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Hina (hinaj) | 2581 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.

Tip From MountainKat

8. Please remember this is a romance readers challenge, so unless you KNOW your pickee would prefer something else (something off their preferred shelf, for example) most, if not all, of your picks should be romance. There are many different sub genres and related types of books - Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Romantic Suspense, Erotica, Urban Fantasy even. Take a look at your pickee's read shelf and see if they read non-romance genres before making your suggestions.

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

Are you a prankster or Prankee?


March 27th(8 am) US CDT): Sign up closes, matchups are made, picking rules are posted.
April 1st(8 am) US CDT): Deadline for recommendations; remixes are assigned
April 30th: Deadline for reading your pick and giving some feedback

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!***

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Hina (hinaj) | 2581 comments 2013 April PIFM Challenge - Participants

Megan L
Kristi (Passion for the page)
Diane ~Firefly~
Sallie (shuga)
Yz the Whyz
Amy J

Jane (PS)
Dawn (Kat N Hat)
Ruth Ann
Karen H
Lethal Lovely

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Hina (hinaj) | 2581 comments 2013 April PIFM Challenge - Picking Rules

Spring is in full bloom in the Month of April and it’s a very busy month for some of us with many days to keep track of. There is so much going on that I couldn’t just pick one topic to concentrate on.

1. April Fools Day (April 1) – Recommend a book that is light-hearted and humorous and can be blissful start to the month. Or where a character fools/tricks another.

2. April Showers bring May Flowers – Recommend a book that has flowers on the cover or has a character with a flowery name or likes gardening. (Ex. April’s flower is Daisy).

3. U.S. Tax Day (April 15) – Recommend a book where money is an issue, where a character owes money or is expecting to receive money (i.e. inheritance). Or recommend a book where a character works as an accountant, or there is plot of embezzlement involved.

4.Major League Baseball Opening Day – Recommend a book with outdoors as a setting. Or involves outdoor sports/activity.

5. April’s birthstone: Diamond – Recommend a book where diamond is part of the title/author' name or has significance in the book.

6. Earth Day (April 22) are planned to inspire attentiveness and admiration for the Earth's surroundings – Recommend a book with environmental issues. Or read a book with characters that work with their hands (farmers, ranchers, etc).

7. Patriot’s Day in observance of the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War – Recommend a book with character(s) involved in the military or private para military groups. Or recommend a book that is fast action-packed. Or since it is also the start of the Boston Marathon, recommend a book where the character is a runner.

8. Drop Everything and Read (April 12) D.E.A.R is a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives – is a free for all. Recommend one of your favorite books that have not been read yet by your pickee. Introduce a new subgenre of romance or another genre entirely.

message 5: by Hina (new)

Hina (hinaj) | 2581 comments r

message 7: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7316 comments both, but i'll go with Prankster - we've done some good ones in the past

message 8: by Hina (last edited Mar 22, 2013 08:42AM) (new)

Hina (hinaj) | 2581 comments I am a prankee most of the time, I think I am really gullible at times or at least I don't pay enough attention.

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Suzanne (esmerelda1) | 2049 comments I'm in and I'm usually the Prankee!

message 10: by Brandilyn (new)

Brandilyn (brandilynrc) | 869 comments I will go with Prankee

message 11: by Skandia (new)

Skandia (sfgirl) | 962 comments I can do really silly things sometimes so I think I'll go with prankster :P

message 12: by Elke (last edited Mar 22, 2013 11:32AM) (new)

Elke (ejurca) | 1810 comments I am in! I will go with Prankee.

Along with my TBR-can you please choose from my "on deck" shelf? Thanks!

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~Leslie~ (akareadingmachine) | 1934 comments I think I'm the one ususally getting pranked - so that makes me a prankee, I guess.

message 14: by Megan L (new)

Megan L Harnett | 806 comments I am in and I am always the Prankee! It sucks!

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ZaraS  *book reviewer | 932 comments I'm in. I'm a prankee

message 16: by Breann (new)

Breann | 0 comments I'm usually the prankee :/ (my hubs is the prankster :)

message 17: by Nichole (new)

Nichole | 1010 comments Prankster! I love to mess with people :)

message 18: by Kristina Simon (last edited Mar 22, 2013 10:45AM) (new)

Kristina Simon (kristinasimon) I'm in. Sadly, I'm usually the prankee.

Picks from my to-read own shelf would be greatly appreciated. I need to make room for more books!

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Regina Polli | 177 comments Most of the times I`m a prankster.

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Katie | 2077 comments I'm in...I suppose I'll go with prankee. I wouldn't say I get pranked very often, but I also don't pull pranks myself.

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Ezinwanyi Chinyere | 2657 comments I'm in. I am usually the prankee

message 22: by Jane (PS), Moderator (last edited Mar 22, 2013 02:55PM) (new)

Jane (PS) | 19626 comments I'll go with prankster - I love to pull pranks on my father (who loves being the prankee!). Ppl try to pull pranks on me but they rarely work ;)

If a couple of books could at least come from this list - q2gb2013, that would be great!

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I'm in. I'm a prankee

message 24: by Breann (new)

Breann | 0 comments Oh good idea Jane! I'm going to add my list too :)

message 25: by Jane (PS), Moderator (new)

Jane (PS) | 19626 comments Breann wrote: "Oh good idea Jane! I'm going to add my list too :)"

LOL! We'll no doubt still struggle even with this bit of help ;)

message 26: by Diane ~Firefly~ (new)

Diane ~Firefly~ | 1434 comments Neither, but if I have to pick, I'll go with prankee, as I don't pull pranks.

Sallie(GeorgiaGirl) (shuga) | 1076 comments Prankee

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SandyC (sandyc88) | 1281 comments I'm in. I'll say Prankee.
I like all genres so any shelf is fine!

message 29: by Lacy (new)

Lacy (lacy_stewart) | 1865 comments I'm in, prankster.

message 30: by Nadine Bookaholic (last edited Mar 22, 2013 04:48PM) (new)

Nadine Bookaholic (nadinesobsessedwithbooks) | 1039 comments Prankee
please use my to-read shelf
Thank you!

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Sassafrass (sass-a-frass) | 3442 comments Definitely a prankster!

Please use my read-this-next shelf. Thanks!

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Carla (carlacollette) | 347 comments I'm in--usually neither, but I guess that I'm more likely to be a prankee.

message 33: by Kami (new)

Kami (aidansmama) | 973 comments I'm in. Also a gullible prankee

message 34: by Isha (new)

Isha | 500 comments I'm in and I'm usually the prankster.

message 35: by Yz the Whyz, Moderator (new)

Yz the Whyz (whyz) | 9327 comments I'm in. I don't like I usually end up as the prankee.

message 36: by Dawn (Kat N Hat) (new)

Dawn (Kat N Hat) (katnhat) | 280 comments I'm sooooo the prankster!

message 37: by Irina (new)

Irina (reetu_416) | 504 comments Well, I am not a pranker but people are scared of playing pranks on me since I have a mean temper. But if i have to go with one then Prankee

Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim) (jim_formerly_photojim) | 5294 comments Prankster all the way.

message 39: by Ruth Ann (last edited Mar 22, 2013 07:25PM) (new)

Ruth Ann (ruthannsantiago) | 172 comments I am the Prankster!! I am in

message 40: by Brett (new)

Brett | 478 comments I'm definitely the prankee

message 41: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth (elizabeth_greece) | 1916 comments I'm in. Prankee!

message 42: by Ty (new)

Ty  | 1943 comments Prankster!

message 43: by Inge (new)

Inge | 32 comments Prankster!

message 44: by Jojo (new)

Jojo | 1010 comments I'm in as a Prankster

Trying not to buy too many books so some picks from my to-read-own would be great thanks

message 45: by Breann (new)

Breann | 0 comments Hina, can you please link my to read next shelf? Thanks!

message 46: by Becca (new)

Becca (becca16) | 293 comments I'd like to join, and I'm probably the prankee :)

message 47: by ~KarenH~, Moderator (last edited Mar 23, 2013 06:27PM) (new)

~KarenH~ | 6904 comments I'm really not either very much, but I can hold my own when I have to, so I'll go with Prankster.

I'd like picks from my cant-wait-to-read shelf, if possible - thanks! :)

message 48: by Joyce (new)

Joyce (eternity21) | 716 comments I am usually the Prankee

message 49: by Erin (new)

Erin (erin-b) I'm in. Prankee.

message 50: by Penney (new)

Penney (pschoener) | 3553 comments Prankster for sure :D

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