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What If I had Participated in the 2019 PopSugar Challenge?

In case you didn’t get the title, it is a straight nod to the What If? comics:

Basically, they just explore what would have happened if one thing had changed.

Today I’ve decided to see how I would have done on the 2019 PopSugar Challenge if I had actually chosen to participate.

2019 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge prompts:

  • A book becoming a movie in 2019. – Good Omens – I know its a TV show, but I am counting it!


  • A book that makes you nostalgic. – Austentatious – This book gave me all the Jane Austen feels and made me want to re-read all Austen’s books!


  • A book written by a musician (fiction or non-fiction) – The Umbrella Academy – Written by Gerard Way, lead singer of My Chemical Romance


  • A book you think should be turned into a movie. – Sorcery of Thorns – or really any of the good books I’ve read this year!


  • A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads. 
  • A book with a plant in the title or on the cover. – I Love You So Mochi


  • A reread of a favorite book. – Heartstone


  • A book about a hobby. – Britt-Marie Was Here – Soccer is a Hobby (not mine, but someone’s)

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  • A book you meant to read in 2018. – The Disasters

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  • A book with ‘pop’, ‘sugar’, or ‘challenge’ in the title. 
  • A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover. – The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy – Does it count if they are wearing the clothing? If not then this one has a clothing item in the title so I am counting it!


  • A book inspired by mythology, legends, or folklore. – Sherwood – Based on the legend of Robin Hood


  • A book published posthumously. 
  • A book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie.
  • A retelling of a classic. – Sherwood – Are we allowed to count books more than once?


  • A book with a question in the title. – What If?


  • A book set on a college or university campus. 
  • A book about someone with a superpower. – Origin – Wolverine’s origin story


  • A book told from multiple character POVs. – We Were the Lucky Ones


  • A book set in space. – The Disasters

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  • A book by two female authors. – Austentatious


  • A book with a title that contains ‘salty’, ‘sweet’. ‘bitter’, or ‘spicy’.
  • A book set in Scandinavia. (Finland) – Britt-Marie Was Here


  • A book that takes place in a single day.
  • A debut novel. – We Were the Lucky Ones


  • A book that’s published in 2019. – The Queen of Nothing

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  • A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature. – The Tea Dragon Festival


  • A book recommended by a celebrity you admire.
  • A book with ‘love’ in the title. – I Love You So Mochi


  • A book featuring an amateur detective. – The Frame-Up

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  • A book about family. – I Love You So Mochi


  • A book written by an author from Asia. Africa, or South America. – Six of Crows – written by Leigh Bardugo who was born in Jerusalem, Israel

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  • A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in the title.
  • A book that includes a wedding. – The Wicked King – Taryn and Locke’s Wedding

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  • A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter. – P is for Pterodactyl – written by Chris Carpenter (and also Raj Haldar)


  • A ghost story.
  • A book with a two-word title. – Grave Mercy


  • A novel based on a true story. – We Were the Lucky Ones

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  • A book revolving around a puzzle or game. – Britt-Marie Was Here – Soccer is a game! (though I don’t think that is what they meant?)


  • Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge. From 2018: The Next Book in a Series you started. – The Queen of Nothing

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  • A ‘cli-fi’ (climate fiction) book.
  • A ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ book.
  • An ‘own voices’ book. – I Love You So Mochi


  • Read a book during the season it is set in. – The Wife – If I remember correctly the lady sends her son off to some sort of summer camp while everything is going on.  If that is the case it means it takes place in the summer and I read it in late June, so it fits.

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  • A Lit RPG book. – Second Hand Curses

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  • A book with no chapters/unusual chapter headings/unconventionally numbered chapters. – The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1 – Graphic Novels don’t have chapters!

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  • Two books that share the same title (1)
  • Two books that share the same title (2)
  • A book that has inspired a common phrase or idiom. – Goodnight Moon – I think this counts?

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  • A book set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage, or convent. – Grave Mercy


I completed 36 / 50 challenges! Not bad for not actually trying/participating! (also I stretched a couple of the prompts)

Did you participate in the 2019 PopSugar Challenge? How did you do? Are you going to participate in 2020? Lets chat!

12 thoughts on “What If I had Participated in the 2019 PopSugar Challenge?

    1. Thanks 😂 😂 I have tried reading challenges and I am the same way, I am going to read what I want and if I even try to follow a TBR it can send me into a slump. But it was a lot of fun seeing how many I completed after the fact!

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  1. Haha I think you might’ve done better than me and I was actually (supposedly) trying?! 🤣 Although I gave up before I even started really… But you can still join the 2020 POPSUGAR! I’ve decided to join again this year and to try harder to actually keep track 🤣Great post!

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    1. Haha I stretched a couple of the prompts to fit books I had read 😂 And I am too much of a mood reader to actually join the 2020 challenge, but it was a lot of fun to look back and see what I had that fit the challenges 😀 Thanks!

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      1. Haha yeah, my moodiness affected my follow through with the 2019 challenge (although my laziness had just as much to do with that too)! 🤣 But I’m feeling ready and organised this year so I’m hoping it goes well! Haha


  2. I played along with the POPSUGAR Challenge in 2019, and am also joining them for 2020! Though, I’m keeping it a completely no-pressure challenge, just for fun and as a means of reading a little bit outside my comfort zone. Last year I read 47 of 50 books, so I think I did pretty good on that one. 🙂

    I love that you went back to see how you would have done if you’d joined the challenge! 😀 And I would definitely count Lady’s Guide for the clothing one.


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