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message 1: by Jackie, Solstitial Mod (last edited Sep 11, 2020 12:32PM) (new)

Jackie | 1275 comments Mod
Looking for a little solo fun? Then the individual challenge is for you! This read-a-thon’s individual challenge comes with a special prize: an entry to win the ability to create a prompt for the 2021 ATY Challenge.*



How this one works: It’s Jeopardy! Each square is worth a certain number of points. Starting at the top of each column going down, the squares are worth 200, 400, 600, 800, and 1000 points respectively. Don't worry, it's all spelled out for you one post down. Read a book that fits the prompt, and you earn those points. Get at least 2000 points to earn a raffle entry. You can go for more points for your personal happiness, but you only get one raffle entry, which can be submitted over in this thread.

Raffle Rules

1. You can only use one book per square, no double dipping.
2. Each square can only be used once.
3. You need a minimum of 2000 points to earn a raffle entry
4. Only one entry per person.
5. Books need to be at least 100 pages long, except for graphic novels which need to be at least 200 pages. For audiobooks, the printed version of the book will be used to check length.
6. Picture books or other books that are majority illustrations can’t be counted.
7. The whole of the book must be read during the read-a-thon: September 12 - 20. Books started before Sept 12th must have at least 100 pages left.


If you have any questions about the challenge then you can post them here. The FAQs in post three below will also be updated as people ask questions so you might find your question has been answered there. If you’d like to check that a book will work for one of the tasks before you read it then you can ask here and we’ll confirm if it does.

Happy reading, and we hope you enjoy the challenge!

*Subject to the mods approval. For example the prompt can’t be the same or extremely similar to one already voted in and it must not be something that’s impossible for some readers to complete. If the winner is unresponsive to the message sent from the mods, there will be a redraw.


message 2: by Jackie, Solstitial Mod (last edited Sep 08, 2020 06:39PM) (new)

Jackie | 1275 comments Mod
The Challenge

full size version of Laura's awesome Jeopardy Screen:
https://i.imgur.com/r54WOch.png

These Books Are LIT
200 - Red, orange, and yellow are on the cover of this book, even when it's not on fire
400 - You might not think this book is 'lit' but L, I, and T are definitely in its title
600 - Find a new flame in this book published in the last 3 years
800 - You'll see the light...source on the cover of this book
1000 - Everybody's talking about this book that at least 300,000 people rated

Wilde Things
200 - You might find this author shelved next to Oscar Wilde - their last name also starts with W
400 - In The Picture of Dorian Gray, painting plays a crucial role in the plot, just as it does in this book
600 - Like Wilde, this author is also a member of the LGBTQ+ community
800 - Born in 1854 and dying in 1900, Oscar Wilde's lifetime is also the setting of this book
1000 - This character interfaces with the justice system, which had a profound impact on Wilde's life

Checked Out
200 - Better return this borrowed book when you're done
400 - Avoid missing out by reading this author you haven't read before
600 - This is a debut novel, and it's about time you started on it
800 - You should visit a library, like the main character of this book does
1000 - Since 2009 the Goodreads Choice Awards has been introducing readers to new books, like this nominee

Talk Wordy To Me
200 - Although it's a myth that he was paid by the word, its true that Charles Dickens' name contains this author's initials
400 - This title starts with a letter in Devta, which is currently the longest novel with 11,206,310 words.
600 - You will find only words on the cover of this book
800 - While it's no contender for the Guinness World Record, this 7+ word title is plenty long
1000 - At over 450 pages, this hefty tome should give your arms a good workout too.

No Shelf Control
200 - The British Library is home to the largest collection in the world, including many like this book set in a former British colony
400 - Medieval scribes often included curses to deter thieves, like the theft in this book
600 - Dig through the backlog to find this book published more than 5 years ago
800 - A library patron might ask, "It's that one book that won that award."
1000 - It'll take some time to read all of this author's works - there's more than 15 books!

Cliff Hangers
200 - Nature is a feature of this book, no cliffs required
400 - No need to head outside, this book is already set primarily outdors
600 - If you're looking for this book, you'll find it shelved as 'adventure'
800 - The mountains on the cover of this book are sure to inspire you to new reading heights
1000 - The series isn't finished yet, but that won't stop you from enjoying this installment


message 3: by Jackie, Solstitial Mod (last edited Sep 15, 2020 10:07AM) (new)

Jackie | 1275 comments Mod
Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When do I need to submit my entry to the raffle?
A: Since the read-a-thon goes until whenever you go to bed on Sept 20th, and that is definitionally different for everyone, entries can be submitted through Sept 21st.

Q: Can books overlap between the main Around the Year challenge and the fall read-a-thon?
A: Yes, absolutely! Some of the tasks are designed to be easy for you to fit in books you’re planning to read for AtY.

Q: Can a book be used for more than one fall readathon challenge prompt?
A: Each book can only be used for one prompt in the fall readathon challenge.

Q: Can books started before Sept 12 or in progress on Sept 20 be counted?
A: You may count a book started before the challenge begins as long as you read at least 100 pages of the book on or after Sept 12. You must have completed a book by Sept 20 to count it.

Q: For a task requiring a title beginning with a particular letter, do A, An and The count?
A: You can choose whether or not to count them as suits your needs.

Q: For prompts concerning publication date, page numbers, or covers, how do you handle reprints/multiple editions?
A: We will use the edition you tag in your completion post. For example, let's say you needed a book published in June. This edition of Pride and Prejudice was published in June 1998, which would fulfill the prompt, but this version of Pride and Prejudice was published in October 2000, so it would not fulfill the prompt. If you are getting a book from the library and aren't sure which edition you will get, you can just use the default edition (meaning the first one that comes up when you search for the book). In this case, the October 2000 publication is the default edition, so Pride and Prejudice would not be used for this prompt (unless you read and tagged an alternative edition). We are using an honor system here, so please make sure you are tagging properly!

Q: For prompts requiring a certain number of words or a certain set of letters in the title, does the subtitle count?
A: The subtitle doesn't count. If the prompt requires something to be in the title, it needs to be in the title itself.


message 4: by Jackie, Solstitial Mod (new)

Jackie | 1275 comments Mod
Kendra wrote: "These Books Are LIT
200 - Red, orange, and yellow are on the cover of this book, even when it's not on fire
400 - You might not think this book is 'lit' but L, I, and T are definitely in its title
..."


Hey Kendra you might want to move your tracking post to this thread

This page is more for questions about the individual challenge.


message 5: by Nancy (new)

Nancy (fancynancyt) | 952 comments So I have a question about audiobooks - do I track the time I spend listening, or the time that passes in the book? i.e. if a book is 10 hours, and I listen at 2x, do I track that as 5 hours or 10 hours?


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Trish (trishhartuk) | 430 comments For those of us who've never seen Jeopardy (despite it having started literally a fortnight after I was born), how does it actually work?

Do you start with one column, and then have to work up it and complete it before you move onto the next one?

Or can you split across the various columns, either from the top down, or randomly picking boxes you like the look of?


message 7: by Emily, Conterminous Mod (new)

Emily Bourque (emilyardoin) | 7010 comments Mod
Nancy, for the Jeopardy challenge, you won't need to post your time read. For the team challenge, you can use whichever option is more natural for you to count. If you're wondering if an audiobook you already started will count for the challenge, it should have at least 100 minutes left of the book (not of your listening time, but of the book itself) in order to count.

Trish, contestants on Jeopardy typically pick a category they are comfortable in and choose questions from that category. That being said, they don't usually know the prompts beforehand, so you're at an advantage. I will probably strategize so that I'm reading prompts I want to read while also reaching the 2000 point mark to get that entry for the ATY prompt!


message 8: by Jackie, Solstitial Mod (new)

Jackie | 1275 comments Mod
randomly picking boxes you like the look of

That's it. Like Emily said, contestants on the show often go through a whole category at once if it's their jam, but there's no rules about what order they do the squares in, and they don't have to do one column at a time. Sometimes they bounce around all over the place.


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Sara (phantomswife) | 925 comments Am I correct in thinking I can do the individual challenge even though I am on a team?


message 10: by Jackie, Solstitial Mod (new)

Jackie | 1275 comments Mod
Yes! You can the individual, the team, both, either, neither, whatever.


message 11: by Kendra (new)

Kendra | 765 comments Jackie wrote: "Kendra wrote: "These Books Are LIT
200 - Red, orange, and yellow are on the cover of this book, even when it's not on fire
400 - You might not think this book is 'lit' but L, I, and T are definitel..."


Sorry, I last read-a-thon there were 2 posts, 1 for tracking and one for the individual challenge. I only had about 5 minutes to check in this morning, so I'll fix it now.


message 12: by Irene (last edited Sep 12, 2020 05:52AM) (new)

Irene (eyereeen) | 383 comments Hi! Is it okay to overlap books with the Fall reading challenge? (not the main ATY challenge?)

Second question: To clarify, for a prompt like this one: "Dig through the backlog to find this book published more than 5 years ago," we're not going by original publication dates, right? So if I read a book published a long time ago but my personal edition (and the default on goodreads) are from this year, I'll have to find another book, right?

Thank you mods for coming up with such an amazing, fun challenge!!


message 13: by Trish (new)

Trish (trishhartuk) | 430 comments Emily wrote: "Trish, contestants on Jeopardy typically pick a category they are comfortable in and choose questions from that category. That being said, they don't usually know the prompts beforehand, so you're at an advantage. I will probably strategize so that I'm reading prompts I want to read while also reaching the 2000 point mark to get that entry for the ATY prompt!"

Thanks.


message 14: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3823 comments Mod
Yes, you can definitely overlap your reads!

It seems most reasonable to go by the original publish date since that’s when the author actually wrote the book.


message 15: by Robin P, Orbicular Mod (new)

Robin P | 1759 comments Mod
That makes sense, for instance, Dickens counts for the19th century square even if you read a new edition that was put out last year.


message 16: by Irene (new)

Irene (eyereeen) | 383 comments Got it, thank you! I was a little thrown off by the FAQ about publication date since it didn’t mention the original publication date, unlike the Summer reading challenge, which did say that’d be okay.
(I wish I had original 1st editions of all my classics, haha!)


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Rachel A. (abyssallibrarian) | 2633 comments This may have been asked already, but I can't find it. For the individual challenge tasks that involve a page count, does the audiobook still count as long as the physical version would be more than the specified number of pages? I'm specifically thinking of The Outsider for the task requiring a book that is 450 pages or more.

I realize above it says that printed versions of the book will be checked to verify length for the audiobooks, but I thought that was specifically for if it had enough pages to qualify for the readathon generally, not necessarily the specific task. I assume the same applies though?


message 18: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3823 comments Mod
Rachel wrote: "This may have been asked already, but I can't find it. For the individual challenge tasks that involve a page count, does the audiobook still count as long as the physical version would be more tha..."

Yes :)


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Viktoria Valkova | 102 comments Would White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism work for "While it's no contender for the Guinness World Record, this 7+ word title is plenty long"?


message 20: by Jackie, Solstitial Mod (new)

Jackie | 1275 comments Mod
Viktoria wrote: "Would White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism work for "While it's no contender for the Guinness World Record, this 7+ word title is plenty long"?"

No, the title itself needs to have at least 7 words; the subtitle doesn't count.


message 21: by Rachel (new)

Rachel A. (abyssallibrarian) | 2633 comments Laura wrote: "Rachel wrote: "This may have been asked already, but I can't find it. For the individual challenge tasks that involve a page count, does the audiobook still count as long as the physical version wo..."

Okay, great. Thanks!


message 22: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2369 comments For "mountain on the cover," would the word Mountain count? (Creative interpretation here. 🤞)


message 23: by Kim (new)

Kim (kmyers) | 494 comments How do you search for the number of ratings a book has received? I know you can see it at the top of an individual book.


message 24: by Jackie, Solstitial Mod (new)

Jackie | 1275 comments Mod
Katie wrote: "For "mountain on the cover," would the word Mountain count? (Creative interpretation here. 🤞)"

I'm going to go with no, it needs to be a visual representation.


message 25: by Jackie, Solstitial Mod (new)

Jackie | 1275 comments Mod
Kim wrote: "How do you search for the number of ratings a book has received? I know you can see it at the top of an individual book."

If you want to look through your books on gr, you can sort them by 'num ratings'. If that's not already one of your default options you can add it by clicking on the settings button to add it. I don't know if there's a way to just find all the books on gr with more than 300000 ratings unless there's a listopia of them. Otherwise, it's a case of looking at the book's page to see how many people rated it.


message 26: by Jackie, Solstitial Mod (new)

Jackie | 1275 comments Mod
Reminder! While today is the last day of the Fall Read-a-thon, you can post your raffle entry tomorrow and still be entered! We will do the draw on Tuesday 9/22 and then the winner will have a week to decide on their prompt of choice. Happy reading!


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