POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2020

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667 participants, 11600 books added

Starts: Wednesday, 01 January 2020

Ends: Thursday, 31 December 2020

It's the most wonderful time of the year . . . and no, we're not talking about that time of the year. Sorry Santa, but the sixth annual POPSUGAR Reading Challenge has landed, and the only list we're checking twice is our 2020 book list!

We're not even going to try to play it cool. This year's reading challenge is about to up your 2020 reading game in a big way, and we can't wait to share our 50 new book prompts with all of you. In addition to the 40 standard book challenge prompts, we're bringing back the 10 "advanced" prompts for those bibliophiles out there looking for something extra. Are you ready for a plot twist? This year, the advanced section is all 2020-themed, from "a book set in Japan, host of the 2020 Olympics" to "a book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement (a nod to 20/20 vision)."

Another way the 2020 reading challenge is better than ever is that we now have an exclusive POPSUGAR Book Club on Facebook! Join this well-read community of POPSUGAR editors and fellow readers from around the world to swap reading recs for the challenge, reach out when you're stumped on a prompt, share bullet-journaling ideas, or just chat about the latest page-turner you're obsessed with. In fact, one of the prompts is "a book recommended by your favourite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club," and our members are already sharing their reading recommendations in the group!

We hope this year's challenge broadens your horizons and reboots your love of reading in 2020, maybe even pushing you to read something you never would have picked up before purely based on the "a book you picked up because the title caught your attention" or "a book with a great first line" prompts. Who knows, you may uncover a new favourite genre like bildungsroman, get a fresh perspective from "a book by a trans or nonbinary author," learn something about "a subject you know nothing about," or be transported to "a country beginning with 'C'" that you've always wanted to visit.

Whatever path you take in 2020, we've said it before, and we'll say it again: the point of the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge is to have fun! So who's ready to get started?

Download our printable list here, checking off the books as you go, and pin the handy graphic ahead for reference. Share your progress on Instagram with #popsugarreadingchallenge.

If you're looking for an easy way to digitally track and rate the books you've read for the challenge, we'd suggest also joining this Goodreads group made up of readers who participate in the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge every year.

Challenge prompts

1. A book that's published in 2020 (406 books added)

2. A book published the month of your birthday (344 books added)

3. A book by a trans or nonbinary author (144 books added)

4. A book about or by a woman in STEM (195 books added)


STEM stands for "science, technology, engineering and mathematics".

5. A book with a great first line (224 books added)

6. A book that won an award in 2019 (151 books added)

7. A book about a book club (59 books added)

8. A book on a subject you know nothing about (348 books added)

9. A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics (299 books added)

10. A book with only words on the cover, no images or graphics (227 books added)

11. A bildungsroman (254 books added)


A bildungsroman ("Bildung", meaning "education", and "Roman", meaning "novel"; English: "novel of formation, education, culture"; "coming-of-age story") is a literary genre that focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from youth to adulthood (coming of age), in which character change is important. (Source: Wikipedia)

12. A book with a pun in the title (191 books added)

13. The first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed (188 books added)

14. A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins (281 books added)

15. A book with an upside-down image on the cover (117 books added)

16. A book with a robot, cyborg, or AI character (155 books added)

17. A book with a map (252 books added)

18. A book with a bird on the cover (228 books added)

19. A book recommended by your favourite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club (380 books added)

20. A fiction or nonfiction book about a world leader (162 books added)

21. An anthology (211 books added)

22. A book with “gold”, “silver,” or “bronze” in the title (86 books added)

23. A book that passes the Bechdel test (428 books added)


The Bechdel test asks whether a work features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. The requirement that the two women must be named is sometimes added.

24. A book by a Woman Of Color (384 books added)

25. A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but is unrelated to it (217 books added)

26. A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads (491 books added)

27. A book by an author with flora or fauna in their name (231 books added)

28. A book you meant to read in 2019 (396 books added)

29. A book about or involving social media (210 books added)

30. A book with a three-word title (437 books added)

31. A book that has a book on the cover (146 books added)

32. A book with a pink cover (275 books added)

33. A Western (81 books added)

34. A medical thriller (84 books added)

35. A book by or about a journalist (223 books added)

36. A book with a made-up language (166 books added)

37. Read a banned book during Banned Books Week (104 books added)


Banned Books Week in 2020 is ‎September 27 – October 3.

38. A book set in a country beginning with “C" (171 books added)

39. A book you picked because the title caught your attention (381 books added)

40. Your favourite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge (256 books added)


Find links to past POPSUGAR Reading Challenges here: https://www.popsugar.co.uk/tag/POPSUGAR-Challenge.

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41. A book written by an author in their 20s (170 books added)

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42. A book by an author who has written more than 20 books (328 books added)

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43. A book with “20” or “twenty” in the title (57 books added)

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44. A book with more than 20 letters in its title (348 books added)

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45. A book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement (a nod to 20/20 vision) (189 books added)

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46. A book published in the 20th century (265 books added)

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47. A book set in Japan, host of the 2020 Olympics (117 books added)

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48. A book from a series with more than 20 books (163 books added)

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49. A book set in the 1920s (90 books added)

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50. A book with a main character in their 20s (290 books added)

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