Reading is one of my very favorite things. I love getting transported to different places around the world in different eras with different perspectives.
Judging by the name of my pup, Scout, you can bet To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite book.
This past year, I discovered my favorite genre – historical fiction. And in that favorite genre is my favorite author, Melanie Benjamin. Yes, she had the recent popular summer read Swans of Fifth Avenue, but my favorite book of hers is The Aviator’s Wife. She wrote one about the inspiration for Alice (as in, of Wonderland) and one about Tom Thumb’s wife which made me have to watch The Greatest Showman again.
And then I started reading the Her Royal Spyness series. It’s a mixup of Nancy Drew (the GOAT in my opinion) and historical fiction that’s set in London in the early to mid 1900s. I love getting lost in the main character’s walks down the streets of London, my very favorite place, and piecing together the clues she comes across.
Speaking of Nancy Drew (what I almost named my dog), I’ve started trying to collect every book in the series. When I was younger and my family would make a trip to Sam’s, my parents would stop by the book section where a group of five Nancy Drew books were Saran wrapped together.
Those books are in the barn at my parents’ house, while trips to Half Price Books and the annual Waco Library book sale have added to my collection here.
Anyway, alllll of this to say that I will be doing the 2019 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge starting Tuesday.
POPSUGAR included some suggestions for each category. Here are the books I will decide between (as of right now).
If there are books you’d read in certain categories, list them in the comments. And let me know if you’ll be doing the reading plan too!
Book becoming a movie
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
I read this book a year or two ago. Actually, I listed to it on audiobook traveling around for basketball season. It’s an incredible read. I may read this one in addition to another one. If you’re looking for a great read to start 2019, pick this book up.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Yes, shocker. I’ve never read this book.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
A book that’s published in 2019
Again, but Better by Christine Riccio (Out May 21)
Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR reading challenge
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
A book that makes you nostalgic
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Another shocker, never read this one either. However, my grandma bought me the movies, so I’ve seen those.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
A book written by a musician (fiction or nonfiction)
Hindsight & All the Things I Can’t See in Front of Me by Justin Timberlake
A book you think should be turned into a movie
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
A book with at least 1M ratings on Goodreads
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
I finally read the Harry Potter series a year ago. I tried when I was younger but couldn’t get past the fact that poor Harry had to live in a closet.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
A book with a plant in the title or on the book cover
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
A reread of a favorite book
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
I’ve tried and tried and tried to make it past the first two chapters of this book. Maybe this is the year I’ll finish it.
A book about a hobby
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover
Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot
She wrote The Princess Diaries.
A book inspired by mythology, legend or folklore
The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
A book published posthumously
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
A book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
All of these were read by Rory Gilmore in Gilmore Girls.
A retelling of a classic
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
A book with a question in the title
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? By Edward Albee
A book set on a college or university campus
My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan
A book about someone with a superpower
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
A book told from multiple character POVs
All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin
The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick
A book set in space
The Martian by Andy Weir
A book with a two-word title
Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty
A book with “love” in the title
Love and Ruin by Paul McLain
Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey
A book by two female authors
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
A book with a title that contains “salty,” “sweet,” “bitter,” or “spicy”
Sweetbitter: A Novel by Stephanie Danler
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
A book set in Scandinavia
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
A book that takes place in a single day
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
A debut novel
Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
A book recommended by a celebrity you admire
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur (Emma Watson)
A book featuring an amateur detective
The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
A book about family
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
A book written by an author from Asia, Africa or South America
Mrs. Funnybones by Twinkle Khanna
A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in the title
Zodiac Station by Tom Harper
A book with “pop,” “sugar,” or “challenge” in the title
The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
American Pop by Snowden Wright
A book that includes a wedding
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Vision in White by Nora Roberts
A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter
Serena by Ron Rash
A ghost story
There’s a solid chance I make up a wild card category and skip this one because I am one big chicken.
A novel based on a true story
In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
A book revolving around a puzzle or game
The Queen of Katwe by Tim Crothers
A book you meant to read in 2018
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
A cli-fi book
New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
A choose your own adventure book
I had one about a soccer player growing up. I loved that book and my ability to choose the way the story progressed.
Lost in Austen by Emma Campbell Webster
My Lady’s Choosing by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris
An “own voices” book
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Read a book during the season it is set in
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
This one has a plant on the cover. Might use this one for a category above.
A LITRPG book
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
A book with no chapters, unusual chapter headings or unconventionally numbered chapters
Home by Marilynne Robinson
Two books that share the same title
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
A book that inspired a common phrase or idiom
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (yahoo)
A book set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage or convent
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco