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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Subject: 2014 YA Reading Challenge???
Date Posted: 12/1/2013 9:06 AM ET
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Is anyone creating a YA Reading challenge for next year? I guess if no one else wants to I can do one. I would need suggestions of topics

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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 12/2/2013 6:10 PM ET
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Guess it is not a very high priority so perhaps we skip it this year.

Alice

Date Posted: 12/3/2013 9:55 AM ET
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lol...  I'd participate Alice if someone created it.  I liked the way Jenna did it for this year...the categories were easier to achieve.  I always hate the awards category because they tend to be books i'd never choose and always struggle through.  thankfully i was able to do audiobooks for all of those this year!  :)

Date Posted: 12/3/2013 10:53 AM ET
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I didn't finish the challenge this year, so I am not sure if I will participate in 2014, but I may do a mini challenge.  I'm up for changing it around if y'all have ideas for changes.

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 12/3/2013 11:26 AM ET
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A mini challenge sounds good Jenna. I didn't finish mine either. I did think of a good bonus category read x amount of books from our mountain of YA TBR (maybe between 5-10). I could really use to read down some of these books.

A couple of category I always like is new author and finish a series.

Alice

Date Posted: 12/3/2013 12:48 PM ET
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It might be cool to really change it up and do something like the Fantasy Challenge from this year.  Basically there are several categories and each category has a few themes in in.  You pick a theme and read 5 books that match that them.  We could do a smaller number like 2 or 3 per theme.  Our existing challenge might work as themes split up into categories, or we could modify the list they had. Everyone wouldn't have to pick the same themes (or even the same categories) to do, so it would be customizable to what you want to read.

Date Posted: 12/3/2013 2:01 PM ET
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This is just me playing around with their format to see how it would work for us...

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 X 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.
No two books for the same theme can be from the same series. - Maybe take this out?
Books must be at least 100 pages in length.
You can double count as many books as you have categories.

Number of books
Light - 3 categories, 3 themes, 5 books/theme  = 15 books
Medium - 4 categories, 6 themes, 5 books/theme = 30 books
Full - 6 categories, 9 themes, 5 books/theme = 45 books 
Overachiever - 9 categories, 12 themes, 5 books/theme = 60 books

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
  • disabled or disfigured
  • 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)
  • 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 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)
Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 12/3/2013 4:25 PM ET
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Jenna can you clarify which is the theme and which is the category?

Date Posted: 12/3/2013 10:09 PM ET
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The groupings are the categories and the bulleted lists under that are themes.  So you would pick a category (for instance Setting Element) and then pick a theme under that (like Small Town) and then read 2 or 3 books that are all set in small towns.

Date Posted: 12/7/2013 9:46 PM ET
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I, too, have been waiting for someone to organize this challenge.  And I loved the fantasy challenge.  Lots of choices and what you have is much like it.  I agree to take out:  "No two books for the same theme can be from the same series."   Many like to be able to continue with a series.  However, can we look at it a different way?  The classic challenge allows exchanging books from a specific list.  Why not do the same here?

Rather than a specific war why not just war?

Why not countries outside of US rather than limit to one or do both? 

Maybe combine 

  • appearance
  • disabled or disfigured (I found this one too limited), could add health issues to these

Choose one or a combination of these:  Circuses, labyrinths, schools, manor houses, ranches, etc

Published in same year (or decade)

And, I like reading award list books but may want to include nominees to expand the choices



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Date Posted: 12/7/2013 11:11 PM ET
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However, can we look at it a different way?  The classic challenge allows exchanging books from a specific list.  Why not do the same here?

I'm not sure what you mean by this.  What kind of list?  I would want to be able to read whatever I wanted that fit the category, not something from a list.

 

Rather than a specific war why not just war?

There's a wartime theme under Setting Element.  That could be any war or you could do the same war under Location/Time

 

Why not countries outside of US rather than limit to one or do both? 

I'd rather have both because just doing outside the US seems really easy and not much of a challenge (though that could be said for other categories as well)

 

Maybe combine 

  • appearance
  • disabled or disfigured (I found this one too limited), could add health issues to these

That's fine.

 

Choose one or a combination of these:  Circuses, labyrinths, schools, manor houses, ranches, etc

That's the intent - you would choose one if you chose that theme

 

Published in same year (or decade)

Same Year is under Unrelated.  Decade seems really broad.  Anyone else have thoughts on this?

 

And, I like reading award list books but may want to include nominees to expand the choices

Sure.  I think that's how we've treated the awards categories in the past few years.



Last Edited on: 12/7/13 11:12 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/10/2013 2:48 AM ET
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Sounds great... I plan to do whatever challenge ends up being posted.

Thanks in advance to whoever ends up finalizing the list. If I come up with any ideas to add I'll be back to suggest them. 

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 12/10/2013 3:02 PM ET
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Jenna will you create a list thread?

Date Posted: 12/10/2013 3:25 PM ET
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Thanks for asking for suggestions.  Love to see all the input.

When I suggested a list I meant one such as such as NPR recommended YA list or the GR best YA choices.  The organizer chooses the list.

The fantasy challenge allowed one to choose books either published in one year or decade.  Sometimes it's hard to find the number specified for a year that you want to read.



Last Edited on: 12/10/13 3:30 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/10/2013 5:00 PM ET
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I don't really want to specify a list because everyone can choose whatever they want to read.

Okay, the list thread is posted: 2014 YA Reading Challenge - Lists Only .  I made a few changes, like you can read 2-5 books to fulfill a theme.  You decide how many you'll read.  Books can be repeated between themes if you'd like.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 12/14/2013 10:16 AM ET
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Does anyone know how to create the banners that go on the bottom of our post. We could have 2014 YA challenge Banner?



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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 12/15/2013 7:38 PM ET
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Okay I will not quit my day job to start making banners.

Here is a site I used http://www.bannerfans.com/banner_maker.php. I am terrible at it but here some you can use