Monday, January 6, 2014

2014 Monthly Motif Challenge

This challenge, hosted by Bookmark to Blog, has a different motif, or theme, assigned to each month! It's just for fun, so don't worry if you miss a month, or if you do it out of order (: For more information and to sign up, visit Bookmark to Blog! Below are the months and corresponding motifs.

Monthly Motifs:

January - Around the World
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 another country different than your own.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden - obviously read this out of order since I read it in February, but that's ok (: For those of you who haven't read this book, or aren't familiar with it, it takes place in Japan. I live in the US, so it'd definitely around the world from me!

February - Award Winner
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.

Hate List by Jennifer Brown 
 - American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults (2010)
 - Young Adult Library Services Association Popular Paperback (2012)
 - Michigan Library Association's Thumbs Up! Award
 - Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award (2012)

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
 - Exclusive Books Boeke Prize (2005)
 - ALA Alex Award (2004)
 - Arthur C. Clark Award Nominee (2005)
 - John W. Campbell Memorial Award Nominee for Best Science Fiction Novel (2005)
 - British Book Award (2006)

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
- New York Times Notable Books of the Year (see above for review)

March - Fairy Tales or Fairy Creatures
Read a fairy tale retelling or a book with fey/fairies in it.

April - Short and Sweet
Read a collection of short stories or anthologies.

Leaving Home: Short Pieces by Jodi Picoult

Hawthorne by Sarah Ballance (so it wasn't a collection, but still a short story!)

May - Mystery, Murder & Mayhem
Read a murder/mystery book, a book in which someone dies of mysterious causes, or a book in which a mystery must be solved.

Missing You by Harlan Coben

June - A Long Journey 
Read a book in which the character(s) take a trip, go on a quest, or find themselves on a journey toward something, etc.

July - Assassins, Warriors & Rebels
Read a book in which the main character is one of these things or fights against one of these

August - Alternate Reality 
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.

Time and Again by Nora Roberts
I'm going to cheat a little for this one... the book isn't really set in another dimension or in the future, but the characters are from the future, traveling back in time, and we do see a little of the future world (:

September - Book to Movie
Read a book that has a movie based off of it. For an extra challenge, see the movie as well.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - Out of order, but I'm still counting it (: Hopefully I'll see the movie soon!

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

October - The Witching Hour
There's been a lot of zombies lately, but this year, include a 'witchy' book in your scary reads - a book about a witch or a book that has witches in it.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling (out of order)

November - An Oldie but a Goodie
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)

The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger - out of order but that's ok (:

December - That's a Wrap
Finish the series you've been meaning to finish or read the next book in a series you started but never finished.

Some of these will be challenging for me, but I love that it gets me to read books that I may not have picked up in the first place (: Do any of these sound fun to you?! If so, sign up and start reading!

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