2023 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge Sign-Ups

Welcome to the 2023 Monthly Motif 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, 2023 to December 31, 2023.

~ A Motif (theme) is given for each month. Your task is to read 1 book that fits the motif for that month.

~ A check in post will be published here on the blog, in our Goodreads group, and on Instagram each month where you can track your progress and link up with other participants. The challenge is also posted to Storygraph .


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

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

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


JANUARY- New Year, New Direction

“Read a book with one, or more, ‘directional’ words in the title.” ie. (into, over, out, behind, left, right, down, up, north, south, out, etc.) 

FEBRUARY- If You Have A Garden and a Library…

Read a book with a plant or flower on the cover.”

MARCH- Animal, Number, Color, Name

Read a book with an animal, number, color, or name in the title.

APRIL- I Like Big Books

“Read a book over 400 pages long or listen to an audiobook over 14 hrs long.”

MAY- In It To Win It

“Read a book that involves a game or contest of some sort.” ie. Virtual reality, video games, war games, psychological mess-with-your-mind games, characters who participate in a contest, or a story in which the character takes on a personal challenge. 

JUNE- Take the Plunge

“Read a book from any genre that is set on or near a body of water- lake, ocean, pool, river, etc.” 

JULY- I Need Only One Word

Read a book with only one word as the title.”

AUGUST- A Book and a Song

Read a book with the same title as a song you’ve heard.”

SEPTEMBER- Speculative Stories

“Read a book from the speculative fiction subgenre” ie. a book with elements that do not exist in the real world.

OCTOBER- Spellbinding or Spooktacular

“Read a book that involves something spooky or magical or both.”

NOVEMBER- Around OR Out of this World

“Read a book set in a country other than the one you live in OR read a book that takes place in space or on another planet.”

DECEMBER- White-out

“Read a book with a wintery setting or a book with a mostly white cover.”


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


~ Sign up to participate by using the linky below!

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


// Comments //

  1. Malin

    January 10, 2023

    I’m in, even if your linky-thing won’t let me actually register.

  2. I had a good time unearthing titles to fit last year’s Monthly Key Word challenge. I decided to sign up for this challenge this year and see what else I find in my TBR. Thanks for hosting!

    • Kim

      January 8, 2023

      Thanks for coming back for another year!

  3. Cinzia

    December 29, 2022

    I love this challenge!

  4. Gilda

    December 17, 2022

    I’m all in the for 2023 Monthly Motif Challenge!

  5. Joyce Brooks

    December 17, 2022

    Is this where I sign up for the monthly reading challenge? I do well on directions just can’t figure out the word linky which I assume is a link to sign up but not finding link!

  6. Nicole

    December 11, 2022

    This is such a cool idea! I found this totally by chance through a bookish Facebook group, and I’m so excited to participate 🙂

  7. looking forward to doing this again in 23 Thanks for hosting again

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