2021 Reading Challenges

  1. A to Z Challenge
  2. Pulitzer 1s Challenge
  3. POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

A to Z Challenge

Status: 15/26

A: Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar
B: Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu
C: The Innocents by Michael Crummey
D: BTTM FDRS by Ezra Claytan Daniels
E: Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein
F: The Guest List by Lucy Foley
G: Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
H: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
J: All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson
K: When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors
O: Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo
R: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
S: In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
T: How to Pronounce Knife: Stories by Souvankham Thammavongsa
Y: Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

Pulitzer “1s” Project

Status: 1/4

I’m officially starting Year 12 of my Pulitzer Project. I started doing this in 2010 to help break down my Pulitzer Project. The challenge: read all of the Pulitzer fiction winners for the years ending in 1. Since this is my second time around, I’ve already read the winners for 1921, 1961, 1981, 2001, and 2011:

  • 2021 – TBA
  • 2011 – A Visit from the Good Squad by Jennifer Egan
  • 2001 – The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  • 1991 – Rabbit at Rest by John Updike
  • 1981 – A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  • 1971 – N/A
  • 1961 – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • 1951 – The Town by Conrad Richter
  • 1941 – N/A
  • 1931 – Years of Grace by Margaret Ayer Barnes
  • 1921 – The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

2021 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

Status: 8/50

  • Published in 2021:
  • Afrofuturist book:
  • A heart, diamond, club or spade on cover:
  • By an author who shares your zodiac sign:
  • Dark academia book:
  • A gem, mineral or rock in the title:
  • Main character works at your current or dream job: 
  • Won the Women’s Prize for fiction:
  • Book with a family tree: Aya of Yop City by Marguerite Abouet & Clément Oubrerie
  • Bestseller from 1990s:
  • About forgetting:
  • A book seen on someone’s bookshelf:
  • Locked-room mystery: The Guest List by Lucy Foley
  • Set in a restaurant:
  • Black-and-white cover:
  • By an indigenous author:
  • Has the same title as a song:
  • About a subject you are passionate about:
  • Discusses body positivity: Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
  • Found on a Black Lives Matter reading list: When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors
  • Genre hybrid:
  • Set mostly or entirely outdoors:
  • Something broken on the cover:
  • By a Muslim American author:
  • Published anonymously:
  • Oxymoron in the title: The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
  • About do-overs or fresh starts: Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein
  • Magical realism book:
  • Set in multiple countries:
  • Set somewhere you’d like to visit in 2021:
  • By a blogger, vlogger, YouTuber, online personality:
  • Title starts with Q, X, or Z: Years of Grace by Margaret Ayer Barnes
  • Featuring 3 generations:
  • About a social justice issue: Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo
  • A different format than you normally read:
  • Less than 1000 reviews on Goodreads:
  • Book you think best friend would like:
  • About art/an artist:
  • A book everyone else seems to have read but you:
  • Fave prompt from past Popsugar challenge:
  • Longest book in TBR:
  • Shortest book in TBR:
  • Book on TBR with prettiest cover:
  • Book on TBR with ugliest cover:
  • Book on TBR longest:
  • Book on TBR that you meant to read last year: Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow
  • Book from TBR that you associate with your favorite person, place or thing:
  • Book on TBR chosen at random:
  • DNF book on TBR list:
  • Free book: 

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