Good morning, everyone! I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend so far! It’s been a pretty low-key, quiet week for me, which has been really nice. In addition to a significant amount of reading and writing, I had the opportunity to make a start on this year’s Christmas shopping. It is somewhat odd to be doing all of my shopping online this year, rather than shopping in person, but I think it’s a good plan given the increase of COVID-19 cases across the country.

This week’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update is focused on the prompt “a book published in the 20th century.” The book I chose to read for this prompt was A Royal Pain, by Ellen Conford, which is about an American teenager who learns that she was switched at birth, and is actually the princess of a small country called Saxony Coburn. If you’d like to learn more about this book, please check out my Week Eleven update.

This prompt is really not difficult to find books for, unless you generally prefer to read more current titles. I found quite a few titles that would fulfill this prompt while I was browsing my home library in preparation for writing today’s update. Rather than sharing every title that I found, I’ve decided to shine a spotlight on some of the books that I have owned since I was a child (or teenager).

Here are just a few of the 20th century titles to be found in my home library…

If you’re currently looking for a book to fulfill this prompt, here are a few of the 20th century titles that I have enjoyed over the years…

  • The Forbidden Game (L.J. Smith) — This young adult trilogy is a great read for anyone who likes their books a little on the creepy side. The trilogy includes the following books…
    • The Hunter
    • The Chase
    • The Kill
  • Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher (Bruce Coville) — If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to have your own dragon, this is definitely the book for you.
  • Star Trek: Voyager — This series of books focuses on the crew of the USS Voyager as they journey through the Delta Quadrant. While Voyager books continue to be published, the first 18 books in the series were published in the 20th century and include…
    • Caretaker (L.A. Graf)
    • The Escape (Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
    • Ragnarok (Nathan Archer)
    • Violations (Susan Wright)
    • Incident at Arbuk (John Greggory Betancourt)
    • The Murdered Sun (Christie Golden)
    • Ghost of a Chance (Mark A. Garland and Charles G. McGraw)
    • Cybersong (S.N. Lewis)
    • Day of Honor (Michael Jan Friedman)
    • Bless the Beasts (Karen Haber)
    • The Garden (Melissa Scott)
    • Chrysalis (David Niall Wilson)
    • The Black Shore (Greg Cox)
    • Marooned (Christie Golden)
    • Echoes (Dean Wesley Smith, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and Nina Kiriki Hoffman)
    • Seven of Nine (Christie Golden)
    • Death of a Neutron Star (Eric Kotani)
    • Battle Lines (Dave Galanter and Greg Brodeur)
  • Star Wars: The Han Solo Trilogy (A.C. Crispin) — This trilogy focuses on the adventures of a young Han Solo, and includes the following books…
    • The Paradise Snare
    • The Hutt Gambit
    • Rebel Dawn
  • The World of Pooh (A.A. Milne) — This book includes both Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, and is a wonderful read for both kids and adults.

It is worth mentioning that if you are a fan of the Star Trek and/or Star Wars franchises, you actually have a much wider range of titles to choose from than what is listed above. There are a considerable number of books from both franchises that fit this prompt.

We are down to the final six weeks of the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, and it appears that we finally have a date for when next year’s prompts will be released. According to recent chatter on Goodreads, POPSUGAR will be posting the list on December 1st. If you have any thoughts regarding whether or not I should participate in next year’s challenge, please let me know in the comments.

Next week’s update will be focused on the prompt “a book by an author with flora or fauna in their name.” If you are currently participating in the challenge, and you are looking for reading recommendations for a specific prompt, please leave a comment on this post.

In the meantime, I hope you will visit The Unapologetic Bookworm next week for book and movie reviews, as well as other new content.

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