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Vi | 2012 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!!!


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.

Please sign up in this thread with the answer to the following question:

How are you celebrating the New Year? Are you going to a PARTY or a quiet night at home?


December 28th(7(pm) US EST): Sign up closes, matchups are made, picking rules are posted
January 2nd (7 (pm) US EST): Deadline for recommendations; remixes are assigned
January 31st: Deadline for reading your pick and giving some feedback

If you are 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 2: by Vi (last edited Dec 28, 2012 05:09PM) (new)

Vi | 2012 comments SIGN-UP LIST

Since some of you have preferred shelves, I have noted it down next to your name so that it's easy for your pickee. If there's any change, please let me know.

PARTY All Night!:

1. Bre
2. Ty
3. Skandia
4. Daffodil
5. Laura
6. Dawn (Kat n Hat)
7. CaroB
8. Mariana
9. Christina
10. Fran Prefer Excited To Read
11. Kristi (Passion For the Page) Mix of ro-read and to-read soon
12. Vi
13. Roxy
14. Tiffany
15. Ashley
16. Nancy
17. Rebecca
18. Ab2y
19. Renee
20. LethalLovely
21. Christy From her to-read and her to-read next shelves
22. Nikita From her to-read and tbr shelves
23. Britt
24. Prami
25. Paulina
26. Karen

Quiet Night At Home!

1. Photojim
2. Breann
3. Raine
4. Dee
5. Leslie
6. ~Melissa~ book/nook/ebook own shelves and to be read Jan shelf
7. Susan (Susayq)
8. Carrie
9. Amy J
10. Elke - TBR + On-Deck Shelf
11. Juliet PIFM Shelf
12. Vilda
13. Traci
14. Sassafrass - Read This Next Shelf
15. ShoSho
16. Suzanne
17. Jane (PS) - q1gb2013 and TBR
18. Lexa
19. Diane ~Firefly~
20. Brett
21. Katie
22. Ruth Ann
23. Shell
24. Pollyanna
25. Nairabell From her to-read shelf
26. Kami
27. Ruby
28. Carla
29. Joyce
30. Irina
31. Pam
32. Rena
33. KarenH - Some from Can't wait to Read shelf
34. Katie Gianelli (Private)
35. Penney
36. Gea
37. Sallie(Shuga)
38. MountainKat - Primarily from To-Read-Asap
39. Gigi
40. Nikki - To Read Shelf
41. Sandy
42. Yz The Whyz
43. Emily
44. Jensine
45. Puppitypup
46. Larissa
47. Brandilyn From her to-read shelf
48. Janet
49. Debra
50. Valerie
51. Amy
52. Brittany
53. T. Nida

message 3: by Vi (last edited Dec 31, 2012 09:15PM) (new)

Vi | 2012 comments PAIRINGS

Please refer to the sign-up post to check if your pickee has any preferred shelf!!!

Each person will be picking for the person below them. The last person in the group will be picking for the first person in the same group. For ex: Prami will be picking for Paulina while Laura who is at the bottom will be picking for Prami.

Sign-ups close on Jan 2nd 7 pm EST. Repicks will be assigned then.

✓ - Given their picks/recommendations

PARTY All Night!

Dawn (Kat n Hat)
Kristi (Passion For the Page)

QUIET Celebration

Amy J
T. Nida
Ruth Ann
Susan (Susayq)
Diane ~Firefly~
Katie Gianelli(Private)
Jane (PS)
Rachel - Goodbye Borders
Yz The Whyz

message 4: by Vi (last edited Dec 28, 2012 05:16PM) (new)

Vi | 2012 comments PIFM RULES

1. Recommend a book that you loved most reading in 2012. It should be one of your favorites of the year.

2. Recommend a book by an author you are looking forward to read in 2013.

3. Recommend a light, happy book to start off their New Year.

4. Recommend a new-to-them series that you have read and enjoyed.

5. Recommend a book off their TBR that they should have read but haven't (ex: Most-hyped book)

6. New Year's Eve Fireworks - Recommend a book with fire or fireworks on the cover or a HOT new release that they are looking forward to.

It's a BRAND New Year!

And you don't know what's ahead of you. Pick two random books - one from your AND one from your pickee's TBR using to generate the book number. (In the website, the maximum number would be the number of books in the shelf)

message 5: by Vi (new)

Vi | 2012 comments Reserved Just In case

Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim) (jim_formerly_photojim) | 5294 comments count me in. Not sure of my plans for the NYE. Probably a quiet evening with my wife as usual.

message 7: by Breann (new)

Breann | 0 comments I'm in! Quiet night at home for me.

message 8: by Raine (new)

Raine | 177 comments I'm in. Also a Quiet night at home for me. My two year old will sleep through the whole night, so it will be early morning on New Year's day for us, I'm afraid.

message 9: by Ty (new)

Ty  | 1943 comments cool beans! it's early!

for NYE, party in Cozumel!

speaking of, to my future pickee: I leave on the 29th, so if the matches are made and I'm not going crazy packing, I should have the picks made before I go......

message 10: by Skandia (new)

Skandia (sfgirl) | 962 comments I traditionally meet the New Year with friends and carnival party!

message 11: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7316 comments quiet night most likely...if I see the ball drop, i'll be surprised

message 12: by ~Leslie~ (new)

~Leslie~ (akareadingmachine) | 1934 comments I missed this so much this month. So glad to be back in January. And after having been a bartender and waitress for over 7 years and working on this crazy night, I hate New Year's celebrations. So I'll be home with hubby and very happy.

message 13: by ~Melissa~ (new)

~Melissa~ | 1855 comments I'm in. Quiet night at home for me.....I may even stay up til midnight......

message 14: by Susan (susayq ~) (new)

Susan (susayq ~) (susayq) | 720 comments I've skipped the last few months, and have missed doing this :)

I'll have a quiet night at home and will probably be in bed by 10 LOL

message 15: by Carrie (last edited Dec 19, 2012 05:30AM) (new)

Carrie  (icanhasbooks) | 826 comments I'm in. As of right now it will be a quiet night at home, with good wine and even better company. :)

message 16: by Amy J. (new)

Amy J. | 349 comments It'll be a quiet night this year.

message 17: by Elke (last edited Dec 19, 2012 11:40AM) (new)

Elke (ejurca) | 1810 comments I am in! far its a quiet night at home!

**Along with my TBR list, please use the "on deck" shelf! Thanks!

message 18: by Juliet (last edited Dec 19, 2012 07:19AM) (new)

Juliet (jujuzz) Definitely a quiet night at home with my books :)

I actually hate crowds because it makes me pissed when people are pushing and squeezing me.

My Pick it for Me Self:

message 19: by [deleted user] (new)

And I'm in , Quite night after my exams getting over finally !!

And for whom I will be picking , I have my exams till the 31st and I really don't think I will have energy to even open my eyes on that day , so , I will post your picks on the 1st.

message 20: by Daffodil (new)

Daffodil (daffodil--ripcranberry) | 1058 comments Where does a quiet party at home fall??

Just me and a couple friends playing Hand & Foot, Shanghai Rum and maybe Apples to Apples.

Since we may meet at my friend's house, let's put it under the party banner.

message 21: by Laura (new)

Laura | 169 comments im in and PARTY :)

message 22: by Dawn (Kat N Hat) (new)

Dawn (Kat N Hat) (katnhat) | 280 comments Going to my parents house since, we all can't get together over Christmas due to conflicting schedules. My sister and her kids will be there so it will be a kid friendly party of sorts, so put me down for party.

message 23: by Traci (new)

Traci | 14 comments I'm in, will be at home with some family and friends

message 24: by Sassafrass (new)

Sassafrass (sass-a-frass) | 3442 comments Quiet night at home for me!

*****Please use read this next shelf

message 25: by ShoSho (last edited Dec 19, 2012 01:45PM) (new)

ShoSho  (shoshost) | 59 comments I missed last month pick it for me so I've been checking for the January sign up everyday !

Hubby and I are planing to party and get drunk at home , just the two of us , hehe!I'm not sure if we will be quiet !

message 26: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne (esmerelda1) | 2049 comments I'm in and it's going to be a Quiet Night at Home for me!

message 27: by Lina (new)

Lina I'm in, please!

We'll be in Sydney, so we're taking the kids to see the 9pm fireworks and then heading back to a small house-party at the home of the friends we'll be staying with. I'm like a little kid myself when it comes to fireworks, absolutely love New Years Eve.

message 28: by ShoSho (new)

ShoSho  (shoshost) | 59 comments CaroB wrote: "I'm in, please!

We'll be in Sydney, so we're taking the kids to see the 9pm fireworks and then heading back to a small house-party at the home of the friends we'll be staying with. I'm like a litt..."

I love the fireworks too but I can't stand the crowd ,I'll just watch it on TV!

message 29: by Lina (new)

Lina We watch it from a little side street that has a view of the harbour bridge and the city, Shosho, so we don't have to get anywhere near the crowds, thankfully! That'd be a nightmare with three kids. We just walk there about 10 minutes before the fireworks start and then walk back to our accommodation after they finish. Nice, easy, relaxed NYE, but with live fireworks :-)

message 30: by Jane (PS), Moderator (last edited Dec 19, 2012 09:15PM) (new)

Jane (PS) | 19628 comments Hells bells - We've been invited to a party (birthday party combined New Year's party) but we still don't know whether we'll go. I suspect we won't.

So put me down for a "quiet night at home" as this is my preference ;)

message 31: by ShoSho (new)

ShoSho  (shoshost) | 59 comments CaroB wrote: "We watch it from a little side street that has a view of the harbour bridge and the city, Shosho, so we don't have to get anywhere near the crowds, thankfully! That'd be a nightmare with three kids..."

wow that's the perfect way to watch the fireworks .Now I'm jealous :D

message 32: by Mariana (new)

Mariana (mariana_abreu) | 31 comments I'm in!
For celebrating the New Year, I'll be celebrating with my friends at their house.

message 33: by Christina (new)

Christina  | 273 comments I'm in. I'll be in another city with family, so I'm going to say party.

message 34: by Alexis (new)

Alexis (LexaReads) | 375 comments I'm in, and I'm honestly not sure. I want to stay home with my honey, and he wants to go to the beach and party with some friends. I think I'm going to go with what I want and say Stay Home!

message 35: by Diane ~Firefly~ (new)

Diane ~Firefly~ | 1434 comments I'm in and staying in as well.

message 36: by Brett (new)

Brett | 478 comments I'm in and I will be having a quiet night at home. Nice change of pace from previous years.

message 37: by Fran, Moderator (new)

Fran | 11006 comments I'm in! I will be celebrating with family while away on vacation, going out for dinner. That's about as 'Party' as I get, lol, so 'Party' category it is :)

***If whoever picks for me could please check out my 'excited-to-read' shelf that would be great :)

message 38: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2077 comments I'm in! It'll be a quiet night at home for me. :)

message 39: by Ruth Ann (new)

Ruth Ann (ruthannsantiago) | 172 comments I am in!! It will be a quiet night at home for me!

But I wish I was at a wild party:-)

message 40: by Shell (new)

Shell | 2 comments I'm in, quiet night at home again :)

message 41: by Kristina Simon (new)

Kristina Simon (kristinasimon) I'm in. No definite plans for NYE, but if we follow our normal pattern it'll be a (mostly) quiet party at a friend's house, but it's a PARTY none-the-less.... ;-)

A mix of books from my TBR shelf and my TBR-soon shelf (these are the ones I own) would be awesome. ;-)

message 42: by Vi (new)

Vi | 2012 comments I'm in too. I'm going on a trip with my cousins and siblings to Singapore during next week where we plan to catch the countdown. It's going to crowded (they usually estimate at least 200,000) like anything but the cousins are insisting. So it's going to be Party for me too.

message 43: by Pollyanna (new)

Pollyanna (polly8) | 300 comments I'm in and it will most likely be a quiet night in for me.

message 44: by Nairabell (new)

Nairabell | 433 comments I'm in and it'll be a quiet night in for me.

Please pick from my to be read shelf.

message 45: by Kami (new)

Kami (aidansmama) | 973 comments I'm in. Quiet night at home for me too.

message 46: by Ruby (new)

Ruby Chua (rubychua) | 42 comments Quiet night at home for me too :)

Please pick from 'pick for me' shelf

message 47: by Roxy (new)

Roxy (roxym) | 208 comments I'm in and I say PARTY.

message 48: by Carla (new)

Carla (carlacollette) | 347 comments I'm in, and it will no doubt be a quiet night at home for me :)

message 49: by Joyce (new)

Joyce (eternity21) | 716 comments I am a quiet night at home with the hubby and bottle of bubbly

message 50: by ~Melissa~ (new)

~Melissa~ | 1855 comments Vi ~ could you add to my name for picker to peek at book/nook/ebook own shelves and to be read Jan shelf ~ Thanks

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