2011 Challenge Archive > August - Pick It For Me! Challenge

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What is the Pick-It-For-Me Challenge?

The Pick-It-For-Me Challenge (PIFM) is a reading challenge where each participant gives and receives book recommendations based on a given set of rules. The assignment method and book selection rules change each month so it’s always new and different. Please make sure you read these rules before you sign up. (I've been guilty of not reading the rules in my rush to sign up, so I know to emphasise this issue!)

After the signup period expires, I'll put your names along the extra info I requested into the super secret PIFM randomizer and select someone for you to choose for. The person for whom you are to 'pick' will be posted at the same time as the rules for the month.

So whilst you are doing your picks, someone else is picking for you. Once you receive your picks, you select a book off the list and get reading. To complete the challenge, you only have to read 1 (one) book but many of us end up reading more because we just can't resist a list of books to read.

In order to participate you need to either HAVE YOUR PROFILE SET TO PUBLIC (preferable), or make the person who will be giving you recommendations your friend. On top of that, I strongly recommend keeping your bookshelves updated; you may otherwise end up with a recommendation for a book that you have already read.

Everything gets done in this thread so be sure to come back often!!!

**How tall are you in feet and inches?** …Take a rough guess if you aren’t sure…

Please select one of the following categories (A – F):
A = Less than 5 feet (under 152cms)
B = 5’00 to 5’2 (152– 157cm)
C = 5’2'1 to 5’4 (158 – 162.5cm)
D = 5’4'1 to 5’6 (162.6 – 167cm)
E = 5’6'1 to 5’8 (168 – 172cm)
F = 5’8'1 and over (173cm and higher)

The average height of a US woman over the age of 20 is 5’4 (162.5cm) and a US male is 5’9 (175.5cm). BTW - I have not idea how to show a fraction of an inch... clearly.

IMPORTANT DATES
Sign up will remain open through to Jul 28th (5pm US EST). Please be patient – I am 14 hours ahead of this time zone. For me, this is 7am the next day… I will endeavour to issue the pickers/pickees within a couple of hours of this closing time.

You will have until AUGUST 2nd to make your recommendations.

You then have till the end of the month to read your pick and give some feedback.

If you decide to pull out of the challenge, PLEASE let me know!

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PICKERS and PICKEES
Mostly cattle are purchased and sold on weight. However in the stud cattle industry, other issues become more important when selecting breeding stock, including lineage, frame and type. I now have all our participants for this challenge sorted into height groups for no other reason than that I could and it sort of tied in :)

Due to the scarcity of members under 5ft, I have merged the short with the tall for some hybrid vigour.

Choose for the person below you within your height range. Eg Thenia picks for Jim who picks for Debbie. Last person on the list for height category picks for the person at the top. Eg Megan picks for Thenia.

If you find yourself in a different height range... check again :) This unlikely as we have only one name double-up screen name! 'Cathy': Cathy #1 has a second name (found when hovering over her icon) that starts with a 'C' - hence Cathy (C). Our second Cathy doesn't have a second name or a picture icon - so just straight Cathy. Let me know if you can't find yourself :)

10 rec's outstanding

Groups A and F
Thenia
Jim
Debbie
Diane ~Firefly~
Lethal Lovely
KimKirt
Penney
Lexa
Megan

Group B
Katherine
Rena
Clare
Sarah
Regina
Kate
Julie
Coffeentea
Gigi
Katie
Melissa**
Lorena
Amanda
Roxy

Group C
Sandy
DG
Cathy (C)
Mandy
Elke
Pollyanna
Lisa
Ari
taita
Cheryl
Sana
Liame
x Sue
Lili
Becky
Dee
KarenH
AshleyAlexis
Shell
AlbertaJenn

Group D
Jane(PS)
Layla
Polina
Tiffany
Fran
Caroline
Lacy
Larissa
MountainKat
~Megan~
Tugce Nida
Daffodil
Laura

Group E
Vi
Suzanne
Miss
Isabella
~Sara~
Amy
Kami
Aleksandra
Cathy
Heather

The repicks on 1 August:
Tugce Nida to pick for Sue
Shellbelle to pick for Joyce
Joyce to pick for Cynthia
Cynthia to pick for Shellbelle

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PICKING RULES

Stud Cattle Ranchers

The Highs
1st Place - Congratulations - You've just won Champion Cow at the district agricultural show!: recommend a book that you rated 5 stars.

Baby Names - Naming your prize cattle: recommend a book whose H/h has a name that you love.

New Blood - Artificial insemination time: recommend a new to them author.

The Low
Rats and Mice in the stud shed - Let's clean them up: recommend another book in a series that they have been reading, preferably one that is close to being finished.

The Daily Routine
Daily Feed - the highlight of any beast's day: recommend a book from an author that they rate highly.

Rotating Paddocks - mustering the cattle to new pasture: recommend a book from a genre they don't regularly read.

Stud - Putting the bull in the paddock, and let's face it, he's popular: recommend a well-loved classic or a sexy book (we all know what he's doing out there!)

Poddy Calf - he/she's been abandoned by mother (what a cow!) and in need of care and attention: select a short book to read where the H/h needs love.

Breeding Stock - you're looking to improve the herd and need to select the best line: recommend a book that you think could be a keeper.

Please Note: The buddy read recommendations are NOT optional. If you cannot do the buddy read, you must still recommend a book for each category; just let the person for whom you are picking know that you won't be able to do the read with them.

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The Final Finishers

1. Sana: Lessons From a Scarlet Lady by Emma Wildes, Nightshade by Andrea Cremer, Die for Me by Amy Plum
2. Mandy: Breaking Point by Suzanne Brockmann, Naked in Death by J.D. Robb, Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon
3. Liame: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
4. Tugce Nida: Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas, The Bride by Julie Garwood, Divergent by Veronica Roth, Glory in Death by J.D. Robb, Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
5. ~Megan~: Hotter Than Wildfire by Lisa Marie Rice, The Help by Kathryn Stockett
6. Daffodil: Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, One Day by David NichollsElijah by Jacquelyn Frank
7. KimKirt: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Help by Kathryn Stockett
8. Clare: The Perfect Rake by Anne Gracie
9. Heather: Unlawful Contact by Pamela Clare, Shakespeare's Landlord by Charlaine Harris, Unlocked by Courtney Milan, Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas, Grave Dance by Kalayna Price, Lover Mine by J.R. Ward
10. Fran: Candy Houses by Shiloh Walker
11. Amy: The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 1 by Neil Gaiman, Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning
12. Caroline: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
13. ~KarenH~: Sweet Persuasion by Maya Banks, Cut & Run by Madeleine Urban, OLD VERSION-Rocky Mountain Heat by Vivian Arend, Up on the Housetop by Suzanne Rock
14. MountainKat: Shaken by Dee Tenorio
15. Cathy C: Blaze of Memory by Nalini Singh, Moon Called by Patricia Briggs, Deeper Than Midnight by Lara Adrian
16. Regina: Raziel by Kristina Douglas
17. Amanda: Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas
18. Kami: Blood Promise by Richelle Mead, Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris, Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
19. Layla: Shield's Lady by Jayne Ann Krentz, After Dark by Jayne Castle, Seduction by Amanda Quick, Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair
20. Megan: Naked in Death by J.D. Robb, Unearthly by Cynthia Hand, Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by H.P. Mallory, Just Listen by Sarah Dessen, Rescue Me by Christy Reece, The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
21. Cheryl: Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord by Sarah MacLean
22. Julie: Something About You by Julie James, Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner, Runaway Mistress by Robyn Carr
23. Lisa: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Vampire Crush by A.M. Robinson
24. Sandy: Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning, A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
25. Elke: Inked by Everly Drummond, Lover Mine by J.R. Ward, If You Dare by Kresley Cole
26. Jane(PS): Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie
27. Larissa: The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen
28. Katie: The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley
29. Ari: Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
30. Photojim: Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill
31. D.G.~Shameless Hussy~: Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead
32. Dee: Seduction in Death by J.D. Robb
33. Penney: The Help by Kathryn Stockett
34. Debbie: One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost, The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley
35. Sue: Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde, The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole
36. Suzanne: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
37. Lexa: Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas
38. AlbertaJenn: Rode Hard, Put Up Wet by Lorelei James
39: Shell: Faith & Fidelity by Tere Michaels, Mouth To Mouth by Erin McCarthy
40. AshleyAlexis: Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts
41. Lacy: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Vision in White by Nora Roberts
42. Thenia: Firelight by Sophie Jordan
43. Aleksandra: Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
44. Becky: Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole
45. Coffeentea: Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs
46. Vi: Grave Dance by Kalayna Price
47. Cathy: Taking Care of Business by Megan Hart, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
48. Joyce: The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole, Soulless by Gail Carriger
49. Pollyanna: Changeless by Gail Carriger, Vampire Crush by A.M. Robinson
50. Laura: Vision in White by Nora Roberts
51. ~Sara~: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
53. Melissa**: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
54. Cynthia: Hunted by P.C. Cast
55. Sarah D: Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep
56. Tiffany: Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick, Candy Houses by Shiloh Walker
57. Isabella: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
58. Polina: Bonds of Justice by Nalini Singh, Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
59. LethalLovely: The Unbearable Lightness of Dragons by Katie MacAlister

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THE FINISHING LINE

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Thanks Jane,I am so in!!! And D it is I am 5’6

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I'm in I am 5'4

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I'm in and I'm a B, 5'1"

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Yay, it's that time of the month again. I'm an E - 172 cms.

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i'm in. B - 5' even :)

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I'm C! Not quite 5'4" :)

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I`m in - I`m B (1,54)

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Since there is no G category, I'll have to be an F.

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I'm in! I'm a D- 5'5"

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Yay, I'm in! I'm an F :-)

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I'm in and I'm an E

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Count me in, and I am a D! :)

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Hello:-) Please count me in, i'm 5'6 so I believe thats group D x x

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I'm 5'8 so I'm an E!

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I'm in! Group B- 5ft!

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I am in!! 5'4 so I am a "C"!

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I am a C ... 5'3.75"

Thanks, Jane!

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This challenge looks really interesting so I will try! I'm an A... 4'11" probably all alone in the A group

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All these ladies shouting "I'm C! I'm a B!" make me think of cup sizes...LOL!

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I'm in and I am in the C group!

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I'm in, and I'm C. When does shrinkage start? I could have sworn I was 5'4", but doc says I'm 5'3/4". That quarter of an inch really counts! LOL

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I'm in, and I'm a C

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I'm in, and I'm a C.

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I'm in! I was a D the last time I was measured - it's been awhile, but I will cling to that almost 5'5" until they tell me I can't!

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Group D here -- 5'5"

I've always wanted to be taller, but it's not in the genes. I am taller than my mother and all her sisters. In fact, I can remember standing behind Mom and reaching over her to retrieve something off the shelf she wanted but couldn't reach. I also remember the dirty look she gave me when I did it, LOL. Mind you, it was the middle shelf, not the top shelf, but still.

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me please...i'm a C - 5'3", but I can sometimes stretch to 5'3.5...lol!

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D.G. ~Vile Temptress~ wrote: "All these ladies shouting "I'm C! I'm a B!" make me think of cup sizes...LOL!"

LOL! I didn't think of that as I constructed the groupings. ...Lucky Jim dropped back to an F!

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Well I think of myself as a 5'4 but I'm 164cm on my drivers licence - so I'm Group D.

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I am in, I'm an F at 5'9".

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I am in, and I am a B coming in at 5'1"

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Count me in please, I'm a C. 1.62 mts.

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I'm in and I'm a B

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I'm in!!! I am a D.

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D.G. ~Vile Temptress~ wrote: "All these ladies shouting "I'm C! I'm a B!" make me think of cup sizes...LOL!"

You do make me chuckle D.G!!;-) X X

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I'm in! I'm in group C

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I'm in! Group D!

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Wow. You guys sure start this thing pretty soon... I'm in and in group D with 163 cm :D

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I'm in 5'1 (and a half!)

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Please add little old 5'1/2" me.....I gladly round to 5'1". I'm just glad we didn't have share our weight (woo too). Oh, I'm a B.

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I'm in group C at 5'4"

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Julie wrote: "Please add little old 5'1/2" me.....I gladly round to 5'1". I'm just glad we didn't have share our weight (woo too). Oh, I'm a B."

Hehehe - I decided to request height INSTEAD of weight!! I'll let you all stew on that one...

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ahahaha Jane. I think you might have had less people signing up for that one =}

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Signing in and I'm in group E.

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I want in and I'm an "F". Thanks!

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