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Monthly Themes Planning Thread

75 Books Challenge for 2020

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Jan 10, 11:14pm Top

Hi, all. We've been discussing reanimating some of the monthly themes as they were in 2011-2013 threads.

Here's what the 2011 group had, and that was the first year of the wiki and that they were mentioned on the group page:
Monthly Themes
Monthly Themes Main Thread - http://www.librarything.com/topic/120644
Fantasy February - 1 Current
Mystery March - Part 1 Part 2
Autism Awareness April - http://www.librarything.com/topic/112194
May: Murder & Mayhem - http://www.librarything.com/topic/114691
July: Juvenile & Young Adult - Part 1 Current
September: Series & Sequels - Part1 Part 2
October - The Halloween Thread - http://www.librarything.com/topic/123169
Nobel Prize Month - http://www.librarything.com/topic/124174
Neil in November - http://www.librarything.com/topic/125930

1012 was pretty similar:
Monthly Themes
Main Thread
Journeying January
Fantasy February
Mystery March
Autism Awareness April
Murder and Mayhem May
Juvenile July
Hot Author August
September Series & Sequels Part 2
Surreal September
October's Halloween Read
New Novels November

Monthly Themes
Main Thread
January Heritage Month
Fantasy February 2
Social Justice Theme Read (February)
Spring Training (Feb/March)
March Mystery Month
Spring Suspense
April Is Autism Awareness Month
May Murder and Mayhem
May Mars, Myth and Makebelieve
September Series and Sequels
Discworld December

After that, the themes started shrinking until now we only have Spring Training and the Halloween Read threads.

The idea is to set up a number of monthly themes. What you do with them is this: if you read any books that month that meet the theme, you come over to the thread and tell people about them. Nothing more onerous.

One of the favorites was Fantasy February. I will take responsibility for setting up that thread and hosting it. The rest is wide open to popular demand. Speak up!

Jan 10, 11:28pm Top

I’ve added this one to the group wiki!

Jan 11, 1:44pm Top

I'll follow along and join in when I can

Jan 11, 1:58pm Top

Jan 11, 3:06pm Top

>3 ChelleBearss:, >4 Crazymamie: But give ideas as to what themes you would most like to see, too! We don't have to just go with the old ones.

Jan 11, 3:31pm Top

Gotcha. My favorites from the previous would be Fantasy February, Murder and Mayhem May, and the Halloween thread in October. As for new ideas, how about Novella November?

Jan 11, 3:53pm Top

>6 Crazymamie: I've been reading more science fiction and fantasy novellas lately, so Novella November sounds great to me.

Jan 12, 8:04am Top

I'll follow along as well.

>6 Crazymamie: I like those three previous themes.

What was Spring Training?

Novella November seems like a good idea. From the older themes I also like social justice, or, as I just finished Mothering Sunday something like biography, life stories, looking back?

Jan 13, 3:12am Top

I'd definitely be interested in Fantasy February (was planning to dive in to a massive Robin Hobb tome next month anyway) and Novella November.

Jan 13, 5:56am Top

I'm definitely interested in Fantasy February, Novella November, and Murder and Mayhem May.

I wonder if there's a good month to pick for romances?

Jan 14, 11:02am Top

I seem to remember that we did an Atwood in April - perhaps it could be Atwood in August, since she is now once again a hot author as well.

Jan 14, 6:24pm Top

Has there been a Justice June?

Jan 15, 8:36am Top

Ooo, that's a good one.

Edited: Jan 15, 8:35pm Top

We can do whatever we want! And they don't really have to alliterate.

Fantasy February is a "for sure"
Halloween is a "for sure"

Spring Training is a theme focusing on baseball stories--I don't know whose been doing that.

Requests have been for a Mystery Month (however named--I see murder & mayhem as pretty much the same), a Novella Month, a Series & Sequels month, a Space Opera month (Richard, on my thread, but could be a general science fiction month too), Biography/Memoir, and perhaps a Justice month--what do you see that as including, Susan?

I could see a month for each of the main genres:
fantasy, science fiction, mystery, maybe romance or thrillers and crime/police procedurals, although I would put that under mystery myself. I think general fiction is pretty well represented in the AAC and BAC challenges. And nonfiction has its own challenge.

I could see doing Romance and Thrillers in the same month as there might not be much overlap in readers. Gothics, of course, might qualify for both. And they sound like summer reads.

Then maybe some specialized themes:

Maybe Hot Authors rather than specifically Atwood I see that was done in 2012), Novellas could go here instead, Justice if it isn't broad enough for above, Books off the Shelf month?

How about some more feedback, friends?

Jan 15, 10:45pm Top

>14 ronincats: Justice for June or July could include mysteries - I read more of them than non-fiction social issue books. I'd expect it to include anything where justice was or wasn't upheld; that a wrong of some sort was addressed.

Jan 16, 1:40am Top

>14 ronincats: Justice could include mysteries, but it's much broader than that. I like it.

Yesterday, 10:40pm Top

Jumping in late, but I always loved Fantasy February, Murder & Mayhem March, and the Halloween thread in October. I like SciFi Sept. or Series & Sequences Sept. too. Someone asked about romance. How about Enchanted April?

Today, 3:18am Top

Maybe a travel month - lots of memoirs of travelling or living as an expat. Or fiction set abroad.
Translation month - reading books by non-English writers
Juvenile June? - childrens books or YA, and/or coming of age reads, child narrators

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