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message 1: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (last edited Aug 12, 2018 08:10AM) (new)

Laura | 3821 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 "second" per user
- If you suggested or seconded a topic in the 7th mini-poll then you must wait 24 hours before doing so in this one (11AM EST Sunday)
- Suggestions close after 15 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
- We are now allowing linked prompts within the regular polls (2-3 total prompts). We are slightly behind in the total number of prompts due to some polls resulting in fewer than 4 results. So do not worry about the effect that linked prompts will have on our timeframe.
- Suggestions can only be submitted a total of 3 times. If a suggestion has been entered 2 times, you must wait until at least the 10th mini-poll to re-submit. So far this includes:
* A book related to a zodiac sign
* A book by an author from an island
* A fiction and non-fiction book on the same topic
* A book from the ATY list of "lesser known" books
* A Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction winner or shortlist
* A book in which a character uses a disguise or a false/fake identity

A link to the poll will be posted in a new thread as soon as 15 seconded suggestions are received.

Poll Entries:
1. A psychological thriller
2. A multi-generational saga
3. A children’s classic you’ve never read
4. A portal fiction (i.e. a book that has a magical/technological doorway or portal)
5. A book that has been made into a movie
6. A book by or about a real hero/heroine of yours
7. A book about someone with your dream job (realistic or fantastical)
8. A book featuring a Disney character
9. A book with a interesting or beautiful spine
10. Fiction or non-fiction about the climate and/or climate change
11. A book featuring indigenous people of a country
12. A book from the Texas Library Lariat List
13. A serial book (either a book you have read as a serial or was originally published as a serial)
14. A book with the theme of immortality
15. A book that includes a journey (physical, health, or spiritual)

Available to be Seconded:
- A book that brings a specific location to life
- A winner or finalist of The National Book Award


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message 3: by Liz (last edited Aug 11, 2018 09:23AM) (new)

Liz | 506 comments A children’s classic you’ve never read.

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/9...


message 4: by Sophie (new)

Sophie (soapsuds) | 153 comments “A book by or about a real hero/heroine of yours.”

Examples include war heroes, social/political advocates, politicians, sports personalities, someone overcoming incredible illness/hardships/odds, parent advocates). The book can be a memoir, biography or even a fictionalized account, although it should feature a real hero (e.g., fictional books featuring Winston Churchill, or “The Librarian of Auschwitz”). The hero could be nonhuman (dog war heroes, “Seabiscuit”, etc.).


message 5: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7219 comments Mod
Just to clarify, Laura. The Man Booker Prize was only suggested once. The Man Booker International Prize was also suggested, but they are two different lists.


message 6: by Stacey (last edited Aug 11, 2018 08:34AM) (new)

Stacey D.  | 1744 comments Here's something new and different I learned of through booktube.com.

They recently ran their annual BookTubeAThon reading challenge. One of the 2018 challenges was to read a book with a beautiful spine.

Some lovely ones are shown here on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/janemount/b...


message 7: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
Interesting! I had no idea that they were different.


message 8: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7219 comments Mod
Laura wrote: "Interesting! I had no idea that they were different."

I didn't either! But dalex pointed it out when I had combined them on the spreadsheet, and they are very different lists!


message 9: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
Dalex really is our resident fact checker ;)


message 10: by Sophie (new)

Sophie (soapsuds) | 153 comments Sophie wrote: "“A book by or about a real hero/heroine of yours.”

Examples include war heroes, social/political advocates, politicians, sports personalities, someone overcoming incredible illness/hardships/odds,..."


Here are some hero-related lists:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/6...

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/6...

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1...

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/2...

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/4...

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/4...


message 11: by Rachelnyc (new)

Rachelnyc | 943 comments A multi-generational saga

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1...


message 12: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (sezziy) | 587 comments A book about someone with your dream job

Can be either realistic (vet, astronaut, actor) or completely fantastical (dragon-slayer, Jedi, pirate-princess!)


message 13: by Manda (new)

Manda (bookwenchmanda) | 1094 comments A book featuring indigenous people of a country.


message 14: by Megan (new)

Megan | 21 comments A book that has been made into a movie.


message 15: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (seejessread) | 144 comments A book featuring a disney character


message 16: by Kat (new)

Kat | 277 comments A serial book (either a book you have read as a serial or was originally published as a serial)

For the first part there are places like Serial Reader, Pigeonhole, Radish etc that allow you to read stories in daily/weekly serials.

For the second part there are a number of books which started out in serial format which was popularised in the Victorian era but used by lots of different authors since then. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_...

For a more modern approach there are quite a few blogs that have been published as books which could count.


message 17: by Peter (new)

Peter | 0 comments A portal fiction (i.e. a book that has a magical/technological doorway or portal)

The idea was inspired by the Darker Shade of Magic books because I want to finish that series off next year, but there are a TON of other books as this is a pretty common trope. I was trying to find a way to word the idea when I found out it's it's own sub-genre! It doesn't have to be a literal door, but some way the characters are transported (time machine/door/different dimension...)

Some books that would fit (from genres including horror, classics, fantasy, sci-fi, supernatural/urban fantasy):

A Darker Shade of Magic
The Shining
The Name of the Wind
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Book of Lost Things
11/22/63
Night Watch
Timeline
The Night Circus
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Ready Player One
A Wrinkle in Time
Harry Potter
Peter Pan
Narnia

Here are some lists other lists:
https://theportalist.com/portal-ficti...
https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/...


message 18: by Liz (new)

Liz | 506 comments There is such a variety of options so far!


message 19: by Beth (new)

Beth | 334 comments Katie wrote: "A psychological thriller

https://www.goodreads.com/genres/psyc..."


Seconding this


message 20: by dalex (new)

dalex (912dalex) | 1718 comments Laura wrote: "Dalex really is our resident fact checker ;)"

O my goodness. Ha! :)


message 21: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7219 comments Mod
For the book featuring a Disney character, do you mean like a book about Cinderella or Snow White? Like a book that was used as inspiration for Disney?


message 22: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3491 comments I’ll second the multi-generational saga.


message 23: by Jessica (last edited Aug 11, 2018 11:14AM) (new)

Jessica (seejessread) | 144 comments Emily wrote: "For the book featuring a Disney character, do you mean like a book about Cinderella or Snow White? Like a book that was used as inspiration for Disney?"

Either would work, the grim fairy tales or source material that were turned into Disney movies or books written about characters after the fact. There are tons popping up all over the place

Once Upon a Dream
Reflection
The Isle of the Lost
Mistress of All Evil: A Tale of the Dark Fairy
Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch
White as Snow


message 24: by Jill (new)

Jill (dogbotsmum) | 922 comments I'll second A children’s classic you’ve never read


message 25: by Stacey (new)

Stacey D.  | 1744 comments Manda wrote: "A book featuring indigenous people of a country."

I'm seconding Manda's. I love it!


message 26: by Michelle (new)

Michelle | 10 comments A book from the 2018 Texas Library Lariat List

http://www.txla.org/lariat


message 27: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa | 265 comments Peter wrote: "A portal fiction (i.e. a book that has a magical/technological doorway or portal)

The idea was inspired by the Darker Shade of Magic books because I want to finish that series off next year, but t..."


I’ll second this


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dalex (912dalex) | 1718 comments Megan wrote: "A book that has been made into a movie."

I will second this.

There are tons of options and it could be very fun to do a book-movie comparison.


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°~Amy~° (amybooksit) | 2926 comments A book that includes a journey

The journey could be a physical journey (a train ride or bike), a health journey (dealing with cancer or living with a mental health issue) or a spiritual journey

I think the coming-of-age topic that was suggested last week that people liked would certainly be covered with this prompt.


message 30: by Elise (new)

Elise (theblackhorizon) °~Amy~° wrote: "A book that includes a journey"

I'll second this one.

I'm determined to read the Odyssey next year.


message 31: by Anastasia (new)

Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments A book with the theme of immortality.

https://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&so...

https://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&so...

https://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&so...

This could also be non fiction. Our quest through medical science and technology to extend our lives.


message 32: by Bryony, Circumnavigation Mod (new)

Bryony (bryony46) | 1058 comments Mod
Sophie wrote: "“A book by or about a real hero/heroine of yours.”

I’ll second this one.


message 33: by Rose (new)

Rose (rosew77) | 58 comments I'll second Michelle's: A book from the 2018 Texas Library Lariat List


message 34: by Chrissy (new)

Chrissy | 840 comments A book that brings a specific location to life

What I mean by this is when you read a book and think “it’s as if I were really in Paris/Alaska/Bali (etc)!”


message 35: by Martha (last edited Aug 11, 2018 03:39PM) (new)

Martha (marthag503) | 278 comments Chrissy wrote: "A book that brings a specific location to life

What I mean by this is when you read a book and think “it’s as if I were really in Paris/Alaska/Bali (etc)!”"


Do you mean a book with a sense of place? That might be an easier search term. Here's one list: https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/...


message 36: by Ann (new)

Ann | 579 comments Sarah wrote: "A book about someone with your dream job

Can be either realistic (vet, astronaut, actor) or completely fantastical (dragon-slayer, Jedi, pirate-princess!)"

I second this one totally


message 37: by °~Amy~° (new)

°~Amy~° (amybooksit) | 2926 comments I am wondering if 2018 Texas Library Lariat List is too restrictive? There are only 25 books on the list. Perhaps expanding it to "A book from the Texas Lariat List (any year) might give it a better chance in the voting? It seems to have started in 2010 and the 2019 issue will be out in December of 2018.


message 38: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7219 comments Mod
°~Amy~° wrote: "I am wondering if 2018 Texas Library Lariat List is too restrictive? There are only 25 books on the list. Perhaps expanding it to "A book from the Texas Lariat List (any year) might give it a bette..."

I agree, Amy. I've already read over half of the list from the 2018 list, and I think opening it up would give more options... especially if a new list will be out before we start reading next year.


message 39: by Liz (new)

Liz | 506 comments Agreed. There are a lot of good options when you open the list up to the other years as well.


message 40: by Nadine in NY (new)

Nadine in NY Jones | 1346 comments Fiction or non-fiction about the climate and/or climate change. (In particular, I have "cli-fi " in mind, but there's a broad range of books that would work.)


message 41: by Chrissy (new)

Chrissy | 840 comments Martha wrote: "Chrissy wrote: "A book that brings a specific location to life”

Do you mean a book with a sense of place?..."


I did struggle with wording before posting. Your way is good. Another way I’ve heard it phrased is that X place was like an additional character in the story. Whatever folks think gets the idea across so that people might vote for it is ok with me!


message 42: by Rachel (new)

Rachel A. (abyssallibrarian) | 2672 comments Liz wrote: "Agreed. There are a lot of good options when you open the list up to the other years as well."

I agree as well. I was just looking at the options, and there were only a couple on the current list (not enough to warrant voting for it), but tons I was interested in if it was opened up to other years.


message 43: by Maybel (new)

Maybel | 7 comments I'll second a book featuring a Disney character.

I have been slowly getting through the grimms fairytales before reading side stories or retellings, so this prompt will definitely help me along :)


message 44: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
I updated the suggestion list to broaden the Texas Library Lariat promot to include any year.


message 45: by Jillian (new)

Jillian | 1670 comments Thanks, Laura!


message 46: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (last edited Aug 11, 2018 05:03PM) (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7219 comments Mod
Laura wrote: "I updated the suggestion list to broaden the Texas Library Lariat promot to include any year."

Thanks Laura! It really is a great list, and considering we only have one list prompt (the 1001 list that has mostly classic books), I'm glad to see a contemporary list suggested!


message 47: by Jackie, Solstitial Mod (new)

Jackie | 1305 comments Mod
I'll second a book with a beautiful spine


message 48: by Serendipity (new)

Serendipity | 441 comments I'll second Nadine's suggestion for fiction or non-fiction about climate or climate change.


message 49: by Michelle (new)

Michelle | 10 comments Thanks for the consideration and feedback on the Texas Lariat list. Keeping fingers crossed.


message 50: by MissLemon (new)

MissLemon  (misslemon) | 451 comments Stacey wrote: "Here's something new and different I learned of through booktube.com.

They recently ran their annual BookTubeAThon reading challenge. One of the 2018 challenges was to read a book with a beautifu..."


For some reason I can't get your link to work but I did find that entry on Pintrest anyway, and some other ideas, so I was going to second but I see someone else already has :-)

I did wonder if changing the wording to 'attractive or interesting' rather than 'beautiful' would help sell the idea to voters?


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