Join the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2023 +2023

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Why do she read? Whatever your motivation – relaxation, distraction, entertainment – the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge is a great way for you to broaden your horizons and, who knows, maybe even discover a new favorite subgenre: “A Book of Mythical Creatures.”

For this ninth iteration of the challenge, we subtly lean into the nostalgia around us. From Y2K fashion (TW: Low Rise Jeans) to reboots and the resurgence of the film camera, it’s no secret that the trends of the past are now relevant. With prompts like “A book you should have read in high school,” “A book set in the decade you were born,” and “A book you wish you’d read for the first time.” Could read again”, you are on the right track in the memory lane.

Whether you’re taking on the challenge for the first time or you’re in from the beginning, the goal of the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge is for you to have fun and add variety to your reading. There are no rules”!

Ready to get started? We list helpful resources ahead of time – from ways to track your progress to our books community and everything in between, we’re here to help you on your journey.

  • Download our Printable list hereso you can check off the prompts on the go and pin the graphic for reference.
  • Join this POPSUGAR Book Club on Facebook, a well-read community of avid POPSUGAR editors and readers from around the world. Swap book tips for the challenge, report back when you’re stuck on a prompt, or just chat about the latest page turner you’re obsessed with.
  • consequences POPSUGAR books on Twitter and share your progress on social media using the hashtag #popsugarreadingchallenge.
  • Need to buy some new titles this year to fulfill your desires? We love to use Bookstore to find the best independent shops near us. Listen!

Without further ado, read on for the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2023, plus book suggestions from our team for each challenge!

2023 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

  • A book you’ll want to read in 2022
  • A book you bought from an independent bookstore
  • A book about a vacation
  • A book by a first author
  • A book of mythical creatures
  • A book about a forbidden romance
  • A book with “girl” in the title
  • A celebrity memory
  • A book with a color in the title
  • A romance with a fat lead
  • A book about or set in Hollywood
  • A book, published in spring 2023
  • A book published in the year you were born
  • A modern reinterpretation of a classic
  • A book with the lyrics of a song as its title
  • A book with the main character’s name in the title
  • A book about a love triangle
  • A book banned or challenged in any state in 2022
  • A book that fulfills your favorite prompt from a past challenge
  • A book that will become a TV series or a movie in 2023
  • A book set in the decade you were born
  • A book with a queer edge
  • A book with a map
  • A book with a rabbit on the cover
  • A book with only text on the cover
  • The shortest book (by pages) on your TBR list
  • A #BookTok recommendation
  • A book you bought used
  • A book your friend recommended
  • A book that’s on a celebrity book club list
  • A book about a family
  • A book that will be published in the second half of 2023
  • A book about an athlete/sport
  • A historical novel
  • A book about divorce
  • A book you think your best friend would enjoy
  • A book to read in high school
  • A book you read more than 10 years ago
  • A book that you would love to read again for the first time
  • A book by an author with the same initials as you


  • A book written during NaNoWriMo
  • A book based on a popular film
  • A book that takes place entirely in one day
  • A self-published book
  • A book that started out as fanfiction
  • A pet book
  • A book about a holiday that is not Christmas
  • A book in two languages
  • The longest book (by pages) on your TBR list
  • A book with alliteration in the title

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