2020 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge [June 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.

Name or Number

“Read a book that has a name or a number in the title. Bonus if it has both.”

Here is our top book suggestion for this month.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Taylor Jenkins Reid

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. When she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.


  • 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. In June I read The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle. This was a novella where the author takes a Lovecraft story “The Horror at Red Hook” and spins it on it’s head. It was really really good. I loved it and honestly need to read more Victor LaValle in the near future. It is a mix of horror and fantasy. I wasn’t actually familiar with the Lovecraft story until I read this one but I had heard bits of pieces of it throughout my life to be able to see the differences and the inspiration. The dedication page immediately clued me in that I was going to probably going to enjoy Victor LaValle’s writing and gahhh I did. So good.

  2. Lizabeth

    Jul 02

    I read the 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. Here’s the link to my review! https://suojurelife.home.blog/2020/06/08/the-7-1-2-deaths-of-evelyn-hardcastle-a-review/

    • This one is on my tbr. I’ve heard good things about it.

  3. Sue Carey

    Jun 26

    I read “Travels with Charley” by John Steinbeck

  4. Somdutta

    Jun 25

    I read 84 Charing Cross Road. A tiny gem of a book. Here’s my review https://www.instagram.com/p/CB2T73Yn90E/?igshid=1lk24uv9v53m4

    I also read Tuesdays with Morrie. It’s such a classic that I dare not attempt a review, but I am glad I finally got around to reading it.

  5. Scarlett

    Jun 24

    I reread The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. This is my second time reading it and it’s one of my favorite books ever. Here’s my review! https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2494790126?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

  6. Dorothy Dickerson

    Jun 24

    Just finished Regarding Anna by Florence Osmund

  7. I read Thirteen Guests by J. Jefferson Farjeon

  8. Dorothy Dickerson

    Jun 08

    I read Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House Of Tudor

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