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message 1: by Renee, Mistress of the Mini-Challenge (last edited Nov 01, 2014 04:47AM) (new)

Renee M | 4719 comments Mod
Karen's point challenge concept went over quite well in October, so let's continue the fun in November. We're definitely thinking this would be interesting on a larger, Group-Wide scale in 2015, so this is a nice way to get your feet wet.

For the purpose of a mini-challenge, I will post a point system below. Those interested may calculate and post the points they accrue during the month. It's all for the fun of pushing ourselves to get a little more reading into our lives. This particular challenge is nice, because it "plays well with others." :)

The expectation is that we will keep our own score according to the point list posted below. Happy calculating!


message 2: by Renee, Mistress of the Mini-Challenge (last edited Nov 01, 2014 10:04AM) (new)

Renee M | 4719 comments Mod
POINT SYSTEM


Read a general book: 1 point per book
Read a "shortie" (short story, poem, play): 0.5 points per
Read a group read book: 5 points per book
Read a buddy read book: 5 points per book you read with a buddy
Read a book for the genre challenge: 3 points per book
Read a book for a mini-challenge: 3 points per book
Complete a multi-book mini-challenge: 10 extra points


Definitions:

A GENERAL book is any book you read this month (not covered by another category).

A GROUP READ book is limited to the books nominated and chosen by the group and discussed in the Group Read folder.

A GENRE Challenge book is any book that fits the Genre of the Month.

MINI-CHALLENGE books are 3 points each. There is an additional 10 point bonus for completing a challenge that involves several books.
So, the Word Association Challenge is a 3 pointer, because it only requires one book. But something like the Continental Challenge could get you 34 points upon completion. (3 for each category, plus 10 point bonus for finishing)


message 3: by Renee, Mistress of the Mini-Challenge (new)

Renee M | 4719 comments Mod
Reserved for additional info


message 4: by Cristal (new)

Cristal Punnett I'll definitely be join in this month, started read Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog and loving it so far.


message 5: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Yay! Thanks for setting this up, Renee. I really like this challenge!


message 6: by Renee, Mistress of the Mini-Challenge (new)

Renee M | 4719 comments Mod
You're welcome, Sandy. Thanks for reminding me! <3


message 7: by Melissa (last edited Nov 30, 2014 06:05PM) (new)

Melissa Coyle | 1557 comments MELISSA'S NOVEMBER TALLY POINT CHALLENGE

TOTAL POINTS: 110.5

Shorties (0.5 points per poem/play/short story)
-The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (0.5)
-The Fall of the House of Usher (0.5)
-Rip Van Winkle (0.5)
-The Purloined Letter (0.5)
-There's No Such Place as Far Away by Richard Bach (0.5)
-Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Brown (0.5) (Short Story for Sweet&Short)
-Annabel Lee; by Edgar Allen Poe (0.5)

General Books (1 point per book)
-The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Group Read (5 points per book)
-Frankenstein (5)

Buddy Read (5 Points per book)

Genre Challenge (3 points per book)
-Maps and Globes by Jack Knowlton
-God speaks Numanggang
-Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Spain by Chris Stewart
-Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
-Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
-Science in Ancient Greece by Kathlyn Gay (Sweet&Short)

Mini-Challenge
Read a Book for a Mini-Challenge: (3 points)
-The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson; READ 11/20/14
-Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis; READ 11/21/14
-Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes; READ 11/24/14 (Childrens for Short&Sweet)
-Julius, the Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes; READ 11/24/14 (Childrens for Short&Sweet
-Marigold Garden by Kate Greenaway; READ 11/24/14 (Poetry for Short&Sweet)
-The Madness Vase by Andrea Gibson; READ 11/25/14 (Poetry for Sweet&Short)
-Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool; READ 11/29/14 (Sweet&Short)
-Night Noises by Mem Fox; READ 11/29/14 (Sweet&Short)
-Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys; READ 11/30/14 (Sweet&Short
-On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur by Cathy Goldberg Fishman; READ 11/30/14 (Sweet&Short
-Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai; READ 11/30/14 (Sweet&Short)

Multi-book Mini-Challenge (10 points on completion)
-The Vowel Challenge; 11/21/14
-Sweet and Short Challenge; Finished 11/25/14 (10 points)
-Sweet and Short Challenge; Finished 11/29/14
-Sweet and Short Challenge; Finished 11/29/14
-Sweet and Short Challenge; Finished 11/30/14



message 8: by Kimberley (last edited Nov 30, 2014 06:00AM) (new)

Kimberley Ash (kimberley_ash) | 35 comments Kimberley's November Point Challenge!
Points: 1.5

General Reads: 1
The Last Runaway

Shorties: 1
Romeo and Juliet


message 9: by Sandy (last edited Nov 30, 2014 01:43PM) (new)

Sandy Sandy's November Points Tally

TOTAL - 28.0 points

General book (1 point per book) = 1 point
Kept in the Dark

Shorties (0.5 per poem/play/short story) = 2.0 point
A Child's Christmas in Wales
The Country of the Blind
A Pair of Silk Stockings
The Secret Life of Squirrels

Group read book (5 points per book) = 5 points
The Enchanted April

Buddy read book (5 points per book) = 5 points
The Charioteer

Genre challenge book (3 points per book)

Mini-challenge (3 points per book)

Multi-book mini-challenge (3 points per book/10 points for completion) = 15 points
I'd Like to Buy a Vowel
Quartet in Autumn
No Talking
Great Speeches on Gay Rights
A Room with a View
The Night Bookmobile


message 10: by Renee, Mistress of the Mini-Challenge (last edited Nov 30, 2014 08:27PM) (new)

Renee M | 4719 comments Mod
Renée's November Points Tally

TOTAL POINTS TO DATE: 27.5

General book (1 point per book)
-Thrones, Dominations - 1
-Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - 1
-Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - 1
-The Chimes - 1

Shorties (0.5 per poem/play/short story)
-The Tell-Tale Heart - 0.5
-The Black Cat - 0.5
-The Oval Portrait - 0.5
-The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar - 0.5
-A Pair of Silk Stockings - 0.5

Group read book (5 points per book)
-Frankenstein - 5
-The Enchanted April - 5
-A Monster Calls - 5

Buddy read book (5 points per book)

Genre challenge book - NF (3 points per book)
-The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - 3
-Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking - 3

Mini-challenge (3 points per book)

Multi-book mini-challenge (3 points per book/10 points for completion)


message 11: by Camille (last edited Dec 01, 2014 04:14AM) (new)

Camille (camillesbookishadventures) | 812 comments Camille's November Points Tally

TOTAL - 11 points

General book (1 point per book)
1. Anne of the Island
2. The Last Runaway
3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
4. Not So Quiet...
5. Agnes Grey

Group read book (5 points per book)

Buddy read book (5 points per book)

Genre challenge book (3 points per book)
1. Empty Cradles
2. Je n'ai pas interrogé les morts

Mini-challenge (3 points per book)

Multi-book mini-challenge (3 points per book/10 points for completion)


message 12: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Coyle | 1557 comments Renee (our Challenge Guru), where should I place an informational children's book called Maps and Globes. I know this is short, but it also fits with non-fiction. Thanks!


message 13: by Renee, Mistress of the Mini-Challenge (new)

Renee M | 4719 comments Mod
Non fiction is non fiction. I'd count it as a genre book. It's not technically a short story because it's a book for children. :)


message 14: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Iasa, i'd appreciate hearing your reaction to The Bride of Lammermoor.


message 15: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Coyle | 1557 comments Renee wrote: "Non fiction is non fiction. I'd count it as a genre book. It's not technically a short story because it's a book for children. :)"

Thanks Renee! I'll take the points. :D


message 17: by Tracey (last edited Dec 03, 2014 02:18PM) (new)

Tracey | 916 comments Chase's Point Challenge Total: 19 points

Read a general book: 1 point per book
The Name of the Wind

Read a book for a mini-challenge: 3 points per book
-Code Name Verity
-The Red Pyramid
- Little Women
- The Assassin's Curse
- The Color Purple

Read a book for the genre challenge: 3 points per book
-Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America

Read a "shortie" (short story, poem, play): 0.5 points per
Read a group read book: 5 points per book
Read a buddy read book: 5 points per book you read with a buddy
Read a book for the genre challenge: 3 points per book
Complete a multi-book mini-challenge: 10 extra points



message 18: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Melissa wrote: "
MELISSA'S NOVEMBER TALLY POINT CHALLENGE


TOTAL POINTS: 12.5

Shorties (0.5 points per poem/play/short story)
-The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (0.5)
-[book:The Fall of the House of Ush..."


Wow! Lots of points for 5 days' worth of reading, Melissa. Yahoo!


message 19: by Srividya (last edited Nov 30, 2014 06:50PM) (new)

Srividya Vijapure (theinkedmermaid) | 221 comments Srividya's November Points Tally

TOTAL POINTS TO DATE: 29.5 Points

General book
(1 point per book)

1. Midnight Riot
2. Snow Angel Cove
3. The Silence of the Lambs
4. In the Miso Soup
5. Rumor Has It
6. Tears of the Giraffe
7. The Auschwitz Escape
8. The Crossing Places
9. Oleander Girl
10. The Snow Child
11. The Silkworm
12. The Winter People
13. Crime and Punishment
14. Pretty Little Liars
15. O Pioneers!
16. Where She Went
17. Red Seas Under Red Skies
18. Winter's Bone
19. The Mystery of the Blue Train


Shorties (0.5 per poem/play/short story)

1. The Lottery

Group read book (5 points per book)

Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog
The Enchanted April

Buddy read book (5 points per book)

Genre challenge book (3 points per book)


Mini-challenge (3 points per book)

Multi-book mini-challenge (3 points per book/10 points for completion)


message 20: by Lucy (last edited Dec 04, 2014 06:42AM) (new)

Lucy Mason (lmason17) | 174 comments Lucy's November Point Tally!

10

Carmilla - "I'd Like to Buy a Vowel" mini-challenge (3)
The Historian - "TBR Pile" mini-challenge (3)
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 - general (1)
Brave Old World - "I'd Like to Buy a Vowel" mini-challenge (3)


message 21: by Kassandra (last edited Nov 27, 2014 12:24PM) (new)

Kassandra | -1 comments Kassandra's November Points Tally

TOTAL - 31 points

General book (1 point per book)=

Group read book (5 points per book)

Genre challenge book (3 points per book)
-God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales
-As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

Mini-challenge (3 points per book) - 3 points
-A Christmas Carol (Holiday Challenge)

Multi-book mini-challenge (3 points per book/10 points for completion)
-Dust
-My Sort-of, Kind-of Hero
-Mud Puddle
-Julius Caesar
-I'd Like to Buy a Vowel Challenge Completed November 27th


message 22: by Srividya (new)

Srividya Vijapure (theinkedmermaid) | 221 comments I have a small question. Can we use the same book for two different categories or does it have to be used for a single category?

I ask this because I read Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog for this month, which fits both the Group read book category as well as the genre challenge book category. As of now I have placed it in the group read category but am not sure what the policy is for such cases. Thanks in advance. :)


message 23: by Renee, Mistress of the Mini-Challenge (new)

Renee M | 4719 comments Mod
You can use any NON-group book toward the mini-challenges. And if it's a non-group book, then go wild and use it where you can. :)


message 24: by Srividya (new)

Srividya Vijapure (theinkedmermaid) | 221 comments Thanks Renee :)


message 25: by Sandy (new)

Sandy I just added No Talking to my points as a General Book. It is a children's book (age 8-12). I remember when the mini-challenges were first established that something was said somewhere about not counting children's books, but I can't seem to find the reference right now. So ... Mistress of the Mini-Challenge, may I count this children's book in my November points? :-)


message 26: by Sandy (new)

Sandy I guess I can answer my own question. I just reviewed the posts and see that Melissa is counting a children's book. :D Sorry!!!


message 27: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Iasa wrote: "Honestly, I found it quite awful, Scott gives a whole summary of the story in the first chapter, spends the next 34 chapters building up to the climax mostly by talking about what people are eating..."

I just noticed your post, Iasa (I forgot to get notifications for this discussion). Thanks for the feedback. I'm sorry you didn't find it more enjoyable. It will not be moved to the top of my TBR. :D


message 28: by Renee, Mistress of the Mini-Challenge (new)

Renee M | 4719 comments Mod
I'd have to check back, but I think the no children's books might have been relative to a particular challenge.


message 29: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Renee wrote: "I'd have to check back, but I think the no children's books might have been relative to a particular challenge."

I'm sorry for being such a pain in the a** over such a simple thing. I just realized that No Talking has "no E", so I have put it under "I'd Like to Buy a Vowel" for now (but will delete it if the rule was "no children's books"). Thanks, Renee.(I will keep looking also to see if I can find that reference to children's books.)


message 30: by Tracey (new)

Tracey | 916 comments So, I'm re-reading your notes about mini-challenges. For some reason in my head, I had "mini-challenge" as challenges where there is only one book (IE - read a book with a November theme), but now I'm not so sure. Currently I'm doing the TBR challenge which has 12 books in it - can I count each of those books that I read as part of a "mini challenge" book instead of just a general book?


message 31: by Renee, Mistress of the Mini-Challenge (new)

Renee M | 4719 comments Mod
Chase-
We used the term mini-challenge to distinguish them from the monthly Group Challenge. (Which will be Challenges in 2015. No, you can't break up the challenges into mini-mini-challenges. We're offering a 10 point bonus for completing a challenge, no matter the length. However, you also get individual points for the books you read within the challenge. So, the Banned Book Challenge might get you 11 points (10 for completing and 1 for the book). But the Vowel Challenge might get you 16 points (10 for completing and 1 for each book). I say "might" because it's 3 points each (I think) if the book happens to fit the genre of the month.


message 32: by Tracey (last edited Nov 16, 2014 07:49PM) (new)

Tracey | 916 comments Okay I guess I meant that I'm trying to clarify the point system for the "mini-challenge" a bit more.

In your point system above it says "read a book for a mini challenge - 3 points" which would give the vowel challenge 28 points (6 books at 3 points each totaling 18 points and then the 10 points for the completion)

Your most recent post implies that each of the 6 books is only worth 1 point totaling 16 points. This was the system I was employing in October.


message 33: by Renee, Mistress of the Mini-Challenge (new)

Renee M | 4719 comments Mod
Yep. You're right. I forgot we boosted the mini-challenge books to 3 points. That makes it tidier. :)


message 34: by Tracey (new)

Tracey | 916 comments I'm glad, because I personally like 3 points more ;)


message 35: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Melissa wrote: "
MELISSA'S NOVEMBER TALLY POINT CHALLENGE


TOTAL POINTS: 97.5

Shorties (0.5 points per poem/play/short story)
-The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (0.5)
-[book:The Fall of the House of Ush..."


WOW! Look at Melissa go! See Melissa read! This is an incredible total. I have no idea how you do it.


message 36: by Kassandra (new)

Kassandra | -1 comments Amazing job Melissa!


message 37: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Coyle | 1557 comments Lol! Lots of childrens! Shows you what reading level I'm on.


message 38: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Coyle | 1557 comments Thank you, Sandy, Kassandra, and Iasa! This was a fun one!


message 39: by Renee, Mistress of the Mini-Challenge (new)

Renee M | 4719 comments Mod
I finished with 27.5. Off to post in the final tally thread.


message 40: by Renee, Mistress of the Mini-Challenge (new)

Renee M | 4719 comments Mod
All Hail Melissa!!
You are the Point Challenge Queen!!


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