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message 1: by Sarah, Moderator (last edited Jun 21, 2016 11:44AM) (new)

Sarah | 18196 comments This is that chatting and planning thread for Team 4.

The Toppler will be noon Saturday, June 18th, to noon Sunday, June 25th, EDT.

Team 4 consists of these fabulous people ;-)

✔ = participating

✔Ariane
Carolyn
✔Casceil - Reporting Thread
✔Deborah
✔Elsbeth
✔Kerri
✔Kristi
Pragya
✔Sarah - Team Leader
Sarah Jigz
✔TrudyAn - Cheerleader

Please report your completed reads here - https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 2: by Sarah, Moderator (last edited Jun 05, 2016 02:31PM) (new)

Sarah | 18196 comments So we need cheerleaders, a team leader and someone to be in charge of the reporting thread. We may or may not need a spreadsheet - we'll hold of deciding on this until all the rules and tasks have been announced. So any takers?


message 3: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18196 comments We also need to think about team names! The only idea I had was Never Four-get. Anyone else got anything better?


message 4: by Sarah, Moderator (last edited Jun 07, 2016 12:49AM) (new)

Sarah | 18196 comments Tasks:

In the US we recently observed Memorial Day to honor those who died while serving in the U.S. military.
Read a book in which a soldier, currently serving or retired, is a main character.

Boutros Boutros-Ghali - was an Egyptian politician and diplomat. He was the sixth UN Secretary-General during a chaotic time in the world.
Read a book that takes place in the Middle East.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boutros...

Paul Daniels - Newton Edward Daniels, known by his stage name Paul Daniels, was an English magician and television performer.
Read a book with a magician in it (more than just a mention), or a book with magical realism as a genre on its GR page.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Da...

Doris Roberts – Best known for her role as Marie Barone on the sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond". I remember her as the office manager on Remington Steele.
Read a book with a main character over 60.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005368/bio

Harper Lee – author of the classic novel "To Kill a Mockingbird".
Read a classic.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harper_Lee

Ronnie Corbett - was one of the UK's best-loved comedians.
Read a book tagged humor on its GR homepage.
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment...

Johan Cruyff, dutch soccer player, captain of the Netherland team in the world cup 1974 (final).
Read a book about sports or with a sports setting, or a book about a nonfictional or with a fictional athlete.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johan_C...

Pat Conroy - Author whose works include "The Prince of Tides" and "The Great Santini.
Read a book that was made into a movie, or was written from a movie.
http://www.patconroy.com/

Patty Duke - actress who won fame with her stage and screen portrayals of Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker," and later became an advocate on mental health issues.
Read a book with a character dealing with a mental health issue.
http://www.pattyduke.net/

Katherine Dunn - author who attained fame for her novel "Geek Love". Dunn also wrote the text for Death Scenes: A Homicide Detective's Scrapbook , a crime-scene snapshot collection from a 1920s LAPD detective.
Read a true crime thriller.
http://www.wweek.com/news/2016/05/12/...

Umberto Eco - the Italian author of "The Name of the Rose".
Read a book set during the Middle Ages (the 5th to the 15th century)
http://umbertoeco.com/en/welcome-to-t...

David Bowie – singer, songwriter, actor and record producer.
Fame – Read a book with a celebrity in it. They don’t have to be a main character, but have to be more than a mention.
China Girl – Read a book that takes place in China, or where a main character is Chinese.
Space Oddity – Read a scifi book
Modern Love - Read a contemporary romance
Rebel Rebel - Read a GLBT book
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/new...

Alan Rickman – actor and director
Read a fantasy book.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000614/bi... (great trivia included)

Muhammad Ali – boxer, “The Greatest”
Read a book about a larger than life character
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee – read a book of poetry
Conscientious objector – Read a book that shows a character dealing with war (objector, living in war zone, aid worker…)
Parkinson’s disease – read a book with a main character dealing with a life threatening condition
http://muhammadali.com/ (This is an impressive website and is worth checking out)

Jon English – Singer-Songwriter. I agree with Rusalka that he is hands down the best Pirate King ever.
Read a play or musical script, or a book that was turned into a play or musical.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-10...

Rob Ford - infamous former mayor of Toronto
Read a book involving corruption – political, corporate, religious, law enforcement.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_For...

ZAHA HADID- famous architect, 1st female to obtain the Pritzker Prize for Architecture in 2005
Read a book by a bestselling female author
http://designmuseum.org/designers/zah...

Keith Emerson - founding member of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer.
Welcome Back My Friends, to the Show that Never Ends,
Read a book about a musician, or with a musician as a main character
http://www.keithemerson.com/AboutEmo/...

Pat Harrington Jr and Ken Howard were both actors. I just watched an old episode of Murder, She Wrote where both guest starred.
Read a cozy mystery
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Har....
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Howard

Glenn Frey – founding member of the Eagles along with a solo career.
Desperado – Read a western.
The Best of My Love - Read a romance
Hotel California – read a horror book
Life in the Fast Lane – read an action/adventure book.
http://glennfreyonline.com/

Earl Hamner Jr - Best known as the creator, executive producer, and warm narrative voice of the long-running television series The Waltons
Read a book centered around a family.
http://www.earlhamner.com/

Prince – singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor
Little Red Corvette – Read a book with a mode of transportation on the cover, but not feet).
1999 – Read an apocalyptic or dystopian book.
I Wanna Be Your Lover – Read a romance or erotica
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/art...


It’s your world now
My race is run
I’m moving on
Like the setting sun
No sad goodbyes
No tears allowed
You’ll be alright
It’s your world now

from “It's Your World Now”
Written by Glenn Frey and Jack Tempchin
From the Eagles’ Long Road Out of Eden album


message 5: by TrudyA (new)

TrudyA (trudyan) | 1665 comments I like Never Four-get. Or how about "Gone but not Four-gotten"?

I am willing to assume one of the duties you have listed, maybe be in charge of reporting thread (though not sure what that entails).


message 6: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18196 comments I like that one TrudyAn. Let's see what other fun things people come up with. I've been spying on the other teams (already) and there are some good team name ideas. Stealing one of the ideas I saw, Four-get Me Not.

Whoever is responsible for the reporting thread sets up a post called Team 4 reporting (or words to that affect) before the toppler starts. Then when people have read their book, they report in the reporting thread. That thread is for reporting only and we do all our chatting and planning in here. Then the person in charge of reporting tots up the scores for our team as the toppler progresses. That's it basically. Are you up for it TrudyAn?


message 7: by Casceil (new)

Casceil | 2641 comments TrudyAn commented on another thread that this is her first toppler. TrudyAn, you are jumping in enthusiastically, but I would be happy to help if you need any help.

I like all of the name suggestions so far, but I think "Gone but Not Forgotten" might be a little too long. Would it get abbreviated to the "Gone" team? How about just "Not Fourgotten"?


message 8: by TrudyA (new)

TrudyA (trudyan) | 1665 comments Sarah wrote: "I like that one TrudyAn. Let's see what other fun things people come up with. I've been spying on the other teams (already) and there are some good team name ideas. Stealing one of the ideas I saw,..."

Sure, I could do that, Sarah. Casceil, thanks for offering to assist! Considering this is my first toppler, I would be equally happy to let the experienced team members manage things this time, if you think that would work best. Either way works for me.


message 9: by Elsbeth (new)

Elsbeth (elsbethgm) | 1136 comments Hi Team! Just a quick hello from me. ;-)
I like all the names...


message 10: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18196 comments I like Not Fourgotten too. It's short and to the point.

If Casceil is happy to do reporting, you could be a cheerleader TrudyAn (which is basically giving us all moral support during the week in the form of posts to this thread). I don't mind either way. If you want to do reporting and have someone to assist you with it, that is also fine.

We still have a number of people to check in but it's early days yet.


message 11: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18196 comments The tasks have been updated over in the main toppler thread so be sure to head on over and to check them out. More tasks are available now.

We're not required to do anything complicated this time, just read as many books as we can that fit the tasks. So we don't need a spreadsheet.

I've been busy seeing what books I can read for the tasks and I have lots now that J'mom added fantasy and sci-fi as options. I'm going to have to do some serious decision making, I feel the fruit machine might have to come out :-)

Get gophering team!!


message 12: by Ariane (last edited Jun 06, 2016 02:11AM) (new)

Ariane | 697 comments Hi girls! I'm so happy to begin this toppler!
I like the name Not Fourgotten too.
I have seen the tasks and like them, I think we have so many possibilities, so many decisions to make now!
Do you know if we have to cover them all? Or if we have a bonus if we do?


message 13: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18196 comments We don't need to cover them all - J'mom hasn't stated that they all need to be covered. As for bonus points, J'mom won't announce those until after I guess and they could be for anything so best not to get too hung up on them. Just read what you want basically. As usual, I'm aiming to read shorter books so I can complete more in the week as each book read will get points. I'll choose an audio too for when I'm commuting and doing chores.


message 14: by Elsbeth (last edited Jun 06, 2016 03:24AM) (new)

Elsbeth (elsbethgm) | 1136 comments Did I see it right, that the minimum page count is 150? usually with Topplers it is 175, I thought?!
I Hope it is 150, since I have at least 3 books for the MC above 60 with about 155 pages - it's a trilogy.


message 15: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18196 comments Yes it's 150. It varies. We've had both as minimum page count. Go with it.


message 16: by Elsbeth (new)

Elsbeth (elsbethgm) | 1136 comments Yeah! :-)
It means I can read more!


message 17: by TrudyA (new)

TrudyA (trudyan) | 1665 comments Sarah wrote: "I like Not Fourgotten too. It's short and to the point.

If Casceil is happy to do reporting, you could be a cheerleader TrudyAn (which is basically giving us all moral support during the week in t..."


Sure, if that is what you would rather I do.


message 18: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18196 comments I don't mind either way, as long as all the positions are filled, that's all that matters. Just tell me what you decide and we can go from there. I think it's great that you want to get stuck in :-) I guess it looks like I've taken the team leader role if everyone is happy with that.


message 19: by Elsbeth (new)

Elsbeth (elsbethgm) | 1136 comments I'm happy with that, Sarah! :D
And I'm happy with whatever you would like to do, TrudyAn! Just keep in mind that whenever you feel like you can't handle it or just don't want to do it anymore, just say it and we'll figure it out together, as a team! The most important thing is that you enjoy yourself - that, and winning, of course :D


message 20: by TrudyA (new)

TrudyA (trudyan) | 1665 comments Sarah wrote: "I don't mind either way, as long as all the positions are filled, that's all that matters. Just tell me what you decide and we can go from there. I think it's great that you want to get stuck in :-..."

I have no problem being a cheerleader. :).


message 21: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18196 comments Thanks TrudyAn. :-) I'm rubbish at making firm decisions, especially when it involves assigning roles/delegating. I'm fine with making rulings on whether something fits a theme (in the case of group reads) though. I'll put you down for cheerleader (unless you would really rather do the reporting). See?! I'm hopeless!


message 22: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18196 comments I've decided on one of my audio book - Charlotte's Web which is pretty short. It fits the book made in to a film task. I read it as a kid but I can't remember much about it. I always like an audiobook on the go throughout the week. I might get a second one in but we'll see. As for print books, I have lots of options which I need to look through again.


message 23: by Casceil (new)

Casceil | 2641 comments Okay, I'll handle the reporting thread. It sounds like it is really simple this time, if we can all read whatever we want and we don't have to keep track of which or how many bases are covered. TrudyAn would have been fine with this. I was just a little concerned it might turn out to be complicated like Bingo, and that would be mean to do to a newbie.

Sarah, didn't you know you were volunteering to be team captain when you started organizing us? I thought it was some sort of unwritten rule. You will be magnificent, and we will do our best to make you proud.


message 24: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18196 comments Excellent Casceil! I understand your logic - the Bingo toppler was quite complex and would have been a nightmare for a first time topplerite to get their head around. But we've been having a few more of the traditional topplers recently which are much more laidback and easier to keep track of. Personally, I like both the simple and the complex ones.

I created the post as no one else had but the post creator doesn't necessarily have to be the team leader, nor does the moderator in a team. But I'm happy to do it. I just thought I'd open it up for others before jumping on it.

We have two new members - Kerri & Kristi! Welcome to the team. I'm marking a tick against people's names in message 1 so we know they've checked in. We still have a few to do so but it's early days.


message 25: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18196 comments Oh, and more tasks have been added so please have another read through them.


message 26: by Kristi (last edited Jun 07, 2016 07:57AM) (new)

Kristi (kristicoleman) Hey there! This is my first toppler, I'm so excited to join in!


message 27: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (sarahlou29) | 1302 comments Just checking in quickly to let you know I'm round. I will have a proper look later and tomoz.


message 28: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (sarahlou29) | 1302 comments I'm happy with you being team leader, I may be quite quiet cuz I'm fairly busy lately but don't worry I'll report books read etc.

I like the name Not Four-gotten =]

I think I can read 2 books. I'm keen on the Harper Lee, Pat Conroy and Alan Rickman tasks.


message 29: by Elsbeth (new)

Elsbeth (elsbethgm) | 1136 comments Kristi wrote: "Hey there! This is my first toppler, I'm so excited to join in!"

I hope you'll like it, Kristie! I've now been in a few, and loved every one of them! :) Have fun!


message 30: by Kerri (new)

Kerri Hi team four, I'm just checking in.


message 31: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18196 comments Hey Kristi and Sarah. Thanks for checking in. We have a few people new to topplers in our team. You are in for a treat! They are great fun. We spend a lot of time talking in this thread discussing what we are reading, eating and drinking, ways to get our significant others, children and pets out of our hair so we can read, etc during the week while we read our books. Obviously real life still goes on so not everyone is glued to this thread during the toppler week - you can chat on here as much or as little as you like. Same for the amount of books you read and what tasks you cover. Obviously the more books the team reads overall the better as we do want to win ;-)

We'll wait a couple more days for other team members to check in bu Not Fourgotten is looking popular.


message 32: by Pragya (new)

Pragya  (reviewingshelf) | 3606 comments Hey y'all. Checking in. :D


message 33: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18196 comments So has anyone had any thoughts on what they'll be reading yet?

I know i won't be around on the last day of the toppler as we will be moving our boat up the caen hill lock flight (29 locks in total). It will probably take all day. I'm going to aim for 2 books plus 1 audio but hope to do more. I have book options but i won't commit to which books until nearer the time.


message 34: by TrudyA (new)

TrudyA (trudyan) | 1665 comments Sarah wrote: "So has anyone had any thoughts on what they'll be reading yet?

I know i won't be around on the last day of the toppler as we will be moving our boat up the caen hill lock flight (29 locks in tota..."


I had to google the Caen Hill locks. Interesting! I can see why it will take much of a day.

I have had a look at my bookshelves and pulled about 10 short(ish) books that will fit one of the criteria. The criteria is so diverse, it seems almost any book can fit somewhere! I can likely read two or three, but won't decide which ones specifically until closer to the start date. I also hope to listen to my first Harry Potter book, if the library cooperates with the timing.


message 35: by Casceil (new)

Casceil | 2641 comments I've collected some possibles, but I tend to make actual decisions during toppler week by figuring out what I am in the mood for at the time. Has anyone read The Jungle Book? I picked it up yesterday as a 99 cent Kindle Deal, and I might read that for "classic." I plan to read First Frost for magical realism. It's a sequel to a book I loved, Garden Spells. I hope to be able to read at three three books


message 36: by Kerri (last edited Jun 09, 2016 01:12AM) (new)

Kerri I've made a start trying to fill in some gaps
Magical Realism The Girl Who Chased the Moon
Main Character 60+ The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
Sport The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
Mental Health Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend
Best selling female My Name Is Lucy Barton
Cosy Mystery Broken Promises
Horror The Devil All the Time
Transport on the cover Revolutionary Road
Not sure which ones I'll read yet, just getting some options ready.


message 37: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18196 comments Funny you should mention The Jungle Book Casceil as I was contemplating it. I own it but as Classics aren't generally my thing, I was worried about reading one for a toppler. I downloaded it as my partner wanted to read it. His mate recommended it to him. It's apparently very good.

I'm trying to pick books which might also fit the geocache challenge too.

Yes there are lots of options TrudyAn which is nice. Some topplers are much more specific but this time around, it's much more flexible. The locks are pretty impressive. We've been up and down them a few times now since having the boat. My partner just bought a timelapse camera so I'm going to try and film from the front of the boat going up the flight. If it works ok, I'll upload it to youtube and post a link.


message 38: by Sarah, Moderator (last edited Jun 12, 2016 07:19AM) (new)

Sarah | 18196 comments These are my options:
Skin Deep mental health 208pg
Fahrenheit 451 classic 227pg
InterWorld magician 239pg
Carrie film 253pg (library)
Sons of Anarchy: Bratva mode of transport 258pg
Angelfall fantasy 288pg
Cobweb Bride fantasy 293pg
Bone Crossed fantasy 300pg geocache
The High Druid's Blade fantasy 305pg netgalley
Third Grave Dead Ahead fantasy 310pg
The Magician's Lie magician 320pg Netgalley priority
The Andromeda Strain film, sci-fi 327pg Paperback Priority
Old Man's War soldier, sci fi and over 60 362pg geocache

Brave New World classic, sci fi (audio) 8hrs
The Magic World magician, fantasy classic (audio) 6hrs
The Wind in the Willows classic (audio) 5hrs
After Dark (audio) 5hrs magical realism, chinese character
A Clockwork Orange (audio) 6hr30 film
Charlotte's Web (audio) 3hr30 film *

Annoyingly, the ones which appeal most are the longest. Ideally, I'd like to go for the shorter ones and work my way down the list. However, last toppler I didn't exactly read any books which I enjoyed all that much so I'd like to read something good this time. Decisions decisions.


message 39: by Ariane (new)

Ariane | 697 comments I hae a list of books ready, but I still have to go to the Library and I will decide what to read at the last minute.


message 40: by Elsbeth (new)

Elsbeth (elsbethgm) | 1136 comments Ariane wrote: "I hae a list of books ready, but I still have to go to the Library and I will decide what to read at the last minute."

That's my plan, too. I Have about 4 short books (just above 150 pages), so I think I'll read those and see if I can fit in more... I usually read about 4 books during Toppler week.


message 41: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (sarahlou29) | 1302 comments Casceil wrote: "I've collected some possibles, but I tend to make actual decisions during toppler week by figuring out what I am in the mood for at the time. Has anyone read The Jungle Book? I picked ..."

I've read The Jungle Book, it was okay. It would work for the classic and it was a quick read.


message 42: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18196 comments The Jungle Book would also work for "made in to a film".


message 43: by Sarah (last edited Jun 09, 2016 08:46AM) (new)

Sarah (sarahlou29) | 1302 comments I have some more reading ideas:

Read a classic /Made into a movie -
The Invisible Man 192p and Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There 228p

Middle Ages (the 5th to the 15th century) - Hangman Blind 314p

Read a fantasy book - All Hallows Moon 189p

Turned into a play or musical- The Phantom of the Opera: Piano/Vocal 225p


message 44: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (sarahlou29) | 1302 comments Sarah wrote: "The Jungle Book would also work for "made in to a film"."

Ooh yes yes, has anyone seen it, I saw it a few weeks ago and thought it was pretty good.


message 45: by TrudyA (new)

TrudyA (trudyan) | 1665 comments Let's settle on a team name so we are not the last team to do so. We don't want to get comfortable being in last place for anything!


message 46: by Casceil (new)

Casceil | 2641 comments I thought we had settled on "Not Fourgotten" or possibly "Not Four-gotten." What other names are in contention?


message 47: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18196 comments Pretty sure the consensus was Not Fourgotten. I was just waiting for more people to check in and give input. We've had people checking in but no confirmation on team name. I say we go with it. I don't mind if it's hypened or not. I'm away at the moment but I'll update our thread name tomorrow when I'm back on my laptop.


message 48: by Sarah, Moderator (new)

Sarah | 18196 comments Right! I've changed the name of our thread (and therefore our team name) to Team Not Fourgotten.

It's been quiet in our thread. The other groups have been doing some serious chatting!

We have 2 people yet to check in - Carolyn and Deborah. Hopefully they'll check in over the next couple of days.

We've moved our boat further away from the train station so I'll be catching buses more (1hr per day) during the toppler so I might be able to fit another audio in besides the one I had planned. I can't read books on the bus (but I can on the train) so I revert to audio at these times.


message 49: by Casceil (new)

Casceil | 2641 comments I've been ordering cheap used books through Amazon, and a have a little pile on my desk now, ready to go. I have a fantasy, a cozy, and Suspect by Robert Crais, which looks like it might fit in any of several categories.


message 50: by Kerri (new)

Kerri I've organised as many audios as I can to fit different categories. I usually listen to one while doing my chores, then revert to reading at night. I've changed my mind on some of the books I listed as some of my choices were too long, now they are all around the 300 page mark. I'm hoping to get through 5 or 6 that week.


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