POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2020 Update: Week Forty-Three

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope that you’ve been having a great week so far. It’s been kind of a quiet week for me, which has been really nice. I’ve had a chance to read/re-read a couple of great books, including Emily Carroll’s Through the Woods, which I reviewed earlier this week.

Today’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update is all about the prompt “a book you picked because the title caught your attention.” The book I chose to use for this prompt was Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character, by Jonathan Shay (MD, PhD), which I found very interesting. If you’d like to read more about this book, you can find my review in my Week Four post from January of this year.

While this prompt is not a difficult one to fulfill, it is pretty subjective, and it doesn’t necessarily take the plot of the book into account. I can’t even begin to count the number of books that I’ve started because the title “caught my attention,” only to put them down because they weren’t nearly as interesting as their titles were.

Given that there are currently about nine weeks remaining in this year’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, the last thing you want is to find yourself stuck with a book that you don’t care about finishing. So if you are currently looking for a book to fulfill this prompt, here are a few titles that caught my attention and managed to keep it…

  • Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I’ve Learned (Alan Alda) — Fans of the M*A*S*H television series will definitely enjoy this often-humorous autobiography by actor Alan Alda.
  • Adulthood Is A Myth (Sarah Andersen) — This is the first book in Andersen’s Sarah’s Scribbles series.
  • Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You (Sam Gosling, PhD) — This interesting non-fiction title discusses how the things you own reveal information about you as a person.
  • Unf*ck Your Habitat (Rachel Hoffman) — If you have a hard time staying on top of housework and organization, this is a great book to read. Please check out my review if you’d like to learn more.
  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows (Bali Kaur Jaswal) — I may have bought this book because of the title, but I’ve read it twice because I enjoyed the story and characters so much.
  • The Tiki Goddess Mysteries (Jill Marie Landis) — This series of humorous mysteries is set on the island of Kauai, and includes some very clever, attention-grabbing titles. If you’d like to learn more about the series, please check out my review of the first novel. This series includes the following books:
    • Mai Tai One On
    • Two To Mango
    • Three To Get Lei’d
    • Too Hot Four Hula
    • Hawaii Five Uh-Oh!
  • People I Want to Punch in the Throat (Jen Mann) — If you’ve ever felt the urge to punch someone because you found them annoying, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this collection of essays. If you’d like to learn more, you can check out my review from earlier in the year.
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran (Azar Nafisi) — I first learned about this book during Banned Books Week in 2019. While my decision to read this book wasn’t only based on its title, it definitely caught my attention. If you’d like to learn more about this book, please check out the review I wrote for my Week Forty update.
  • Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners (Therese Oneill) — If you’d like to learn more about this fascinating book, please check out my review.
  • Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat (Bill Watterson) — While many of the Calvin and Hobbes collections have awesome titles, this is one of my favorites.
  • The Books of Elsewhere series (Jacqueline West) — This middle grade fantasy series is great for anyone who likes exciting stories and talking cats. The series includes the following books:
    • The Shadows
    • Spellbound
    • The Second Spy
    • The Strangers
    • Still Life

Whether you’re looking for a great book to fulfill this prompt, or just want something fun to read, I would definitely recommend checking out all of these titles. If you do have the opportunity to read any of these books, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Next week’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update will be returning to its normal Saturday morning post time. If you are currently participating in the Reading Challenge, please let me know in the comments if there is a specific prompt that you would like to see me address before the end of the year. Next Saturday I will be focusing on the prompt “a book by an author who has written more than 20 books.”

Starting tomorrow at 8 AM (EST), I will be participating in the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. This will be my third time participating in the Readathon, and I’m really looking forward to tackling this challenge once again. I hope you’ll visit The Unapologetic Bookworm frequently tomorrow to check on my Readathon progress!

Have a great weekend!

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