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message 1: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (last edited Jun 30, 2020 05:22AM) (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7023 comments Mod
This thread is only for moderator announcements. For questions and discussion about the 2021 reading list please go to The Wild Discussion thread.

The entire Around the Year challenge list is generated by the group members. We enjoyed the process so much in the past five years that we are creating another list for 2021.

The process will start on July 1 and we aim to have a completed list by sometime in September or October. Everyone is very welcome to participate, whether this is your first or sixth year.

How it will work:
The topics will be chosen through a series of mini-polls. For each mini-poll there will be a suggestion thread where you can propose a topic. A suggestion needs to be seconded by one other person before it’s included in the poll. Once the required number of suggestions have been seconded the thread will close for new suggestions. There will be a break of around 24 hours between the suggestions thread closing and the poll opening for voting. This is to allow people to discuss the options before voting opens.

The mods will create a poll for members to choose their favorite suggestions. Each member has eight votes, which you can use to vote for your “top” and/or “bottom” choices. (See below for an example.) Polls will stay open for three days, and the mods will announce the results shortly after. The number of winning suggestions from each poll may vary depending on the distribution of votes.

Then a new suggestion thread will open and we’ll repeat the process until we have chosen 50 topics for the 2021 list (two topics will be chosen by winners of two reading competitions within the group).

How to participate:
* If you want to suggest a topic you can do so whenever a new suggestion thread opens. You don’t have to suggest a topic in order to participate in the poll.
* When a new poll is posted follow the link to the survey site and vote for your favorite and/or least favorite prompts.
* Look out for the results and the opening of a new suggestion thread.
*The topics chosen for the 2021 list will be posted in this thread and the topics that were suggested but not chosen will be posted on a separate thread (to be linked here later).

Voting Process
You have eight votes in total which you can use to vote for your top and bottom choices. You can use less than eight votes if you wish.

For example:
Voter 1
Top: Suggestions 1, 4, 7, 9
Bottom: Suggestions 2, 10, 11, 12
Total: 8 votes

Voter 2
Top: Suggestions 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 12, 14
Bottom: None
Total: 8 votes

Voter 3
Top: Suggestions 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 14
Bottom: Suggestions 3, 10
Total: 8 votes

Voter 4
Top: Suggestions 1, 6
Bottom: Suggestion 12
Total: 3 votes

message 2: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (last edited Jun 30, 2020 05:43AM) (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7023 comments Mod
The Rules

As always, our first rule is the Golden Rule. We expect all group members to treat each other with respect and dignity. Let’s remember that we’re all doing the challenge differently and for different reasons, so avoid judging others’ choices or suggestions.

Voting Rules
- Each person may only suggest or second one topic per poll.
- Each person may only vote once in each poll. The survey site allows us to identify people who vote multiple times and duplicate votes will be excluded. Surveys that we receive without links to Goodreads profiles will also be excluded.

Multi-Week Polls
- We will have one dedicated poll for multi-week prompts.
- We will have as many winners as the poll calls for.
- Multi-week prompts are NOT allowed to be submitted in any other poll.

- We will have one pre-poll with a few prompts that make it on to the list frequently.
- Unless one of these is expressly in the bottom votes, they may all be renominated for the list if they do not make it in during the pre-poll.
- This poll will occur before the formal voting process begins.

message 3: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (last edited Oct 19, 2020 09:45AM) (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7023 comments Mod
This post will be updated after each mini-poll as topics are confirmed. Please note this is not the final reading order, that will be decided after all 52 prompts have been selected.

- A book whose title contains a negative
- A book with a monochromatic cover
- A book whose cover shows more than 2 people
- A book whose title and author both contain the letter "u"
- A book whose title refers to person(s) without giving their name
- A book with a building in the title
- A book with six or more words in the title

- A book about racism or race relations
- A book with a travel theme
- A book with elements of magic

- A book set in a state, province, or country you have never visited
- A book set on an island
- A book set in a made-up place
- A book set in a country on or below the Tropic of Cancer

- A book involving an immigrant
- A book with a character who can be found in a deck of cards
- A book with a Muslim character or author
- A book that features siblings as the main characters
- A book with a female villain or criminal
- A book with an ensemble cast

- A non-fiction book other than biography, autobiography or memoir
- A cross genre novel
- A book that you consider comfort reading
- A collection of short stories, essays, or poetry
- A mystery or thriller

- A book published in 2021
- A book by an author whose name doesn't contain the letters A, T or Y
- A book by a new-to-you BIPOC author
- A short book (<210 pages) by a new-to-you author
- A book written by an author of one of your best reads of 2020

- A winner or nominee from the 2020 Goodreads Choice Awards
- A book posted in one of the ATY Best Book of the Month threads
- A book that fits a prompt suggestion that didn't make the final list

- A book from the Are You Well Read in World Literature list
- A book by an author on USA Today's list of 100 Black Novelists You Should Read
- A book eligible for the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation

- A book to celebrate The Grand Egyptian Museum
- 3 books related to Past, Present, and Future
- A book related to a codeword from the NATO Phonetic Alphabet
- A book related to "the end"
- A book connected to ice
- A book related to the lyrics for the song "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music
- A book related to a word given by a random word generator
- A book that might cause someone to react “You read what?!?”
- A book related to “In the Beginning...”

message 4: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (last edited May 24, 2020 02:55PM) (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7023 comments Mod
Questions will be pulled from The Wild Discussion. Please see that thread to ask questions.

Q: Will suggestions, voting, and results threads go live at a certain time of day?
A: As of right now, all of our mods are located in the United States. That being said, we will try our hardest to vary the times that these threads open (morning, noon, or evening) to allow for greater participation from our members in various time zones. We will try to post the time of day in this announcements thread as the suggestions open.

message 5: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (last edited Jun 30, 2020 08:20AM) (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7023 comments Mod

We may not get to 19 polls, or we may go beyond that. This is a tentative schedule and is subject to change. For more information, please follow the Announcements thread.

ATY Voting Schedule

Please note that the dates above represent when the threads will open. There will be a 24 hour waiting period between the Voting Thread opening and the poll being posted in order to allow for discussion of the prompts.

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