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message 1: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (last edited Dec 15, 2018 07:18AM) (new)

Laura | 3823 comments Mod
Close Calls
- Three unrelated books that are linked only by having the same word in the title
- A book by an author from an island
- A book with monsters or a "monstrous" character
- A book in which a character uses a disguise or a false/fake identity
- A portal fiction
- A book from the Texas Library Lariat List
- A book about a person who travels to another country as a vacationer, an expatriate, an immigrant, or a refugee
- A book where the author’s name contain A, T, and Y
- A book about a cult or a group of people
- A book from one of The Millions most anticipated lists
- A book related to a deck of playing cards
- A book related to the arts
- A book about or inspired by an ancient civilization
- A book related to or set in a national capital city
- A book with a romantic element or featuring a romantic relationship
- A book from the ATY Group Members Recommendations list of lesser known books
- A book set in a small town or village
- A book with less than 200 pages
- The first book on your TBR, sorted by whichever criteria you choose

Polarizing
- A book related to your zodiac sign
- A book where the protagonist enters another world
- A domestic thriller
- A book with at least one word in the title that can be found in our group name (scrambled)
- A fiction and non-fiction book on the same topic
- A book linked to one of your favorite songs or artists
- A book that's sad, depressing, devastating or dark
- A book based on a "classic" monster
- Two books: A book with a female protagonist & a book with a male protagonist who are in the same profession
- A book published in a special-to-you year
- A book in which faith/religion plays an integral role in the plot or the life of a main character
- A book related to Arthurian legend
- A book from the ATY Group Members Recommendations list of lesser known books
- A "light" book (easy, fun, entertaining) and a "heavy" book (deep, thought provoking, or dark)
- 2 books from 2 different sides of an issue/event/perspective
- A Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction winner or shortlist
- A book with a interesting or beautiful spine
- Fiction or non-fiction about the climate and/or climate change
- Two books - one inspired by the word high and one inspired by the word low (eg title, author, setting, # of pages, highbrow/lowbrow)
- A portal fiction
- 2 books linked to the voting for the 2019 ATY challenge - one for a prompt that was polarizing and one for a prompt that was in the bottom
- A book of short stories, essays, or poems
- A book connected to health or medicine (fiction or non-fiction)
- A book recommended to you by Goodreads based on one of your shelves
- A book about or featuring STEM
- 3 books that are a trilogy or part of a series
- A book about or inspired by a legend, such as King Arthur or Atlantis
- A book with fewer than 5000 ratings on Goodreads
- A book related to an "obscure or unusual" holiday
- A book in which faith or religion play a role in a main character's life or decision making
- A book you can connect to the game of Monopoly
- A book recommended by or mentioned in a podcast, blog, or vlog
- A book in the "up lit" genre (uplifting literary novels with themes of optimism and hope despite hardship and trauma)
- A dark fairytale
- A book about a disaster
- A book connected to a cultural appreciation month


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Erica Griswold (queenofnarnia1) | 1 comments can it be a book about or by a political figure, someone involved in politics, or a political philosophy for polarizing topics?


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

Laura | 3823 comments Mod
Is that a polarizing topic from a previous year? It sounds familiar.


message 4: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7028 comments Mod
Erica wrote: "can it be a book about or by a political figure, someone involved in politics, or a political philosophy for polarizing topics?"

In this case, Erica, the polarizing prompts are prompts that people either loved or hated when we were voting on the official list for this year. So not necessarily about polarizing topics, so to speak, but using these prompts that were contentious in the voting process.

But I do think that's an interesting spin on the prompt, and it's your challenge, so you could totally use it if you want!


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Nicole | 98 comments Ooh! I think I'll do a dark fairytale so I can read Alice by Christina Henry! Alice


message 6: by Jackie, Solstitial Mod (new)

Jackie | 1275 comments Mod
Emily wrote: "Erica wrote: "can it be a book about or by a political figure, someone involved in politics, or a political philosophy for polarizing topics?"

In this case, Erica, the polarizing prompts are promp..."


I just got a great idea for next year's list :D


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