Discussion Forums - Young Adult

Topic: 2013 YA Challenge Discussion Thread

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
Page:   Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: 2013 YA Challenge Discussion Thread
Date Posted: 11/29/2012 5:07 PM ET
Member Since: 3/7/2009
Posts: 10,972
Back To Top

I guess it's time to start discussing the challenge for next year.  I have some ideas for changing it up and hope you do too!  I like keeping the full challenge about the same size (33ish books) and having a mini challenge of 6 books from each area.  Any other suggestions to my changes?

The rules:  A book has to be a book you've never read before.  A book may only be used once, but a series can be used multiple times.  For instance, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone could fill the fantasy category and Chamber of Secrets could fill male protagonist, but Sorcerer's Stone can't fill both.  There will be two settings to this challenge, light and regular.  Light will be reading six books in each category, for a total of eighteen books all year.  Regular will be reading a book for every category, or all thirty three books.

Genre Categories 

  1. Realistic Fiction/Social Issues
  2. Romance
  3. Fantasy
  4. Science Fiction
  5. Apocalyptic/Dystopia
  6. Mystery/Thriller
  7. Classic
  8. Adventure (removed Graphic)
  9. Poetry/Free Verse or Graphic (added Graphic)
  10. Anthology

 

Setting/Narrator Categories - removed non industrialized country

  1. Female protagonist
  2. Male protagonist
  3. One or More Characters are Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgender
  4. Non-human protagonist
  5. Involves a family conflict
  6. Takes place in a School
  7. Takes place off the Earth's surface (outerspace or underground) (new)
  8. Contemporary Historical Novel (book written recently set prior to 1970)
  9. Book set in a country other than US/GB/Aus/Canada (new)
  10. First Person Narrator
  11. Third Person or Multiple-perspective Narrator (combined third person categories)

 

Author/Award Categories - removed Best/recommended for boys/girls, removed international author (added international setting above), added debut author, removed Boston Globe-Horn Book Award

  1. Work by an author you have never read before
  2. Debut Author in 2012 or 2013 (new)
  3. Michael L. Printz Award Winner/Finalist
  4. William C. Morris YA Debut Award Winner/Finalist
  5. Alex Awards Winner/Finalist (new)
  6. Cybils Award YA Winner/Finalist
  7. Young Reader's Choice Award Winner/Finalist
  8. YALSA Teens' Top Ten List Book (new)
  9. Book that has or is being made into a movie
  10. First or Last book in a Series
  11. Title from a high school Reading List  (Fiction or Non-Fiction)
  12. Oldest YA Book on your TBR (one you've had for a long time or one you've wanted to read for a long time) (new)


Last Edited on: 11/30/12 9:48 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/29/2012 9:54 PM ET
Member Since: 11/26/2008
Posts: 847
Back To Top

I like the changes Jenna, just to add variety and new ideas from what we read for the last challenge. 

Date Posted: 11/30/2012 9:34 AM ET
Member Since: 12/30/2005
Posts: 3,564
Back To Top

I think we need to work on these 2 categories:

 

Third Person Omniscient Narrator &  Third Person Limited or Multiple-perspective Narrator

Is there a way to combine them and maybe add a different choice then?  These 2 always seem to cause a problem for everyone...

Maybe make a cateogory for takes place outside the surface of Earth or something?   That way it could be the underworld (ie:  Everneath or the Goddess Interrupted series, or anything in outer space)...   I don't know...  I just always have a hard time trying define the above 2 choices, so if they were combined it would end that grief...



Last Edited on: 11/30/12 9:36 AM ET - Total times edited: 3
Date Posted: 11/30/2012 9:50 AM ET
Member Since: 3/7/2009
Posts: 10,972
Back To Top

Good idea, Val - I merged the Third Person Narrator and the Multi Perspective categories together and added a not on Earth's surface category above

Date Posted: 11/30/2012 3:01 PM ET
Member Since: 12/30/2005
Posts: 3,564
Back To Top

thanks Jenna!  These categories seem easier to accomplish.  :)

I have to laugh though...historical fiction is only before 1970?  I'm *historical* then? !!!  LOL!!!

Date Posted: 11/30/2012 3:39 PM ET
Member Since: 3/7/2009
Posts: 10,972
Back To Top

lol.  We shall call you "vintage."  Just kidding!  I originally had 1950, but then I decided to make it more recent.  Or maybe it could be 1963 to be 50 years ago.

Date Posted: 11/30/2012 9:34 PM ET
Member Since: 12/30/2005
Posts: 3,564
Back To Top

i'll go with "Classic" if that's ok?   I like the 50 years though...63 would be good... 

Date Posted: 12/1/2012 2:20 AM ET
Member Since: 12/6/2006
Posts: 15,061
Back To Top

JENNA, the Changes are improvements, and Thank You!   :-)

 

Date Posted: 12/1/2012 5:18 AM ET
Member Since: 1/24/2009
Posts: 9,499
Back To Top

Like the changes.  I'm with Val on the 3rd person, so I'm very happy with that change.

 

Date Posted: 12/3/2012 10:05 AM ET
Member Since: 3/7/2009
Posts: 10,972
Back To Top

Cool.  I'll start a Lists Only thread so we can start planning our challenges and stuff.

2013 Young Adult Reading Challenge - LISTS ONLY



Last Edited on: 12/3/12 10:09 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 12/10/2012 3:25 PM ET
Member Since: 5/13/2009
Posts: 41,150
Back To Top

For the award winners can it be from any year or just most recent and can it be the nominees too?

Date Posted: 12/10/2012 4:00 PM ET
Member Since: 3/7/2009
Posts: 10,972
Back To Top

Yeah, any year is fine.  I guess it is up to you, but I don't consider nominees for the award categories.  In my opinion, it should be winners, finalists, honor books, or "short listed" books.  Like for the Cybils, the list of nominated books can be in the 100s (for example, these are all the YA nominees).  But then they narrow it down to finalists before picking the winner.  So to me, I'd pick off the finalists or winners lists, but wouldn't pick a nominee.  But again, I think it is up to you how you want to do your challenge.

For me, these are what I'd include:

Printz - Winners and Honor books
Morris - Winners and Finalists
Alex - Winners
Cybils - Winners and Finalists
YRCA - Winners and Nominees (because the nominees is a short list)
Top Ten - just the Top 10

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 12/11/2012 6:51 AM ET
Member Since: 5/13/2009
Posts: 41,150
Back To Top

Thanks for clarifying Jenna

Date Posted: 12/25/2012 7:19 PM ET
Member Since: 8/15/2007
Posts: 10,471
Back To Top

I did terribly last year, but it is a new year so........ smiley

Date Posted: 1/2/2013 1:19 PM ET
Member Since: 3/7/2009
Posts: 10,972
Back To Top

If you need help with debut author, THIS is a great list of 2013 books (source).  It should be updated as the year goes on when they find out about new stuff.  Here are 2012 debuts too.

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 1/7/2013 2:20 PM ET
Member Since: 5/13/2009
Posts: 41,150
Back To Top

I finshed Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes for the first book in the challenge. It was okay a bit confusing at points.

Subject: ooh cool, i can use My Life Next Door in the debut author cagegory!
Date Posted: 1/7/2013 10:12 PM ET
Member Since: 12/30/2005
Posts: 3,564
Back To Top
Date Posted: 1/7/2013 11:34 PM ET
Member Since: 3/7/2009
Posts: 10,972
Back To Top

I just finished my first book of the challenge.  I am using The Fellowship of the Ring in the Classic category.

Date Posted: 1/13/2013 12:41 AM ET
Member Since: 12/6/2006
Posts: 15,061
Back To Top

Howdy Challengers:

First, I am assuming we are using the following definitions for a couple of Genre Categories, and for:

Fantasy:  imagining things that are impossible or improbable.

Science Fiction:  imagining, but more or less plausible "futuristic" content.

 

Lastly, and for anyone looking for a Quality Read for the Realistic Category, I thoroughly Enjoyed and Highly Recommend:

Flat-Out Love by by Jessica Park  (my 4th Book Read in 2013)

 

Date Posted: 1/15/2013 12:08 PM ET
Member Since: 3/7/2009
Posts: 10,972
Back To Top

Yeah, I would agree with your definitions, Richard.  From Wikipedia:

Science fiction is a genre of fiction with imaginative but more or less plausible content such as settings in the future, futuristic science and technology, space travel, parallel universes, aliens, and paranormal abilities.

Fantasy is a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. Many works within the genre take place in imaginary worlds where magic is common. Fantasy is generally distinguished from the genre of science fiction by the expectation that it steers clear of scientific themes, though there is a great deal of overlap between the two, both of which are subgenres of speculative fiction.

Date Posted: 1/28/2013 10:39 AM ET
Member Since: 12/30/2005
Posts: 3,564
Back To Top

I am utilizing the designations on the PBS information pages for a book to help figure out the categories...

Date Posted: 1/28/2013 10:40 AM ET
Member Since: 12/30/2005
Posts: 3,564
Back To Top

i always find the awards categories the hardest, and i just went and requested some audiobooks to help me through some of them...  the categories are generally books I'd never read on my own...no interest what so ever...hence the need for audiobooks!!

Date Posted: 1/28/2013 1:31 PM ET
Member Since: 3/7/2009
Posts: 10,972
Back To Top

Well, to help you out, Val, some awards were announced this morning. :) 

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:

In Darkness,” written by Nick Lake, is the 2013 Printz Award winner.

Four Printz Honor Books also were named:
“Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, 
“Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein,
“Dodger” by Terry Pratchett,
“The White Bicycle” by Beverley Brenna, published by Red Deer Press

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:

Caring is Creepy,” by David Zimmerman, published by Soho Press, Inc.
Girlchild,” by Tupelo Hassman, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Juvenile in Justice,” by Richard Ross, published by Richard Ross
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore,” by Robin Sloan, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
My Friend Dahmer,” by Derf Backderf, published by Abrams ComicArts, an imprint of Abrams
One Shot at Forever,” by Chris Ballard, published by Hyperion
Pure,” by Julianna Baggott, published by Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
The Round House,” by Louise Erdrich, published by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Tell the Wolves I’m Home,” by Carol Rifka Brunt, published by Dial Press, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette?,” by Maria Semple, published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:

Seraphina,” written by Rachel Hartman, is the 2013 Morris Award winner.

Four other books were finalists for the award:
“Wonder Show,” written by Hannah Barnaby,
"Love and Other Perishable Items,” written by Laura Buzo,
“After the Snow,” written by S. D. Crockett,
“The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” written by emily m. danforth,

Date Posted: 1/28/2013 2:11 PM ET
Member Since: 12/30/2005
Posts: 3,564
Back To Top

thanks Jenna!  I've been wanting to read Cameron Post and was going to use that for the gay character, but if it will work for an award, I may have to rethink that one... I read Verity last year so that sucks!  And the Alex awards...that was the one I was REALLY having trouble with becaue NONE are of interest to me, but I've wanted to read Pure...so I guess I'll be reading that one!!

Date Posted: 1/28/2013 4:02 PM ET
Member Since: 3/7/2009
Posts: 10,972
Back To Top

I have Ready Player One on my TBR that I am planning on using for Alex Awards.  And I just happened to start Code Name Verity yesterday, so I am trying to decide if I will use that for Printz or for historical.

Page: