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message 1: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (last edited May 20, 2020 10:41AM) (new)

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 6943 comments Mod
The TBReviewed Challenge:

Do you have a To-Be-Reviewed pile that is starting to compete with the size of your To-Be-Read pile? If so, the TBReviewed Challenge might be the one for you!

The goal of this challenge is to increase the frequency which you organize your thoughts into reviews and publish them here on Goodreads.

Here’s how it works:
1. Pick a date range.
2. Write reviews for every book you read within your chosen date range (you’ll have one week after finishing a book to get the review published before it counts against your percentage) UPDATE: I changed mine to one month after completion to review - feel free to modify it to fit your needs).
3. Earn (or lose ;P) achievement badges as you go.

Achievement "Badges" will be granted based on total percentage of books reviewed vs. read:
0%-10% - Failing Reviewer
11%-30% - Bare-Minimum Reviewer
31%-75% - Average Reviewer
76%-89% - Dedicated Reviewer
90%-99% - Overachieving Reviewer
100% - Grand Master Reviewer

You’ll change your title to reflect your current reviewing status. For example: Niki’s TBReviewed Challenge [Average Reviewer]

Nik’s notes: I used this as a baseline to get into the habit of reviewing, then modified the challenge to suit my needs from there.

Good luck, and have fun! :D


message 2: by Silvana (new)

Silvana (silvaubrey) | 1763 comments What constitutes a review? I see people using more gifs/pictures and quotes in the review than their own thoughts.

Or when sometimes I don't feel like writing a lot or have alot to say about the book, I just write a paragraph. Would those reviews count too?


message 3: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new)

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 6943 comments Mod
Silvana wrote: "What constitutes a review? I see people using more gifs/pictures and quotes in the review than their own thoughts.

Or when sometimes I don't feel like writing a lot or have alot to say about the ..."


I was kind of leaving it open for interpretation/adaptation. The spirit of it is to encourage people to get their thoughts out there.

I also only write a paragraph for a good chunk of my reviews because they usually don’t warrant more than that lol.


message 4: by Silvana (new)

Silvana (silvaubrey) | 1763 comments Noted, thanks, Niki!


message 5: by Timelord Iain (new)

Timelord Iain | 14738 comments Weird question... this doesn't seem like a challenge we should be able to use for bonus points...

What do you guys think?...

Technically, the challenge is about the reviews, and not the books themselves... otherwise, any book you review within 7 days of finishing qualifies, right?

I'm thinking about signing up, just to give myself a reason to review on time (without the competition aspect)...


message 6: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new)

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 6943 comments Mod
Timelord Iain (Eeyawn) wrote: "Weird question... this doesn't seem like a challenge we should be able to use for bonus points...

What do you guys think?...

Technically, the challenge is about the reviews, and not the books the..."


I agree completely. I was actually thinking about that and this challenge will be the exception.

I need desperate help reviewing on time. For someone who considers herself a “professional” reviewer, I kind of suck at it lol.


message 7: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new)

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 6943 comments Mod
Silvana wrote: "Noted, thanks, Niki!"

You’re welcome! :)


message 8: by Timelord Iain (new)

Timelord Iain | 14738 comments Niki Hawkes wrote: "Timelord Iain (Eeyawn) wrote: "Weird question... this doesn't seem like a challenge we should be able to use for bonus points...

What do you guys think?...

Technically, the challenge is about the..."


I'm nowhere near a professional reviewer... but I get lazy about rating/reviewing things, because I read so fast, and just want to keep reading the next book instead of keeping up with my reading pace on Goodreads upkeep... but then I let 100+ book backlog pile up, and I barely remember what I should be rating things at, when I get around to it...


message 9: by Olivia (new)

Olivia (vinjii) | 1049 comments So if I get this correctly, every time I let a book lapse for longer than a week it’s then “lost forever” for my % ??


message 10: by Timelord Iain (new)

Timelord Iain | 14738 comments Olivia wrote: "So if I get this correctly, every time I let a book lapse for longer than a week it’s then “lost forever” for my % ??"

Yea... this challenge rewards punctuality, and punishes procrastination :)


message 11: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new)

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 6943 comments Mod
Olivia wrote: "So if I get this correctly, every time I let a book lapse for longer than a week it’s then “lost forever” for my % ??"

Not lost forever - as soon as you Review it it bumps your percentage back up. The one week thing was to make it so that you don’t have to adjust your ratios every time you finish a book. Say you’re at 100% - you should’nt have to take a hit just for finishing a book if you’re going to review it in a timely manner. If all that makes sense lol.


message 12: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new)

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 6943 comments Mod
Timelord Iain (Eeyawn) wrote: "Niki Hawkes wrote: "Timelord Iain (Eeyawn) wrote: "Weird question... this doesn't seem like a challenge we should be able to use for bonus points...

What do you guys think?...

Technically, the ch..."


Yeah your speed of completion would make reviewing such a headache. I also have the tendency to dive right into the next book rather than taking time to review them first. Maybe your challenge adaptation should just be “get them rated” haha.


message 13: by Timelord Iain (new)

Timelord Iain | 14738 comments Niki Hawkes wrote: "Olivia wrote: "So if I get this correctly, every time I let a book lapse for longer than a week it’s then “lost forever” for my % ??"

Not lost forever - as soon as you Review it it bumps your perc..."


Oh... I tend to catch up before the end of each year, challenge or no challenge... since I use the Goodreads Reading Challenge/Goal tracker... so unless I set the date range to end before December 31st, 2019, there's no way I won't end up at 100% eventually...


message 14: by Timelord Iain (new)

Timelord Iain | 14738 comments Niki Hawkes wrote: "Timelord Iain (Eeyawn) wrote: "Niki Hawkes wrote: "Timelord Iain (Eeyawn) wrote: "Weird question... this doesn't seem like a challenge we should be able to use for bonus points...

What do you guys..."


That's probably what I'm going to do... rating is most important to me... I comment in the review area when I have something to say...


message 15: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new)

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 6943 comments Mod
Timelord Iain (Eeyawn) wrote: "Niki Hawkes wrote: "Timelord Iain (Eeyawn) wrote: "Niki Hawkes wrote: "Timelord Iain (Eeyawn) wrote: "Weird question... this doesn't seem like a challenge we should be able to use for bonus points...."

Makes sense for sure.


message 16: by Olivia (new)

Olivia (vinjii) | 1049 comments Yeah, I make sure to catch up with all my reviews before the year runs out so I’d end up with a 100% by the 31st of December as well.

I was worried I’d never get my % age back up.


message 17: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new)

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 6943 comments Mod
Olivia wrote: "Yeah, I make sure to catch up with all my reviews before the year runs out so I’d end up with a 100% by the 31st of December as well.

I was worried I’d never get my % age back up."


That’s impressive that you both do that. Trying to zero out at the end of the year would take me forever.


message 18: by Lauren (new)

Lauren loves llamas (laureninca) | 20 comments I think I'd like to do this, but I'm thinking about whether I should do it, say, quarterly, so I'm forced to catch up every few months as opposed to trying to do it all at the end of the year.


message 19: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new)

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 6943 comments Mod
Lauren wrote: "I think I'd like to do this, but I'm thinking about whether I should do it, say, quarterly, so I'm forced to catch up every few months as opposed to trying to do it all at the end of the year."

Quarterly seems like a good place to start. Personally I think I’m going for a monthly zero out.


message 20: by Laura (new)

Laura (lauradragonchild) | 6206 comments Monthly it is for me too. I keep leaving RTC's behind and was already planning to make a thread in another group just for this purpose. To try and make better reviews and be more consistent with them.
I'll make my thread here instead and will start fresh in 2019. Till then I have so many RTCs to catch up with and it's a pain in the butt to do it so late, after such a long time has passed from the actual read.

Do we post the reviews even as comments on our threads or just the links?


message 21: by Mayim (new)

Mayim de Vries | 2832 comments Good luck with this challenge! Good idea by the way (your Grand Master Reviewer) :D


message 22: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new)

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 6943 comments Mod
Laura wrote: "Monthly it is for me too. I keep leaving RTC's behind and was already planning to make a thread in another group just for this purpose. To try and make better reviews and be more consistent with th..."

If I had a dime for every review of mine that still says "RTC" ... sigh lol. And sweet! I'm glad the challenge came around at a good time.

I plan to post reviews in the comments. Heck, I may even draft a few in there so it's easy for me to find.


message 23: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new)

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 6943 comments Mod
Mayim wrote: "Good luck with this challenge! Good idea by the way (your Grand Master Reviewer) :D"

:D thank you. And I aspire to attain GMR right alongside you... we've a ways to go.


message 24: by Mayim (new)

Mayim de Vries | 2832 comments I guess I do not need this challenge as I am usually up to date with all my reviews but I will be cheering for everyone!


message 25: by Frank (new)

Frank | 650 comments Interesting challenge, as with 2018's competition I fell way behind in reviewing, perhaps 20 books behind and had to really crunch to get the reviews in.


message 26: by Shaitarn (new)

Shaitarn | 1863 comments I should really join this one; I have so many TBR books from last year waiting for me to get back to them. *sigh*


message 27: by Timelord Iain (new)

Timelord Iain | 14738 comments How could you do this to me, Niki?!?

In my version, TBRated, my goal is to be a Grand Master Rater

REALLY?!?


message 28: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new)

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 6943 comments Mod
Timelord Iain (Eeyawn) wrote: "How could you do this to me, Niki?!?

In my version, TBRated, my goal is to be a Grand Master Rater

REALLY?!?"


Hahahaha!!

I did it to myself too. Brutal 😂😂


message 29: by Timelord Iain (new)

Timelord Iain | 14738 comments Niki Hawkes wrote: "Timelord Iain (Eeyawn) wrote: "How could you do this to me, Niki?!?

In my version, TBRated, my goal is to be a Grand Master Rater

REALLY?!?"

Hahahaha!!

I did it to myself too. Brutal 😂😂"


It's not as bad with the word Reviewer after it, tho...


message 30: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new)

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 6943 comments Mod
Timelord Iain (Eeyawn) wrote: "Niki Hawkes wrote: "Timelord Iain (Eeyawn) wrote: "How could you do this to me, Niki?!?

In my version, TBRated, my goal is to be a Grand Master Rater

REALLY?!?"

Hahahaha!!

I did it to myself to..."


I’ll take the inadvertent innuendo haha. Amusement always helps motivate me. XD


message 31: by Sha (new)

Sha | 1522 comments I'd like to join please because I am trying to do it for 2019 already and an added impetus would help.

I read enough that good reviews for everything would be impossible and I'm just trying to do pros and cons for books instead. Hope that counts.


message 32: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new)

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 6943 comments Mod
Sha wrote: "I'd like to join please because I am trying to do it for 2019 already and an added impetus would help.

I read enough that good reviews for everything would be impossible and I'm just trying to do ..."


Yes, it counts. Anything that qualifies as a review for you. The point is to get us writing more. :)

Keep in mind that this challenge doesn’t count towards the team reading competition.


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