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Subject: 2014 YA Reading Challenge - Lists Only
Date Posted: 12/10/2013 4:57 PM ET
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Welcome to the 2014 YA Reading Challenge!  This year's challenge borrows heavily from the 2013 Fantasy Challenge.

Instructions
Below are listed many categories of themes with more specific themes listed below them.
Pick any of the themes, specify what you're going to look for (if needed), and read 2-5 books filling that theme.
Themes must be from the at least the specified number of categories but can be at all from different categories if desired.
A theme can be repeated as long as each time you narrow it down to different specialization.  For example, if you wanted to use a character's occupation, you could do one set with detective characters and another set with mercenary characters.
Books must be at least 100 pages in length.
You can double count as many books as you have themes.

Number of books
Light - Read 15 books in at least 3 themes
Full - Read 30 books in at least 6 themes
Overachiever - Read at least 45 books in 9 themes

Genre theme

  • Realistic Fiction/Social Issues
  • Romance
  • Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Apocalyptic/Dystopia
  • Mystery/Thriller
  • Classic
  • Adventure 
  • Poetry/Free Verse
  • Graphic
  • Anthology

Character theme

  • nationality/race/species/gender
  • LBGT
  • occupation
  • appearance/disability/health issue
  • particular talent (magic user, musical talent, dancing, can wiggle ears, etc)
  • stage in life (MG, High School, College, etc)

Location/Time Theme 

  • Specific town
  • Country (other than the US; doesn't have to be one specific country)
  • Specific time period
  • Specific war (WWI, Civil war, Revolutionary War, etc)
  • Specific geographical area (State, southwest, Appalachians, Pacific Northwest, etc)
  • Post-apocalyptic, same reason for apocalypse (nuclear warfare, virus, climate change, overpopulation, etc)

Setting Element 

  • Small towns (general)
  • Big cities (general)
  • Wartime (general)
  • Environment (near oceans, deserts, mountains, forests, etc)
  • Post-apocalyptic (general)
  • Other (Circuses, labyrinths, schools, manor houses, ranches, etc)

Inspirational Theme 
Note:  For this category, you may use non-YA genre books as required.

  • Books inspired by a particular author
  • Books that inspired a particular author
  • Books based off the same fairy tale/myth
  • Chains of inspiration (author a influenced author b, who influenced author c, etc.)
  • Books that inspired movies/mini-series/TV shows
  • Books recommended or reviewed by a particular author, blogger, friend, or acquaintance

Structure Themes

  • Generational saga
  • Retrospective (book told from time after action is over)
  • Alternates between time periods
  • Alternates between viewpoints
  • Separate but related stories or viewpoints
  • Compiled (omnibus or anthology)

Author Themes

  • Single author
  • Authors of same nationality
  • Authors of same ethnicity/race
  • Authors in translation
  • Non-contemporary authors of same time frame
  • New-to-you authors
  • Debut Authors

Awards Themes

  • Winners/Nominees of same awards
  • Winners/Nominees of any award from same year
  • Winners/Nominees of multiple awards
  • Books from authors who won the same career based award
  • Books on same published or posted list
  • Winners/Nominees of same type of awards (YA awards, LGBT awards, new author awards, etc)

Unrelated Themes

  • Part of same sub-genre
  • First/foundational books in any sub-genres or series
  • Published in same year
  • Published in same decade
  • Published by same press or imprint
  • Non-fiction related to genre or author
  • Oddities (genre books by non-genre authors, non-genre books by genre authors, anthologies by authors who usually write novels, etc)
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Genre theme

  • Realistic Fiction/Social Issues
    1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Character theme

  • Particular Talent :: Writer
    1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Stage in Life :: College
    1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Location/Time Theme 

  • Specific geographical area :: Midwest
    1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Setting Element 

Inspirational Theme 

Structure Themes

  • Separate but related stories or viewpoints
    1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Author Themes

  • New-to-you authors
    1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Awards Themes

Unrelated Themes



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Number of books
Light - Read 15 books in at least 3 themes  ->  Completed  5 books in 3 themes 5/30/14
Full - Read 30 books in at least 6 themes  --> Completed 5 books in 6 themes 9/24/14
Overachiever - Read at least 45 books in 9 themes

Genre theme

Character theme

Location/Time Theme

Setting Element

  • Small towns (general)
  • Big cities (general)
  • Wartime (general) Horde (Enclave book #3) - Ann Aguirre (unabridged audiobook on 12 CDs) 5/30 (war with zombies)
  • Environment (near oceans, deserts, mountains, forests, etc) Iron Traitor (The Iron Fey book #6) - Julie Kagawa 1/1 (fairy world); Breathe (Sea Breeze book #1) - Abbi Glines 1/4 (beach town)
  • Post-apocalyptic (general) Requiem (Delerium book #3) - Lauren Oliver (unabridged audiobook on 8 CDs) 1/28
  • Other (Circuses, labyrinths, schools, manor houses, ranches, etc) Cress (Lunar Chronicles book #3) - Marissa Meyer (unabridged audiobook on 13 CDs) 1/21 (space)

Inspirational Theme
Note: For this category, you may use non-YA genre books as required.

  • Books inspired by a particular author
  • Books that inspired a particular author
  • Books based off the same fairy tale/myth
  • Chains of inspiration (author a influenced author b, who influenced author c, etc.)
  • Books that inspired movies/mini-series/TV shows
  • Books recommended or reviewed by a particular author, blogger, friend, or acquaintance

Structure Themes

Author Themes

  • Single authorIllusion (Chronicles of Nick book #5) - Sherrilyn Kenyon (unabridged audiobook on 8 CDs) 5/1
  • Authors of same nationality Enders (Starters book #2) - Lissa Price (unabridged audiobook on 7 CDs) 3/26; Six Rules of Maybe - Deb Caletti (unabridged audiobook on 1 MP3) 3/5 (America)
  • Authors of same ethnicity/race
  • Authors in translation
  • Non-contemporary authors of same time frame
  • New-to-you authors Crash (Crash book #1) - Nicole Williams (unabridged audiobook on 9 CDs) 2/20
  • Debut AuthorsThese Broken Stars (book #1) - Amie Kaufman (unabridged audiobook on 9 CDs) 2/10

Awards Themes

  • Winners/Nominees of same awards
  • Winners/Nominees of any award from same year
  • Winners/Nominees of multiple awards
  • Books from authors who won the same career based award
  • Books on same published or posted list
  • Winners/Nominees of same type of awards (YA awards, LGBT awards, new author awards, etc)

Unrelated Themes

  • Part of same sub-genre
  • First/foundational books in any sub-genres or series
  • Published in same year
  • Published in same decade
  • Published by same press or imprint
  • Non-fiction related to genre or author
  • Oddities (genre books by non-genre authors, non-genre books by genre authors, anthologies by authors who usually write novels, etc)


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Date Posted: 12/11/2013 10:23 AM ET
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Jenna:  Great job!

Pick any of the themes, specify what you're going to look for (if needed), and read 2-5 books filling that theme.
Themes must be from the at least the specified number of categories but can be at all from different categories if desired.
A theme can be repeated as long as each time you narrow it down to different specialization.  For example, if you wanted to use a character's occupation, you could do one set with detective characters and another set with mercenary characters.
Books must be at least 100 pages in length.
You can double count as many books as you have themes.  Include The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Vol. 1 (have) and Vol. 2 by M. T. Anderson, The Wee Free Men: The Beginning (Locus Award for Young Adult)

Number of books
Light - Read 15 books in at least 3 themes
Full - Read 30 books in at least 6 themes
Overachiever - Read at least 45 books in 9 themes

Genre theme

  • Realistic Fiction/Social Issues:  We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver, 2/19/2014, 3 stars; Nine Days by Fred Hiatt, 11/20/2014, 4 stars;  Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly (grief), 4/3/2014, 4.5 starsHelen Keller The Story of My Life by Helen Keller, 1/2/2014. 3.5 stars; Eggs by Jerry Spinelli, 3/1/2014, 3 stars.
  • Romance:  Fallen by Lauren Kate, 1/18/2014; Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park, 5/15/2014, 3 stars' and Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen, 5 stars.
  • Fantasy:  Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan; Kyle by Fire by Mark Minson, 2/4/2014, 4 stars; The Yanti by Christopher Pike, 4/26/2014, 3 stars; The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan, 6/5/2014, 3 stars; The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan, 7/9/2014, 4 stars.
  • Science Fiction:  A Million Suns by Beth Revis, 5/13/2014, 3.5 stars; Across the Universe by by Beth Revis, 5/31/2014, 4 stars;  These Broken Stars by Amie KaufmanMeagan Spooner, 9/18/2014, 4 stars.
  • Apocalyptic/Dystopia
  • Mystery/Thriller:  Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger, 6/11/2014, 3 stars,  A Christmas Promise by Anne Perry, 12/6/2014, 3 stars.
  • Classic:  The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  • Adventure:  Blood on the River James Town 1607 by Elisa Carbone, 7/7/2014, 3.5 stars,  Far North by Will Hobbs, 9/15/2014, 4 stars
  • Poetry/Free Verse
  • Graphic:  In Odd We Trust, 3/26/2014, 3 stars; Odd Is On Our Side by  Dean Koontz, 2/3/2014, 2 stars; Hana-Kimi, Vol. 13, 3 stars; Hana-Kimi, Vol. 16 (Hana-Kimi, #16) by  Hisaya Nakajo, 2/28/2014, 3 starsWild Ones, Vol. 2 by Kiyo Fujiwara, 4/4/2014, 2 stars .
  • Anthology

Character theme

  • nationality/race/species/gender
  • LBGT:  Running with Scissors by Augisten Burroughs, 4/19/2014, 3 stars
  • occupation:  Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant (1570 -16-year-old is put into a convent against her will - this is her story) 
  • appearance/disability/health issue:  The Middlesteins by Jane Attenberg (daughter has an increasing weight problem), 9/12/2014, 3 starsLosing It (ebook); Cress by Melissa Meyer (Thorne is blinded when a satellite crashes to earth), 6/9/2014, 4.5 stars 
  • particular talent (magic user, musical talent, dancing, can wiggle ears, etc)
  • stage in life (MG, High School, College, etc)

Location/Time Theme 

  • Specific town
  • Country (other than the US; doesn't have to be one specific country):  Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya,  (India), 1/31/2014, 3.5 stars; One Bird by  Kyoko Mori (Japan), 1/5/2014, 4 stars
  • Specific time period
  • Specific war (WWI, Civil war, Revolutionary War, etc):  WWII - Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl, 2/11/2014, 4 starsHow It Was For Billy Nelson by Jean Ameluxen,2/8/2014, 3 stars
  • Specific geographical area (State, southwest, Appalachians, Pacific Northwest, etc)
  • Post-apocalyptic, same reason for apocalypse (nuclear warfare, virus, climate change, overpopulation, etc)

Setting Element 

  • Small towns (general):  Young Pioneers by Rose Wilder Lane, 1/16/2014, 3 stars; The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare, 1/28/2014, 3 stars.
  • Big cities (general)
  • Wartime (general)
  • Environment (near oceans, deserts, mountains, forests, etc)
  • Post-apocalyptic (general):  requiem by Lauren Oliver, 10/12/2014, 4 stars
  • Other (Circuses, labyrinths, schools, manor houses, ranches, etc)

Inspirational Theme 
Note:  For this category, you may use non-YA genre books as required.

  • Books inspired by a particular author
  • Books that inspired a particular author
  • Books based off the same fairy tale/myth
  • Chains of inspiration (author a influenced author b, who influenced author c, etc.)
  • Books that inspired movies/mini-series/TV shows:  One Bird by Kyoko Mori, 1/5/2014, 4 stars
  • Books recommended or reviewed by a particular author, blogger, friend, or acquaintance:  Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake, 1/1/2014, 4 starsEtiquette Espionage by Gail Carriger, 6/11/2014, 3 stars.

Structure Themes

  • Generational saga
  • Retrospective (book told from time after action is over)
  • Alternates between time periods
  • Alternates between viewpoints
  • Separate but related stories or viewpoints
  • Compiled (omnibus or anthology)

Author Themes

  • Single author:  The Road to Camlann, 2/2/2014, 2 stars;  Sword Song, 3/25/2014, 3 stars and The Eagle of the Ninth, 1/22/2014, 3.5 stars, an interesting little tale; The Light Beyond the Forest, by Rosemary Sutcliff, 7/10/2014, 3.5 stars
  • Authors of same nationality
  • Authors of same ethnicity/race
  • Authors in translation
  • Non-contemporary authors of same time frame
  • New-to-you authors:  How It Was For Billy Nelson by Jean Ameluxen, 3 stars; We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver, 3 stars; Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl, 2/11/2014, 4 stars; Running with Scissors by Augisten Burroughs, 4/19/2014, 3 stars. Reality Boy by A.S. King, 8/22/2014, 3 stars;  Jump When Ready by David Pandolfe, 11/10/2014, 3.5 stars.
  • Debut Authors

Awards Themes

  • Winners/Nominees of same awards:  Locus Award for Best Young Adult Book  Leviathan by Scott westerfield (2010), 9/6/2014, 4 stars;  A Hat Full of Stars by Terry Pratchett;  The Wee Free Men: The Beginning
  • Winners/Nominees of any award from same year
  • Winners/Nominees of multiple awards
  • Books from authors who won the same career based award
  • Books on same published or posted list
  • Winners/Nominees of same type of awards (YA awards, LGBT awards, new author awards, etc):  Soulless by Gail Carringer (2010 Alex Award); The Good Thief by Hanna Tanti (2009 Alex Award), in process; The God of Animals by Aryn Kyle (2008 Alex Award); Crow Lake by Mary Lawson (2003 Alex Award); Peace Like a River Leif Enger (2002 Alex Award)

Unrelated Themes

  • Part of same sub-genre
  • First/foundational books in any sub-genres or series
  • Published in same year
  • Published in same decade:  Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs (2002), 4/19/2014, 3 starsThe Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker (Strangely Beautiful, Bk 1), 6/7/2014, 4 stars, The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker, in process.
    Author: Leanna Renee Hieber
  • Published by same press or imprint
  • Non-fiction related to genre or author
  • Oddities (genre books by non-genre authors, non-genre books by genre authors, anthologies by authors who usually write novels, etc)
 


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Number of books
Light - Read 15 books in at least 3 themes
Full - Read 30 books in at least 6 themes
Overachiever - Read at least 45 books in 9 themes

Genre theme

  • Realistic Fiction/Social Issues
  • Romance
    • Love Reborn by Yvonne Woon done 3/10
    • The One by Kiera Cass done 5/18
  • Fantasy
    • Reborn by C.C. Hunter done June 14th
    • Unbreakable by Kami Garcia done 9/10
  • Science Fiction
  • Apocalyptic/Dystopia
    • Enders by Lissa Price done 4/2
  • Mystery/Thriller
    • Asylum by Madeleine Roux done 1/11
  • Classic
  • Adventure
  • Poetry/Free Verse
  • Graphic
  • Anthology

Character theme

  • nationality/race/species/gender
  • LBGT
  • occupation
    • Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, Bk 2)  by Sarah J. Maas occupation Assasin done 1/20
    • Taste of Darkness by Maria V. Snyder   Healer done 1/22
  • appearance/disability/health issue
  • particular talent (magic user, musical talent, dancing, can wiggle ears, etc)
    • This Wicked Game by Michelle Zink, voodoo done March 29
  • stage in life (MG, High School, College, etc)
    • Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins done Aug 5th high school

Location/Time Theme 

  • Specific town
    • Out of Easy by Ruta Sepetys done 9/6, New Orleans
  • Country (other than the US; doesn't have to be one specific country)
  • Specific time period
    • Inventor's Secret by Andrea Cremer post rev war
  • Specific war (WWI, Civil war, Revolutionary War, etc)
  • Specific geographical area (State, southwest, Appalachians, Pacific Northwest, etc)
  • Post-apocalyptic, same reason for apocalypse (nuclear warfare, virus, climate change, overpopulation, etc)
    • Frozen by Melissa De La Cruz done 2/12 Post apocollypse USA
    • Indpendent Study by Joelle Charboneau doen 10/11) Post apocalyptic USA

Setting Element 

  • Small towns (general)
  • Big cities (general)
  • Wartime (general)
  • Environment (near oceans, deserts, mountains, forests, etc)
  • Post-apocalyptic (general)
    • The 100 by Kass Morgan done 6/20
  • Other (Circuses, labyrinths, schools, manor houses, ranches, etc)

Inspirational Theme 
Note:  For this category, you may use non-YA genre books as required.

  • Books inspired by a particular author
  • Books that inspired a particular author
  • Books based off the same fairy tale/myth
  • Chains of inspiration (author a influenced author b, who influenced author c, etc.)
  • Books that inspired movies/mini-series/TV shows
  • Books recommended or reviewed by a particular author, blogger, friend, or acquaintance

Structure Themes

  • Generational saga
  • Retrospective (book told from time after action is over)
  • Alternates between time periods
  • Alternates between viewpoints
  • Separate but related stories or viewpoints
  • Compiled (omnibus or anthology)

Author Themes

  • Single author
    • The Offering by Kim Derting done 7/21
  • Authors of same nationality
  • Authors of same ethnicity/race
  • Authors in translation
  • Non-contemporary authors of same time frame
  • New-to-you authors
    • The Testing - Joelle Charbonneau done 5/29
    • Hexed by Michelle Krys done 9/25
  • Debut Authors

Awards Themes

  • Winners/Nominees of same awards
    • The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carlson  William Morris Debut Award Nominee done 2/17
  • Winners/Nominees of any award from same year
  • Winners/Nominees of multiple awards
  • Books from authors who won the same career based award
  • Books on same published or posted list
  • Winners/Nominees of same type of awards (YA awards, LGBT awards, new author awards, etc)

Unrelated Themes

  • Part of same sub-genre
  • First/foundational books in any sub-genres or series
  • Published in same year
    • Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep done 4/10, 2014 pub
    • Heir of Fire by Sarah Maas done 10/10 2014 pub
  • Published in same decade
  •  
  • Published by same press or imprint
  • Non-fiction related to genre or author
  • Oddities (genre books by non-genre authors, non-genre books by genre authors, anthologies by authors who usually write novels, etc)


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Number of books
Light - Read 15 books in at least 3 themes
Full - Read 30 books in at least 6 themes
Overachiever - Read at least 45 books in 9 themes

Genre theme

  • Realistic Fiction/Social Issues
  • Romance
  • Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Apocalyptic/Dystopia
  • Mystery/Thriller
  • Classic
  • Adventure 
  • Poetry/Free Verse
  • Graphic
  • Anthology

Character theme

  • nationality/race/species/gender
  • LBGT
  • occupation
  • appearance/disability/health issue
  • particular talent (magic user, musical talent, dancing, can wiggle ears, etc)
  • stage in life (MG, High School, College, etc)

Location/Time Theme 

  • Specific town
  • Country (other than the US; doesn't have to be one specific country)
  • Specific time period
  • Specific war (WWI, Civil war, Revolutionary War, etc)
  • Specific geographical area (State, southwest, Appalachians, Pacific Northwest, etc)
  • Post-apocalyptic, same reason for apocalypse (nuclear warfare, virus, climate change, overpopulation, etc)

Setting Element 

  • Small towns (general)
  • Big cities (general)
  • Wartime (general)
  • Environment (near oceans, deserts, mountains, forests, etc)
  • Post-apocalyptic (general)
  • Other (Circuses, labyrinths, schools, manor houses, ranches, etc)

Inspirational Theme 
Note:  For this category, you may use non-YA genre books as required.

  • Books inspired by a particular author
  • Books that inspired a particular author
  • Books based off the same fairy tale/myth
  • Chains of inspiration (author a influenced author b, who influenced author c, etc.)
  • Books that inspired movies/mini-series/TV shows
  • Books recommended or reviewed by a particular author, blogger, friend, or acquaintance
    • Recommended by Jeannie

Structure Themes

  • Generational saga
  • Retrospective (book told from time after action is over)
  • Alternates between time periods
  • Alternates between viewpoints
  • Separate but related stories or viewpoints
  • Compiled (omnibus or anthology)

Author Themes

  • Single author
  • Authors of same nationality
  • Authors of same ethnicity/race
  • Authors in translation
  • Non-contemporary authors of same time frame
  • New-to-you authors
  • Debut Authors

Awards Themes

  • Winners/Nominees of same awards
  • Winners/Nominees of any award from same year
  • Winners/Nominees of multiple awards
  • Books from authors who won the same career based award
  • Books on same published or posted list
  • Winners/Nominees of same type of awards (YA awards, LGBT awards, new author awards, etc)

Unrelated Themes

  • Part of same sub-genre
  • First/foundational books in any sub-genres or series
  • Published in same year
  • Published in same decade
  • Published by same press or imprint
  • Non-fiction related to genre or author
  • Oddities (genre books by non-genre authors, non-genre books by genre authors, anthologies by authors who usually write novels, etc)


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Number of books
Light - Read 15 books in at least 3 themes
Full - Read 30 books in at least 6 themes
Overachiever - Read at least 45 books in 9 themes

Genre theme

  • Realistic Fiction/Social Issues
  • Romance
  • Fantasy
  1. -Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa
  2. Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
  • Science Fiction
  • Apocalyptic/Dystopia-
  1. Legend by Marie Lu
  • Mystery/Thriller
  • Classic
  • Adventure
  • Poetry/Free Verse
  • Graphic
  • Anthology

Character theme

  • nationality/race/species/gender.
  1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (Angel and Chimera)
  2.  Coexist: Keegan's Chronicles ( Vol 1) by julia Crane (Elf)
  3. Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black  (Vampire)
  • particular talent (magic user, musical talent, dancing, can wiggle ears, etc)
  1.  Open Minds (Mind Jacker, Bk 1) by Susan Kaye Quinn-can read mind and control people
  2. Chosen at Nightfall (Shadows Falls, Bk 5)  by C.C. Hunter-magic user
  • stage in life (MG, High School, College, etc)
  1. . Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa-High School

Location/Time Theme

  • Specific town
  1. Closed Hearts(Mindjack, Bk 2) by Susan Kaye Quinn-Chicago
  2. Free Souls (Mindjacker. Bk 3) by Susan kaye Quinn-Chicago
  •  Specific time period
  • Specific war (WWI, Civil war, Revolutionary War, etc)
  • Specific geographical area (State, southwest, Appalachians, Pacific Northwest, etc)
  • Post-apocalyptic, same reason for apocalypse (nuclear warfare, virus, climate change, overpopulation, etc)
  1.  Kill Order by James Dashner (climate change

Setting Element

  • Small towns (general)
  1. Thumped by Megan McCafferty
  • Big cities (general)
  1. Thumped by Megan McCafferty
  • Wartime (general)
  • Environment (near oceans, deserts, mountains, forests, etc)
  • Post-apocalyptic (general)
  1.  Kill Order by James Dashner
  • Other (Circuses, labyrinths, schools, manor houses, ranches, etc)
  1. Chosen at Midnight (ShadowFalls, Bk 5) by C.C. Hunter-boarding school

Inspirational Theme
Note: For this category, you may use non-YA genre books as required.

  • Books inspired by a particular author
  • Books that inspired a particular author
  • Books based off the same fairy tale/myth
  • Chains of inspiration (author a influenced author b, who influenced author c, etc.)
  • Books that inspired movies/mini-series/TV shows
  1.  The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Bk 1) by Rick Rioridan
  2.  Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • Books recommended or reviewed by a particular author, blogger, friend, or acquaintance

Structure Themes

  • Generational saga
  • Retrospective (book told from time after action is over)
  • Alternates between time periods
  • Alternates between viewpoints
  1.  Legend by Marie Lu
  • Separate but related stories or viewpoints
  • Compiled (omnibus or anthology)

Author Themes

  • Single author
  • Authors of same nationality
  • Authors of same ethnicity/race
  • Authors in translation
  • Non-contemporary authors of same time frame
  • New-to-you authors
  • Debut Authors

Awards Themes

  • Winners/Nominees of same awards
  • Winners/Nominees of any award from same year
  • Winners/Nominees of multiple awards
  • Books from authors who won the same career based award
  • Books on same published or posted list
  • Winners/Nominees of same type of awards (YA awards, LGBT awards, new author awards, etc)

Unrelated Themes

  • Part of same sub-genre
  • First/foundational books in any sub-genres or series
  • Published in same year
  • Published in same decade
  • Published by same press or imprint
  • Non-fiction related to genre or author
  • Oddities (genre books by non-genre authors, non-genre books by genre authors, anthologies by authors who usually write novels


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going to try this year smiley

Date Posted: 1/1/2014 3:46 PM ET
Member Since: 6/22/2009
Posts: 2,917
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Number of books
Light - Read 15 books in at least 3 themes
Full - Read 30 books in at least 6 themes
Overachiever - Read at least 45 books in 9 themes

Genre theme

  • Realistic Fiction/Social Issues
  • Romance
  • Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Apocalyptic/Dystopia
  • Mystery/Thriller
  • Classic
  • Adventure
  • Poetry/Free Verse
  • Graphic
  • Anthology

Character theme

  • nationality/race/species/gender
  • LBGT
  • occupation
  • appearance/disability/health issue
  • particular talent (magic user, musical talent, dancing, can wiggle ears, etc)
  • stage in life (MG, High School, College, etc)

Location/Time Theme

  • Specific town
  • Country (other than the US; doesn't have to be one specific country)
  • Specific time period
  • Specific war (WWI, Civil war, Revolutionary War, etc)
  • Specific geographical area (State, southwest, Appalachians, Pacific Northwest, etc)
  • Post-apocalyptic, same reason for apocalypse (nuclear warfare, virus, climate change, overpopulation, etc)

Setting Element

  • Small towns (general)
  • Big cities (general)
  • Wartime (general)
  • Environment (near oceans, deserts, mountains, forests, etc)
  • Post-apocalyptic (general)
  • Other (Circuses, labyrinths, schools, manor houses, ranches, etc)

Inspirational Theme
Note: For this category, you may use non-YA genre books as required.

  • Books inspired by a particular author
  • Books that inspired a particular author
  • Books based off the same fairy tale/myth
  • Chains of inspiration (author a influenced author b, who influenced author c, etc.)
  • Books that inspired movies/mini-series/TV shows
  • Books recommended or reviewed by a particular author, blogger, friend, or acquaintance

Structure Themes

  • Generational saga
  • Retrospective (book told from time after action is over)
  • Alternates between time periods
  • Alternates between viewpoints
  • Separate but related stories or viewpoints
  • Compiled (omnibus or anthology)

Author Themes

  • Single author
  • Authors of same nationality
  • Authors of same ethnicity/race
  • Authors in translation
  • Non-contemporary authors of same time frame
  • New-to-you authors
  • Debut Authors

Awards Themes

  • Winners/Nominees of same awards
  • Winners/Nominees of any award from same year
  • Winners/Nominees of multiple awards
  • Books from authors who won the same career based award
  • Books on same published or posted list
  • Winners/Nominees of same type of awards (YA awards, LGBT awards, new author awards, etc)

Unrelated Themes

  • Part of same sub-genre
  • First/foundational books in any sub-genres or series
  • Published in same year
  • Published in same decade
  • Published by same press or imprint
  • Non-fiction related to genre or author
  • Oddities (genre books by non-genre authors, non-genre books by genre authors, anthologies by authors who usually write novels, etc)
Date Posted: 1/3/2014 3:45 PM ET
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Posts: 10,261
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Number of books
Light - Read 15 books in at least 3 themes
Full - Read 30 books in at least 6 themes
Overachiever - Read at least 45 books in 9 themes

Genre theme

Character theme

  • nationality/race/species/gender
  • LBGT
  • occupation
  • appearance/disability/health issue
  • particular talent (magic user, musical talent, dancing, can wiggle ears, etc)
  • stage in life (MG, High School, College, etc)

Location/Time Theme 

  • Specific town
  • Country (other than the US; doesn't have to be one specific country)
  • Specific time period
  • Specific war (WWI, Civil war, Revolutionary War, etc)
  • Specific geographical area (State, southwest, Appalachians, Pacific Northwest, etc)
  • Post-apocalyptic, same reason for apocalypse (nuclear warfare, virus, climate change, overpopulation, etc) Execution: Escape from Furnace 5 Author: Alexander Gordon Smith

Setting Element 

  • Small towns (general)
  • Big cities (general)
  • Wartime (general)
  • Environment (near oceans, deserts, mountains, forests, etc)
  • Post-apocalyptic (general)
  • Other (Circuses, labyrinths, schools, manor houses, ranches, etc)

Inspirational Theme 
Note:  For this category, you may use non-YA genre books as required.

  • Books inspired by a particular author
  • Books that inspired a particular author
  • Books based off the same fairy tale/myth
  • Chains of inspiration (author a influenced author b, who influenced author c, etc.)
  • Books that inspired movies/mini-series/TV shows
  • Books recommended or reviewed by a particular author, blogger, friend, or acquaintance

Structure Themes

  • Generational saga
  • Retrospective (book told from time after action is over)
  • Alternates between time periods
  • Alternates between viewpoints
  • Separate but related stories or viewpoints
  • Compiled (omnibus or anthology)

Author Themes

  • Single author
  • Authors of same nationality
  • Authors of same ethnicity/race
  • Authors in translation
  • Non-contemporary authors of same time frame
  • New-to-you authors
  • Debut Authors

Awards Themes

  • Winners/Nominees of same awards
  • Winners/Nominees of any award from same year
  • Winners/Nominees of multiple awards
  • Books from authors who won the same career based award
  • Books on same published or posted list
  • Winners/Nominees of same type of awards (YA awards, LGBT awards, new author awards, etc)

Unrelated Themes

  • Part of same sub-genre
  • First/foundational books in any sub-genres or series
  • Published in same year
  • Published in same decade
  • Published by same press or imprint
  • Non-fiction related to genre or author
  • Oddities (genre books by non-genre authors, non-genre books by genre authors, anthologies by authors who usually write novels, etc)


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