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message 1: by Michelle (last edited Oct 17, 2016 01:53PM) (new)

Michelle (girlvsbook) | 1176 comments As I was going through the selected topics for 2017 and beginning to plan for the year, I realized I've already read a lot of good books for many of these challenge prompts. I'm sure the rest of you have too! So, in the vein of the suggestion topic, use this topic to recommend books you've already read that other members might enjoy using on their 2017 lists.


message 2: by Valerie (new)

Valerie | 357 comments I looked at the new list. I only saw 10 items. Am I dreaming?


message 3: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
If you're talking about the suggested links thread, the mods will be updating it periodically leading up to 2017.


message 4: by Zaz (last edited Oct 17, 2016 02:49PM) (new)

Zaz | 3034 comments I'll recommend only books I gave 5 stars and with characters that I loved.

Time travel:
- Hollow World
Positive story and light on the high tech side. It's packed with wonderful characters and will probably drive you mad at some point.
- Kindred (POC author)
Recommended if you're interested in slavery and a touch of paranormal.

2 perspectives or more:
The Smell of Other People's Houses
Alaskan setting with teenagers dealing with a difficult life (no school drama).

Epistolary: I'll recommend children books that are usually very fun in this format:
The Categorical Universe of Candice Phee
A A to Z biography essay written by a clever girl.
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer
A girl writing letters to her dead grandma and telling her about these super chickens...

Dual timeline:
Everything I Never Told You (POC author)
Present and memories of the events that leaded to the actual situation. POC characters dealing with racism and toxic relationships.
Big Little Lies
If you haven't read this one, you should. A bit of mystery and an easy read with short interviews in the present and the rest set in the past.
The Last Policeman
A mystery with a pre-apocalyptic setting, the story wanders between the present and the announcement of the end of the world.

Book with illustrations:
A Monster Calls
Gorgeous black and white illustrations for a good story about grief.

Strong females:
Cinder (best cyborg ever), Seraphina (with dragons), Uprooted (with magic), The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (a good cast of space travelers), The Wee Free Men (great kid sorceress).


message 5: by Valerie (new)

Valerie | 357 comments Laura wrote: "If you're talking about the suggested links thread, the mods will be updating it periodically leading up to 2017."

It is in the first section and is entitled: The 52 topics for 2017 or its like and has 10 items....number 10 being a book occuring in dual time ;-p


message 6: by Rachel (new)

Rachel A. (abyssallibrarian) | 2672 comments Also for strong females - Enter Title Here (not necessarily likeable, but definitely strong) and The Book of Negroes.

Almost any book by Jodi Picoult is told from multiple perspectives.


message 7: by Zaz (new)

Zaz | 3034 comments We can't release the full list order as we don't have the results for the last poll. Plus, it's more fun with suspense.


message 8: by Michelle (new)

Michelle (girlvsbook) | 1176 comments I am really struggling with adventure book, if you can believe it. It seems so straightforward and yet I'm questioning every book I am considering. To me, I don't know, adventure seems like a quest or journey style book. Maybe I'm off base there. All the lists I have found for adventure books seem to include many books that I have read and would not consider adventure which makes me question whether or not the ones I have not read really do qualify. So... anyone have any good adventure suggestions?


message 9: by Zaz (new)

Zaz | 3034 comments Regarding your TBR, you have some interesting adventure books: Wizard of Oz, How to Train your Dragon (I don't remember the exact plot of the first but the sequels are adventures) and The Lightning Thief (I haven't read this one yet).

On my shelves, The Voyage to Magical North and Fortunately, the Milk were 2 entertaining books that I can recommend as adventures. I probably read adult books with adventure at some point, but no idea which ones.


message 10: by Silvia (new)

Silvia Turcios | 1071 comments Emm wrote: "I am really struggling with adventure book, if you can believe it. It seems so straightforward and yet I'm questioning every book I am considering. To me, I don't know, adventure seems like a quest..."

I would consider almost all the books by Jules Verne as adventure books :) (Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in 80 days, Five weels in a Balloon, A Captain at Fifteen, From the Earth to the Moon, etc)


message 11: by Sophie (new)

Sophie (sawphie) | 2920 comments If you want action-packed adventures on a background of history and archeology, I strongly suggest you try Clive Cussler (for example Atlantis Found) or James Rollins (I recently read and loved Sandstorm).


message 12: by Nicki (last edited Oct 23, 2016 02:37PM) (new)

Nicki (luluminstrel) | 40 comments For southern hemisphere, try something from New Zealand :) I can really recommend The Whale Rider

Two lists here, and I have a New Zealand shelf anyone is welcome to browse:

New Zealand
Books By New Zealand Authors


message 14: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
They all sound fine to me :)


message 15: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth | 0 comments Laura wrote: "They all sound fine to me :)"

OK thinks , just wasn't sure if it might a real historical figure or a book that's based on someone but is fiction


message 16: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
I wouldn't worry about over-evaluating all of your picks. In the end, we won't judge your books so if you think something fits then read it ;)


message 17: by °~Amy~° (last edited Oct 31, 2016 07:57AM) (new)

°~Amy~° (amybooksit) | 2926 comments I just finished the Never Never trilogy. I recommend it for week two, the book from two perspectives or week 25, a book with two authors.

Book two and three could be used for either of those as well or as a mystery, a strong female character, a continuation of a book you have read (once you've read the first on obviously), an author you haven't read before, An epistolary fiction (diary entries and letters), a book with an unreliable narrator (they both have amnesia), etc. Oh, and it's from Hoover Ink, NOT a major publishing company if you are looking to fill that slot.

All three books are short, quick reads so I suggest these for anyone struggling to get through that doorstopper 600 page book. Here are three opportunities to catch up quickly!


message 18: by °~Amy~° (new)

°~Amy~° (amybooksit) | 2926 comments I also finished Red Rising this week. Adventure, strong female character (not the main character however), Dystopian (sub-genre of sci-fi), set in a city on Mars (fictional setting).

Highly recommend. I am starting Golden Son, the second in that series today. :-)


message 19: by Peter (new)

Peter | 0 comments I read Golden Son and Morning Star for this year's challenge. Morning Star is the best book I've read this year, so I would highly recommend any book in the series. They would fit into a number of different topics for next year's list.


message 20: by Ron (new)

Ron (ronstjohn) | 205 comments The five Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer will fit into many of the categories (#14 - strong female character, #16 - mystery, #19 NYT Bestseller, #21 - continuation of book you've read, #31, sub-genre, #35 - a main character royalty, #45 - one-word title).

The two-plus perspective (#2) is easier than you would think with The Girl on the Train, All the Light We Cannot See, or Deep End of the Ocean.

I also recently read The Autobiography of Malcolm X and it would be a solid choice for either #8 or #25.


message 21: by Marta (new)

Marta (gezemice) | 784 comments I read several multiple timeline novels this year:

Kindred - really good time travel and historical
The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear - great fantasy, but long
Dark Matter is a suspense alternate time-lines novel, really good
A Canticle for Leibowitz - great sci-fi classic
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2
Homegoing - very unique and good, covers multiple continents and generations
Oryx and Crake - brilliant, witty and scary
A Wrinkle in Time
11/22/63 - time travel like crazy!
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - 50ies and current
The Time Machine


message 22: by Anastasia (new)

Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments Dreams Underfoot by Charles DeLint is a collection of stories based on fairy tales in modern times with a strong female lead in each story.


message 23: by °~Amy~° (new)

°~Amy~° (amybooksit) | 2926 comments 2 perspectives or more: Thirteen Reasons Why or Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity would also work as an historical fiction, an unreliable narrator, a chilling atmosphere or as a strong female character :-)

13 Reasons is also considered an Epistolary Novel.


message 24: by Jackie, Solstitial Mod (new)

Jackie | 1304 comments Mod
For people who like myself really want to go the extra mile to avoid the Big 4 publishing houses (prompt #29), here are links that list all of their imprints.

Simon & Schuster: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_%...

Penguin Random House: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penguin...

HarperCollins: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HarperC...

Hachette: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hachett...

You might also want to avoid Macmillan Publishing and Springer Nature if you're looking for true "indie" publishing. Bring on the hunt!


message 25: by Francesca (last edited Dec 16, 2016 07:09AM) (new)

Francesca | 786 comments Goodreads helping us out here with a few ideas for the 'Book becoming a movie in 2017' topic:

https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/7...

There are more than that, obviously, but there a some there that may inspire/give a few options. I was actually unaware of a few of these adaptations coming out and I had a few of the books already on my 'to-read' list.


message 26: by Rachel (new)

Rachel A. (abyssallibrarian) | 2672 comments I'm having a lot of trouble with the book from What Should I Read Next! The lists that it gives me are so broad, no matter what I put in, that it makes it hard to pick just one book.


message 27: by °~Amy~° (new)

°~Amy~° (amybooksit) | 2926 comments Rachel wrote: "I'm having a lot of trouble with the book from What Should I Read Next! The lists that it gives me are so broad, no matter what I put in, that it makes it hard to pick just one book."

I am saving that one to pick the week I intend to read it. I will be limited by which books my library has available at that moment. And I think i will use the last book i actually have read at that time to generate my list. Otherwise i can see how it could be overwhelming.


message 28: by Sophie (new)

Sophie (sawphie) | 2920 comments I agree that sometimes too much choice kills the choice, but I'm not sure we can help you with this one!

If you hesitate between several books, you could tell us which they are so we could advice?


message 29: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten  (kmcripn) For time travel, may I suggest the books of Connie Willis. She has a really smart and interesting take on time travel. She puts a lot of technological restrictions (without overburdening you with the science) and she also only has historians and history students doing the travelling.

Sophie - I like your suggestion. A LOT.


message 30: by Rachel (last edited Dec 18, 2016 11:26AM) (new)

Rachel A. (abyssallibrarian) | 2672 comments Sophie wrote: "I agree that sometimes too much choice kills the choice, but I'm not sure we can help you with this one!

If you hesitate between several books, you could tell us which they are so we could advice?"


Thanks, but I think I've made up my mind for that one! I went with a book that came up multiple times, with multiple different options put in. I'm most likely going with Made You Up.

Actually, where I'm stuck now is with the adventure book. Would something like Unravel Me or Pandemonium count? I'm trying to fit both of them in!

Also, has anyone read The Next Together? I was thinking of using it as a time travel book, but I'm not sure if it's actual time travelling or just set in different periods.


message 31: by Sophie (new)

Sophie (sawphie) | 2920 comments Kirsten *Don't Be A Grinch* wrote: "Sophie - I like your suggestion. A LOT."

The one we can help you choose your book ?

Rachel, Wikipedia says about the adventure genre: "An adventure is an event or series of events that happens outside the course of the protagonist's ordinary life, usually accompanied by danger, often by physical action. Adventure stories almost always move quickly, and the pace of the plot is at least as important as characterization, setting and other elements of a creative work."

I know you don't like to stretch prompts too far, so it's your call to decide if they fit the prompt for you or not ;)

I haven't read The Next Together, but it is listed as Time Travel on GR and I'd say you can trust the site...


message 32: by Miranda (new)

Miranda | 9 comments Would Replica count as a multiple perspectives book? I know its two different characters but because the two perspectives don't intertwine im not sure if it would count.


message 33: by Zaz (new)

Zaz | 3034 comments Miranda, yes it's 2 points of view so it counts :)


message 34: by Miranda (new)

Miranda | 9 comments Zaz wrote: "Miranda, yes it's 2 points of view so it counts :)"

Okay awesome thanks!


message 35: by Miranda (new)

Miranda | 9 comments Are penguin modern classics and penguin popular classics the same?


message 36: by Zaz (new)

Zaz | 3034 comments No modern classics are recent publications, classics are old. Popular classics are just classics, nothing to do with being modern.


message 37: by Miranda (new)

Miranda | 9 comments okay thank you!


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