Thursday, December 29, 2022

Results: Popsugar Reading Challenge 2022

Popsugar is a lifestyle magazine and their reading challenge has been around since 2015. On their website they list 40 book promps and additional 10 advanced prompts.
In 2022 I managed to fulfill all the tasks and discovered some interesting books and genres I otherwise would not have considered. That's why I like the challenge - it makes me read outside my comfort zone.

Regular tasks
1. A book published in 2022: Tess Gerritsen - Mutterherz
2. A book set on a plane, train, or cruise ship: Agatha Christie - Der blaue Express
3. A book about or set in a nonpatriarchal society: Stephen King - Sleeping Beauties
4. A book with a tiger on the cover or "tiger" in the title: Marco Sonnleitner - ??? - Nacht der Tiger
5. A sapphic book: Fannie Flagg - Grüne Tomaten
6. A book by a Latinx author: Isabel Allende - Was wir Frauen wollen
7. A book with an onomatopoeia in its title: Anthony Doerr - Wolkenkuckucksland
8. A book with a protagonist who uses a mobility aid: Jeffery Deaver - Der Komponist
9. A book about a "found family": H.D. Walden - Ein Stadtmensch im Wald
10. An Anisfield-Wolf Book Award winner: Karan Mahajan - In Gesellschaft kleiner Bomben
11. A #BookTok recommendation: Anthony Doerr - Alles Licht, das wir nicht sehen
12. A book about the afterlife: George Saunders - Lincoln im Bardo
13. A book set in the 1980s: John Ajvide Lindqvist - So finster die Nacht
14. A book with cutlery on the cover or in the title: Andreas Gruber - Todesurteil
15. A book by a Pacific Islander author: Nalini Singh - Engelskuss
16. A book about witches: Terry Pratchett - Das Erbe des Zauberers
17. A book becoming a TV series or movie in 2022: Gabrielle Zevin - Die Widerspenstigkeit des Glücks
18. A romance novel by a BIPOC author: Chanel Cleeton - Nächstes Jahr in Havanna
19. A book that takes place during your favorite season: Hakan Nesser - Barbarotti und der schwermütige Busfahrer
20. A book whose title begins with the last letter of your previous read: Mariana Leky - Erste Hilfe [nach diesem]
21. A book about a band or musical group: Morten Harket - My Take on Me
22. A book with a character on the ace spectrum: Darcie Little Badger - Elatsoe
23. A book with a recipe in it: Martin Walker - Grand Prix
24. A book you can read in one sitting: Enid Blyton - Fünf Freunde und das Burgverlies
25. A book about a secret: Lucy Foley - Sommernacht
26. A book with a misleading title: John Buchan - The Thirty-Nine Steps
27. A Hugo Award winner: Martha Wells - Tagebuch eines Killerbots
28. A book set during a holiday: Alice Oseman - X wie XMAS
29. A different book by an author you read in 2021: Agatha Christie - Mord in Mesopotamien
30. A book with the name of a board game in the title: Elisabeth Herrmann - Die Mühle
31. A book featuring a man-made disaster: Justin Cronin - Der Übergang
32. A book with a quote from your favorite author on the cover or Amazon page: Tess Gerritsen - Die Studentin
33. A social-horror book: Ursula Poznanski - Cryptos
34. A book set in Victorian times: H.G. Wells - The Time Machine
35. A book with a constellation on the cover or in the title: Otfried Preußler - Der kleine Wassermann
36. A book you know nothing about: Stefanie Höfler - Mein Sommer mit Mucks
37. A book about gender identity: Terry Pratchett - Weiberregiment
38. A book featuring a party: Martin Walker - Eskapaden
39. An #OwnVoices SFF (science fiction and fantasy) book: Nnedi Okorafor - Binti
40. A book that fulfills your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge: Andreas Steinhöfel - Rico, Oskar und das Mistverständnis

Advanced tasks

A book with a reflected image on the cover or "mirror" in the title: Lars Kepler - Der Spiegelmann
A book that features two languages: Kathy Reichs - Der Code der Knochen (German translation + French)
A book with a palindromic title: James Bowen - Ein Geschenk von Bob
A duology (1): Cecilia Ahern - Flawed #1 - Wie perfekt willst du sein?
A duology (2): Cecilia Ahern - Flawed #2 - Willst du die perfekte Welt?
A book about someone leading a double life: Hugo Horiot - Der König bin ich / Bret Easton Ellis - American Psycho
A book featuring a parallel reality: Neil Geiman - Sternwanderer
A book with two POVs: Lucinda Riley - Die Schattenschwester
Two books set in twin towns, aka "sister cities" (1 NYC): Dorothy Parker - New Yorker Geschichten
Two books set in twin towns, aka "sister cities" (2 London): Julian Barnes - Die einzige Geschichte

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