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!!


// Comments //

  1. Count Me In!
    I’ve started a new blog for myself concentrating on fictional mysteries and anything nonfiction. This looks like a really fun challenge to me! –Cleo

  2. Amelia Emery

    Dec 28

    I’m in! I plan to do the #monthlykeywordgxo and #monthlymotifgxo. I am @ahe05a on Instagram. My bestie and I are doing this together! @just_me_leah on Instagram. Fun stuff!

  3. Lily

    Dec 26

    Count me in 🙂 I’ll be announcing later

  4. Joosje

    Dec 26

    I would like to participate. This is my first reading challenge ever. I’ve created a shelf on Goodreads. My account name is Joosje.

  5. Kristina

    Dec 25

    Count me in! I’ll be updating on my Instagram,

  6. Kara

    Dec 23

    Count me in – third challenge with you – going to be a great year!!!

  7. My kids and I are participating! We have a page on my blog to keep track of our progress.

  8. Jenna Mobley

    Dec 22

    Hopefully I can get through this and the monthly motif challenge.

  9. Dana

    Dec 21

    I’ve always wanted to try a book club but don’t have the capacity right so a book reading challenge sounds like a fun alternative. I’ll probably post on FB or Instagram @danastoerkel.

  10. Heather

    Dec 18

    Count me in!

  11. Betsy Cain

    Dec 16

    Count me in! Excited to give it a try

  12. Hazel Armstrong

    Dec 16

    Count me in!

    I’ll be trying to keep my reading up to date on my Instagram @ever.knowing.nix and my goodreads

    Trying to finally get to the bottom of my TBR pile while also buying some new books, but buying more mindfully than I have done in the past.

  13. Count me in! I’ve been struggling to juggle reading and school so hopefully committing to a challenge will keep me on top of everything!

  14. Bev Baird

    Dec 14

    I’m definitely in – love this challenge. Completed it this year and looking forward to 2020 challenge.

  15. Sanna O

    Dec 11

    I’m in, books will be posted on instagram @mad_librarian_in_the_attic

  16. Natalie

    Dec 10

    Count me in!
    Twitter: @nat_reads

  17. Julie

    Dec 10

    Count me in! I’ll try to post reviews on Goodreads, but I’ll be definitely posting the books I’ll read on Instagram 🙂

    • Sascha (The Book Annelida)

      Jan 01

      Count me in! I have yet to get an insta but I’m on goodreads (The Book Annelida).

      • Tanya Patrice

        Jan 01

        @Sascha you’re in! Yay! Just come back after you’ve read your book(s) and leave a link to your Goodreads review.

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