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message 1: by Jane (PS), Moderator (last edited Aug 11, 2015 05:35PM) (new)

Jane (PS) | 19888 comments PASS THE PARCEL - Round 5


Start date - 10 September

Sign up - now through to Friday 4 September 9pm US EST
Teams assigned by 5 September
Last theme call - 20 November


If you sign up for this challenge, you must be prepared to:
* Read roughly one book each week
* Post your selected book BEFORE the next theme is called, or you will be eliminated
* Technically be able to put links to other threads/bookshelves/lists, and insert book links or book covers in your posts. (These are not difficult but you MUST be able to do these links; they don't have to look pretty, but they do need to go to the intended location)
* Follow the format for the selection and completion posts.


PLEASE READ THE RULES OF THE CHALLENGE CAREFULLY.

I AM GOING TO MUCH TOUGHER THIS ROUND.

IF YOU HAVEN'T POSTED EACH WEEK WITHIN THE TIMELINES ABOVE AND YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY TOLD TEAM-MATES OR A MODERATOR - no quesstions - YOU WILL BE REMOVED FROM YOUR TEAM and the challenge.


message 2: by Jane (PS), Moderator (last edited Aug 11, 2015 01:50AM) (new)

Jane (PS) | 19888 comments This is a team challenge to encourage members to meet new friends and find new books.



PLEASE READ EVERY LINE OF THESE INSTRUCTIONS

I will be referring members back to this post if you ask me something already outlined here.


For this challenge we will have teams of roughly 6 players. The group will nominate a team captain who will track the completion of books for their team and remind their fellow team-members about compliance to the rules. Teams will be allocated before the reading starts. This will be done randomly by me :)


Members signing up need to be prepared TO READ APPROXIMATELY ONE BOOK EACH WEEK.


Each week a theme will be randomly selected from the list posted in msg 4. This theme will be posted in the Discussion/Q&A thread between 6pm and 9pm US EST each Friday.


Each member in the group has the following options:

1. Read a book that matches the theme
(the parcel)

OR

2. Select a book from the 'READ' list of a team-mate that they read in the last 6 months AND that the team-mate rated at least 3 stars. (This essentially passing on a recommendation.)
If the book is in a series but does not match where you are up to, you may read another book from that same series.

OR

3. 'Pass' on reading a book that week.


BUT each team member can only select #3 once each 5 (five) weeks. AND each team may only have ONE person 'passing' for the round each week. It is up to the team as to how they manage a 'pass'. (Yes - this means that one or two team-mates per group can't claim a pass in a 5 week block.)

Each team member must post their selection (option 1, 2 or 3) in the week that the theme is announced. Please follow the format provided in msg 3 You can only change you book selection in this initial week. So choose carefully.

Each team member must return to their team thread and post a short review of the book that they read. This review should be enough to indicate that the member DID read the book. A couple of sentences is sufficient. "I liked it" is not.

Key information is required in both the selection and completion posts. Please ensure that you and your team-mates follow the format set out in msg 3 below. You and your Captain cannot claim to have completed your book until the post holds all the required information.


This challenge will run for 11 weeks. The winning team is the one that completes the challenge first; they win bragging rights :) No-one can use the 'pass' option in the last week of the challenge.


Rules:
* Each team member MUST post their selected book into their team thread each week or they will be removed from the challenge. It isn't fair on your team-mates if you are not committed to participant each week.
* You MUST post your selected book in the week of the announced category. If you miss selecting your book (or pass) in that week, you will be removed from the challenge. The only exception is if you have contacted your team, team captain or one of the Mods with a valid reason. The decision to not remove you is solely up to me.
* You can only change your nominated theme book in the week that the theme is announced. You CANNOT change your book once a new theme is announced.
* '5 weeks' will be counted in blocks of five, with a new count starting in week 6.
* No-one can use the 'pass' option in the last week of the challenge.
* To qualify for a theme, the book's eligibility must be apparent in the title or the goodreads summary (anywhere on the book's goodreads page will count), or must appear on another GR member's shelves appropriately and transparently entitled. The source of the eligibility must be specified at the time of the book selection. Refer to the Q&A thread for more clarification on this rule.
* You can change your nominated book only during the week that it's theme is called.
* Books must be at least 100 pages in length.
* Anthologies and bundled books are fine, but you must read the full set.
* You must quote the page numbers for your selected book each week. Please quote the goodreads page numbers (any edition of the book is fine).


Important!!! If a team member falls behind by more than 2 books then they WILL be removed from the challenge. The team who loses that member will continue with the lower number of team-mates. This rule is to ensure that ALL participants are committed to their team and the challenge.

IMPORTANT:
In the last week of the challenge, Option 2 will be altered. Book selections under option 2 will have to be taken from a different team's members' bookshelves. I will allocate the teams out on posting the final theme (week 11).

For example (and this allocation will be randomly done on the day of the last theme call)
Option 2 for Team 1 must come from the bookshelves of Team 4.


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For those of you who didn't play this growing up, a 'parcel' is passed from one person to another. ...When setting this game up, a prize (or 'gift') is wrapped in a large number of layers of wrapping paper. Smaller prizes may be placed between some or all other layers of wrapping.

During the game, music is played as the parcel is passed around. Whoever is holding the parcel when the music stops removes one layer of wrapping and claims any prize found under that layer. The music is then restarted and the game continues until every layer is removed and the main prize claimed.

This is the RRRC version of the game with a few more options and rules than we may remember from our childhood ;)



message 3: by Jane (PS), Moderator (last edited Aug 11, 2015 01:51AM) (new)

Jane (PS) | 19888 comments Key selection and completion post information. You must have ALL elements in your book posts.


For the initial selection post Option 1 I need:
Week #
Bookcover/link
Page numbers
How the book qualifies - please insert a link to the qualifying bookshelf/list.
If the theme is based off the bookcover or a letter in the title etc, please just repeat the theme.

For the initial selection post Option 2 I need:
Week #
Bookcover/link
Page numbers
Name of the team-member, their star rating, the date they read the book.



For the completion post I need:
Week #
Bookcover/link
Rating (1-5)
Review


Please DO NOT CHAT in these selction/completion posts. It needs to be super clear.

If you 'waffle' about your decided book - please REPOST your selection once you decide. DO NOT go back and edit your waffling post.



message 4: by Jane (PS), Moderator (last edited Aug 11, 2015 07:11PM) (new)

Jane (PS) | 19888 comments THEMES

Books must be selected from the lists provided if I don't have "(stated in the precis or shown on listopia or shelf)". Where I have noted "(stated in the precis or shown on listopia or shelf)", if a book is chosen from one of the optional lists, it is automatically approved.

If you think that the book may struggle to meet the stated theme requirement then I'm likely to think the same thing and NOT allow it :)


1. MC in the military or ex-military (stated in the precis or shown on listopia or shelf)
optional lists:
Best Gay Military
Military Romance and Fiction
Military Romance and Fiction part 2
Military Romance shelf
2. Uniformally Hot - MC in some kind of uniform (Cop, military, doctor and etc)
Best Small Town Cop Sheriff Romance Novels
Military Romance and Fiction
Doctor Medical Romance Heroes
In Uniform
Gay Uniforms
3. Bookcover - No people on the cover
4. Fairytales/myths retelling
The Best Fairytales and Retellings
Mythologies and Retellings of Fairy Tales Classics
Fairytale Retelling shelf
Myth Retelling shelf
Best gay books based on fairytales
5. Popular male POV books
Male POV shelf
Romance Books Male POV
Adult Male Only POV
Books With Only Male POV First Person
Best Male P O V
Romance Total Male POV
Or any MM romance book
6. Virginal Heroes
Virgin hero!
#VIRGIN HEROES#
Books with Virgin Heroes
Best Gay "Virginal" Characters
7. Books with wit/witty dialogue
Books With Witty Banter Dialogue
Witty Funny Couples
Witty Dialogue shelf
Witty shelf
8. MC is a vet or works with animals ~paid or volunteer (stated in the precis or shown on listopia or shelf)
Optional lists:
Creatures Great and Small Veterinarians in Romance
Animal Magnetism Romances Featuring Veterinarians Rescuers And More
Gay Romance Featuring Veterinarians
Veterinarians shelf
9. Enemies to lovers
Best Gay Enemies Rivals Opposites Become Lovers
Best Enemies to Lovers
Enemies To Lovers
Enemies to Lovers Adult Romance
Childhood Enemies Turn to Adult Lovers
Enemies To Lovers shelf
10. Artistic/Creative Romance
Musically inclined Heroes Heroines in Romance
Dancers in Romance
Best Gay Romance with Artists
Artistic Creative Romance Heroes Heroines
Romance with Actors Actresses Acting
Dancers in Contemporary Romance
11. Book title starts with 'S'
12. MC is a Cowboy
SAVE A HORSE RIDE A COWBOY
Favorite Western/Cowboy Romance Novels
Best Gay Cowboys
Love on the Range: Romance Novels Set on Ranches
13. Main page genre 'comedy', 'humor' or 'funny' (must be on the main page)
14. Holiday Romance
Any romance that take place during or leading up to a holiday or an annual celebration - Christmas, New Years, Valentines Day, Halloween, Fourth of July, Guy Fawkes Night, Chinese New Year, Hanukkah or any other yearly celebration (stated in the precis or shown on listopia or shelf)
Optional lists:
Best Gay Winter'ish Holiday Romance
MM Christmas books
Best Seasonal Romance Christmas Winter
Great Holiday Romance Reads
Contemporary Christmas Winter Romance
15. Bookcover is mostly white or mostly blue (2 options)
16. Book set outside USA (must be more than 50% outside USA)
17. Award Winning Romance
RITA Award Winning Books
Inspirational Reader's Choice Award
Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award (RT Award) Winners
Lambda Literary Award Winners
Goodreads Choice Awards ~Best Romance 2014
Goodreads Choice Awards ~Best Romance 2013
Goodreads Choice Awards ~Best Romance 2012
18. MC is a professional sportsman/woman
Best Books about being in love with a Pro-Athlete
Working up a Sweat - Female Athletes in Romance Novels
Sports Romances
Romance with hero/heroine are athletes
Best Gay Athletes
19. Second Chance Romance
Best Second Chance Romance
Gay Romance Featuring Second Chances
Romance With Abandoment/Second Chances
Second Chances
20. Accidentally Pregnant or Just Pregnant
Pregnant Widows/Abandoned Heroines In Romance
Unexpected Pregnancies and Single Moms
Historical romance where heroine gets pregnant in a large part of the story
Pregnant Heroines in historical romance
Best Accidentally Pregnant in Romance Novels
Mpreg Romance
Best MM Romance with Mpreg Plot


message 5: by Jane (PS), Moderator (last edited Sep 02, 2015 04:42PM) (new)

Jane (PS) | 19888 comments Sign ups


Sassafrass
MKat
Katie
Mai
Shannon/WckdKtty
Stacie Mass-D
Lisa_Pres
Krissy
Elaine (Medavis66)
Emelie
Skandia
Elizabeth
Kat
Katherine
LaurLa
Lauren
Calila
Ezinwanyi
KellyJo
Becky (fibro)
Delitealex
Logan
Nichole
Angel
Amy
Fran
❀~Amy~❀
Armi
Anna ~bamaace83
Lynne
Maritza
Grace
Mary
Shannon
Sunshine
Amy (greenfairy)
R~wka
Nicole
Carmen
Rose
Shan
Gea
Debbie (Doc)
Mariana
Raine
I.M.
Danielle
Caipi
Tabs
Ramneek


message 6: by Jane (PS), Moderator (last edited Sep 05, 2015 01:37AM) (new)

Jane (PS) | 19888 comments Teams Allocated

Team 1
KellyJo
Fran
Sunshine
Ramneek
LaurLa
KarenH

Team 2
Caipi
Nichole
Shannon/WckdKtty
Krissy
Carmen
Calila
R~wka

Team 3
Lynne
Elaine (Medavis66)
Amy
Skandia
Delitealex
Rose

Team 4
Nicole
Raine
Mary
Angel
Elizabeth
Tabs

Team 5
Stacie Mass-D
Maritza
Danielle
Mai
Gea
Amy (greenfairy)

Team 6
Shannon
Kat
I.M.
Katie
❀~Amy~❀
Lauren

Team 7
Debbie (Doc)
Katherine
Mariana
Ezinwanyi
Grace
Armi
Sassafrass

Team 8
Shan
Anna ~bamaace83
MKat
Lisa_Pres
Logan
Emelie
Becky (fibro)


message 7: by Jane (PS), Moderator (new)

Jane (PS) | 19888 comments Open for business :)


message 8: by Sassafrass (last edited Aug 11, 2015 07:19PM) (new)

Sassafrass (sass-a-frass) | 3589 comments I'll be the first to sign up! So excited. I love Pass the Parcel! (although I never heard of it until you introduced it to me, Jane.)


message 9: by Jane (PS), Moderator (new)

Jane (PS) | 19888 comments Wheee! Great Sass :)


message 10: by MountainKat, Moderator (new)

MountainKat | 20453 comments I'm in again! I'm not going to even hedge this time. =)


message 11: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2077 comments I'm in!


message 12: by Jane (PS), Moderator (new)

Jane (PS) | 19888 comments LOL - I thought you two might pop in soon :)


message 13: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2077 comments Always! :P


message 14: by Mai (new)

Mai | 362 comments I'm in!


message 15: by Jane (PS), Moderator (new)

Jane (PS) | 19888 comments Great Mai :) I'm in town shopping - will update the list for Mai and any new sign ups when I get home...


message 16: by Shannon (new)

Shannon (wckdktty) | 479 comments I am in again.

Shannon/WckdKtty


message 17: by Stacie (new)

Stacie (cowmingo) | 1210 comments I'm in!


message 18: by Lisa (new)

Lisa (mooselover) | 2121 comments Im in.


message 19: by Krissy (new)

Krissy (krissystewart) | 792 comments Me!


message 20: by Medavis66 (new)

Medavis66 | 238 comments Woohoo...count me in!
:-) Elaine


message 21: by Emeli (new)

Emeli Webb | 292 comments This was so much fun last time so count me in again


message 22: by Skandia (new)

Skandia (sfgirl) | 962 comments I'm in!


message 23: by Elizabeth (new)

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


message 24: by Jane (PS), Moderator (new)

Jane (PS) | 19888 comments Yep - I think we have a party! Welcome back everyone :D


message 25: by [deleted user] (new)

I'm in.


message 26: by Katherine (new)

Katherine (katkattrinn) | 629 comments I am in. :D


message 27: by LaurLa (new)

LaurLa | 3364 comments In In In!!!!


message 28: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (laurenjberman) Please sign me up :0)


message 29: by Calila (new)

Calila | 2744 comments After some wavering, I'm in. I've played every round and don't wanna break the streak. So many challenges though!


message 30: by Ezinwanyi (new)

Ezinwanyi Chinyere | 2657 comments In


message 31: by KellyJo (new)

KellyJo (kellyjo02) | 331 comments I would like to try this one. Have not played before but it sounds like fun.


message 32: by Becky (new)

Becky (fibrobabe) | 1399 comments I enjoyed the last round. Count me in!


message 33: by Delitealex (new)

Delitealex | 127 comments I'm in


message 34: by Logan (new)

Logan (loganturner) | 877 comments Yes please! In!


message 35: by Jane (PS), Moderator (new)

Jane (PS) | 19888 comments Welcome everyone :) Great to see some new blood!


message 36: by Nichole (new)

Nichole | 1010 comments Me! Me!


message 37: by Claire (last edited Aug 13, 2015 02:14AM) (new)

Claire Count me in!


message 38: by Aminko (new)

Aminko | 536 comments Count me in too! :-)


message 39: by Jane (PS), Moderator (new)

Jane (PS) | 19888 comments Gotcha :)


message 40: by Calila (new)

Calila | 2744 comments So a book I just read the other mentioned "pass the parcel" and it made me smile. It's the first time I've ever seen it anywhere other than this challenge. =)


message 41: by Fran, Moderator (new)

Fran | 11055 comments I would like to play!


message 42: by ❀~Amy~❀ (new)

❀~Amy~❀ (ajpayne75) | 546 comments I think I'd like to try this. Sounds like fun!!

I know what you mean about too many challenges Calila!! =D


message 43: by Jane (PS), Moderator (new)

Jane (PS) | 19888 comments Calila wrote: "So a book I just read the other mentioned "pass the parcel" and it made me smile. It's the first time I've ever seen it anywhere other than this challenge. =)"

:D Where was it set, Calila? I'm thinking this child's game could be an English/Australian/NewZealand thing...


message 44: by Calila (new)

Calila | 2744 comments Jane (PS) wrote: "Calila wrote: "So a book I just read the other mentioned "pass the parcel" and it made me smile. It's the first time I've ever seen it anywhere other than this challenge. =)"

:D Where was it set, ..."


Russia and England, it was mentioned during the part in England.


message 45: by bamaace83 (new)

bamaace83  | 1085 comments I'm in again. :)


message 46: by Lynne (new)

Lynne (lynnejensen) | 41 comments Never done one of these before but, looks interesting. Please sign me up!


message 47: by Jane (PS), Moderator (new)

Jane (PS) | 19888 comments Calila wrote: "Jane (PS) wrote: "Calila wrote: "So a book I just read the other mentioned "pass the parcel" and it made me smile. It's the first time I've ever seen it anywhere other than this challenge. =)"

:D ..."


...Makes sense... *nodding*


message 48: by Jane (PS), Moderator (new)

Jane (PS) | 19888 comments Welcome to the oldies and the newbies! :D


message 49: by Maritza (new)

Maritza (spanishwhispers) | 526 comments ooh just saw this and you know i love team challenges. so here i am . present. hi everyone. really enjoyed this last time around.


message 50: by Grace (new)

Grace | 1316 comments i'm in


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