Banned Book

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

   

PingSis 40

Narrative Nonfiction

Educated by Tara Westover

   

PingSis 41

On Your To-Read List the Longest

Polgara the Sorceress by David Eddings

   

PingSis 42

A Book About Travel

West With The Night by Beryl Markham

A Woman in Arabia: The Writings of the Queen of the Desert by Gertrude Bell

  

PingSis 43

Popular Book You’ve Never Read

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

   

PingSis 44

True Crime

Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art by Laney Salisbury

   

PingSis 45

Nonfiction Bestseller

Educated by Tara Westover

   

PingSis 46

Science Fiction Novel

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

   

PingSis 47

A Book You Own But Haven’t Read

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

   

PingSis 48

Recommended by a Local Librarian

    

PingSis 49

New Release

    

PingSis 50

The First Book in a Series

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

   

PingSis 51

Prettiest cover

    

PingSis 52

An Inspirational Story

    

 

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2 Comments

  1. Robin

    For PS4 a book you think should be made into a movie, I strongly recommend Granted by John David Anderson.

    • TL Wright

      Oh! That sounds absolutely fabulous. Thank you for the recommendation!

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