# SOS: Serious Overload of Series discussion

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message 1: by Steph, Just keep swimming … (last edited Jan 19, 2016 03:04PM) (new)

Not for the faint of heart!

Duration: 1 Jan - 31 Dec 2016

Goal: Reach an exact total of 2016. Each participant's number of books read will vary depending on their cipher choice and books read throughout the challenge.

Cipher Options: Red = regular; Blue = reverse

STEP 1: Decide and state which substitution cipher you'll be using - regular or reverse - you must use the same cipher for the duration of the challenge

STEP 2: Choose a book and read it

STEP 3: Once read, use your chosen cipher and either the book's title, series or author's name (first, middle, or last) to calculate your total for that book (You may use or ignore 'A', 'An' and 'The' as needed)

Example
Using REG cipher: Vision in Silver (The Others) by Anne Bishop = 22 using Title / 20 or 15 using Series name / 1 using Author's First Name or 2 using Author's Last Name

Using REV cipher: Vision in Silver (The Others) by Anne Bishop = 5 using Title / 12 or 7 using Series name / 26 using Author's First Name or 25 using Author's Last Name

Note
You may use any of these values for this book. It may be helpful, as you start, to use the largest value until you get closer to reaching 2016. At that time, you'll need to choose your books carefully so that you don't exceed 2016.

STEP 4: Multiply* the book's value by your current total

* As you can see from Barbara's first run at the challenge, it only took her 5 books to reach 2016. So, for a more challenging challenge, add the book values instead of multiplying them.

STEP 5: Repeat steps 2-4 as needed until you reach an exact total of 2016

message 2: by (last edited Dec 25, 2016 10:47PM) (new)

Cipher: BLUE (Reversed)

✣: Use your chosen cipher and either the book's title, series or author's name (first, middle, or last) to calculate your total for that book (You may use or ignore 'A', 'An' and 'The' as needed)

✣: Multiply the book's value by your current total

✣ Repeat steps 2-4 as needed until you reach an exact total of 2016

With Multiplication

The Write Crowd: Literary Citizenship and the Writing Life by Lori A. May - 3.1.16 ★★★

Author's Surname = 42

Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson - 2.5.16 ★★★★

Author's First Name = 48

42 x 48 = 2016

The Woman In The Alcove by Anna Katharine Green - 2.5.16 ★★★

Title = 300

C791 by Eve Langlais - 4.5.16 ★★

Surname = 141 (441)

Stygian by Nashoda Rose - 6.5.16 ★★★★

First Name = 127 (568)

Cloudstreet by Tim Winton - 8.5.16 ★★★★

Title = 155 (723)

One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost - 10.5.16 ★★★★

Title = 260 (983)

Crow by A. Zaverelli - 11.5.16 ★★★★

Title = 49 (1032)

The Winds Of War by Herman Wouk - 14.5.16 ★★★★★

Title = 186 (1218)

The Berlin Stories: The Last of Mr. Norris & Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood - 15.5.16 ★★★★

First Name = 158 (1376)

The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin - 16.5.16 ★★★

Title = 272 (1648)

Collared by Nicole Williams - 18.5.16 ★★★

Title = 146 (1794)

The Einstein Girl by Philip Sington - 21.5.16 ★★

First Name = 92 (1886)

Rough by Skye Warren - 14.8.16 ★★★

First Name = 48 (1934)

Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women by Geraldine Brooks - 10.9.16 ★★★★★

Surname = 82 (2016)

Total = 2016

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Reserved

message 4: by Steph, Just keep swimming … (new)

I'm so anxious to see how this one goes! :D

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I'm confused on Step 4. Multiply the book's value by your current total

If Book 1 is 22 and book 2 is 20, our total at that point is 440 is that correct? Seems like we'll get to 2016 rather quickly.

message 6: by (last edited Jan 19, 2016 02:18PM) (new)

Duration: January 1 - December 31, 2016
CIPHER - Red = Regular

1.[ AUTHOR = 18 ] The Great Zoo of China - Matthew Reilly 1/2
Total: 18

2. [ TITLE = 2 ]Beauty's Kingdom - A.N. Roquelaure 1/4
Total: 18 x 2 = 36

3. [TITLE = 2] Born of Fire - Sherrilyn Kenyon 1/6
Total: 36 x 2 = 72

4. [AUTHOR = 2 ] Tithe - Holly Black 1/7
Total: 72 x 2 = 144

5. [TITLE = 14] Night Probe! - Clive Cussler 1/10
Total: 144 x 14 = 2016

CHALLENGE COMPLETE

message 7: by Steph, Just keep swimming … (new)

Barbara ★ wrote: "I'm confused on Step 4. Multiply the book's value by your current total

If Book 1 is 22 and book 2 is 20, our total at that point is 440 is that correct? Seems like we'll get to 2016 rather quickly."

That's how it would work, Barbara. I initially thought of having everyone add versus multiply. Then, I wondered just how many books it'd take to add to 2016. Figured if you were able to get at least 20 for each book, that'd be another 100 books for this challenge. Since I had already created a large 100 book challenge, I went with multiply for this one. Thought it might appeal to more people.

That said, I'm definitely up for switching it to ADD for 2017, if this one goes over well but is over too quickly. I'd love feedback from those who participate in 2016 for any 2017 tweaks. :)

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Sounds good. I was just verifying I read the instructions correctly.

message 9: by Steph, Just keep swimming … (new)

You did :)

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That was way too easy so I'm going to do it again by adding instead of multiplying.

message 11: by (last edited May 24, 2016 02:08PM) (new)

Duration: January 1 - December 31, 2016
CIPHER - Red = Regular

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message 12: by Steph, Just keep swimming … (new)

Barbara ★ wrote: "That was way too easy so I'm going to do it again by adding instead of multiplying."

>.< Good to know! I'll edit the rules to allow for adding or multiplying. :)

message 13: by Sandra, Kindle Operator Licence Required (new)

Hooray Barbara!

message 14: by (last edited Jun 28, 2016 01:47PM) (new)

continued...

1600-1700 Points (view spoiler)
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1800 - 1900 Points (view spoiler)
1900 - 2016
125. [AUTHOR = 19] ~ The Darkest Torment - Gena Showalter 6/17
Total: 1913 + 19 = 1932

126. [AUTHOR = 14] ~ League of Dragons - Naomi Novik 6/20
Total: 1932 + 14 = 1946

127. TITLE[ = 11] ~ King - T.M. Frazier 6/21
Total: 1946 + 11 = 1957

128. [AUTHOR = 19] ~ Cleopatra's Needle - Steven Siebert 6/23
Total: 1957 + 19 = 1976

129. [TITLE = 12] ~ Last to Die - Tess Gerritsen 6/24
Total: 1976 + 12 = 1988

130. [TITLE = 20] ~ The Target - David Baldacci 6/25
Total: 1988 + 20 = 2008

131. [AUTHOR = 8] ~ The Prince Who Loved Me - Karin Hawkins 6/25
Total: 2008 + 8 = 2016

message 15: by (last edited Dec 25, 2016 10:49PM) (new)

I haven't logged into GR for a while, but as we're so close to the end of the year I thought I could try and update some of my many challenges. And it turns out that I actually managed to complete this one twice.

Now, if only I could say that about all my other challenges...

message 16: by Steph, Just keep swimming … (new)

WTG, Barbara & NancyHelen!