I'm not very great about reviewing and then linking my posts on challenges, but this looks really fun and I'm hoping it will motivate me to post more on my blog.
Welcome to the 2017 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge! For this challenge, each month is assigned a motif or theme. Your task is to read one book per month that fits in with the assigned motifs…
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.
FEBRUARY – Undercover Thriller Read a book involving spies, detectives, private investigators, or a character in disguise.
MARCH – Time TravelerRead 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.
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 UnknownRead a book in which the character(s) take a trip, travel somewhere, go on a quest, or find themselves on a journey toward something.
JULY – Believe the UnbelievableThis month it’s all about fantasy. Epic fantasy, urban fantasy, fairytales, magic, etc.
AUGUST – Seasons, Elements, & WeatherRead a book in which the season, the elements, or the weather plays a role in the story.
SEPTEMBER – Creepy, Chilling, & FrightfulCozy mystery ghost stories, paranormal hauntings, murder mysteries, weird and scary creatures- it’s up to you!
OCTOBER– Games, Challenges, & ContestsRead 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 ChanceRead 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 FavoritesRead a book by one of your favorite authors or read a book that Girlxoxo has recommended this year.
The challenge is from January to December 2017. Read one book from each category and don't overlap categories. I'm super excited!
All of the books I have listed are ones I've found in my existing TBR list that qualify. I may or may not read them, but I was excited that I found titles for a couple of these categories without searching long!
A number in numbers: Orphan Number 8 by: Kim van Alkemade
A building: The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by: Janet Fox
A title that has an X somewhere in it: Oryx & Crake by: Margaret Atwood
A compass direction: South of Broad by: Pat Conroy
An item of cutlery: The Bastards and the Knives by: Scott Lynch (which I have heard will be published in March and I've also heard it will never be published....so...)
A title in which at least two words share the same first letter: Stolen Songbird by: Danielle L. Jensen
2016 was a pretty awful year for me, in both my personal and reading lives. However, I did write a few review posts which was better than the previous year! I'll do the same thing I did last year and participate in the survey by The Perpetual Page-Turner as well as my general overview.
Gemina by: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (young adult, sci-fi, #2 in series)
Nothing was awful this year, but my lowest rated were: The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by: Katie Alender The Zookeeper's Wife by: Diane Ackerman
# of non-fiction:
Patrick Rothfuss (2) (The Kingkiller Chronicle)
Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (2) (The Illuminae Files)
Number of books you read: 35
Number of re-reads: 0
Genre you read the most from: Adult fiction, young adult, fantasy
1. Best book you read in 2016:
Young Adult: Illuminae by: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Adult: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by: Rachel Joyce
2. Book you were excited about and thought you would love more, but didn't:
The Wrath & the Dawn by: Renee Ahdieh
3. Most surprising (in a good or bad way) book you read:
The Wonder by: Emma Donoghue - I didn't expect it to be so engrossing. It sounds like a fairly tame story, but I couldn't put it down. It was a great book!
4. Book you "pushed" the most people to read (and they did):
Illuminae by: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
5. Best series you started in 2016? Best sequel of 2016? Best series ender of 2016?:
Best I started: The Illuminae Files by: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Best sequel: Crooked Kingdom by: Leigh Bardugo (this could also be considered the end of the series since Bardugo called this "series" a "duology".
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016:
This is a hard one since I read so many great things by authors I'd never read before. But the two that were completely new to me (I had never even heard their names before) were Laura Ruby (Bone Gap) and Rachel Joyce (The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry).
7. Best book from a genre you don't typically read/was out of your comfort zone:
Shadows and Monsters by: Grace A. Dow - short stories. Books of short stories don't normally hold my attention so I don't read them very often. I also tend to read them at the same time I'm reading novels so they are kind of squished between my regular reading. Grace is a good friend of mine and so I read this for the annual R.I.P. Challenge. There were a few stories in particular I loved and that have stuck with me, just like novels do.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year:
Illuminae by: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
9. Book you read in 2016 that you are most likely to re-read next year:
I don't usually re-read, but if I did re-read one, it would probably be Bone Gap by: Laura Ruby
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016:
11. Most memorable character of 2016:
Harold Fry from The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016:
The Wonder by: Emma Donoghue or Bone Gap by: Laura Ruby
13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2016:
14. Book you can't believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read: Ready Player One by: Ernest Cline and The Name of the Wind by: Patrick Rothfuss
15. Favorite passage/quote:
"She said, 'Do you love me yet?' He recoiled from her, from the look of her. 'You don't love me because you can't see me,' she said. 'Look! Look! I am beautiful now. I am beautiful.'" -Bone Gap by: Laura Ruby
16. Shortest & longest books you read:
Shortest: The Bears on Hemlock Mountain by: Alice Dagliesh (64 pages)
Longest: The Wise Man's Fear by: Patrick Rothfuss (994 pages)
17. Book that shocked you the most:
There was a pretty shocking moment in Gemina by: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff.
18. OTP (one true pairing) of the year (you will go down with this ship!):
Nik & Hanna in Gemina 19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year:
Parcival & Aech in Ready Player One by: Ernest Cline
20. Favorite book you reading 2016 by an author you've read previously: Crooked Kingdom by: Leigh Bardugo
21. Best book you read in 2016 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from someone else/peer pressure: Frozen Heat by: Richard Castle
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016:
My crushes on Jamie from the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon and Kaz from the Six of Crows series by Leigh Bardugo were just further cemented in the second books I read this year.
23. Best 2016 debut you read:
I don't think I read any debuts.
24. Best world building/most vivid setting you read this year: Ready Player One or Crooked Kingdom 25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read: Bone Gap 26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry: The Nightingale by: Kristen Hannah
27. Hidden gem of the year:
28. Book that crushed your soul:
The Nightingale by: Kristen Hannah
29. Most unique book you read:
You by: Caroline Kepnes
30. Book that made you the most mad (doesn't necessarily mean you didn't like it):
The Nightingale by: Kristen Hannah just because it's about the German occupation of France during WWII and how helpless the whole situation was.