Listen, I know PopSugar probably isn’t on anyone’s top-five list of respected intellectual authorities. But guys, their reading challenges are so fun.
I first discovered PopSugar’s challenges last year, and I had such a good time completing the 2015 list that there was no doubt about my participation again this year (though I was slightly disappointed to find that the 2016 list is a full twelve books shorter).
The thing I love about these challenges: they’re lists of categories, not of specific books. That means they’re open-ended enough that I can pick something I’m reasonably sure I’ll enjoy, but specific enough that I’m occasionally pushed out of my genre comfort zone (two of the best books I read last year, The Hot Zone by Richard Preston and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby, were the result of such a push). It’s the perfect recipe for discovery.