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message 1: by Bryony, Circumnavigation Mod (last edited Sep 22, 2019 01:16PM) (new)

Bryony (bryony46) | 1058 comments Mod
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 five days
- 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
- As always, please express any and all feedback (respectfully, of course), either here or in The Wild Discussion

Poll entries:
A book that was nominated for one of the 10 Most Coveted Literary Prizes in the World

Available to be seconded:
A prompt or rejected prompt from a previous year's ATY.
A book that you obtained in a non traditional way (take/leave a book pile, book exchange, donated, used book sale at fund raisers, https://littlefreelibrary.org/)
A debut published in 2020, with at least a five word title


message 2: by Jackie (new)

Jackie (heirloomroses) | 211 comments A prompt or rejected prompt from a previous year's ATY.


message 3: by Sophie (new)

Sophie (soapsuds) | 152 comments A book that you obtained in a non traditional way (take/leave a book pile, book exchange, donated, used book sale at fund raisers, https://littlefreelibrary.org/).

I’m not sure “non traditional” is the exact word. I assume most people get books from new or used books stores or libraries. This prompt is to encourage people to look for (or even start) alternative means of getting books for themselves or others.


message 4: by Julie (JuJu) (new)

Julie (JuJu) (jlb27) | 26 comments A debut published in 2020, with at least a five word title


message 5: by dalex (last edited Sep 23, 2019 03:04AM) (new)

dalex (912dalex) | 1689 comments A book that was nominated for one of the 10 Most Coveted Literary Prizes in the World

The prizes cover just about every kind of book - literary fiction, popular fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, crime & thriller, translated literature, poetry, non-fiction, autobiography, food & drink, young adult, childrens, audio books.

The prizes are:
1. Specsavers National Book Awards
Popular fiction, crime & thriller, YA, childrens, popular non-fiction, autobiography, food & drink, audio book, new writer, UK author, international author

2. Nobel Prize in Literature
Literary fiction

3. Booker Prize
Literary fiction

4. Pulitzer Prize
Fiction and non-fiction

5. Costa Book Awards
Novel, first novel, poetry, biography, childrens

6. Neustadt International Prize for Literature
Literary fiction

7. Hugo Award
Sci-fi and fantasy

8. Guardian First Book Award
Literary fiction

9. National Book Award
Fiction, non-fiction, translated literature, young people’s literature, poetry

10. Women's Prize for Fiction
Literary fiction


message 6: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 6942 comments Mod
I’ll second dalex’s post!


message 7: by Bryony, Circumnavigation Mod (new)

Bryony (bryony46) | 1058 comments Mod
dalex wrote: "A book that was nominated for one of the 10 Most Coveted Literary Prizes in the World

The prizes cover just about every kind of book - literary fiction, popular fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, crime & t..."


What a great list, I’ll second this one.


message 8: by Bryony, Circumnavigation Mod (new)

Bryony (bryony46) | 1058 comments Mod
Haha, Emily you posted less than a minute before me!


message 9: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 6942 comments Mod
Haha! I’ll take it if you want to suggest/second something else!


message 10: by Liz (new)

Liz | 499 comments I would love to suggest a character based prompt, but I just can’t think of any. 😕


message 11: by Angie (new)

Angie | 777 comments Liz wrote: "I would love to suggest a character based prompt, but I just can’t think of any. 😕"

Same. I've been wracking my brains.


message 12: by Alaina (new)

Alaina Rodriguez A book by an author you've read from before but didn't like (Give an author a second chance)


message 13: by Serendipity (new)

Serendipity | 436 comments I’d like to suggest an own voices book. An own voices book is one where the protagonist and author share a marginalized identity eg race, sexual orientation, religious identity etc . A fuller discussion of the term can be found here. http://www.corinneduyvis.net/ownvoices/


message 14: by Bryony, Circumnavigation Mod (last edited Sep 22, 2019 02:08PM) (new)

Bryony (bryony46) | 1058 comments Mod
Alaina wrote: "A book by an author you've read from before but didn't like (Give an author a second chance)"

I’m sorry Alaina, but this is almost the same as “a book by an author whose previous book you disliked” which was suggested in mini poll four. It was a bottom vote then so our rule is that it can’t be resubmitted. Please feel free to make another suggestion. :-)


message 15: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Kiefer Serendipity wrote: "I’d like to suggest an own voices book. An own voices book is one where the protagonist and author share a marginalized identity eg race, sexual orientation, religious identity etc . A fuller discu..."

I second an own voices book.


message 16: by Bryony, Circumnavigation Mod (new)

Bryony (bryony46) | 1058 comments Mod
Emily wrote: "Haha! I’ll take it if you want to suggest/second something else!"

I’m all out of ideas this week, maybe I’ll find something to second instead though!


message 17: by Sue (new)

Sue | 35 comments a book related to the 1920s


message 19: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3823 comments Mod
I tried really hard to come up with a character prompt. I’m telling myself the narrator is pretty dang similar :)


message 20: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 6942 comments Mod
I'd consider the narrator a character!

I tried with my character prompt last week but it wasn't voted for, so alas. I'm not great at character prompts anyway lol. Hopefully we get one or two more for the list!


message 21: by Ann (last edited Sep 22, 2019 02:34PM) (new)

Ann | 576 comments How about a character or author that has been described as some sort of animal. Is he bearlike, tall as a giraffe, stalks his prey like a cheetah? It might work as a character prompt. Somebody adapt it and word it better if you want. Maybe a character with animal like qualities.


message 22: by Johanne (new)

Johanne *the biblionaut* | 1614 comments I'll second a book with an unconventional narrator.


message 23: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3823 comments Mod
Maybe something like:

A book with a character that has animal-like personality traits

https://www.truity.com/infographic/16...


message 24: by Chrissy (new)

Chrissy | 821 comments For a character prompt: a book where the main POV character is not the protagonist of the story. (Could be the antagonist, an anti-hero, a secondary character narrating the story, etc.)


message 25: by Liz (new)

Liz | 499 comments A book featuring or with a theme of co-existence (immigrants or refugees, humans & nature, otherworldly/paranormal & human, different religions, financially wealthy & poor . . . I hope you get the idea.)


message 26: by Nadine (new)

Nadine Jones | 1346 comments Ann wrote: "How about a character or author that has been described as some sort of animal. Is he bearlike, tall as a giraffe, stalks his prey like a cheetah? It might work as a character prompt. Somebody adap..."


I'll second this.


It's got "paranormal romance w/ a shapeshifter" written all over it - that's a very popular subgenre that I never read, and I'm interested in pushing myself to read other genres.


message 27: by Nadine (new)

Nadine Jones | 1346 comments Laura wrote: "Maybe something like:

A book with a character that has animal-like personality traits

https://www.truity.com/infographic/16..."



omg LOL I am an octopus!!!


message 28: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 6942 comments Mod
Poll entries:
1. A book that was nominated for one of the 10 Most Coveted Literary Prizes in the World
2. An own voices book
3. A book with a unique or unconventional narrator
4. A book with a character that has animal-like personality traits

Available to be seconded:
- A prompt or rejected prompt from a previous year's ATY.
- A book that you obtained in a non traditional way (take/leave a book pile, book exchange, donated, used book sale at fund raisers, https://littlefreelibrary.org/)
- A debut published in 2020, with at least a five word title
- A book related to the 1920s
- A book where the main POV character is not the protagonist of the story (The antagonist, an anti-hero, a secondary character narrating the story, etc.)
- A book featuring or with a theme of co-existence (immigrants or refugees, humans & nature, otherworldly/paranormal & human, different religions, financially wealthy & poor, etc.)


message 29: by Perri (last edited Sep 22, 2019 03:24PM) (new)

Perri | 775 comments How about a Character who is a character (unusual or eccentric personality) or has character (moral strength)


message 30: by Rachel (new)

Rachel A. (abyssallibrarian) | 2632 comments I'm a little confused about how to find characters who have animal-like personality traits. It's such a creative idea, but I'm not sure how I'd even go about looking for books to fit.


message 31: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3823 comments Mod
These are more of an off-shoot of personality types but the article I posted above has them connected to the personality types. Maybe go from there?

https://bookriot.com/2016/01/28/myer-...


message 32: by Edie (last edited Sep 22, 2019 03:42PM) (new)

Edie | 825 comments A collection of short stories or essays


message 33: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 704 comments A book that has a character who is an addict. (Alcohol, drugs, sex, tobacco, gambling, porn, internet/social media, adrenaline, food, etc).


message 34: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (last edited Sep 22, 2019 03:52PM) (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 6942 comments Mod
Poll entries:
1. A book that was nominated for one of the 10 Most Coveted Literary Prizes in the World
2. An own voices book
3. A book with a unique or unconventional narrator
4. A book with a character that has animal-like personality traits

Available to be seconded:
- A prompt or rejected prompt from a previous year's ATY.
- A book that you obtained in a non traditional way (take/leave a book pile, book exchange, donated, used book sale at fund raisers, https://littlefreelibrary.org/)
- A debut published in 2020, with at least a five word title
- A book related to the 1920s
- A book where the main POV character is not the protagonist of the story (The antagonist, an anti-hero, a secondary character narrating the story, etc.)
- A book featuring or with a theme of co-existence (immigrants or refugees, humans & nature, otherworldly/paranormal & human, different religions, financially wealthy & poor, etc.)
- A book that has a character who is a character (unusual or eccentric personality) or has character (moral strength)
- A collection of short stories or essays
- A book that has a character who is an addict

Lots available to be seconded, but still 11 spots available


message 35: by Kathy (new)

Kathy | 2158 comments I second a book that has a character who is an addict


message 36: by Marin (new)

Marin (marinbeth) | 175 comments I’d like to second a collection of short stories or essays.


message 37: by Jen K (new)

Jen K | 393 comments I will second a collection of short stories or essays.


message 38: by Angie (new)

Angie | 777 comments Chrissy wrote: "For a character prompt: a book where the main POV character is not the protagonist of the story. (Could be the antagonist, an anti-hero, a secondary character narrating the story, etc.)"

I will second this.


message 39: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3823 comments Mod
For the sake of a strengths-based approach (sorry, my social worker is showing), can we make it:

A book that has a character with an addiction (e.g. alcohol, drugs, sex, tobacco, gambling, porn, internet/social media, adrenaline, food, etc)


message 40: by Karissa (new)

Karissa | 428 comments I'll second a book with a theme of coexistence.


message 41: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3823 comments Mod
Jen K, that has already been seconded. Feel free to suggest or second something else.


message 42: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (last edited Sep 22, 2019 04:03PM) (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 6942 comments Mod
Poll entries:
1. A book that was nominated for one of the 10 Most Coveted Literary Prizes in the World
2. An own voices book
3. A book with a unique or unconventional narrator
4. A book with a character that has animal-like personality traits
5. A book that has a character with an addiction (e.g. alcohol, drugs, sex, tobacco, gambling, porn, internet/social media, adrenaline, food, etc)
6. A collection of short stories or essays
7. A book where the main POV character is not the protagonist of the story (The antagonist, an anti-hero, a secondary character narrating the story, etc.)
8. A book featuring or with a theme of co-existence (immigrants or refugees, humans & nature, otherworldly/paranormal & human, different religions, financially wealthy & poor, etc.)

Available to be seconded:
- A prompt or rejected prompt from a previous year's ATY.
- A book that you obtained in a non traditional way (take/leave a book pile, book exchange, donated, used book sale at fund raisers, https://littlefreelibrary.org/)
- A debut published in 2020, with at least a five word title
- A book related to the 1920s
- A book that has a character who is a character (unusual or eccentric personality) or has character (moral strength)

7 spots available


message 43: by Kathy (new)

Kathy | 2158 comments Laura wrote: "For the sake of a strengths-based approach (sorry, my social worker is showing), can we make it:

A book that has a character with an addiction (e.g. alcohol, drugs, sex, tobacco, gambling, porn, i..."


I seconded this one and the change is fine with me.


message 44: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 6942 comments Mod
Agreed, Laura... I made the change.


message 45: by Sandra (new)

Sandra The Old Woman in a Van (theoldwomaninavan) | 66 comments I second a book that has a character who is a character


message 46: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 6942 comments Mod
Poll entries:
1. A book that was nominated for one of the 10 Most Coveted Literary Prizes in the World
2. An own voices book
3. A book with a unique or unconventional narrator
4. A book with a character that has animal-like personality traits
5. A book that has a character with an addiction (e.g. alcohol, drugs, sex, tobacco, gambling, porn, internet/social media, adrenaline, food, etc)
6. A collection of short stories or essays
7. A book where the main POV character is not the protagonist of the story (The antagonist, an anti-hero, a secondary character narrating the story, etc.)
8. A book featuring or with a theme of co-existence (immigrants or refugees, humans & nature, otherworldly/paranormal & human, different religions, financially wealthy & poor, etc.)
9. A book that has a character who is a character (unusual or eccentric personality) or has character (moral strength)

Available to be seconded:
- A prompt or rejected prompt from a previous year's ATY.
- A book that you obtained in a non traditional way (take/leave a book pile, book exchange, donated, used book sale at fund raisers, https://littlefreelibrary.org/)
- A debut published in 2020, with at least a five word title
- A book related to the 1920s

6 spots available


message 47: by Pam (new)

Pam (bluegrasspam) | 2490 comments A book with a political theme


message 48: by Charlotte (new)

Charlotte | 23 comments Suggestion: A book with a paranormal or supernatural protagonist.


Raquel (Silver Valkyrie Reads) A book with the word in the title that was the twentieth word on the twentieth page of one of the other books you read for the challenge.


message 50: by Avery (new)

Avery (averyapproved) | 464 comments I’ll second a book you obtained in a non-traditional way. I would even include something like a mystery book that’s wrapped up before you buy it, or a book subscription service like Book of the Month!


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