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Sarah Elizabeth (bookworm_sarah) | 84148 comments Mod


This will be a team reading challenge which will run from October 1st 2019 to October 31st 2019. Results will be announced on November 1st 2019.


To complete this challenge, participants will be split into teams. Each team will read books of their own choice (which fit the challenge guidelines), and points will be awarded based on the length of the book, and whether you have buddy-read your book. You can also earn some bonus points for reading books which allow you to spell out some famous X-Files taglines.
You may also choose to take part in this challenge as a solo participant ☺


Link to team threads - https://www.goodreads.com/topic/group...




Sarah Elizabeth (bookworm_sarah) | 84148 comments Mod






How it works:


For this challenge, you may read books of your own choice, but if you would like to earn some bonus points, then you need to read books which will allow you to spell out some famous X-Files taglines.


There are 3 taglines -

#1 - Trust No One

#2 - I Want To Believe

#3 - The Truth Is Out There



Each of these taglines can be completed in three possible ways -

*The first way to complete a tagline, is to spell out the tagline using books whose titles and authors names start with the letters in that word. You may claim up to 5 letters per book read.

So, if you were trying to spell out 'Trust', you might read -
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis - for T, T, and S
Rule by Ellen Goodlett - for R,
and Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover for U.


*The second way to complete a tagline is to read books which have the word you are trying to complete in their title.

So if again, you were trying to complete the word 'Trust', you could read -
Trust Me, I'm Lying and that would complete the whole word with one book ☺


* The third way is a mixture of these methods, taking blocks of letters from titles, as long as there are at least two letters together, and they are in the correct order, such as Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood, could be used for 'trust', by using 'rust' and then claiming the T from the author's initial to complete 'Trust'.


★ You can claim up to 5 letters, or 1 word +/- letters per book read, with a maximum of 10 points. If the word is less than 5 letters, then you may claim the word, plus letters, up to a maximum of 10 points. Eg: This is Not a Test - you could claim the 'is' and as that is only 4 points, you would be able to claim 3 more letters, such as T, T, A, giving you 10 points.

★ Books can also be used to complete letters across taglines, so you could complete 2 letters for 1 tagline, and 3 letters for another using the same book. Just let us know which letters/words you are completing when you post your review.

★ You can also earn +2 bonus points if your chosen book is written by someone, or who has a main character who is called 'Dana', 'Fox', 'Scully', or 'Mulder'.

★ You can also earn +2 bonus points if your chosen book was first published in 1993 (the year X-Files was first aired).

★ You can also earn +2 bonus points if your chosen book was first published in September of any year (the month X-Files was first aired).

★ You can also earn +2 bonus points if your book is tagged 'Sci-fi' within its first 20 tags.

The number of bonus points is still capped at 10 points though, no matter how you earn those points. You cannot claim a word or 5 letters, and also claim these bonus points.





You will also earn more bonus points every time your team completes one of the taglines. Each tagline is worth the following number of bonus points -

#1 - Trust No One +30 points

#2 - I Want To Believe +40 points

#3 - The Truth Is Out There +60 points



***Bonus points for completing taglines are applied to team scores only, not individual scores, so solo players will not receive these bonus points.***


Example:
Suzie reads The Truth About Forever and completes 'truth'
Sam read The Girl in the Tower and completes 'the', 'T' and 'I'
Gail reads Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder and completes 'out', 'I', and 'S'
Faye reads Everything, Everything and completes 'E', and 'E'.
Faye reads Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and completes 'H', 'T', and 'R' (she could also claim the A for another tagline)


This would give them -

__________|_T|_H|_E||_T|_R|_U|_T|_H||_I|_S||_O|_U|_T||_T|_H|_E|_R|_E|
Complete:_|_2|_1|_1||_1|_1|_1|_1|_1||_2|_1||_1|_1|_1||_1|_1|_1|_1|_1|

Which would give them all the points for the books read, buddy reads, and letters claimed, as well as +60 bonus points for completing the tagline ☺

★ ★ ★ Important. Please read:★ ★ ★
*You may use other editions of a book which have a different title, as long as the title is made up of English letters. Please link to the edition you are using when posting your review ☺
Example -
Avis de tempête - A & T
Alguien tiene un secreto - A, T, & U
Entre el demonio y el profundo mar azul by April Genevieve Tucholke - E, E, E, A, A (or another combination as there is also a T).
* You may only use one title per book though, you cannot take letters from 2 or more titles, so if you want to use an edition for one letter, you can't then use a different edition for another letter, you have to stick to the one edition.
* You may use author's initials for letters too, eg: Jennifer L. Armentrout could be used for 'L'.
* When punctuation occurs in a title or author's name, please remember that anything after a ':' will not count. We will count words after a full stop '.', a hyphen '-', a comma ',', a question mark '?', or an exclamation mark '!'. So please take this into consideration.
*'&' may be counted as 'and'.
* Only authors names will count, names of editors, illustrators, translators, narrators etc. will not count. If your book has multiple authors then you may use any of their names.
* You may read any kind of book for this challenge, but the page counts necessary to claim letters or words are the following -
- YA, NA, Adult, Non-fiction books (without illustrations) - 200 pages.
- Middle-grade/children's books (without illustrations) - 300 pages.
- Manga, graphic novels, plays, poetry, books written in verse, anything with some illustrations - 600 pages.
* You may add together page counts to reach these minimums, but you can only add together page counts of books which are under the limits, ie: less than 200, 300, and 600 pages respectively. You cannot add together page counts of books which meet the minimum page count on their own.
* If you do choose to add together the page counts of multiple books to reach the minimum page count, you may only choose ONE title and author's name from which to take bonus letters or words, you wouldn't be able to use the titles and author's names from multiple books.
* You may use one edition for page count, and one edition for letters or words.
* Books started before October can be used for page points +/- buddy read points, but you will not be able to claim any bonus points.




Sarah Elizabeth (bookworm_sarah) | 84148 comments Mod





Rules/Guidelines:


* Books must be read between the 1st of October and the 31st of October inclusive. Books started before October may be used, but you will only earn points for pages read in October, and will not be able to claim any bonus points. Please let us know how many pages you have read in October when posting your review.

* Books must be at least 50 pages long, without illustrations/photographs/diagrams etc.
-- 75 pages minimum for middle-grade and children's books.
-- 150 pages minimum for poetry, books written in verse, manga/graphic novels, books which have some illustrations, and plays.
-- Books which are mainly illustrations, such as some children's books, picture books, and some non-fiction books etc. cannot be used as part of this challenge.
**Please note that these are the minimum page counts for page points, not for the number of books read, or for earning any bonus points.**

* Middle-grade, and children's books without illustrations/photographs will earn 1 point for every 75 pages due to the reduced word count. This applies to all books which are tagged 'middle-grade' or 'children's' more times than they are tagged YA. This includes Goosebumps books, The Wind in the Willows, the Magisterium series, and The Secret Garden to name a few.
**Please note that these are the minimum page counts for page points, not for the number of books read, or for earning any bonus points.**

* Books which are illustrated or have photographs will receive 1 point for every 150 pages. If your book has an illustrator listed or is tagged 'illustrated', then it will fall into this category. This includes books such as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, The Spiderwick Chronicles, A Series of Unfortunate Events, books by Roald Dahl, Doll Bones, Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Series, A Monster Calls, The Little Prince, and Charlotte's Web to name a few.

* A list of editions of some of these books, which we consider not to be illustrated can be found on our challenge rules thread here - https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... These are the only editions of these listed books which can be used to earn points as a book rather than an illustrated book.

* Manga, graphic novels, plays, poetry, and books written in verse will receive 1 point for every 150 pages due to reduced word count. If your book is tagged 'Sequential Art', 'Graphic Novels', 'Comics', 'Manga', 'Poetry', 'Verse', 'Play', or words to that effect, then it will fall into this category.

* If your poetry book or graphic novel does not meet the minimum page count, we will allow you to add together the page counts of 2 or more books to make it to the minimum page count. Books must be posted at the same time, and must be less than 150 pages each.
(This applies to meeting the page count requirement, not meeting any other requirements.)

* If you are reading novellas which are less than 50 pages long, you may also add together the page counts of one or more novellas of less than 50 pages, to get to the minimum page count of 50 pages. Books must be posted at the same time.
(This applies to meeting the page count requirement, not meeting any other requirements.)

* You are welcome to read physical books, ebooks, and audiobooks for this challenge, and you are also welcome to read in any language as long as you provide us with an English translation of your review/updates either as part of your review, on your team's review thread, or by personal message to myself.

* If for any reason you are unable to publish your review on Goodreads, it can also be sent to myself via personal message. Please continue to post on your team's review thread as normal, stating 'review sent to Sarah by personal message' after 'Review:'.

* Re-reads are allowed in this challenge, as long as it has been at least 8 months since you last read the book. You will need to write a new review or updates though please. We recommend that you post on your review '2019 re-read', or something to that effect so that we can easily see what your new review is.

*A review or 4 detailed updates will be required for each book read.

*Buddy reads must have a minimum of 4 comments to count, and comments must be detailed, and about the book. We also expect you to discuss the book with your buddies, not just post updates and leave. Comments must also be different from your review or status updates. If your buddy read comments, and your review or status updates are identical, then you will not receive points for both until they contain different details.

* Buddy reads must take place within this group (YA Buddy Readers' Corner ♥) to gain the extra points. You can see which buddy reads are already planned each month here - https://www.goodreads.com/topic/group...

* You should not start a buddy read more than 7 days before the start date, or more than 14 days after the start date, or the last comment on the thread, whichever is later. If you do need to change the date, check with your buddy as they may also be able to start early/late with you.

* Group Buddy Reads can be joined to earn buddy read points, but only GBRs for October 2019 will count.

* If you are using a 'series' buddy read thread, it is still expected that you will be reading the same book in the series as your buddy, at roughly the same time. If a buddy read thread is reset for book 4 in a series, then it is expected that people will be reading from book 4, and if updates are posted for books 1, 2, or 3 they will not be counted as you do not have a buddy reading those books with you.

* If you are joining a series buddy read thread, and it is more than 14 days since anybody else on the thread finished the book that you're reading, then the buddy read will not count.

* Please post the link to your buddy read along with the book you are reading and the start date on the 'Planned Buddy Reads' list for the correct month - https://www.goodreads.com/topic/group... If you continually schedule buddy reads and fail to post them on the planned buddy reads thread for the correct month, then we won't continue to give buddy read points. It is important that buddy reads are posted on the planned buddy reads list so that everyone is given the opportunity to join.

* There are no set books which need to be read, any book which fits within the rules will count, so books can be chosen by the reader. Please check with us before reading if you are unsure whether your book counts or not.

* Bonus points will be given as detailed in the 'points' section below.

* Bonus points for words starting with claimed letters will only be given for one edition of a book, for example - you can't claim an 'A', using an English edition and then a further 'I' and 'L' from a French edition of the same book, you would have to choose to go with the English edition or the French edition when claiming bonus points. Please link to the edition you are using when you post if you are not using the original edition.

* Books can be read in any order. You do not have to complete letters in order.

* Books which do not complete words or letters can still be used, you just won't receive any bonus points.

* Any words which occur after a colon ':' in a title will not count.

* This challenge will run on Goodreads time, which is Pacific Standard Time - https://greenwichmeantime.com/time-zo...

* You are welcome to start the challenge on the 1st of the month in your own time zone, but you must also finish the challenge on your own time zone. Please let us know if you are doing this, as Goodreads may time stamp your books as being started on the last day of the previous month.

* Higher page count editions may be used when claiming points for pages, but page counts for iphone/ibook/ipod/itunes editions will not be accepted, and neither will page counts for audiobook editions of any kind, or miniature versions of books such as Flipback, dwarsligger, PenguinMini (you are still welcome to read in these formats, but must use a different page count). We will also not accept a page count which is more than double the next highest for that book. (ie: if there are 4 editions at 200 pages, and 1 edition at 2200 pages, we would not accept the 2200 page edition as it is more than double the next highest at 200 pages.)

* We request that you leave us a link to the edition with the page count that you are using if the book has multiple editions with different page counts.

* Please do not go back and alter posts once they have been counted, if you need to make a change, please make a new post on your team's review thread, with a link to your original post, and then explain the change, for example; a higher page count edition has been found, or a buddy read needs to be added, and please include links.

* We will be tracking the number of books that people are reading, to see whether they are reading the minimum number of books required for the level of team that they are on. If over a period of several months you are consistently reading less than the required number of books, we will ask you to move to a lower level of team, or go solo. This is because it is unfair to other team members if you continue to sign up for a medium/serious team, yet are only reading 2 books a month.


* Our regular challenge rules can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

*** If you are not sure if your book counts, please ask before you read it. Questions can be posted on this thread, or sent by personal message to myself.***


Sarah Elizabeth (bookworm_sarah) | 84148 comments Mod



*****Please note, we will be continuing to trial our new points scoring system this month, please see below*****


Points :

Books - *1 point per 50 pages*

*50 - 99 pages = 1 points
*100 - 149 pages = 2 point
*150 - 199 pages = 3 points
*200 - 249 pages = 4 points
*250 - 299 pages = 5 points
*300 - 349 pages = 6 points
*350 - 399 pages = 7 points
*400 - 449 pages = 8 points
*450 - 499 pages = 9 points
*500 - 549 pages = 10 points
*550 - 599 pages = 11 points
*600+ pages = 12 points
(Maximum of 12 points per book)
(Please note that this is the minimum page count for points, not the minimum page count for claiming letters, words, or bonus points.)


Middle-grade/children's books (without illustrations) - *1 point per 75 pages*

*75 - 149 pages = 1 points
*150 - 224 pages = 2 point
*225 - 299 pages = 3 points
*300 - 374 pages = 4 points
*375 - 449 pages = 5 points
*450 - 524 pages = 6 points
*525 - 599 pages = 7 points
*600+ pages = 8 points
(maximum of 8 points per book)
(Please note that this is the minimum page count for points, not the minimum page count for claiming letters, words, or bonus points.)


Graphic novels/manga/poetry/plays/books written in verse/books which have some illustrations - *1 point per 150 pages*

*150 - 299 pages = 1 points
*300 - 449 pages = 2 point
*450 - 599 pages = 3 points
*600+ pages = 4 points
(maximum of 4 points per book)
(Please note that this is the minimum page count for points, not the minimum page count for claiming letters, words, or bonus points.)


* Buddy reads DOUBLE your points score for pages, so a 300 page book + buddy read = 12 points. 600 page book + buddy read = 24 points. (Bonus points for buddy reads will only be given if the buddy read has taken place in our group.)


★ ★ ★ Please note that while you may add together page counts to get to the minimum necessary for the 'books read' column, or for claiming bonus points, books which meet the minimum page counts will still be scored individually. This means that if you submit 3 novellas of 70 pages to reach the 200-page minimum, you will receive 1 point for each of these novellas, as each book is individually long enough to earn bonus points. This applies to all types of points.★ ★ ★


Bonus Points -

*Bonus points for claiming letters is +2 bonus points per letter, up to a maximum of +10 points.

*Bonus points for claiming words is +2 bonus points per letter, up to a maximum of +10 points.

*Bonus points for claiming a mixture of words and letters is +2 bonus points per letter, up to a maximum of +10 points.

*You can also earn +2 bonus points if your chosen book is written by someone, or who has a main character who is called 'Dana', 'Fox', 'Scully', or 'Mulder'.

* You can also earn +2 bonus points if your chosen book was first published in 1993 (the year X-Files was first aired).

* You can also earn +2 bonus points if your book is tagged 'Sci-fi' within its first 20 tags.

-UP TO A MAXIMUM OF 10 BONUS POINTS PER BOOK.


Each time a tagline is completed, your team will receive the following points -

#1 - Trust No One +30 points

#2 - I Want To Believe +40 points

#3 - The Truth Is Out There +60 points


*Mods will keep track of each teams points, using the following system -

Team Name:


__________|_Books_|_Buddy_|__Page____|_Bonus_|__Total
__________|_Read__|_Reads_|__Points__|_Points|

Name______|___0___|___0___|_____0____|___0___|_____0
Name______|___0___|___0___|_____0____|___0___|_____0

'Tagline' Bonus__________________________________+00

Team______|___0___|___0___|_____0____|___0___|_____0


Taglines -

+30_______|_T|_R|_U|_S|_T| |_N|_O| |_O|_N|_E|
Complete:_|_0|_0|_0|_0|_0| |_0|_0| |_0|_0|_0|
Number of times completed =


+40_______|_I| |_W|_A|_N|_T| |_T|_O| |_B|_E|_L|_I|_E|_V|_E|
Complete:_|_0| |_0|_0|_0|_0| |_0|_0| |_0|_0|_0|_0|_0|_0|_0|
Number of times completed =


+60_______|_T|_H|_E| |_T|_R|_U|_T|_H| |_I|_S| |_O|_U|_T| |_T|_H|_E|_R|_E|
Complete:_|_0|_0|_0| |_0|_0|_0|_0|_0| |_0|_0| |_0|_0|_0| |_0|_0|_0|_0|_0|
Number of times completed =


Please note - we will be tracking how many books you have read, but you will not receive points for this column. This is to allow us to see whether you are reading the minimum number of books required for the level of team that you have requested to be on. You will receive a '1' for every YA/NA/Adult/non-fiction book (without illustrations) over 100 pages long, for every middle-grade or children's book (without illustrations) over 150 pages long, or for every 300 pages of graphic novels, poetry, plays, novels written in verse, and book with some illustrations etc, that you have read. If you consistently ask to be on a Serious or Medium team without reading the minimum number of books, you may be asked to drop down to a lower level team.


Sarah Elizabeth (bookworm_sarah) | 84148 comments Mod



This challenge will be a team challenge. When signing up please let us know if you want to join a 'Serious' team (reading 12 books or more each), a 'Medium' team (reading 8-12 books each) or a 'Just for fun' team (reading any number of books each).


***Please only sign up for a 'Serious' or 'Medium' team if you are able to read the minimum number of books for that level of team, so 3 books a week for Serious, and 2 books a week for Medium.

This means that so far this year someone in Serious would have read at least 100 books, and someone in Medium would have read between 64 and 100 books.***


You may also sign up as a solo participant, and will compete against your other solo competitors, as well as those people in teams. An individual leaderboard will be published at the end of the challenge.


Teams should be posted by September 24th at the latest. If you wish to join a 'Serious' or 'Medium' team, please sign up as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. You may join as a solo player, or join a fun team (where possible) at any time.

Thank you! ☺




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Sarah Elizabeth (bookworm_sarah) | 84148 comments Mod



Q - I have some questions:
1. If the book has the word "believe" in the title can we use it for tagline #2? It has more than 5 letters, but its still a complete word...
2. The third way to complete a tagline has a maximum number of 5 letters in total, right? So if I use the word "is" in a title, we can use 3 more letters from the title/author's name, because 5-2=3. Just want to check I understood this right.

A - Yes if you have a title with the word 'believe' in it then you can use it to complete 'believe' in tagline 2, there's an example in the further examples section here - https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
You will only receive 10 bonus points for it though, not 14 due to the bonus points cap.

Yes, if you want to you can use 'is' from a title, plus three other letters (or a 3 letter word, or 2 letters together and 1 letter) to make it up to the 5 letters. These letters must be taken from the start of words or names though, they can't be taken from anywhere in the title.
So if for example you read History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, you could claim the 'is', plus three letters from the start of words or names, so you could choose between H, A, Y, L, M, A or S (you wouldn't be able to use the I again because you've already claimed it).


Q - Also, hopefully this hasn't already been answered above but can a number be counted as a word? Eg. for the title '172 Hours on the Moon' would the '172' be able to be counted as 'A Hundred and Seventy Two'?

A - You can use titles with numbers, but we'll be going with the first individual number of a block, the same as with words (this is because otherwise people might pronounce numbers differently, and we could run into problems, for example, you said 'A Hundred', while I would say 'One Hundred').

So,
172 Hours on the Moon would be 'One Hours on the Moon',
900 Miles would be 'Nine Miles'
Murder 101 would be 'Murder One'
11/22/63 would be 'One / Two / Six'
99 Days would be 'Nine Days'


Q - Do we need to finish th tagline before working on it a second time. For example if someone posts B for Believe and then someone else reads a book with that word, do they wait to post or can they post right away? Asking with how the tracking example looked, how some letters had more than 1 mark to it.

A - You can do letters in any order, and you don't have to complete a tagline before completing letters again. So if three members of the team read a book with the word 'believe' in the title, they can (if they want to), complete the word 'believe' in tagline 2, three times, without ever completing any other letters in that tagline x


Q - I have a question: So if I read REBEL, can I use the "BEL" for part of believe?

A - Yes, that's fine, you can takes groups of letters as long as there are at least two letters next to each other. So you could use BEL for 'BELieve', and you could also use the RE to complete 'theRE' on tagline 3, giving you maximum bonus points x


Q - also if a word in my title is "this" can I use it for "the truth is out there" for truTH IS?

A - Yes, that's fine. You just can't use letters more than once x


Q - okay so you said you cant use two letters more than once but can you claim THE and T if its from different words

A - Yes, you can claim T twice if it's from two different words, but if you read a book called 'This Boy', you could claim 'this', but you couldn't then claim the T from This again. Does that make sense?


Q - So I just wanna make sure I understand the rules. So for A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2) by Sarah J. Maas I can claim the OU for the truth is out there tagline, and then claim the A, O, and T for the I want to believe tagline for max points right?

A - you can take the 'ou', that's fine, and then you can take three other letters (but if the letters are single letters, they can only be taken from the start of a word), so you could only take the T if you took it as 'st' (for truST). Were you thinking of a different letter or a different edition? The single letters available are A, C, O, M, A, F, S, J, M


Q - Can we split a book amongst all 3 taglines or just 2?

A - You can split it over all 3 taglines if you want ☺


Q - Hi Sarah-

Just working on our spreadsheet, and I'm not sure what to count this one for?

Star Wars: Thrawn: Treason

Is the title Star Wars? Thawn? or Treason? or would any of those letters work? HA! :)

Thanks!

A - We have a blanket rule that where there is a colon ':' in a title, we always count the part in front of the colon and not the bit after, so for that title we'd count it as 'star wars' without the rest. It does look like there's some other editions which have different titles though - Treason, Verrat
If you stick with the 'star wars' title though, you could claim the 'st' towards 'truST', and the 'wa' towards 'WAnt', and the book is tagged sci-fi so that would give you the full 10 bonus points ☺


Q - Sarah- One last thing, I just want to make sure I understand correctly...

We can't claim a letter for the next time through a tagline until the tagline we're working on is completely done, correct? Like I can't claim the TR in tagline #1, and also claim the W for the NEXT time we get to tagline #2.

I hope I'm asking that correctly...thanks in advance!

A - you can complete the letters and taglines in any order that you like, it doesn't matter about completing one first before moving on to another, or completing letters that would be for a second run through, so if 5 of you read a book with the word 'trust' in the title, you can choose to complete the word 'trust' in tagline 1 'trust no one' five times without completing any of the other letters if you want to ☺


Q - So if we read a book that has 192 pages it would still count for bonus points right? We just wouldnt be able to have a book added to the books read colum right?

Also if we decided to read 2 book to reach the minimum for books read we can only take letters out of one book right? I just wanna make sure I understand the rules correctly.

A - the minimum for regular books is 200 pages -
- YA, NA, Adult, Non-fiction books (without illustrations) - 200 pages.

If you read a book with 192 pages, you will receive a 1 for number of books read, and 3 page points. You will not be able to use any letters from the title of the book, or claim any other bonus points, because the book is under the minimum page count of 200 pages.


If you choose to read two books to reach the minimum page count you can only use one of their titles. This is because people reading larger books are not allowed to use more than one title for claiming bonus points, so the same applies to shorter books too.


Q - Hi moderators, one question about this rule right here:

*You may use other editions of a book which have a different title, as long as the title is made up of English letters. Please link to the edition you are using when posting your review ☺
Example -
Avis de tempête - A & T

Looking at that first example I assume we're allowed to use titles that are not made up of English letters (as ê is not an English letter), as long as we don't use these specific letters. So Das Spiel ist eröffnet would be fine to use, as long as I don't use the "ö", correct?

A - we tend to allow letters which have accents, such as ê and ö, as long as they are recognisable - so it's easy to see that ö could be replaced with o, and ê could be replaced with e. If we didn't allow people to use titles with those in, it would cut down the number of editions which could be used.
Thus, you are okay to use titles with letters with accents, and you can use those letters if you want to.

This rule mainly applies to titles which have letters or characters which aren't so easy to regognise. So titles with Chinese, Japanese, Arabic characters for example.

This means that you could use this title - Harry Potter à l'école des sorciers or this title Harry Potter i Kamień Filozoficzny
but you could not use هاري بوتر وحجر الفيلسوف or this edition Хари Потър и философският камък


Q - Question to the mods, If we are reading Contagion can we take On from the end of the word and use it?

A - You want to use the 'on' towards 'one'? That's fine ☺ You can take groups of letters from the middle or end of words as long it's two letters or more ☺


Q - I'm currently reading 3 Days by Krista Madden. Can I use thr from three even if it's a number in the title?

A - You could, but none of the taglines actually have 'thr' in them, so I'm slightly confused.


Q - Sarah, is the "I" in I want to believe treated like a letter or like a word - for example, I'm reading a book called Illusion. If I use the letter "I" to fulfill the I in "I want to believe", can I also claim/use other letters in the title and/or author's name or am I done because the I is treated like a word?
Thanks!

A - with that book, I think you can also claim:

US: illUSion (Trust No One)
ON: illusiON (Trust No One)

That would give you 5 letters :)

A - it doesn't really matter because if you claim a word with 3 letters you can still claim another group of 2 letters or 2 single letters to get you up to the 5 letters. It's 5 letters rather than 1 word (the only exception being 'believe' where you can claim the whole word, but still only get 10 points).

Illusion is a bit of a tricky one, with there only being one word in the title, but as long as you're only using the I once, it should be fine. So you could claim the 'us' and 'on' like Katie suggested, or maybe the S from the author's name? Up to you ☺


Q - So if i'm reading The Last Olympian, can I claim

ST: the laST olympian (trust no one)
THE: THE last olympian (the truth is out there)

A - Yes, that's completely fine ☺


Q - If I read the series I.N.V.U., Volume 1 by Kim Kang-Won do each letter for thetitle get its on word (like author initial) of just the I?

Also for manga, do we get to count one of the #s as words or the volume/vol? I doubt it but just checking if that counts for the title.

A - I don't think we've had any anacronyms in titles so far, but as it's written with the dots between each letter, I'll let you count them the same as individual letters (as that's how author's initials sometimes appear and we'd count them separately).

We don't usually count bits that say 'Vol. 1' or 'Volume 2' etc, because that's more of a series title sort of thing, rather than an actual title. So in the same way that if you read Obsidian, you wouldn't be able to use the word Lux from the series name, you wouldn't be able to use the Vol. 1 from a manga novel either ☺


Q - If I read Chase Tinker and the House of Magic (Chase Tinker #1) by Malia Ann Haberman which is 279 pages as it's marked as a child's book I'll need to get the page count to 300 to make it count for letters wont I?

A - If there are no illustrations yes 300. If there are illustrations it's 600.

A - you would need another 21 pages of a middle-grade/children's story, or 14 pages of an adult/NA/YA novella to reach the minimum for letters, yes ☺


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Q - Hi Sarah! I read Tunnel of Bones for the challenge and I was wondering if I could claim letters from the name V. E. Schwab though this particular book is published under the name Victoria Schwab. I was just wondering since she writes under both names.

A - I'm afraid you'd only be able to use V. E. Schwab if that was the name that appeared on the book, and by the looks of it Tunnel of Bones was published under Victoria Schwab, so I'm afraid you wouldn't be able to use the other name unfortuntely ☹


Q - Just wanted to confirmed the ratiio if we mix/match YA/Adult to graphic novels. If I read 300 pages in graphic novels, then would 100 pages in YA/Adult stories work with that to get the bonuses?

A - Yes, that's right ☺


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★ Elsie reads I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo (I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo)
There are three ways that Elsie can use this book -

1. Elsie could claim letters which are at the start of the words in the title and author's name. The options would be - I, B, I, A, T, C, L, M, G. There are no C's, M's, or G's in the taglines, which leaves us with I, B, I, A, T, L. So Elsie might choose to complete B, I, and L from 'believe', and A, T, from 'want' both on tagline 2. She could also have chosen to complete 3 letters from one tagline, and 2 from another if she wanted to ☺ = 10 bonus points

2. She could use it to complete the word 'believe' in tagline 2. = 10 bonus points

3. She could choose to claim the 'eve' for 'believe' for tagline 2, and 'th' from 'thing' for 'there' on tagline 3. = 10 bonus points.


★ Alex reads I Want It That Way (2B Trilogy #1) by Ann Aguirre (I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre). There are three ways that Alex could use this book -

1. Alex could claim letters which are at the start of the words in the title and author's name. The options would be - I, W, I, T, W, A, A. So Alex might choose to claim W and A for 'want' on tagline 2, and maybe a T, and II also for tagline 2. = 10 bonus points.

2. Alex could use it to complete the word 'want' in tagline 2. As this is only 4 letters, he could also claim another letter, maybe 'I' = 10 bonus points.

3. Alex could use 'wa' for want on tagline 2, the 'th' for 'there' on tagline 3, and could also claim one other letter - I, I, W, A, A. - maybe I for tagline 2 = 10 bonus points.



★ Darlene reads The Giver (The Giver, #1) by Lois Lowry (The Giver by Lois Lowry). There are three ways that Darlene could use this book -

1. Darlene could claim letters which are at the start of the words in the title and author's name. The options would be - T, G, L, L. Darlene could claim T, L, L, and also claim 2 points for the book being first published in 1993, and another 2 points for the book being tagged sci-fi. = 10 bonus points.

2. Darlene could instead use the book to complete the word 'the' from tagline 3, and again claim 2 points for the book being first published in 1993, and another 2 points for the book being tagged sci-fi. = 10 bonus points.

3. Darlene could also use the book to complete 'the' and 'is' (from Lois) from tagline 3. She could then claim another letter, or the previously mentioned bonus points to again earn 10 bonus points.

Remember that you can also use alternate editions with different titles to complete letters. You may only use one title per book though.


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I have some questions:
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2. The third way to complete a tagline has a maximum number of 5 letters in total, right? So if I use the word "is" in a title, we can use 3 more letters from the title/author's name, because 5-2=3. Just want to check I understood this right.


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GridGirl wrote: "Sign me up for a fun team, please!

I have some questions:
1. If the book has the word "believe" in the title can we use it for tagline #2? It has more than 5 letters, but its still a complete word..."


Hi Gridgirl, yes if you have a title with the word 'believe' in it then you can use it to complete 'believe' in tagline 2, there's an example in the further examples section here - https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
You will only receive 10 bonus points for it though, not 14 due to the bonus points cap.

Yes, if you want to you can use 'is' from a title, plus three other letters (or a 3 letter word, or 2 letters together and 1 letter) to make it up to the 5 letters. These letters must be taken from the start of words or names though, they can't be taken from anywhere in the title.
So if for example you read History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, you could claim the 'is', plus three letters from the start of words or names, so you could choose between H, A, Y, L, M, A or S (you wouldn't be able to use the I again because you've already claimed it).

Does that help?



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I have some questions:
1. If the book has the word "believe" in the title can we use it for tagline #2? It has more than 5 letters, but its stil..."


Yes, thank you :)


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