This past December I joined a few book challenges. This helps me form reading lists, adding books I definitely plan to read in 2017. This year I joined in on a new challenge. The 2017 Monthly Motif Challenge. Here is my 6 month update and so far, I am on track!
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Anyway………..this Monthly Motif Challenge has me reading outside of my typical favored genres. Here is a shameless copy and paste job of the themes (books read are added along with the links for the review). It’s not too late to sign up if you are interested!
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.
Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals that Brought Me Home by Jessica Fechtor
FEBRUARY – Undercover Thriller
Read a book involving spies, detectives, private investigators, or a character in disguise. Watching the Dark by Peter Robinson
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. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
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. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
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.
I started Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker. The journey is about wine, learning how difficult it is to become an accomplished sommelier and there is most certainly a bit of travel too.
Here are the categories for the next 6 months.
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 almost to the halfway mark. It’s been enjoyable.