2019 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge

Welcome to the 2019 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge! This challenge runs from JANUARY 1, 2019 – DECEMBER 31, 2019 ~ For this challenge, each month of the year is assigned a motif or theme. Your task is to read one book per month that fits in with the assigned motifs…

2019 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge

JANUARY – New to You Author

Read a book by an author whose writing you’ve never read before.

FEBRUARY – Cover Love

Yes. We’re giving you permission to judge a book by its cover and read a book with a cover that really caught your eye.

MARCH – Royalty, Kingdoms, Empires, Governments

Read a book in which the character is involved in a ruling or governing body in some way.

APRIL – Crack the Case

Read a mystery, detective story, true crime, cozy mystery, or book involving a puzzle to solve.

MAY – One Sitting Reads

Read something that is short enough you could get through it in one sitting- try a graphic novel, comic book, short story, essay, or short collection of poetry.

JUNE – Diversify Your Reading

Read a book with a character (or written by an author) of a race, religion, or sexual orientation other than your own or read about a culture you want to learn more about.

JULY – Through The Years

Read a book involving time travel, a book with a ‘time’ setting such as The Great Gatsby (20s), read a historical fiction/nonfiction, or choose a book published in your birth year.

AUGUST – Mode of Transportation

Read a book where the mode of transportation plays a role in the story (ex. Murder on the Orient Express or The Boys in the Boat)

SEPTEMBER – Animal, Number, Color, Name

One of those things needs to be in the title of the book you choose (ex. Water for Elephants, Red Queen, Fahrenheit 451, Rebecca, Harry Potter)

OCTOBER – Tricks and Trades

Read a book set in a theater, an amusement park, a circus, or a book involving magic, illusions, or characters with special powers.

NOVEMBER – Seasons, Elements, and Weather

Embrace a winter wonderland setting, pick a beach read, or read about a natural disaster. As long as a season, element, or the weather plays a key role in the story or is part of the title, it counts. (ex. Little Fires Everywhere, The Snow Child, On The Island)

DECEMBER – Last Chance

Finally read that one book that you’ve been meaning to get to all year long.


The Nuts and Bolts – IMPORTANT!

Below is a participation linky (the blue button.) Please use it to sign up and/or link up to your Monthly Motif Introduction blog post. If you don’t write a blog, link up to your Goodreads profile page, your Instagram, etc.

We’d love for you to post to social media (if you use it) using the hashtag #monthlymotifgxo.

Just before the first of each month we’ll be checking in with you and putting up a new linky for you to link your reviews for that month to. You will have until the 10th of the next month to add your link. After that the linky will be closed. You can still link up after that, you’ll just need to message me.

You can find our latest Monthly Motif post in the blog sidebar.

Thanks for joining and have fun!

(If you are reading this post in a blog reader you’ll need to click through to the site to see the participation linky below.)

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59 Replies to “2019 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge”

  1. […] It’s the month of love and the perfect time to read a book simply because you adore the cover. It’s okay to be a little spontaneous and reckless and, maybe, not even check the synopsis first! Okay, maybe just a peek. What books are going to get a little love this month? Welcome to the February Check-In of the 2019 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge!  […]

  2. Melissa says:

    Oops! Same problem as last month. September link does not exist yet. 😉

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  4. Melissa says:

    Oh, I just tried to upload my August book, but it says the page doesn’t exist. Just checking to see if you guys are still doing the monthly motif and if everything is okay!

  5. The link for August reviews doesn’t seem to be working.

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  12. Dorothy Dickerson says:

    Any recommendations for March? I’ll be looking through all my books as well as my daughter’s, but I welcome any new input. Any new good books for my shelf 😀

  13. Oh, shoot! I’m late signing up, but I participate in this challenge every year and really enjoy it.
    Can I still sign up?
    Here’s my 2019 Challenges page – just running a bit behind after a crisis-filled January!

    https://bookbybook.blogspot.com/p/2019-reading-challenges.html

    Thanks –

    Sue

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  22. Laurie says:

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