POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

The 2021 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge Prompt List Has Arrived!

Good afternoon, everyone! The prompt list for next year’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge was released earlier today. I’ve just had a chance to take a look at the list of prompts, and it looks a bit more challenging than some of the previous lists.

You can find a printable list of the prompts on POPSUGAR’s website, along with suggestions of titles that could complete each one, but here are the prompts POPSUGAR has chosen for their 2021 challenge:

  • A book that’s published in 2021
  • An Afrofuturist book
  • A book that has a heart, diamond, club, or spade on the cover
  • A book by an author who shares your zodiac sign
  • A dark academia book
  • A book with a gem, mineral, or rock in the title
  • A book where the main character works at your current or dream job
  • A book that has won the Women’s Prize For Fiction
  • A book with a family tree
  • A bestseller from the 1990s
  • A book about forgetting
  • A book you have seen on someone’s bookshelf (in real life, on a Zoom call, in a TV show, etc.)
  • A locked-room mystery
  • A genre hybrid
  • A book set mostly or entirely outdoors
  • A book with something broken on the cover
  • A book by a Muslim American author
  • A book that was published anonymously
  • A book with an oxymoron in the title
  • A book about do-overs or fresh starts
  • A magical realism book
  • A book set in multiple countries
  • A book set somewhere you’d like to visit in 2021
  • A book by a blogger, vlogger, YouTube creator, or other online personality
  • A book whose title starts with “Q,” “X,” or “Z”
  • A book featuring three generations (grandparent, parent, child)
  • A book about a social justice issue
  • A book set in a restaurant
  • A book with a black-and-white cover
  • A book by an Indigenous author
  • A book that has the same title as a song
  • A book about a subject you are passionate about
  • A book that discusses body positivity
  • A book found on a Black Lives Matter reading list
  • A book in a different format than what you normally read (audiobooks, ebooks, graphic novels)
  • A book that has fewer than 1,000 reviews on Amazon or Goodreads
  • A book you think your best friend would like
  • A book about art or an artist
  • A book everyone seems to have read but you
  • Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge


  • The longest book (by pages) on your TBR list
  • The shortest book (by pages) on your TBR list
  • The book on your TBR list with the prettiest cover
  • The book on your TBR list with the ugliest cover
  • The book that’s been on your TBR list for the longest amount of time
  • A book from your TBR list you meant to read last year but didn’t
  • A book from your TBR list you associate with a favorite person, place, or thing
  • A book from your TBR list chosen at random
  • A DNF book from your TBR list
  • A free book from your TBR list (gifted, borrowed, library)

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, next year’s list of prompts looks a little more challenging than it has in previous years. Some of the more specific prompts (such as “a book with an oxymoron in the title”) may be difficult to find, especially if you are trying to avoid purchasing books for the challenge, or you don’t currently have access to your local library because of COVID-19.

Overall, I really think next year’s list is a good mix of prompts! It includes several prompts that I think are very culturally relevant, and a significant number of prompts that look like they will work well for both fiction and non-fiction titles.

What I really like about next year’s list is the “Advanced” prompts. As I’ve begun looking at my goals for next year, I’ve been thinking a lot about the books on my TBR list. I would really like to be able to make a sizeable dent in that list in 2021, so it’s great to see so many Reading Challenge prompts that are focused on TBRs.

At this point, I have not made my official decision about participating in next year’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge. While I am interested in participating, there’s a part of me that would like to try a different challenge, or even forgo completing a challenge next year. I’m going to be taking some time over the next couple of weeks to make up my mind, and I would really like to hear your opinions on the subject.

Do you want to see me participate in next year’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, or should I try to find another challenge instead? You can let me know your thoughts by responding to this post. Or, if you would prefer to cast your vote on Twitter, there is a poll currently available.

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