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message 1: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
The mods will use this thread for novelties or events in the group, like new games, polls, read-a-thon, progress in the challenge, etc.

Link to the 2017 Announcements


message 2: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
Jan 1: Happy New Year!! A new year means a new challenge which may just be the most exciting part of the start of 2018.

If you haven't already, create a 2018 plan to get organized for the new prompts.

If you've been here before, you'll notice that we changed the format up for the progress posts and they are now weekly topics. They are an open discussion about each week. But please continue to keep discussion of the actual book in the proper A-Z Folder.

What are the A-Z Folders, you may ask? The A-Z folders are here to discuss the books, so to make the topics friendly, please follow the rules:
- Make sure that there isn't already a discussion going for your book before creating a new thread! If there is one, join it.
- For the title, use "Title, by Author".
- Link the book to the topic, using the "This topic is about" box.
- To encourage discussion: tell us for which "category number" you'll read the book and why you chose it, don't forget to give your opinion when you finish the book. A summary of the book would be nice [copy and paste from the book page ;) ] but is not required.
- You can post new topics for your next 3 reads and join the existing discussions for all your planned books.

Suggestions are now open for our February Book of the Month. The theme has changed slightly so hopefully this allows more members to fit the book into their 2018 plan.

Please join me, and the other mods, in welcoming Bryony to our mod team!! Look out for an intro from all the mods coming soon.

We added a new (minor) feature to the group with a "water cooler"- type break area. Go there to have completely open discussion about your day and general life.

We will be having another read-a-thon, with team challenges, in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

Just a friendly reminder, this section is for mod use only. Subscribe to new announcements by checking the 'Notify me when people reply' box. If you have questions, ask them here!


message 3: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (last edited Jan 05, 2018 08:22AM) (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
Jan 5: Our first read-a-thon for 2018 is officially on the books for January 28-February 4!

Go here for more info: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 4: by Sophie (new)

Sophie (sawphie) | 2920 comments Jan 21: Only 7 days before our first read-a-thon of the year!
Sign up here if you're interested in participating in a team challenge.


message 5: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
March 9: Head over and vote for when you want our next read-a-thon!

https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/1...


message 6: by Sophie (new)

Sophie (sawphie) | 2920 comments March 10: Vote for our April Book of the Month until the 20th March.

https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/1...


message 7: by Bryony, Circumnavigation Mod (new)

Bryony (bryony46) | 1081 comments Mod
March 20: Our second read-a-thon will be starting this Saturday, 24 March.

Take a look at this thread to find out more and sign up for the team challenge.

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 8: by Sophie (last edited Mar 21, 2018 12:07PM) (new)

Sophie (sawphie) | 2920 comments March 22: April's Book of the Month will be The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, get your copies ready! :)

Discussions threads will be created in time in the BotM folder.


message 9: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
May 6: Vote for our June Book of the Month until May 20.

https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/1...


message 10: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
June 7:

Just as a friendly request, if you add books to the group bookshelf, please sure to check all appropriate shelves.
Add to Group > choose shelves > check - around-the-year-2018 and the appropriate week

Also, the Book of the Month is officially underway and the group is reading 84, Charing Cross Road for the month of June. Find the discussions here: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/group...


message 11: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
June 9:

The creation of the 2019 list is now officially underway! Future steps in the process will be announced here: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

Please subscribe to that thread if you would like notifications.

Also, all suggestion and voting threads, along with The Wild Discussion can be found in the Projects section: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/group...


message 12: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments July 16: August Book of the Month (Alternate History) is open for suggestions.

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 13: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments July 18: Vote for our August Book of the Month until July 25.

https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/1...


message 14: by Bryony, Circumnavigation Mod (last edited Jul 31, 2018 11:13AM) (new)

Bryony (bryony46) | 1081 comments Mod
July 31: The first discussion thread for our August Book of the month, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, is now open. This set of discussion questions are intended for before you start reading the book. Please come and join us!

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 15: by Bryony, Circumnavigation Mod (new)

Bryony (bryony46) | 1081 comments Mod
August 14: It’s almost time for our third read-a-thon of the year. Please vote for your preferred date in the poll.

https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/1...


message 16: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments August 22: Read-a-thon #3 starts this Saturday, August 25.

Head here for more info: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

Sign up for the team challenge here: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 17: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
September 8:

Inspired by The Great American Read from PBS, it's time for The Great ATY Read. Vote for your favorite book from The Great American Read list of 100 books:

https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/1...

If you haven't already, check out The Great American Read for a little extra reading fun.


message 18: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments September 17: Vote for our October Book of the Month until September 25.

https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/1...


message 19: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments October 1: October Book of the Month discussion posts for Sing, Unburied, Sing are now posted in the Book of the Month folder.

Part 1 (Before Starting): https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
Part 2 (Through Chapter 6): https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
Part 3 (Chapter 7 to End): https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 20: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments November 10: The December Book of the Month [Warm Atmosphere] suggestion thread is now open until 5-6 suggestions are seconded.

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 21: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments November 15: Vote for the December Book of the Month until November 25.

https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/1...


message 22: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (last edited Nov 29, 2018 02:18PM) (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
November 29: It’s almost time for our fourth and final read-a-thon of the year. Please vote for your preferred date in the poll.

https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/1...


message 23: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (last edited Jan 12, 2019 09:18AM) (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
January 12: The February Book of the Month [Dual Timeline] suggestion thread is now open until 5-6 suggestions are seconded.

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 24: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (last edited Jan 13, 2019 08:57AM) (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
January 13: Vote for the February Book of the Month until January 20.

https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/1...


message 25: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
January 24: Our February Book of the Month will be The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton.

Discussion will be begin on February 1 and can be found in the Book of the Month section: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/group...


message 26: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
February 14: It's almost time for our first read-a-thon of 2019!

Please vote for your preferred date in the poll: https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/1...


message 27: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
February 17: Please stop by the 'poll' section to answer a two quick questions about the team game for the upcoming read-a-thon:

https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/1...


message 28: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments February 27: Our first read-a-thon of 2019 is starting on Friday March 1.

Head here for more info: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

Sign up for the team challenge here: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 29: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
March 16: Please answer a quick poll about our group's 'Bookshelf' feature: https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/1...

I am extremely behind in getting books added to the Bookshelf and it is time consuming. I would like to know if it is a utilized feature of the group. Thanks!


message 30: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
March 17: We have a new group project!

Head on over and check out our new group reading map challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 31: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
March 19: The April Book of the Month [Mediterranean] suggestion thread is now open until 5-6 suggestions are seconded.

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 32: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
March 25: Vote for the April Book of the Month until March 30

https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/1...


message 33: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (last edited Mar 31, 2019 05:45AM) (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
March 31: Our April Book of the Month will be Circe by by Madeline Miller.

Discussion will begin on April 1 and can be found in the Book of the Month section: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/group...


message 34: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (last edited May 01, 2019 04:07PM) (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
May 1: The June Book of the Month [Number in Title or on Cover] suggestion thread is now open until 5-6 suggestions are seconded.

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 35: by Bryony, Circumnavigation Mod (new)

Bryony (bryony46) | 1081 comments Mod
May 2: You can now vote for our June book of the month. Voting will be open until Thursday May 16.

https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/1...


message 36: by Bryony, Circumnavigation Mod (new)

Bryony (bryony46) | 1081 comments Mod
May 10 - our first 24B4Monday event is starting today. Head over to this folder to find out more and join the fun.

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/group...


message 37: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
A copy of the May Newsletter, by request

Welcome to the brand new Around the Year in 52 Books newsletter. We’ll be sending this out at the start of each month to keep you all up to date with group activities like Book of the Month, read-a-thons and planning our reading list for 2020.

If you joined the group but haven’t yet started the challenge then check out the complete 2019 reading list and instructions for participating here.

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Book of the Month

Suggestions are now open[closed] for our June book of the month. The theme is a book with a number in the title or on the cover. Please visit this thread to suggest a book. There’s also still time to catch up on the discussion about April’s Book of the Month, Circe by Madeline Miller.

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Read-a-thons

The remaining read-a-thons for 2019 will be in June, September and December. Look out for more details nearer the time.

In the meantime, we’ll be running a “24B4Monday” weekend from Friday 10 May to Sunday 12 May. A bit like a read-a-thon, the idea is to read for 24 hours (or a smaller target if you prefer) over the weekend. Add the date to your calendar and look out for more information soon.

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Popular discussions

Struggling to pick your next book? Post your shortlist and see what other readers recommend in ”What should I read next?”

Do you enjoy reading long books? Check out the 500+ club for recommendations and encouragement from other fans of doorstoppers.

Don’t forget to take a look at the Fun & Games folder for book-related games and chat.

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Group highlights

The group group bookshelves are a great place to get ideas and inspiration for prompts you haven’t yet completed.

Our group reading map records all the countries that members of the group have “visited” by reading a book set there. To add your books to the list just post the title and location in this thread.

There’s some friendly competition amongst people using the community spreadsheet! If you’ve added your name to the spreadsheet then don’t forget to update your progress regularly.

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2020 reading challenge

The Around the Year in 52 Books reading list for each year is created by group members who suggest topics and vote to determine which ones make the final list. We’ll start planning the 2020 list in June 2019 but if you have any thoughts before then feel free to join the 2020 Wild Discussion

That’s all for now. As always, if you have any questions then don’t hesitate to ask here and one of the mods will be happy to help.

Happy reading!


message 38: by Bryony, Circumnavigation Mod (new)

Bryony (bryony46) | 1081 comments Mod
May 18: Two books received the same number of votes in our poll so there will be two Book of the Month discussions in June:
11/22/63 by Stephen King
and
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Both discussions will begin on 1 June and can be found in the Book of the Month folder: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/group...


message 39: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
May 22: We have a new group project! Check out more details on how you can earn badges based on your reading progress:

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 40: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
May 24: Vote for when you would like to have our next read-a-thon:

https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/1...


message 41: by Bryony, Circumnavigation Mod (new)

Bryony (bryony46) | 1081 comments Mod
May 25: New for 2019, we’re holding a summer reading challenge, with the chance to win a very exciting prize!

Check out this folder for all the details: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/group...


message 42: by Sophie (last edited Jun 01, 2019 09:28AM) (new)

Sophie (sawphie) | 2920 comments Some members that don't allow receiving messages from non-friends asked us to post the newsletter contents here. If you have this setting on and would like to receive it anyway, don't hesitate to ask us mods as friends!

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Welcome to our second Around the Year in 52 Books Newsletter! We’ll be sending this out at the start of each month to keep you up to date with group activities like Book of the Month, read-a-thons and projects. The information below will also be published in the Announcements topic.

If you joined the group but haven’t yet started the challenge then check out the complete 2019 reading list and instructions for participating here.

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2020 Reading Challenge

June is here, which means we're finally starting the creation of next year's list! Make sure you follow this thread for instructions and to receive notifications for each step of this amazingly fun process!

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Summer Reading Challenge

We also created an extra reading challenge for the months of June to August. It's not mandatory, but if you complete it you'll be able to enter a draw to choose one prompt for next year's ATY challenge! You'll find all the information in the challenge folder.

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BookS of the Month

After great entries and a suspenseful voting process, your votes ended up being split, so we decided to have two books of the month:
11/22/63 by Stephen King and
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The discussions opened today in this folder, so grab your copies now!

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Read-a-thon

Our next week-long read-a-thon will take place really soon, so keep an eye on this folder for updates. After that, we'll organise two more for the year in September and December.

Since you seemed to appreciate the 24B4Monday that took place in May, we decided to organise one on the first week-end of each month that doesn't hold a read-a-thon. So mark that down on your calendars and get ready to make some progress on your challenges!

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Badges

Our awesome designer mod Laura created amazing badges that you can display on your Goodreads profile (unfortunately Goodreads has temporary disabled the ability to put links on your profile, but we'll let you know when that is fixed), challenge topic, your blog, your website or print and use as decoration on your wall (we all like different artwork, don't we 😉). Catch them all if you can!

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That's it for today, the Mod team is wishing you a great month and hope you'll appreciate all the fun stuff coming up on the group! Don't hesitate to ask any question or make any suggestions here.

Happy reading!


message 43: by Sophie (new)

Sophie (sawphie) | 2920 comments 1st June: today is the kick-off of our list-making process for 2020! Head to this thread for the 1st mini-poll suggestions.

Subscribe to this thread to get notified of all the announcements regarding the 2020 reading challenge list.


message 44: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (last edited Jun 05, 2019 07:13PM) (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
June 5: Our next read-a-thon is starting on Friday June 7.

Head here for more info: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

Sign up for the team challenge here: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 45: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (last edited Jul 05, 2019 04:17PM) (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
Some members that don't allow receiving messages from non-friends asked us to post the newsletter contents here. If you have this setting on and would like to receive it anyway, don't hesitate to ask us mods as friends!

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Hello from your ATY moderators! Can you believe it's already July?!
If you joined the group but haven’t yet started the challenge then check out the complete 2019 reading list and instructions for participating here.

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2020 Reading Challenge

The process for creating our next challenge is officially underway! Make sure you follow this thread for all the information and to receive notifications for each step of this amazingly fun process! Whether you've been a member for 3 years or 3 days, this process is a great way to feel a little more connected with the next year's challenge.

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Summer Reading Challenge

We also created an extra reading challenge for the summer months (June to August). It's not mandatory, but if you complete it you'll be able to enter a draw to choose one prompt for next year's ATY challenge! You'll find all the information in the challenge folder.

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Read-a-thons

The remaining read-a-thons for 2019 will be in September and December. Look out for more details nearer the time.

In the meantime, we’ll be running a “24B4Monday” weekend from Friday July 5 to Sunday July 7. A bit like a read-a-thon, the idea is to read for 24 hours (or a smaller target if you prefer) over the weekend. Add the date to your calendar and look out for more information soon.

If your team won the last read-a-thon (Congrats to Team Ladybug!) then don't forget to "collect" your special badge here. But don't worry! If your team did not win (or you weren't on a team), there is still a badge available to general participants.

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Book of the Month(s)

Suggestions are now open for our August/September book of the month(s). The theme is a book with a person's name in the title. Please visit this thread to suggest a book. There’s also still time to catch up on the discussion about June/July's Books of the Month, 11/22/63 by Stephen King and Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

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Group Highlights

Have you noticed that books often have multiple covers? Although the contents of the book are most important, readers love to appreciate a good cover. Head on over to the Book Cover Battle to weigh in on your preferred covers.

Once you get past that beautiful cover, the book's first sentence is an opportunity to really set the stage for the rest of the story. Don't forget to share your current read's first sentence here.

Also a friendly reminder to update your personal tracking list in the community spreadsheet. Not only is it exciting to see your own percentages rise, but we can also see the progress for the whole group. There's even the added bonus of competing with your "neighbors". Who doesn't love a good, friendly competition?!

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That's it for today, the Mod team is wishing you a great month and hope you'll appreciate all the fun stuff coming up in the group! Don't hesitate to ask questions or make any suggestions here.

Happy reading!

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message 46: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (last edited Jul 05, 2019 04:20PM) (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
July 5: You can now vote for our August book of the month. Voting will be open until Monday, July 15.

https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/1...


message 47: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
July 5: Our next 24B4Monday event starts... NOW! Head over to this folder to find out more and join the fun:

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/group...


message 48: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
August 2: Some members that don't allow receiving messages from non-friends asked us to post the newsletter contents here. If you have this setting on and would like to receive it anyway, don't hesitate to ask us mods as friends!

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Hello from your ATY moderators! If you joined the group but haven’t yet started the challenge then check out the complete 2019 reading list and instructions for participating here

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2020 Reading Challenge

The process for creating our next challenge is still underway! Make sure you followthis threadfor all the information and to receive notifications for each step of this amazingly fun process! Whether you've been a member for 3 years or 3 days, this process is a great way to feel a little more connected with the next year's challenge. Voting is currently open to decide if and/or which multi-week prompts will be included.

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Summer Reading Challenge

We’re now in the final month of the summer reading challenge! There’s still plenty of time to participate, especially if you’re one of the group’s speedy readers. It's not mandatory, but if you complete it you'll be able to enter a draw to choose one prompt for next year's ATY challenge! You'll find all the information in the challenge folder.

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Read-a-thons

The remaining read-a-thons for 2019 will be in September and December. Look out for more details nearer the time.

In the meantime, we’ll be running a “24B4Monday” weekend from Friday August 9 - Sunday August 11. A bit like a read-a-thon, the idea is to read for 24 hours (or a smaller target if you prefer) over the weekend. Add the date to your calendar and look out for more information soon.

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Book of the Month(s)

Our August/September book of the month is Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, for the theme, “person’s name in the title”. You can join the discussion here.

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Community Guidelines

This is a friendly reminder of the following Goodreads community guidelines. We are highlighting the following:

- Not everyone shares the same point of view, and that diversity of opinion is what makes Goodreads a great place to share your ideas. Respectful, lively debates are encouraged, but consider the impact of your contributions on individuals and the community as a whole before jumping in.
- Hate speech, bigotry, threats, and ad hominem attacks are not tolerated. Criticizing the opinions of others is permitted, but attacking individuals for their opinions is not.

We have an amazing sense of community and a friendly atmosphere in the ATY group. the mods. I’m sure we all want to continue this! Any repeated violations of these community guidelines will unfortunately result in removal from the group.

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That's it for today, the Mod team is wishing you a great month and hope you'll appreciate all the fun stuff coming up in the group! Don't hesitate to ask questions or make any suggestions here.

Happy reading!

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message 49: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3821 comments Mod
August 9: This month’s 24B4Monday event has now begun. Head over to this folder to find out more and join the fun!

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 50: by Bryony, Circumnavigation Mod (new)

Bryony (bryony46) | 1081 comments Mod
19 August: The Autumn / Fall Reading Challenge has just been posted.

Head over to this folder to find out more and join the challenge.


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