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message 1: by Zaz (last edited Dec 23, 2016 11:44PM) (new)

Zaz | 3047 comments Welcome!

We'll read (more or less) one book each week, all along the year. You can't change the topics, but you're free to choose whatever book you're interested in for each category.

It's better if you create your own plan (using "create a new topic" and choosing "2017 Plans" for the folder) so you can keep track of your progress and share your choices with the other members. If you need help to find ideas, you can have a look at the suggestions or ask in the Off Topic folder.

You can read in order or jump around, but keep this order in the plan, as we are using the numbers to find quickly a topic.

If you can't complete the challenge, it's not a problem. If one topic is really too much out of your comfort zone or too much difficult to fulfill, you can use the Wild Card and read something else for this week (reader's choice or past suggestions).


Don't forgot to add your books in the A-Z folders (using the 1st letter of the title) and to tell us what you read in the Progress Posts.

The 2017 List
1. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016 (link)
2. A book with at least 2 perspectives (multiple points of view)
3. A book you meant to read in 2016
4. A title that doesn't contain the letter "E"
5. A historical fiction
6. A book being released as a movie in 2017
7. A book with an animal on the cover or in the title
8. A book written by a person of color
9. A book in the middle of your To Be Read list
10. A dual-timeline novel
11. A category from another challenge
12. A book based on a myth
13. A book recommended by one of your favorite authors
14. A book with a strong female character
15. A book written or set in Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland)
16. A mystery
17. A book with illustrations
18. A really long book (600+ pages)
19. A New York Times best-seller
20. A book that you've owned for a while but haven't gotten around to reading
21. A book that is a continuation of a book you've already read
22. A book by an author you haven't read before
23. A book from the BBC "The Big Read" list (link)
24. A book written by at least two authors
25. A book about a famous historical figure
26. An adventure book
27. A book by one of your favorite authors
28. A non-fiction
29. A book published outside the 4 major publishing houses (Simon & Schuster; HarperCollins; Penguin Random House; Hachette Livre) - check all the editions
30. A book from Goodreads Top 100 YA Books (link)
31. A book from a sub-genre of your favorite genre
32. A book with a long title (5+ words, excluding subtitle)
33. A magical realism novel
34. A book set in or by an author from the Southern Hemisphere
35. A book where one of the main characters is royalty
36. A Hugo Award winner or nominee (link)
37. A book you choose randomly
38. A novel inspired by a work of classic literature
39. An epistolary fiction
40. A book published in 2017
41. A book with an unreliable narrator
42. A best book of the 21st century (so far)
43. A book with a chilling atmosphere (scary, unsettling, cold)
44. A recommendation from "What Should I Read Next" (link)
45. A book with a one-word title
46. A time travel novel
47. A past suggestion that didn't win (link)
48. A banned book
49. A book from someone else's bookshelf
50. A Penguin Modern Classic - any edition
51. A collection (e.g. essays, short stories, poetry, plays)
52. A book set in a fictional location

List created by the group members, after suggestions and votes. Thanks to all!


message 2: by Chris (new)

Chris | 3 comments How do I create a new topic?


message 3: by Zaz (new)

Zaz | 3047 comments Go to the 2017 folder: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/group...
Then you have a "new topic" link at the top right.


message 4: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten  (kmcripn) Do we start on January 1st?


message 5: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3838 comments Mod
Yes, the first week begins January 1st.


message 6: by Wend (new)

Wend (wends) | 50 comments Exciting, hoping to read books in order this year as I'm starting on day 1!! Just a question when is the 2017 A-Z open is this Jan 1st?

I've gone through planning the first quarter, am saving up the rest of my pledge reads for cold and wet winter days.


message 7: by Zaz (new)

Zaz | 3047 comments Wend, we'd like to avoid having posts for the 2017 categories and then late posts for the 2016 ones (in the same book topic), so probably on January 1. We'll do an announcement + change the dates in the header to indicate when things are opened :)


message 8: by Valeria (new)

Valeria :-) how many wild card I have?


message 9: by Zaz (new)

Zaz | 3047 comments Normally one. You can choose to not complete the whole challenge if it's too much for you, but it's better to just remove one annoying/difficult category rather than several of them if you read the 52 books.


message 10: by Valeria (new)

Valeria :-) thanks


message 11: by Stacey (new)

Stacey D.  | 1635 comments Now that I've posted my 2017 reading plan to the discussion site, I've completely forgotten how to link the plan to one's profile.

Can someone remind me how to do this, please? Thank you!


message 12: by Zaz (new)

Zaz | 3047 comments Look at the 1st post in the Help topic (in Mod Corner) ;)


message 13: by Stacey (new)

Stacey D.  | 1635 comments Got it. Thanks again. Me poor old brain often forgets these techie details ;))


message 14: by Holly (new)

Holly | 58 comments Question: For the title with no E are we counting the word "the" if it starts the title? like "The Martian"?


message 15: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3838 comments Mod
Personally, I would count it and wouldn't use that title. But different members are more or less strict with what they include so others may allow it. It's really up to you :)


message 16: by Shauna (new)

Shauna (plankwalkinjack) | 2 comments What if you finish a book before the week is up? Are you allowed to read on and go on to your next read? Just checking. Thanks!


message 17: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2371 comments Shauna, definitely. You don't even have to read in order if you don't want to. It's all up to you.


message 18: by Saara (new)

Saara (lamiena) | 86 comments As a Finn, I would like to point out that Finland is in fact not part of Scandinavia. :D It gets confusing, I know. Here's a thing! http://satwcomic.com/how-the-north-works

Okay, nitpick over. Cool categories. Will have to start thinking about what to do for them.


message 19: by Zaz (new)

Zaz | 3047 comments Saara, it's kind of in Scandinavia, no? Just the "Fenno" thing is added at the front :D
The goal of the prompt is to read something Nordic, so with Finland included, people have more choices :)


message 20: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3480 comments Thank you for sharing that, Sara! I never realised that Finland wasn't part of Scandinavia- that page was really interesting, as we're done of the comments. :)


message 21: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie (teff1979) Do we need to have our whole list planed by Jan 1


message 22: by Zaz (new)

Zaz | 3047 comments Stephanie > no, you're free to plan before starting, to plan all along the year, to fill the categories at the same time you read or after finishing a book. It's totally up to you, choose what suits you the best :)


message 23: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie (teff1979) Thanks. I am hoping to read at least half of the 52 books


message 24: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie (teff1979) can we use titles that are not in the suggestions as long as they fit the topic


message 25: by Sophie (new)

Sophie (sawphie) | 2937 comments Of course Stephanie, you're free to choose whatever you want. The suggestions are here to give you inspiration and show you what type of books can be used to fill each category. Only the prompts based on a specific list have a finite number of books to choose from.

You'll see, were really open with our members and won't bother you if you interpret prompts more freely than other members ;)


message 26: by Jackie (new)

Jackie | 54 comments Saara wrote: "As a Finn, I would like to point out that Finland is in fact not part of Scandinavia. :D It gets confusing, I know. Here's a thing! http://satwcomic.com/how-the-north-works

Okay, nitpick over. Coo..."


Saara, thanks for the link. I learned something!


message 27: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Galbavi | 33 comments For topic 15 (a book written or set in Scandanavia) I would recommend The Core of the Sun. I read this for the 2016 challenge as a book originally written in another language and really enjoyed it. It's about a future dystopian Scandinavia/alternate history.


message 28: by Zaz (new)

Zaz | 3047 comments Yey, another dystopia :D Thanks Amanda, I won't use it for the category but it's now on my TBR :)


message 29: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten  (kmcripn) A category from another challenge? Is that like stealing a category from the Popsugar?


message 30: by Zaz (new)

Zaz | 3047 comments Kirsten > yes. Check the suggestion topics for explanations:
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 31: by Liz (new)

Liz Ekstrom (lizekstrom) For the first prompt, is it supposed to be a winner, or just a nominee of the GR Choice Awards 2016?


message 32: by Sophie (last edited Dec 13, 2016 02:11AM) (new)

Sophie (sawphie) | 2937 comments Both! You can find more details about the prompts here: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 33: by Anastasia (new)

Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1221 comments I am having a difficult time finding out if books on my TBR have more than one POV. I know that most Fantasy and Sci-Fi books do, but most do not list in the synopsis if they have more that POV.

How is everyone else handling this prompt? Help!


message 34: by Zaz (new)

Zaz | 3047 comments Anastasia, you can have a look at the ebook sample (on Amazon, you can check online, no need to download), if the chapters aren't too long, you can have a look at the POV.


message 35: by Anastasia (new)

Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1221 comments Thank you Zaz,
I never thought of that. So silly I have used that same idea for other reasons, LOL.


message 36: by Stacey (new)

Stacey D.  | 1635 comments For Week 6: a book being released as a movie in 2017, I have a couple of books in mind, but the release date for the movies is around Christmas 2016. They will still be in theatres in the new year, so technically, would they qualify?

Nothing on the most recent 2017 movie release lists (from Oct) has interested me. Does anyone have a more updated list for reference?


message 37: by Sophie (new)

Sophie (sawphie) | 2937 comments Stacey, as Zaz answered to you here, you can stretch the prompt a bit and count movies that are released in other countries in 2017, like A Monster Calls.


message 38: by Stacey (new)

Stacey D.  | 1635 comments Thanks to both of you for your responses. Will keep that in mind.


message 39: by Anastasia (new)

Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1221 comments There is also a preview button on goodreads below each book on it's page. :) No need for google.


message 40: by Zaz (new)

Zaz | 3047 comments I've audio previews on GR but no ebook ones (it's probably a "near/in US only" feature).


message 41: by Stacey (new)

Stacey D.  | 1635 comments I'll keep checking; thanks :))


message 42: by Rosemary (new)

Rosemary | 344 comments Sophie wrote: "Stacey, as Zaz answered to you here, you can stretch the prompt a bit and count movies that are released in other countries in 2017, like A Monster Calls."

That's cool! I just came on here to ask if A Monster Calls would count, since I live in the UK and it's being released here on January 1st, and I really want to read the book and see it :)

I might have to make this my first book so I can read it before I see the movie.


message 43: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten  (kmcripn) Anastasia wrote: "I am having a difficult time finding out if books on my TBR have more than one POV. I know that most Fantasy and Sci-Fi books do, but most do not list in the synopsis if they have more that POV.

..."


I just googled books with multiple perspectives.


message 44: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (bookworm1987) | 1 comments Does it count if a book meets more than one challenge? Or do I have to read two different books that meet both challenges?


message 45: by Zaz (new)

Zaz | 3047 comments Lauren > usually it's a 52 books challenge, so 1 book per category. If you don't read enough in a year, you can do a reduced challenge, rather than counting 1 book for several categories :)


message 46: by Stacey (new)

Stacey D.  | 1635 comments Although many have already been announced, here's an updated 2017 book-to-movie list from Huffpost: https://www.google.com/amp/m.huffpost...


message 47: by °~Amy~° (new)

°~Amy~° (amybooksit) | 2676 comments Stacey wrote: "Although many have already been announced, here's an updated 2017 book-to-movie list from Huffpost: https://www.google.com/amp/m.huffpost..."

I had to laugh at the movie based on a book that was never written, I Am Not Your Negro. Um, not sure that really counts as a book to movie adaptation but OK. lol

Thanks for the list though. I had trouble coming up with one 2017 book to movie adaptation to read and now I need TWO for two separate challenges. I can use all the help I can get on that topic!


message 48: by Stacey (new)

Stacey D.  | 1635 comments Amy wrote: "Stacey wrote: "Although many have already been announced, here's an updated 2017 book-to-movie list from Huffpost: https://www.google.com/amp/m.huffpost......"

I just re-read that in the list, Amy. Pretty funny. So, does that even qualify as a book? It's more of an "as told to" tale. Meanwhile, I chose Silence for my Week 6, which is due to open in limited US release in two days (wide release on 1/6), but have seen no trailers - nothing - about it so far. Very weird.


message 49: by siobhan (new)

siobhan Quinlan | 2 comments I am going to try join in on this one :)


message 50: by Pouneh (new)

Pouneh I'm in! Let the fun contiunue :D


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