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message 1: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (last edited Jul 14, 2020 02:30PM) (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7502 comments Mod
It's now time to get ready to vote for our first set of prompts! The thread will be open for at least 24 hours before the poll gets posted. This is a good opportunity to ask any question you may have regarding the prompts, do some research or ask for recommendations.

Voting will open on Tuesday, July 14 and results will be posted in the morning of Saturday, July 18 (CST time).

How it works:
- When the voting opens, follow the link to the mini-poll that will be added at the end of this post
- You have a total of 8 votes this poll to spread across your favourite and least favourite prompts (you can also use less than 8 votes) - You can find examples of acceptable voting practices on the Introduction thread.
- 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)

We are asking people to include their Goodreads profile address when they vote. To find this, just go to your own profile and then copy the URL/web address. If for some reason you can't link to your Goodreads profile, please post your full Goodreads name with enough identifiable information that we'll be able to access your profile. We’ve introduced this for two reasons:

1. On a few occasions in each poll, people have used more than the allotted number of votes, either because they aren’t familiar with the rules or just by mistake. When this happens our only option is to disregard the vote as we can’t identify the voter to ask them to resubmit. By asking for your profile address we’ll be able to message you and ask you to vote again if you’ve accidentally used more than the allotted number of votes.

2. Unfortunately a very small number of people have voted more than once per poll and so we are asking for this information to prevent duplicate votes.

As a reminder: You have a total of 8 votes to use among your top and bottom votes. The mods have access to each individual vote, so we can see if you use more than 8 votes. If you use more than 8 votes in the poll, your vote will have to be deleted, so please make sure to follow the directions so your voice can be heard.

Possible Prompts:
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 (primarily one single color)
14. A book with a house on the cover
15. A book originally written in a language you don't speak

Feel free to discuss the prompts below, but please remember to be respectful to the other group members.

VOTE HERE: https://www.surveymoz.com/s/01HHVU/


message 2: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (last edited Jul 14, 2020 04:59AM) (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7502 comments Mod
DISCUSSION AND EXAMPLES FROM THE SUGGESTIONS THREAD

1. 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.

2. A book written from a 1st person point of view
This could include memoir, autobiography, 1st person novel or epistolary novel

3. 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...

5. 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.

6. A book nominated for a lesser known literary prize
’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, Canada, or Australia - Many countries have more than one.
2. Aspen Words Literary Prize - for an influential work that illuminates a vital contemporary issue
3. The McIlvanney Prize - for best Scottish crime writing.
4. Lord Ruthven Award - for vampire literature
5. The Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Award - for comic literature
6. Reading the West Awards - for books set in or with authors from the US’s western states (Lots of different categories)
7. The Orwell Prize - for political writing has fiction and non-fiction categories

There are awards for authors of varying ethnicities (Britain’s Jhalka Prize or the International Latino Book Awards), books published by an independent press (Firecracker Awards), good storytelling in contemporary fiction (Glass Bell Award), bad writing (Bad Sex in Fiction Award) odd titles (The Diagram Prize) and all sorts of genres (The Agatha Awards for cosy mysteries and the RITAs for romance writing).


8. A biography or biographical fiction
Biographical fiction is historical fiction based on historical figure instead of time period

9. A book with a multimedia element
Covers all sorts of books -- epistolary like This Is How You Lose the Time War, told through documents likeIlluminae, told completely in texts like Technically, You Started It, told through interviews like Daisy Jones & The Six, or including emails like Love, Rosie or Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

11. A book with a familial role in the title
Mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, niece, etc.

12. A book related to blackjack or gambling
Card games, suits (hearts, spades, diamonds, clubs), red or black, types of cards, casinos

13. A book with a monochromatic cover (one single 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


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Ellie (patchworkbunny) | 1785 comments Keeping in mind last poll had only one winner, I'm going to make sure to use some downvotes this week.

I like the lesser literary prize and invention/discovery and I'd be happy with all the cover prompts. I will probably vote for the BIPOC one, as it's super easy but I'd like a more interesting diversity prompt in too. Like the retelling was a thoughtful one since the canon is so white, it's writers trying to address that through their own versions.

Most the YA I read isn't coming of age at all, it's about being that age. It's a popsugar prompt this year (just worded differently) and not one I'm filling naturally so I hope not to have to do it again next year.

I don't know if I'm bothered enough to downvote it but the whole so-and-so's wife/daughter title trend irritates me a bit. I'd definitely try and do a BIO to avoid that formula if familial title got in.

Not keen on recipe or biographical but all the others are fine.


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Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7502 comments Mod
I'm just going to throw it out there that I wouldn't necessarily feel like you *have* to use both upvotes and downvotes. The reason why we only had one winner last time was more to do with the fact that everyone overwhelmingly chose the title prompt that won, while the rest of the upvotes were more spread out across all of the other prompts. More upvotes doesn't mean less winners... it could mean more winners! It just depends on if those upvotes concentrate on one specific prompt or if most of the people are voting for the same 3 or 4 prompts.

(This is such a good group of prompts that I'll probably end up upvoting 6 or 7, which I've never actually done before.)


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Ellie (patchworkbunny) | 1785 comments I would have thought if everyone only upvotes that would result in more spread out results though?


message 6: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (last edited Jul 14, 2020 05:29AM) (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7502 comments Mod
If everyone upvotes the same 8 prompts and there are no down votes, then all 8 of those prompts would make it in. The reason we only had one winner last round was because the vast majority of people upvoted the negative title prompt, but then their other upvotes were scattered among 11 other prompts (taking out the prompts in the bottom), so that none of the other 11 prompts had enough votes to make it within the range of the one that everyone voted for.

Upvoting more prompts won't mean that the votes are diluted, as long as the majority of the people are upvoting the same prompts. If I upvote 7 prompts, and you upvote the same 7, then all 7 of those have a better shot of making it in. If I upvote 7 prompts and you upvote 2 of my 7, then those two have a better shot than the other 5. So how you vote individually can't really affect the outcome on how many prompts make it in, other than giving your favorites a better chance and your least favorites a lesser chance. We rely on the group as a whole to determine to total number, so if there's a consensus on 7 prompts, then all 7 would make it in.

Does that make sense?


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Most the YA I read isn't coming of age at all, it's about being that age. It's a popsugar prompt this year (just worded differently) and not one I'm filling naturally so I hope not to have to do it again next year.

i mostly read ya so i probably won't vote for that one for the same reason. and the only other one i probably wouldn't vote for is the 1st person pov because that's not easy to research beforehand and i just prefer third personally. i don't mind going out of my comfort zone but it isn't calling to me like some of the other prompts


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Ellie (patchworkbunny) | 1785 comments Emily wrote: "If everyone upvotes the same 8 prompts and there are no down votes, then all 8 of those prompts would make it in. The reason we only had one winner last round was because the vast majority of peopl..."

Ah OK, I thought we wouldn't allow that many winners from one poll.


message 9: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7502 comments Mod
I don't think we have ever had that many because there is never a consensus on that many prompts at once, but we would totally allow it if it happened! The most I've seen make it through is 5, I believe.

Annie, that's interesting! I MUCH prefer 1st person because it helps me get into the mind of the story rather than being a spectator. I'm not voting for that prompt because it wasn't as exciting as some of the others, but I definitely wouldn't mind if it got in.

As for the coming-of-age story, I suggested it because some of my favorite books this year have been adult fiction coming of age stories, mostly LBGTQ+. The Heart's Invisible Furies and Middlesex stand out to me, but I know there are others.


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Nadine in NY Jones | 1347 comments I just did a quick check of the 331 books I really want to read next (and I found that I need to take a bunch of them off my list because I don’t really want to read them anymore, but that’s a tangent …) and I found 10 houses on covers and 7 wild animals on covers. My last vote will go to one of those and I can’t decide!

I have questions:

A wild animal is pretty easy to define: any animal that does not live with people. I counted crows, hummingbirds, wolves, lizards, and a sharkfin. I assume dinosaurs count. Do skeletons of wild animals count? (such as on The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History The Sixth Extinction An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert )

What is “a house”? American Elsewhere American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett is obviously perfect, but I am also counting any individual residential building, including books with the large sprawling mansions shown on some Regency books, or if the cover shows only a window frame or door, or a single Brownstone in a city (example: When No One Is Watching When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole ). Does that fit with the intent? If there are many houses, does it count? Does a city skyline of many apartment buildings count? (example: The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone The Lonely City Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing or Love Lettering Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn )


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Ellie (patchworkbunny) | 1785 comments Nadine I would probably count all those examples, unless you want to narrow them down.


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Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7502 comments Mod
I'd definitely count American Elsewhere and When No One is Watching. I'd get a bit more iffy about skylines, because some/most of those could be business structures, not residential structures. For me, a house is something that stands alone as a residential structure, so apartments wouldn't necessarily work, but brownstones/condos/townhouses would. But that's a me thing, and I wouldn't fault you for counting those. I just have to draw my lines somewhere lol.

As for wild animals, I'd say all of the examples you listed, including skeletons of wild animals, would count for sure.


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Avery (averyapproved) | 472 comments I thought the recipe prompt was more unique than just a food-related prompt. I know this probably wasn't the suggester's intent, but if you're worried about finding a recipe in fiction books, you could always stretch it to be a plot that reflects a recipe for disaster or a recipe for success!

I also love prompts related to our specific year, in this case 2021, so I like the idea of including Blackjack. It also can be taken so many different ways, any book with diamond rings, hearts on the cover, a book about a team or a club, a book with a cover that's only red and black, a book with a character named Jack, historical fiction or royal fiction with kings and queens...

The last one I wanted to point out as being flexible was the multimedia element. The original post has a lot of different types of books in the examples like graphic novels, interviews, etc., but also any book that has accompanying illustrations, charts, maps, or photographs would work. A book like The Ensemble or Daisy Jones & The Six tells you what music to listen to or the lyrics to songs sung in the book.


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Shelley | 339 comments Ellie wrote: "I will probably vote for the BIPOC one, as it's super easy but I'd like a more interesting diversity prompt in too. Like the retelling was a thoughtful one since the canon is so white, it's writers trying to address that through their own versions. ..."

This is the exact problem that I think so many diversity prompts fall in to. They are either a specific idea with an extra layer on top, so if people don't like the original idea already they will never vote for it, or they are really broad and people won't vote for it because why bother. It's very difficult to find enough of a balance to get through the voting. Personally, I love the more difficult prompts and upvoted the retelling last week.


message 15: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (last edited Jul 14, 2020 06:10AM) (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7502 comments Mod
I do like that it is specifically an author I haven't read before. I try to read diversely, but there are a few authors I've read a lot from (Elizabeth Acevedo, Adam Silvera, etc.), and a lot of my favorites are releasing new books next year (Angie Thomas, among others). I like that this prompt makes me search out someone I haven't read before.

But I can also totally see how that wouldn't be enough of an extra layer. I liked and voted for the retelling, even though I don't read many of them, because I thought it would be a good way to diversify the canon or read about a new set of traditions, like with Children of Blood and Bone, which plays on African myths, or Trail of Lightning, which is based on Navajo myths.


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Jillian | 1755 comments This group of prompts is not really to my liking (I'm not sure if it is the prompts or just me with all the craziness in the world that). I have narrowed down my votes 3/5 but who knows what I will pick once the poll opens.


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Avery (averyapproved) | 472 comments Also a plug for Monochromatic Cover... how awesome would it be for at the end of the year we make a post that shows all the books people read for this prompt in color order.... it would be so satisfying!! I just spent way too long on this..

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine Ninth House (Alex Stern, #1) by Leigh Bardugo Collapse How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond In Pieces by Sally Field Inheritance A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi How to Hide an Empire A History of the Greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel Severance by Ling Ma Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks
The Last Flight by Julie Clark The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon There There by Tommy Orange Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel The Food Explorer The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats by Daniel Stone
The Escape Room by Megan Goldin The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle Recursion by Blake Crouch Why I Hate Green Beans And Other Confessions about Relationships, Reality TV, and How We See Ourselves by Lincee Ray The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky by Jana Casale The Plus One by Sarah Archer
The Land Predators (Chaos Seeds, #7) by Aleron Kong Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani Know My Name by Chanel Miller Spying on Whales The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures by Nick Pyenson Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin A Higher Loyalty Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey Stargazer by Claudia Gray Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie When We Rise My Life in the Movement by Cleve Jones One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul


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Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7502 comments Mod
OH MAN AVERY. Yes, this is the first prompt I'm voting for because it just appeals to my senses so well!


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°~Amy~° (amybooksit) | 3013 comments Ellie wrote: "I don't know if I'm bothered enough to downvote it but the whole so-and-so's wife/daughter title trend irritates me a bit. ..."

I'm glad I am not the only one that dislikes those so and so's wife/daughter titles. It's like a woman isn't anybody unless she's someone's daughter or wife. I would probably read Things My Son Needs to Know about the World ,First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers or I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter if that prompt gets through.


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°~Amy~° (amybooksit) | 3013 comments I *think* I will be voting for the BIPOC and all three of the cover prompts. I just find cover prompts fun and it's a great excuse to go through all my books again, and again, and again. lol

A few of the others feel like they show up every year on either our list or Popsugar's so I'll probably downvote those. Another few are super easy to fill with my favorite genre (sci-fi). I won't vote either way on those.


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Nadine in NY Jones | 1347 comments Avery wrote: "Also a plug for Monochromatic Cover... how awesome would it be for at the end of the year we make a post that shows all the books people read for this prompt in color order.... it would be so satis..."




ooooh that's very pretty!!!


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Kelly | 108 comments Avery wrote: "Also a plug for Monochromatic Cover... how awesome would it be for at the end of the year we make a post that shows all the books people read for this prompt in color order.... it would be so satis..."

Avery, this post is so pleasing to look at 😄


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Robin P | 1923 comments Mod
Emily wrote: "OH MAN AVERY. Yes, this is the first prompt I'm voting for because it just appeals to my senses so well!"

The Listopia for it will need to include the covers and it will be a work of art in itself!


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Joanne | 418 comments °~Amy~° wrote: "Ellie wrote: "I don't know if I'm bothered enough to downvote it but the whole so-and-so's wife/daughter title trend irritates me a bit. ..."

I'm glad I am not the only one that dislikes those so ..."


I also hate that trend but I found lots of books that don't fit the type on my shelf:

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
The Perfect Predator: A Scientist's Race to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug: A Memoir
The Mothers
Mothers, Tell Your Daughters: Stories
In the Days of Rain: A Daughter, a Father, a Cult
Daughter of the Forest
Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Wives and Daughters
Secret Daughter
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
My Sister Rosa
Sister
Brother


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Khara Baughan | 48 comments Does anyone have any suggestions on the recipes one? I find that one hard to know unless you have already read the book unless you straight up pick up a cook book which isn't overly my thing.

I think I'm a bit unusual (based on a lot of discussion I saw in the wild topic this year) in that I vote based on what I can find to read on my list or shelf at the time of voting instead of looking for things once the list is finalized. I actually only down vote ones that I either can't find anything for or find too difficult to figure out what applies. I up vote stuff that either I have a lot of viable options with books I already own/can borrow or let me work in things that I have a goal to read in the next year. I have an extensive want to read list here on goodreads so any time I can whittle that down it's a win lol.

This all to say, I find the topic for the recipes interesting but am a little stumped on finding something I am interested in reading and don't want to down vote if I don't have to!


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Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7502 comments Mod
I'm sure people will posts lists, but I read With the Fire on High and it was so, so good and had "recipes" at the end of each chapter (with real or not so real ingredients). There's also Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen, where the main character is a chef and cooks using recipes from her grandmother. There's no recipes actually listed, but she talks about the recipes she uses.


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Milena (milenas) | 615 comments Khara wrote: "Does anyone have any suggestions on the recipes one? I find that one hard to know unless you have already read the book unless you straight up pick up a cook book which isn't overly my thing.

I th..."


Like Water for Chocolate has a recipe in every chapter.


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Traci (tracibartz) | 1014 comments Khara wrote: "Does anyone have any suggestions on the recipes one? I find that one hard to know unless you have already read the book unless you straight up pick up a cook book which isn't overly my thing.

I th..."


I just googled and found this list: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/3...


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Kelly | 108 comments Khara wrote: "Does anyone have any suggestions on the recipes one? I find that one hard to know unless you have already read the book unless you straight up pick up a cook book which isn't overly my thing.

I th..."


I think a lot of bakery or coffee-shop themed cozy mysteries have recipes in them.


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Nicole | 101 comments Khara wrote: "Does anyone have any suggestions on the recipes one? I find that one hard to know unless you have already read the book unless you straight up pick up a cook book which isn't overly my thing.

I th..."


I think this promt will make a great ATY Listopia. I'll definitely vote for it.

My favorite cookie recipe is from a book!
Dream a Little Dream (The Silver Trilogy, #1) by Kerstin Gier But its a german YA and I don't know how available it is in other countries.

Besides, if you don't find anything, you could just read any Cookbook ;)


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Sarah (sezziy) | 603 comments Is it weird that my first thought for the recipe prompt was George's Marvellous Medicine? :D


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°~Amy~° (amybooksit) | 3013 comments Kelly wrote: "Khara wrote: "Does anyone have any suggestions on the recipes one? I find that one hard to know unless you have already read the book unless you straight up pick up a cook book which isn't overly m..."

Or caterer type cozy mysteries...

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder
Dying for Chocolate

A women's lit/romance option would be:

Always the Baker, Never the Bride

There are a lot of micro-histories that include recipes:

Salt: A World History
Milk!: A 10,000-Year Food Fracas

And a book that is half cookbook, half endearing tale of growing up in small town Idaho:

Whatchagot Stew: A Memoir of an Idaho Childhood, with Recipes and Commentaries


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Kathy | 2339 comments Here's a list of books with recipes in the back:
https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/4...

I've enjoyed:
With the Fire on High
The Recipe Box
The Tea Shop Mystery series by Laura Childs have recipes. It's a cozy mystery series.


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Robin P | 1923 comments Mod
I always skip over the recipes in books even though I read cookbooks separately. I also skip looking up words, reading notes in the back and almost anything that interrupts the book. I may go back later to look at notes. I do look back and forth at maps. I sometimes look at a list of characters, but I have been burned on that because they often include spoilers. (Character A, Lord of X, killed at battle of Z, or Princess B, later known as Queen Y, after marriage to King W).


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Alicia Luchetti | 735 comments Shelley wrote: "Ellie wrote: "I will probably vote for the BIPOC one, as it's super easy but I'd like a more interesting diversity prompt in too. Like the retelling was a thoughtful one since the canon is so white..."

I agree with this. I definitely want a BIPOC prompt (as I don't count the race/race relations one as a BIPOC prompt), but I want it to be more challenging. I try to read a lot of BIPOC authors so just adding a different author isn't much of a challenge.

Granted, I also like prompts that are broad enough to have a KIS and BIO option. For this, I don't think there could even be a KIS option because it is so simple as it is.

I'm debating if I should (1) upvote because I want a BIPOC prompt and I don't know if any specific ones will make it through or (2) downvote because if this one gets in another it is unlikely that people will vote for a second.


message 37: by Kathy (last edited Jul 14, 2020 11:46AM) (new)

Kathy | 2339 comments I love coming-of-age novels. Here's a list froom Goodreads of the most read coming-of-age novels this week
https://www.goodreads.com/genres/most...

And from Book Riot:
https://bookriot.com/coming-of-age-bo...


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Kathy | 2339 comments I'm going with the BIPOC prompt even though I liked the retelling prompt better. For BIO, you can always require a retelling.


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Edie | 850 comments Khara wrote: "Does anyone have any suggestions on the recipes one? I find that one hard to know unless you have already read the book unless you straight up pick up a cook book which isn't overly my thing.

I th..."


If you like cozy mysteries, Fiona Grace writes a series of cozy, tea shop mysteries. All the ones I have read, have recipes.


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Sherri Harris | 895 comments If the recipe prompt wins I’ll read Save Me the Plums:My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl. I’ve wanted to read it for years so 2021 may be the time to read it.


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Rachel A. (abyssallibrarian) | 2687 comments Nadine wrote: "I just did a quick check of the 331 books I really want to read next (and I found that I need to take a bunch of them off my list because I don’t really want to read them anymore, but that’s a tang..."

As the person who suggested the house on the cover prompt, I would say all of those examples count. Actually, the Alyssa Cole books was one of the options I had in mind when I suggested the prompt.


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Chrissy | 857 comments Alicia, that’s a good question! Both this year and last, I’ve added an extra BIO challenge to AtY to read only marginalized authors. For the most part, that has meant BIPOC, but in some cases other types of marginalization. I’ve made a few exceptions but been pretty successful. Something to consider if you want a little more challenge and diversity!


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Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7502 comments Mod
Voting is OPEN! It will close on Saturday (July 18th) in the morning (CST time), so get your votes in by Friday.

https://www.surveymoz.com/s/01HHVU/


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°~Amy~° (amybooksit) | 3013 comments Nitpicking but shouldn't #13 be A book with a monochromatic cover (PRIMARILY one single color)? The examples all show one color cover and a different color of font. If it is 'one single color' the text would be a different shade of the cover color. Adding primarily "allows" for different colors, just one color has to be most prevalent.


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Alicia Luchetti | 735 comments °~Amy~° wrote: "Nitpicking but shouldn't #13 be A book with a monochromatic cover (PRIMARILY one single color)? The examples all show one color cover and a different color of font. If it is 'one single color' the ..."

I was looking at that too and then didn't know if I was understanding the prompt correctly.

I think "primarily" is a good addition.


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Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7502 comments Mod
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Sarah (sezziy) | 603 comments Emily wrote: "Voting is OPEN! It will close on Saturday (August 18th) in the morning (CST time), so get your votes in by Friday.

https://www.surveymoz.com/s/01HHVU/"


I think you might have put the wrong month :)


message 48: by Pam (new)

Pam (bluegrasspam) | 2571 comments Here's one more book with recipes: Poor Man's Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking

I'm going to have to vote for the wild animal prompt. I really liked the marine animal suggestion last year and had several books lined up. I would probably stick with a marine animal. The "animal on the cover" suggestion in an earlier poll was too broad for me. You could count a person!

I like the invention/discovery prompt just because it's one I haven't seen before and I have some ideas!


message 49: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7502 comments Mod
Sarah, I've been doing this ALL WEEK. Thanks for pointing it out lol


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Rachel A. (abyssallibrarian) | 2687 comments My original instinct was to go 4-4 this time, but I ended up with 6 upvotes and 2 downvotes (although there was one more that I strongly didn't want, so hopefully that one doesn't sneak in).

I voted for the two cover prompts, familial word in the title, BIPOC author, women overcoming obstacles, and multimedia. I technically preferred last week's BIPOC prompt over this one, but many of the options I had in mind would work for this one too. Multimedia is the one that I'm most excited for since I loved mixed media books. I also really like the familial word in the title and there are a ton of options outside of the "daughter of" or "x's wife" format.

My downvotes were for the lesser-known literary prize and the book with a recipe. I had the recipe prompt this year for another challenge and I hated it. I didn't like the book I picked and it was a huge struggle to find something that I really wanted to read.

The lesser known literary prize one is a good idea, but would be tricky for me to figure out an approach. I barely know any literary awards so most feel lesser known to me, even when they aren't really. I tried looking at the example lists provided and didn't really see a ton of books that interested me (or that I'd even heard of). I know those aren't the only options, but given that I'm not enthusiastic about the prompt in the first place, I don't think I'll want to spend a ton of time researching for it.


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