2020 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge [March Check-In]

Welcome back to the 2020 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge! Your challenge this month is to read a book from a sub-genre from your favorite genre. (See why this month is so fun?!) 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.

Sub-Genre Sound Off

“Choose a sub-genre of your favorite genre and read a book from it. Ex. Sub Genres of Fantasy could be Magical Realism, Fairytale Retellings, or Epic Fantasy to name just a few.”

Here’s my top book suggestion for this month:

Scythe, Neal Shusterman (Dystopian)

This book is absolutely perfect for this months challenge. Dystopia can actually be a subgenre of several different main genres. In this case it’s a subgenre of science fiction. Don’t let that scare you away- it just means its futuristic. This is a YA but would be a perfect discussion book for an adult book club as well. It addresses ideas surrounding death and who has the right to live or take lives. It’s a really powerful book but also a fast read with a bit of drama and action.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

I highly suggest googling sub-genres of books and checking out all the possibilities. There are hundreds of options!! Have fun and let us know what you read in the comments.


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  1. I read a Fairy Tale Retelling…House of Salt and Sorrows for the March subgenre sound off. Glad I read it and got to familiarize myself with the fairy tale and experience a retelling of it but it was a middle of the road read for me. I did like that it was dark and creepy at times.

  2. Somdutta

    Apr 08

    I read The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L Sayers from the sub-genre ‘clue-puzzle mystery’ under crime fiction. It was so much more than a detective story though, Sayers write about diverse topics and makes for some erudite reading. I also have emotional attachments with this book, so I am glad I finally finished it. Here’s my review https://www.instagram.com/p/B-r_cfEnz2J

    • @Somdutta I love Dorothy L Sayers. I haven’t read this one though.

      • Somdutta

        Apr 20

        @Kinmberly any you’d particularly recommend if I wanted to read more of her?

  3. Sue Carey

    Mar 31

    I read “The Witch’s Grave” by Shirley Damsgaard. The sub-genre is cozy mystery & as it stars a witch it’s a sub-sub-genre of paranormal cozy mystery. LOL https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3216746743

  4. Just finished Good Luck to the Corpse by Max Murray. Mystery subgenre: academic mysteries. The victim teaches at a language school and much of the plot revolves around the school.

  5. Heather Kochan

    Mar 30

    For the monthly motif Challenge I read The Road by Cormac McCarthy. The sub genre for this book is post-apocalyptic fiction under the genre of sci-fi.

    My review


  6. Elizabeth B

    Mar 18

    Finished my March read! I chose ‘The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake’, a psychological fiction. Here is the link to my review: https://suojurelife.home.blog/2020/03/18/the-particular-sadness-of-lemon-cake-by-aimee-bender-a-review/

  7. Dana Huff

    Mar 16

    I read These Fevered Days: Ten Pivotal Moments in the Making of Emily Dickinson by Martha Ackmann (literary biography): http://www.danahuff.net/these-fevered-days-ten-pivotal-moments-in-the-making-of-emily-dickinson-martha-ackmann/

    • Tanya Patrice

      Mar 16

      @Dana I hope my comment posted at your site – was getting an error – but loved your review!

  8. Dorothy Dickerson

    Mar 12

    I read Broken World by Kate L. Mary Horror> Zombies> Virus > Post Apocalyptic https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3214158107

  9. Scarlett

    Mar 08

    Totally loved Scythe, great suggestion. This month I read Rogue Princess by B.R. Myers. I’m not sure if the genre is Science Fiction and the sub-genre YA, or if the genre is YA and the sub-genre is Science Fiction, or if maybe YA Sci-fi is it’s own genre and the sub-genre is Fairytale Retelling. Either way I think I’ve accomplished this challenge. My review is here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3014848562

    • @Scarlett. Great choice! YA is just the age group. The genre is science fiction and the sub-genre of this one is Fairytale Retelling (because it’s a science fiction retelling of Cinderella). It could also be categorized under Romance Science Fiction.

  10. Cinzia

    Mar 06

    I read “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer. Genre fantasy. Sub-genre fairytale retellings 🙂

    • @cinzia One of my favorite books! Are you going to read the rest of the series?

      • Cinzia

        Mar 08

        yes, as soon as I can 🙂
        I’m curious about how it goes on 🙂

      • Cinzia

        Mar 21

        After I have read the book for the “monthly keyword”, I went on reading the saga of Cinder :-p (Scarlet, Cress, just finished Winter today). I was so curious 😀

    • Scarlett

      Mar 08

      One of my absolute favorite series ever!

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