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#101 Riotproof

Posted 20 September 2019 - 01:40 PM

View PostRiotproof, on 15 September 2019 - 12:18 PM, said:

So, after reading on the good reads group, it’s suggested that cozy mysteries are a good source for hobbies. So, I’m reading Knit one, kill two by Kathy Sefton. Pretty cozy so far, but terrible dialogue. I’m liking the descriptions of the yarn shop.


This is terrible. Like seriously bad. I’m trying to decide if after 5 hours investment it’s worth continuing. I’m at 70% and thinking about skipping to the end so I can see how many pages have words on them.

#102 Lunagirl

Posted 25 September 2019 - 07:06 PM

#28 A book recommended by a celebrity you admire - Ballet Shoes by Noel Strathfield (recommended by J.K. Rowling)

Middle grade/very young YA book about three adopted sisters who go to a performing arts school. It's a cute book and I liked the characters.

#103 Lunagirl

Posted 25 September 2019 - 08:39 PM

View PostRiotproof, on 20 September 2019 - 01:40 PM, said:



This is terrible. Like seriously bad. I’m trying to decide if after 5 hours investment it’s worth continuing. I’m at 70% and thinking about skipping to the end so I can see how many pages have words on them.

Did you keep at it?

#104 Riotproof

Posted 25 September 2019 - 08:59 PM

Yes. So so bad. I do wonder if the series improved, but not enough to check it out.

#105 Lunagirl

Posted 25 September 2019 - 09:29 PM

At least that prompt is ticked off now! I still need to do that one, but won’t be choosing that book.

#106 Riotproof

Posted 25 September 2019 - 09:42 PM

View PostLunagirl, on 25 September 2019 - 09:29 PM, said:

At least that prompt is ticked off now! I still need to do that one, but won’t be choosing that book.

You would be wise. I do think cozy mysteries might work, the link I clicked had lots of options. I wonder if I was a knitter, I may have liked it more.

#107 Riotproof

Posted 28 September 2019 - 10:08 AM

I abandoned kleypass, such drivel.

I am now reading Mindy Kaling Is everyone hanging out without me? For a title with a question. It is very funny in parts, but also a bit draggy in others. And it’s a relatively short book.

#108 Riotproof

Posted 29 September 2019 - 01:56 PM

Finished it. not my favourite but it was funny in parts. I think I may have preferred as an audiobook.

#109 Riotproof

Posted 03 October 2019 - 12:08 PM

Updated now
13. A book published posthumously Suite Francaise
14. A book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie tale of beetle in the bard Hermione in deathly hallows.
15. A retelling of a classic
18. A book about someone with a superpower The power by Naomi Alderman
34. A book that includes a wedding

Superpower by Naomi Alderman is my current read. Really, really enjoying it.

#110 Riotproof

Posted 10 October 2019 - 07:50 AM

I finished The Power by Naomi Alderman for character with a superpower.

So very confronting. It’s like a novel from the man who has it all, but with so much violence. It was a hard, but compelling read.

Next is Tales of BeedLe and the bard, which Hermione reads in the Dealthy Hallows movie. I think I will rewatch them just to claim this one.

I think I’ll read something by Kate Forsyth for the retelling of a classic.

Edited by Riotproof, 10 October 2019 - 07:51 AM.


#111 Lunagirl

Posted 27 October 2019 - 02:57 PM

49. A book that has inspired a common phrase or idiom - Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.

I said in the other thread that I've been meaning to read this for years, and it was this challenge that finally made me get around to picking it up.

While I've now read 50 books for the year, not all of them have fit into the prompts, so I still have several to go on this challenge.

Below is where I'm up to. I have 13 to go if I want to make it! I think I'm going to have to make a rule of not reading any books for the rest of the year unless they fit a prompt!

My list so far:


1. A book becoming a movie in 2019 - The Rhythm Section by Mark Burnell.


2. A book that makes you nostalgic

3. A book written by a musician (fiction or nonfiction) - An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield


4. A book you think should be turned into a movie - Milkman by Anna Burns


5. A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads - The Fault in our Stars - John Green


6. A book with a plant in the title or on the cover - The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

7. A reread of a favourite book


8. A book about a hobby


9. A book you meant to read in 2018 - Deep Work by Cal Newport


10. A book with POP, SUGAR, or CHALLENGE in the title - The Sugar Camp Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini


11. A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover - The 7 Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Reid Jenkins


12. A book inspired by myth/legend/folklore - American Gods by Neil Gaiman


13. A book published posthumously


14. A book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie - Maus by Art Speigelman


15. A retelling of a classic - Enemy of God by Bernard Cornwell


16. A book with a question in the title


17. A book set on college or university campus


18. A book about someone with a superpower - The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson


19. A book told from multiple POVs - Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty.


20. A book set in space - Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


21. A book by two female authors


22. A book with SALTY, SWEET, BITTER, or SPICY in the title - Bitter Greens by Kate Forsythe


23. A book set in Scandinavia - The Girl in the Ice by Lotte and Soren Hammer


24. A book that takes place in a single day


25. A debut novel


26. A book that's published in 2019 - The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion


27. A book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature -

Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey


28. A book recommended by a celebrity you admire - Ballet Shoes by Noel Strathfield


29. A book with LOVE in the title


30. A book featuring an amateur detective - The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn


31. A book about a family

32. A book author from Asia, Africa, or South America


33. A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in title - The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater


34. A book that includes a wedding - China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan


35. A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter - Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan


36. A ghost story - A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay


37. A book with a two-word title - The Break by Marian Keyes


38. A novel based on a true story - Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton


39. A book revolving around a puzzle or game - The Tournament by Matthew Reilly


40. Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading challenge - Toy by R. Parr


41. A cli-fi book - The Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber


42. A choose-your-own-adventure book - Pretty Little Mistakes by Heather McElhatton


43. An 'own voices' book - The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


44. Read a book during the season it is set - The Well of Ascension (set in winter) by Brandon Sanderson


45. A LitRPG book - Fall, or Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson


46. A book with no chapters, unusual or unconventional chapter headings


47. Two books that share the same title (1) - The Winter King by Alys Clare


48. Two books that share the same title (2) - The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell


49. A book that inspired a common idiom - Catch-22 by Joseph Heller


50. A book set in a monastery, cloister, abbey, convent - The Paths of the Air by Alys Clare

Edited by Lunagirl, 27 October 2019 - 03:05 PM.


#112 Riotproof

Posted 29 October 2019 - 09:24 AM

Updated now
13. A book published posthumously Suite Francaise
14. ✅A book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie tale of beetle in the bard Hermione in deathly hallows.
15. ✅A retelling of a classic roald Dahl revolting rhymes
18. ✅A book about someone with a superpower The power by Naomi Alderman
34. A book that includes a wedding - currently reading The Deathly Hallows for this.

Having a hard time with Suite Francaise. Probably need a long bath to get into to it. Kate Forsyth has visited our library, so everything is borrowed.

Edited by Riotproof, 12 November 2019 - 10:16 AM.


#113 Lunagirl

Posted 31 October 2019 - 07:09 PM

#2 A book that makes you nostalgic - The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

This was one of my favourite books as a child. I haven’t read it in so long, but it was like the last read was yesterday.

#114 Riotproof

Posted 08 November 2019 - 11:36 AM

For a retelling, I read Roald Dahl’s Revolting rhymes.

Bit of a cheat, I know, but it really does fit the brief. Soooo funny.

#115 Lunagirl

Posted 09 November 2019 - 06:05 PM

#16 A book with a question in the title - Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella

#21 A book by two female authors - Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

#24 A book that takes place in a single day - Saturday by Ian McEwan

#31 A book about a family - Wasted by Elspeth Muir

#116 Riotproof

Posted 12 November 2019 - 11:23 AM

Okay, I’m giving up on suite Francaise. I don’t think it’s a bad book, just my state of mind. It has been suggested in the goodreads group that most of Emily Dickinsons poetry was published posthumously, so I’ve borrowed a collection of hers.
Also have another one Our Souls at night As a backup.

#117 Riotproof

Posted 16 November 2019 - 07:55 AM

A book published posthumously Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf. Absolutely beautiful. I will look at his other work now.

Just need to finish the Deathly Hallows and then I will be done.

#118 Lou-bags

Posted 16 November 2019 - 11:15 AM

Wow Riotproof, well done! I’ve put Our souls on my to read list.

It’s very likely I’m not going to make it... I have 17 of the prompts to complete. I think. It’s been a little while since ive tallied them up.

Am looking forward to next years already!

#119 Riotproof

Posted 16 November 2019 - 12:56 PM

Thanks! They have started releasing the prompts one a day for 2020.

I can post the prompts here if we have interest.

Edited by Riotproof, 16 November 2019 - 12:59 PM.


#120 Sled Zeppelin(a)

Posted 16 November 2019 - 02:35 PM

View PostRiotproof, on 16 November 2019 - 12:56 PM, said:

Thanks! They have started releasing the prompts one a day for 2020.

I can post the prompts here if we have interest.
Please do! (unless there are objections from others?)

#121 Riotproof

Posted 16 November 2019 - 02:38 PM

Okay, should I start a new thread?

#122 Lou-bags

Posted 16 November 2019 - 08:05 PM

View PostRiotproof, on 16 November 2019 - 02:38 PM, said:

Okay, should I start a new thread?

Yes please!

#123 Riotproof

Posted 23 November 2019 - 09:36 AM

Finished!!! The bride test by Helen Hoang for a book with a wedding. Could also be for the own voices prompt.

I am really liking her style, I’m going to read the third one I think. This book was a lot better than the Kiss Quotient and I really liked that too.

#124 Sled Zeppelin(a)

Posted 23 November 2019 - 10:25 AM

View PostRiotproof, on 23 November 2019 - 09:36 AM, said:

Finished!!! The bride test by Helen Hoang for a book with a wedding. Could also be for the own voices prompt.

I am really liking her style, I’m going to read the third one I think. This book was a lot better than the Kiss Quotient and I really liked that too.
Congratulations on finishing!! And with a month to spare!

#125 Lunagirl

Posted 24 November 2019 - 01:21 PM

17. A book set on college or university campus - Ninth House by Leigh Barudo

25. A debut novel - Eleanor Oliphaunt is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

29. A book with LOVE in the title - The Love of Stones by Tobias Hill

46. A book with no chapters, unusual or unconventional chapter headings - Evermore by Isobelle Carmody and Daniel Reed

Still to go:

7. A reread of a favourite book

8. A book about a hobby


13. A book published posthumously


32. A book author from Asia, Africa, or South America





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