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message 1: by MountainKat, Moderator (last edited Aug 22, 2015 10:57AM) (new)

MountainKat | 19699 comments September 2015 PIFM Challenge

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.

The idea of the PIFM challenge is that you will get new-to-you books and authors selected for you as well as a push to read some books that have been lingering on your shelves. You may not be interested in the new books recommended, which is why you also get a minimum of four books from your shelf.

You only have to read ONE book to complete this challenge!

After signups are closed, your names and any extra info will go into the super secret PIFM randomizer and it will select someone for you to recommend books to and someone to give you recommendations. This list will be posted along with any specific picking rules for the month.

In order to participate you need to either HAVE YOUR PROFILE SET TO PUBLIC (preferable), or friend the person giving you recommendations. PLEASE NOTE: if you choose to keep your profile private, it is your responsibility to send a friend request to the person picking for you as soon as possible after the matchups are posted. Whether your profile is private or not, it is also very important that your profile be set to receive Private Messages (PMs) in case anyone needs to reach out to you (mods, organizer etc.)

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

You can ask for repicks if:
✱ The books picked for you are not yet released.
✱ If you have already read the chosen book(s) and they are on your ‘read’ shelf.
✱ If you did not receive four picks from your ‘to-read’ shelf, with at least one from your preferred shelf.

You may NOT ask for repicks because:
✱ A book is not available at your library.
✱ A genre or author you don’t enjoy.

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

✱✱ What type of hat is your current book boyfriend most likely to wear?

Top Hat
Hard Hat
Cowboy Hat
Baseball Cap

✱✱ If you have a preferred shelf, please list it along with your pick! ✱✱

Sign ups will remain open until August 23rd (5 pm US EDT).
For your convenience a Time Zone Converter.

You’ll have until August 27th (5 pm US EDT) to make your recommendations.

Please do not start reading your book(s) until the first of the month. You then have the entire month to read your pick(s) and give some feedback.

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

Please note that late sign ups will be included at the host's discretion and no one will be included after re-picks are assigned!✱

message 2: by MountainKat, Moderator (last edited Aug 20, 2015 10:54AM) (new)


✱ To help your picker understand the type of books you like or are currently reading, please make sure your ‘read’ shelf is up to date. You can create shelves for books you DNFed (Did Not Finish) or authors that don’t work for you as well as favorite books and authors. In addition, you might consider updating your profile. You can include info about your favorite books, authors, genres, themes or tropes (or themes/tropes you dislike – i.e. secret baby).
✱ Please do not specify likes/dislikes in the sign-up thread. This information will not be included in the pairings and your pickee may not see your message and does not need to rely on that information when making picks.

✱ Please remember this is primarily a romance readers group. Thus, most, if not all, of your picks should be romance. There are various sub genres within the romance category - Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Romantic Suspense, Erotica, M/M, Urban Fantasy. If your pickee reads a wide variety, you could add a non-romance as a choice.

✱ Choose at least 4 new titles for your pickee. These can be brand new to them (not found on any of their shelves) or a book found on their shelves if they've never read any of the author's work previously.

A few hints to help with book selection:
Check the book’s publishing date. Select "date pub" from the checkbox selections and save.
Check pickee's personalized shelves, especially their exclusive shelves. A personalized shelf is one the member has created. (e.g., 'to read next', 'favorites' ‘didn’t like’)
Make sure the books you choose are not on their 'read' shelf. Just because it isn't rated doesn't mean it wasn't read.
Look at your pickee's 'read' shelf and see what genres they have recently read or read the most. Reviewing their ‘read’ shelf might help you in choosing something they are interested in reading right now.
✱ If your pickee reads lots of books in a genre you are not familiar with (erotic romance, GLBT, YA, etc.) Contact the Mods or the month's organizer for guidance.
Include a variety of books (e.g., shorter page count, new addition to their 'to-read' shelf, an older book on their 'to-read' shelf) This variety gives your pickee options when choosing the book or books they will be reading this month. Use the sort feature within their shelves to determine date a book was added, published or read; page numbers, ratings, etc.

message 4: by MountainKat, Moderator (last edited Aug 23, 2015 02:06PM) (new)

MountainKat | 19699 comments September 2015 PIFM Challenge - Picking Rules

September is National Fall Hat Month, time to put away your straw hat or sun hats! There are many types of felt or wool or knit or fabric hats. Are you a hat person? Or do they just give you hat hair?

Please make sure you pick at least four new and four books from their TBR or preferred shelf.

Top Hat - Pick a book with rich characters or a historical romance.
Party Hat - Suggest a book with some sort of celebration or a humorous romance.
Mortarboard - Recommend a book with a teacher, student or child/ren in the story or one with a building on the cover.
Hard Hat - Pick a book where a MC works with their hands or a book with any vehicle on the cover.
Fedora - Suggest a book with some level of mystery or suspense or darker cover.
Cowboy Hat - Pick a book set in the west or on a ranch or farm or has animals on the cover.
Baseball Cap - Recommend a book that features any sports or one with an outdoorsy cover.
Beret - Suggest a book with a character who is either in the military or is former military or one with any hat on the cover.

message 5: by MountainKat, Moderator (last edited Aug 27, 2015 02:21PM) (new)

MountainKat | 19699 comments September 2015 PIFM Challenge - Pairings

Please pick for the person below you in your group, the last person picks for the first person within each group. For example - Nichole picks for Karla and Rebecca picks for Nichole.

Updated through message #182, 8.27.15

Top Hat
Nichole - pifm
Shannan - PIFM-September-Shelf
Nancy H
Penney - pifm
Diane ~Firefly~ - mng-picking
Elizabeth - rrrc-pick-it-for-me-challenge
Mai - for picking
Amy - pick-it-for-me
Sunshine - pick-for-me

Hard Hat
Fran - PIFM Shelf
MountainKat - to-read-asap
Raine - 2015-pifm
Stacie Mass D-Struction

Cowboy Hat
Martha - pick4me
LaurLa - challenges-to-pick
Leigh - pick-it-for-me-challenge

Baseball Cap
ShoSho - elib
Shelby - Current Challenge to Reads
Breann - 1-pifm-pick-me
~KarenH~ - cant-wait-to-read
Tammie - pifm
♥KathyD♥ - my pick it for me shelf
Olivia - own-but-haven-t-read-yet
Vilda - top-of-the-pile
Sassafrass - read-this-next
Kat - tbr-next
Chocolatesoup - pifm
Pamela Su

Elke picks for Pam
MountainKat picks for Elke

message 6: by MountainKat, Moderator (new)

MountainKat | 19699 comments 2015 September Pick-It-For-Me! Challenge

message 7: by Mai (new)

Mai | 362 comments I'm in!

for picking

And my book boyfriend will certainly wear a top hat :)

message 8: by Tammie (new)

Tammie | 1623 comments Current 'Book-Boyfriend' wears a Baseball Hat!
Please use: PIFM shelf.

message 9: by Breann (new)

Breann | 0 comments Ooh, tough call. Hm, my book boyfriend would probably wear a baseball cap.

Here's my shelf:

message 10: by Diane ~Firefly~ (new)

Diane ~Firefly~ | 1434 comments I guess I'll go with top hat

mng_picking shelf

message 11: by LaurLa (new)

LaurLa | 3334 comments Definitely cowboy hat!!!
Shelf: challenges to pick

message 12: by Fran, Moderator (new)

Fran | 11003 comments I'm in and my book boyfriend might look good in a HARD HAT :)

PIFM Shelf

message 13: by Alexa (new)

Alexa (psreadthisbook) | 313 comments I'm in and he'd probably wear a cowboy hat

message 15: by Shelby (new)

Shelby (stang_lee) | 1645 comments I'm in. :)

Baseball or Cowboy...Yikes can't decide. They're both so worth while. But I think I'm going to go with Baseball. It covers a multitude of my best book boyfriends. :D

Current Challenge to Reads

message 16: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth | 186 comments I'm .tophat
Shelf is my rrrc pick it for me challenge

message 17: by Shannan (last edited Aug 20, 2015 03:31PM) (new)

Shannan | 22 comments I'm in :D My boyfriend would be sporting a classy tophat.

Shelf: PIFM-September-Shelf

message 18: by ☘KathyD☘ (new)

☘KathyD☘ | 2252 comments i'm in...i'm thinking my book boyfriend is probably wearing a baseball cap

my pick it for me shelf

message 19: by Nancy H (new)

Nancy H | 938 comments Top hat -he's definitely elegant and very wealthy!

message 20: by Elke (last edited Aug 20, 2015 06:53PM) (new)

Elke (ejurca) | 1810 comments I am in!!

Cowboy hat for me....reading Hope Ignites (Hope, #2) by Jaci Burton right now!!

Please pick from my On deck 4 chlges

message 21: by Chocolatesoup (new)

Chocolatesoup I'm in and my book boyfriend is wearing a hard baseball hat, would that be a batting helmet? :-)

message 22: by Stacey (new)

Stacey | 28 comments Baseball hat definitely. And probably backwards most of the time.

message 23: by Ashley (new)

Ashley | 449 comments Top hat please.

message 24: by Martha (new)

Martha | 144 comments I'm in, my boyfriend definitely is wearing a cowboy hat.

Shelf: pickit4me

message 25: by Irina (last edited Aug 20, 2015 08:54PM) (new)

Irina (reetu_416) | 504 comments I'm in!
My current book boyfriend would wear a baseball hat :)

message 26: by Sonal (new)

Sonal | 37 comments I'm in.
I would like my boyfriend in baseball cap.

message 27: by Katherine (new)

Katherine (katkattrinn) | 629 comments I am in.
Baseball Cap

message 28: by Nichole (new)

Nichole | 1010 comments I'm in!

Eenie Meenie- I'll go with with Top Hat

Please us my pifm shelf

message 29: by Aminko (new)

Aminko | 527 comments Sign me up please.
My current book boyfriend would wear a Top Hat.

Please pick from my Pick It For Me shelf.

message 30: by Pamela Su (new)

Pamela Su (thebluebaroness) | 194 comments I know what I'd prefer him to wear, but alas... baseball cap.

I'm in!

message 31: by Sunshine (new)

Sunshine (sunshine22222) | 921 comments Really...

A COWBOY HAT cowboys

My shelf Pick for Me

message 32: by Sassafrass (new)

Sassafrass (sass-a-frass) | 3442 comments I haven't done one of these in ages. I'm in.

and my boyfriend would have a baseball cap

Shelf: Read this Next

message 33: by Sunshine (last edited Aug 21, 2015 08:54AM) (new)

Sunshine (sunshine22222) | 921 comments Sunshine wrote: "Really...

A COWBOY HAT cowboys

My shelf Pick for Me"

OH... What he currently would wear.

Oh my... A TOP HAT!

message 34: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne (esmerelda1) | 2049 comments I'm in and I'm a Top Hat :)

message 35: by Madison ✨ (new)

Madison ✨ | 90 comments I'm in and he would be in a baseball hat :)

message 36: by MountainKat, Moderator (new)

MountainKat | 19699 comments Sassafrass wrote: "I haven't done one of these in ages. I'm in.

and my boyfriend would have a baseball cap"

Glad you are back Sass!

message 37: by MountainKat, Moderator (new)

MountainKat | 19699 comments The participant list is updated to here, if I missed you please let me know. Also, please double check your link if you provided one. Thanks!

message 38: by ~KarenH~, Moderator (new)

~KarenH~ | 6904 comments I'm in, and I'll have to go with a Baseball Cap.

Please use my cant-wait-to-read shelf...thanks!

message 39: by Olivera (new)

Olivera  (4488584189) this shelf please :D own-but-haven't-read-yet

Also, Baseball Cap :D I'm going with Baseball Cap.

message 40: by Erin (new)

Erin (erin-b) I'm in and I think I'll go with baseball cap.

message 41: by Emeli (new)

Emeli Webb | 292 comments Im in

And my current book boyfriend would use a cowboy hat

message 42: by Emerson (last edited Aug 22, 2015 10:32PM) (new)

Emerson Hawthorne | 157 comments I'm new to this, but I am up for trying it out. I would say cowboy hat.

tbr list

message 43: by Elke (new)

Elke (ejurca) | 1810 comments I am so sorry...I thought the picks were tonight! So I cannot be part of it this time! I am leaving on vacation tomorrow morning!

message 44: by Karla (new)

Karla | 286 comments I'm in. My book boyfriend would wear a top hat.

message 45: by Rochella (new)

Rochella (rosesbookgarden) | 5 comments I'm in! And he'd be wearing a baseball cap.

message 46: by Stacie (new)

Stacie  (cowmingo) | 1206 comments I'm going with hard hat to keep Fran company.

message 47: by MountainKat, Moderator (new)

MountainKat | 19699 comments Elke wrote: "I am so sorry...I thought the picks were tonight! So I cannot be part of it this time! I am leaving on vacation tomorrow morning!"

Have a wonderful vacation Elke! You will be missed.

message 48: by MountainKat, Moderator (new)

MountainKat | 19699 comments Stacie Mass D-Struction wrote: "I'm going with hard hat to keep Fran company."

She did look pretty lonely there by herself!

message 49: by Penney (new)

Penney (pschoener) | 3553 comments I'm in! I'll say top hat, but it would be more like a fedora :)

pifm shelf

message 50: by [deleted user] (new)

I'm in.
I'll go with baseball cap.


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