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message 1: by Katie (last edited Sep 07, 2019 03:48PM) (new)

Katie | 2369 comments It's time for another round, everyone!

The list of topics, sorted by type, may be found in message 2 of the Introduction & Announcement post:

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


A little reminder of how things are done around here:

How it works:
- The topics for the 2020 reading challenge list will be determined by a series of mini-polls, the number of which depends on the number of prompts winning in each mini-polls
- Suggestions for each poll will be opened until 15-20 suggestions are received and “seconded” (this number can change, which will be announced in each suggestion topic)
- We'll wait for one day between the end of the suggestions and the start of the poll to allow for research and discussions
- The poll will be opened for voting for one week
- Each user has 8 votes to spread between their favorite (top) and least favorite (bottom) prompts
- The prompts with the more "positive" votes (top - bottom) will be added to the final list (between 2 and 5 depending on how the votes are spread)

Rules:
- Each member can only suggest OR second one prompt
- Suggestions close after 15 total seconded prompts
- If the categories are not balanced enough at some point, the mods will add rules to encourage variety
- Multi-week prompts may be suggested
- For now, we won't limit polls to new suggestion only, but that can be considered in the future
- For now, members who have suggested or seconded a prompt don't need to wait for 24 hours before doing so again in the next poll. That may change in the future if members express a need for this rule to be reinstated
A book with half a face on the cover
As always, please express any and all feedback (respectfully, of course), either here or in The Wild Discussion

Poll Entries:
A history or historical fiction
A high fantasy or epic fantasy
A book where faith/religion plays a major role in the plot
A book title using one of the words attributed to Shakespeare for their first use
A book with a historical landmark on its cover or as a setting
A book featuring a scientist, fiction or non-fiction
A book related to birds
A mystery
A book centered on a diaspora experience
Any book by a winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature
A book with a character that is involved in the medical field (doctor, nurse, emt, coroner, medical professor, etc.)
The last book your favorite author published
A book nominated for the Lambda Literary Award
A book that asks a question in the synopsis (inside flap summary or back-of-the-book description)

Available to be Seconded:


message 2: by Steve (new)

Steve | 500 comments A book with a historical landmark on its cover or as a setting.


message 3: by Jillian (last edited Sep 07, 2019 10:36AM) (new)

Jillian | 1631 comments A history or historical fiction


message 4: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 64 comments I second history or historical fiction.


message 5: by Marta (new)

Marta (gezemice) | 784 comments A book featuring a scientist, fiction or non-fiction


message 6: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 6933 comments Mod
Ah, thanks for suggesting it Jillian! I was coming to do just that!


message 7: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments This one is outside of my comfort zone. 😱

A high fantasy or epic fantasy.

High fantasy: https://www.goodreads.com/genres/high...

Epic fantasy: https://www.goodreads.com/genres/epic...


message 8: by Traci (new)

Traci (tracibartz) | 942 comments A book where faith/religion plays a major role in the plot.


message 9: by viemag (new)

viemag (smagelky) | 155 comments I will second a book where faith/religon plays a major role in the plot.


message 10: by Angie (new)

Angie | 765 comments Katie wrote: "This one is outside of my comfort zone. 😱

A high fantasy or epic fantasy.

High fantasy: https://www.goodreads.com/genres/high...

Epic fantasy: https://www.goodreads.com/genres/epic..."


I'll second this.


message 11: by Bryony, Circumnavigation Mod (last edited Sep 07, 2019 11:02AM) (new)

Bryony (bryony46) | 1058 comments Mod
Katie wrote: "This one is outside of my comfort zone. 😱

A high fantasy or epic fantasy.

High fantasy: https://www.goodreads.com/genres/high...

Epic fantasy: https://www.goodreads.com/genres/epic..."


I’ll second this. It’s massively out of my comfort zone too, but it’s a genre I always mean to read so this would be a good incentive to finally get around to it.

ETA: I think Angie posted just a minute before me to second this so my second can be ignored. :-)


message 12: by Joyce (new)

Joyce | 291 comments I'd like to suggest:

A book title using one of the words attributed to Shakespeare for their first use

There are said to be 1700 hundred words brought into the english language by Shakespeare so there should be something for everyone. Without trying very hard I

found:

The Generous Gardener by Trisha Ashley (Contemporary fiction)
101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith (Children's)
Any of the Frugal Gourmet series by Jeff Smith (Cookery)
The Admirable Crichton by J.M. Barrie (Plays)
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel (Short Stories)
Barefaced Lies and Boogie-Woogie Boasts by Jools Holland (Biography)
Cold-Blooded by Lisa Regan (Mystery)
The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories by H.P. Lovecraft (Horror)
How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life by John C. Maxwell (Self Help)
A Love Letter to Whiskey by Kandi Steiner (Romance)
Useful Verses by Richard Osmond (Poetry)
A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay (Thriller)
The Girl at the Farmhouse Gate (Historical Fiction)
And all of the Ladybird books!

A list of those that pass the Oxford English Dictionary rules for first usage is here:

http://shakespeare-w.com/english/shak...

but there are lots of lists online.


message 13: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments Well Bryony, Angie just beat you to it, so you can second or suggest something else.


message 14: by Emily (new)

Emily (emilysimmons) | 14 comments I'll second the book with a historical landmark on the cover or as a setting.


message 15: by Bryony, Circumnavigation Mod (new)

Bryony (bryony46) | 1058 comments Mod
Katie wrote: "Well Bryony, Angie just beat you to it, so you can second or suggest something else."

Haha, I think we posted less than a minute apart!

I’m actually quite glad because it means now I can use my second for Joyce’s Shakespeare suggestion. :-)


message 16: by JoDee (new)

JoDee (nekonet) | 13 comments A book related to birds (cover, title, subject)


message 17: by Ellie (new)

Ellie (patchworkbunny) | 1694 comments Marta wrote: "A book featuring a scientist, fiction or non-fiction"

I'll second this.


message 18: by Kathy (new)

Kathy | 2157 comments A mystery


message 19: by Chrissy (new)

Chrissy | 820 comments I’ll second diaspora.


message 20: by viemag (new)

viemag (smagelky) | 155 comments I would like to suggest reading a book recommended to you by a family member.


message 21: by Liz (new)

Liz Hulme I'll second mystery


message 22: by Bryony, Circumnavigation Mod (new)

Bryony (bryony46) | 1058 comments Mod
viemag wrote: "I would like to suggest reading a book recommended to you by a family member."

viemag, you can only second or suggest one prompt per poll. As you seconded a suggestion in message 9 unfortunately you can’t also suggest this prompt. Maybe you could submit this for the next poll?


message 23: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne | 348 comments I will second s book featuring a scientist, fiction or nonfiction.


message 24: by Avery (new)

Avery (averyapproved) | 464 comments A book that asks a question in the synopsis (inside flap summary or back-of-the-book description)


message 25: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne | 348 comments Oops. I see the scientist one was already seconded. I will second a mystery.


message 26: by Serendipity (new)

Serendipity | 436 comments I’m a keen birder so have to second a book related to birds.


message 27: by Bryony, Circumnavigation Mod (new)

Bryony (bryony46) | 1058 comments Mod
Suzanne wrote: "Oops. I see the scientist one was already seconded. I will second a mystery."

That’s been seconded too, Suzanne. It’s hard to keep up with how quickly suggestions are being made and seconded in this poll! :-)


message 28: by °~Amy~° (new)

°~Amy~° (amybooksit) | 2871 comments A book with a character that is involved in the medical field (doctor, nurse, emt, coroner, medical professor, etc.)

Could be fiction or nonfiction, main or side character, any genre. I can posts listopia ideas when I get back to my main computer.


message 29: by Sesia (new)

Sesia | 29 comments any book by a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for Literature (1901-2018, 2018 to be announced)
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Winn...
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_...
There's also a Goodreads Shelf: The Nobel Prize In Literature Goodreads Group Shelf (I couldn't grab the link in the app, and no, I'm not part of that group.)


message 30: by Johanne (new)

Johanne *the biblionaut* | 1614 comments I'll second Nobel prize author


message 31: by Jillian (new)

Jillian | 1631 comments Sesia wrote: "any book by a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for Literature (1901-2018, 2018 to be announced)
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Winn...
https://en.m.wikipe..."


I'm unsure if this suggestion encompasses or is different from
"- A book written by or about a laureate" but that prompt was eliminated in Poll 7.


message 32: by Bryony, Circumnavigation Mod (new)

Bryony (bryony46) | 1058 comments Mod
Jillian wrote: "Sesia wrote: "any book by a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for Literature (1901-2018, 2018 to be announced)
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Winn...
https..."


The suggestion in poll 7 wasn’t restricted to a Nobel laureate so I think the current suggestion is sufficiently different to be included in this poll.


message 33: by Katie (last edited Sep 07, 2019 01:00PM) (new)

Katie | 2369 comments The Nobel Prize prompt is different enough to be included, but Sesia, can you clarify whether it's for the peace prize or the literature prize? I'm assuming literature, but just want to be sure.


message 34: by Ira (new)

Ira | 268 comments The last book your favorite aurhor published.


message 35: by Martha (new)

Martha (marthag503) | 266 comments I will second a book with a character involved in the medical field.


message 36: by Jillian (new)

Jillian | 1631 comments I am just confused because when I follow the link it says Nobel laureates and poll 7 covers all laureates.


message 37: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments 4 spots left


message 38: by Bryony, Circumnavigation Mod (new)

Bryony (bryony46) | 1058 comments Mod
Jillian wrote: "I am just confused because when I follow the link it says Nobel laureates and poll 7 covers all laureates."

I don’t think we can exclude prompts on that basis or it would become very difficult to decide what prompts are allowed to be resubmitted. For instance, if “a book published in the twentieth century” had been rejected, we would still allow prompts like “a book published in the 1920s.” Even though the 1920s are part of the twentieth century it’s clearly a different prompt and is much more specific than the first prompt. The same applies with this one in my opinion.


message 39: by Ellie (new)

Ellie (patchworkbunny) | 1694 comments I think the other prompt included laureates for other things (like UK children's laureate). Whilst this one is just for winners of the Nobel prize for literature?


message 40: by Jillian (new)

Jillian | 1631 comments I don't understand your reasoning. That is okay it is you guys call and I will let it go.


message 41: by Jill (new)

Jill | 567 comments Ira wrote: "The last book your favorite aurhor published."

I second


message 42: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Kiefer A book nominated for the Lambda Literary Award

I personally find browsing by year on Wikipedia the easiest: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lambda_...

There is also a Goodreads list of winners only: https://www.goodreads.com/award/show/...


message 43: by Varecia (new)

Varecia | 35 comments I second a book nominated for the Lambda Literary Award.


message 44: by Marie (new)

Marie | 664 comments Avery wrote: "A book that asks a question in the synopsis (inside flap summary or back-of-the-book description)"

I'll second this one


message 45: by viemag (new)

viemag (smagelky) | 155 comments Bryony wrote: "viemag wrote: "I would like to suggest reading a book recommended to you by a family member."

viemag, you can only second or suggest one prompt per poll. As you seconded a suggestion in message 9 ..."


Oh yes, I forgot that. sorry.


message 46: by Bryony, Circumnavigation Mod (new)

Bryony (bryony46) | 1058 comments Mod
Jillian wrote: "I don't understand your reasoning. That is okay it is you guys call and I will let it go."

Sorry Jillian, I think I explained it badly so I’ll just try to clarify so as to avoid confusing anyone else who reads the discussion.

The entry in poll 7 was ‘by or about a laureate’. The title laureate could mean a Nobel laureate (including a person who has won the Nobel prize for literature), but it could also mean, for instance, a poet laureate, children’s laureate, etc. So the current prompt is different as it specifies a winner of a particular honour (Nobel Prize for literature), rather than someone who holds the title laureate for any reason.

As a comparison, if a prompt “an award-winning book” was rejected, we wouldn’t then exclude a prompt like “a book that won the Booker Prize” because even though a Booker Prize winner is by definition an award-winning book, the prompt specifies a particular award rather than just any award-winning book.


message 47: by Sesia (new)

Sesia | 29 comments Sorry, I wasn't part of the voting back in poll 7. I'll review rejects before my next suggestion, if I make any others.
To clarify, Nobel for Literature prize, please.


message 48: by Johanne (new)

Johanne *the biblionaut* | 1614 comments And I'll still second it


message 49: by Liz (new)

Liz | 499 comments It sounds like one more? Unless my counting is awful.


message 50: by Chrissy (new)

Chrissy | 820 comments Looks like maybe just one spot left?


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