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message 1: by SRC Moderator (new)

SRC Moderator | 4932 comments Mod
It's time to starting thinking about some fun and interesting categories for our Group Reads!

The ideas gathered from this thread will be used to build a list from which categories will be randomly chosen.

Each season's Group Reads will have 2 fiction categories and 1 non-fiction category. The year's categories will be posted in advance so Group Reads nominators will have time to research and select appropriate books. For more information about the nominating process, please see task 20.10 in the Rewards of the Challenge. As always, polls will be set up each season to choose between the nominated books for that season's Group Reads.

Choices from the past years we would prefer not to repeat:

Dystopia
Southern Literature
Fiction set in a member state of the Arab League
Poetry
Space Opera
Family Saga
Russian novels
Fiction - Short stories
Stand-alone Fantasy Novels
LGBT Mystery
Opposites Attract
2016 Debut Author Fiction
Scandinanvian Crime Fiction
Feel Good Fiction
Transgender Fiction
Fiction written by a Nobel Prize for Literature winner
Sci Fi> Aliens
Old Fashioned Christmas

Non-Fiction- Modern True Crime
Climate and Weather
Space
On the Seven Seas - Naval history, sailing memoirs, etc.
History of Science
The Unexplained
Medicine
Animals
Travel


Feel free to get creative and submit your ideas here! This thread will be open for ideas until March 31. We're looking forward to seeing what you come up with!


message 2: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7692 comments since i'm on a non-fiction kick right now:
sports memoir/autobiography/biography
social justice
travelogues/travel literature
ancient history
military history
theology
pop science
cryptology/ciphers (soo many books coming out about this right now)


message 3: by Lavender (new)

Lavender (purlav) | 374 comments Fiction:
Cozy mystery
High fantasy
Hard sci fi
Romantic suspense
YA

Non-fiction:
Self help
Nutrition
Business
Technology
Politics


message 4: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7692 comments i think for YA - you could maybe break it down into different categories
YA dystopia; YA sci-fi; YA LGBT etc


message 5: by Bianca (new)

Bianca Rose (biancarose) | 249 comments Fiction:
Literature from South America
Literature from Australia
Classics - Books that everyone should read in their lifetime
Historical Fiction > World War I -- I feel like there are heaps and heaps of books written about WWII but I don't see WWI as often.
Fantasy>Mythology
Fiction> Adventure

Non-Fiction:
Memoir
Cults
Self Help - Emotional or spiritual
Mythology
Healthy Living - Diet/ Exercise etc
Travel


message 6: by Bianca (new)

Bianca Rose (biancarose) | 249 comments Lavender wrote: "Fiction:
Cozy mystery
High fantasy
Hard sci fi
Romantic suspense
YA

Non-fiction:
Self help
Nutrition
Business
Technology
Politics"


Oh no, I just wrote my list without looking at the other replies & it seems like we have similar interests! Can I just second cozy mystery! I love a good cozy mystery.


message 7: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Coming-of-age / Bildungsroman


message 8: by Christine (last edited Mar 15, 2018 07:12AM) (new)

Christine | 737 comments Psychological thriller
Gothic
Autobiography/Memoir


message 9: by Cat (new)

Cat (cat_uk) | 2399 comments Golden Age Crime

Physics non-fiction (RIP Prof Hawkings)


message 10: by Trish (last edited Mar 16, 2018 02:16AM) (new)

Trish (trishhartuk) | 2543 comments Wow, I can't believe we're round to choosing categories again!

Bianca wrote: "Can I just second cozy mystery! I love a good cozy mystery."

But how to choose only one? Maybe it would need to be split into "cozy animals", "cozy cafes", "cozy paranormal", "cozy humour" etc?

Cat wrote: "Golden Age Crime"

Also worth seconding. I've recently discovered Michael Innes, for example.

Other ideas that come to mind are:

Comic fiction

Or to use one of the popsugar prompts, "childhood classics you've never read"? or even that you have read (although it would need a mod exemption if it didn't meet the children's rules"

Then there are other classics - modern, early-20th century, 19th century, 18th century - and equally, historical fiction set in different centuries. Plus poetry can be split into centuries as well, especially as the one that got chosen was the Aeneid, which is more classic saga

Ancient Rome or Ancient Rome - either fiction or non-fiction

Alternate history

Maybe take DLMRose's 30.1 task a step further, and have prizewinners (Pulitzer, Nobel, Man Booker, etc)

Books about books

Books/series turned into movies or TV shows

Crime/procedural by a female author (e.g. Kathy Reichs, Patricia Cornwell)


message 11: by Pam (new)

Pam (bluegrasspam) Non-fiction: philosophy, biography of an author
Fiction: German authors


message 12: by Zach (new)

Zach | 190 comments Fiction ideas:
Thriller with a female protagonist
Asian author
Coming-of-age Novel
Dealing with gun control


Non-Fiction ideas:
Pyschology
True Crime by a female author


message 13: by Lagullande (new)

Lagullande | 399 comments Cat wrote: "Golden Age Crime"

Yes!!


message 14: by Book Concierge (new)

Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 3765 comments Didn't we have a "cozy mystery" category a couple of years ago ... we read A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton


Fiction:
Latino Literature
Women's Fiction
Award winners

Nonfiction
Award winners
Native American / Indigenous peoples
Africa
Politics


message 15: by Amber (new)

Amber (ambrosian) | 342 comments Fiction:
Time travel
Young authors (under 30?)
Based on a true story
Translated
Banned books
Retelling
Satire
Western
Classics

Nonfiction:
Social justice
Non-celebrity memoir (or, alternatively, celebrity memoir)
Nature
Social science
Essay collection
Microhistory


message 16: by Nick (last edited Mar 16, 2018 12:21PM) (new)

Nick (doily) | 2544 comments Dee wrote: "since i'm on a non-fiction kick right now:
sports memoir/autobiography/biography
social justice
travelogues/travel literature
ancient history
military history
theology
pop science
cryptology/cipher..."


I like a lot of these ideas, but I spescially like "cryptology/cipher" -- it is one i would not have thought of.

I also like "Africa" as nonfiction -- maybe amended to Africa/African-American/African-European memoir or biography.


message 17: by Pam (last edited Mar 16, 2018 07:02PM) (new)

Pam (bluegrasspam) Fiction:
Arthurian legend
Medieval
Tropical
Female scientist

Non-fiction:
Architecture/urban development
Gangsters/outlaws
Immigration/settlement
Exploration
Country's struggle for independence


message 18: by Pam (new)

Pam (bluegrasspam) Fiction:
Pre-1900 Adventure
Royalty
Hard-boiled crime

Non-fiction:
Creativity & imagination
African safari


message 19: by Debra (new)

Debra | 126 comments Books translated into English (originally written in another language)


message 20: by Meg (new)

Meg (megscl) | 1656 comments Fiction:
Tearjerker
Modern classic
Scandinavian
Middle Eastern writers
YA thriller
Chick lit
Magic

Non fiction :
Lives of scientists
Inspirational women
Race and ethnicity
Non fiction by fiction writers


message 21: by Joanne (new)

Joanne (joabroda1) | 980 comments Non-Fiction

History of War
Women in Uniform
Jewish Struggles

Fiction

Mid evil Times
Epic Fantasy


message 22: by SRC Moderator (last edited Apr 02, 2018 04:02AM) (new)

SRC Moderator | 4932 comments Mod
Thanks for participating!
The next year of Group Reads categories have been selected:


Group Reads Categories 2018-2019

Summer 2018
Fiction - Romantic Suspense
Fiction - Hard Science Fiction
definition: characterized by an emphasis on scientific accuracy, speculative science or engineering.

Non-fiction -Psychology

Fall 2018
Fiction - genre: Fiction> Adventure
Fiction - Literature from South America

Non-fiction - Award winners

Winter 2018
Fiction- Arthurian legend
Fiction - Cozy Cafes

Non-fiction - Cryptology/Ciphers

Spring 2019
World War I Historical Fiction
Fiction - Coming-of-age / Bildungsroman
definition: a literary genre that focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from youth to adulthood in which character change is extremely important.

Non-fiction - Politics


message 23: by Mhairi (new)

Mhairi | 358 comments How about some Scottish literature? 😊 I also like the memoir/biography idea, but I think it could be narrowed a little. How about a biography/autobiography of a writer?


message 24: by Sandy (new)

Sandy | 16196 comments Mod
Mhairi wrote: "How about some Scottish literature? 😊 I also like the memoir/biography idea, but I think it could be narrowed a little. How about a biography/autobiography of a writer?"

The categories have already been chosen for 2018-2019. Hang onto your idea for next year!


message 25: by Celeste (new)

Celeste (celesteryr) | 372 comments Lavender wrote: "Fiction:
Cozy mystery
High fantasy
Hard sci fi
Romantic suspense
YA

Non-fiction:
Self help
Nutrition
Business
Technology
Politics"

Cozy Mystery? Sounds romantic! Why not save it for the winter season when you can imagine people reading next to a crackling fire. (In a log cabin of course!) :D


message 26: by Book Concierge (new)

Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 3765 comments Celeste wrote: "Cozy Mystery? Sounds romantic! Why not save it for the winter season when you can imagine people reading next to a crackling fire. (In a log cabin of course!) :D"

Cozy mystery is a specific genre featuring an amateur sleuth and usually with the violence happening "off screen." Examples include the Miss Marple series by Agatha Christie or the Coffee House Mystery series by Cleo Coyle.

We actually did "cozy mystery" a couple of seasons back (though the book we chose - A is for Alibi isn't a cozy ... the main character is a private investigator, not an amateur sleuth)


message 27: by Anja (new)

Anja Vuković | 356 comments Book Concierge wrote: "We actually did "cozy mystery" a couple of seasons back (though the book we chose - A is for Alibi isn't a cozy ... the main character is a private investigator, not an amateur sleuth) "

Similar with this season's Romantic Suspense poll :/ I love romance and have trouble reading usual Group Reads, so I was looking forward to this category. Now there are classic books on top two places :/


message 28: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7692 comments feel the same way Anja :(


message 29: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (sarah1987) | 66 comments Mythical creatures... I am going to try to think of some other ones... I love brain storming about this kind of stuff


message 30: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (sarah1987) | 66 comments What about super heroes or most sold novel of any year


message 31: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7692 comments FYI - the categories for this year have been selected - but around March/April - they will do another call for categories


message 32: by Diane Whitney (last edited Oct 17, 2018 12:19PM) (new)

Diane Whitney | 570 comments Can I please get a definition of "Cozy Cafes" category for the Winter 2018 Group reads? The genre doesn't come up when typed into recommendations or browse genres..


message 33: by Dlmrose (new)

Dlmrose | 17872 comments Mod
Diane Whitney wrote: "Can I please get a definition of "Cozy Cafes" category for the Winter 2018 Group reads? The genre doesn't come up when typed into recommendations or browse genres.."

The category was nominated in a discussion of cozy mysteries, but any book set in a "cozy" cafe would work. Cozy = a small, intimate community with likable characters, some humor, no graphic language, sex or violence.


message 34: by Diane Whitney (last edited Oct 17, 2018 12:37PM) (new)

Diane Whitney | 570 comments Ok, got it. Thanks!


message 35: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7692 comments so something like On What Grounds? does a coffeehouse count as a cafe?


message 36: by Dlmrose (new)

Dlmrose | 17872 comments Mod
We try to stay pretty neutral about Group Reads nominations. We leave most up to the nominator.


message 37: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7692 comments i guess i'm trying to understand what constitutes ;)


message 38: by Cat (new)

Cat (cat_uk) | 2399 comments Dee wrote: "i guess i'm trying to understand what constitutes ;)"

I'm the same!

I'm likely to stretch the definition of the title... my first thoughts (which might not be what I end up nominating!) were The Ballad of the Sad Café and Seconds

It's going to be interesting to see what ends up on the shortlist!


message 39: by Marie (UK) (new)

Marie (UK) (mazza1) | 2571 comments i found all the categories difficult this time and decided they were just not enough my thing to nominate


message 40: by Melanie (new)

Melanie (watermelanie) | 124 comments Translated fiction
Nature nonfiction
Speculative fiction
Feminism nonfiction
Postcolonial literature
Middle Eastern fiction
Feminism


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