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message 1: by Steph, Serious series addict (last edited Nov 08, 2010 05:15PM) (new)

Steph (angel4492) | 29102 comments Got some ideas for challenges? Post them here!
You're also welcome to create and post your own challenge at any time.

Member Suggestions:
Post #2 - Laura LuLu - Title Search (possible name: "I Spy") Challenge Is Posted Here

Post #22 - Awesomevegan - Fairytale Items/Theme Covers (possible name: "Once Upon A Time") Challenge to be posted for 2011

Post #23 - southpaw285 - Hop Between On-Going Series (possible name: "Hopscotch") Challenge Is Posted Here

Post #109 - Daffodil - Cover Image Search Challenge Is Posted Here

Post #115 - Amber - "Three Strikes Your Out" All ready for next baseball season


message 2: by Laura Lulu (last edited Jun 29, 2010 10:52PM) (new)

Laura Lulu (lauralulu) | 1603 comments The one I have in mind is pretty elaborate, at least a 6 monther, but it could be a year one too, depending on how many categories you decide on.

It's a title challenge, you have to find specific words in the title of the books. But instead of giving words to choose from, we give categories of words to choose from. I was trying to think of categories earlier today, here are some I thought of for you guys to yea or nay. :)

Title must contain:

A color
A number
A flower
A tree
A name in the title
A city, state or country
A body part (heart, eye, hand, bone, etc)
A weapon (knife, sword, arrow, dart, etc)
A body of water (sea, ocean, river, lake, pond, etc)
A form of water (ice, fog, rain, snow, water, etc)
A product of fire (heat, smoke, fire, burn, flames, etc)
A heavenly body (sun, moon, star, etc)
A piece of architecture (castle, house, tower, bridge, etc)
One of the 5 senses (sight, sound, touch, scent, taste)
A royal title (king, queen, princess, duke, etc)
A family member (brother, daughter, mother, etc)
One of the 4 elements (fire, earth, water, air)
One of the 4 seasons
A time of day (morning, noon, night, evening, midnight, etc)
A metal (gold, silver, bronze, iron, steel, etc)


message 3: by Steph, Serious series addict (new)

Steph (angel4492) | 29102 comments I like them all actually. Sounds good! I'll give people time to absorb the challenges listed and add this one soon. :)

**NOTE TO SELF: Create group challenge "I Spy" by Laura LuLu**


message 4: by Judithe, Soap Operas never end.... (new)

Judithe | 6408 comments Ooohhhh...drooling! Like this one very much!


message 5: by Laura Lulu (new)

Laura Lulu (lauralulu) | 1603 comments Add more categories if you can think of any--I didn't actually go through my TBR to see what I have that fits, but maybe I'll come up with more ideas when I do that tomorrow.


message 6: by Steph, Serious series addict (last edited Jun 30, 2010 01:30AM) (new)

Steph (angel4492) | 29102 comments LOL! No, Judithe, you have to wait until I post and "open" it to the group. hehe >:)

I'll take a look through my covers and come back with any suggestions I find.

Gonna be fun! Oh wait, I'll have to make this one like Yz does for some of hers with rules stating you can choose 3, 5, 8 or all or something like that. I gotta make sure my TBRs already chosen for 2010 will fit before I can join in the fun! LOL!!


message 7: by Sandra, Kindle Operator Licence Required (new)

Sandra | 23896 comments You are all really, really bad people. Challenge enablers.


message 8: by Judithe, Soap Operas never end.... (new)

Judithe | 6408 comments Bad is good...so very, very good!

I've been flipping through my on hand TBR's to see where they fit for covers...one book for challenges...maybe I need to sign up for some more? Just kidding! 33 minutes until July....


message 9: by Laura Lulu (new)

Laura Lulu (lauralulu) | 1603 comments I still have 4 hours until July. Should be just enough time to finish this last book.

And I shall finish! Long live OCD! Hoorah!


message 10: by Judithe, Soap Operas never end.... (new)

Judithe | 6408 comments YEAH!!!! I finished mine and am happily through July's first selection. And have also cooked meals, done laundry and dealt with garbage! Side note...I also managed to sign up for one, or was that two?, more challenges...


message 11: by Steph, Serious series addict (new)

Steph (angel4492) | 29102 comments LOL Sandra! Challenge enablers! That is so true!

Dang, Judithe, already finished 1 for July? I gotta get readin'! I started The Darkest Lie and had to take a break b/c Gideon's lie-talk was beginning to take a toll on my morning-brain. LOL!

Yeah, Laura LuLu! Congrats! Anytime you need a cheering squad, we're here! :)


message 12: by Judithe, Soap Operas never end.... (new)

Judithe | 6408 comments Spent a lot of time at the vet's this morning...that should have been "partly" at the time of writing, and "completely" now. It (the novel) went surprisingly quick...which is good as am now too depressed to read.


message 13: by Steph, Serious series addict (last edited Jun 30, 2010 11:07PM) (new)

Steph (angel4492) | 29102 comments Oh no. What happened @ the vet? :( ((((Judithe))))


message 14: by Judithe, Soap Operas never end.... (new)

Judithe | 6408 comments Well, the dog is sick, and the vet's not sure what it is...more tests, and the medicine for a highly probable cause(though this could still be a fatal illness even with treatment, it maybe just making her more comfortable). The depressing thing is I just watched my spending money for the month disappear, in fact, bills will become tight if we continue treatment (and how can we not???!!!)so, ouch. The good news is after her injection and round 1 of meds, she's eating a little and drinking a little more water.

Selfish thinking is there went my birthday dinner out...and new books will probably have to wait a bit longer (glad I do have a stock of TBR's...particularly cause I'm not inclined to go anywhere =except work= until she's doing a little better


message 15: by Sandra, Kindle Operator Licence Required (new)

Sandra | 23896 comments Sorry to hear that Judithe. Hope your dog pulls through and has a long and happy life.


message 16: by Judithe, Soap Operas never end.... (new)

Judithe | 6408 comments Thanks! She's already showing more improvement, and almost time for meds round 2...fingers crossed!


message 17: by Sandra, Kindle Operator Licence Required (new)

Sandra | 23896 comments All fingers & toes crossed.


message 18: by Steph, Serious series addict (new)

Steph (angel4492) | 29102 comments :( So sorry, Judithe. It's always hard when our pets are sick. I hate it. They can't tell ya how/what's going on. Sucks! Hang in there and all digits crossed for a speedy recovery!

If you run out of books to read, let me know and I'll use the JP shipping thingy to loan ya some of mine. :)


message 19: by Judithe, Soap Operas never end.... (new)

Judithe | 6408 comments Thanks, sweetie!

I think I have a couple books you're looking for too...Drakon ones, and something else. Dang...was that your list of books to be read thread? We'll have to talk more about this, and I've got to make another trip to the vet's office. Fingers, toes, legs, even eyes crossed! :)


message 20: by Steph, Serious series addict (new)

Steph (angel4492) | 29102 comments Everything that is capable of crossing is crossed over here. Hoping for good news!


message 21: by southpaw285 (new)

southpaw285 Judithe, I hope your dog gets better soon.


message 22: by Awesomevegan (AKA JenReads) (last edited Jul 14, 2010 01:59PM) (new)

Awesomevegan (AKA JenReads) (awesomevegan) | 468 comments I think you could easily have challenges based on fairy tales:

EXAMPLES:

SNOW WHITE
1. A darked haired girl on cover
2. about a witch or has a witch in title or cover
3. has an apple on the cover
4. has the number 7 in the title/ is the 7th book in a series
5. Has mirror in the title or cover

CINDERELLA
1. a blond haired girl on cover
2. is about sisters or has sister in the title
3. has a shoe on the cover
4. has prince in the title
5. has a fairy, godmother, angel or guardian character.

You could have them be able to pick and choose ones where the readers list all 5 books if they want and have to read 3 or more? with a 3 month duration? Each could be a separate challenge. Other challenges based on other fairy tales could be added.


message 23: by southpaw285 (new)

southpaw285 What about a quarterly challenge? Maybe a "Hopscotch Series Challenge" where you "hop" around between 3 or more different series that you are currently in the middle of. Have a mininum of 9 books to read over the time frame of four months. See how many series you can complete during that time.

"Hopscotch" may sound lame...maybe someone else can come up with a better name, or expound on the idea.


message 24: by southpaw285 (last edited Jul 14, 2010 02:22PM) (new)

southpaw285 Awesome, I really like your fairy tale idea. That's a really great idea!


Awesomevegan (AKA JenReads) (awesomevegan) | 468 comments southpaw285 wrote: "What about a quarterly challenge? Maybe a "Hopscotch Series Challenge" where you "hop" around between 3 or more different series that you are currently in the middle of. Have a mininum of 9 books..."

I love the Hopscotch one! :) Oh and for a Bonus you could read a children's series book... like Harry Potter or Narnia or something that is aimed towards children/families.

Thanks. I am glad you like my idea. :)


message 26: by Judithe, Soap Operas never end.... (last edited Jul 14, 2010 04:07PM) (new)

Judithe | 6408 comments Both of those look fun!!

(And thanks for your get well wishes, southpaw285. She's doing much better :) )


message 27: by Sandra, Kindle Operator Licence Required (new)

Sandra | 23896 comments I'm glad Judithe, I was only thinking yesterday that I should ask how she was doing.

And the ideas just keep popping here. They all sound good.


message 28: by Steph, Serious series addict (last edited Jul 14, 2010 10:55PM) (new)

Steph (angel4492) | 29102 comments Those are great ideas, ya'll! I've made note of them and will come up with something soon. Just added the "the end" challenge and don't wanna pile too much onto everyone's plate at once. Or would everyone rather I just list them and people can jump in whenever they'd like?

Keep 'um comin'! Love the creativity! We'll have fun with them both.


message 29: by Steph, Serious series addict (new)

Steph (angel4492) | 29102 comments southpaw285 wrote: "What about a quarterly challenge? Maybe a "Hopscotch Series Challenge" where you "hop" around between 3 or more different series that you are currently in the middle of. Have a minimum of 9 books..."

southpaw, I'm just playing around with your idea. How about, since a hopscotch "board" is made up of 10 squares, we have 10 books that have to be ... book 1, book 2, book 3, so on, but each from a different series? What do you think? Or had you had a different thought?


message 30: by Steph, Serious series addict (new)

Steph (angel4492) | 29102 comments Awesomevegan wrote: "I think you could easily have challenges based on fairy tales:

EXAMPLES:

SNOW WHITE
1. A darked haired girl on cover
2. about a witch or has a witch in title or cover
3. has an apple on the cove..."


Very cool idea! Everyone loves a cover/title hunt. :)


message 31: by Judithe, Soap Operas never end.... (new)

Judithe | 6408 comments we have 10 books that have to be ... book 1, book 2, book 3, so on...

Like that lots!


message 32: by Steph, Serious series addict (new)

Steph (angel4492) | 29102 comments :) Thanks. Thought it went along with her "hop around series" idea.


message 33: by southpaw285 (new)

southpaw285 Steph wrote: "southpaw285 wrote: "What about a quarterly challenge? Maybe a "Hopscotch Series Challenge" where you "hop" around between 3 or more different series that you are currently in the middle of. Have ..."

Steph, that is an absolutely fantastic idea. I think that would be alot of fun!


message 34: by Steph, Serious series addict (last edited Jul 15, 2010 06:24AM) (new)

Steph (angel4492) | 29102 comments :) Cool! Me too.


Would everyone like me to post challenges as they come to mind (or are suggested) -or- would you rather they be spaced out a bit to allow for reading time in already on-going challenges?


message 35: by Judithe, Soap Operas never end.... (new)

Judithe | 6408 comments Ummmmm....spacing them out is... throat clearing ...responsible/reasonable/perhaps even a good idea...but I have a bunch of new books (how did that happen????). What about setting some to start from August? (And you have to promise not to take out your whip!)


message 36: by Steph, Serious series addict (new)

Steph (angel4492) | 29102 comments LOL :) Yeah, that's what I was thinking. For now, I'm just making note of these great suggestions to post at a later date. Not sure when, but not before August. Plus, I gotta start thinking about which books to put in the next BOM poll. (ok, I'll keep the whip holstered, for now)


message 37: by Judithe, Soap Operas never end.... (new)

Judithe | 6408 comments Thank you! And looking forward to BOM ;)


message 38: by Steph, Serious series addict (new)

Steph (angel4492) | 29102 comments Welcome. Me too.


message 39: by Sandra, Kindle Operator Licence Required (new)

Sandra | 23896 comments How about the next round of challenges start in September; especially with the relay challenge I know a few of us have taken on at RRRC, now under way.

Pretty please, I don't want to miss out.


message 40: by Steph, Serious series addict (new)

Steph (angel4492) | 29102 comments Oh alright. September it is. :)


message 41: by Amber (new)

Amber (crazyaboutbooks) | 499 comments How about a challenge were the title of the book spells out your name??????


message 42: by Sandra, Kindle Operator Licence Required (new)

Sandra | 23896 comments That sounds good, but we need a twist, cause otherwise its the same as RRRC's Read Your Name Challenge.

Twist away people.


message 43: by Amber (new)

Amber (crazyaboutbooks) | 499 comments Will come up with something as soon as I've drank my brain juice I'm tired today....Been staying up to long @ night I guess.


message 44: by Judithe, Soap Operas never end.... (new)

Judithe | 6408 comments Hmmm...that one (name) is only books...we could do authors (first and last) or characters, and of course, steer other challenge lovers to that one and the others.

If we wanted to be wicked, we could do it where every book had a different creature as well (taking ideas from awesomevegan's lovely challenge).


message 45: by Judithe, Soap Operas never end.... (new)

Judithe | 6408 comments Another challenge I want to do is an A-Z. Those are nice challenges to start the year with (though I got into it a bit later).

My first A-Z idea is a main (or secondary recurring character in the series) profession challenge. Profession name-real or unique to that world (i.e. xenobiologist) or field name (film industry). I thought only professions at first, but don't want to be tearing my hair out trying to find some unbelievably obscure thing.

Any other A-Z ideas?


message 46: by Judithe, Soap Operas never end.... (new)

Judithe | 6408 comments Another one that I haven't thought out completely is on the lines of a quarterly/half-year challenge. Breakfast cereals got me thinking about Saturday morning cartoons....

Fat Albert: a book over 400 pages (or 500?)
Wonder Woman: a kick-ass heroine
Starblazers: story set in space

And so on. I've seen some similar challenges, but they are fun, and I haven't seen anyone do cartoons yet!


message 47: by Judithe, Soap Operas never end.... (new)

Judithe | 6408 comments Oh...one more...read the year. Read 12 books, one a month, with the author (first or last) or title starting with the first letter of that month. Maybe even make it a first of the series, or second book of the series.

Or, read a singleton for January, then one book of a duology for February, one of a trilogy for March, one a series that has only for books published for April (4 books at the end of April...if a 5th comes out later in the year, it still qualifies) and so on.

That just turned into two more...blame it on the natural showers today!


message 48: by Amber (new)

Amber (crazyaboutbooks) | 499 comments Judithe wrote: "Hmmm...that one (name) is only books...we could do authors (first and last) or characters, and of course, steer other challenge lovers to that one and the others.

If we wanted to be wicked, we cou..."


Like were you going with this one.


message 49: by Sandra, Kindle Operator Licence Required (new)

Sandra | 23896 comments Boy, Judithe you are on a roll. You'll need to space them out (except for the yearly ones) or we'll never get to them all.

The profession one could get really hard if you do A-Z. Why not pick a number to do say 13 (half the alphabet) and do A-M or N-Z (the really hard ones). Just thinking aloud.

Used to love Sat morning cartoons.


message 50: by Amber (new)

Amber (crazyaboutbooks) | 499 comments It's the darn runnng water bit again Sandra, Judithe can't help herself LOL


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