Posted by: Katie | December 13, 2010

Genre Breakout Challenge – 2011

Since there seems to be a positive response to this, let’s make a fairly informal book club out of it. I expect the discussions to be of special interest to librarians wanting to improve/expand their reader’s advisory skills, but everyone’s welcome to join in. I’m looking into maybe doing live chats on particular days as I think both synchronous (live chat/set time for Twitter discussion, etc.) and asynchronous (comments on the blog post) will yield some interesting discussions. I’ll also throw up a widget on the side with the month’s reading list and date for discussion if we schedule a live chat for it. Here’s the rough schedule for 2011:

January

  • Reading List Council committee names the best books of 2010 for the genres they cover: adrenaline, fantasy, historical fiction, horror, mystery, romance, science fiction, and women’s fiction. (ALA Midwinter is January 7th to 11th.)
    See the 2010 List of 2009 books (will probably be updated to 2011 once the List is announced)

February

  • Read winner of Adrenaline genre and one selection from the short list.

March

  • Disucss Adrenaline genre reads.
  • Read winner of Fantasy genre and one selection from the short list.

April

  • Discuss Fantasy genre reads.
  • Read winner of Historical Fiction genre and one selection from the short list.

May

  • Discuss Historical Fiction genre reads.
  • Read winner of Horror genre and one selection from the short list.

June

  • Discuss Horror genre reads.
  • Summer Reading Program break

July

  • Summer Reading Program break

August

  • Read winner of Mystery genre and one selection from the short list.

September

  • Discuss Mystery genre reads.
  • Read winner of Romance genre and one selection from the short list.

October

  • Discuss Romance genre reads.
  • Read winner of Science Fiction genre and one selection from the short list.

November

  • Discuss Science Fiction genre reads.
  • Read winner of Women’s Fiction genre and one selection from the short list.

December

  • Discuss Women’s Fiction genre reads.
  • Discuss experiment and see if want to continue in 2012.
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Responses

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Katie Dunneback, Laura Fitzgerald. Laura Fitzgerald said: RT @younglibrarian: Genre Breakout Challenge – 2011: http://wp.me/pDJAT-3H […]

  2. I’m totally in. Sounds like a good time. 🙂

  3. […] project I’m doing in 2011 is tied to the other blog. I’m calling it the Genre Breakout Challenge – 2011. I think it will be fun, and if any of you aren’t readers of the other blog, I hope […]


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