Monthly Motif Reading Challenge 2020

Welcome to the 6th annual Monthly Motif Reading Challenge! We are so excited to be back for another year. This challenge is meant to give you some fun parameters to follow, while also still allowing you to read the kind of books you like to read. We hope you’ll join us!

Monthly Motif Intro and Sign Ups

HOW IT WORKS

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

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

~ Post what you’ve read to social media using the hashtag #MonthlyMotifGXO.

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

~ 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.


MOTIFS (THEMES) FOR EACH MONTH

JANUARY-  Winter Wonderland

Focusing on ‘wonderland’, read a book set in a truly wonderful place- somewhere you’ve always thought was beautiful, somewhere with a wonderfully rich culture, a snowy setting, or maybe even a magical realm. It’s your interpretation, so have fun with it.

FEBRUARY- Seeing Red

Read a book with the word ‘red’ in the title OR a book with a red-ish cover. Bonus if it has both.

MARCH- Sub-Genre Sound Off

Choose a sub-genre of your favorite genre and read a book from it. Make sure you mention the sub genre you chose in your review. (Ex. Sub Genres of Fantasy could be Magical Realism, Fairytale Retellings, or Epic Fantasy to name just a few.)

APRIL- Classics or Currents

Read a book published before the year you were born (classic-ish) OR a book published between April 2019 and April 2020 (current.)

MAY- Author Introduction

Read a book written by an author who you’ve never read anything by. Bonus if its been on your TBR for more than a year.

JUNE- Name or Number

Read a book in which a name OR a number is part of the title. Bonus if the title includes both a name and a number.

JULY- Around or Out of this World 

Read a book set in a country other than the one you live in OR written by an author who is from a country other than your own OR read a book that takes place in space or on another planet.

AUGUST- Creature Feature

Read a book that includes a creature of some kind on the cover or in the story. Cat, dog, dragon, werewolf – mythical or real – find a book that features a creature.

SEPTEMBER- When Text Just Isn’t Enough

Read a book that includes more than just text. Maybe it’s a map, a family tree, illustrations, documents like emails or letters- something else that helps to paint the picture.

OCTOBER- Thrills and Chills

Ghost stories, haunted houses, true crime, murder mysteries, a thriller keeping you on the edge of your seat- it’s up to you!

NOVEMBER- Dynamic Duos

Read a book with a couple of characters that make the perfect pair whether in business or in love. (Ex. Sherlock & Holmes, Elizabeth & Darcy)

DECEMBER- Sugar, Spice, Everything Nice

Holiday or winter themed reads, love stories and romances, happy cries, comedies; round out your year with a truly feel good read.


SIGN UP TO PARTICIPATE

~ Sign up by commenting below to participate- make sure you leave a link to your sign up post in your comment! Announce your participation via your blog, Goodreads, or other social media platform using the hashtag #MonthlyMotifGXO and link back to Girlxoxo.com blog or Instagram (awesomerxoxo) & (chapter_adventure).

*NOTE– We are doing away with linky’s because they have become more pain than they’re worth. So again- sign up by leaving your name and a link to your sign up post in the comments, whether that be on your blog or on social media. You’ll need to scroll all the way to the bottom of the post to find the comment box. We will be publishing a monthly check in post where you can comment with the book you read and a link to your review. Thanks!!

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  3. Jessica says:

    I’m in! My blog is coffeechatsandcats.wordpress.com and you can find my post on my IG at instagram.com/coffeechatsandcats__

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    So excited to join, even though quite late in the day. Here’s my post https://www.instagram.com/p/B8zUX16HyeL/?igshid=1ckupfbwbdbyh

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  14. Heather says:

    For this month’s motif prompt I read Mink River by Brian Doyle. My “wonderful place” is the Pacific Northwest which is where this book is set. I am also adding the link to my post on instagram.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/B74D1gXDImn/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet

  15. Jyothi Nair says:

    I am taking up this challenge too. I have created a page for this on my website too.

    https://mybucketlistdiary.com/monthly-motif-2020/

    I am waiting for the monthly check-in post so that I can leave a link to my book review for the month.

  16. Poonam says:

    HihI,

    I know I am late to the party but would love to join this challenge. Believe it or not..have already a book under my sleeve for Jan motif.
    My instagram handle is “bookishmomlife” and will be posting updates on the same.

    cheers

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  20. Mandy says:

    A little late in the year, but I’m in. Super excited!

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