In December, I stumbled upon booktuber Kayla, of BooksandLala on youtube, and became quickly infatuated with her videos, content, and book recommendations. One of her recent videos (imbedded below) introduces her Buzzword Reading Challenge and I immediately started making plans to join in the fun.

According to her Goodreads challenge group page, “The Buzzword Readathon (#buzzwordathon) is a monthly readathon, running the first week of each month (1st through 7th). Each month will have a designated word/word theme and you have a week to read as many books as you like with that word in the title. Or use this as a year-long reading challenge, and read just ONE book each month featuring the monthly buzzword until you complete the whole challenge!”

I had a lot of fun combing through my TBR list (of 275+ titles) on Goodreads and looking at her recommendations to make my list. Being the type A that I am, I couldn’t pick just one. I don’t know that I’ll read more than one a month but I like having options at the ready in case I can’t get my top choice from the library!

January – “dream”

Top Choice:
Big Dreams, Daily Joys by Elise Blaha Cripe

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones

February – a colour

Top Choices:
How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang
The Silence of the White City by Eva García Sáenz

Black Buck by by Mateo Askaripour
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
Blue Ticket by Sophie Mackintosh
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Golden State by Ben H. Winters
Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T. J. Klune
Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power by Desmond Cole

March – “time”

Top Choice:
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

Eight Dates: Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by M. Gottman
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger 

April – space/galaxy terms

Top Choices:
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

May – “house/home”

Top Choices:
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

The Butterfly House by Katrine Engberg
Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas
Crooked House by Agatha Christie
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

June name/title

Top Choices:
Deacon King Kong by James McBride
His and Hers by Alice Feeney

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi
Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner
The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

July – “last”

Top Choice:
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston (2021 release)

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman
The Last Flight by Julie Clark
The Last Garden in England by Julia Kelly
The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake

August – time of day

Top Choices:
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Survive the Night by Riley Sager (2021 release)

Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger
Endless Night by Agatha Christie
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

September “dark”

Top Choices:
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Dark Secrets by Michael Hjorth, Hans Rosenfeldt
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

October – elements

Top Choices:
A Slow Burning Fire by Paula Hawkins (2021 release)
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race edited by Jesmyn Ward
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center 
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

November – “lost”

Top Choice:
The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner 
The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff 

December – day/month/season

Top Choices:
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
Tuesday with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner 
The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
November 9 by Colleen Hoover

BooksandLala blogpost linked here
Goodreads group linked here

Until tomorrow, Meryn



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