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message 1: by MountainKat, Moderator (last edited Oct 19, 2012 12:08PM) (new)

MountainKat | 8991 comments 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 a set of rules. The assignment method and book selection rules change each month so it’s always new and always different.

After signups are closed, I'll put your names and any extra info I’ve required into the super secret PIFM randomizer and select someone for you to choose for. This will get posted along with the rules for the month.

While you're doing your picks, someone else is doing picks for you. Once you receive them, you pick 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; otherwise you might end up with a recommendation that you have already read.

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


***TIPS TO MAKE THE CHALLENGE ENJOYABLE FOR EVERYONE!***

1. Check the publishing date of the book before recommending it. To check the publishing date, from your pickee's to-read or similar shelf choose shelf settings, select "date pub" from the drop down selections and save/close the menu.

2. Check pickee's personalized shelves, especially their exclusive shelves - it could be very helpful in recommending something they want to read. A personalized shelf is one that a member has labeled themselves, for example, 'to read next', 'can't wait to read', 'favorites'.

3. Look at your pickee's 'read' shelf and see what genres they have recently read the most. That might help in choosing something they are interested in reading right now.

4. Please make sure the books you choose for your pickee are not on their 'read' shelf. Just because it isn't rated doesn't mean it wasn't read. Sometimes the reader may choose not to rate a book.

5. Although Buddy Reads are no longer going to be offered as a category, if there is a recommendation that you give your pickee that you would like to read with them, please feel free to suggest a Buddy Read with them. You can PM each other and discuss it.

6. If your pickee reads lots of books in a genre you are not familiar with (erotic romance, GLBT, YA, etc.), feel free to contact either Fran, Dee, Jane or the month's organizer and they can try to point you in the right direction for recommendations.

7. If possible, try to include a shorter book, a longer book, a new addition to their 'to-read' shelf, and and older book from their 'to-read' shelf. This gives them a variety of options to choose from. You can sort the shelves by many features - ratings, date read, date added, date published, #of pages and many other items from the shelf settings as described in tip #1. And they can be sorted by ascending or descending order as well.


INFORMATION NEEDED TO SIGN UP
Please sign up in this thread with the answer to the following question:

**Leftovers - Love 'em or Hate 'em?**

IMPORTANT DATES
Sign ups will remain open until October 27th (10 am PDT).

You’ll have until November 1st (2 pm PDT) to make your recommendations.

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

If you’re new please read the challenge specific FAQ. If you have any questions that are not addressed there, please feel free to ask!

***Please add a new comment rather than updating a previous post or your progress will likely be missed. It is also very helpful if you add more information like "I finished another pick" or "I finished my third book for this challenge" and mention if your pick was a buddy read. Thanks!***


message 3: by MountainKat, Moderator (last edited Oct 27, 2012 10:17AM) (new)

MountainKat | 8991 comments 2012 November PIFM - Rules


A time to give thanks, a time to gather with family and friends and celebrate, a time to eat!! In the US, when we celebrate Thanksgiving it is as much about the food as giving thanks. Our PIFM this month is going to be all about the food too.

For each rule this month, please give your pickee one selection from their to-read or similar unread shelf and one that is new to them. Please note that "new to them" does not necessarily mean not on their shelves. It could be an author on the to-read shelf that they have not read before or the first book in a new series they haven't started. Feel free to suggest that type of book. Please remember the tips!

The Traditional Turkey Dinner

1. Turkey: The meat of the meal, suggest books that are intense or emotional, something you can sink your teeth into.

2. Mashed Potatoes: Fluffy and light, recommend books that are light or funny, a little bit of fluff for them to enjoy.

3. Gravy: You know how you practically want to lick it off your plate? Yeah, like that. Choose books with yummy covers or yummy stories.

4. Pumpkin Pie: The sweet finish, topped off with whipped cream! Suggest sweet books for your pickee, some that are like comfort food, feel good books that will leave them feeling good!


***TIPS TO MAKE THE CHALLENGE ENJOYABLE FOR EVERYONE!***

1. Check the publishing date of the book before recommending it. To check the publishing date, from your pickee's to-read or similar shelf choose shelf settings, select "date pub" from the drop down selections and save/close the menu.

2. Check pickee's personalized shelves, especially their exclusive shelves - it could be very helpful in recommending something they want to read. A personalized shelf is one that a member has labeled themselves, for example, 'to read next', 'can't wait to read', 'favorites'.

3. Look at your pickee's 'read' shelf and see what genres they have recently read the most. That might help in choosing something they are interested in reading right now.

4. Please make sure the books you choose for your pickee are not on their 'read' shelf. Just because it isn't rated doesn't mean it wasn't read. Sometimes the reader may choose not to rate a book.

5. Although Buddy Reads are no longer going to be offered as a category, if there is a recommendation that you give your pickee that you would like to read with them, please feel free to suggest a Buddy Read with them. You can PM each other and discuss it.

6. If your pickee reads lots of books in a genre you are not familiar with (erotic romance, GLBT, YA, etc.), feel free to contact either Fran, Dee, Jane or the month's organizer and they can try to point you in the right direction for recommendations.

7. If possible, try to include a shorter book, a longer book, a new addition to their 'to-read' shelf, and and older book from their 'to-read' shelf. This gives them a variety of options to choose from. You can sort the shelves by many features - ratings, date read, date added, date published, #of pages and many other items from the shelf settings as described in tip #1. And they can be sorted by ascending or descending order as well.


message 4: by MountainKat, Moderator (last edited Nov 13, 2012 03:30PM) (new)

MountainKat | 8991 comments 2012 November PIFM - Pairings


Please pick for the person below you within each group, the last person on each list picks for the person on the same list. For example, Larissa picks for Elizabeth.

✓ = PIcks Made
★ = Pick Read
☆ = Buddy Read

Updated through message #400.

Leftovers - all the yum and none of the work! What's not to love?
Elizabeth
★ ★ ✓ Dolores
Yz the Whyz
Sue
Daffodil
Dee
Pollyanna
★ ✓ Photojim
Macwolf01 [Elise]
Dawn (Kat N Hat)
★ ✓ Fran
★ ✓ Ashley
Laura
Andrew
Sassafrass(Private)
★ ✓ Skandia
★ ✓ Ruth Ann
~Melissa~
★ ✓ Elke
Pam
★ ★ ✓ Christina
★ ★ ★ ✓ Debra
Karen
★ ✓ Nairabell
Carla
Rena Reads Romance
Roxy
Vi
★ ✓ Sandy
★ ✓ Ty
Suzanne
★ ✓ Lexa
★ ★ ✓ Nancy
MountainKat
Amy J.
Leslie
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Amanda
Cathy
★ ✓ Nikki
★ ★ ✓ ~KarenH~
Gigi
Jensine
Katie
★ ✓ Irina
Carrie
Sallie(Shuga)
Larissa


Blech, leftovers! Who wants to eat the same thing over and over?
Leigh - withdrawn, Gigi picked for Dawn.
Dawn
Regina
Grace, Please pick from this shelf
★ ★ ✓ Gea
★ ★ ✓ Ab2y
★ ★ ✓ Kami
★ ★ ✓ Kristi (Passion for the Page)
★ ✓ Brett
★ ✓ ShoSho(Private)
Anna
Breann
★ ✓ Diane ~Firefly~
★ ★ ✓ Renee
★ ★ ✓ Jojo
Joyce
★ ✓ Erin
★ ★ ✓ Lorena
★ ✓ Jauna "Darkness"
Melissa
Flame

Latecomers
Tiffany picks for Amanda
★ ✓ Amanda picks for Tiffany


message 5: by MountainKat, Moderator (last edited Nov 13, 2012 03:01PM) (new)


message 6: by MountainKat, Moderator (new)

MountainKat | 8991 comments 2012 November PIFM


message 7: by ~KarenH~, Moderator (last edited Oct 19, 2012 12:11PM) (new)

~KarenH~ | 4205 comments Yay! I'm in, and I LOVE leftovers!


message 8: by MountainKat, Moderator (new)

MountainKat | 8991 comments I am in and I love leftovers too!


message 9: by Kristina Simon (new)

Kristina Simon (KristinaSimon) | 275 comments Sign me up. I hate leftovers (unless I'm cooking, then I love leftover because I don't have to cook again, but that happens so rarely let's just ignore that answer).


message 10: by Elke (new)

Elke (ejurca) | 1758 comments I am in!! Love leftovers!


message 11: by ~Leslie~ (new)

~Leslie~ (akareadingmachine) | 1934 comments I LOVE leftovers! So excited for Thanksgiving.

Funny story - my mom went to New York to be with my brother and his fiance' and her family for Thanksgiving one year. They are a relatively wealthy family and the mother is from Sweden. They arranged to go to the Waldorf Astoria for the meal. My mom was flying out the next day. Well, she packed up her leftovers from that meal to the horror of her future daughter-in-law and packed them in her suitcase and brought them home! She couldn't stand the thought of not having leftovers. I just about died laughing. To this day, when she visits them, Erica makes a special just for her to keep her leftovers on.


message 12: by Fran, Moderator (new)

Fran | 9339 comments Hmmm, my kids hate leftovers unless they are allowed to eat them as an after school snack (I have two very tall teenage boys) and then have a brand new dinner afterwards! That really defeats the whole purpose of leftovers for me!

But I like them so I will go with Love 'em!


message 13: by Skandia (new)

Skandia (SFGirl) | 933 comments I'm the one who is cooking so as long as there is enough leftovers I can read instead of making another dinner :)
So I'll have to love'em!


message 14: by Pam (new)

Pam | 1045 comments I'm in and LOVE leftovers--means i don't have to make a lunch to bring to work!


message 15: by Katie (new)

Katie | 1949 comments I'm in! Leftovers - love 'em!


message 16: by Daffodil (new)

Daffodil (Daffodil--RIPCranberry) | 1058 comments Count me in.

I'm definitely in the love leftovers camp!


message 17: by Ty (new)

Ty  | 1943 comments MKat, you are awesome!

and leftovers - love 'em!


message 18: by Sassafrass (new)

Sassafrass (sass-a-frass) | 1890 comments I'm in!

I LOVE leftovers--especially if it's something like Lasagna or chili because I always think they are better the next day. And I can't forget THANKSGIVING leftovers...need I say anything else???


message 19: by Sue (new)

Sue (KnitWitSL) | 226 comments I'm in, and I like leftovers!


Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim) (Jim_formerly_Photojim) | 5294 comments Some things only get better with time. I'll take leftovers.


message 21: by Yz the Whyz, Moderator (new)

Yz the Whyz (whyz) | 9327 comments I'm the cook in our house, so if there is plenty of leftovers, I get a pass with cooking. So, cheers to leftovers for me. : )


message 22: by Christina (new)

Christina  | 273 comments Love leftovers!
My mom makes the best stuffing and I just eat the stuffing on a biscuit the next day. I don't need the turkey gravy or potatoes, just a stuffing biscuit :-)


message 23: by MountainKat, Moderator (new)

MountainKat | 8991 comments I guess I didn't take into account that so many of us are the cooks in our households and leftovers give us a break... Oh well! =)


message 24: by Regina (new)

Regina Polli | 177 comments I hate leftovers.


message 25: by Breann (new)

Breann | 2362 comments I'm in!! Meh. I could do without leftovers. Mostly cause they seem to be never-ending!!


message 26: by Irina (new)

Irina (reetu_416) | 471 comments I'm in and I love leftovers!!


message 27: by Vi (new)

Vi | 2012 comments Well, before marriage, I used to hate leftovers. Post-marriage, I think they are the best thing! I'll go with love-them :)


message 28: by [deleted user] (new)

I'm in and I love leftovers (mostly) .


Sallie(GeorgiaGirl) (Shuga) | 895 comments Im in love leftovers...im the same way if I have leftovers no cooking for me - this year Im traveling to Atlanta GA to be with my parents for the Turkey Holiday so I wont have to cook anyway just help my Momma...cant wait...some of our best times are when it's just us doing silly things...


message 30: by Kami (new)

Kami (aidansmama) | 973 comments I'm in. Hate 'em.


Macwolf01 [Elise] (Macwolf01) | 1010 comments I'm in! Love'em (easy lunches all week)


message 32: by Daffodil (new)

Daffodil (Daffodil--RIPCranberry) | 1058 comments MountainKat wrote: "I guess I didn't take into account that so many of us are the cooks in our households and leftovers give us a break... Oh well! =)"

LOL.

Although, chili, stew and a lot of soups just taste better the second day.


message 33: by Ruth Ann (new)

Ruth Ann (RuthAnn58) | 172 comments I'm in! I love left-overs.


message 34: by ~Melissa~ (new)

~Melissa~ | 1617 comments I'm in ~ Love leftovers!!


message 35: by Ashley (new)

Ashley | 435 comments Love'em

There is nothing better then a weeks worth of turkey sandwhichs.

And I love the pick it for me challenge!


message 36: by Breann (new)

Breann | 2362 comments Daffodil wrote: "Although, chili, stew and a lot of soups just taste better the second day. "

Spaghetti always seems to be better the second time around. I also like leftover (cold) Kraft Mac & Cheese!


message 37: by Diane ~Firefly~ (new)

Diane ~Firefly~ | 1263 comments Hate 'em for the most part. I'm in.


message 38: by Carla (new)

Carla (CarlaCollette) | 347 comments I'm in and I love 'em--it means I don't have to cook :)


message 39: by ~Leslie~ (new)

~Leslie~ (akareadingmachine) | 1934 comments Breann wrote: "Daffodil wrote: "Although, chili, stew and a lot of soups just taste better the second day. "

Spaghetti always seems to be better the second time around. I also like leftover (cold) Kraft Mac & Ch..."

Yes!! to both:=} And I love cold pizza.


message 40: by Breann (new)

Breann | 2362 comments Leslie wrote: "And I love cold pizza."

Yes! Me too!


message 41: by ~KarenH~, Moderator (new)

~KarenH~ | 4205 comments I really love the fact that the pot of chili on the stove right now will be even better tomorrow night - and so will the part of it that gets frozen to use for a quick and easy meal sometime down the road! :)


message 42: by Brett (new)

Brett | 475 comments It's my birthday month so I am treating myself to participating in this month's PIFM. Yay! :)
I am not a fan of leftovers.


message 43: by Melissa (new)

Melissa | 1239 comments I am in again this month and I HATE leftovers!


message 44: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7316 comments Love 'em - lunch most days is leftovers - the joys of living by yourself


message 45: by [deleted user] (new)

Yay for leftovers! =)


message 46: by Anna (new)

Anna salazar (vanillagirl) | 13 comments I am in. And I kinda hate leftovers, newly cooked food are still the best. =)


message 47: by Gea (last edited Oct 21, 2012 03:58AM) (new)

Gea (Gea89) | 545 comments I'm in!

I cook a lot but I hate leftovers, mainly because I don't think there are many dishes that can be properly reheated (and I hate to eat cold food if it's meant to be eaten hot).


message 48: by Carrie (last edited Oct 21, 2012 03:58AM) (new)

Carrie  | 593 comments I'm in, LOVE leftovers!!!


message 49: by Jojo (new)

Jojo | 1010 comments I hate leftovers - eating the same food just makes me fed up with it!


message 50: by SandyC (new)

SandyC (sandyc88) | 1215 comments I love some leftovers and hate others...but mostly love!


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