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2017 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge

Duration: 1st September – 31st December
Number of books: 40 (+12 advanced)
Hosted by: Pop Sugar

A book recommended by a librarian

A book that’s been on your TBR list for way too longThe Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter
This is a bit of a different one in the fact that not only has it been on my TBR list for a while, but it is also one that I’ve had on my To Finish Reading for far too long. Over a year for that matter.

A book of letters

An audiobook Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
I didn’t get super far through the audiobook – mostly because I don’t really love listening to people talking, I prefer to read. But still, it was Stephen Fry, and I tried.

A book by a person of colour

A book with one of the four seasons in the titleA Song for Summer by Eva Ibbotson
Pretty self-explanatory here, Summer in the title. But it is such a beautiful summer.

A book that is a story within a story

A book with multiple authors – Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron edited by Jonathan Strahan
A great compilation of witch stories from a variety of fabulous authors.

An espionage thriller

A book with a cat on the cover – Veiled Magic by Deborah Blake
Donata (the witch’s) familiar cat is on the cover.

A book by an author who uses a pseudonymOn the Edge by Ilona Andrews
Although Ilona is the name of one of the pair in this husband / wife duo, they both write under Ilona Andrews as their pseudonym.

A bestseller from a genre you don’t usually read – The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
This is my first steampunk novel ever and it was amazing!!! Some of the other books in this series will probably find their way onto this list too.

A book by or about a person who has a disability Yami by Yami Lester
Yami is an autobiography about an Indigenous Australian man who is also blind.

A book involving travel Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares
The girls travel to Greece for a reunion, Bee travels even further and nothing is as it seems.

A book with a subtitle – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
The subtitle for this is parts one and two, the entirety of the play.

A book that’s published in 2017

A book involving a mythical creature – Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong
This book has witches, demons, angels, werewolves… take your pick of mythical creatures!

A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
I can’t remember how many times I’ve read this book, but I always love it.

A book about food – Drowned Wednesday by Garth Nix
This book is about a denizen who is so glutenous that she becomes a whale – if that isn’t about food in some way, I’m not sure what it is.

A book with career advice

A book from a nonhuman perspective – House Rules by Chloe Neill
This book is written from the point of view of Merit – a vampire. As far as I’m concerned, a different (mythological) species, and not quite human. That counts, right?

A steampunk novel

A book with a red spine – Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews
FINALLY had an excuse to pick up this amazing book – lucky it has a red spine!

A book set in the wilderness Frostbitten by Kelley Armstrong
Frostbitten is set in the Alaskan wilderness. Not just the physical landscape, but the supernatural wilderness and unknown as well.

A book you loved as a child The Gypsy Crown by Kate Forsyth
This was the first historical fiction story that I ever read, and it’s beautiful.

A book by an author from a country you’ve never visited Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews
I’ve never been to America, so it really wasn’t hard to find an author from this country (let alone any others) across the world. I’m not very well travelled.

A book with a title that’s a character’s name – Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
Skulduggery Pleasant, a detective, a magician and a skeleton.

A novel set during wartime – The Morning Gift by Eva Ibbotson
This beautiful romance is set against the beginning of Nazi occupation in Europe and the start of WWII. It is sad, sweet and beautiful.

A book with an unreliable narrator Princess in Love by Meg Cabot
This series, and indeed, book, is written from the POV of Princess Mia, completely unreliable, but oh so sweet, cute and fun!

A book with pictures – The Horse and his Boy by C.S. Lewis
My version of this has little illustrations throughout, which just make the story so much more enjoyable.

A book where the main character is a different ethnicity from you

A book about an interesting woman Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews
I loved Cerise in this story. She is strong, independent, caring and amazing with a sword. What more could you want in a lead female?

A book set in two different time periods

A book with a month or day of the week in the title – Grim Tuesday by Garth Nix
This whole series would actually be able to be included for this aspect of the challenge.

A book set in a hotel Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews
This is set in Dina’s inn, bed and breakfast, however you wish to call it. A bit of a unique style hotel.

A book written by someone you admire – One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews
It’s impossible not to admire someone who has published and written so many amazing novels!

A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017

A book set around a holiday other than Christmas

The first book in a series you haven’t read before

A book you bought on a trip

ADVANCED

A book recommended by an author you love

A bestseller from 2016

A book with a family-member in the title – The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
Not only a story about a nephew, but the beginning of all of Narnia.

A book that takes place over a character’s lifetime

A book about an immigrant or refugee – Walk in my Shoes by Alwyn Evans
This is the story of Gulnessa and her family. Afghanistan refugees just trying to find a home in Australia.

A book from a genre / sub genre that you’ve never heard of

A book with an eccentric character

A book that’s more than 800 pages

A book you got from a used book sale

A book that’s mentioned in another book – Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde is mentioned in The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross. Possibly one of the best ways that another story has been utilised in a world creation… at least recently.

A book about a difficult topic

A book based on mythology – Rise of the Blood by Lucienne Diver
Based on the premise that the Greek Gods are still alive among us, as are their decedents.

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