POPSUGAR’s 2016 Reading Challenge

Last year I participated in POPSUGAR’s reading challenge and I didn’t do as well as I had hoped. This year, I’m going to try to stick to my challenge better and actually read ALL of the books. Here’s my list of books and you can click here to see POPSUGAR’s article about the challenge and get your own print out checklist.

Note: Some books I can’t put in yet because they’re contingent on things that haven’t happened yet so I’ll fill those in later.

  1. A book based on a fairy tale: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
  2. A National Book Award winner: Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  3. A YA bestseller: Prodigy by Marie Lu
  4. A book you haven’t read since high school: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  5. A book set in your home state: Mister O by Lauren Blakely
  6. A book translated to English: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  7. A romance set in the future: The Crown by Kiera Cass
  8. A book set in Europe: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  9. A book that’s under 150 pages: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  10. A New York Times bestseller: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  11. A book that’s becoming a movie this year: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth-Grahame-Smith
  12. A book recommended by someone you just met: _______________________
  13. A self-improvement book: Think Like A Man, Act Like A Lady by Steve Harvey
  14. A book you can finish in a day: Fairest by Marissa Meyer
  15. A book written by a celebrity: Unbreak My Heart by Toni Braxton
  16. A political memoir: The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
  17. A book at least 100 years older than you: Emma by Jane Austen
  18. A book that’s more than 600 pages: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
  19. A book from Oprah’s book club: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  20. A science-fiction novel: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  21. A book recommended by a family member: Black Wall Street by Hannibal B. Johnson
  22. A graphic novel: Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
  23. A book that is published in 2016: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  24. A book with a protagonist that has your occupation: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield
  25. A book that takes place during Summer: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  26. A book and it’s prequel: Throne of Glass and The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
  27. A murder mystery: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
  28. A book written by a comedian: Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres
  29. A dystopian novel: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
  30. A book with a blue cover: Love Lies Beneath by Ellen Hopkins
  31. A book of poetry: Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  32. The first book you see in a bookstore: ______________________
  33. A classic from the 20th century: The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  34. A book from the library: Let It Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson
  35. An autobiography: Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
  36. A book about a road trip: How To Be Bad by Lauren Myracle
  37. A book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  38. A satirical book: Animal Farm by George Orwell
  39. A book that takes place on an island: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  40. A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Also, I wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Enjoy the day!


Book Review: Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless


*This book is part of my POPSUGAR 2015 Reading Challenge*

Synopsis from Amazon:

Top Five Things That Are Ruining Chloe’s Day

5) Working the 6:30 a.m. shift at GoodFoods Market

4) Crashing a cart into a customer’s car right in front of her snarky coworker Sammi

3) Trying to rock the “drowned rat” look after being caught in a snowstorm

2) Making zero progress with her crush, Tyson (see #3)

1) Being accused—along with her fellow teenage employees— of stealing upwards of $10,000

Chloe would rather be anywhere than locked in work jail (aka the break room) with five of her coworkers . . . even if one of them is Tyson. But if they can band together to clear their names, what looks like a total disaster might just make Chloe’s list of Top Ten Best Moments.

It’s been way too long since I’ve read a book for my POPSUGAR reading challenge so I’m glad I finally got around to picking up this book. I picked this book based on it’s cover, apparently. Honestly, I no longer remember what I liked about it but I liked the book itself so it’s fine.

This was a typical, short YA novel that had a Breakfast Club vibe. Chloe, along with five of her other coworkers that are all around her age, are forced to stay late after work because someone accused them of stealing money that was supposed to be donated to those in need.

Through this unfortunate situation these six kids get to know each other, learning about their pasts, families, and school life. They realize they’re not as different from each other as they once thought and that maybe instead of just being coworkers, they could be friends too.

Overall, this book was cute. It had a good amount of diversity amongst the characters, which I really liked. And there was little bit of romance, a lot of friendship bondings, and a plot twist that you’ll see coming but is still interesting. Will I read this again? No, probably not. Did I enjoy it? Sure did.

If you’re looking for a quick, fun read this is the perfect book for you.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. It’s a cute, fun read but not one you’ll want to reread.


4 stars

Favorite Line:

I keep hearing that being a geek is cool now, but I’m not sure the rest of the world has gotten the memo.

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