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message 1: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (last edited Sep 03, 2018 05:23AM) (new)

Laura | 3783 comments Mod
Hello Team 1! Welcome to your 3rd read-a-thon of 2018! This topic is just for you to discuss your strategy and progress throughout the week. Make sure to take a moment to read over the rules of the challenge here before you dive in.

Team Roster:
Katie (mod)
Ira
Pam
Ann
Traci
Danielle
dalex
Chinook
Vanessa
Heather
Erika
Johanne

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Note: Tasks with a 🍁can be overlapped with the other tasks

READING TASKS
2. Every team member recommends a book
11. Every team member reads a poem and tells the team what they read
15. Listen to 25 hours of audiobook (max 5 hours per team member)🍁
17. Complete every readathon game (Saturday through Tuesday)
24. Complete 20 books total (max 5 per team member)🍁

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1. Read 3,000 pages total (max 500 pages per team member)🍁
2. Read a book with trees or a plant on the cover
3. Complete 30 books total (max 4 per team member)🍁
4. Read a book with a red cover
5. Read a book that fits a “reject” prompt
6. Read 5,000 pages total (max 1,000 pages per team member)🍁

7. Every team member shares a favorite book to movie adaptation
8. Read a book with a child/elderly main character
9. Read 7,500 pages total (max 1,500 pages per team member)🍁
10. Read a romance book (or a book with a romance element)
11. Read a book that you borrowed from the library
12. Read a book with F-A-L-L in the title
13. Read 10 picture or children’s books (3 per member)

14. Listen to 30 hours of audiobook (max 5 hours per team member)🍁
15. Listen to 45 hours of audiobook (max 9 hours per team member)🍁
16. Read a comic book or graphic novel
17. Complete every readathon game (Wednesday through Monday)
18. Read a book set in a country different from your own

19. Read a book with a beautiful cover
20. Read a non-fiction book
21. Finish a book or story in one sitting 🍁
22. Read 6 books that count for the AtY challenge (max 2 per member)🍁
23. Every team member participates in the 2019 list making process
24. Complete 40 books total (max 8 per team member)🍁


message 2: by Pam (new)

Pam (bluegrasspam) | 2783 comments The 2 books I'm reading this weekend can count for 10, 12, or 21 and 18 or 19.

I'm excited to get this started! How do we report and track??


message 3: by Katie (last edited Sep 03, 2018 05:27AM) (new)

Katie | 2362 comments Hey Team 1! Hope you're all ready for some fun for the next 10 days!

Team Spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/...

Here is our official team game board. Whenever we complete a task, I'll be updating the image below to display the book covers below.

Edited 9/3 am:





message 4: by dalex (new)

dalex (912dalex) | 2095 comments Hi everybody! Go team!

I stopped at the library on the way home from work and picked up a pile of books to read this weekend. Excited to start bright and early tomorrow morning!


message 5: by Pam (new)

Pam (bluegrasspam) | 2783 comments I’m excited, too! I downloaded a bunch of ebooks and have books at home to fit any category, except for audiobook. Go Team!


message 6: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa | 265 comments Hi team 1!

I'm currently reading El Negociador (The Negotiator), I'm on pag 322 of 480, it could count for:

- A book for AtY challenge
- A Thriller

Also I'm reading Cumbres borrascosas (Wuthering Heights), I'm on 60% of 397 pages and it could count for:

- A book by an author who was born in 1950 or earlier


message 7: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2362 comments Is anyone in the group interested in being a team captain? Team captain would create a spreadsheet for tracking the tasks & what people are reading.


message 8: by Heather (new)

Heather | 234 comments Hey guys! I'm attending a funeral this weekend but tons of reading will be done!


message 9: by Ann (new)

Ann S | 618 comments Halfway thru Rainy Day Friends It has read in the title number 5


message 10: by Danielle (new)

Danielle (mustbinsane) | 18 comments I started the audiobook of Timebound today, and got 2hrs and 17 minutes in before I got home. Since I also have the ebook, I'll switch to that and get 100 pages in that way.

So can definitely cover 14 or even 15 1, 12,19, or 21.


message 11: by Ira (new)

Ira | 308 comments What are the rules about books started before the read-a-thon? I am halfway through The Magicians' Guild and I will finish that today. I listen to it on audiobook, so it can least count towards that.


message 12: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa | 265 comments Ira, books started before the read-a-thon with at least 100 pages left count


message 13: by Ira (new)

Ira | 308 comments I have 7 hours of audiobook left, so that means it counts


message 14: by Heather (new)

Heather | 234 comments Currently reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of fire and into the water by Paula hawkins


message 15: by dalex (new)

dalex (912dalex) | 2095 comments Good morning Team! I got up early and completed my chore list so now I'm settling in with a cup of coffee and West by Carys Davies. It's only 160 pages so I'm hoping to finish by lunchtime.

Hope everyone has lots of grand reading plans for the day.


message 16: by Pam (new)

Pam (bluegrasspam) | 2783 comments Is someone able to copy Emily's worksheet? I don't have access to Google Docs, otherwise I would. I can keep it updated if someone will create it. I’m not clear on how we decide which task a book is used for. Does the participant decide when you report it?

I read after midnight and competed the following tasks:
11. Read a poem – Dream by Anna Akhmatova
16. Read a short story - Understanding Entropy by Barry Malzberg
I'm reading The Bean Trees and will report my pages and time read later today.

Does everyone have a poem they can read this weekend? (If not, you can find one on-line.) That’s an easy one to knock off!
Have fun everyone!!!


message 17: by Erika (new)

Erika | 30 comments Hi everyone, I just got assigned to this group and I’ve never done one of these things so hopefully I’ll figure it out. I’m a little confused on how we know which tasks we do. But, I have like 3/4ths of Crazy Rich Asians to finish and it has an orange cover so it could count for #4!


message 18: by Traci (new)

Traci (tracibartz) | 1052 comments I'll tweak Emily's spreadsheet. I don't have excel, so it'll have to stay in google docs.


message 19: by Pam (new)

Pam (bluegrasspam) | 2783 comments Thank you Traci! Google Docs is perfect so we can all see it. I can access it to update but I don’t know if I can create one without a gmail account. Does anyone else want to be the Team Captain?? If not, I will do it!


message 20: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2362 comments Pam, you were the first to volunteer, so I say you are it! Thanks for making the spreadsheet, Traci.


message 21: by Traci (new)

Traci (tracibartz) | 1052 comments Okay, here's the spreadsheet. I've updated it with specific prompts people have mentioned so far. I kept Emily's strategy of book titles written in blue if mentioned for planning purposes and black when done. Looks like we've got one done so far - number 16 (not sure how best to track this, highlighted in yellow at the bottom for now).

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/...


message 22: by Traci (new)

Traci (tracibartz) | 1052 comments Pam wrote: "Thank you Traci! Google Docs is perfect so we can all see it. I can access it to update but I don’t know if I can create one without a gmail account. Does anyone else want to be the Team Captain?? ..."

Go for it Pam! I started the tracking since it was there, but will turn the reins over to you. Thanks for volunteering.


message 23: by Traci (new)

Traci (tracibartz) | 1052 comments So, is the plan for us to write here when we've finished or contributed towards a prompt and then Pam to track in the spreadsheet? I've never done this before so not sure how it usually goes.


message 24: by Pam (new)

Pam (bluegrasspam) | 2783 comments Thanks Traci! I created a Google account but I need access to the spreadsheet. Can you grant that to me? My userid is pamaspicer. I guess I will learn how to use Google docs! If it's similar to Excel, it shouldn't be a problem.


message 25: by Pam (new)

Pam (bluegrasspam) | 2783 comments Traci wrote: "So, is the plan for us to write here when we've finished or contributed towards a prompt and then Pam to track in the spreadsheet? I've never done this before so not sure how it usually goes."

I think so! I'm new at this, too! Once I have access to the worksheet, I will add info when I see it. There is also a Progress thread to post your hours and books completed.


message 26: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2362 comments I think people can go in & update the spreadsheet themselves, or post here & have someone update for them. For example, I can't access Google Docs from work, so if I post something on the thread while I'm at work, it would help me to have someone else post it on the spreadsheet.


message 27: by Pam (new)

Pam (bluegrasspam) | 2783 comments #2 Book recommendation:

I recommend The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle. It is a story of a young girl Rosa during Cuba's struggle for freedom in 1896. If you know any Spanish at all, the bilingual edition is wonderful! The story is told through a series of poems, alternating between several characters. It has won several awards including the 2009 Newbery Honor Book, the 2009 Pura Belpre Medal for Narrative and the 2009 Bank Street - Claudia Lewis Award, and a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.


message 28: by Pam (new)

Pam (bluegrasspam) | 2783 comments Katie wrote: "I think people can go in & update the spreadsheet themselves, or post here & have someone update for them. For example, I can't access Google Docs from work, so if I post something on the thread wh..."

I think the way the document is set up, only the creator has access. Maybe Traci can change that so it is open access.


message 29: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2362 comments As the mod updating our card, it would help me if people would post on this thread when a task square has been completed so I can know that I need to update the picture.


message 30: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2362 comments I've added the link to the spreadsheet in Message 3 so that as our thread gets long, people will be able to find it easily.


message 31: by Pam (new)

Pam (bluegrasspam) | 2783 comments Katie- Completed: 16. Read a short story


message 32: by Ann (new)

Ann S | 618 comments Just read my poem, about gardens, of course. My Garden by Thomas Brown. Memorized it because I loved it so much. Extra points for memorizing???


message 33: by Pam (new)

Pam (bluegrasspam) | 2783 comments dalex wrote: "Good morning Team! I got up early and completed my chore list so now I'm settling in with a cup of coffee and West by Carys Davies. It's only 160 pages so I'm hopin..."

Hi Dalex - I see from your progress post that you finished West. Yay! Does it count towards ATY and one of the other tasks?


message 34: by Katie (last edited Aug 25, 2018 12:48PM) (new)

Katie | 2362 comments I just finished The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World, which I had intended to read for ATY, but it didn't actually fit the category I'd chosen it for, so that was a little disheartening because my goal for the read-a-thon is to work on getting caught up on my ATY challenge.

But it does count for task 20, a nonfiction book. So that's good news. One more task completed.


message 35: by dalex (new)

dalex (912dalex) | 2095 comments I had a rather productive day. I read 389 pages in 5 hours and finished two books.

West by Carys Davies Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Both books can be counted for the group as ATY books and my edition of Exit West has an orange-ish cover and could be counted for #4.

That's enough books for today. The wife would like me to spend the evening with her watching a movie. Oh, and there's pasta! And wine! Yay.

Hope all the team members have a very successful reading day. See everybody tomorrow, bright and early. :)


message 36: by Ann (new)

Ann S | 618 comments Finished Rainy Day Friends for prompt 5 READ in title Started Midnight Snacks are Murder Just came out August this year so could be prompt 8 or 12


message 37: by Traci (new)

Traci (tracibartz) | 1052 comments Pam wrote: "Thanks Traci! I created a Google account but I need access to the spreadsheet. Can you grant that to me? My userid is pamaspicer. I guess I will learn how to use Google docs! If it's similar to Exc..."

Sorry about that, I didn't realize the spreadsheet wasn't editable and just got back home. It should be fixed now. Let me know if it isn't, I'll be in and reading for the next couple of hours and will check in the morning since I'm in Pacific time zone.


message 38: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa | 265 comments Day 1 (report)

- I finished Cumbres borrascosas (Wuthering Heights) for prompt "A book by an author who was born in 1950 or earlier"

- I'm on page 394/480 of El Negociador (The Negotiator)

. Pages read: 220

See everybody tomorrow, i hope to finish El Negociador tomorrow


message 39: by Traci (new)

Traci (tracibartz) | 1052 comments Since I failed at sharing the spreadsheet, I filled in the individual tasks from posts today, but not the number pages read. I see a couple other people have filled in spaces, so the sharing must work now!


message 40: by Pam (new)

Pam (bluegrasspam) | 2783 comments Thanks Traci! I will update # of pages from the posts.

Great job everyone! We have 7 tasks completed! Please read a poem and make a book recommendation on this thread so we can complete those 2 group tasks.


message 41: by Pam (last edited Aug 26, 2018 03:45PM) (new)

Pam (bluegrasspam) | 2783 comments Katie wrote: "As the mod updating our card, it would help me if people would post on this thread when a task square has been completed so I can know that I need to update the picture."

Please reveal task #s: 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 13, 16, and 20!

Thanks!


message 42: by Pam (new)

Pam (bluegrasspam) | 2783 comments Katie - I put you down for 7 hours (max/person) of audiobook. From your progress post, it looks like you listened to 17 hours. Is that correct?


message 43: by Erika (new)

Erika | 30 comments Hey everyone! I finished Crazy Rich Asians! I think it could be counted for either #4 (an orange cover) or 12? For being part of a series.


message 44: by Erika (new)

Erika | 30 comments For a book recommendation- if you like post apocalyptic fiction, survivalist fiction, strong female characters, etc. you’d love The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson . This was the author’s first novel and it was so good!


message 45: by Erika (new)

Erika | 30 comments Sorry third post...should have combined these!. I’m going to start Small Country by Gaël Faye so it can go towards 23, a book published in a foreign language.


message 46: by Ira (new)

Ira | 308 comments Hi team. I just finished The Magicians' Guild.


message 47: by dalex (new)

dalex (912dalex) | 2095 comments Good morning everyone!

I read Marginalia by Billie Collins. He's one of my favorite poets and a poem about books seemed quite appropriate for this Team Task.

I recommend The Book of M by Peng Shepherd, which is far and away my favorite book of the year so far. It's an end of the world story but very unique with a magical realism spin to it. Plus it is very well written and compulsively readable.

Ok, I'm off to find a cup of coffee so I can settle in to read for a few hours. Have a fantastic day with your books, everybody.


message 48: by Johanne (new)

Johanne *the biblionaut* | 1668 comments Good afternoon everyone. I just jumped into the team challenge. I'm not quite sure how to best slot in my reads in the google doc, because they fit several that are already being worked on, and those also fill more than one... But: I'm reading a children's book that came out two days ago so that would count for 8 'came out in august'. Putting it in tonight when I'm with a computer and not just my phone.


message 49: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2362 comments The game board in message 3 has been updated to reveal the tasks Pam listed as complete in message 41. What a lot we got done on the first day!


message 50: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2362 comments Pam, thanks for updating my audiobook hours. 17 is correct, though I listen to my audiobooks faster than regular speed. That's why the number is so high.


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