2020 Reading Challenges

  1. A to Z Challenge
  2. Pulitzer 0s Challenge
  3. POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

A to Z Challenge

Status: 18/26

A: 
B: Epileptic by David B.
C: My Antonia by Willa Cather
D: Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death by Caitlin Doughty
E: 
F: The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
G: Grass by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim
H: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
I: I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying: Essays by Bassey Ikpi
J: Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal
K: Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe
L: Liebestrasse by Greg Lockard
M: Blowout by Rachel Maddow
N: 
O: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
P: The Overstory by Richard Powers
Q: Creative Quest by Questlove
R: Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai
S: Paying the Land by Joe Sacco
T: Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man by Mary L. Trump
U: 
V: On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
W: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
X: Five Spice Street by Can Xue
Y: 
Z: American Street by Ibi Zoboi


Pulitzer “Zeros” Project

Status: 1/6

I’m officially starting Year 11 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 0. Since this is my second time around, I’ve already read the winners for 1940, 1990, 2000, 2010:

2020: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
2010:
 Tinkers by Paul Harding
2000: Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
1990: The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos
1980: The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer
1970: The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford by Jean Stafford
1960: Advise and Consent by Allen Drury
1950: The Way West by A.B. Guthrie Jr.
1940: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
1930: Laughing Boy by Oliver La Farge
1920: N/A


2020 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

Status: 21/50

  • Published in 2020: Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland
  • Trans or nonbinary author: A Queer and Pleasant Danger by Kate Bornstein
  • Great first line: 
  • About a book club: The Toni Morrison Book Club by Juda Bennett, Winifred Brown-Glaude, Cassandra Jackson, Piper Kendrix Williams
  • Set in city that hosted Olympics: Berlin by Jason Lutes
  • A bildungsroman: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • First book you touch on shelf with eyes closed: This Is Big: How the Founder of Weight Watchers Changed the World by Marisa Meltzer
  • Upside-down image on cover: Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe
  • Book with a map:
  • Rec’d by fave b/vlog, podcast, online book club: The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
  • Anthology:
  • Passes the Bechdel test: Grass by Keum Suk Gendry -Kim
  • Same title as a movie/TV show but unrelated:
  • Author with flora/fauna in name: The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain
  • About/involving social media: The Future of Feeling: Building Empathy in a Tech-Obsessed World by Kaitlin Ugolik Phillips
  • Has book on the cover: The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
  • Medical thriller: Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw
  • Book with made-up language:
  • Set in country beginning with “C”: We Served the People: My Mother’s Stories by Emei Burell
  • Title caught your attention: Assholes: A Theory by Aaron James
  • Published month of your birthday: How To Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • About or by a woman in STEM: Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death by Caitlin Doughty
  • Won an award in 2019: The Overstory by Richard Powers
  • Subject you know nothing about:
  • Only words on the cover: I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying by Bassey Ikpi
  • Pun in title: A Broom of One’s Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning & Life by Nancy Peacock
  • Featuring one of 7 deadly sins: Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy by Ophira Eisenberg
  • With robot, cyborg, or AI character: Interview with a Robot by Lee Bacon
  • Bird on cover: Creative Quest by Questlove
  • Non/fiction about a world leader: Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man by Mary L. Trump
  • “Gold,” “silver,” or “bronze” in title:The Golden Age by Tahmima Anam
  • By a WOC: Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai
  • At least 4-star rating on Goodreads: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Meant to read in 2019: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  • Three-word title: Know My Name by Chanel Miller
  • Pink cover: Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life by Darcey Steinke
  • Western: The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
  • By or about a journalist: Paying the Land by Joe Sacco
  • Banned book during Banned Books Week:
  • Fave prompt from past POPSUGAR Challenge:

Advanced

  • Written by an author in their 20s: St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell
  • “20” or “twenty” in title: Shock and Awe: Glam Rock and Its Legacy, from the Seventies to the Twenty-first Century by Simon Reynolds
  • Character with vision impairment or enhancement: Now I See You by Nicole C. Kear
  • Set in 1920s:
  • Set in Japan, host of the 2020 Olympics: Paprika by Yasutaka Tsutsui
  • Author who’s written 20+ books: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
  • More than 20 letters in title: Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal
  • Published in the 20th century:
  • From a series with more than 20 books:
  • A main character in their 20s:

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