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message 1: by Yz the Whyz (last edited Aug 20, 2010 05:17PM) (new)

Yz the Whyz (whyz) | 1020 comments Mod
Whether you are new to GoodReads or a seasoned veteran, I’m pretty sure we can all agree that we love this site. However, I’m pretty sure, like me, there are certain aspects of the website that we might not be completely familiar with.

In honor for this fabulous place that has given us readers so much fun, September’s challenge is called Expedition:GoodReads.

For this challenge, we are going to do things a little bit differently. For some of the categories, there will be a task attached to it that needs to be done before you can mark the category complete.

Duration: September 1 - September 30, 2010

1. My Books - Read a book that is in the first top 50 of your To Read shelf (Main View, starting from #1)

2. Groups Read a book that is in the bookshelf of Paranormal Romance Group (Scroll down to see the bookshelf)

3. Good Reads Author Read a book written by a GoodReads author. ( Click on Explore, and go down to authors. You will also see “GoodReads Author Profile” on their author page. Also if you go to your own to-read shelf, any author ‘s name with an asterisk is a GoodReads author)

4. Recommended Book Read a book that has been recommended to you through GoodReads recommendation feature (On your profile, you will find these books under the category book recommendations. If you have not received any since you have been a member in GR, just announced that to our group, and I’m pretty sure you will have soon.)

5. Quiz/Trivia Read a book that had a quiz or trivia question done for it, or Read a book and then create your own quiz or trivia questions about it. (Go to explore, and then select either Quiz or Trivia. If you chose quiz, (minimum of 5 items) post a link or if you choose trivia, just post your created question (maximum of 3)

6. Listopia Read a book that is in the top five of a popular list. (Go to Explore, click books. Be sure to tell us the name of the list you got the book from)

7. Friends Read a popular book among your GoodReads’s friends (Go to Friends, click on Popular Books tab)

8. Book-of-the-Month Read Read a book that is currently or soon to be a Book-of-the-Month Read of a GoodReads Group. (Go to groups, click on my groups. You will see currently reading and Upcoming Book Club Reads on the right side. Be sure to tell us which group did you get your book.)

9. Good Reads Shelves Read a book that is shelved in the first 10 pages of Paranormal Romance (Go to Explore, choose books, select genre, and on the search box, type paranormal romance. This will lead you to the Paranormal Romance shelf.)

10. Challenges Read a book that you are also reading for another challenge in a different group. Be sure to tell us what is the challenge, and from which group. (To find groups with challenges, go to groups, and type in the search box ‘reading challenges’)

There it is folks. Hope you had fun exploring Good Reads.

(Note: I will not pretend to know everything about GR, so once this challenge rolls out, and questions come up, any member who feel they know the answer, feel free to help each other out.)

Again, you may post your list beforehand or post as you go, but no reading before September 1.


message 2: by Laura Lulu (new)

Laura Lulu (lauralulu) Awesome challenge Yz! Off to make my list.


message 3: by Sandy (new)

Sandy | 449 comments I could use some recommendations for this challenge. I like books that are more UF rather than heavily into romance. Thanks


Lacy♪ ♫Movements of a Demigod ♪ ♫ (lb3553) | 238 comments I'm in... (Tenative List)

1. My Books- No Mercy by Sherrilyn Kenyon
2. Groups- Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
3. Good Reads Author- Spy Glass by Maria V Snyder
4. Recommended Book- The Synthesis by Jason Letts (recommended by Jennifer)
5. Quiz/Trivia- Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
6. Listopia- Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (2010 Debut Authors List)
7. Friends- Hush,Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
8. Book of the Month Read Born to Bite by Lynsay Sands (The Argeneau and Rogue Hunter Series Group)
9. Good Reads Shelves- Dark Peril by Christine Feehan
10. Challenges- Hellfire by Kate Douglas (Serious Readers Challenge for 2010 in Nothing But Reading Challenges Group)


No Mercy (Dark-Hunter, #20) by Sherrilyn Kenyon Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater Spy Glass (Glass, #3) by Maria V. Snyder The Synthesis (Powerless, #1) by Jason Letts Halo (Halo, #1) by Alexandra Adornetto Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy, #1) by Kiersten White Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1) by Becca Fitzpatrick Born to Bite An Argeneau Novel (Argeneau Vampires, #13) by Lynsay Sands Dark Peril (Carpathians, #21) by Christine Feehan Hellfire (The Demonslayers, #2) by Kate Douglas


message 5: by Lisa Julianna (new)

Lisa Julianna (lisajulianna) Hi YZ,
I have never done a challenge in this group before so sorry if I am asking stupid questions. LOL

For this challenge we can read other books then PNR, right?


message 6: by Dobarah (new)

Dobarah | 279 comments Hi All! I'm going to need some recommendations...please! Thank you everyone!


message 7: by Lisa Julianna (new)

Lisa Julianna (lisajulianna) I also need some recommendations...Please and Thank you :~)


message 8: by Kirttimukha (new)

Kirttimukha TheCat | 93 comments I too could use some recommendations. Thank you bunches!


message 9: by Amber (new)

Amber | 83 comments A fun UF series is Katie MacAlister's Aisling Gray: Guardian series. It starts with You Slay Me. Most of her books are Paranormal Romance of some sort. She's also spun off a couple of series from this one, so when you complete this series, there are more to read with many of the same, crazy characters!

Note: If you're looking for something edgy, like Anita Blake, this may not be the series for you. These are more light-hearted and LOL funny.


message 10: by Yz the Whyz (last edited Aug 20, 2010 10:09AM) (new)

Yz the Whyz (whyz) | 1020 comments Mod
Lisa Julianna wrote: "Hi YZ,
I have never done a challenge in this group before so sorry if I am asking stupid questions. LOL

For this challenge we can read other books then PNR, right?"


Welcome to the challenge.

You can use any books that have some kind of paranormal/fantasy elements in it for the challenges, not limited to PNR.

Furthermore, you can used up to 3 books that do not have a single paranormal element in it.


message 11: by Dobarah (new)

Dobarah | 279 comments Would it be appropriate for me to list some books I would like to have someone recommend to me? Or should I just mention anything from my too be read list would be lovely?!


message 13: by Laura Lulu (new)

Laura Lulu (lauralulu) For everyone who needs recommendations, I was going to go into your bookshelves and if there was anything you had on your TBR list that I had read it and given it 5 stars, I would recommend it.

But...you can't recommend a book to someone if they already have it on their TBR. Which makes it much harder to recommend something to someone. :(


message 14: by Laura Lulu (last edited Aug 20, 2010 10:41AM) (new)

Laura Lulu (lauralulu) Also, you can only make recommendations to people who are your friends on GoodReads.


message 15: by Dobarah (new)

Dobarah | 279 comments Laura Lulu wrote: "For everyone who needs recommendations, I was going to go into your bookshelves and if there was anything you had on your TBR list that I had read it and given it 5 stars, I would recommend it.

Bu..."


You are right...that makes it much tougher. Let me see if I have this right...I have read

The Smoke Thief have The Dream Thief on my TBR list, but someone could recommend the third book in the series?


message 16: by Laura Lulu (new)

Laura Lulu (lauralulu) Yes, as long as you don't have it on your TBR. And, that person would have to be friends with you on GR to make a recommendation.


Lacy♪ ♫Movements of a Demigod ♪ ♫ (lb3553) | 238 comments Dobarah wrote: "Laura Lulu wrote: "For everyone who needs recommendations, I was going to go into your bookshelves and if there was anything you had on your TBR list that I had read it and given it 5 stars, I woul..."

Just recommended it to you.


message 18: by Dobarah (new)

Dobarah | 279 comments Lacy wrote: "Dobarah wrote: "Laura Lulu wrote: "For everyone who needs recommendations, I was going to go into your bookshelves and if there was anything you had on your TBR list that I had read it and given it..."

Thank you for the friending AND the recommendations!


Lacy♪ ♫Movements of a Demigod ♪ ♫ (lb3553) | 238 comments Dobarah wrote: "Lacy wrote: "Dobarah wrote: "Laura Lulu wrote: "For everyone who needs recommendations, I was going to go into your bookshelves and if there was anything you had on your TBR list that I had read it..."

You're welcome!


message 20: by Ashley (last edited Aug 20, 2010 01:52PM) (new)

Ashley (ashleylaura87) | 162 comments I need recs too! I'm really really fired from buying books though so I can only do something from my TBR pile of books that I currently own. My "owned" books section is relatively accurate. I'm not sure if everyone can view it, when they aren't available for swap. But...if they are...that would be excellent if it doesn't break any rules for someone to recommend one of those books. Thanks!!

Help.

Until I sort that out here is the rest of my list:

1. My Books: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
2. Groups: Faefever by Karen Marie Moning
3. Good Reads Author: Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
4. Recommended Book: ???
5. Quiz/Trivia: Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward
6. Listopia: Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind. Found on the list Good Adult Fiction or Non-Fiction Series
7. Friends: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon; Was also the Highest Rated Average with 4.7
8. Book of the Month Read: Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak Current read till September 15th from 1001 Books to Read Before You Die
9. Good Reads Shelves: Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning Last Book on Page 5
10. Challenges: Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning Currently Part of my Serial Killer Reader Challenge from Romance Readers Reading Challenges


Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman Faefever (Fever, #3) by Karen Marie Moning Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) by Jeaniene Frost Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #4) by J.R. Ward Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, #1) by Terry Goodkind Outlander (Outlander, #1) by Diana Gabaldon Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak Dreamfever (Fever, #4) by Karen Marie Moning Bloodfever (Fever, #2) by Karen Marie Moning


message 21: by Carolyn F. (new)

Carolyn F. | 565 comments I'm in.


message 22: by FlibBityFLooB (last edited Aug 20, 2010 11:18PM) (new)

FlibBityFLooB I'm in again... :)

1. My Books - Happy Hour at Casa Dracula by Acosta
2. PNR Shelf - Wicked Appetite by Evanovich
3. Goodreads Author - Blameless by Carriger
4. Recommended - The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Hieber
5. Trivia - A Hunger Like No Other by Cole
6. Listopia (Can't Wait 2010) - Clockwork Angel by Clare
7. Friends - No Rest for the Wicked by Cole
8. Group Featured (PNR/UF Book Club) - Beyond the Highland Mist by Moning
9. PNR 10 pages - To Tame a Highland Warrior by Moning
10. Challenge (RRRC School) - Killbox by Aguirre

Happy Hour at Casa Dracula (Casa Dracula, #1) by Marta Acosta Wicked Appetite (The Unmentionables, #1) by Janet Evanovich Blameless (The Parasol Protectorate, #3) by Gail Carriger The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker (Strangely Beautiful, #1) by Leanna Renee Hieber A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark, #2) by Kresley Cole Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) by Cassandra Clare No Rest for the Wicked (Immortals After Dark, #3) by Kresley Cole Beyond the Highland Mist (Highlander, #1) by Karen Marie Moning To Tame a Highland Warrior (Highlander, #2) by Karen Marie Moning Killbox (Sirantha Jax, #4) by Ann Aguirre


message 23: by Erin (new)

Erin (erin-b) Sounds like fun, I'm in. I could use some recommendations too. List to come later.


message 24: by Desperado (new)

Desperado (lethallovely) | 453 comments YZ, when you say Good Reads Shelves, do you mean put in "paranormal romance" into the search engine or do you mean, look at the first 10 pages of books listed as paranormal romance, like you do with your RRRC challenges?


message 25: by Yz the Whyz (new)

Yz the Whyz (whyz) | 1020 comments Mod
LethalLovely~When There's Nothing Left to Burn, wrote: "YZ, when you say Good Reads Shelves, do you mean put in "paranormal romance" into the search engine or do you mean, look at the first 10 pages of books listed as paranormal romance, like you do wi..."

Good catch, Lethal.

Yes, similar to our shelf category in RRRC. I updated the instructions on the first post to make it more clear, I hope. : )


message 26: by Erin (new)

Erin (erin-b) A tentative list. I could use a recommendation or two.

Duration: September 1 - September 30, 2010

Read: 0/10

1. My Books: Midnight Crystal by Jayne Castle
2. Groups: Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews
3. Goodreads Author: Stolen by Kelley Armstrong
4. Recommended Book:
5. Quiz/Trivia: Agamemnon by Aeschylus
6. Listopia: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Favorite Young Adult Novels)
7. Friends: Covet by J.R. Ward
8. Book-of-the-Month Read:
9. Goodreads Shelves: Archangel's Kiss by Nalini Singh
10. Challenges: First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost (Romance Readers Reading Challenges: Back to School Challenge)


message 27: by Sandy (last edited Aug 23, 2010 08:00AM) (new)

Sandy | 449 comments 0/10 Read

My Books: Thunder & Blood by Stacey Voss
Groups: Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine
Goodreads Author: Twice Bitten by Chloe Neil
Recommended Book: The Ghost Orchid
Quiz/Trivia: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Listopia: Crescendo (Most Anticipated Books of 2010)
Friends: Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
Book of the Month: Mind Games by Carolyn Crane (Literary Escapism)
Goodreads Shelves: The Vampire & The Virgin
Challenge: Bring On The Night by Jeri Smith-Ready (Romance Readers Reading Challenges Back to School Challenge)


message 28: by Desperado (new)

Desperado (lethallovely) | 453 comments Yz the Whyz wrote: "LethalLovely~When There's Nothing Left to Burn, wrote: "YZ, when you say Good Reads Shelves, do you mean put in "paranormal romance" into the search engine or do you mean, look at the first 10 pag..."

I think I got it. Just to make sure, this is the shelf with 10 books on each page, not the one with 50 books on each page, right?


message 29: by Shannon (new)

Shannon (frencett) | 19 comments What an awsome challenge!

My tentative list is:
My Books: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Groups: Succubus on Top by Richelle Mead
Groupreads Author: Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead
Recommend Book: TBA
Quiz/Trivia: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Listopia: The Host by Stephanie Meyer (from What to read next list)
Friends: TBA
Book of the Month: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater (Paranormal Addicts & Newbies - Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy group)
Goodreads Shelves: Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
Challenge: Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
(Paranormal Addicts & Newbies - Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy group)

At the risk of sounding a little bit desperate - can anyone friend me and make any recommendations please???
Thanks


message 30: by Desperado (new)

Desperado (lethallovely) | 453 comments I will, Frencett!


message 31: by Shannon (new)

Shannon (frencett) | 19 comments Thanks Lethal! I appreciate it :)


message 32: by Diane ~Firefly~ (new)

Diane ~Firefly~ | 97 comments Yz the Whyz wrote: "Whether you are new to GoodReads or a seasoned veteran, I’m pretty sure we can all agree that we love this site. However, I’m pretty sure, like me, there are certain aspects of the website that we..."

Great idea for a challenge!


message 33: by Shannon (new)

Shannon (frencett) | 19 comments My tentative list (now that I have my final two)is:
My Books: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Groups: Succubus on Top by Richelle Mead
Groupreads Author: Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead
Recommended Book: Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
Quiz/Trivia: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Listopia: The Host by Stephanie Meyer (from What to read next list)
Friends: Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (LethalLovely)
Book of the Month: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater (Paranormal Addicts & Newbies - Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy group)
Goodreads Shelves: Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
Challenge: Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
(Paranormal Addicts & Newbies - Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy group)


message 34: by Valorie (new)

Valorie  | 426 comments Count me in!


message 35: by Yz the Whyz (new)

Yz the Whyz (whyz) | 1020 comments Mod
LethalLovely~When There's Nothing Left to Burn, wrote:I think I got it. Just to make sure, this is the shelf with 10 books on each page, not the one with 50 books on each page, right?

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It has 50 books per page. There is around 5,327 books in that list. You just simply choose within the first 10 pages.


message 36: by Diane ~Firefly~ (new)

Diane ~Firefly~ | 97 comments Yz the Whyz wrote: "1. My Books - Read a book that is in the first top 50 of your To Read shelf (Main View, starting from #1)..."

Ok, I'm having trouble with this one. There are no numbers on my to-read shelf, it just seems to list everything in order from latest added to earliest added. I clicked on My Books from the very top of the page, then To-Read bookshelf from the left side with Main view chosen from top. What am I doing wrong?


message 37: by Melissa (new)

Melissa You should see the far left column is named "order" and there should be a number there. Not necessarily in order so you'll have to click on the word "order" to put them in numerical order. Hope that helps!


message 38: by Melissa (last edited Aug 25, 2010 07:47PM) (new)

Melissa 0/10 completed


My Books: Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward
Groups: Curse the Dawn by Karen Chance
GoodReads Author: Elijah by Jacquelyn Frank
Recommended Book: Soulless by Gail Carriger
Quiz/Trivia: Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian
Listopia (Best Paranormal & Fantasy Romances): Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward
Friends: Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn
Book-of-the-Month : Insatiable by Meg Cabot
GoodReads Shelves: Damien by Jacquelyn Frank
Challenges (RRR Serial Reader Challenge): Noah by Jacquelyn Frank


message 39: by FlibBityFLooB (last edited Aug 21, 2010 08:51AM) (new)

FlibBityFLooB @ Diane -- If your order column is hidden (like mine is), you can either unhide it... Or, I just sorted my TO-BE-READ shelf by date-added and looked at the first 50 added to find my book.

If you want the order column, click the EDIT SHELVES link at the top of my books and then click Enable Sorting link next to to-be-read. I believe this will turn that column back on.


message 40: by Diane ~Firefly~ (new)

Diane ~Firefly~ | 97 comments FlibBityFLooB wrote: "@ Diane -- If your order column is hidden (like mine is), you can either unhide it... Or, I just sorted my TO-BE-READ shelf by date-added and looked at the first 50 added to find my book.

If you want the order column, click the EDIT SHELVES link at the top of my books and then click Enable Sorting link next to to-be-read. I believe this will turn that column back on.
"


Thanks! This got me pointed in the right direction. To make the numbered column show up, after you click EDIT SHELVES, choose Re-Order Shelf. Just in case anyone else needs to do this as well.


message 41: by Jessica (last edited Sep 03, 2010 09:51PM) (new)

Jessica Bair-Epps | 725 comments I'm in!

1. My Books- First Drop of Crimson
2. Groups- Howling at the Moon
3. Good Reads Author- Shadow's Edge
4. Recommended Book-
5. Quiz/Trivia- Linger Linger Quiz
6. Listopia- Deadly Night from Best Paranormal & Fantasy Romances
7. Friends- The Darkest Night
8. Book of the Month- Mockingjay WEREWOLF LOVE
9. Good Reads Shelves- Undead and Unwed
10. Challenges- Pack Challenge WEREWOLF LOVE

To Read: First Drop of Crimson (Night Huntress World, #1) by Jeaniene Frost Howling at the Moon (Tales of an Urban Werewolf, #1) by Karen MacInerney Shadow's Edge (Night Angel, #2) by Brent Weeks Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2) by Maggie Stiefvater Deadly Night (Flynn Brothers, #1) by Heather Graham The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld, #1) by Gena Showalter Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins Undead and Unwed (Undead, #1) by MaryJanice Davidson Pack Challenge (Magnus Pack, #1) by Shelly Laurenston


message 42: by Raine (new)

Raine | 65 comments I'm in, but I will post as I go.


message 43: by Mel W (new)

Mel W (melw) | 411 comments Sent you a friend request, Frencett :)

Oh, and I'm in!


message 44: by Mette (new)

Mette | 41 comments I would like some recommendations too please:-)


Rachel- Goodbye Borders (rachelgoodbyeborders) | 161 comments I'm in as well; however, I have no books recommended to me. Some recommendations would be awesome:-)


message 46: by Denise (new)

Denise | 42 comments I want to give the challenge a-go:

1. My Books - Unholy Ghosts

2. Groups Read Dark Deeds at Night's Edge

3. Good Reads Author Read - going to pick a Josh Lanyon book

4. Recommended Book Read - Need, help please :)

5. Quiz/Trivia

6. Listopia Read - Hunger Games (Best to Read)

ok, have to work on the rest and post later...


message 47: by Ann aka Iftcan (new)

Ann aka Iftcan (iftcan) | 2659 comments Mod
I'm in--and how do we send a recommendation to someone?


message 48: by Diane ~Firefly~ (new)

Diane ~Firefly~ | 97 comments Ann aka Iftcan wrote: "I'm in--and how do we send a recommendation to someone?"

They must be your friend. Click on the book name, then between Friend Reviews and Lists with this Book is a Recommend This Book.. link, click it and it will open a list with your friends (may have to click the tab over from contacts), then just put in check marks and click Recommend in the bottom right.


message 49: by Judithe (new)

Judithe | 121 comments I'm in!!!


message 50: by Judithe (new)

Judithe | 121 comments Laura Lulu wrote: "For everyone who needs recommendations, I was going to go into your bookshelves and if there was anything you had on your TBR list that I had read it and given it 5 stars, I would recommend it.

Bu..."


Lovely Laura...I need a rec! Having already raided your shelves to find a birthday one for another challenge, I trust your judgement...but please, no 2X4's! Have a few hefty ones (500+) on Sept (and Aug) TBR already!

And anyone else who wants to send recs/friend requests are welcome too!


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