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message 1: by Renee (new)

Renee (reneeww) | 122 comments For those of us who believe the true challenge is connecting multiple challenges with one book. My personal best is 1 book for 6 challenges, a couple years ago.

If you don’t double dip fine, but do not disparage those of us who do. I like to think it’s the higher level thinking/reading skill.

Happy Reading.

Let the games begin!


message 2: by Allie (new)

Allie (allieeveryday) I'm ready! *Cracks knuckles*

The Tea Dragon Society works for 3. A book by a woman and/or AOC that won a literary award in 2018, 21. A comic by an LGBTQIA creator, 22. A children's or middle grade book (not YA) that has won a diversity award since 2009

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup works for 5. A book by a journalist or about journalism, 17. A business book, and 19. A book of nonviolent true crime

Depending on your pick, the self-published book can also double for a book with less than 100 reviews.


message 3: by Karen (last edited Dec 18, 2018 03:55PM) (new)

Karen | 10 comments My Brother's Husband, Volume 1 would count for 1) manga 2) book translated by a woman 3) comic by an LGBTQIA author/artist


message 4: by Renee (new)

Renee (reneeww) | 122 comments I love you both!!!


message 5: by Sarah Ruth (new)

Sarah Ruth (smurf_bunny) I am not double dipping, as this is the only challenge I am participating in and my main goal is to get back into the habit of reading more so this defeats that purpose.

However, this looks like a whole lot of fun and I am watching you for tips if/when I get to this point!!!


message 6: by Renee (new)

Renee (reneeww) | 122 comments Sarah Ruth think it as a creative exercise. I don’t think we defeat the purpose of reading more, as we’ll have more time for some more books, that aren’t challenge related. (Well maybe related to other challenges)


message 7: by Stine (new)

Stine Hopsdal | 19 comments A have a three-for:
My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness

Checks boxes for:
A translated book written by a woman
A book of manga
A comic by a LGBTQIA creator (here I assume, but this is an autobiographical story, so yeah...)


message 8: by Megan (new)

Megan | 131 comments I’m definitely double dipping this year.


message 9: by Brandon (new)

Brandon Harbeke Emily Wilson's translation of Homer's Odyssey meets #10 and #15.


message 10: by Tracy (new)

Tracy (tracyisreading) I will most definitely be double dipping across my challenges. I had never done that before because I had some kind of mental block about it ( and who needs readers guilt?? When did that become a thing?) But last month when I realized once again I wasn't going to finish and I read through the Double Dip thread I took a look and started moving things around... had I double dipped from the beginning I would have finished all of my challenges a long time ago, and had time to read more. It was oddly satisfying to see.


message 11: by Ava (new)

Ava | 29 comments George by Alex Gino works for 18. A novel by a trans or nonbinary author and 22. A children’s or middle grade book (not YA) that has won a diversity award since 2009.


message 12: by Sarah Ruth (new)

Sarah Ruth (smurf_bunny) Renee wrote: "Sarah Ruth think it as a creative exercise. I don’t think we defeat the purpose of reading more, as we’ll have more time for some more books, that aren’t challenge related. (Well maybe related to o..."

Oh no, I just meant for me personally. It's been a really long time since I have had any time to read, so now that I am trying to get back into the habit of picking up a book, I am using the challenge as a way to find books to read. I honestly didn't have any clue where to start! So the more books I read in this challenge, and the more variety of books I read, the better.

IF at some point I get to where I have a huge list of books I want to read, or a find some favorite authors, genres, etc., then I may start doing this. The challenge of finding books to match as many categories as possible sounds like a lot of fun.

Freeing up more time on this challenge, at this moment, won't lead to me personally reading more books. I just won't know what to read, so I'll probably turn on the TV instead.

This isn't me judging you, it's me understanding me. :)


message 13: by Renee (new)

Renee (reneeww) | 122 comments Happy Reading Sarah!!


message 14: by Allie (new)

Allie (allieeveryday) Oh! The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela also work for both epistolary and prison writing!


message 15: by Kate (new)

Kate | 116 comments Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books work for a book with a neurodiverse main character (Percy is dyslexic and has ADHD) and for a book of mythology.

The manga and translation categories have a lot of natural possibilities for double dipping, as do the cozy mystery and humor categories.


message 16: by Jordan (new)

Jordan (justiceofkalr) You could double dip on Business (17) and Humor (4) with Making Money by Terry Pratchett. Or you could double dip Journalism (5) and Humor (4) with another of his books, The Truth.


message 17: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Granger (tiger411) | 28 comments I always had this block about double dipping, too, like it was "cheating" even though it VERY CLEARLY states on the checklist that it's not. So this is something I need to get over and I'm welcoming all double dipping suggestions!


message 18: by Megan (new)

Megan | 131 comments Ashley wrote: "I always had this block about double dipping, too, like it was "cheating" even though it VERY CLEARLY states on the checklist that it's not. So this is something I need to get over and I'm welcomin..."

Several of these categories don’t interest me at all—romance? Manga? A cozy mystery? Ugh, all hard passes.
The more prompts a book ticks off the better!


message 19: by Monica (last edited Dec 24, 2018 01:43PM) (new)

Monica (monicae) | 128 comments The Book of Dog by Lark Benobi checks 4 tasks:

4. A humor book

9. A book published prior to January 1, 2019, with fewer than 100 reviews on Goodreads

12. A book in which an animal or inanimate object is a point-of-view character

23. A self-published book


message 20: by Sherri (new)

Sherri Harris | 156 comments I feel ambitious towards my reading in 2019. I am going to try 3 reading challenges. The Read Harder challenge, Pop Sugar challenge, & the Guster challenge from the Next Best Book Club. I also belong to 2 face to face book clubs. To say the least I will be double dipping.


message 21: by Whitney (new)

Whitney I'm going to try to read a different book for every category, but I'll initially fill in categories with double (or triple) dips so I'm covered in case I don't make it. (I have enough in my life to stress about, I'm keeping this light.)


message 22: by Elise (new)

Elise Taylor | 43 comments I'm a PhD student, so double dipping is the name of the game to finish the reading challenge! That said, in 2018, I initially double-dipped, then I had enough "spare" time to un-double-dip and read more.

So yes - huzzah to us dippers! Good luck to all!


message 23: by Renee (new)

Renee (reneeww) | 122 comments I’ve been asked to write a book challenge for the church ladies again this year. I’m gonna add a challenge of double dipping!!!


message 24: by Karishma (new)

Karishma (karishmanewar) Jordan wrote: "You could double dip on Business (17) and Humor (4) with Making Money by Terry Pratchett. Or you could double dip Journalism (5) and Humor (4) with another of his books, [book:The Tru..."

Any suggestions for the initial/witches Discworld books


message 25: by Susanne (new)

Susanne | 49 comments Karishma wrote: "Jordan wrote: "You could double dip on Business (17) and Humor (4) with Making Money by Terry Pratchett. Or you could double dip Journalism (5) and Humor (4) with another of his books..."

Most of the witches/Tiffany Aching books deal with myths and folklore and could fit for task 15.


message 26: by Marie (last edited Jan 01, 2019 09:06PM) (new)

Marie (marier) | 131 comments Love the positivity in this thread!

The Enormous Room by e.e. cummings is a book written in prison and an (originally) self-published book.

Like Water for Chocolate is an #ownvoices book set in Mexico, a translated book written by a woman, and an historical romance by an AOC. These three categories triple-dip pretty naturally - you could probably find more examples.


message 27: by Brandon (new)

Brandon Harbeke I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away works for both the humor and journalist categories.


message 28: by Bonnie G. (new)

Bonnie G. (narshkite) | 1369 comments I don't double dip, but I just took a book off my shelf that qualifies for romance by an AOC and book with fewer than 100 GR reviews. Lace.


message 29: by Emilia (new)

Emilia Schobeiri (emjscho) | 6 comments De Profundis would work as a double for tasks 1 and 20.

An Unkindness of Ghosts would work for both 6 and 18.


message 30: by Emilia (new)

Emilia Schobeiri (emjscho) | 6 comments Full Cicada Moon would work for 22 and 24.


message 31: by Tamara (new)

Tamara | 23 comments Made my book quota for 2018 but not the RH challenge, although I did get 2/3 of the way through. This year I'm double-dipping for the first time, at least on a couple books:
-"The Imaginary Lives of James Poneke" for An #ownvoices book set in Oceania and Alternate History;
-"Faces in the Crowd" for An #ownvoices book set in Mexico or Central America and A translated by a woman


message 32: by Juliet Brown (new)

Juliet Brown | 26 comments Man in the High Castle will tick off #2 and #13


message 33: by Ali (new)

Ali (alikazaam) | 4 comments I don't often intentionally double dip, but lots of books I like cross categories, so if it happens, I'm counting it but might have more than one per category. Yesterday I read The Vegetarian by Han Kang (translated by Deborah Smith), which easily hits both the translation category and the neurodiverse category. For a minute I thought it also qualified for an award, but that was 2016, so nope.


message 34: by Kate (new)

Kate | 116 comments You could double dip #3 and #22 with either of the following books, both of which I have read and really enjoyed:

The Stars Beneath Our Feet, John Steptoe Award 2018
Lucky Broken Girl, Belpre Medal 2018


message 35: by Julie (new)

Julie (chinacatsun76) | 11 comments Allie wrote: "Oh! The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela also work for both epistolary and prison writing!"

As does De Profundis by Oscar Wilde! :)


message 36: by Julie (new)

Julie (chinacatsun76) | 11 comments Like Water for Chocolate hits the following in this challenge:

A translated book written by and/or translated by a woman
An #ownvoices book set in Mexico or Central America
An historical romance by an AOC


message 37: by Kristin (new)

Kristin | 9 comments I love all double-dipping suggestions too! Although my goal is to read an individual book for each prompt, I'm wanting to focus on double-dippers so that no matter what I can reach 100% (last year only finished 67% before year's end).


message 38: by Samantha (new)

Samantha (iamsammie27) | 20 comments No Ceiling, No Walls: What women haven't been told about leadership from career-start to the corporate boardroom by Susan L. Colantuono covers:
#9. A book published prior to January 1, 2019, with fewer than 100 reviews on Goodreads
#17. A business book
23. A self-published book


message 39: by Marie (new)

Marie (marier) | 131 comments Juliet wrote: "Man in the High Castle will tick off #2 and #13"

How so? I'm planning on reading this for alternate history but I'm not seeing how it relates to the neurodiverse task.


message 40: by Marie (last edited Jan 02, 2019 05:55PM) (new)

Marie (marier) | 131 comments I just read Scattered at Sea and it covers both:

a collection of poetry published since 2014 and

a book in which an animal or inanimate object is a point-of-view character (there are poems from the POV of a fork and a sassafras tree, among others).


message 41: by Henriette (new)

Henriette Terkelsen (henrietteterkelsen) | 0 comments I just finished two books that could work for double dippers:

The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera could cover both #8 and #15 and George by Alex Rino could cover #20 and #22.


message 42: by Henriette (new)

Henriette Terkelsen (henrietteterkelsen) | 0 comments Correction: George could cover 18 and 22.


message 43: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer S. Brown (jsbrown) | 6 comments For 2 (an alternate history novel) and 18 (a novel by a trans or nonbinary author), I recommend Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg. Really interesting alternate history of 18th century Jack Sheppard (the man at the heart of Brecht’s "Threepenny Opera"). As I wrote in my Goodreads review, the book has academic treatises and satires, literary and queer theory, love stories, surprising twists and turns, colonialism, capitalism, a Big Brother-esque world of surveillance, Plague Ships, gory details of operations. Some of the characters, and the author, are trans.


message 44: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie | 6 comments The Bride was a Boy

may count for 9 (depending when you get there), 11, 18, and 21.


message 45: by Stephanie (last edited Jan 05, 2019 06:22AM) (new)

Stephanie (andbutso) I feel like double-dipping is extra in the spirit of the challenge! Some year I'm going to challenge myself to complete the list in as few books as possible. I haven't made all my picks yet, but so far, I'm doubling up on:

Nelson Mandela: Letters from a Jail-Cell: 1 & 20

An Unkindness of Ghosts: 6 & 18

Like Water for Chocolate: 7 & 16 (& 10, although I'm pulling something else from my TBR for that one)

She and Her Cat: 11 & 12


message 46: by Andrea (new)

Andrea (akgeekgrrl) | 3 comments Started this https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1... today. Looks like it counts for #17 and #19.


message 47: by Kelly (new)

Kelly | 30 comments Historical romance is actually a really popular manga subgenre, so there are a bunch of titles that would meet both 11 (manga) and 16 (an historical romance by an AOC).

Bride of the Water God, Volume 1 by Mi Kyung Yun
Emma, Vol. 01 by Karou Mori
Red River, Vol. 1 by Chie Shinohara
The Earl and The Fairy, Volume 01 by Mizue Tani


message 48: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie (andbutso) I have my list selected now, and I'm also double-dipping The Tea Dragon Society for 21 &22.


message 49: by Laura (last edited May 02, 2019 08:01AM) (new)

Laura (mslauraeb) | 24 comments Julie wrote: "Allie wrote: "Oh! The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela also work for both epistolary and prison writing!"

As does De Profundis by Oscar Wilde! :)"


I got really interested in this idea of letters from prison (challenges 1 & 20) and also came up with
Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King Jr.
In the Belly of the Beast: Letters From Prison by Jack Abbott
Letters and Papers from Prison by Dietrich Bonhoeffer - some editions are translated by women (challenge 10)
I Have Waited for You: Letters from Prison - also self published before 2019 & fewer than 100 reviews (challenges 9 & 23)


message 50: by Julia (new)

Julia (yurana) | 1 comments I just read Ninefox Gambit and only now realized that it qualifies for both 6) A book by an AOC set in or about space and 18) A novel by a trans or nonbinary author.
As an added bonus, it's really good.


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