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message 1: by Ramla Zareen (new)

Ramla Zareen Ahmad | 71 comments Hello, I have an idea about a challenge, which I have named: "Genre Challenge".

Step 1:

Please list down the names of the genres that fit the following categories:

Category A:

Genres with which you have no experience ...but would like to try them out.

Category B:

Genres with which you have merely an average, or a 'not-so-good', experience ...but would like to give them another chance.

Category C: 

Genres that you used to enjoy at some point in your life ...and would like to revive your interest in them. 

Step 2: 

Members who read and enjoy those genres can recommend their favourite books of those genres ...and you can check out their plot descriptions and reviews etc on Goodreads. 

Step 3:

Please select any one category.

Step 4:

Please select any one genre of the category you chose...from the list that you initially provided.

Step 5:

Please select any one book of the genre you chose ...from the books that other members recommended.

Step 6:

Please mention the category, genre and name of the book that you intend to read, in this discussion thread.

For example:

Challenge accepted (No. ?)
Category: ?
Genre: ?
Book: ?

Step 7:

Please come back to this discussion thread after maximum three months of mentioning the name of the book that you intended to read ...and share your reading progress and experience.

Step 8: 

Please repeat steps 1 to 7.

Well, looking forward to your participation, hope you enjoy, thanks! :-)


message 2: by Ramla Zareen (last edited Jan 28, 2016 09:37AM) (new)

Ramla Zareen Ahmad | 71 comments Step 1:

Recommendation Request for my Challenge No. 1:

Category A:
1) Time Travel 

Category B:
1) Horror

Category C:
1) Classics

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Edited / Added on 28th January, 2016:

Step 2 to 6:

Challenge (No. 1) accepted on 28th January, 2016
Category: C
Genre: Classics
Book: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Note: For details please see message 19, thanks!

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message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

That's really a very good idea, but let me think of the genres. I'll come back.


message 4: by Ramla Zareen (new)

Ramla Zareen Ahmad | 71 comments Arpit wrote: "That's really a very good idea, but let me think of the genres. I'll come back."

Thanks, looking forward to your participation :-) Moreover, if you can recommend me books in the genres that I mentioned, then that would also be much appreciated! :-)


message 5: by Sohel (new)

Sohel Alam | 38 comments Category A
Genre : Mystic Magical World and Where to find them
1. Harry Potter and the half blood prince
2. The Wizard of Earthsea
Category B
Genre : Young Adult
1. Hopeless
2. Daughter Of Smoke and Bone


message 6: by Ramla Zareen (new)

Ramla Zareen Ahmad | 71 comments Sohel wrote: "Category A
Genre : Mystic Magical World and Where to find them
1. Harry Potter and the half blood prince
2. The Wizard of Earthsea
Category B
Genre : Young Adult
1. Hopeless
2. Daughter Of ..."


So I assume that these are the genres for which you need recommendations as you want to give them a chance. And the books that you mentioned are those that you have already read and you need the members to recommend you books other than these?


message 7: by Ramla Zareen (new)

Ramla Zareen Ahmad | 71 comments Sohel wrote: "Category A
Genre : Mystic Magical World and Where to find them
1. Harry Potter and the half blood prince
2. The Wizard of Earthsea
Category B
Genre : Young Adult
1. Hopeless
2. Daughter Of ..."


Recommendations for Sohel:

Category: B
Genre: Young-Adult
Book 1: The Tower Treasure (Hardy Boys Mystery Series by Franklin W. Dixon)
Book 2: The Secret of Terror Castle (Alfred Hitchcock and The Three Investigators series)


message 8: by Jarvis , High Functioning Sociopath B-) (last edited Nov 27, 2015 04:36AM) (new)

Jarvis  | 2591 comments Mod
@Ramla
Category C : Classic
1. A short story : The Nightingale and the Rose
2. Big one : The Voyage Out


message 9: by Ramla Zareen (new)

Ramla Zareen Ahmad | 71 comments Gehna wrote: "@Ramla
Category C : Classic
1. A short story : The Nightingale and the Rose
2. Big one : The Voyage Out"


Thanks for the recommendations, Gehna. Both seem interesting but I think that I will wait few days before making a final decision, just in case other members recommend some more books :-)


message 10: by Jarvis , High Functioning Sociopath B-) (new)

Jarvis  | 2591 comments Mod
You can still read Nightingale one. It is hardly 5pages long :P


message 11: by Ramla Zareen (new)

Ramla Zareen Ahmad | 71 comments Gehna wrote: "You can still read Nightingale one. It is hardly 5pages long :P"

Just read it.

The story is extremely well-written

...but such a sad ending! :-(

I am feeling depressed now :-(

PS: But I won't consider it a part of the challenge since it was a very short story, not a book.


message 12: by Jarvis , High Functioning Sociopath B-) (new)

Jarvis  | 2591 comments Mod
I know :-)
The story is sweet, though :)

And yeah, don't consider it for the challenge. I just wanted you to read it :D


message 13: by Ramla Zareen (new)

Ramla Zareen Ahmad | 71 comments Gehna wrote: "I know :-)
The story is sweet, though :)

And yeah, don't consider it for the challenge. I just wanted you to read it :D"


Yes, it's true that it was sweet. Thanks for telling me about it :-)


message 14: by Jarvis , High Functioning Sociopath B-) (new)

Jarvis  | 2591 comments Mod
No probs ^_^


message 15: by [deleted user] (new)

@Ramla, If you really liked The Nightingale and the Rose, then you must try Oscar Wilde's other short stories like The Happy Prince or The Selfish Giant. Or what about his one and only novel The Picture of Dorian Gray?
I think, these are my recs for u.


message 16: by Sohel (new)

Sohel Alam | 38 comments Reply to Message 7... @Ramla

Actually those were the books that I had committed to finish in next three months... but whats the fun in that, right !... to hell with my choices.. I will read the books, recommended by you.


message 17: by Ramla Zareen (new)

Ramla Zareen Ahmad | 71 comments Sohel wrote: "Reply to Message 7... @Ramla

Actually those were the books that I had committed to finish in next three months... but whats the fun in that, right !... to hell with my choices.. I will read the bo..."


Hi Sohel, sorry about the misunderstanding. Still, I am glad that you accepted the challenge! Which of the books that I recommended have you decided to read? Anyway, looking forward to learning about your reading experiences, all the best! :-)


message 18: by [deleted user] (last edited Jan 28, 2016 08:13PM) (new)

Finally participating.
Need recommendations in the following categories.

Step-1

Category-A
1. Epic Fantasy
2. Time Travel

Category-B
1. Dystopia/Utopia
2. Gothic
3. YA/NA

Category-C
1. Romance
2. Crime-thriller


message 19: by Ramla Zareen (new)

Ramla Zareen Ahmad | 71 comments Arpit wrote: "@Ramla, If you really liked..."

Hi Arpit, thanks for the recommendations. The Picture of Dorian Gray seems interesting and I am tempted to read it for this challenge, not just because it's a Classic, but also because it seems different from the kind of books that I usually read.

Challenge (No. 1) accepted on 28th January, 2016
Category: C
Genre: Classics
Book: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Will try my best to come back to this thread within three months, that is, by end of April, to share my thoughts on this book :-)


message 20: by Ramla Zareen (new)

Ramla Zareen Ahmad | 71 comments Arpit wrote: "Finally participating.
Need recommendations in the following categories..."


Recommendations for Arpit

Category: C
Genre No. 1: Romance
Sub-genre: Classic Romance
Books: Pride and Prejudice, Regency Buck
Sub-genre: Classic Romantic Comedy
Books: Spring Fever, The Little Nugget
Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Books: Almost Heaven, Tempt Me at Twilight
Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Books: Paradise, Perfect
Sub-genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Books: Twenties Girl, Can You Keep a Secret?
Sub-genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense/Thriller
Books: Someone to Watch Over Me, The Witness


message 21: by Jarvis , High Functioning Sociopath B-) (new)

Jarvis  | 2591 comments Mod
I decided I won't mess around on Goodreads while I have exams but then I didn't want to miss a chance of recommending some books to Arpit :P

Here you go, Arpit. I have read all of these and I really like them so I hope you love whichever book you decide to pick! :)

CATEGORY A :
Epic Fantasy ~ The Final Empire

CATEGORY B :
Dystopia ~ The City of Ember
Gothic ~ Jane Eyre
YA ~ Ways to Live Forever

CATEGORY C:
Romance ~ Me Before You

Happy Reading! :D


message 22: by [deleted user] (new)

Ramla Zareen wrote: "Arpit wrote: "Finally participating.
Need recommendations in the following categories..."

Recommendations for Arpit

Category: C
Genre No. 1: Romance
Sub-genre: Classic Romance
Books: [book:Pride ..."


Whoa!! What a detailed recommendation.
Thanks Ramla ma'am.
I think this challenge will force me to complete P&P at least this time.
Haven't read anything by P.G. Wodehouse, so your recs will help.
Yet to decide.
Thanks.


message 23: by [deleted user] (last edited Jan 28, 2016 09:13PM) (new)

Gehna wrote: "I decided I won't mess around on Goodreads while I have exams but then I didn't want to miss a chance of recommending some books to Arpit :P

Here you go, Arpit. I have read all of these and I real..."


So you won't miss, Gehna.
I have a paperback of Jane Eyre, so I'm sure I'll read it, sooner or later.
This Brandon S. author is very famous. Need to give it a try.
Thanks Ginny :)
Will decide soon.
And Good luck for exams. A hard time for you, I understand.


message 24: by Ramla Zareen (new)

Ramla Zareen Ahmad | 71 comments Arpit wrote: "Ramla Zareen wrote: "Arpit wrote: "Finally participating.
Need recommendations in the following categories..."

Recommendations for Arpit

Category: C
Genre No. 1: Romance
Sub-genre: Classic Romanc..."


You are welcome, wish you all the best with your book selection! :-)


message 25: by Karolina Kat (new)

Karolina Kat (lindetiel) | 144 comments Arpit wrote: "Finally participating.
Need recommendations in the following categories.

Step-1

Category-A
1. Epic Fantasy


I strongly recommend Prince of Thorns for your Epic Fantasy reading - great writing style and story with a very unusal protagonist

Category-B
1. Dystopia/Utopia


Battle Royale if you prefer more action (but the plot is very brutal) or Never Let Me Go if you prefer more subtle reading

2. Gothic"

Everything and anything by Edgar Allan Poe, especially his short stories, and Frankenstein.


message 26: by [deleted user] (new)

Karolina wrote: "Arpit wrote: "Finally participating.
Need recommendations in the following categories.

Step-1

Category-A
1. Epic Fantasy

I strongly recommend Prince of Thorns for your Epic Fantas..."


Thanks Karolina. These are awesome recommendations. Never Let Me Go sounds interesting.Waiting for few more days, then I would decide. Anyway, thanks again.


message 27: by [deleted user] (new)

And please Guys, recommend only stand-alone books. No series now.


message 28: by Ramla Zareen (new)

Ramla Zareen Ahmad | 71 comments Arpit wrote: "And please Guys, recommend only stand-alone books. No series now."

Hey Arpit, just wanted to mention that some of the books that I recommended may be a part of a series but all of them can be read as standalone books. Anyway, best of luck with your book selection :-)


message 29: by [deleted user] (new)

Step-1

Category-A
1. Fantasy

Category-B
1. Classic

Category-C
1. YA/NA
2. Biography/Autobiography
3. History


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