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June RandomCAT: Into the Unknown

2017 Category Challenge

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May 19, 4:02pm Top

Since so many people graduate or commence their adult lives in late May or June, let's read a book celebrating someone stepping off into the unkown, into a new beginning.

This could be the first book of a series, or a book about someone whose life changes dramatically, or maybe of a teacher who helps others brave that first step.

Be creative! Open the doors!

May 19, 4:02pm Top

So sorry I'm late with this. I thought I had August for some reason!

May 19, 4:56pm Top

Excellent theme! I'll have a rummage through the bookshelves and see what fits :)

May 19, 7:44pm Top

This is one that takes a bit of thought... Will come back with some options sometime over the weekend!

May 19, 8:13pm Top

I love the theme! And considering my whole facebook feed is currently filled with graduation & pregnancy, it seems perfectly timed in my eyes lol.

Meanwhile, I had a short list of 'Y' books on my TBR for the alphacat, and I was just hoping one would fit into randomcat; I got lucky :) I'll be reading The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis, which was a Nobel Prize winner, and is also by an author I adore, Jose Saramago. It's about a doctor who returns to his home country after sixteen years in Brazil, but finds a new life rather than continuing on the track of seeing patients.

Edited: May 19, 11:49pm Top

Do you think Apollo 8 would fit about the first trip around the moon?

May 20, 12:58am Top

Wonderful choice of theme! I have a few that might fit but I really want to read No signposts in the sea by Vita Sackville-West. The title sounds like a sort of mystery journey.

May 20, 6:55am Top

>6 cyderry: Absolutely!

Edited: May 20, 12:19pm Top

I'm going to read the nonfiction book Romancing the Vine by Alan Tardi. A successful NYC chef and restaurant owner, his life changed dramatically when he became so exhausted and stressed he decided to lease out the restaurant, he saw the second plane hit the World Trade Center, and his longtime girlfriend decided to leave. The book is about how he created a new life when the old one evaporated.

May 20, 1:49pm Top

I'm going to read The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien. Although I understand she is a well-known female Irish author, she is new to me, and I'm reading it for a new-to-me book club. I went to the book club for the first time today, and think I want to join. I was really impressed with the way the group stuck to discussing the book for the month, The Snow Child. The O'Brien book is the June read.

May 20, 5:31pm Top

I think these could fit:

Shotgun Lovesongs / Nickolas Butler
Shopaholic Takes Manhattan / Sophie Kinsella

May 20, 6:01pm Top

For the "first in series" interpretation, I could FINALLY read Billy Boyle, by James R. Benn, which has been languishing on my shelves for a while.

I could also count Doctor Who: The Churchill Years, by Phil Mulryne, which will be my first Doctor Who Big Finish audio drama, and which features Churchill facing unknown-to-him alien threats in addition to the more earthly threats of the Second World War.

Or I could count The Return of the Soldier, by Rebecca West, which suggests a man whose circumstances have been dramatically changed by war.

May 21, 11:01pm Top

I've got quite a few first in series to read, so it's just a matter of deciding which one

Yesterday, 9:41am Top

I'm going to read The Second Life of Nick Mason by Steve Hamilton as it appears to be a first in the series. Plus, it fits the unknown aspect since it's not a book I actually bought or asked for. It was part of a package of books I won at a book convention.

Edited: Yesterday, 12:37pm Top

>11 LibraryCin: Thanks for the reminder about Shotgun Lovesongs, of course I had forgotten that I had it downloaded. Good timing because my Nook has been mocking me lately (running out of space), so I want to try and stay away from the library in June.

Yesterday, 3:02pm Top

>15 jonesli: I've heard lots of good things about it, so have wanted to get to it for a while. Hope you like it!

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