I realised midway through last week, after I posted my To-Do List for the rest of 2016, that I haven’t actually posted an update on how my PopSugar Reading Challenge 2016 is doing in ages. So that’s what I’ve decided to do today, and I can see how well I’m getting on, and how many categories I still have left to complete!
Anything that was discussed in my first post is just crossed off. Anything new I’ve put a little comment on!
A book based on a fairy tale
- A National Book Award winner
- Errrr… dunno what’s going in here.
A YA bestseller A book you haven’t read since high school
- I decided to fill this in with The Princess Diaries (possibly the fourth or fifth one) because I know I only read them once before, and I think it was when I was in high school.
A book set in your home state A book translated to English
- I re-read The Night Watch earlier this year. Sergei Lukanyenko’s series about vampires and other magicians in Russia has a new instalment out this year, which may well fulfil another category for me soon! It’s translated from Russian to English, and I love the whole series.
A romance set in the future A book set in Europe A book that’s under 150 pages A New York Times bestseller A book that’s becoming a movie this year
- A book recommended by someone you just met
- Not done yet, but I’m going to read Tamora Pierce’s Alanna: The First Adventure on the recommendation of some lovely girls I met at An Evening With Garth Nix and others
- A self-improvement book
- Bleh. No idea how to do this one. Not a category I’m fond of. This might be one I don’t manage.
A book you can finish in a day A book written by a celebrity
- A political memoir
- Another one I’m pondering unhappily.
- A book at least 100 years older than you
- Currently working on this by reading Little Women. I am entirely unsure whether I am reading or re-reading this book. It all seems very familiar, but not quite familiar enough. It’s hampered by the fact that I’ve seen stage and screen versions of it too, so I really am confused by whether or not I’ve read this.
A book that’s more than 600 pages
- I think I had Winter on here originally, but that’s also in the prequel category, so I’m replacing it with A Clash of Kings
- A book from Oprah’s Book Club
- Nothing in this appeals to me. I’ll pick something eventually!
- A science-fiction novel
- Hollowgirl is sitting in my to-read pile, and I will get around to it eventually!
A book recommended by a family member A graphic novel
- I love the follow-up graphic novels to Avatar: The Last Airbender, and read Smoke and Shadow earlier this year. This is in spite of the fact that graphic novels are really not a medium that appeals to me.
- This is possibly a lot to do with the fact that I actually just really loved Avatar the Last Airbender as a series, and will actually lap up anything which continues in that world. See, for example, my rabid consumption of The Legend of Korra, which I watched obsessively as it came out, and the fact that I’m desperately impatient for the follow-up graphic novels of Korra to come out next year also. I wish I lived in a bending universe.
A book that is published in 2016 A book with a protagonist who has your occupation A book that takes place during Summer A book and its prequel A murder mystery A book written by a comedian A dystopian novel A book with a blue cover A book of poetry
- One is written in free verse. That counts, right?
- The first book you see in a bookstore
- I’m gonna get this one done soon. I’m walking into a bookstore this weekend, hopefully, and picking something.
- A classic from the 20th century
- Currently frantically googling lists of 20th century classics. No idea what to do with this one!
- A book from the library
- I really need to visit my local library!
- An autobiography
- Ugh. Not excited about this at all.
A book about a road trip
- A book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with
- Hopefully I’m gonna fill this category with The Sixth Watch, the newest of Lukanyenko’s Watch books, but if I don’t get that done, I’ll replace it with Afterworlds, which is about an American Gujarati girl living in New York. Despite my sister-in-law being Gujarati, I know very little about the culture. So I count this one as half done.
- A satirical book
- I don’t really know what counts as a satirical book, so this will require some further googling as well before I decide whether or not I can cross this off.
A book that takes place on an island A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy
Given that it’s very nearly the end of November, I really need to pull my socks up and get cracking on the harder categories in this challenge. I’m currently slogging through Little Women, but I need to start lining up books to fulfil the other categories because for a lot of them I have absolutely no idea what’s going in there.
Lots to do still before the end of the year!