2020 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge [April Check-In]

Welcome back to the 2020 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge! Your challenge this month is to read a classic or a recently published book. 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 #MonthlyMotifGXO. And don’t forget to update your 2020 Reading Challenges Tracker.

– Classics or Current –

“Read a book published before the year you were born (classic-ish) OR a book published between April 2019 and April 2020 (current.)”

Here’s my top book suggestion for this month:

The Whisper Man, Alex North (published August 2019)

In this dark, suspenseful thriller, Alex North weaves a multi-generational tale of a father and son caught in the crosshairs of an investigation to catch a serial killer preying on a small town.


  • Your task is to read at least 1 book for this theme
  • Post about what you’ve read anywhere online – your blog, Goodreads and / or social media using the hashtag #MonthlyMotifGXO
  • 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.

… so what are you reading this month?!


// Comments //

  1. Sue Carey

    Jun 01

    I read a current book for April: The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz, Erik Larson https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3145787735

  2. Happy to report that I finished The Overstory by Richard Powers, around mid-May. Mine was a 2019 Vintage publication copy, so a Current. It’s a Pulitzer Prize winner 625-pages tome, and a wonderful book about trees and people giving “a f*ck about trees”. The review took a while, but it’s now up at https://www.instagram.com/p/CAz6tvHHCSg/?igshid=vjtmx2txlxjo
    Would appreciate feedback 🙂

  3. Elizabeth Barrientos

    May 03

    I read “Highfire” by Eoin Colfer, published in January 2020. A super fun read! Here is the link to my review: https://suojurelife.home.blog/2020/05/04/highfire-by-eoin-colfer-a-review/

    • I still haven’t read an Eoin Colfer book. Can’t believe it!

  4. Somdutta

    Apr 20

    So I am reading The Overstory by Richard Powers, published in April 2019. Thing is, it’s a heavy book, and it makes for beautiful but laborious reading… I am pretty sure I won’t finish it this month, so it may spill over into next month and act as my Author Intro May reading as well! Will keep y’all posted 🙂

  5. Dorothy Dickerson

    Apr 18

    Finally read Romeo And Juliet by William Shakespeare https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3252983133

  6. Scarlett

    Apr 09

    I read Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte as my classic for this month! I love classics, but I mostly read current books so I figured this challenge was a good opportunity to read an old classic I’ve never read before. Here’s my review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1384686831

    • @Scarlett Fantastic! I’m the same way so I love a little nudge to read more classics.

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