Tuesday, December 19, 2017

2018 Monthly Motif Challenge by GirlXoXo

I wanted to sign up for this one to help me expand and diversify my reading this year. This one is hosted by the ladies at Girlxoxo.
*All my picks are subject to change any given day, week, or month!

The monthly challenges are:

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.

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. I picked up her Earthseed series from Amazon a few months ago.
FEBRUARY – One Word 
Read a book with a one word title.

Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala
MARCH – Travel the World
Read a book set in a different country than your own, written by an author from another country than your own, or a book in which the characters travel.

The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne. I've heard amazing things about this one and want to read an Irish tale for March.
APRIL – Read Locally
Read a book set in your country, state, town, village (or has a main character from your home town, country, etc)

Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place by Terry Tempest Williams. I'm from Utah and this one has been on my shelf for awhile plus it will go along with Earth Day in April.
MAY- Book to Screen
Read a book that’s been made into a movie or a TV show.

Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile. I've heard both the TV show and the book are must-watch/reads.
JUNE- Crack the Case
Mysteries, True Crime, Who Dunnit’s.

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Madness, and Magic at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson, or Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker, or In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, or Beyond the Body Farm by Dr. Bill Bass & Jon Jefferson. Whichever feeds my fancy.
JULY – Vacation Reads
Read a book you think is a perfect vacation read and tell us why.

I may try for some children's fiction. I've been wanting to read my way through the Newberry Award winners and finalists. Vacation reads should be easier reads but not necessarily just brain candy and thus a perfect fit for some juvenile fiction.

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley.
AUGUST- 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.

There are so many...Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay by Michael Chabon....
SEPTEMBER- Don’t Turn Out The Light
Cozy mystery ghost stories, paranormal creeptastic, horror novels.

The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff, NOS4A2 by Joe Hill, The Exorcist by William Peter Beatty, Ghost Story by Peter Straub.
OCTOBER- New or Old
Choose a new release from 2018 or a book known as a classic.

Possibly something from Virginia Woolf or Kate Chopin or anything new that catches my eye!
Books where family dynamics play a big role in the story

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
DECEMBER- Wrapping It Up
Winter or holiday themed books or books with snow, ice, etc in the title or books set in winter OR read a book with a theme from any of the months in this challenge (could be a theme you didn’t do, or one you want to do again).

Anything I don't get to this month I'll probably add to next year. Love the holiday-themed books!
It'll be fun to choose what to read each month and see where my reading takes me in 2018!


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