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75 Books Challenge for 2013

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Dec 22, 2012, 9:30pm Top

Each month, we pick a theme. This space is for planning each month.

Dec 23, 2012, 10:29pm Top

This might just be a little crazy with all the other group reads going on, but what do y'all think of doing thematic group reads for the "history months" here in the States?

So February - Black History Month - we could choose any book (fiction or nonfiction) dealing with African-Americans.

March - Womens' History Month - repeat again.

The months are listed here:


The idea is not to vote on a particular book for that month. We just create a thread for each month, anyone reads anything they want, and maybe some interesting interplay of ideas will happen. The broadness of the category makes it likely that there is already something on your TBR list that would fit the bill.

Any thoughts?

Dec 24, 2012, 10:46am Top

I've decided to host this over at 2013 Category Challenge. I'll post here with links though, and put it on the wiki.

Is anyone interested?

Edited: Dec 24, 2012, 11:13am Top

The reason no one's answered you yet is because there are so few people in the group so far. :) (ETA: They will come, trust me, they're just not as hop-to-it as those Categoriers - making their threads months in advance!) But regardless of where you make the thread, if you announce it here people will know about it and be able to join.

I was also hosting a Social Justice theme read on my blog in February. I was planning on making a thread here and announcing it on the group read thread that you originally made your announcement about themes. Social Justice will fit in nicely with black history month, anyway. :)

Announcing on both threads is really a good idea, because it makes sure everyone who wants to participate knows.

Dec 24, 2012, 11:15am Top

Definitely! I'm going to post the final list of months and themes here as soon as everyone in the other thread agrees to it. I've already got a book picked out for the social justice theme. :)

Dec 24, 2012, 11:27am Top

I'm going to keep a low profile on the other thread for a while. :p

Dec 24, 2012, 11:30am Top

While we're perking up this thread...is there a theme for January?




Dec 24, 2012, 11:31am Top

Don't worry, Rachel, this is a common occurrence on the internet. It's why I avoid the Let's Talk Religion group completely.

Dec 24, 2012, 11:33am Top

January is Haitian, Polish American, and Irish American.

I am going to read Angela's Ashes and look into books by Eva Hoffman and Lieslie Pietrzyk.

Dec 28, 2012, 6:54am Top

Oh, I so want to join in on this. But I'm so undisciplined. Not good at following through to the end.

Dec 31, 2012, 11:43am Top

Fourpawz - No worries. Do what you can. I'll be setting up the threads and hopefully providing some measure of coherence in everyone's book choices!

Jan 1, 2013, 1:29pm Top

Greetings - the first month of the heritage month group read is here:


Jan 10, 2013, 8:00am Top

Lat year we did Journeying in January. Or rather, others did and I lurked. ;) I would love to do an Art themed read at some point (April? August?) as I remember having fun several years ago reading fiction with fine art (real or fictional) on the covers. Girl in Hyacinth Blue is still a favorite book of mine. I do like the themed reads.

Jan 10, 2013, 10:07am Top

Sounds good to me. Last year, I think The_Hibernator coordinated monthly themes. Hopefully we can continue on this year!

Edited: Jan 10, 2013, 4:22pm Top

Journeying in January! I've been thinking about doing a quick reread of the Hobbit this month..... as well as starting Ship of Fools for a different online group.

Jan 10, 2013, 4:17pm Top

I know that Mark will be doing his Fantasy February and I hope to continue with September Series and Sequels as well.

Jan 10, 2013, 4:34pm Top

Mystery March? We had that last year, didn't we?

Jan 10, 2013, 4:38pm Top

17. Over in the 2013 CC the Agatha Award is one of March's Award CATs.

Jan 10, 2013, 10:35pm Top

Oh, I forgot. I did Mystery March last year, too. I would be happy to do it again, I'm always ready to read mysteries!

Jan 11, 2013, 5:56am Top

19> *cheers* I love Mystery March, even if I never get to read as many mysteries as I'd like.

Edited: Jan 11, 2013, 10:40am Top

April is Autism month, but we could do Art in August.

ETA: Yes, I posted monthly themes at the end of the year, though I lost both December and January because I was struggling to move states. I'm happy to help out again this year!

Jan 27, 2013, 2:23pm Top

I made a thread for a February Social Justice Theme Read.


If you will be reading any books about social justice or injustice next month, please hop over to my thread and let us know your thoughts! :) Any book is welcome, but I suggested two fiction group reads: To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee and Noughts and Crosses, by Marloire Blackman. I figured that would hit both the literature/classics crowd and the YA/dystopia crowd. :)

Feb 24, 2013, 3:03pm Top

Just checking in to see if there is interest in having a Mystery March this year. If so, I can set up the thread in the next day or so.

Feb 24, 2013, 3:13pm Top

Sharpe September anyone? (including other Peninsular War works, of course)

Feb 24, 2013, 3:48pm Top

23 > Mystery March: definite yes!

24 > Sharpe September: also definite yes!

Feb 24, 2013, 3:49pm Top

I'm certainly up for Mystery March!

Feb 24, 2013, 3:49pm Top

yes, definitely Mystery March!

Feb 24, 2013, 4:07pm Top

Yes to both.

Feb 24, 2013, 5:28pm Top

Four thumbs up for Mystery March! (Whoops, forgot humans only have two thumbs. Nevermind. Two thumbs, for sure!)

Feb 24, 2013, 5:47pm Top

There seems to be plenty of interest in Mystery March, so I will probably go ahead and set up the thread later tonight. I'll come back later with the link.

Feb 25, 2013, 1:47am Top

Ok, I have started the thread for March Mystery Month .

Hope to see you there!

Mar 7, 2013, 10:22am Top

Jonathan just added a thread for his joint monthly history reads. This month it's for Women's History and the thread is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/151063

Apr 1, 2013, 10:53am Top

New Thread for April Is Autism Awareness Month: http://www.librarything.com/topic/152197

Apr 1, 2013, 5:27pm Top

Thank you for posting and supporting on the monthly heritage reads!

There's also Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month -


Jun 9, 2013, 8:41am Top

YAY! managed to unlock my Sharpe ebooks! YAY! Very much thinking about a Sharpe September (Peninsular War themed books (and Cornwell's Sharpe's, of course)) again...

Jun 9, 2013, 4:30pm Top

And coming to think of it... how about a Discworld December? There is plenty of material in both the series itself as well as regarding the world...

Jun 9, 2013, 6:43pm Top

36. I was planning on making my first trip to Discworld in July so if I like what I read and I'm not swamped with other reads, I'd definitely be up for a Discworld December - sounds amazing.

Jun 22, 2013, 11:00am Top

Do we have a theme for July yet?

Jul 27, 2013, 10:19pm Top

Discworld December

I'd be in for reading 1 or 2 of Pratchett's books

Jul 27, 2013, 10:43pm Top

I'm in for Discworld December!

Jul 28, 2013, 9:20am Top

I'm slowly (re) reading the whole lot, so I'm sure I can fit in a couple in December.

Edited: Aug 3, 2013, 12:55am Top

Does anybody want to do "September Series & Sequels" again this year? (It's only a month away . . . )

Aug 3, 2013, 12:59am Top

You are right, and that means "September Science Fiction" is coming up as well!

Edited: Aug 3, 2013, 2:25pm Top

And 'Sharpe('s) September'!

Aug 8, 2013, 4:33pm Top

Hi everybody, I am looking forward to the September Series & Sequels thread and hope to start it sometime later in the month, perhaps around the 18th or so.

Aug 12, 2013, 8:20pm Top

45 Great news, Judy! I have a zillion series going, so it will be a great month for me.

Aug 12, 2013, 9:16pm Top

#46 by tymfos> who doesn't?

Aug 18, 2013, 2:25am Top

The September Series and Sequels Thread is up and running. Here's the link:

September Series & Sequels

Looking forward to seeing what everyone is planning on reading.

Aug 27, 2013, 9:20pm Top

For several years, Mac (blackdogbooks) put together a Halloween reading list that was a pretty popular feature around here. Last year, Mac wasn't available, so I put a list together. Unfortunately, work is insane this year and I'd like to find another volunteer. Anybody interested in putting together a suggested reading list?

If not, we could treat this as the October theme and folks could report on their own selections.

Edited: Sep 1, 2013, 1:44am Top

I'm willing to put together a Halloween list.

Sep 1, 2013, 2:21pm Top

Oops, I should have put a note here. Stephen (Ape) has already volunteered. Thanks for offering, though!

Sep 2, 2013, 12:19am Top

I haven't seen any great clamor for the September Science Fiction theme--shall I just forget it?

Edited: Oct 15, 2013, 2:01pm Top

Am getting ready for a Discworld December!

Nov 27, 2013, 8:15am Top

*pokes 75 books groupers* anyone else?

Edited: Dec 1, 2013, 12:25pm Top

I seem to remember that a couple of People were interested, so here is the
Discworld December Thread

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