Cosy Book Club Monthly Prompts 2021

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45 participants, 252 books added

Starts: Friday, 01 January 2021

Ends: Friday, 31 December 2021

Each month there is a different prompt. These are based of international days, holidays, seasons. 

Challenge prompts

1. JANUARY - Your newest book (43 books added)

Read your newest book, whether bought or gifted
A book that has the words "HAPPY", "NEW" or "YEAR" in the title.

2. FEBUARY - LGBTQ+ themed book (47 books added)

Across the world, February is recognised as LGBTQ+ history month. Pick up a book with any of the themes, from a gay love story to a trans memoir to a discovery of asexuality. 

Book recommendations: Black Flamingo by Dean Atta, Man Alive by Thomas Page McBee, Radio Silence by Alice Osman, The Subtweet by Vivek Shraya, Red White & Royal Blue by  Casey McQuiston.

3. MARCH - A book with a strong, independent female lead (27 books added)

March is Women's History Month. 

Book recommendations: The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave,  
The Stationery Shop of Tehran by Marjan Kamali, The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah,  
Tumbling by Diane McKinney-Whetstone, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

4. APRIL - Everybody loves a villain (21 books added)

Pick up a book with a great villain.

Book recommendations: The Disney Villain collection, Othello by William Shakespeare, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, The Stand by Stephen King, Matilda by  Roald Dahl.

5. MAY - Is the movie better?! (21 books added)

Pick a book with a movie counterpart. Is the movie better?

Book recommendations: The Colour Purple by Alice Walker, The Princess Bride by William Goldman, Harry Potter by JK Rowling, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien, Room by Emma Donoghue, Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger.

6. JUNE - One word title (17 books added)

Pick a book with one word in the title.

Book recommendations: Beloved by Toni Morrison, Dumplin by Julie Murphy, Emma by Jane Austen, IT by Stephen King, Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh, Caraval by Stephanie Garber.

7. JULY - Summer fun (13 books added)

Pick a book set in summer or a book you would take to the beach!

Book recommendations:  Craigslist Confessional: A Collection of Secrets from Anonymous Strangers by Helena Dea Bala,  You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria, In Five Years by Rebecca Serle, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman.

8. AUGUST - A banned book (8 books added)

Pick a book that has been banned in some shape, way or form, throughout history.

Book recommendations:  Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, Animal Farm by George Orwell, American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis, To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee,  The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger. 

9. SEPTEMBER - Time for a classic (11 books added)

Pick up a classic; whether a classic novel or a children's classic.

Book recommendations: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, The Railway Children by Edith Nesbitt, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

10. OCTOBER - BAME author or main character (14 books added)

October is Black History Month. Pick up a book with a black author or following black lives.

Book recommendations: Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert, Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Natives by Akala, Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

11. NOVEMBER - Happily ever after (9 books added)

Pick up a book with a happy ending!

Book recommendations:  Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce, The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick, Your Own Worst Enemy by Gordon Jack, Kiss Collector by Wendy Higgins,  
Her Royal Highness / Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins 

12. DECEMBER - Ho ho ho (4 books added)

Pick a book that is set around the holidays! Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Diwali or Winter Solstice.

Book Recommendations: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, One Day in December by Josie Silver, The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin, Love, Take Two by Saranya Rai, Miracles and Menorahs by Stacey Agdern, The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse

13. OCTOBER EXTRA - Boo! (7 books added)

Read a spooky book for Halloween!

Book recommendations:  Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz,  The Shining by Stephen King,  NOS4A2 by Joe Hill, The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson, Dracula by Bram Stoker,  And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, 

14. NOVEMBER EXTRA - All is fair in love and war (10 books added)

November is the month of remembrance. Pick up a book set in a war or conflict.

Book recommendations: The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank,  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer,  
The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason, After the Lockout by Darren McCann