2020 Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge [March Check-In]

Welcome back to the 2020 Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge! Your challenge this month is to read a book that includes one of the March Key Words in the title. Then link up to where you posted about it in the comments, on our Goodreads GXO Reading Challenge group or on Instagram using the hashtag #MonthlyKeyWordGXO. And don’t forget to update your 2020 Reading Challenges Tracker.

March Key Words

“Dream, Day, In, House, Luck, Friend”

Our top book suggestion this month is:

House of Salt and Sorrows, Erin A. Craig

This is a take on the Twelve Dancing Princesses fairytale. It’s set near the sea and involves some stormy scenes in a nearby lighthouse. It’s beautifully written but dark and twisted. It’ll keep you guessing and take you on a wild ride where you won’t know who to trust anymore- even the main character herself.

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?

When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.


  • Your task is to read at least 1 book for any of the keywords
  • Post about what you’ve read anywhere online – your blog, Goodreads and / or social media using the hashtag #MonthlyKeyWordGXO
  • Come back to our check-in here in the comments leave a link and/or tell us which book(s) you read and what you thought.

If you have any other book suggestions please drop them in the comments. Also- we’d love to know which book you picked for this month!


// Comments //

  1. I read House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig in April for this challenge. I enjoyed it fine. I think I had super high expectations and ended up thinking it was okay. I did like the dark feel of it and I had not had much exposure to this particular fairy tale so I enjoyed experiencing it and a retelling of it. Passing it on to my niece to see how she likes it as she enjoys the fairy tale alot.

  2. Heather Kochan

    Mar 31
  3. Finally finished Good Luck to the Corpse by Max Murray

    I’ve got a serious case of reader’s block…ever since the whole social distancing thing started. You’d think I’d be able to read more since I’m staying home all the time….

  4. Julie

    Mar 30

    Just finished Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky. 🙂

  5. Dorothy Dickerson

    Mar 29

    Read Deadly Stillwater by Roger Stelljes Mystery>Crime

  6. Cinzia

    Mar 08

    I read “Little house in the big woods” by Laura Ingalls Wilder

  7. Cyndi Harmon

    Mar 01

    I’m reading Judy Moody Around the World in 8 1/2 days.

    • Julie

      Mar 20

      I just finished GOODBYE DAYS by Jeff Zentner. What an emotional book. <3

  8. Tanya Patrice

    Mar 01

    I’m reading The Girl in the Tower, Ketherine Arden for this challenge. It’s the 2nd book in the Winternight series – I read the first book, The Bear and the Nightingale for the January challenge.

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