2015 Monthly Motif & Keyword Challenges

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1 JAN – 31 DEC

hosted by Kim of Bookmark to Blog

see here more info to sign up for Motifs & for Keywords

Because these two challenges were created in such a way that they can be combined, I am posting my own version of the rules which anyone else can join in and do with me, or check the links above for the original individual rules and guidelines on the hosting blog.


For this new combined challenge, each month is assigned a certain motif or theme AND a set of 6 keywords associated with each month. Your task is to read one book per month that fits in with the motif for that particular month AND whose title includes one or more of the keywords for that month.

* The title you choose can be a variation on one of the key words. For example- your title could include the word ‘snowing’ or ‘snowflake’ even though the key word is ‘snow.’

* Key words can be tweaked. For example- You could read “Cinder” or “Ashes” for the key word ‘Fire’ and that would be just fine. If the key word is ‘family’ then your title could include the word ‘sister’ or ‘mother.’If the key word is ‘food’ then your title could include the word ‘cake.’

* Link up below to participate and add additional links any time you post about the challenge or post about a book you read for the challenge.

* Different this Year! There is only one linky for all the reviews rather than posting a new one each month. When you post your review post the name of the book and the month. Linky can be found here.

This challenge is just for fun so please don’t worry if you have to skip a month or if you have to read your books out of order! If you don’t have anywhere to link your reviews- don’t worry about it. Just come back and comment telling us what you read and if you liked it!

Newly Combined Motifs & Keywords:

JAN- Book to Movie or Audio | KeywordBird, Girl, Ever, Silence, Bad, Truth, End
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.

FEB- Award Winner  | KeywordKey, Water, Lie, Chase, Heir, Once
Read a book that has won recognition or a literary award.  Here’s a list of literary awards to help you get started on your search: Literary Awards.

MAR-  Genre Jumble  | KeywordKind, Face, Power, City, Blue, Night, To
Read a book in a genre that you’ve never tried or that you’re least familiar with. For example, if you typically reach for romance novels, try a mystery this time. Ask your local librarian for great suggestions on the genre your least familiar with.

APRMystery, Murder, and Mayhem  | KeywordDream, Prince, Long, Wind, Rose, The, Rock
Read a murder/mystery book, a book in which someone dies of mysterious causes, or a book in which the truth must come out.

MAY- Library Love | KeywordAsh, Road, Thief, Bend, In, Far
Show your library some love and visit your local branch. Choose a book to read that they have on display.

JUN-  Take A Trip  | KeywordMy, Together, Whisper, Win, Soul, Sleep
Choose a book to read that takes place in a country different than the one you live in or choose a book written by an author that is from a country different than your own.

JUL- Standing Up | KeywordSun, Unto, Energy, Fate, High, Look
Read a book in which the main character stands up for themselves, stands against an enemy, or stands up for something they believe in.

AUG- Alternate Reality | KeywordFall, Boy, Glass, Heart, Lost, Now
Read a book that’s set in the future, on another planet, in another dimension, or in an unknown world. A Dystopian book will count this month as well.

SEP- Furry Friends | KeywordColor, Touch, Life, Day, How, Sweet
Read a book that includes an animal either as a main character or supporting character. Horses, cats, dogs, insects, bird, etc. The book doesn’t have to be about the animal but the animal needs to play some sort of role in the story or be mentioned several times throughout the book.

OCT- Goblins, and Ghost, and Ghouls, Oh My! | KeywordGhost, Home, Beach, Away, Test, Number
Cozy mystery ghost stories, paranormal creeptastic, funky fantasy creatures- it’s up to you!

NOV- An Oldie but a Goodie | KeywordRise, Holiday, And, Little, Call, Dark
Pick a book published before 2000 that you’ve always wanted to read, but just never got to. Or pick a book set in the past (before 2000).

DEC- That’s a Wrap | KeywordSpace, Mirror, Over, Flower, Trap, Cold
Finish a series you’ve been meaning to finish or read the next book in a series you started but never finished.


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