2022 Popsugar Reading Challenge

In 2021, I managed to complete the entire Popsugar Reading Challenge, including all of the bonus prompts (StoryGraph). I actually forgot to add the book I read for the prompt to read the longest book on your TBR, but that was To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini. It was my first time doing this challenge, and I had a lot of fun with it. I didn’t stick to my TBR completely, and ended up reading a lot of different books that matched the prompts.

I’m very excited to participate in the 2022 Popsugar Reading Challenge, so in this post, I’ll be sharing my TBR. Once again this is not set in stone, but I’ll use this TBR as a guideline with suggestions for what to read. I might end up reading completely different books that match the prompts.

A book published in 2022

This first prompt is to read a book published in 2022, and for this prompt I chose One True Loves by Elise Bryant, one of my most anticipated January releases.

One True Loves (Happily Ever Afters, #2)
Cover image One True Loves

A book set on a plane, train or cruise ship

This prompt was a little harder to choose for, but I went with a classic, even though that’s a little out of my comfort zone: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. This book is, of course, famously set on a train. I’ve actually already seen the movie, but I’m still interested in reading the book.

Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)
Cover image Murder on the Orient Express

A book about or set in a nonpatriarchal society

For this prompt, I’m going with Silk Fire by Zabé Ellor, which is set in a matriarchal society.

Silk Fire
Cover image Silk Fire

A book with a tiger on the cover or “tiger” in the title

Fireheart Tiger by Aliette de Bodard seems like a good match for this prompt.

Fireheart Tiger
Cover image Fireheart Tiger

A sapphic book

I expect to be reading lots of sapphic books this year, but one of my most anticipated ones is Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake.

Delilah Green Doesn't Care (Bright Falls, #1)
Cover image Delilah Green Doesn’t Care

A book by a Latinx author

One of my most anticipated releases by a Latinx author is Ophelia After All by Racquel Marie.

Ophelia After All
Cover image Ophelia After All

A book with an onomatopoeia in its title

I found Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr on the Goodreads list for this challenge, and I actually bought that a few months ago and am very intrigued to read it.

Cloud Cuckoo Land
Cover image Cloud Cuckoo Land

A book with a protagonist who uses a mobility aid

An adult romance I’m very excited to read is Knot My Type by Evie Mitchell, in which the main character is a wheelchair user.

Knot My Type (All Access, #1)
Cover image Knot My Type

A book about a found family

I’d already hoped to read The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin last year, but that didn’t happen, so hopefully I’ll get around to it this year.

The City We Became (Great Cities #1)
Cover image The City We Became

An Anisfield-Wolf Book Award winner

There There by Tommy Orange has been on my TBR for a long time, so I want to finally read it for this prompt.

There There
Cover image There There

A #BookTok recommendation

One of the biggest BookTok books has been The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood. I’m not sure if I’ll enjoy it, but I’ll give it a try.

The Love Hypothesis (Love Hypothesis, #1)
Cover image The Love Hypothesis

A book about the afterlife

The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman seems like a good choice for this, since I want to read her backlist that I haven’t gotten around to yet. The sequel, The Genesis Wars, is out in April, so hopefully I’ll be able to read it before then.

The Infinity Courts (The Infinity Courts, #1)
Cover image The Infinity Courts

A book set in the 1980s

I’ve been wanting to read Spin Me Right Round by David Valdes, which is described as queer Back to the Future.

Spin Me Right Round
Cover image Spin Me Right Round

A book with cutlery on the cover or in the title

Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala has been on my TBR for a while and sounds like a lovely cosy mystery.

Arsenic and Adobo (Tita Rosie's Kitchen Mystery, #1)
Cover image Arsenic and Adobo

A book by a Pacific Islander author

I guess this is going to be the most popular choice for this prompt, but I am genuinely interested to read To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara.

To Paradise
Cover image To Paradise

A book about witches

Ciannon Smart’s Witches Steeped in Gold is another book I’d been hoping to read in 2021 and didn’t get around to.

Witches Steeped in Gold (Witches Steeped in Gold, #1)
Cover image Witches Steeped in Gold

A book becoming a TV series or movie in 2022

I think Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel was also on my Popsugar TBR for last year, but I promise I do want to read it.

Station Eleven
Cover image Station Eleven

A romance novel by a BIPOC author

Again, I’m hoping to read lots of these, but D’Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding by Chencia C. Higgins is high on my list.

D'Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding
Cover image D’Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding

A book that takes place during your favourite season

My favourite season is autumn, and I want to read A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske for this prompt.

A Marvellous Light (The Last Binding, #1)
Cover image A Marvellous Light

A book whose title begins with the last letter of your previous read

I’ll land on a book to read for this prompt eventually, I don’t think it can easily be planned since I’m a mood reader.

A book about a band or musical group

For this prompt I want to read Adib Khorram’s next book: Kiss & Tell, which is one of my most anticipated books of the year.

Kiss & Tell
Cover image Kiss & Tell

A book with a character on the ace spectrum

The Romantic Agenda by Claire Kann is an adult romance with an asexual main character, so that seems like a good choice for this.

The Romantic Agenda
Cover image The Romantic Agenda

A book with a recipe in it

Kamila Knows Best by Farah Heron has recipes in the back, so I’m going with that for this prompt.

Kamila Knows Best
Cover image Kamila Knows Best

A book you can read in one sitting

I can usually read verse novels in one sitting, and Rez Dogs by Joseph Bruchac has been on my Netgalley TBR for a while.

Rez Dogs
Cover image Rez Dogs

A book about a secret

I would love to read a book by Beverly Jenkins, so I was interested when I found Forbidden on the Goodreads list for this prompt.

Forbidden (Old West, #1)
Cover image Forbidden

A book with a misleading title

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson has been on my TBR for a LONG time, but I’ve been waiting for the series to be completed so I can read them all in one go.

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder (A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, #1)
Cover image A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

A Hugo Award winner

I’ve been wanting to read All Systems Red by Martha Wells since forever.

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)
Cover image All Systems Red

A book set during a holiday

I really want to read Jasmine Guillory’s romance series, and Royal Holiday is set during Christmas, so that seems perfect.

Royal Holiday (The Wedding Date, #4)
Cover image Royal Holiday

A different book by an author you read in 2021

I read Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon in 2021, and I’m hoping to read The Sizzle Paradox this year.

The Sizzle Paradox
Cover image The Sizzle Paradox

A book with the name of a boardgame in the title

I checked the Goodreads list for this prompt and found Trouble Girls by Julia Lynn Rubin, which I’ve been wanting to read since it came out.

Trouble Girls
Cover image Trouble Girls

A book featuring a man-made disaster

I’ve had a copy of Skyhunter by Marie Lu for a while, so I guess I should finally read that!

Skyhunter (Skyhunter, #1)
Cover image Skyhunter

A book with a quote from your favourite author on the cover or Amazon page

I downloaded an eARC of Bet On It by Jodi Slaughter purely because Talia Hibbert blurbed it, so that’s going to be perfect for this prompt.

Bet on It
Cover image Bet On It

A social-horror book

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones was on the Goodreads list for this prompt, and I have been wanting to read it.

The Only Good Indians
Cover image The Only Good Indians

A book set in Victorian times

I’ve had Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore on my Kindle for so long, and I really want to read more historical romance.

Bringing Down the Duke (A League of Extraordinary Women, #1)
Cover image Bringing Down the Duke

A book with a constellation on the cover or in the title

Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur is the start of a book series I really want to read soon.

Written in the Stars (Written in the Stars, #1)
Cover image Written in the Stars

A book you know nothing about

I requested The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh without knowing much about it, just because I loved XOXO, and the cover is to die for.

The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea
Cover image The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea

A book about gender identity

The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas is one of my most anticipated releases of the year, with a trans main character.

The Sunbearer Trials (The Sunbearer Duology #1)
Cover image The Sunbearer Trials

A book featuring a party

I already mentioned wanting to read Jasmine Guillory’s romance series, and the third book, The Wedding Party, actually matches this prompt.

The Wedding Party (The Wedding Date, #3)
Cover image The Wedding Party

An #OwnVoices SFF (science fiction and fantasy) book

I’d wanted to read The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri in 2021, but it’s another book I just didn’t get around to.

The Jasmine Throne (Burning Kingdoms, #1)
Cover image The Jasmine Throne

A book that fulfils your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

For this prompt, I went with ‘A book from the library’ from 2016. I decided to read Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa for this, because I recently picked that up from the library.

Mornings in Jenin
Cover image Mornings in Jenin

BONUS: A book with a reflected image on the cover or mirror in the title

How could I not include Gallant by V.E. Schwab on this TBR somehow?

Cover image Gallant

BONUS: A book that features two languages

I’ve been wanting to read The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui for a long time.

The Best We Could Do
Cover image The Best We Could Do

BONUS: A book with a palindromic title

MEM by Bethany C. Morrow seems like a great choice for this prompt.

Cover image MEM

BONUS: A duology

I’ve been wanting to read The Merciful Crow and The Faithless Hawk by Margaret Owen for a long time.

The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow, #1)
Cover image The Merciful Crow

BONUS: A book about someone leading a double life

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett seems perfect for this prompt, and I just picked that up from the bookstore.

The Vanishing Half
Cover image The Vanishing Half

BONUS: A book featuring a parallel reality

I’ve been wanting to read Finna by Nino Cipri for a long time! I guess that’s kind of the theme of this TBR.

Finna (LitenVerse #1)
Cover image Finna

BONUS: A book with two POVs

I love a dual POV romance, so that’s what we’re going with here. I could choose many books, but let’s go with Seven Days in June by Tia Williams.

Seven Days in June
Cover image Seven Days in June

BONUS: Two books set in twin towns, aka sister cities

I found that Seoul and Tokyo are twin towns, so that seemed like a good choice, since I want to read more translated books by Asian authors, so those goals seem to tie in nicely.

I’d like to read Love in the Big City by Sang Young Park for the book set in Seoul, and for the book set in Tokyo, I’d like to read Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami.

Love in the Big City
Cover image Love in the Big City

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