Archive for November, 2019

by Neil Patrick Harris

This is my book for #Popsugar prompt 42: Chose your own adventure

I did not think it was possible to love NPH more – but it is. So much more. This book is funny and sweet and endearing and smart and I just want to be its best friend forever
Just go out immediately and read this book. Or listen to it as I did cos then you get to hear his words and his voice
And then take a day off work to get over the hangover – cos there will be one and your life will feel bereft and empty.

by Alice Gorman

This is my book for #Popsugar prompt 20 – Set in space
Everything Dr Space Junkie is enthralled by is set in space – and she shares some of that delight with us, the readers.
This book, and her ideas, are an interesting take on both space junk and archaeology. I loved her uncovering and exploration of the cultural importance of the bits and pieces left in space – the space junk.
I also thoroughly enjoyed the tangential information Dr Gorman provided, rooting space travel and exploration in earth culture.
An enjoyable and interesting non-fiction book that looks at a common phenomenon from a new angle.

by Sally Hinchcliffe

I read this book for #Popsugar prompt 33 – Zodiac or astrology term in the title. I decided to run with the suggested idea that SKY counted.
This is also a book about a hobby (prompt 8).

Manda and her friends are bird watchers and the practice of bird watching is an important narrative device here, as is the behaviour of birds. But don’t worry if birds are not your thing – I can’t tell a seagull from an eagle and I loved the details included.

Manda has also just split from her long term boyfriend and is now out of the twitching circle she has belonged to for so long.
A little adrift she attracts the scary attention of a fellow bird watcher. And so begins the twisted journey of this book.

I liked how her bird watching and the birds she saw are woven into the events of her life. I also really liked how the past was revealed to the reader – it is so important to the story and the way it is exposed keeps the reader both engaged and split between then and now. Each time a new nugget of information was revealed I was delighted.

I am still feeling a bit aghast at the end more than 24 hours since finishing the book – but in the best possible way.

Worth reading for sure!


by Dr Jen Green

This is my book for #Popsugar prompt 27 – featuring an extinct creature
This is a kid’s audiobook but even still, had some information I did not know.
It is interesting and well narrated – it is one of those books that children will love and adults will be quite happy reading/listening to too.

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal

by G. Willow Wilson

This is my book for #Popsugar prompt 18 – About someone with superpower
I liked this telling of a superhero story – I like how Ms Marvel is a teenage Muslim from a conservative home dealing with parents and boys and friendships and all the normal teenager stuff – and also with suddenly realising she has all these powers.

I would definitely read the rest in the series

Popsugar 2020

  1. A book that’s published in 2020
  2. A book by a trans or nonbinary author
  3. A book with a great first line
  4. A book about a book club
  5. A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics
  6. A bildungsroman
  7. The first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed
  8. A book with an upside-down image on the cover
  9. A book with a map
  10. A book recommended by your favorite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club
  11. An anthology
  12. A book that passes the Bechdel test
  13. A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but is unrelated to it
  14. A book by an author with flora or fauna in their name
  15. A book about or involving social media
  16. A book that has a book on the cover
  17. A medical thriller
  18. A book with a made-up language
  19. A book set in a country beginning with “C”
  20. A book you picked because the title caught your attention
  21. A book published the month of your birthday
  22. A book about or by a woman in STEM
  23. A book that won an award in 2019
  24. A book on a subject you know nothing about
  25. A book with only words on the cover, no images or graphics
  26. A book with a pun in the title
  27. A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins
  28. A book with a robot, cyborg, or AI character
  29. A book with a bird on the cover
  30. A fiction or nonfiction book about a world leader
  31. A book with “gold,” “silver,” or “bronze” in the title
  32. A book by a WOC
  33. A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads
  34. A book you meant to read in 2019
  35. A book with a three-word title
  36. A book with a pink cover
  37. A Western
  38. A book by or about a journalist
  39. Read a banned book during Banned Books Week
  40. Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

Advanced, 2020 Edition

  1. A book written by an author in their 20s
  2. A book with “20” or “twenty” in the title
  3. A book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement (a nod to 20/20 vision)
  4. A book set in the 1920s
  5. A book set in Japan, host of the 2020 Olympics
  6. A book by an author who has written more than 20 books
  7. A book with more than 20 letters in its title
  8. A book published in the 20th century
  9. A book from a series with more than 20 books
  10. A book with a main character in their 20s

Station Eleven

by Emily St, John Mandel

This is my book for #Popsugar prompt 40 – Favourite previous prompt. I selected prompt 7 from 2017 – a story within a story.
Interesting book with many threads and sub plots – all of which I was completely invested in. Every time a character reappeared I felt like I was seeing an old friend and really wanted to know what was going on in their life.

I love multiple POV narratives and this one supplies this in buckets – we jump from person to person and between times. It is all done very successfully and certainly kept me engaged and enthralled.

Well written, intriguing and very readable.
I did wonder at the title seeing as that’s the story in the story – but in the end loved the message that creativity endures – be it Shakespeare or a graphic novel

Around the Year

Next year I plan to do this challenge

1. A book with a title that doesn’t contain the letters A, T or Y
2. A book by an author whose last name is one syllable
3. A book that you are prompted to read because of something you read in 2019
4. A book set in a place or time that you wouldn’t want to live
5. The first book in a series that you have not started

6. A book with a mode of transportation on the cover
7. A book set in the southern hemisphere
8. A book with a two-word title where the first word is “The”
9. A book that can be read in a day

10. A book that is between 400-600 pages
11. A book originally published in a year that is a prime number
12. A book that is a collaboration between 2 or more people
13. A prompt from a previous Around the Year in 52 Books challenge (Link)
14. A book by an author on the Abe List of 100 Essential Female Writers (link)

15. A book set in a global city
16. A book set in a rural or sparsely populated area
17. A book with a neurodiverse character
18. A book by an author you’ve only read once before

19. A fantasy book
20. The 20th book [on your TBR, in a series, by an author, on a list, etc.]
21. A book related to Maximilian Hell, the noted astronomer and Jesuit Priest who was born in 1720
22. A book with the major theme of survival

23. A book featuring an LGBTQIA+ character or by an LGBTQIA+ author
24. A book with an emotion in the title
25. A book related to the arts
26. A book from the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards
27. A history or historical fiction

28. A book by an Australian, Canadian or New Zealand author
29. An underrated book, a hidden gem or a lesser known book
30. A book from the New York Times ‘100 Notable Books’ list for any year
31. A book inspired by a leading news story

32. A book related to the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Japan
33. A book about a non-traditional family
34. A book from a genre or sub genre that starts with a letter in your name
35. A book with a geometric pattern or element on the cover

36. A book from your TBR/wishlist that you don’t recognize, recall putting there, or put there on a whim
37. Two books that are related to each other as a pair of binary opposites: Book #1
38. Two books that are related to each other as a pair of binary opposites: Book #2
39. A book by an author whose real name(s) you’re not quite sure how to pronounce

40. A book with a place name in the title
41. A mystery
42. A book that was nominated for one of the ‘10 Most Coveted Literary Prizes in the World’ (link)
43. A book related to one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse
44. A book related to witches

45. A book by the same author who wrote one of your best reads in 2019 or 2018
46. A book about an event or era in history taken from the Billy Joel song “We Didn’t Start the Fire”
47. A classic book you’ve always meant to read
48. A book published in 2020

49. A book that fits a prompt from the list of suggestions that didn’t win (link)
50. A book with a silhouette on the cover
51. A book with an “-ing” word in the title
52. A book related to time