Monthly Motif Reading Challenge [February Check In]

Hey there! Have you planned out your read for February yet? Remember we have our Goodreads GXO Reading Challenge Group to help you with that if you need it.


“Read a book with a red cover or with the word RED in the title. Bonus if it has both.”

Our top recommendation this month:

Red Rising, Pierce Brown

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow, a member of the Red caste (the lowest), sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.


  • Your task is to read at least 1 book for this theme
  • Post about what you’ve read anywhere online – your blog, Goodreads and / or social media using the hashtag #MonthlyMotifGXO
  • Come back to our check-in here in the comments leave a link and/or tell us which book(s) you read and what you thought.

… so what are you reading this month?!


// Comments //

  1. Somdutta

    Mar 12

    I read A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum. The cover of the edition for sale in the Indian Subcontinent has liberal splashes of red. This is my first sort-of book review, and you can read it here

    It’s an important book imo, and I rated it 8.5/10. Would recommend!

  2. I read Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston.

    My Goodreads review: “I freaking loved this book. I thought it was going to be a 4 or 4.5 stars but no…it’s a 5. A well deserved 5. Ugh. It is so cuuuute, so funny, and so smart. If you want a cute, queer contemporary romance DEFINITELY pick this up. I swooned, I laughed out loud and I may even have shed a tear or two. The super six are everything…can we just be friends please? Lol so good!”

  3. SuziQoregon

    Mar 05

    I’m late with this one because while I read most of it in February, I didn’t finish it until March – oops. I’m still counting it.

    I read The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook by Josie Brown – with a cover that’s mostly red. This was just the kind of bookish popcorn I needed.

    • @SuziQoregon “Bookish popcorn” 🙂 I love that. lol.

  4. Sue Carey

    Mar 02

    I read “Bridge of Scarlet Leaves” by Kristina McMorris for Feb.

  5. Kyle

    Mar 01

    I read “As Old As Time” and “Red, White, and Royal Blue” and enjoyed them both!

    I do reviews on my Insta @books_and_costumes!

    • Tanya Patrice

      Mar 01

      @Kyle – love your Insta! I almost picked Red, White and Royal Blue for the challenge, but it wasn’t available at the library.

  6. Heather Kochan

    Feb 26

    For the monthly motif challenge I read Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Red in the title and a little on the cover!

    • Tanya Patrice

      Mar 01

      @Heather – yes! And looks like you loved it too – which is great.

  7. Elizabeth B

    Feb 23

    Just finished ‘Red Dragon’ by Thomas Harris! Here’s a link to my review:

    • Tanya Patrice

      Mar 01

      I loved reading your review of Red Dragon – I haven’t read the books and I don’t think I’ve seen the movie either. Great choice for the challenge!

      • Elizabeth B

        Mar 18

        Thank you so much!

  8. Cinzia

    Feb 17
  9. Just finished Red Threads by Rex Stout…there is some red on the cover.

  10. Dorothy Dickerson

    Feb 12

    My second “book” was The Hunt by Oscar de Muriel

  11. Dorothy Dickerson

    Feb 11

    Mine was a red cover book. All That Remains by Patricia Cornwell

    • Tanya Patrice

      Feb 12

      @Dorothy I’ll hip on to Goodreads tonight and check out your review. I haven’t read anything by PC.

  12. Scarlett

    Feb 07

    Just finished “The Red House Mystery” by A.A. Milne! It was so great, and I’m happy to have been able to get red in the title AND on the cover for this one.

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