My favorite time of year! Below, please find the 2019 Popsugar Reading Challenge. And if you’re in search of the past challenges, look no further than 2018, 2017, and 2016 (yes, I have corresponding books for each).
Might I give you a few suggestions to start?
- A book you think should be turned into a movie, Life After Joe (or A Fine Line, which I’ve already adapted to screenplay)
- A book that takes place in a single day, Room 702. I’m perhaps cheating as it’s each chapter that takes place in a single day (all in the same hotel suite), but I think I have the right idea.
- A book about someone with a superpower, The Queen of England: Coronation. I’m not going to give anything away, but there are some magical elements involved.
- A book you meant to read in 2018 — perhaps The Queen of England: Grand Tour didn’t make it to your TBR list? Well, I think it’s about time you picked it up!
Happy reading, everyone!
I decided Liz (Life After Joe) deserved a soundtrack for her many hours in the car. #betterlatethannever In case you’re interested, I also did one for The Queen of England: Coronation.
- Hamilton Soundtrack
- Hamilton Mixtape
- Good Feeling, Violent Femmes
- Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran
- Bad Habit, Offspring
- Back to Black, Amy Winehouse
- Drinking in LA, Bran Van 3000
- Save the Last Dance for Me, Michael Buble
- Mess, Ben Folds
- Come Away With Me, Norah Jones
- Tonight the Heartache’s on Me, Dixie Chicks
- Landslide, Dixie Chicks
- Die A Happy Man, Thomas Rhett
- Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of, U2
- Stolen Dance, Milky Chance
- FourFiveSeconds, Rihanna
- Don’t Speak, No Doubt
- 99% Invisible (podcast)
- Bitch Sesh (podcast)
- This American Life (podcast)
- On Being with Krista Tippett (podcast)
Hoping the trend continues…
I did one for the Queen, so I felt like Joe deserved one too. With reference to this post for my casting choices. This is another example of an image I couldn’t get official clearance to, but was in consideration as a cover photo for the novel.
I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy this book, as being of the slightly older generation I am not familiar with the concept of blogs and hashtags. But having started reading I couldn’t put it down until I knew how things turned out for Liz. The sudden death of a husband at a young age is undoubtedly a tricky subject, but the author managed it extremely well. There were tears, but also humour. There were some fascinating insights into the different way people react to death and the bereaved. The book shows there is no ‘right’ way. People need to find the way that works for them. Liz’s way may be unconventional – but that doesn’t mean it was wrong. I loved this book and would recommend it highly.
A reader, Life After Joe
I don’t have to tell you that it’s days like these that make being a writer an amazing thing.
As a person, I sometimes read an article or see a picture and think, ‘So and so would like that.’ As an author, the same thing happens with my characters. Case in point, this lovely article making the rounds in the New York Times.
Grab the Kleenex (don’t say I didn’t warn you).