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message 1: by Moderators of NBRC, Challenger-in-Chief (last edited Sep 19, 2016 05:06PM) (new)

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Red Panda

Mentor: Karen

Kazen ~ Captain
Margaret ~ Co-Captain
Rose ~ Co-Captain
Pragya Verma
Sam Nguyen


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message 6: by Kazen (last edited Aug 20, 2016 02:59AM) (new)

Kazen I finished a book, yea! what?

- mark the book as read
- make sure it is on your wobble challenge bookshelf

Then post the book in the team thread (the one you're reading now) using the following format:
Book cover
Book name and author
Date read
Number of pages
The square you're reading for
How the book fits the task

Once you do that:
- bask in your own awesomeness
- start your next book :)

message 7: by Kazen (last edited Jul 08, 2016 12:37AM) (new)


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message 9: by Kazen (last edited Jun 08, 2016 07:04AM) (new)

Kazen Hi Red Pandas!

I'm Kazen, an American living in Kyoto, Japan. I'm so excited to be your captain this Wobble! I'm a medical interpreter, helping English-speaking patients communicate with their Japanese doctors. My job takes me all over, and commutes equal reading time, yea! I love romance, non-fiction, and regular ol' fiction, and recently I've been getting into more books in translation. I'm looking forward to meeting all you guys and rocking the competition! :D

eta: I made it back in time to friend everyone, yea! We have a combination of North Americans and Australians/Asia people here, so I'll leave it to you NAers to gab away until the rest of us wake up. ;) Yea Wobble!

message 10: by Karen ⊰✿, Fiction Aficionado (new)

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Slender LorisTapirRed PandaPlumed Basilisk

Land teams mini challenge

Just for Fun! While waiting for wobble to start

Books with a READ date of June 8-16 and 100 pages or more count.


To Play:

Read books with:
- Land animals in the title (max. 2 per book) for 20 points each
- Land animals in the book as characters (max. 5 per book) for 10 points each
- Land animals mentioned in the book (max. 5 per book) for 5 points each
- Land animals on the cover for 10 points (max. 5 per book)

BONUS: Read a book that someone on a different land team has read for 20 points!

*Shapeshifters DO count.
*If a land animal is being claimed as a character, it can not also be counted as a "mention".
*When reading a book a team member from another land team has read, it may have a read date before or during this mini challenge

You CAN mix and match for lots of points.


For example:

Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels, #7) by Ilona Andrews

Land animals in the book as characters (Derek-wolf, Curran-lion, Jim - Jaguar, Andrea - Hyena, Barabas - Mongoose): 50 points
Land animal (lion) on the book: 10 points
Bonus: Someone {name} on Land team {name} has read for 20 points
So my book is worth 80 points! (50+10+20)


Remember: This is NOT for Wobble points, it is just for fun and to get to know your fellow Land team players.

Land teams are:
Slender Loris
Red Panda
Plumed Basilisk

message 11: by Kazen (new)

Kazen The thread is open, huzzah and welcome, Red Pandas! Tell us a little about yourself, where you're from, and what you're looking forward to this challenge. I have a feeling the mods have a lot of surprises in store for us - I can't wait!

message 12: by Kate (new)

Kate ★ (spillsandspoils) | 83 comments Hello red pandas! Pandas are my favorite animals and I didn't know red pandas exist. :)

I'm Kate, from the Philippines. I'm so excited for WOBBLE because team challenges are so much fun and makes me excited to read books. I love horror, thriller/mystery, and YA books, although I'm open to discovering other genres. I also enjoy watching TV shows and I can't wait for the next season of the Walking Dead!

Fun fact: I'm getting married this June 16th! :)

So excited to meet all of you. Let's have fun!

message 13: by prag ♻ (new)

prag ♻ (janayanation) Hi people! I too, did not know about the existence of red pandas, lol.

I'm Pragya from India, I mostly read YA, though I'm open to other genres as well. The only other challenge I've done with NRBC is Tower Teams 4 which was quite fun, so I have high expectations from this one too.

@Kate: Congratulations!!

message 14: by Lory (new)

Lory | 481 comments Hello! I'm Lory from the US. Red Pandas are absolutely adorable and I am extremely happy to have them as the mascot!

I have only done one team challenge before (Around the World), but enjoyed it a lot. I will need the team motivation to get one book a week! I love reading all kinds and am always looking for new books to read. Can't wait to get started :-)

Congratulations Kate!

message 15: by Ella (new)

Ella | 366 comments Hi, I'm Ella, from India. This is my second group challenge, i just finished my first UNO challenge on the 31st of may . I actually have my examz going on but thank God it'll gt over on the 16th. i still read during my examz but its a lot slower than usual. Im super excited to have found this challenge.(i signed up just minutes bfr the mods stopped the entry. Phew!)

message 16: by Ella (new)

Ella | 366 comments Congratulations Kate!

message 17: by Beth (new)

Beth  (jasonverlander) | 1487 comments I'm not on this team but I went to the zoo yesterday and saw the red pandas and bought a red panda stuffed animal. So yeah they are super cute!!

message 18: by Victoria Grace (new)

Victoria Grace (torrritm) | 67 comments Hi my name is Tori! I'm originally from Wheaton, Illinois USA but live in Minnesota right now finishing up my second degree! I love reading YA, Romance (or romantic YA). I Graduated in the spring with my Genetics, cell biology and development degree and am hoping to get my degree in Medical lab sciences this coming year! I have been in one competition in the past but had to drop out early due to unforeseen circumstance. I'm finally out of my slump and ready to read all summer! Congratulations Kate!

Also, I went to the Brookfield zoo in Illinois this year and saw a red panda! They are adorable and my boyfriend's favorite animal!

message 19: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissa98) Hi, I'm Melissa! I live in New Zealand and I am currently studying at university, majoring in applied mathematics and computer science. I love to read classics, sci-fi, horror, and fantasy. This is my first group challenge and I'm looking forward to it -- red pandas are very cute :)

message 20: by Rose (new)

Rose | 599 comments Hi all, I'm Rose (co-captain). I'm currently in Nashville, TN, but I'm originally from Minnesota. I'm a grad student studying for my PhD in Neuroscience.

We seem to be a very STEM/medical career heavy team. :)

message 21: by Margaret (new)

Margaret | 456 comments Good morning Red Pandas! I am Margaret saying "Hi" from a very cold, wet and rainy Adelaide, South Australia.

I am one of your co-captains helping out Kazen with this awesome team challenge. I have done a few team challenges before and I am really looking forward to getting to know you all and getting some great books read over the next 4 months.

And keeping with the STEM theme - I work as a process analyst with a finance company :)

message 22: by Riah (last edited Jun 08, 2016 05:58PM) (new)

Riah (Moscato) | 55 comments Aloha Red Pandas!

My name is Riah and I am originally from Hawaii and have been there for my entire life until May of this year when I moved to the east coast of the U.S. I m expecting my first child in September and currently have 3 fur babies. I love reading all kinds of books from horror to non fiction. This is my first actual challenge and I am excited! Can't wait to discuss and read with you all.

message 23: by S (new)

S (ahhhhhhhhh) Cheerios! I'm Sydney. I live in Oregon and I'm going into high school this year. And I don't have much to do this summer.

message 24: by prag ♻ (new)

prag ♻ (janayanation) Hii, do we have a spreadsheet for the land mini challenge?

message 25: by Kazen (new)


Hello everyone!

I'm sorry I haven't been able to get back to the thread until now! Today I had an emergency patient so I spent six hours interpreting at a hospital two hours away from my house. :/ But I'm back and can answer questions and things again, yea! Big happy post incoming....

message 26: by Kazen (last edited Jun 09, 2016 06:31AM) (new)

Kazen Kate - Congrats on getting married! And just before the Wobble, good timing. ;) Do you have a theme of some sort for the wedding? Or even just tell us what color the bridesmaid dresses or decorations will be so we can picture it :)

Pragya - I hope you get to see some red pandas the next time you get to visit a zoo! I know I had a cute video around here somewhere, let me see if I can find it... aha! Red pandas in snow!

Hmm, I can't embed so click here:

Lory - Motivation will be our middle name, so no worries! I love the kick in the pants that team challenges offer. :) And finding new books to read is great, too! What have you read and liked lately?

Under the Wire Ella - Congrats on signing up just in time! Exams though, yuck. Is there a particular test you're especially not looking forward to?

(...I know that's weird English, but I think you understand what I mean...)

~gulps some tea to see her through to Part 2~

message 27: by Kazen (new)

Kazen Beth - Thank you for the unknowing support of our team! ;) They are the cutest though, can't argue with you there.

Tori - Congrats on busting your reading slump! This challenge make sure it doesn't return for, oh... 18 weeks. ;) I'll be reading romances along with you, yea! What kind of romance subgenres do you like? Historical, contemporary, paranormal... lately I've been deep in the historicals. :)

Melissa - We're so happy to have you for your first group challenge! It sounds like the genres you like will balance nicely with the rest of the group. :) I'm not a huge horror fan but I'm always willing to give something a try - have you read anything recently that you can recommend?

Rose and Margaret - co-captain high five! ~high five sound~

(Did I mention that I interpreted for six hours today and may be a bit addled in the brain? Moving on...)

Riah - Another first challenge person, yea! Moving from Hawaii to the East Coast must have been quite a shock... what do you like best about your new home, and what from Hawaii do you miss the most? (Can I guess food? I know I miss "proper" American food while I'm here in Japan...)

Sydney - Congrats on entering high school! Is it a new building/place or do you just continue on where you are now? And you have plenty to do this summer - read and chat with us, of course! ;)

Re: spreadsheet - yes, there is a spreadsheet. Let me make sure I have the right link before I post it along with reporting instructions. :)

message 28: by Ella (new)

Ella | 366 comments wow Kazen- six hours of interpreting...i feel tired just thinking abt it. lol.
i don't like British poetry or any poetry really but that's already done. i like novels and drama. i dont exactly have any unpleasant papers left. only German and aural viva left (though i get nervous and strt forgetting my answers during aural exams hehe)

message 29: by prag ♻ (new)

prag ♻ (janayanation) 6 hours, wow! And you're still here, managing everything!?

I saw the video! Damn, red pandas are cute. (From me, that's a huge deal because usually I can't stand most animals.) (Yep, I really don't like animals. Most people are very surprised to hear that.)

message 30: by prag ♻ (new)

prag ♻ (janayanation) No rush for the spreadsheet, I was just asking:)

message 31: by Sam (new)

Sam (sam_nguyen) | 124 comments Hi everyone. Seems like I'm a bit late.

I'm Sam, from Vietnam. I go to school in Karuizawa, Japan though I'm enjoying my summer break back in my hometown. I read pretty much everything, but Historical Fictions intimidate me sometimes... My favourite is perhaps Fantasy.

Nice to get to know you all. I bet I'm amongst the youngest in this team :)

PS: Kate - Congratulations!

message 32: by Lory (new)

Lory | 481 comments I am trying to save some reading up for this challenge! But recently I read a non-fiction book about George Washington's Spy Ring. George Washington's Secret Six. I really enjoyed it because it was a pretty easy read for a non-fiction. I wouldn't recommend it for hard-core history buffs, but was pretty light and interesting.

I tend to read a lot of fantasy and young adult books. I am also working on finishing Champion by Maria Lu and Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness. Also pretty good.

I do have a question (sorry for the long post!). What is the deal with the shelf we had to make for this. Is the idea that is where we put the books to read? Still new at the challenges so trying to figure everything else.

Thanks in advance!

message 33: by prag ♻ (new)

prag ♻ (janayanation) @Lory, I'm reading Champion at the moment too!

message 34: by prag ♻ (new)

prag ♻ (janayanation) I think you put books on the shelf as you read them, because it will be linked to the spreadsheet that will show the points and stuff.

message 35: by Victoria Grace (last edited Jun 09, 2016 09:40AM) (new)

Victoria Grace (torrritm) | 67 comments Hi guys!

Kazen: I have been in the mood for contemporary and paranormal romance lately. I'm 100 pages away from finishing my first Sherrilyn Kenyon book. I actually love it! I reread bared to you the other day because I don't remember what happens and I still have not read captivated by you. I have a work book and an at home book. My work book this week is This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen. She used to be one of my favorite authors and her books need to be read in the summer! I have not given historical romance it's fair shot (besides Pride and Prejudice), but if you have any juicy suggestions, I'm all ears!

Lory and Pragya: The Legend Series by Maria Lu is one of my favorite series of all time! I have never felt so many conflicting feelings in all of my life. I recommend that series to all of my friends. If you haven't you should give the Darkest Mind's series a go when you are done!

message 36: by prag ♻ (new)

prag ♻ (janayanation) @Tori: Well, I didn't like Legend too much but Prodigy was definitely interesting. I dunno, I just don't think this series is too original. I do love Sarah Dessen though.

message 37: by Kate (new)

Kate ★ (spillsandspoils) | 83 comments Thanks everyone for the well-wishes! I'm nervous and excited at the same time.

We opted for a simple wedding, but our colors are like this:

I didn't know it can be really stressful to plan a wedding! Can never do it alone. :(

message 38: by Kate (new)

Kate ★ (spillsandspoils) | 83 comments Seems like a lot of us here are into YA books! That's exciting! :)

message 39: by prag ♻ (new)

prag ♻ (janayanation) Kate wrote: "Thanks everyone for the well-wishes! I'm nervous and excited at the same time.

We opted for a simple wedding, but our colors are like this:

I didn't know it can be really stressful to plan a w..."

Ooh, pretty!

message 40: by Victoria Grace (new)

Victoria Grace (torrritm) | 67 comments Kate: I love the blue and yellow! it's perfect for a June wedding!

Pragya: Really you didn't like them? Maybe I'm reading the wrong YA books, but they were so unique.

Since we're all YA experts, has anyone read the Covenant series by Jennifer L Armentrout? I finished the first one last week and just got the second one. I can't tell if it's YA or not. It's like a more adult version of Vampire Academy.

message 41: by prag ♻ (new)

prag ♻ (janayanation) I haven't, but I've read her Lux series and I wasn't too impressed by it so I decided not to read it. Is it good? I may give it a shot then.

Whoos, I didn't like VA too much either, I liked bloodlines much better.

It's not the wrong books, we probably just have very different tastes :P

message 42: by Ella (new)

Ella | 366 comments i've read the covenant series and the lux series.. i really liked it then.. but i haven't read much YA since the vampire academy n bloodline series. i loved VA more so it looks like Pragya, u n i have very different tastes hehe.
i actually just reread the whole crossfire series last month bfr i read one with u- the last bk in the series. really liked the series even though a lot of ppl criticized it a lot.

message 43: by prag ♻ (new)

prag ♻ (janayanation) Yep, seems like it. Wait, let me do a comparison (I really love running this test on GR, I have no idea why.)

message 44: by Ella (new)

Ella | 366 comments i also love readin historical romance. right now im reading falling for mr. darcy, which is a PnP variation. ive read a few variations and some are quite good.
p.s i normally post book names as Iinks but ryt now im using the app (which i use sometimes but then edit my msgs latr when i use my comp)

message 45: by Victoria Grace (new)

Victoria Grace (torrritm) | 67 comments I think we do because I really didn't like the ending to the Blood line series at all. I thought it was dull and predictable compared to the Vampire Academy series! I read the first two books of the Lux series but got bored and didn't want to keep going.

To be fair though, EVERYONE says they love Cassandra Claire's Infernal Devices series more than the Mortal Instruments series and I did not care for the the Infernal Devices books at all and loathed the ending. Thus, maybe I have bad taste in books =]. (I usually read the books for the love story =])

message 46: by Ella (new)

Ella | 366 comments Tori, even I read books, watch series, hear songs etc etc fr the love story. in fact when my brother wants me to watch a series that he's watching he'll either say the guy is cute or that there a love story in it. lol

pragya, even i LOVE comparing books. infact when i recieve a frnd reqst thats the first thing i do. i hate that the app doesnt allow that feature.

message 47: by prag ♻ (last edited Jun 09, 2016 11:15AM) (new)

prag ♻ (janayanation) Haha, we have 48% similar tastes based on the books we've both rated

message 48: by prag ♻ (new)

prag ♻ (janayanation) Tori wrote: "I think we do because I really didn't like the ending to the Blood line series at all. I thought it was dull and predictable compared to the Vampire Academy series! I read the first two books of th..."

There isn't any bad taste, to be honest. And while we're on Cassandra Clare, I used to LOVE her 3 years ago, when I first read TMI, TID, the lot. But now? She isn't that great. There are much better authors. The only thing she really excels at is character building. That's why people (and me) get so attached to her world. For example, I would sell my soul for malec, or any Herondale. Do the really exist? No. But because of the way they've been written, in my life, they do.

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prag ♻ (janayanation) Ella wrote: "Tori, even I read books, watch series, hear songs etc etc fr the love story. in fact when my brother wants me to watch a series that he's watching he'll either say the guy is cute or that there a l..."

OMG YES I DO THE SAME I used to think I was the only one but I'm just so curious about what people like to read.

message 50: by Ella (new)

Ella | 366 comments hehe not so bad i guess.. :) though TBH i am very generous when it comes to gving stars. but my reviews reveal exactly how much i liked it

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