1. A book that’s published in 2020 – A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet
  2. A book by a trans or nonbinary author – Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard 
  3. A book with a great first linen – Verity by Colleen Hoover
  4. A book about a book club – The Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison
  5. A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics – Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather ‘Neill
  6. A bildungsroman – Go by Kazuki Kaneshiro
  7. The first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed – My Life as a Rat by Joyce Carol Oates
  8. A book with an upside-down image on the cover – The Key/Tone Clusters by Joyce Carol Oates
  9. A book with a map – The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
  10. A book recommended by your favorite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club – Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
  11. An anthology – Cutting Edge: New Stories of Mystery and Crime by Women Writers edited by Joyce Carol Oates 
  12. A book that passes the Bechdel test – Women by Chloe Caldwell
  13. A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but is unrelated to it – Evil Eye: Four Novellas of Love Gone Wrong by Joyce Carol Oates 
  14. A book by an author with flora or fauna in their name – Brave by Rose McGowen
  15. A book about or involving social media – I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi
  16. A book that has a book on the cover – Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler 
  17. A medical thriller – Oxygen by Carol Cassella
  18. A book with a made-up language – The Grammarians by Cathleen Schine
  19. A book set in a country beginning with “C” – The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  20. A book you picked because the title caught your attention – Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
  21. A book published the month of your birthday – Swing Time by Zadie Smith
  22. A book about or by a woman in STEM – All That Remains: A Life in Death by Sue Black
  23. A book that won an award in 2019 – FIVE: The Untold Lives of The Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold
  24. A book on a subject you know nothing about – The Lost King of France by Deborah Cadbury
  25. A book with only words on the cover, no images or graphics – A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride
  26. A book with a pun in the title – Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss
  27. A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins – The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter
  28. A book with a robot, cyborg, or AI character – Artificial Condition by Martha Wells 
  29. A book with a bird on the cover – Chickenfeed by Minette Walters
  30. A fiction or nonfiction book about a world leader – Team of Five by Kate Andersen Brower
  31. A book with “gold,” “silver,” or “bronze” in the title – Cleaning the Gold by Karin Slaughter and Lee Child
  32. A book by a WOC – Self-Inflicted Wounds by Aisha Tyler
  33. A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads – The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter 
  34. A book you meant to read in 2019 – The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  35. A book with a three-word title – Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter
  36. A book with a pink cover – Gross Anatomy by Mara Altman
  37. A Western – Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey
  38. A book by or about a journalist – Chocolate Wars by Deborah Cadbury
  39. Read a banned book during Banned Books Week – I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  40. Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge – Oh Dear Sylvia by Dawn French (2019 – 6. A book with a plant in the title or on the cover)

Advanced, 2020 Edition

  1. A book written by an author in their 20s – Unicorn: The Memoir of a Muslim Drag Queen by Amrou Al-Kadhi
  2. A book with “20” or “twenty” in the title – Women’s Work: The First 20,000 Years: Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times by Elizabeth Wayland Barber
  3. A book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement (a nod to 20/20 vision) – The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  4. A book set in the 1920s – Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
  5. A book set in Japan, host of the 2020 Olympics – A Tale for The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  6. A book by an author who has written more than 20 books – Last Breath by Karin Slaughter
  7. A book with more than 20 letters in its title – No! I Don’t Want to Join a Book Club by Virginia Ironside
  8. A book published in the 20th century – Gender Outlaw: ON Men, Women and the Rest of Us by Kate Bornstein
  9. A book from a series with more than 20 books – A New Lease of Death by Ruth Rendell
  10. A book with a main character in their 20s – The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abi Waxman