It’s that time of year again when I start thinking about book challenges and planning on books I definitely want to read this new year. For the last several years I have signed up for the British Book Challenge (I wrote about that HERE ) and this year I am adding a new challenge. The 2017 Monthly Motif Challenge.
If you haven’t checked out Girlxoxo you may want to drop by. While I had fallen in love with this site and the life hacks, the book reviews and organizational tips….for some reason I had not commented in a good long while.
Do you ever read a blog or site on a regular basis but don’t comment? Fellow book bloggers can use the support and a friendly comment now and again. I need to be better about that next year. Connecting to those I enjoy and stop being such a hermit.
Anyway………..this Monthly Motif Challenge interests me very much because it will indeed challenge me read outside of my typical genre. I already have some loose plans for the books I’d like to read for several months’ themes.
To give you a preview, here is a shameless copy and paste job of the themes (and a few of the planned reads in parenthesis) to whet your appetite.
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.
(I am planning to read Stir: My Broken Brain and Meals that Brought me Home by Jessica Fechtor)
FEBRUARY – Undercover Thriller
Read a book involving spies, detectives, private investigators, or a character in disguise. (It’s gotta be my favorite detective, DCI Alan Banks !)
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. (11/23/63 by Stephen King)
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.
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.
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. (The Marches by Rory Stewart)
JULY – Believe the Unbelievable
This month it’s all about fantasy. Epic fantasy, urban fantasy, fairy tales, magic, etc.
AUGUST – Seasons, Elements, & Weather
Read a book in which the season, the elements, or the weather plays a role in the story.
SEPTEMBER – Creepy, Chilling, & Frightful
Cozy mystery ghost stories, paranormal hauntings, murder mysteries, weird and scary creatures- it’s up to you!
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.
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.
DECEMBER – Picking Favorites
Read a book by one of your favorite authors or read a book that Girlxoxo has recommended this year.
So there it is, folks. I am jumping on this challenge and hope I learn something new. Join in, it looks like fun!