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message 1: by JoLene, Mistress of the Challenge (last edited Jan 31, 2015 09:02PM) (new)

JoLene (trvl2mtns) | 1287 comments Mod
This month, we are doing a straight up Spell It Out Challenge.

The rules are simple. Pick a historical figure and then read books to "spell out" their name. Since this is a historical fiction group, we will use the historical fiction rule of 50 years so this person needs to be famous pre-1965. For the US folks, in honor of President's Day you can pick a president.

To spell the name, the letter must correspond to the first or last name of the author (not middle initial) or be one of the key words of a title. The key word of a title means no articles, prepositions or conjunctions (e.g. a, the, and, but, on, at,....).

Each book can only count once.

The books should be at least 200 pages. Re-reads and audio books are fine.

Books should be started and completed in the month of February -- however, there is no validation or scoring for this.


message 2: by Margaret (new)

Margaret Crampton (cramptonmargaret) | 8051 comments Two questions? Do the books have to be historical fiction and can we have more than one book for a single letter?


message 3: by JoLene, Mistress of the Challenge (new)

JoLene (trvl2mtns) | 1287 comments Mod
No -- the books can be any genre.

I'm not sure I understand the 2nd question? The idea is that you try to find a book for every letter.....there is no real need to do 2 books for a letter since this is a non-scoring challenge.


message 4: by Margaret (new)

Margaret Crampton (cramptonmargaret) | 8051 comments Some letters are easier than others to find books. I guess we have to find s book for each letter.


message 5: by JoLene, Mistress of the Challenge (new)

JoLene (trvl2mtns) | 1287 comments Mod
Yes, it says that each book can only count once!
This is why you probably shouldn't choose Queen Zenobia (a queen in Syria from 3rd century) :-D


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Jayme (jaymetheghostreader) | 2775 comments You mean q and Z are hard to find :)


message 7: by Margaret (new)

Margaret Crampton (cramptonmargaret) | 8051 comments I imagined we could fill in books next to the letters. I use an iPhone and I am not able to fill books where I've set out my letters? Am I missing something?


message 8: by Margaret (new)

Margaret Crampton (cramptonmargaret) | 8051 comments I imagined we could fill in books next to the letters. I use an iPhone and I am not able to fill books where I've set out my letters? Am I missing something?


message 9: by JoLene, Mistress of the Challenge (new)

JoLene (trvl2mtns) | 1287 comments Mod
I'm not sure I understand your question....if you look on the tracking thread, you should be able to see it.

I think that sometimes on the iPhone, when you add a book link, it automatically puts it at the bottom of the box. I think you can cut and paste it to the letter you intend.


message 10: by Margaret (new)

Margaret Crampton (cramptonmargaret) | 8051 comments I just want to be able to write next to the letter and I can't


message 11: by Louise (new)

Louise | 4496 comments Margaret, to list your book next to the letter you have to edit your comment. I'm not sure you can do that on the goodreads mobile site: I suspect you have to go to the full goodreads site for that.


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