2017 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge
For this challenge, hosted by Tanya at girlxoxo, each month is assigned a motif or theme. The task is to read one book per month that fits in with the assigned motifs. I think that this challenge will help me to perhaps read some stuff I may not have read otherwise. It’s a 12 book challenge, so it shouldn’t interfere with my other challenges.
Below are the 12 challenges for the year. I will post the book I read for each month at the end of each challenge:
JANUARY – Diversify Your Reading
Kick the reading year off right and shake things up. Read a book with a character (or written by an author) of a race, religion, or sexual orientation other than your own.
My book for this motif – Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women, and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism – Deborah Jian Lee (finished on January 22)
FEBRUARY – Undercover Thriller
Read a book involving spies, detectives, private investigators, or a character in disguise.
My book for this motif – The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – Alexander McCall Smith (finished on February 28)
MARCH – Time Traveler
Read a book set in a different dimension, a book in which time travel is involved or a dystopian or science fiction book where reality looks very different than what we’re used to.
My book for this motif – Doctor Who and the Planet of the Daleks by Terrance Dicks (finished on March 30)
APRIL – Award Winners
Read a book that has won a literary award or a book written by an author who has been recognized in the bookish community.
My book for this motif – Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Paterson (finished on April 29)
MAY – Book to Movie or Audio
Read a book that has a movie based off of it. For an extra challenge, see the movie or listen to the audio book as well.
My book for this motif – Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race – Margot Lee Shetterly (finished on May 31)
JUNE – Destination Unknown
Read a book in which the character(s) take a trip, travel somewhere, go on a quest, or find themselves on a journey toward something.
My book for this motif – Are You Seeing Me? – Darren Groth (finished on June 6)
JULY – Believe the Unbelievable
This month it’s all about fantasy. Epic fantasy, urban fantasy, fairytales, magic, etc.
My book for this motif – Stardust – Neil Gaiman (finished on July 31)
AUGUST – Seasons, Elements, & Weather
Read a book in which the season, the elements, or the weather plays a role in the story.
My book for this motif – Winter Tales – George Mackay Brown (finished on September 2 – almost made it on time!)
SEPTEMBER – Creepy, Chilling, & Frightful
Cozy mystery ghost stories, paranormal hauntings, murder mysteries, weird and scary creatures- it’s up to you!
My book for this motif – Ask the Bones: Scary Stories from Around the World – Arielle North Olson, Howard Schwartz, David Linn
OCTOBER– Games, Challenges, & Contests
Read a book that involves a game of some sort. 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 challenge.
My book for this motif – The Long Walk – Richard Bachman (Stephen King) (finished on October 30)
NOVEMBER – Last Chance
Read a book you’ve been meaning to get to all year but haven’t yet or read the last book in a series you started.
My book for this motif – The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion (finished on November 27)
DECEMBER – Picking Favorites
Read a book by one of your favorite authors or read a book that Girlxoxo has recommended this year.
My book for this motif – The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins (finished on December 7)
I’m looking forward to this challenge and hopefully I’ll discover one or two new authors along the way.