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message 1: by Anne ✨ (last edited Apr 16, 2019 08:28AM) (new)

Anne ✨ Finds Joy (annefindsjoy) | 718 comments We are looking for suggestions for July - December for:
1) Monthly Read Themes
2) Monthly Countries to feature

Please post your suggestions below.

*For reference:
- Countries we've done so far: Ireland, Japan (this is a new feature started since March)
- Themes we've done since Mar 2018 (we can repeat any of them if there's interest)
Social struggle : lgbtq, racial/native experience, gender equality, oppression, mental health, physical disabilities, poverty, immigrant experience etc
Fantastical World : fantasy, folklore, fairytale, myths, magic, creatures, retellings, etc
Night at the Movies : a book that has been made into (or will be made into ) a movie, screenplays, etc
Intergalactic Travels : sci-fi, time travel, space etc
Inspired by : An inspiring person (ie. Earnest Hemingway, Henrietta Lacks), or an inspiring character (ie. Matilda, Huckleberry Finn) or an inspiring theme (ie. The Four Agreements, The Alchemist).
Adventure Trip : adventure, travel, quest, trip, map, treasure etc
Banned Books : any book that has been banned, or challenged for controversial content.
Super Sleuth : detective, crime, police procedural, cozy mystery, thriller, any mystery etc
Books about Books : any book where book(s) is a central theme of the story
Made you laugh : books with humor, silly, fun
Game Time (video games, war games, mind games, contests, competition)
Yellow sunflowers, Red Roses(Colors, Flowers, Poetry - traditional, haikus, limericks, avant-garde, beat, childrens)
Achilles Heel (mythology, modern retellings)
Nom de Plume - AKA Pen Name(authors who use Pen Names, or Pseudonyms, aliases)
Natural world - Science and Nature (NOT science fiction)
A picture tells a thousand words (manga, anime, graphic novels, or any book where art/illustration is central to the theme)


message 2: by Anne ✨ (last edited May 28, 2019 12:47PM) (new)

Anne ✨ Finds Joy (annefindsjoy) | 718 comments SUMMARY of Theme Suggestions:
-Feminist books
-Scripts (either films or plays)
-Books about assassins or some cults
- Social struggle - separated: POC, or LGBT+.
-Old / Middle English literature. (such as Canterbury Tales, Beowulf)
- Pick a specific author and read their work; naturally someone who's written quite a bit.
- Literature group like the Bloomsbury Group or the Inklings.
-Victorian novels.
-Gothic novels.



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SUMMARY of Country Suggestions:

Bulgaria
China
New Zealand
Russia
Sri Lanka
Wales


message 3: by Femke (new)

Femke (neosideralis) -Feminist books
-Scripts (either films or plays)
-Books about assassins or some cults (but I think that might fit in with fantasy...)
-I'd always be up for another 'social struggle' one, but I think you could easily divide it into different themes, such as one only about POC, or LGBT+.
-Old / Middle English literature. (such as Canterbury Tales, Beowulf)
-It's also possible to pick a specific author and read their work; naturally someone who's written quite a bit. Or a literature group like the Bloomsbury Group or the Inklings.
-Victorian novels.
-Gothic novels.

Countries: Russia. (I think this might be a popular country for literature.)


message 4: by Jazzy (last edited Apr 16, 2019 09:12AM) (new)

Jazzy Lemon (jazzylemon) | 494 comments Femke have you signed up for Back<<< To The Classics?
It's in this group, we're currently group reading The Count of Monte Cristo, also anyone who hasn't finished Les Miserables can still read it, and any other classics you like.

I have been leaning toward a Russian classic for the next group read - Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, perhaps.


message 5: by Femke (new)

Femke (neosideralis) Jazzy wrote: "Femke have you signed up for Back<<< To The Classics?
It's in this group, we're currently group reading The Count of Monte Cristo, also anyone who hasn't finished Les Miserables can still read it, ..."


No, I haven't signed up. This is mostly because I don't know whether I'll read many classics this year. All I've read so far is Fahrenheit 451.
I'm reading Lost Illusions or The Two Towers when I feel up to it, but other than that I'm mostly reading fantasy and YA.


message 6: by Jazzy (new)

Jazzy Lemon (jazzylemon) | 494 comments But the back to the classics does NOT end at the end of the year, it's on-going! :D


message 7: by Ev (new)

Ev | 7 comments What about my native Bulgaria as a monthly country?


message 8: by Anne ✨ (new)

Anne ✨ Finds Joy (annefindsjoy) | 718 comments Ev wrote: "What about my native Bulgaria as a monthly country?"

ooh, yes Ev, that would be awesome! I don't think i've read a Bulgarian author, can't wait to explore that! Thanks for the suggestion!


message 9: by Melanie (new)

Melanie Wales, New Zealand, or China?


A_ bookbound _soul (a_bookbound_soul) | 8 comments India?


message 11: by Johnathan (new)

Johnathan Duplanti | 2 comments sri lanka


message 12: by Anne ✨ (new)

Anne ✨ Finds Joy (annefindsjoy) | 718 comments Great suggestions Melanie, Grace, Nathan, I'm adding them to the list! All of these countries would be great fun to do!


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