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    Likes metaphors mixed, not stirred Chris P's Avatar
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    Suggest a topic for the 2017 Reading Challenge!

    It's December, which means 2017 is just around the corner. During 2016 several of us participated in a reading challenge, taking on 12 books, one from each of a list of topics. I'm game for next year! Who's in?

    Post your topic ideas (a survey would have been too complicated). I'll post the official 12 topics on January 1.

    Several of you suggested topics last year, and the following list might get us talking. Speak up for your favorite topic, and feel free to voice a resounding NO! on a topic if you think it's a stinker.


    • A memoir/biography by/about someone who's still alive (at least as of January 1)
    • A graphic novel
    • A book made into a major motion picture
    • A book you loved as a child
    • A book taking place in Asia (anywhere in Asia; Turkey to Japan, Siberia to Indonesia)
    • Non-fiction on a topic you care about
    • A book originally written in another language (i.e., a translation)
    • An anthology (poetry, short stories,whatever)
    • A book with a number in the title
    • A play
    • A book with a non-human (animal or fantastic creature) main character
    • A book written more than 100 years before you were born


    Add to the list, lovely people! Suggesting a topic doesn't commit you to the challenge.
    Last edited by Chris P; 12-02-2016 at 03:27 AM.
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    A book made into a bad movie
    A book based on a movie, not the other way around
    A book about a PoC, any variety, written by an author of the same variety
    A book that's required reading in most high schools but that you never read (even if it was assigned)
    A nonfiction book about a sociopolitical issue
    A how-to book
    "I've never had to fake sarcasm."

    Brick by Brick, a ménage à trois novel (soon to be re-released)
    Taming the Wilde, FemDom spotted--and striped--in the wild
    Men in Love, anthology about--hey, you're already there, aren't you?
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    A book published the year you were born.
    A book in a genre you don't usually read.
    A children's book.
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    Loving all of these! It's gojng to be hard to keep it to only 12 books.
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    A western
    A poetry collection
    The screenplay of a movie you have not seen
    A true crime book
    "I've never had to fake sarcasm."

    Brick by Brick, a ménage à trois novel (soon to be re-released)
    Taming the Wilde, FemDom spotted--and striped--in the wild
    Men in Love, anthology about--hey, you're already there, aren't you?
    Maryn Says, an irregular blog almost never about writing
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    A book with a one-word title.
    A book whose title is more than six words long
    A book with a number in the title
    A book with a Roman numeral in the title
    A book you read at age 21 (estimate if you have to)
    A book you were assigned to read but did not complete

    Maryn, getting into this
    "I've never had to fake sarcasm."

    Brick by Brick, a ménage à trois novel (soon to be re-released)
    Taming the Wilde, FemDom spotted--and striped--in the wild
    Men in Love, anthology about--hey, you're already there, aren't you?
    Maryn Says, an irregular blog almost never about writing
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    More good ones!
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    A book about the politics of your country? (non fiction and recently published might be even better).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mccardey View Post
    A book about the politics of your country? (non fiction and recently published might be even better).
    History or current events? Lots of countries are in a rapid transition, and not exactly in the direction I'd like mine to be going. Hmmm, perhaps leave it open? Cool.
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    Chris, it would be great, once all the suggestions are gathered, if you'd post a list of all of them somewhere for people to put together their own reading lists. I really ought to expand my choices and this might be a fun way to coerce myself, picking a dozen from a long, long list.

    Maryn, who likes lists
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    The library system I work for is doing a "10 to Try" challenge for next year. Here are the topics, if they provide any inspiration:

    Read about STEM (fiction or nonfiction)

    Read a book published since 1942 (the year our system was founded - anyone know when AW was founded?)

    Read a book by an author of color

    Listen to an audiobook

    Read a collection of short stories or essays


    Read a debut


    Read a book recommended by (library) staff, online or in person


    Read a book from a new-to-you genre


    Read a graphic novel or comic book

    Read a book by a (local) author
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    Likes metaphors mixed, not stirred Chris P's Avatar
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    Nice list coming together.

    Maryn, the idea of a "Pick 12" is interesting. But don't you think part of the charm of the challenge is that we are each restricted to the topics, and we see the various directions each of us goes with our choices? I'm not objecting, just looking for discussion.
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    A book based in a religion not your own.
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    Ooh, interesting.
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    Only a couple days left! With only four more suggestions I will have an even 50 topics to choose from.

    Any help?

    The gauntlet will be dropped on Sunday.
    Last edited by Chris P; 12-30-2016 at 08:26 PM.
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    A book related to one of the Earth sciences (i.e. geography, oceanography, meteorology, paleobiology, etc.)

    A book which was a bestseller in its day (Wikipedia has lists of NY Times and Publishers Weekly bestsellers that go back many decades -- can be eye-opening)

    A pre-eighteenth century novel

    A book about your country written by someone from a different country

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    Likes metaphors mixed, not stirred Chris P's Avatar
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    Nice! I like how we're getting nonfic suggestions as well as novels.

    And before 1700? I think I've only read two: Tale of Genji and Don Quixote. (ETA: Oh, and Beowulf, Greenlander Saga, parts of the Decameron and Canterbury Tales. And Gilgalmesh). That's broadening some horizons!
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