Around the Year in 52 Books discussion

138 views
Archives > [2021] Poll 3 Suggestions

Comments Showing 1-48 of 48 (48 new)    post a comment »
dateDown arrow    newest »

message 1: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (last edited Jul 13, 2020 07:36PM) (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7800 comments Mod
Hello and happy Monday (or Tuesday, for our friends around the world who are ahead of us here in the US). Welcome to our third round of suggestions!

Just a reminder that you can find a full list of prompts already on the 2021 list in the third post on this thread.

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 suggestions are received and “seconded”.
- The voting thread will open the day after suggestions go live. You can find the schedule here.
- The poll will be posted after the voting thread is opened for 24 hours, and will remain open for three full days.
- Each user has 8 votes to spread between their favorite (top) and least favorite (bottom) prompts
- The prompts with the more favorable votes (comparing top votes to bottom votes, and looking at the overall number of votes it received) 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

When suggesting and seconding, feel free to provide examples and descriptions that may help other members understand the prompt better. These descriptions and examples will be copied over to the voting thread for further discussion.

As always, please express any and all feedback (respectfully, of course), either here or in The Wild Discussion.


Moving on to Voting:
1. A coming-of-age story
2. A book written from a 1st person point of view
3. A book about an invention or discovery
4. A book by a new-to-you BIPOC author
5. A book featuring a theme of women overcoming systemic obstacles
6. A book nominated for a lesser known literary prize
7. A book with a wild animal on the cover or in the title
8. A biography or biographical fiction
9. A book with a multimedia element
10. A book that includes a recipe
11. A book with a familial role in the title (mother, father, daughter, sister, etc)
12. A book related to blackjack or gambling
13. A book with a monochromatic cover (one single color)
14. A book with a house on the cover
15. A book originally written in a language you don't speak

Available to be seconded:
- A book involving an "angel"
- A book by an author whose name is 14 or more letters in length


message 2: by Sue (new)

Sue S | 367 comments A book written from a 1st person point of view - this could include memoir, autobiography, 1st person novel or epistolary novel.


message 3: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Moore (ashleym99) | 537 comments a book involving an "angel"
this is can be name of character, someone in book influenced by someone who passed away or if you know someone who passed away and influenced you the equivalent character in a book.


message 4: by Steph (new)

Steph | 6 comments A book with a familial role in the title (mother, father, daughter, sister, etc)


message 5: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7800 comments Mod
A coming-of-age story

Some of my favorite books this year have been adult fiction coming of age stories, like The Heart's Invisible Furies and Middlesex. Of course, this could also apply to most YA books as well, and it also lends itself to nonfiction if they talk about their childhood.


message 6: by Lisa (new)

Lisa | 99 comments A book that includes a recipe.


message 7: by Martha (new)

Martha (marthag503) | 310 comments I second a coming-of-age story.


message 8: by Kate (new)

Kate Jordan (merrykat) | 3 comments A book written from a 1st person point of view. (Second choice is familial role, only because I get fed up with all the "Daughter" books that were everywhere for a while - they seem to now be moving on to "Wife" lol)


message 9: by Alicia (last edited Jul 13, 2020 04:52PM) (new)

Alicia | 834 comments My prompt suggestion is "A book featuring a theme of women overcoming systemic obstacles"

This could be a non-fiction about the Suffrage Movement and women succeeding in gaining the right to vote, something like The Last Mrs. Parrish about spousal abuse, The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires about how men disregarded women's opinions in the south in the 90s, I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban that shouldn't have even been able to get an education, let alone write a book.


message 10: by Kelly (new)

Kelly | 108 comments A book about an invention or discovery. This would encompass a lot of sci-fi, I think, but could also include historical fiction, nonfiction about science, medicine, or exploration...


message 11: by Entropia (new)

Entropia | 280 comments I second A book about an invention or discovery :)


message 12: by Jackie, Solstitial Mod (new)

Jackie | 1432 comments Mod
I would like to suggest

a book by a new-to-you BIPOC author

I hope it will help expand my tbr and introduce me to a bunch of authors I haven't encountered yet.


message 13: by [deleted user] (new)

i'd like to suggest

a book with a multimedia element


message 14: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7800 comments Mod
Annie, care to elaborate here about what your prompt means? I know you talked about it in the Wild discussion, but whatever you put here will carry over to the voting thread.


message 15: by Brandee (new)

Brandee | 8 comments I second "a book by a new-to-you BIPOC author"


message 16: by Nicole (last edited Jul 13, 2020 05:30PM) (new)

Nicole Sterling | 452 comments Deleting my comment where I seconded an already-seconded prompt. I think I must have started posting at the same time the other one was posted. 🤷‍♀️


message 17: by Jkmays (new)

Jkmays | 36 comments I second A book by a new-to-you BIPOC author


message 18: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (last edited Jul 13, 2020 05:30PM) (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7800 comments Mod
Nicole and JKmays, Brandee seconded this one first! Feel free to second another one or suggest a prompt!


message 19: by Robin P, Orbicular Mod (last edited Jul 13, 2020 05:27PM) (new)

Robin P | 2116 comments Mod
I second women overcoming obstacles. This doesn’t have to be “serious” or historical, although I would be happy to recommend some of those. Many fiction books and memoirs include women traveling somewhere unusual or taking up an unexpected career.


message 20: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7800 comments Mod
Robin wrote: "I second women overcoming obstacles. This doesn’t have to be “serious “ or historical, although I would be happy to recommend some of those. Many fiction books And memoirs include women traveling s..."

Especially in WWII historical fiction!


message 21: by Serendipity (last edited Jul 13, 2020 06:41PM) (new)

Serendipity | 441 comments A book nominated for a lesser known literary prize.
I’m meaning this to be a counter to this year's “a book nominated for one of the 10 most coveted literary prizes in the world" prompt.  So no Booker, Women’s Prize, Hugo, Nobel,  Pulitzer or National Book Award etc. But other than that there are heaps of options from the mainstream to the niche.

Some examples (I've got more if anyone wants them)
1. A  book prize from a country other than your own eg  New Zealand - http://www.nzbookawards.nz/new-zealan... 
Canada - https://scotiabankgillerprize.ca/
or Australia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miles_F.... Many countries have more than one.
2. Aspen Words Literary Prize - http://www.aspenwords.org/programs/li... - for an influential work that illuminates a vital contemporary issue.
3. The McIlvanney Prize - https://bloodyscotland.com/take-part/... - for best Scottish crime writing. 
4. Lord Ruthven Award - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Ru... - for vampire literature.
5. The Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Award -https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolling... - for comic literature.
6. Reading the West awards -https://readingthewest.com/winners/ - for books set in or with authors from the US’s western states . Lots of different categories.
7. The Orwell Prize - https://www.orwellfoundation.com/the-... - for political writing has fiction and non-fiction categories

There are awards for authors of varying ethnicities (Britain’s Jhalka prize - https://www.jhalakprize.com/ - or the International Latino Book Awards -https://www.latinobookawards.org/), books published by an independent press (Firecracker Awards - https://www.clmp.org/programs-opportu...) , good storytelling in contemporary fiction (Glass Bell Award - https://www.goldsborobooks.com/articl...), bad writing (Bad Sex in Fiction Award - https://literaryreview.co.uk/bad-sex-...) odd titles (the Diagram Prize - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Booksel...) and all sorts of genres (the Agatha Awards - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agatha_... - for cosy mysteries and the RITAs -https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RITA_Award - for romance writing). 


message 22: by Robin P, Orbicular Mod (new)

Robin P | 2116 comments Mod
Thanks for all the examples. I wasn’t sure I liked the idea before but now I do


message 23: by Margaret (new)

Margaret Kelly | 16 comments I second nominated for a lesser known literary prize!


message 24: by Ann (new)

Ann S | 607 comments How about a book which has a wild animal on the cover or in the title.


message 25: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (seejessread) | 144 comments A Biography or biographical fiction (historical fiction based on historical figure instead of time period)


message 26: by JoDee (new)

JoDee (nekonet) | 13 comments Second for wild animal on the cover or in the title.


message 27: by Alesha (new)

Alesha (musicgal17) | 38 comments I'll second the book with a multimedia element!


message 28: by Jill (new)

Jill | 607 comments Lisa wrote: "A book that includes a recipe."

I second a book that includes a recipe.


message 29: by Shelley (new)

Shelley | 348 comments I'll second the familial role in the title.


message 30: by Johanna (new)

Johanna Ellwood (jpellwood) | 269 comments A book that involves blackjack or gambling (since it will be the year '21).

I'm thinking card games, suits (hearts, spades, diamonds, clubs), red or black, types of cards, casinos.....


message 31: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Sterling | 452 comments Jessica wrote: "A Biography or biographical fiction (historical fiction based on historical figure instead of time period)"

I second this one.


message 32: by °~Amy~° (new)

°~Amy~° (amybooksit) | 3096 comments An author whose name is 14 or more letters in length.

Suggestions:
Neal Shusterman
RIchard Matheson
Orson Scott Card
Robert A. Heinlein
Adrienne Strickland
Hiroshi Yamamoto


message 33: by Rachel (new)

Rachel A. (abyssallibrarian) | 2742 comments A book with a house on the cover

I noticed that I had a ton of these, especially thrillers, while going through my TBR but it could work for a lot of genres.


message 34: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7800 comments Mod
4 spots left


message 35: by Avery (new)

Avery (averyapproved) | 473 comments I second blackjack.

Johanna, would you be open to changing the blackjack prompt to “related to” instead of “involves?” “Involves” to me implies that it has to be part of the plot, but “related to” could be more broad.


message 36: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7800 comments Mod
Avery, I'll make the change.. it sounds like that's closer to what she meant based on her examples.


message 37: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3784 comments Mod
A book with a monochromatic cover (One primary color)

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami Geek Love by Katherine Dunn Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, #1) by Robin Sloan Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by J.K. Rowling


message 38: by Avery (new)

Avery (averyapproved) | 473 comments Laura and Rachel I love those cover suggestions!!


message 39: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7800 comments Mod
Oh Laura I love that suggestion. Your examples made me so happy hahaha


message 40: by Martha (last edited Jul 13, 2020 07:01PM) (new)

Martha (marthag503) | 310 comments Me too (cover suggestions). I can't second another prompt so I hope someone else can.


message 41: by Joanne (new)

Joanne | 426 comments Laura wrote: "A book with a monochromatic cover (One primary color)

Battle Royale by Koushun TakamiGeek Love by Katherine DunnMr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, #1) by Robin Sloan[bookcover:Harry Potter and the..."


I'll second this!


message 42: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (last edited Jul 13, 2020 07:14PM) (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7800 comments Mod
Laura, I changed the word primary to single, since I think you meant a singular color, not primary color (blue, yellow, red only).


message 43: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7800 comments Mod
2 spots left!


message 44: by Kendra (new)

Kendra | 1044 comments A book originally written in a language you don't speak.


message 45: by Brooke (new)

Brooke | 225 comments I'll second a house on the cover


message 46: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7800 comments Mod
ONE SPOT LEFT


message 47: by Jen K (new)

Jen K | 445 comments Kendra wrote: "A book originally written in a language you don't speak."

I'll second this one!


message 48: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7800 comments Mod
CLOSED! Just in time for me to go to sleep haha! Voting thread will be up in the morning!


back to top