Popsugar Advanced Reading Challenge Monthly Check In – January

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having a lovely day and had a nice January. I cannot believe it’s over already! I feel like yesterday was Christmas. There are still some houses around my area with their Christmas lights up!

Today we’re just checking in on the progress of my Popsugar Advanced Reading Challenge. Seeing as I only decided to do this mid month, I hadn’t planned my January TBR around it and therefore didn’t get as many books in as I wanted this month. Thankfully, I tackled my January TBR pretty well and was able to get a few of the shorter books in the list done, just to get some ticked off and feel like I had made some progress.

  1. A book recommended by a librarian: The Brief History of the Dead, Kevin Brockmeier
  2. A book that’s been on your TBR list for way too long: The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
  3. A book of letters: Love, Rosie, Cecelia Ahern
  4. An audiobook: You, Caroline Kepnes
  5. A book by a person of colour: Native Son, Richard Wright
  6. A book with one of the four seasons in the title: The Winter People, Jennifer McMahon
  7. A book that is a story within a story: The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield
  8. A book with multiple authors: Never Never, Colleen Hoover, Tarryn Fisher
  9. An espionage thriller: Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein
  10. A book with a cat on the cover: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
  11. A book by an author who uses a pseudonym: The Bad Beginning, Lemony Snicket
  12. A bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read: The Three Body Problem, Lui Cixin
  13. A book by or about a person who has a disability: A boy made of blocks, Keith Stuart
  14. A book involving travel: The Year of living Danishly…, Helen Russell
  15. A book with a subtitle: I’m Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google employee number 59, Douglas Edwards
  16. A book that’s published in 2017: Leave Me, Gayle Forman
  17. A book involving a mythical creature: How to train your Dragon, Cressida Cowell
  18. A book you’ve read before that makes you smile: Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
  19. A book about food: Food: A Love Story, Jim Gaffigan
  20. A book with career advice: #Girlboss, Sophia Amaruso 
  21. A book from a nonhuman perspective: The art of racing in the rain, Garth Stein
  22. A steampunk novel: Soulless, Gail Carriger
  23. A book with a red spine, Me Before You, Jojo Moyes
  24. A book set in the wilderness: The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey
  25. A book you loved as a child: The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
  26. A book by an author from a country you’ve not visited: Relativity, Antonia Hayes
  27. A book with a title that’s a character’s name: Nimona, Noelle Stevenson
  28. A novel set during wartime: All the light we cannot see, Anthony Doerr
  29. A book with an unreliable narrator: American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis
  30. A book with pictures: Illuminae, Amie Kaufman
  31. A book where the main character is a different ethnicity: Life of Pi, Yann Martel
  32. A book about an interesting woman: Touch of Power, Maria V. Snyder 
  33. A book set in two different time periods: The Time Travellers Wife, Audrey Niffeneggar
  34. A book with a month or day of the week in the title: The Wednesday Letters, Jason F. Wright
  35. A book set in a hotel: I’ll Meet You There, Heather Demetrios
  36. A book written by someone you admire: Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling
  37. A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017: All the Bright Places, Jennifer Niven
  38. A book set around a holiday other than Christmas: Hallowe’en Party, Agatha Christie
  39. The first book in a series you haven’t read before: The Gatekeeper’s Sons, Eva Pohler
  40. A book you bought on a trip: Survivor, Tom Hoyle 
  41. A book recommended by an author you love: A Living Nightmare, Darren Shan
  42. A bestseller from 2016: The Gender Game, Bella Forest
  43. A book with a family member term in the title: Letter to my Daughter, George Bishop
  44. A book that takes place over a character’s life span: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  45. A book about an immigrant or refugee: Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  46. A book from a genre/subgenre you’ve never heard of: A Dirty Job, Christopher Moore
  47. A book with an eccentric character: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
  48. A book that’s more than 800 pages: GOT: A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin
  49. A book you got from a used book sale: Screwed, Ronnie Thompson
  50. A book that’s been mentioned in another book: Lord of the Flies, William Golding
  51. A book about a difficult topic: Heroin, Julie O’Toole
  52. A book based on mythology: The Gatekeeper’s Challenge, Eva Pohler

So as you can see, I managed to read  13/52 books. This probably looks a lot better than it is, bearing in mind that the books I read were between 60-400 pages, most of them being in the shorter category. But it’s definitely made a good dent in it, giving me a little bit more time to get the bigger books in!

I still obviously want to be reading both books I’ve purchased and have yet to read and books that are coming out this year that I’m excited for that don’t fit in to the reading challenge. For that reason, my monthly TBR’s will be a mixture of both challenge and non challenge books. So I’m trying to get as many of them out of the way quickly so I don’t suddenly get hit with 20 books in November!

Thanks for checking in, if you’re doing this (or any other) challenge, let me know how you’re getting on!

Love & Laughter

Cheryl xx

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