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message 1: by Amara, Group Creator (last edited Dec 27, 2013 11:33AM) (new)

Amara Tanith (AFTanith) | 733 comments Rules
Welcome to our first round of Pick It For Me! Pick It For Me is an optional feature that members can participate in if they so choose. The basic idea is that participants will be challenged to read a book or books chosen for them by another person.

The month of October will be our trial round. During the month, participants are encouraged to leave their feedback in this thread for moderator attention and member input. The rules for October are below; these rules may change for future rounds based on the feedback provided in the aforementioned thread.

Pick It For Me is designed to optimize options. Your first option comes in the form of your participation: each member may choose whether they want to be partnered or without partner.

What is partnered?
If you choose to be partnered, you will be matched up with another group member requesting partnership. You will have the ability to turn down any prospective partnerships; if you offer a reason for why you're turning down said person, you may choose to PM me that reason in confidence.

Partnered members should conduct their requests and choices through the PM system, so please only request to be partnered if you have PMs turned on.

At the end of the month, each partnered member may choose whether or not to remain in the partnership. If either party chooses to withdraw, a message can be sent to me privately. Any reasons for dropping a partnership are kept in complete confidence.

If you are waiting for a partner for a length of time that you deem too long, feel free to act as a non-partnered participant in the interim. Your name will remain on the partner waiting list until such time that you request for it to be removed.

What if I don't want a partner?
If you don't want a partner, you will participating with the crowd, so to speak. All non-partnered members will continue using the thread below for their requests and choices.

How does the thread work?
There are three different types of messages that should be left in this thread.

Partner Me!: If you want a partner, let me know below with a simple message. You'll be partnered as soon as possible.

Pick a Book for Me!: If you don't want a partner, go straight to requesting a book. Please note the form below when making your requests.

I Choose... You!: If someone has requested a book, the next person to post may respond to them! This person must adhere to the other person's conditions when picking.

Please do not request and pick in the same post.

Please do not pick back to back. If you were the last person to pick for someone, let someone else have a chance to pick before you go again. If we see a huge turnout or if this becomes problematic, a limit of picks per month may be imposed.

How do I limit what I might have to read?
You may use any of these conditions if you have a public profile. Italicized conditions are not compatible with private profiles. You may also create your own conditions. Popular original conditions may be added to this list.

- Please only pick from my ______ shelf/shelves.

- Please pick a book that fits this month's theme.

- Please use the compare feature.

- Please pick a book with fewer than ___ pages.

- Please pick from one of the following books.

- Please pick from the following Listopia.

What is the compare feature?
When looking at another member's profile, there is the option to "compare books". If a member has requested the "compare feature", this means that the responder should "compare books" with them. From the comparison page, the responder should locate a book that s/he has read and which the other requester has indicated intent to read.

The compare feature has the most potential for partnered members, but for non-partnered members has the bonus of assuring that at least one group member will familiarity with the book.

I finished my picked book, now what?
If you don't have a partner, you may post again in the thread requesting another book. If you have a partner, PM your partner with another request. You may do this as many times as you wish during the month.

What if I don't want to read the book chosen for me?
Of course you don't have to! If you know right away that you don't want to read the chosen book, let the thread know! Say something to the affect of "Message #X, no thanks. Another pick for message #X, please!" or likewise. Please be polite!

What if my partner stops responding?
First, how long have they been "missing"? Could they have simply missed your message, gotten sick, had a family emergency, taken an impromptu vacation, etcetera?

If you have been waiting long enough for a response--and it's up to you how long is enough--you have two options.

A) Request a book from the thread in the meantime.

B) Request a new partner. It is recommended that before you request a new partner, you send your current partner a message explaining the situation and asking what's going on. After you receive a new partner, the partner you've replaced will receive a message from a moderator explaining the situation.

If you have been blocked by your partner, you should consider your partnership severed. The moderator will not confront the other member about the block unless it is reported that the same member has established a pattern of blocking their partners.

At this point, the blocked partner may choose whether s/he wishes to be partnered again or whether s/he wishes to remain unpartnered.

Can I see an example thread?
Yup! Go here.


message 2: by Helen (new)

Helen (IcingSugar) | 47 comments Pick a Book for Me!

Please pick a YA book, or something suitable for a YA, nothing too heavy. I'm looking for an escape from school at the moment!
Thank you. :)


message 3: by Varla Fiona (new)

Varla Fiona (Dory_42) Helen wrote: "Pick a Book for Me!

Please pick a YA book, or something suitable for a YA, nothing too heavy. I'm looking for an escape from school at the moment!
Thank you. :)"


How about Graceling?


message 4: by Lamilla (new)

Lamilla Pick a Book for Me!

I would be happy to read a book in one of my favourite genres (meaning Chick-lit, Contemporary, Manga, Non-fiction, Science, Science fiction, and Young-adult)


message 5: by Helen (new)

Helen (IcingSugar) | 47 comments Varla Fiona wrote: "How about Graceling?"

That sounds good! I'll have to see if it's in my local library tomorrow. Thanks for the suggestion. :)


message 6: by Tima (new)

Tima (tsunanisaurus) Pick a book for me, please!

Please choose from the shelf labeled "tbr-books-i-own", no page or genre limits.

Thank you! :)


message 7: by Amara, Group Creator (new)

Amara Tanith (AFTanith) | 733 comments Re #4, Lamilla:

How about The Power of Babel A Natural History of Language by John H. McWhorter? It's on both our to-read lists! ;)


message 8: by Helen (last edited Oct 01, 2012 02:35PM) (new)

Helen (IcingSugar) | 47 comments Tiffani wrote: "Pick a book for me, please!

Please choose from the shelf labeled "tbr-books-i-own", no page or genre limits.

Thank you! :)"


How about Eragon ? I know it's not everyone's favourite but I absolutely loved the series! It's very long so I'd recommend it only if you have an interest in fantasy. It's a big book so I totally understand if it's not what you're looking for. :)


message 9: by Lamilla (new)

Lamilla Amara wrote: "Re #4, Lamilla:

How about The Power of Babel A Natural History of Language by John H. McWhorter? It's on both our to-read lists! ;)"


Hi, thanks for the suggestion! I don't want to read it right now, can you choose something else? :-)


Autumn Is Azathoth (HauntedReadingRoom) | 9 comments Pick a book for me, please! Please use this shelf http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/... for books I do own, but haven't read. thanks!! if possible, please PM me with a choice.:)


message 11: by Tima (new)

Tima (tsunanisaurus) Helen wrote: "Tiffani wrote: "Pick a book for me, please!

Please choose from the shelf labeled "tbr-books-i-own", no page or genre limits.

Thank you! :)"

How about Eragon ? I know it's not everyone's favouri..."


Thank you, Helen :) I'm very so-so about my interest in Eragon but I have heard such great things about it and this group activity seems like the perfect chance to stop making excuses for it! =)


message 12: by Amara, Group Creator (new)

Amara Tanith (AFTanith) | 733 comments Re #4/9, Lamilla:

Maybe Divergent, then?


message 13: by Helen (new)

Helen (IcingSugar) | 47 comments Tiffani wrote: "Helen wrote: "Tiffani wrote: "Pick a book for me, please!

Please choose from the shelf labeled "tbr-books-i-own", no page or genre limits.

Thank you! :)"

How about Eragon ? I know it's not ever..."


Yes it's a great opportunity to shorten any TBR lists! I adored it when I read it, but I know my best friend give up after a few pages! :o
Oh and I noticed you've got lots of books that you haven't read yet, do you buy books often?


message 14: by Tima (new)

Tima (tsunanisaurus) Helen wrote: "Oh and I noticed you've got lots of books that you haven't read yet, do you buy books often? "

About 100 of those I picked up during the last 2 months my favorite used book store was open. The most expensive book in the whole store was 3 dollars ;). Stocking up for a long winter! I'm a book addict, no doubt.


message 15: by Varla Fiona (new)

Varla Fiona (Dory_42) Please pick for me. I read lots so the only limitations are no soppy romance or wannabe sparkly vampires please!


message 16: by Tima (new)

Tima (tsunanisaurus) Varla Fiona wrote: "Please pick for me. I read lots so the only limitations are no soppy romance or wannabe sparkly vampires please!"

Hi Varla, do you a particular shelf you want it chosen from? Or any book on your to-read list? =)


message 17: by Varla Fiona (new)

Varla Fiona (Dory_42) I don't mind, it doesn't even need to be on one of my shelves yet! Just chose something you thought was good.


message 18: by Tima (new)

Tima (tsunanisaurus) Varla Fiona wrote: "I don't mind, it doesn't even need to be on one of my shelves yet! Just chose something you thought was good."

Alright, how about The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern? I just read it a few weeks ago and enjoyed it, and I see it's on your to-read list!

If you want a different one; Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill is one of my all-time favorite novels and not many people have heard of it/read it. :)


message 19: by Varla Fiona (new)

Varla Fiona (Dory_42) I have heard lots about Night Circus recently, but have also been finding that the books everyone raves about are often not the ones I enjoy the most.

The other one looks interesting though, I will see if I can get hold of a copy somewhere. Thanks!


message 20: by Tima (new)

Tima (tsunanisaurus) Varla Fiona wrote: "I have heard lots about Night Circus recently, but have also been finding that the books everyone raves about are often not the ones I enjoy the most."

That's what I was worried about also, with Night Circus. I won't lie - it took me nearly 100 pages to really fall into the story line of it but once I did, I really enjoyed it.

If you're able to find Lullabies for Little Criminals, I'd say pick that one instead!


message 21: by Amara, Group Creator (new)

Amara Tanith (AFTanith) | 733 comments

#10's still open :)


message 22: by Eruwenn (new)

Eruwenn | 67 comments Pick a book for me, please, you lovely people! Anything on my to-read list is game, and any reason for reading it (title looks funny, random selection, you actually know something about the book, etc.) is valid!


message 23: by Lamilla (new)

Lamilla Amara wrote: "Re #4/9, Lamilla:

Maybe Divergent, then?"

Divergent it is. Thanks, Amara!


message 24: by Candace (new)

Candace | 59 comments #10, Mallory:

How about The Hunger Games?


message 25: by Helen (new)

Helen (IcingSugar) | 47 comments Varla Fiona wrote: "How about Graceling?"

I ordered Graceling from the library today, so hopefully I'll get it soon. Thanks again for the suggestion. :)


message 26: by Amara, Group Creator (new)

Amara Tanith (AFTanith) | 733 comments Re #22, Eruwenn:

How about When Land Sharks Attack!? I laughed out loud when that title caught my eye. ;) Not only does it sound B-movie hilarious, but one of my friends and I had a running joke a few years back about "land sharks" (and "upright alligators"). This comic contributed.


message 27: by Linda C (new)

Linda C (libladynyLindaC) Pick a book for me, please.
Anything on my tbr-owned-top 40 list http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/...


message 28: by Amara, Group Creator (last edited Oct 02, 2012 04:44PM) (new)

Amara Tanith (AFTanith) | 733 comments Someone pick for me, please--a book that's on both my "horror" and my "own" shelf. :)


message 29: by Amanda (new)

Amanda | 8 comments Pick a book for me please!

Please use the compare feature :-)


message 30: by Tima (new)

Tima (tsunanisaurus) Linda C wrote: "Pick a book for me, please.
Anything on my tbr-owned-top 40 list http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/..."


For Linda #27, how about The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie? I just read it last month and thought it was pretty cute and unique.


message 31: by Amara, Group Creator (last edited Oct 02, 2012 04:45PM) (new)

Amara Tanith (AFTanith) | 733 comments Re #29, Amanda:

How about Wait Till Helen Comes A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn--on your to-read list, my rating ★★★☆☆. It's one I've enjoyed since I was a child. :)


message 32: by Linda C (new)

Linda C (libladynyLindaC) Tiffani wrote: "Linda C wrote: "Pick a book for me, please.
Anything on my tbr-owned-top 40 list http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/..."

For Linda #27, how about..."


Thank you Tiffani. I'll do that one.


message 33: by Amanda (new)

Amanda | 8 comments Amara wrote: "Re #29, Amanda:

How about Wait Till Helen Comes A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn--on your to-read list, my rating ★★★☆☆. It's one I've enjoyed since I was a child. :)"


That sounds great! I was wanting a good Halloween read!


message 34: by Linda C (new)

Linda C (libladynyLindaC) Amara wrote: "Someone pick for me, please--a book that's on both my "horror" and my "own" shelf. :)"

How about Haunting Tales by Hawthorne. Perfect for Halloween month.


message 35: by Amara, Group Creator (new)

Amara Tanith (AFTanith) | 733 comments Linda C wrote: "Amara wrote: "Someone pick for me, please--a book that's on both my "horror" and my "own" shelf. :)"

How about Haunting Tales by Hawthorne. Perfect for Halloween month."


Accepted! :)


message 36: by Eruwenn (new)

Eruwenn | 67 comments Amara wrote: "Re #22, Eruwenn:

How about When Land Sharks Attack!? I laughed out loud when that title caught my eye. ;) Not only does it sound B-movie hilarious, but one of my friends and I had a running joke a..."


Land Sharks it is! Thanks!


message 37: by Eruwenn (new)

Eruwenn | 67 comments When Land Sharks Attack! was glorious! Truly like reading the novelization of a B-movie gem.

But now I need another book, if you lovely people would be so kind...


message 38: by Helen (last edited Oct 03, 2012 09:16AM) (new)

Helen (IcingSugar) | 47 comments RE #37 Eruwenn
How about 'A Brief History of the Haggis(Short Story)'? It's on your tbr list and it just sounds completely random! BTW you read your last book so fast! I'm still waiting for mine from the library! :)


message 39: by Eruwenn (new)

Eruwenn | 67 comments Haggis it is!


message 40: by Jenny (new)

Jenny | 28 comments Hello! Please pick a book for me. Preferably, you have read it and it's on my to-read list, though, if you want to pick another book for me I will be just as happy. I read pretty mych everything so don't worry about genres. Thank you!


message 41: by Tima (new)

Tima (tsunanisaurus) Jenny wrote: "Hello! Please pick a book for me. Preferably, you have read it and it's on my to-read list, though, if you want to pick another book for me I will be just as happy. I read pretty mych everything so..."

Hi Jenny, your profile is completely private so we can't see your to-read list!


message 42: by Jenny (new)

Jenny | 28 comments Oh, sorry! I didn't realise... I'll fix it


message 43: by Donna (new)

Donna Jenny wrote: "Hello! Please pick a book for me. Preferably, you have read it and it's on my to-read list, though, if you want to pick another book for me I will be just as happy. I read pretty mych everything so..."

The Wizard of Oz!


message 44: by Tima (new)

Tima (tsunanisaurus) Well it looks like someone else chose already, enjoy your read! :)


message 45: by Jenny (new)

Jenny | 28 comments Great, The Wizard of Oz it is! Thank you


message 46: by Jenny (new)

Jenny | 28 comments RE #44

But do you have any recommendations for me? I'm a fast reader so I could use one more book.


message 47: by Tima (new)

Tima (tsunanisaurus) Jenny wrote: "RE #44

But do you have any recommendations for me? I'm a fast reader so I could use one more book."


The only one I saw on your to-read read list that I've already read is To Kill a Mockingbird. =)


message 48: by Tima (new)

Tima (tsunanisaurus) Pick a book for me, please!

Helen picked a book for me that I've really wanted to read, Eragon but when I went to get it off the shelf, I realized I had loaned it out already.

If someone wouldn't mind picking a new book for me, I would appreciate it. (Please use shelf called "tbr-books-I-own" :)


message 49: by Lamilla (last edited Oct 03, 2012 12:31PM) (new)

Lamilla RE: #44
Nine Princes in Amber are pretty good if you count all books. Would you like to read it, Jenny?


message 50: by Lamilla (new)

Lamilla Btw, Amara, I've listened to Divergent! I rated it 3 stars.


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