2021 Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge

Welcome to the 2021 Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge! We’re so excited to be back for another year of reading with you!


~ This is a monthly challenge that runs all year long from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021.

~ Eight “key words” are given for each month. Your task is to read 1 book that includes one or more of the key words in the title.

~ Synonyms and suffixes are allowed. For example, if the keyword is ‘Lake’ you may also use the words ‘Lakes’, ‘Water’, ‘Sea’, ‘Ocean’. Consult Thesaurus.com for appropriate synonyms.

~ A check in post will be published here on the blog and on Instagram each month. You can link up on the blog posts to announce your completion of that months challenge using the hashtag #KeyWordReadingChallenge


~ Please properly credit and link back to Girlxoxo or Kim on Instagram any time you post about the challenge on your blog or social media.

~ If you post what you’ve read to social media please use the hashtag #KeyWordReadingChallenge.

~ If you are on Goodreads consider joining our GXO Goodreads Reading Challenge Group. You can get book suggestions, do progress check-ins and meet other challenge participants.



~ You can track your progress using a blog or any social media platform. We are active on Instagram, Twitter, and Goodreads.

~ Monthly Check in Posts will be linked below as soon as they’re posted. You can check in there, on our GXO Goodreads Reading Challenge Group or with our Instagram hashtag #KeyWordReadingChallenge.


JANUARY – End, Princess, Dance, Midnight, Court, Why, Winter, Story

FEBRUARY – Over, Edge, Rain, Blade, Red, Come, None, Glass

MARCH – Dear, Ink, Mercy, Fly, Lost, Never, Match, True

APRIL – Last, Watch, Save, Girl, Sun, Tell, Garden, Tomorrow

MAY – Away, Wait, Book, Raven, Lake, Angel, Nine, Island

JUNE – Beneath, Crown, Sing, Rule, Earth, Find, Happen, Cruel

JULY – Ever, Shine, Gone, Search, Wood, Under, Road, Like

AUGUST – One, Secret, Will, Tree, Blue, You, Flame, Thousand

SEPTEMBER – Country, House, Top, Man, Wild, Sweet, Once, Wake

OCTOBER – Fear, Night, Silent, Wicked, Hidden, Bones, Lied, Ghost

NOVEMBER – Again, Loud, Star, Stay, Air, When, Since, Race

DECEMBER – Cold, Room, Life, Bell, Kiss, Dream, Until, Drink


~ Sign up to participate by using the linky below!

~ Announce your participation via your blog, Goodreads, or other social media platform using the hashtag #KeyWordReadingChallenge and link back to Girlxoxo.com or tag us on Instagram (@chapter_adventure).

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27 Replies to “2021 Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge”

  1. Juulna says:

    Still a work in progress (first WordPress site!) but I’ll be participating this year and have already started in on my January book. 😀

    Here’s where I’ll be keeping track/brainstorming which books to read: https://juulna725191629.wordpress.com/2021-monthly-key-word-reading-challenge/

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  6. Indy_Chick says:

    I am new to reading challenges and Goodreads. I just joined Goodreads and your group on Goodreads. I will also be posting my 2021 reads on Goodreads (made a shelf for this challenge). I’m not on social media, so I’m not sure how to link up my Goodreads shelf to this challenge. Really looking forward to meshing this challenge with my county library’s challenge for 2021!

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  8. kim Vinson says:

    This is my first time doing this challenge and I am so excited!!!

  9. Jamie says:

    I’m excited to start this venture!

  10. Leona says:

    I’m looking forward to joining in this challenge in 2021. I plan to read a mixture of fiction and non-fiction. But who knows where it will lead?

  11. Riddhi B. says:

    Hi, so this is the first time I am joining this reading challenge and it sounds fun! So, if I just do a post on my blog, saying that I will be taking part in this challenge and list the books, it works right?

  12. Claudiu says:

    Found your challenge on storygraph and sounds like fun. I am not sure how to post on Goodreads but I will join the group there, hope that is fine.

  13. Michelle says:

    I want to try this out

  14. Sounds fun and i’ll be trying it for the first time. Already joined your goodreads group .Will be posting my answers on Goodreads, as well as my blog and IG.

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  16. Cheryl says:

    Thank you for hosting!!! I’m in!!

  17. Jamie says:

    I’m joining again!

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