Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge 2020

Monthly Key Word

Hi friends! Welcome to the 2020 Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge. Here’s a little background on this reading challenge:

I (Kim) started this challenge on my original book blog: Bookmark to Blog in 2013. When Tanya and I decided to join forces and co-blog here at I brought the Monthly Motif Reading Challenge with me but let Claudia of My Soul Called Life take over hosting for the Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge. Claudia later disappeared from the blogosphere 🙁 and no one could get in touch with her.  Bev from My Readers Block decided to keep the challenge going when she couldn’t get in contact with Claudia. She’s been running it for the past two years. Bev also hosts several other yearly reading challenges, so make sure you go check those out on her blog!

For 2020, the Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge is coming back to its roots. As its creator I’m very excited to have it back! Read below for the details on this challenge and we hope you’ll choose to join us for next year…


~ This is a monthly challenge that runs all year long from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.

~ Six “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.

~ The title you choose can be a variation on one of the key words. For example- your title could include the word ‘snowing’ or ‘snowflake’ even though the key word is ‘snow.’

~ Key words can be tweaked. For example- You could read “Cinder” or “Ashes” for the key word ‘Fire’. If the key word is ‘family’ then your title could include the word ‘sister’ or ‘mother.’ If the key word is ‘food’ then your title could include the word ‘cake.’ Use your best judgement and have fun with it!

~ Please link back to Girlxoxo, Tanya, or Kim any time you post about the challenge on your blog so that we can follow along with your progress!!

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

~ New This Year: A check in post will be published at the end of each month where you can see what we read for the challenge and comment with the book you chose and a link to your review.


JANUARY – Water, This, Hello, Sun, New, Six

FEBRUARY – Girl, Any, Love, Red, Note, Throne

MARCH – Dream, Day, In, House, Luck, Friend

APRIL – Lost, Below, City, Jewel, Night, My

MAY – Sky, Name, Blue, Book, Enchant, Is

JUNE – And, Beach, Number, Wish, Down, Word

JULY – Boy, Last, Day, Into, Dear, Summer

AUGUST – Kiss, Flower, When, Happy, North, Right

SEPTEMBER – Star, Cry, She, Window, Forever, Eye

OCTOBER – Haunt, Around, Shadow, Grave, Murder, Deep

NOVEMBER – Look, Forest, Out, Color, Lock, Now

DECEMBER – Sword, Magic, Fly, Of, Silver, Crown


~ Sign up by commenting “COUNT ME IN” below, to participate – make sure you leave a link to your sign up post (or social media announcement) later on when you’ve posted about it! Announce your participation via your blog, Goodreads, or other social media platform using the hashtag #MonthlyKeyWordChallenge and link back to blog or Instagram (awesomerxoxo) & (chapter_adventure).

*NOTE– We are doing away with linky’s because they have become more pain than they’re worth. You’ll need to scroll all the way to the bottom of the post to find the comment box to use instead of a linky button. Thanks!!

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163 Replies to “Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge 2020”

  1. […] Monthly Key Word hosted by GirlXOXO […]

  2. Elba M Sosa says:

    Count me in. But I only have a Facebook account. But my daughter can help me set up another account like Instagram. Which to you prefer? I am having lots of fun searching for the books that apply to the different categories.

  3. […] Monthly Key Word Challenge – read 1 book that includes one or more of the key words in the title. […]

  4. peggy says:

    count me in…
    Instagram: @ourbookjournal
    and I might try the alphabet soup too im not sure yet never tried a challenge like this before!!!

  5. Suzy says:

    Count me in, I enjoy this challenge as it gives enough freedom to read the books I love but also keeps me open to finding something new to try!

    I leave reviews on Goodreads and also keep a google doc to more clearly track my progress.

  6. Kristen says:

    I’m in! I’ll be updating on Goodreads (inthemeantime) or IG @whatkristenreads!

  7. Diane Benson says:

    Count me in….

  8. Kathy says:

    So excited for this!!

  9. Cindy says:

    Count me in

  10. […] Monthly Keyword Reading Challenge hosted my girlxoxo (each month is assigned six keywords, readers choose books with one or more keywords from that month in the title) […]

  11. Magda Brink says:

    I’m in! I normally review on Goodreads!

  12. Ashley E says:

    Count me in! I’ll probably be updating on Goodreads and IG @aloz88!

  13. Simone C. says:

    I’m in

  14. Nikki Slezak says:

    Count me in!

    Joining both this and the PopSugar challenge and I’m hoping they’ll occasionally overlap and just give me direction for what book to read next!

    I’ll be updating from Twitter @NikkiHathSpoken

  15. […] to pop up and we published our 2020 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge  AND welcomed back the 2020 Monthly Keyword Challenge. AND we’ll be checking in on Instagram – so add us @awesomerxoxo. How are you doing on […]

  16. Gabrielle says:

    Can’t wait to join in. I’ll be tracking via Goodreads and posting on instagram at @workinghomeschoolmama

  17. […] Monthly Keyword. Your task is to read at least one book each month whose title includes one or more of the keywords […]

  18. Tari Hann says:

    I got into the challenge when Bev had it last year and it helped me get some books off my TBR, so I’m back for another round. Nice to meet you, the originator, Kim, and hi to Tanya as well! Here’s my blog announcement link:
    As I list books (this time of year I get behind in blog listing due to craft shows starting) I’ll add my review links at that time, either blog or Goodreads. I don’t have time to blog every book I read, but I do try to at least do the ones I read on NetGalley.

  19. Cheryl says:

    I’m in. Thank you for hosting. My progress will be listed here:

  20. Count me in. Of course. 🙂