2020 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge [July Check In]

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


 Around or Out of this World

“Read a book set in a country other than the one you live in OR written by an author who is from a country other than your own OR read a book that takes place in space or on another planet.”

July Monthly Motif Reading Challenge Books


  • 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. Susan Carey

    Aug 04

    I read “The German House” by Annette Hess, which is set in Frankfurt, Germany & in translation by a German author. It was a fascinating story of the Frankfurt Auschwitz trials in the early 1960’s & showed how the next generation of German citizens viewed the war & how the older generation wanted to just forget. Very good. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3429665070

  2. Elizabeth

    Aug 03

    For this month, I read “The Binding” by Bridget Collins. The book is set in an anachronistic period of England & Collins herself is from England as well. You can click on this link to check out my review! -> https://suojurelife.home.blog/2020/07/28/the-binding-a-review/

  3. Finished this one on July 31st (just in time!)–and just got the review up today. Death in Berlin by M. M. Kaye

  4. Dorothy Dickerson

    Jul 29

    I took too long of a break from reading at the beginning of the month but I still managed to finish When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park about the Japanese occupation of Korea. Loved it!!

    • Tanya Patrice

      Aug 01

      @Dorothy like bed your review and the fact that your daughter picked this out for you.

      • I’ve been trying to read more than one book for each month’s challenge, not always with a lot if success.

        One of the books I read for July (around this world) is Where the Crawdads Sing, set in North Carolina. It’s been making waves, and has been called a publishing phenomenon. I wasn’t too impressed. Here’s my review https://www.instagram.com/p/CDZe4pvnZjH/?igshid=8n71f6vjhxox

        I am also reading Dune (Out of this world). It’s massive but I am enjoying it so far.

        Coincidentally, both these books are being made into films or shows.

        • Somdutta Sarkar

          Aug 03

          So sorry, I don’t know why the above posted as a reply instead of a separate comment. Now I can’t delete it 🙁

  5. Scarlett

    Jul 08

    I read The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James. It takes place in space, on the way to another planet, and the author is from another country than me! I worked really hard to find a book that checked as many boxes as possible on this challenge, plus I really liked it!! Here’s my review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2335437397?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

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