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message 1: by Paul (new)

Paul Wilson (cletusvandamme) | 178 comments Mod
All right, Team JTS held an informal meeting today and decided that members of JTS (Paul, Gina, Kelly, and Malissa) will select our top 3 favorite suggestions for previous threads to pick 12 categories (1 for each month). While easing the challenge, the categories will be more esoteric and thus more "challenging" than this year's categories.

Stay tuned in the next few days for our choices!


message 2: by Malissa (new)

Malissa (libraryblondie) | 108 comments The official ....

COLLEGEDALE LIBRARY READING CHALLENGE 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January
A book that makes you feel warm and fuzzy
A Newbery award winner
A book about Medieval history (fiction/nonfiction)
A book with a great first line

February
A book of poetry
A book featuring an antihero
A book about your favorite president
Alternate history (story where history is reimagined)

March
A book that was a basis for a movie you’ve seen but not read
A book turned into a movie that won an Oscar
A redneck book
A book with a female protagonist (OR male protagonist because equality!)

April
A book with dragons in it
A satire, parody, or spoof
A book written under a pseudonym
A book you choose by spinning around 5 times and touching with your eyes closed

May
A book you don’t want grandma to know about
An book from a favorite childhood series (Narnia, Harry Potter, Little House)
A graphic novel adaptation of a classic
A book published more than 10 years ago

June
A book set in a city you’ve always wanted to live in
A book whose title is also a song title
A book set in summer
A “special” recommendation by a library staff member

July
A Caldecott winner
A book that will never win a Pulitzer
A book that will make you smarter
A posthumously published book

August
A book about animals/with animal main characters
A book with a spy or escape
Book of mythology
A book with a person’s name in the title

September
A southern author
A book selected by an anonymous challenge participant (like secret santa)
A book about a hero (superman, Lincoln, Michael Keaton, etc)
A book with a blue cover

October
A book from your least favorite genre
A book from the Rory Gilmore reading challenge
A book about an evil person (Hitler, Bin Laden, Barry Manilow, etc.)
A book with a lion, a witch, or a wardrobe

November
A book you learned about through this challenge
A book with pictures
A book with food as a central theme
A book you’re thankful for having read. Read it again!

December
A fairytale retelling
A western
One of this year’s “It” books
A book everyone but you has read (classic or modern)

1 Title per month = Non-conformist
2 Titles per month = Bookworm
3 Titles per month = Bibliophile
4 Titles per month = Juking the Stats


message 3: by Nikki (new)

Nikki Johnson | 113 comments I would now like to task you all with making a list of 4-5 options that fit each category. Have a drop down menu or hyperlink them somewhere or post monthly suggestions on the website. Participants choose at the beginning which level of completion they hope to achieve, though no penalty if it changes. We need a monthly accountability group meeting time. And prizes for each level of completion at the end.


message 4: by Malissa (new)

Malissa (libraryblondie) | 108 comments No way! ;) Picking your books is part of the fun and the challenge! Maybe Kelly doesn't want her grandma to know she's reading 50 Shades, but I don't want mine to know I'm reading How Obama Saved America (not a real book, haha). I can start a thread for declaration of intent and one for the January discussion. The discussion can include ideas of books that fit the category as well as discussion of any books we're reading for it that month. We are discussing prizes for this year and will do something small again for next. Probably Mckay's gift cards because books :)


message 5: by Lisa (new)

Lisa | 4 comments I have not done this before and looks interesting. I have a quick question. I both read books and listen to audiobooks since I spend a lot of time in my car for work. Do audiobooks count?


message 6: by Malissa (new)

Malissa (libraryblondie) | 108 comments Of course :)


message 7: by Barbara (new)

Barbara (kanddmom) Oh my. What to read what to read. Do you meet each month or just discuss online?


message 8: by Barbara (new)

Barbara (kanddmom) Hoping this isn't a stupid question, but what does JTS stand for?


message 9: by Paul (new)

Paul Wilson (cletusvandamme) | 178 comments Mod
Juking the stats! It's our special weekend shift.


message 10: by Malissa (new)

Malissa (libraryblondie) | 108 comments We haven't met in the past. Or discussed in any organized fashion. But this is the second year only. We're going to try discussing online in the thread for each month and just see how it goes.


message 11: by Kathy (new)

Kathy (melchycat) | 5 comments How do I sign up for the challenge?


message 12: by Malissa (new)

Malissa (libraryblondie) | 108 comments No real sign-up required. Just post your intention and goal level over on that page/discussion :)


message 13: by Sara (new)

Sara Kreps | 237 comments For may 3, can we chose a graphic novel that has become a classic in its own right? Such as v for vendetta or howls moving castle.


message 14: by Malissa (new)

Malissa (libraryblondie) | 108 comments Sara wrote: "For may 3, can we chose a graphic novel that has become a classic in its own right? Such as v for vendetta or howls moving castle."

I think the idea was a graphic adaption of a prose classic such as Dracula or a graphic Shakespeare. We have several :)


message 15: by Paul (new)

Paul Wilson (cletusvandamme) | 178 comments Mod
I'm gonna allow this one if anyone can find it.

http://comixjoint.com/greatsociety.html


message 16: by Sara (new)

Sara Kreps | 237 comments Turns out howls moving castle was originally a book.


message 17: by Malissa (new)

Malissa (libraryblondie) | 108 comments Sara wrote: "Turns out howls moving castle was originally a book."

True! That's a good one!


message 18: by Katie (new)

Katie  | 73 comments Luckily no one specified which country the favorite president has to be from.


message 19: by Sara (new)

Sara Kreps | 237 comments Suppose u could even go with a corporation or university then. I like it, too bad I already read mine on teddy Roosevelt.


message 20: by Paul (new)

Paul Wilson (cletusvandamme) | 178 comments Mod
Juking the stats is encouraged. Juking the cats is frowned upon.


message 21: by Sara (new)

Sara Kreps | 237 comments Monkey Paul wrote: "Juking the stats is encouraged. Juking the cats is frowned upon."

Just don't start flinging poo. :)


message 22: by Sara (new)

Sara Kreps | 237 comments Just finished watching howls moving castle - can't wait until may!


message 23: by Carrie (new)

Carrie | 29 comments Me too! Loved the film. As soon as I saw the May challenge, I knew this was going to be my book.


message 24: by Malissa (new)

Malissa (libraryblondie) | 108 comments Well if everyone else is reading Howl's Moving Castle, I might have to too! I would hate to be left out ;)


message 25: by Paul (new)

Paul Wilson (cletusvandamme) | 178 comments Mod
Juking debate: if we juke for the month, is it acceptable to read ahead for the following month? Some colleagues were less enthusiastic as to this perspective, but despite my previous rigidity, I think some flexibility should be allowed...but only for the one following month.

Time is a flat circle...


message 26: by Sara (new)

Sara Kreps | 237 comments I'd think so. Especially since I didn't know we weren't allowed to read ahead until this month.


message 27: by Nikki (new)

Nikki Johnson | 113 comments I don't know. If you can't read stuff out of order or only count the book for a specific month when it's read that month, then everyone should have the same 29/30/31 days to complete the selections for that month. Otherwise it's really not a level playing field. It doesn't feel as fair to me.


message 28: by Paul (new)

Paul Wilson (cletusvandamme) | 178 comments Mod
"Not having a life" does give some of us an unfair advantage. ;)


message 29: by Sara (new)

Sara Kreps | 237 comments Since everyone knows the categories in advance, I'd say they all have the same opportunities. But I'd be fine finding other options than what I'd planned on since the categories I've read ahead have plenty of choices and are ones I like.


message 30: by Nikki (new)

Nikki Johnson | 113 comments I did wonder about that, Paul.


message 31: by Barbara (new)

Barbara (kanddmom) I vote no reading ahead.


message 32: by Malissa (new)

Malissa (libraryblondie) | 108 comments Smh. Kelly and I already told him no! He's just angling to have us outvoted. We maintain that his behavior would constitute "bad juking" as previously labeled by Paul himself ;)


message 34: by Nikki (new)

Nikki Johnson | 113 comments Are there no other books you want to read in the meantime, Paul? I would think your TBR stack is huge.


message 35: by Nikki (new)

Nikki Johnson | 113 comments Figure as much, Malissa. Clearly not outvoted.


message 36: by Paul (new)

Paul Wilson (cletusvandamme) | 178 comments Mod
But I wanna read my redneck book now!


message 37: by Malissa (new)

Malissa (libraryblondie) | 108 comments Paul wrote: "But I wanna read my redneck book now!"

Just read one now and one later! Sheesh!


message 38: by Nikki (new)

Nikki Johnson | 113 comments What exactly is that genre encompassing? I have no frame of reference. And no to Duck Dynasty or Jeff Foxworthy.


message 39: by Malissa (new)

Malissa (libraryblondie) | 108 comments Paul, this is your department :)


message 40: by Sara (new)

Sara Kreps | 237 comments I'm doing a sookie Stackhouse for it.


message 41: by Paul (new)

Paul Wilson (cletusvandamme) | 178 comments Mod
Redneck crime is optimal. Check out the Stella Hardesty series by Sophie Littlefield for a nice vigilante feminist option. A Bad Day for Sorry


message 42: by Sara (new)

Sara Kreps | 237 comments Paul wrote: "But I wanna read my redneck book now!"

You could read it now and again next month.


message 43: by Sara (new)

Sara Kreps | 237 comments I'm going 2 guess a TV show doesn't count for March #1.


message 44: by Paul (new)

Paul Wilson (cletusvandamme) | 178 comments Mod
I DO have multiple redneck books in the queue, but I wanted to save Hap and Leonard for the challenge.


message 45: by Paul (new)

Paul Wilson (cletusvandamme) | 178 comments Mod
Nah, that's bad juking!


message 46: by Sara (new)

Sara Kreps | 237 comments Wasn't planning on it, think I'll do Pollyanna instead, just asking.


message 47: by Katie (new)

Katie  | 73 comments Who suggested that horrible spinning in a circle one?! Oh wait, that was me.


message 48: by Sara (new)

Sara Kreps | 237 comments Yeah, not sure how to do that one since I have books all over the place so can't get them all in one shot.


message 49: by Malissa (new)

Malissa (libraryblondie) | 108 comments Just come pick an isle and spin! Or make a circle and stand in it. Like a bookish seance ;)


message 50: by Katie (new)

Katie  | 73 comments Book seance sounds awesome!!


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