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

    August 4, 2020

    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

    August 3, 2020

    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. Bev@My Reader's Block

    August 2, 2020

    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

    July 29, 2020

    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

      August 1, 2020

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

      • Somdutta Sarkar

        August 2, 2020

        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

          August 3, 2020

          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

    July 8, 2020

    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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