2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge

I don’t really make it a secret that I love reading. Every year I try to do the Popsugar Challenge and fail, so this year I decided to pick out all my books before the new year even started. I also made a point to pick mostly from books I already own. There are a few I will get from the library. Below are the topics, and my choices!

  1. A Book made into a movie you’ve already seen: Me Before You – Jojo Moyes (Normally I try to read the book before the movie, but that didn’t happen in this case. Also when I see the movie before reading it, I often have trouble reading the book. This topic may be a little hard for me.)
  2. True Crime: After the Eclipse – Sarah Perry (Or Columbine – Dave Cullen)
  3. The Next Book in a Series You Started: Beautiful Darkness: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  4. A Book Involving a Heist: Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
  5. Nordic Noir: The Snowman – Jo Nesbo
  6. A Novel Based on a Real Person: My Lady Jane – Cynthia Hand
  7. A Book Set in a Country that Fascinates You: Beautiful Ruins – Jess Walter
  8.  A Book with a Time of Day in the Title: Emma in the Night – Wendy Walker
  9. A Book About a Villain or Antihero: Heartless – Marissa Meyer
  10. A About Death or Grief: Squid’s Grief – DK Mok
  11. A Book with a Female Author Who Uses a Male Pseudonym:  If J.K. Rowling releases her new Comoran Strike book I will do that one, but if not I will do Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
  12. A Book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist: Simon Vs. the Homosapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli (bonus this is going to be a movie next year)
  13. A Book that is also a Stage Play or Musical:  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Original Screenplay) – J.K. Rowling
  14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you: Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
  15. A book about feminism: Moxie – Jennifer Mathieu
  16. A book about mental health: The Impossible Knife of Memory – Laurie Halse Anderson
  17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift: The Circle – Sara B. Elfgren & Mats Strandberg/ Lost in Austen: Create your own Jane Austen Adventure – Emma Campbell (these were both given to me as gifts from my Swedish relative.)
  18. A book by two authors: The Royal We – Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
  19. A book involving a sport: Beartown – Fredrik Backman
  20. A book by a local author: The Chemist – Stephanie Meyer
  21. A book with your favorite color in the title: The Mystery of the Blue Train – Agatha Christie/Court of Thorn and Roses – Sarah J. Maas
  22. A book with alliteration in the title: Maniac Magee – Jerry Spinelli
  23. A book about time travel: Drums of Autumn(4rth Outlander book) – Diana Gabaldon
  24. A book with a weather element in the title: The Winter Sea – Susanna Kearsley
  25. A book set at sea: The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware
  26. A book with an animal in the title: The Magician’s Elephant – Kate DiCamillo
  27. A book set on a different planet: The Sparrow – Susanna Kearsley
  28. A Book with a song lyrics in the title: The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
  29. A book about or set on Halloween: Something Wicked This Way Comes or The Halloween Tree both by Ray Bradbury
  30. A book with characters who are twins: Sisterland – Curtis Sittenfeld
  31. A book mentioned in another book: I don’t have this one picked out yet, as I’m going to just pick one from one of the books I read along the way.
  32. A book from a celebrity book club: I believe I’m going to do the Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman, however I’m going to wait a little bit and see what else Reese Witherspoon picks.(Or possibly Emma Watson)
  33. A childhood classic you’ve never read: Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls or The Book of Three – Lloyd Alexander or the Betsy Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace
  34. A book thats published in 2018: I’m also waiting to pick this later in the year.
  35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards Winner: Life After Life – Kate Atkinson
  36. A book set in the decade you were born in: The Marriage Plot – Jeffrey Eugenides
  37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to: Also left open for choice.
  38. A book with an ugly cover: I kind of had trouble with this one as if it’s ugly I tend to pass it by. I chose one that was just sort of boring instead. So I picked Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz.
  39. A book that involves a bookstore or library: The Bookshop on the Corner – Jenny Colgan
  40. Your favorite prompt from the 2015,2016 or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge: I chose a book of short stories from the 2015 Reading Challenge – Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

I haven’t decided if I will do the advanced yet mostly because I want leave open books for my bookclub, and if anything comes out that I want to read or if I want to reread anything!


January Reads

  1. Scrappy Little Nobody – Anna Kendrick
  2. Carry On Warrior – Glennon Doyle Melto
  3. Year of Yes – Shonda Rhimes
  4. The Creeping – Alexandra Sirowy
  5. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
  6. Wonder – R.J. Palacio
  7. Cream Puff Murder – JoAnne Fluke (audiobook/reread)
  8. Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden – M.C. Beaton (audiobook)


I read a lot of nonfiction this month, which isn’t my usual go to books. I prefer fiction. My favorite of those was Shonda Rhimes book. I’m an introvert like her, and like her i always find no easier to say then yes. The book just really resonated in me, and gave me the lift I needed to start finding my own way. My least favorite was In Cold Blood, which I found the book to be really interesting to read it was just a little slow for me. Also the descriptions in the beginning were unnerving since this book was a true crime book.

I loved Wonder, there were times when it was heart breaking, and other times where it made me smile. The ending was my favorite. I felt pretty meh about The Creeping. There were definitly times where it was pretty creepy. At one point I was reading it in the dark with my book light since everyone else was asleep. I was pretty creeped out by it and had to put it down until the morning. The reason it fell short for me was because of the ending. It felt way to obvious through most of the book on where it was going. The other fact of Stella’s not really having any present parental units is just way to convenient of a plot line. I’m pretty tired of that. I also couldn’t stand her best friend Zoe, but I guess she wasn’t really meant to be all that likeable.

I listened to two audiobooks this month. I usually listen to them to go to bed at night so I like to listen to cozy murder mysteries or books that are fluff. I’ve already read all the Hannah Swensen books, and they’re full of fluff, and perfect for me to fall asleep too. I listen more now for the stories of the characters then the actual mystery part. The other book I listened to was the 9th book in the Agatha Raisin series. It was as usual funny, and better at the mystery telling part.

I’ve started Where’d you Go Bernadette, but this month I’ve been kind of tired from reading. I watched the entire first season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend instead. I LOVED that show, and i can’t wait for season two to show up on February 11.

That’s it for now.

Currently 1/3/17

1.) I once had this idea that I could do a food blog, but then realized it just wasn’t my thing. I LOVE cooking, but I can’t come up with recipes on the fly. I like to take already written up recipes and adapt them. I feel like that doesn’t make it really MY recipe. Now I do have some things I make pretty regularly that I made up myself so it’s not entirely true that I don’t have anything. Also I have a lot of family recipes I like to make too. Eventually I’d like to do my own family cookbook, but I think that’s as far as that dream goes.

2.) Yesterday was a busy day of shopping at Sprouts and going to the grocery store. I ended it by making one of my favorite chicken noodle soup recipes. It’s from the Betty Crocker Cookbook. I always buy a rotisseri chicken from Sprouts  or Costco to really make it delicious. My husband likes his soups more hearty so I often have less liquid in them. Really the only thing I change to this soup is add Dill and Season Salt.

3.) I ended up having a really horrible migraine last night and went to bed at 6:30. Woke up at 10 really grumpy so I made myself some tea and watched The Parent Trap. The original one, not the Lindsay Lohan one, and I can’t tell you how excited I am that it’s actually on Netflix. Now I need Summer Magic and Pollyanna to show up on there and I’ll be one happy Hayley Mills fan.

4.)I’m reading Carry On Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton  right now, but I’m only on Page 23. So far my favorite quote is “I start feeling empty and restless, and instead of remembering that sometimes life is uncomfortable and empty everywhere, I decide that bliss is just a new house or town or state away. It isn’t. Where you go, there you are. Your emptiness goes with you. Maddening”

It took me awhile to realize this. It’s not that I was able to move a lot, but I often enter in to a fight or flight mode when life gets tough. I always want to flee, but the truth is you can’t. You take yourself with you. I learned this from the second season of Felicity.

5.) Right now I’m cooking a whole roaster chicken. It’s only the second time I’ve made it. Preparing the thing is always unpleasant to me, but in the end it turns out to be some of the most delicious chicken ever. I just cook it low and slow in my crock pot. I plan to use it for salads and chicken cauliflower fried rice this week.

6.) I’ve been coloring at the counter while I wait for breakfast, lunch or dinner cooks. It’s a good way to not watch a pot boil. I have crayons, markers and color pencils. Right now my coloring instrument of choice is markers.

7.) I have a DSLR, actually I have two. The first one was a gift from my husband when we were dating, and the other was my father’s. I was given it after he passed away. I love these cameras. I love the pictures that come from them, but now I’m researching for a smaller one that also takes video. I just want something small that I can carry around with me that isn’t my phone.

8.) It’s Tuesday, that means Fixer Upper is on all day. I always like when Fixer Upper is on all day, and when there are new ones I always text my husband to tell him we will be moving to Waco immediately, like tomorrow.

*The above pictures were taken with a Canon Rebel T1i and edited in lightroom. I’m still learning, and teaching myself so bare with me.

Movies and Television 2016

I saw most of these from Redbox,  and on Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, and DVDs I bought. I think I saw a total of four movies in the theater. I just can’t find the time to go right now.

The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill and Came Down a Mountain
The Last Five Years
The Awakening
The Loft
Ted 2
The Good Dinosaur
Hotel Transylvania 2
Inside Out
The Peanuts Movie
The Silence of the Lambs
Inside Out
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Hot Pursuit
The Intern
Neighbors 2
102 Minutes that Changed America
The Choice
Bridge of Spies
The 5th Wave
The Boy Next Door
27 Dresses
Fantastic Four (2015)
Amy Schumer live at the Apollo
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
The Big Short
Made of Honor
The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
The Secret Life of Pets
Mothers Day
Jason Bourne
The Angry Birds Movie
I Know What You Did Last Summer
Final Destination
Becoming Jane
Must Love Dogs
Me Before You
Money Monster
Captain America: Civil War
The Nice Guys
Batman Vs Superman
The Shallows
Ghostbusters (2016) 4X
Love and Friendship
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Mr. Right
Poltergeist (2015)
Never Been Kissed
Crocodile Dundee
Under the Tuscan Sun
How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days
Failure to Launch
Julie and Julia
P.S. I Love You
Christian Mingle
The Great Outdoors
Finding Dory
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The Hobbit trilogy
Pride and Prejudice
Independence Day Resurgence
Home Alone
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The Secret Life of Pets
Love Actually
The Grinch
Rudolph the Rednose reindeer
Frosty the Snowman
Charlie Brown Christmas
The Night Before (2x)
The Secret Life of Pets
Bad Mom’s
The Holiday
Miss Peregrin’s  School for the Peculiar
Bridget Jones’s Baby

Forensic Files Season 1-2
Breaking Bad season 4-5
Broadchurch Season 1-2
Fuller House Seasons 1-2
Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries series 1-3
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 2
The Muppets Season 1
Game of Thrones Season 2-6
Supernatural (rewatch) Season 1-5
Doc Martin 1-6
Popples (Netflix) season 1-3
Nightmare Nextdoor season 6-8
Stranger Things Season 1
Sherlock Season 2-3
R.L. Stines The Haunting Hour Season 1-2
Ask the Storybots Season 1
The Office Season 1-3(rewatch)
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
Supergirl season 1
Call the Midwife season 5
Kids bakeoff championship
Diners, Drive Ins and Dives (all the series on Netflix)
Friends Season 5-10 (rewatch)
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Of
The Middle seasons 1-5(rewatch)

Shows I kept up with: Once Upon A Time, The Flash, iZombie, The Middle, Supernatural, Last Man Standing, Outlander, Fixer Upper, Ghost Adventures , Westworld, This Is Us

Podcasts – Serial

Books Read in 2016

The following is a boring list of the books I read in 2016. I had a goal of 45 books, and I read 57. I read a mixture of print books and e-books. I also listened to audiobooks.

  1. The Entire Deborah Knott series by Margaret Maron
  2. Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
  3. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  4. Once Upon a Time by Debbie Macomber
  5. Wedding Cake Murder by JoAnne Fluke
  6. The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
  7. Catacomb by Madeleine Roux
  8. Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
  9. Life and Death by Stephanie Meyer (technically a DNF because it was kind of awful.)
  10. The Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton
  11. The Vicious Vet by M.C. Beaton
  12. Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardner by M.C. Beaton
  13. Agatha Raisen and the Walkers of Dembley by M.C. Beaton
  14. Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs
  15. Agatha Raisen and the Wellspring of Death by M.C. Beaton
  16. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer (reread)
  17. The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
  18. Hello? by Liza Wiemer
  19. Knit Two by Kate Jacobs
  20. What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
  21. Night Film by Marisha Pessel
  22. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
  23. One Was Lost by Natalie Richards
  24. Knit the Season by Kate Jacobs
  25. The Lake House by Kate Morton
  26. Runaway by Meg Cabot
  27. Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan (reread)
  28. Rose Harbor Inn series 1-3 by Debbie Macomber
  29. The Bride Wore Size Twelve by Meg Cabot
  30. Christmas Carmel Murder by JoAnne Fluke
  31. House Rules by Jodi Picoult
  32. All the Little Liars by Charlaine Harris
  33. Molly on the Range by Molly Yeh
  34. Bridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries by Helen Fielding
  35. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  36. Gingerbread Cookie Murder by JoAnne Fluke, Laura Lavine, and Leslie Meyer

My goal for next year will just be 45 books again, but I’m going to try to finish some the series I have started. I also want to read more of my print books I already own. So I probably won’t buy many books in the first half the year. Lets see where this goes.