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message 1: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (last edited Jun 20, 2018 01:29PM) (new)

Laura | 3783 comments Mod
The entire Around the Year challenge list is generated by the group members. We enjoyed the process so much in the past three years that we are creating another list for 2019.

How it will work:
The topics for the 2019 RC list will be determined through around 13 mini-polls. Each user will vote for their favorite 4 topics in each mini-poll, which will then add up to the 52 topics (13 polls x 4 topics/poll=52 weekly topics). Suggestions for each poll will be opened until 15-20 suggestions are received+seconded. Then a poll will be opened for voting for one week so you can select your 4 favorite suggestions. This timeframe allows for a completed list in October-November.

Rules:
- One suggestion per poll per user OR one "seconded" per user
- Suggestions close after 20 total seconded suggestions
- The number of seconded suggestions can vary and will be announced in the topic
- If the categories are not balanced at some point, the mods will add rules to encourage variety

A link to the poll will be posted in a new thread as soon as 20 seconded suggestions are received.

This is a new suggestion only poll. Topics cannot be repeats from the 2015 PopSugar or 2016, 2017, or 2018 ATY challenges. See links below for the lists of topics from previous years.

2015: https://www.popsugar.com/love/Reading...
2016: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
2017: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
2018: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

Poll Entries
1. A book with an occupation in the title or a book in which a person's occupation is central to the plot
2. A book about the arts
3. A Man Booker Prize Winner or Nominee.
4. A book with a story trope you love or hate.
5. A book with a type of metal (gold, silver, bronze, brass, iron, etc) or something made from metal in the title.
6. A book related to your zodiac sign
7. A book set after a time of war (ie: post WWII).
8. A book featuring an ancient civilization
9. A book about a dog
10. A book about a serial killer
11. A book dealing with memory (amnesia, eidetic memory, PTSD etc.)
12. A book off of the 1001 books to read before you die list
13. A book from "The Great American Read"
14. A book written by an author that has the same birthday (not including year) as you.
15. A book you'd recommend to a fictional character you like
16. A book with an abduction or a kidnapping
17. A book that was written by a Nobel Laureate
18. A book with a non traditional family
19. A speculative fiction
20. A book by an author from an island


message 2: by Milena (new)

Milena (milenas) | 648 comments A book about the arts


message 3: by dalex (new)

dalex (912dalex) | 2095 comments A book with an occupation in the title or a book in which a person's occupation is central to the plot

There is a a goodreads list that has over 500 titles of books with an occupation in the title.


message 4: by Charity (new)

Charity (faeryrebel78) | 552 comments A book with a type of metal (gold, silver, bronze, brass, iron, etc) or something made from metal in the title.


message 5: by Crumb (new)

Crumb | 11 comments I'm new at this.. two questions.. are we giving suggestions for 2019? Also, what does RC stand for?


message 6: by Charity (new)

Charity (faeryrebel78) | 552 comments Yes suggestions for 2019 and RC is reading challenge.


message 7: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (last edited Jun 19, 2018 06:14AM) (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 8321 comments Mod
Crumb wrote: "I'm new at this.. two questions.. are we giving suggestions for 2019? Also, what does RC stand for?"

We are giving suggestions for our 2019 list, and RC stands for Reading Challenge! Just another way to say our list of prompts for the 2019 list.


message 8: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 8321 comments Mod
I'll second the occupation in the title!


message 9: by Crumb (new)

Crumb | 11 comments Great, thanks!


message 10: by Crumb (new)

Crumb | 11 comments A book with an unreliable narrator


message 11: by Crumb (new)

Crumb | 11 comments Thank you!


message 12: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2362 comments A Man Booker Prize Winner or Nominee.

https://www.goodreads.com/award/show/...


message 13: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3783 comments Mod
Sorry Crumb, but unreliable narrator was on the 2017 list. You can save that one for next week, when we do a regular poll. This one is new suggestions only.


message 14: by Nadja (new)

Nadja A book with a story trope you love or hate.

Site with a big selection of tropes:
https://bookriot.com/2015/02/17/story...


message 15: by Cheri (last edited Jun 19, 2018 06:30AM) (new)

Cheri (jovali2) | 542 comments I'd like to second a book about the arts. No detail was given, so I looked up some possibilities:

Arts and artists in fiction
https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/2...

Fiction involving rock/pop music
https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/4...

Great fictional artists
https://electricliterature.com/the-gr...

Historical fiction and creativity
https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/8...


message 16: by Crumb (new)

Crumb | 11 comments Do the prompts have to be different from 2017, or different from all the past years?


message 17: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa | 265 comments A book about serial killer


message 18: by Crumb (new)

Crumb | 11 comments I second that one, Vanessa


message 19: by Katie (last edited Jun 19, 2018 06:35AM) (new)

Katie | 2362 comments Crumb, for this mini poll, different from all previous years' challenges. In future mini polls, we won't have that same restriction.


message 20: by Kathi (new)

Kathi (kathijo) | 47 comments A book about a dog

Lots of choices!
https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/6...


message 21: by Crumb (new)

Crumb | 11 comments A book with an abduction or a kidnapping


message 22: by Katie (last edited Jun 19, 2018 06:40AM) (new)

Katie | 2362 comments Crumb, group members may either suggest one topic or second one suggestion made by someone else.

Would you like to second the serial killer topic or suggest the abduction/kidnapping topic?


message 23: by Crumb (new)

Crumb | 11 comments Suggest the abduction/kidnapping topic. Sorry, I'm new at this.


message 24: by Milena (new)

Milena (milenas) | 648 comments Cheri wrote: "I'd like to second a book about the arts. No detail was given, so I looked up some possibilities:

Arts and artists in fiction
https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/2...

Fictio..."


Thank you, Cheri. Sorry for leaving it vague. I thought it could be open to interpretation.


message 25: by Matthias (new)

Matthias Stephan | 169 comments I second the Booker suggestion.


message 26: by Kathy (new)

Kathy | 2484 comments I second a book with a story trope you love or hate.

The list Nadja attached has great trope suggestions.


message 27: by Cheri (new)

Cheri (jovali2) | 542 comments Milena wrote: "I thought it could be open to interpretation...."

I think leaving things open to interpretation is great! But when I first joined the group, I learned that suggestions for different ways to interpret helped people (myself included!) to move beyond their initial reaction to other ways of thinking about a topic. I found I was more drawn to the topic that had examples than to those that didn't.


message 28: by Kathy (new)

Kathy | 2484 comments I feel the same way about suggestions, Cheri. They give me a way to think about the prompt. You definitely don't have to choose from the lists.


message 29: by Jackie, Solstitial Mod (new)

Jackie | 1544 comments Mod
A book featuring an ancient civilization

You could go fiction or nonfiction on this, and you could do something where the setting is the ancient civilization (like The Odyssey or Circe) or go for something where there's a heavy archaeological element.

Some lists for inspiration:
https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1...
https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/9...
https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/...
https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1...


message 30: by Jillian (new)

Jillian | 2021 comments I will second this one:

A book with a type of metal (gold, silver, bronze, brass, iron, etc) or something made from metal in the title


message 31: by Milena (new)

Milena (milenas) | 648 comments Thank you for your help, Cheri and Kathy. This is my first year doing the challenge, and I did not realize that I should give suggestions.


message 32: by Anna (new)

Anna | 975 comments The PopSugar link doesn't work for me.


message 33: by Anna (new)

Anna | 975 comments A book dealing with memory (amnesia, eidetic memory, PTSD etc.)


message 34: by °~Amy~° (new)

°~Amy~° (amybooksit) | 3277 comments A book related to your zodiac sign

http://www.astrology-zodiac-signs.com

For instance as a Cancer I could choose a book with a water theme, a book with a crab on the cover, a book revolving around a cancer survivor, a book from Crabtree publishing, an author who is also a Cancer, or...... something related to one of the personality traits of your sign. Very open to interpretation.


message 35: by Lizzy (new)

Lizzy | 742 comments I will 2nd " a book related to your zodiac sign".


message 36: by Nicole (last edited Jun 19, 2018 09:17AM) (new)

Nicole Drake | 98 comments I second A Man Booker Prize Winner or Nominee

Suggestion: A book written by an author that has the same birthday (not including year) as you.

http://lookingglassreview.com/books/a...

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/c...

If you have a difficult time finding an author for your birthday, you could simplify and choose an author in your birth month.


message 37: by Chinook (new)

Chinook | 639 comments Nadja wrote: "A book with a story trope you love or hate.

Site with a big selection of tropes:
https://bookriot.com/2015/02/17/story..."


I’ll second this.


message 38: by Manda (new)

Manda (bookwenchmanda) | 943 comments A book set after a time of war (ie: post WWII).

My thinking is that a lot of challenges focus on books that are set during a time of war, but not so men about the economy, recovery, etc after the war has ended.


message 39: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments Read a book off of the 1001 books to read before you die list.


message 40: by Rachelnyc (new)

Rachelnyc | 943 comments I second a book set after a time of war.


message 41: by Elise (new)

Elise (theblackhorizon) Jackie wrote: "A book featuring an ancient civilization

You could go fiction or nonfiction on this, and you could do something where the setting is the ancient civilization (like The Odyssey or [book..."


I'll second this.


message 42: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2362 comments Anna, the Popsugar link seems to be working for me. I'm going to recopy it here to see if that makes a difference somehow. If not, the list should come up if you google 2015 PopSugar Reading Challenge.

http://www.popsugar.com/love/Reading-...

Nicole, group members can either suggest a new topic or second someone else's suggestion. Matthias already seconded the Man Booker Prize suggestion, so your birthday suggestion still stands.

Chinook, Kathy already seconded that suggestion, so feel free to suggest or second another topic.


message 43: by Jill (new)

Jill (dogbotsmum) | 1048 comments I second the book about a dog


message 44: by Silvia (new)

Silvia Turcios | 1062 comments I second the book about a serial killer


message 45: by Sara (new)

Sara | 83 comments I second "A book dealing with memory (amnesia, eidetic memory, PTSD etc.)"


message 46: by Lizzy (new)

Lizzy | 742 comments I am not understanding the trope suggestion -- Can some one please clarify? Thank you.


message 47: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3783 comments Mod
The original list has been updated :)

My own suggestion:

A book from The Great American Read

More info here: http://www.pbs.org/the-great-american...

Basically, it's a process going through voting now where 100 books are being narrowed down to American's "favorite" book. Obviously, it's a little more relevant to members in the US but there are still some good choices on the list.


message 48: by Nadine in NY (new)

Nadine in NY Jones | 1688 comments I second the 1001 Books to read before you die list


message 49: by Ann (new)

Ann S | 618 comments I second the " one from the great American read out". I have seen many on the list I want to read.


message 50: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (last edited Jun 19, 2018 06:00PM) (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 8321 comments Mod
Lizzy wrote: "I am not understanding the trope suggestion -- Can some one please clarify? Thank you."

Lizzy, a trope is a metaphorical device or theme that is used over and over in literature. It's usually considered a trope when it becomes overused or cliched. Some common ones are the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, two characters that fall in love "despite their differences", male savior complex, etc. This prompt looks like it wants you to pick a trope you love or you hate and read a book that connects.


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