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message 1: by Becca da, Moderator Becca (last edited May 21, 2020 10:01AM) (new)

Becca da Romance Queen (becca_da_romance_queen) | 775 comments Mod
I saw this idea from another group, all credit given to Fran from the Romance Readers Reading Challenges group.

2020 June PIFM Challenge

What is the Pick-It-For-Me Challenge?

The Pick-It-For-Me Challenge (PIFM) is a reading challenge where each participant gives and receives book recommendations based on a given a set of rules. The assignment method and book selection rules change each month so it’s always new and always different.

The idea of the PIFM challenge is that you will get new-to-you books and authors selected for you as well as a push to read some books that have been lingering on your shelves. You may not be interested in the new books recommended, which is why you also get a minimum of four books from your shelf.

You only have to read ONE book to complete this challenge!

After signups are closed, your names and any extra info will go into the super secret PIFM randomizer and it will select someone for you to recommend books to and someone to give you recommendations. This list will be posted along with any specific picking rules for the month.

In order to participate you need to either HAVE YOUR PROFILE SET TO PUBLIC (preferable), or friend the person giving you recommendations. PLEASE NOTE: if you choose to keep your profile private, it is your responsibility to send a very important that your profile be set to receive Private Messages (PMs) in case anyone needs to reach out to you (mods, organizer etc.)

Everything gets done in this thread so be sure to come back often!!!

Repicks:
You can ask for repicks if:
✱ The books picked for you are not yet released.
✱ If you have already read the chosen book(s) and they are on your ‘read’ shelf.
✱ If you did not receive four picks from your ‘to-read’ shelf, with at least one from your preferred shelf.

You may NOT ask for repicks because:
✱ A book is not available at your library.
✱ A genre or author you don’t enjoy.

INFORMATION NEEDED TO SIGN UP:
Please sign up in this thread if you would like to participate.

✱✱ If you have a preferred shelf, please list it along with your pick! ✱✱

IMPORTANT DATES
Sign ups will remain open until May 31st( 8 pm US EDT)
For your convenience a https://www.timeanddate.com/worldcloc... .

You’ll have until June 7th ( 8 pm US EDT) to make your recommendations.

Please do not start reading your book(s) until the first of the month. You then have the entire month to read your pick(s) and give some feedback.

If you’re new please read the PIFM Guidelines and FAQ . If you have any questions that are not addressed there, please feel free to ask!


✱Please note that late sign ups will be included at the host's discretion and no one will be included after re-picks are assigned!✱

TIPS TO MAKE THE CHALLENGE ENJOYABLE FOR EVERYONE!


Pickees
✱ To help your picker understand the type of books you like or are currently reading, please make sure your ‘read’ shelf is up to date. You can create shelves for books you DNFed (Did Not Finish) or authors that don’t work for you as well as favorite books and authors. In addition, you might consider updating your profile. You can include info about your favorite books, authors, genres, themes or tropes (or themes/tropes you dislike – i.e. secret baby).
✱ Please do not specify likes/dislikes in the sign-up thread. This information will not be included in the pairings and your pickee may not see your message and does not need to rely on that information when making picks.

Pickers
✱ Please remember this is primarily a romance readers group. Thus, most, if not all, of your picks should be romance. There are various sub genres within the romance category - Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Romantic Suspense, Erotica, M/M, Urban Fantasy. If your pickee reads a wide variety, you could add a non-romance as a choice.

✱ You will be using 8 picking rules to select books for you pickee. Choose at least 4 new titles for your pickee. These can be brand new to them (not found on any of their shelves) or a book found on their shelves if they've never read any of the author's work previously. The remaining 4 titles should come from your pickee's tbr, with a minimum of one from their preferred shelves if provided. Be sure to pick at least one book for each picking rule, but please limit your picks to no more than two books per rule as sometimes having too many options is worse than too few.

✱ Please remember when you are giving new recommendations, you are not limited to titles that you have read. You can choose books that are new releases, on your tbr, or titles you looked up on Goodreads or Amazon that you think your pickee would enjoy.

A few hints to help with book selection:
✱ Check the book’s publishing date.
Select "date pub" from the checkbox selections and save.
✱ Check pickee's personalized shelves, especially their exclusive shelves. A personalized shelf is one the member has created. (e.g., 'to read next', 'favorites' ‘didn’t like’)
✱ Make sure the books you choose are not on their 'read' shelf. Just because it isn't rated doesn't mean it wasn't read.
✱ Look at your pickee's 'read' shelf and see what genres they have recently read or read the most. Reviewing their ‘read’ shelf might help you in choosing something they are interested in reading right now.
✱ If your pickee reads lots of books in a genre you are not familiar with (erotic romance, GLBT, YA, etc.) Contact the Mods or the month's organizer for guidance.
✱ Include a variety of books (e.g., shorter page count, new addition to their 'to-read' shelf, an older book on their 'to-read' shelf)
This variety gives your pickee options when choosing the book or books they will be reading this month. Use the sort feature within their shelves to determine date a book was added, published or read; page numbers, ratings, etc.

If you want to volunteer to make repicks:
✱ We love that you want to help out, but please remember those who need picks have been waiting for a long time already. Please only volunteer if you are able to make the repicks within a few hours of the deadline. Thank you!


message 2: by Shreya (new)

Shreya (shreyakarnati) | 17 comments How do I sign up?


message 3: by Becca da, Moderator Becca (new)

Becca da Romance Queen (becca_da_romance_queen) | 775 comments Mod
I'm in! So excited!

Use my TBR shelf to pick out some recommendations. https://www.goodreads.com/review/list...
Also, a lot of books that I want to read are not on my to-read list, so you could really recommend anything if you want


message 4: by Becca da, Moderator Becca (new)

Becca da Romance Queen (becca_da_romance_queen) | 775 comments Mod
Shreya wrote: "How do I sign up?"

Just comment here that you wanna join and add a link to one of the GoodReads shelves you want your "buddy" to choose a book from:)


message 5: by Shreya (new)

Shreya (shreyakarnati) | 17 comments Okay I would like to participate.
Use my TBR shelf to pick some recommendations: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list...


message 6: by Audrey_With_Books, Audrey Adores Books (new)

Audrey_With_Books (audrey_with_books_) | 63 comments Mod
I would like to participate as well!
My TBR is list listed down below.
https://www.goodreads.com/review/list...
Thank you!
-Audrey <3


message 7: by [deleted user] (new)

Ooh sign me up!
https://www.goodreads.com/review/list...
My tbr list


message 8: by Elena (new)

Elena I would like to participate!
Here is my tbr list
https://www.goodreads.com/review/list...


message 9: by Becca da, Moderator Becca (new)

Becca da Romance Queen (becca_da_romance_queen) | 775 comments Mod
5 participants! YAY! Hopefully some other people would like to join!


message 10: by Dee Dee (last edited May 25, 2020 10:24AM) (new)

Dee Dee (Dee Reads for Food) (dee_reads_for_food) I'd like to join. You can choose from this list: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list... (I'm still updating it but these are the ones I have access to at the moment.) But I'm open to anything that isn't too heavy (for obvious reasons).


message 11: by Elena (new)

Elena K Hi all! I would like to join!

Never enough books to read 😂


message 12: by Becca da, Moderator Becca (new)

Becca da Romance Queen (becca_da_romance_queen) | 775 comments Mod
Great! 7 sign ups!


message 13: by Becca da, Moderator Becca (new)

Becca da Romance Queen (becca_da_romance_queen) | 775 comments Mod
LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP!


message 14: by Ava (new)

Ava (avatheadventurousreader) | 4 comments Sure, I'm in need of more books! :) I'm in!


message 15: by Becca da, Moderator Becca (new)

Becca da Romance Queen (becca_da_romance_queen) | 775 comments Mod
Okay 8 sign ups, pairs will be listed right now! :)


message 16: by Becca da, Moderator Becca (new)

Becca da Romance Queen (becca_da_romance_queen) | 775 comments Mod
People who signed up: Click your buddy's name to browse through their preferred shelf
Becca da
Shreya
Audrey
♡Akhila♡
Elena
Dee Dee
Elena K
Ava

Pairs: You are picking for the person below you!
Becca da
Shreya
Ava
Elena K
Audrey
♡Akhila♡
Elena
Dee Dee

*EXAMPLE: Dee is picking for Becca da
Becca da is picking for Shreya
Shreya is picking for Ava, etc.

2020 June PIFM Challenge - Picking Rules

June is Adopt-A-Cat Month...here are some fun facts about cats!

1. The oldest known pet cat existed 9,500 years ago
*Recommend a book that has been on your pickees shelf for awhile or a book that you read a long time ago and loved

2. Cats spend 70% of their lives sleeping
*Recommend a book with star(s) or a moon on the cover or a book with a dark cover

3. A cat was the Mayor of an Alaskan town for 20 years
*Recommend a small-town romance or a book with an unusual title

4. The record for the longest cat ever is 48.5 inches
*Recommend a longer book or a book that is part of a long series

5. The richest cat in the world had £7 million
*Recommend a book with a wealthy character or a book set in England

6. Cats walk like camels and giraffes- Their walking sequence is both right feet first, followed by both left feet, so they move half of their body forward at once. Camels and giraffes are the only other animals to walk this way!
*Recommend a book with an animal on the cover or in the story or a paranormal romance

7. Isaac Newton invented the cat door
*Recommend a book with a smart or nerdy character or a book where a character travels somewhere

8. In 1963 a cat went to space
*Recommend a book with a 6 or a 3 in the page count or publishing date (any edition) or a book that sounds out of this world!

**Remember to pick four NEW books and four from your pickee's TBR or preferred shelf. Please limit your picks to no more than two for each rule, too many choices can be as bad as too few!**

-ALL CREDIT GOES TO Fran from the RRRC group for writing these rules
EXAMPLE: Becca da picking for Shreya
1. The oldest known pet cat existed 9,500 years ago
*Recommend a book that has been on your pickees shelf for awhile or a book that you read a long time ago and loved
TBR (their list)-The World of Throne of Glass
*This book has been on Shreya's TBR list for a long time
NEW-The Fill-In Boyfriend
*This book Becca da chose for Shreya to read because she read this book a long time ago and loved it.

Once again, you have to pick AT LEAST one book per number/fact, you ONLY have to read ONE BOOK to complete this challenge, you have TILL June 7th to make recommendations to your "buddy." Friend them if their profile is not set to public. If you need any help, please contact me through GoodReads :).

Have fun! So excited!
-Becca da Romance Queen<3



message 17: by Shreya (new)

Shreya (shreyakarnati) | 17 comments Here are my picks for Ava:
1. The oldest known pet cat existed 9,500 years ago
*Recommend a book that has been on your pickees shelf for a while or a book that you read a long time ago and loved
-Diverget(read a while ago, also on your shelf) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...
-A Court of Thorns and Roses(read a while ago and loved, also on your shelf) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...
2. Cats spend 70% of their lives sleeping
*Recommend a book with star(s) or a moon on the cover or a book with a dark cover
-American Royals (star on the cover, also from your shelf) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...
3. A cat was the Mayor of an Alaskan town for 20 years
*Recommend a small-town romance or a book with an unusual title
-Grave Mercy(unusual title) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9...
4. The record for the longest cat ever is 48.5 inches
*Recommend a longer book or a book that is part of a long series
-Throne of Glass(first book in a long series) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7...
-City of Bones(first book in a long series) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...
5. The richest cat in the world had £7 million
*Recommend a book with a wealthy character or a book set in England
-Clockwork Angel(set in London) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7...
-Chain of Gold(set in London) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...
6. Cats walk like camels and giraffes- Their walking sequence is both right feet first, followed by both left feet, so they move half of their body forward at once. Camels and giraffes are the only other animals to walk this way!
*Recommend a book with an animal on the cover or in the story or a paranormal romance
-House of Earth and Blood(bird on the cover) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...
-Flame in the Mist(bird on the cover) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...
7. Isaac Newton invented the cat door
*Recommend a book with a smart or nerdy character or a book where a character travels somewhere
-The Conspiracy of Us(character travels a lot) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...
8. In 1963 a cat went to space
*Recommend a book with a 6 or a 3 in the page count or publishing date (any edition) or a book that sounds out of this world!
-Legend(3 in page count, also from your shelf) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9...


message 18: by Dee Dee (new)

Dee Dee (Dee Reads for Food) (dee_reads_for_food) My picks for Becca!

1. The oldest known pet cat existed 9,500 years ago
*Recommend a book that has been on your pickees shelf for awhile or a book that you read a long time ago and loved
Lucky in Love by Kasie West on your list the longest or The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas which I read a long time ago and loved

2. Cats spend 70% of their lives sleeping
*Recommend a book with star(s) or a moon on the cover or a book with a dark cover

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1) by Amie Kaufman which can work for either prompt ^_^

3. A cat was the Mayor of an Alaskan town for 20 years
*Recommend a small-town romance or a book with an unusual title
Probed By The Gay Alien by Morgan Manson - unusual title

4. The record for the longest cat ever is 48.5 inches
*Recommend a longer book or a book that is part of a long series
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon - it's mammoth, but worth it


5. The richest cat in the world had £7 million
*Recommend a book with a wealthy character or a book set in England

American Royals (American Royals, #1) by Katharine McGee - I haven't read this one, but I'm assuming royals would be wealthy...

6. Cats walk like camels and giraffes- Their walking sequence is both right feet first, followed by both left feet, so they move half of their body forward at once. Camels and giraffes are the only other animals to walk this way!
*Recommend a book with an animal on the cover or in the story or a paranormal romance

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

7. Isaac Newton invented the cat door
*Recommend a book with a smart or nerdy character or a book where a character travels somewhere

A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers, #1) by Brigid Kemmerer - the MC travels to an alternate world

8. In 1963 a cat went to space
*Recommend a book with a 6 or a 3 in the page count or publishing date (any edition) or a book that sounds out of this world!
What If It's Us (What If It's Us, #1) by Becky Albertalli or The Upside of Unrequited (Simonverse #2) by Becky Albertalli both fit the page count req.

Happy reading ^_^


message 19: by Becca da, Moderator Becca (new)

Becca da Romance Queen (becca_da_romance_queen) | 775 comments Mod
Thanks Dee Dee!! :)


message 20: by Dee Dee (new)

Dee Dee (Dee Reads for Food) (dee_reads_for_food) Becca da wrote: "Thanks Dee Dee!! :)"

You're most welcome.


message 21: by Becca da, Moderator Becca (new)

Becca da Romance Queen (becca_da_romance_queen) | 775 comments Mod
Also, forgot to mention as a reminder, please choose books that your buddy person has not already read.
My picks for Shreya!! Happy reading! :)
1. The oldest known pet cat existed 9,500 years ago
*Recommend a book that has been on your pickees shelf for awhile or a book that you read a long time ago and loved
TBR-The World of Throne of Glass
NEW-The Fill-In Boyfriend
2. Cats spend 70% of their lives sleeping
*Recommend a book with star(s) or a moon on the cover or a book with a dark cover
TBR-The Night Circus
NEW-Walk Two Moons
3. A cat was the Mayor of an Alaskan town for 20 years
*Recommend a small-town romance or a book with an unusual title
TBR-Stalking Jack the Ripper
NEW-Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
4. The record for the longest cat ever is 48.5 inches
*Recommend a longer book or a book that is part of a long series
TBR-Upon a Burning Throne
NEW- Every Other Weekend
5. The richest cat in the world had £7 million
*Recommend a book with a wealthy character or a book set in England
NEW-P.S. I Like You
6. Cats walk like camels and giraffes- Their walking sequence is both right feet first, followed by both left feet, so they move half of their body forward at once. Camels and giraffes are the only other animals to walk this way!
*Recommend a book with an animal on the cover or in the story or a paranormal romance
TBR-Midnight Sun
NEW-Cinder
7. Isaac Newton invented the cat door
*Recommend a book with a smart or nerdy character or a book where a character travels somewhere
NEW-Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
8. In 1963 a cat went to space
*Recommend a book with a 6 or a 3 in the page count or publishing date (any edition) or a book that sounds out of this world!
TBR-The Final Empire


message 22: by Shreya (last edited Jun 01, 2020 09:16PM) (new)

Shreya (shreyakarnati) | 17 comments Thanks Becca da! Can I have a few repicks as come of the books you choose haven't come out yet(The World of Throne of Glass and Midnight Sun)? I have also already read a few of the books(Cinder and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone).


message 23: by Becca da, Moderator Becca (new)

Becca da Romance Queen (becca_da_romance_queen) | 775 comments Mod
Oh yea sorry about that!


message 24: by Becca da, Moderator Becca (new)

Becca da Romance Queen (becca_da_romance_queen) | 775 comments Mod
I'm really sorry Shreya, I am very disorganized...
REPICKS:
1. TBR- Disenchanted

6. TBR-The Raven Boys
I don't have a new one for this

7. NEW-The Stand-In Boyfriend



message 25: by Shreya (new)

Shreya (shreyakarnati) | 17 comments No worries :)


message 26: by Audrey_With_Books, Audrey Adores Books (last edited Jun 03, 2020 12:03PM) (new)

Audrey_With_Books (audrey_with_books_) | 63 comments Mod
Picks for ♡Akhila♡:

1. Before I Fall Before I Fall

2. Cinder Cinder

3. All The Bright Places All the Bright Places

4. The Heir The Heir

5. The Crown The Crown

6. Love, Life, And The List Love, Life, and the List

7. The Fault In Our Stars The Fault in Our Stars - The best book of all time ;) It's about two kids with disabilities who fall in love. It is very sad!

8. Louisiana's Way Home Louisiana's Way Home - About a girl trying to find out what happened to her mom and finds love along the way.

9. Always Never Yours Always Never Yours - About a girl and her relationships

10. Whippoorwill Whippoorwill - About a dog with an abusive owner that the girls next door take care of. The boy next door to the girl (who owns the dog with his father) fall in love <3


message 27: by Becca da, Moderator Becca (new)

Becca da Romance Queen (becca_da_romance_queen) | 775 comments Mod
Remember, y'all have till JUNE 7TH to make your recommendations/picks for your assigned person!

♡Akhila♡ you have to comment your picks for Elena.
And Elena you have to comment your picks for Dee Dee.

Please let me know if you messaged your assigned person their picks instead of commenting on this topic, Elena K I know you did because Audrey is my sister. Anyway...happy reading! :)


message 28: by Dee Dee (new)

Dee Dee (Dee Reads for Food) (dee_reads_for_food) So... Is this still happening?


message 29: by Becca da, Moderator Becca (new)

Becca da Romance Queen (becca_da_romance_queen) | 775 comments Mod
Yes!


message 30: by Dee Dee (new)

Dee Dee (Dee Reads for Food) (dee_reads_for_food) Hey, is there any way someone else can pick for me? It's past the deadline but I'd still like to take part :(


message 31: by Becca da, Moderator Becca (new)

Becca da Romance Queen (becca_da_romance_queen) | 775 comments Mod
Aww :( I'm sorry Dee Dee, is it ok if I pick for you? I would love to look through your shelves!


message 32: by Dee Dee (new)

Dee Dee (Dee Reads for Food) (dee_reads_for_food) Becca da wrote: "Aww :( I'm sorry Dee Dee, is it ok if I pick for you? I would love to look through your shelves!"

That'd be great! Have at it


message 33: by Becca da, Moderator Becca (new)

Becca da Romance Queen (becca_da_romance_queen) | 775 comments Mod
Okay! My picks for Dee Dee!:)
1. The oldest known pet cat existed 9,500 years ago
*Recommend a book that has been on your pickees shelf for awhile or a book that you read a long time ago and loved
TBR-Pride
NEW-Since You've Been Gone
2. Cats spend 70% of their lives sleeping
*Recommend a book with star(s) or a moon on the cover or a book with a dark cover
TBR-Serpent & Dove
NEW-Refugee
3. A cat was the Mayor of an Alaskan town for 20 years
*Recommend a small-town romance or a book with an unusual title
NEW-Maybe This Time
4. The record for the longest cat ever is 48.5 inches
*Recommend a longer book or a book that is part of a long series
TBR-There's Something About Sweetie
NEW-The Stand-In Boyfriend
5. The richest cat in the world had £7 million
*Recommend a book with a wealthy character or a book set in England
NEW-The Distance Between Us
6. Cats walk like camels and giraffes- Their walking sequence is both right feet first, followed by both left feet, so they move half of their body forward at once. Camels and giraffes are the only other animals to walk this way!
*Recommend a book with an animal on the cover or in the story or a paranormal romance
TBR-Witches of Ash and Ruin
7. Isaac Newton invented the cat door
*Recommend a book with a smart or nerdy character or a book where a character travels somewhere
TBR-The Bromance Book Club
NEW-Second Chance Summer
8. In 1963 a cat went to space
*Recommend a book with a 6 or a 3 in the page count or publishing date (any edition) or a book that sounds out of this world!
TBR-Deeper Than Midnight
NEW-Divergent


message 34: by Dee Dee (new)

Dee Dee (Dee Reads for Food) (dee_reads_for_food) Yay! Thanks. I'll check them out and make my choices ^_^


message 35: by Becca da, Moderator Becca (new)

Becca da Romance Queen (becca_da_romance_queen) | 775 comments Mod
Okay, sounds good!


message 36: by Elena (new)

Elena Soo, I no longer have to pick a book for Dee Dee? I'm sorry, I just didn't get the hang of this lol


message 37: by Becca da, Moderator Becca (new)

Becca da Romance Queen (becca_da_romance_queen) | 775 comments Mod
You absolutely can if you want to and/or if she is okay with that! It's ok!


message 38: by Dee Dee (new)

Dee Dee (Dee Reads for Food) (dee_reads_for_food) Go right ahead, the more the merrier! I'm really indecisive these days so this should help lol.


message 39: by Becca da, Moderator Becca (new)

Becca da Romance Queen (becca_da_romance_queen) | 775 comments Mod
Okay y'all! Tomorrow is the end of June so please state here which books you read.

Hi Dee Dee! Thank you so much for my picks, they were all super good choices, but I decided to go with What If It's Us!
I have to say, it was a really good book! 5/5 stars
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 40: by Dee Dee (last edited Jun 29, 2020 06:47PM) (new)

Dee Dee (Dee Reads for Food) (dee_reads_for_food) Becca da wrote: "Okay y'all! Tomorrow is the end of June so please state here which books you read.

Hi Dee Dee!"



Yeah I really loved that one and I try to get as many people as I can to read it lol.

I went with Witches of Ash and Ruin by E. Latimer because I was feeling for a bit of fantasy and I had just finished reading another witchy book so I wanted to keep up the mood.

I didn't rate it...but I enjoyed it. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


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