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2020 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge [January Check-In]

Here we go again with the Monthly Motif Reading Challenge 2020. Each month we’ll be publishing a check in post like this to help keep you on track and to give you a few book suggestions that fit the months motif/theme. Our theme in January is:


“Read a book set in a truly wonderful place-somewhere beautiful, somewhere with a rich culture, or even a magical realm.”

Our recommendation …

Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Set in Prague, the imagery in this novel is absolutely stunning. The art scene and Prague are so vividly described that it will completely mesmerize you. But there’s another magical World – one where the Seraphim and Chimera exist and a war is raging between the two. Daughter of Smoke & Bone is an exceptional story of magic, forbidden love, hope and battles.

Karou is a 17-year old art student. She lives in Prague, paints and goes to school. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.


  • 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?!

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