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Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim) (jim_formerly_photojim) | 5294 comments First, Welcome to the Pick It For Me Challenge!

What's a Pick-It-For-Me Challenge?
It's a group recommend a book thing - works just like a Secret Santa or Xmas Exchange, except that the gift is replaced by a book recommendation. Just like in Secret Santa, the givee-giver pairings are randomly assigned (unless noted, during sign up). So whomever you get, you recommend a book for them. In return, you'll have a book recommended to you (several are given, to choose from). After you're done reading your Pick-It-For-Me book, a short post with some feedback - a mini-review of sorts would be appreciated.

For this challenge, you need either HAVE YOUR PROFILE SET TO PUBLIC (preferable) or make the person who'd be doing the recommending to you, your friend. On top of that, I strongly advise keeping your bookshelves updated, otherwise you might end up with a recommendation for something that you have already read.

Signing up period will remain open until the 29th. You'll have time until ~the 2nd to make your recommendations. Everything will be done in this thread so check it often. Also, please be sure you really want to participate. Once I pair up people, it makes it difficult to re-pair when someone decides not to participate.

message 2: by Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim) (last edited Sep 29, 2010 07:08PM) (new)

Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim) (jim_formerly_photojim) | 5294 comments ***UPDATE 9/29 NEW RULES ARE HERE***


1. Everything will be done in THIS thread. Please make your recommendations HERE.

2. Make sure to make your picks BEFORE the 2nd of October. If I do not hear from you in this thread or through a private message by 10pm EDT, I will assume you will not be participating. I will grouse and grumble about doing work that I didn't need to do and then I will re-assign your partner to somebody else. In this particular case, earlier is definitely considered better.

3. I am not a believer in astrology. I think it's a bunch of bunk. However, people make generalizations about groups of people all the time. You will notice that each of you has been assigned to pick for someone with the SAME sign as you. If we are supposed to have certain characteristics because of when we were born during the year, it stands to reason that those sharing similar characteristics would have similar likes and dislikes. Our picks this month are based on the assumption that what is good for me is good for my cosmic siblings.

4. You will be making a total of SIX (6) picks for your pickee. You will also designate which ONE is the one you are most hoping your pickee will read. Your pickee has committed to reading ONE of the books you will recommend. If they go above and beyond and read several, we can all pat them on the head and tell them 'Good job!' If they read all six of the recommended books, we can shake our heads and say, 'They need more friends!' Picks are to be broken down along the following lines:

A. List the last book that you rated five stars that your designated pickee has not yet read. (A simple bookshelf compare will give you this info.) If there are no five star books that your pickee has not read, go to four star and so on. It's not just any book, it's the best most recent. It can be on the pickee's TBR list or not at all. As long as they haven't read it, it's good. (note genre doesn't matter)

B. List the one book that the pickee has in their TBR list that you have read and think they will enjoy. If there are no books in the TBR that you have read or that you have enjoyed, B will be a free pick and pick something you think they will like.

C. List a book that is totally new to the pickee that you think they will like. This book should be one you have read and enjoyed.

D. List a book that you have wanted to read but have yet to read. This book can be on the pickee's TBR or not. My hope is that if they choose this book, you will buck up and read it with them.

E. List a book that is a surprise pleasure. List something outside of your normal reading that you read and enjoyed. Maybe you read something for the FAC challenge or a Pick-It-For-Me challenge in the past that was something you don't normally read but ended up enjoying anyway. Maybe you read 90% YA and someone gave you a Science Fiction book and you ended up liking it. Maybe you are 80% PNR and liked a mystery. Whatever it was that was outside of your comfort zone that still flipped your switch, that is what you should pass on to your pickee.

F. The second spot choice. In each of the five categories above you will most likely have several options for the person. However, you can only pick one to give them. At the end of it, what is the one book you think they should read that didn't win first pick for whatever reason in the other five categories. That is what you should give them now.

Well, that's it!

Please set your profiles to PUBLIC until the 2nd of October. If the person does not have a public profile, it's probably because of a good reason. Send them a friend request and they should accept without a problem.

Any questions or problems, let me know!


message 3: by Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim) (last edited Nov 01, 2010 05:28PM) (new)

Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim) (jim_formerly_photojim) | 5294 comments When you sign up, please post your birthday as well, I don't care about the year, just the month and day. If you want to save me a little time, you could also list your astrology sign. Thanks!

Signed up:
#1 Elke 1/10 Capricorn (x/x/x)
#2 Macwolf01 - Elise 1/19 Capricorn (x/x/x)
#3 LethalLovely 1/24 Aquarius (x/x/x)
#4 Kerste 1/29 Aquarius x/x/x)
#5 Pollyanna 1/29 Aquarius (x/x/x)
#6 Ari 2/13 Aquarius (x/x/x)
#7 Becky 2/13 Aquarius (x/x/x)
#8 Sallie 2/20 Pisces (x/x/o)
#9 Gloria 2/20 Pisces (x/x/o)
#10 PhotoJim 2/24 Pisces (x/x/x)
#11 Diane 3/10 Pisces (x/x/x)
#12 Sue 3/11 Pisces (x/x/x)
#13 Angelique 3/12 Pisces (x/x/x)
#14 Delicious Dee the book slut 3/16 Pisces (x/x/x)
#15 BJ Rose 3/18 Pisces (x/x/o)
#16 Joyce 3/25 Aries (x/x/x)
#17 Morgan 3/30 Aries (o/x/o)
#18 Ann 4/4 Aries (x/x/x)
#19 Rachel 4/9 Aries (x/x/x)
#20 Regina 4/19 Aries (x/x/o)
#21 Tania 4/25 Taurus (x/x/x)
#22 Debbie 4/29 Taurus (x/x/x)
#23 Penney 5/13 Taurus (x/x/x)
#24 Sherri 5/13 Taurus (x/x/x)
#25 Lili 5/15 Taurus (x/x/x)
#26 Nairabell 5/17 Taurus (x/x/o)
#27 Tatiana 5/20 Taurus (x/x/o)
#28 SheSwitches 6/14 Gemini (x/x/x)
#29 Hina 6/16 Gemini (x/x/x)
#30 Angie 6/17 Gemini (o/x/o)
#31 FlibBityFLooB 6/25 Cancer (x/x/x)
#32 Melanie 7/6 Cancer (x/x/o)
#33 Cathy 7/9 Cancer (x/x/x)
#34 Coffeentea 7/11 Cancer (x/x/x)
#35 Yz the Whyz 8/12 Leo (x/x/x)
#36 Suzanne 8/14 Leo (x/x/o)
#37 is me...kissa 8/14 Leo (x/x/x)
#38 Anja 8/21 Leo (x/x/x)
#39 AshelyAlexis 8/22 Leo (x/x/x)
#40 Rachel 8/25 Virgo (o/x/o)
#41 Lindsey 8/25 Virgo (x/x/x)
#42 Fran 8/26 Virgo (x/x/x)
#43 Pam 8/31 Virgo (x/x/x)
#44 Jennifer 9/7 Virgo (x/x/x)
#45 Sabrina Fair 9/10 Virgo (x/x/x)
#46 ~Sara~ 9/14 Virgo (x/x/x)
#47 Katherine 9/21 Virgo (x/x/o)
#48 Annie (a mad hampster) 9/24 Libra (x/x/x)
#49 Gigi 9/30 Libra (x/x/x)
#50 Annvelwis 10/10 Libra (x/x/x)
#51 Carolyn F. 10/13 Libra (x/x/x)
#52 Megan 10/24 Scorpio (x/x/x)
#53 D.G. 10/25 Scorpio (x/x/x)
#54 Jess 11/4 Scorpio (x/x/o)
#55 Harper 11/5 Scorpio (x/x/o)
#56 Sandy 11/5 Scorpio (x/x/x)
#57 Melissa 11/7 Scorpio (x/x/x)
#58 Ang 11/10 Scorpio (x/x/x)
#59 Tina 11/21 Scorpio (x/x/x)
#60 ~~*Julie 11/23 Sagittarius (x/x/o)
#61 Thenia 11/28 Sagittarius (x/x/x)
#62 Drq 12/1 Sagittarius (x/x/x)
#63 Leah *~*Savitar's Surfer Girl*~* 12/1 Sagittarius (x/x/x)
#64 Emily 12/1 Sagittarius (x/x/o)
#65 Valerie 12/6 Sagittarius (x/x/x)
#66 Stacie 12/8 Sagittarius (x/x/o)
#67 Miss 12/12 Sagittarius (x/x/x)
#68 Gail 12/25 Capricorn (o/x/x)
#69 KimKirt 12/29 Capricorn (x/x/x)

Key after name and date you will see (o/o/o). This stands for (made picks/got picks/completed challenge). As this is done, they will be changed to (x/x/x) Here's hoping to a triple x challenge for everybody! (Wait, that didn't quite sound right did it?)

Updated through MSG#553

message 4: by Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim) (last edited Sep 29, 2010 07:54PM) (new)

Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim) (jim_formerly_photojim) | 5294 comments This is just the pairings. I'll keep track of everybody in thread three as far as who is finished, has picks, whatever. If you want to know why I don't have all the links here, just remember that 1. I'm a man and 2. I'm inherently lazy. You can look up one thread and click on the link there to get to the person. (and yes, Debbie went to the trouble of recording most of those.)

68 Gail picks for 2 Macwolf01 - Elise
69 KimKirt picks for 68 Gail
1 Elke picks for picks for 69 KimKirt
2 Macwolf01 - Elise picks for 1 Elke

3 LethalLovely picks for 7 Beckey
4 Kerste picks for 3 LethalLovely
5 Pollyanna picks for 4 Kerste
6 Ari picks for 5 Pollyanna
7 Beckey picks for 6 Ari

8 Sallie picks for 15 BJ Rose
9 Gloria picks for 8 Sallie
10 PhotoJim picks for 9 Gloria
11 Diane picks for 10 PhotoJim
12 Sue picks for 11 Diane
13 Angelique picks for 12 Sue
14 Delicious Dee t.b.s. picks for 13 Angelique
15 BJ Rose picks for 14 Delicious Dee t.b.s.

16 Joyce picks for 20 Regina
17 Morgan picks for 16 Joyce
18 Ann picks for 17 Morgan
19 Rachel picks for 18 Ann
20 Regina picks for 19 Rachel

21 Tania picks for 27 Tatiana
22 Debbie picks for 21 Tania
23 Penney picks for 22 Debbie
24 Sherri picks for 23 Penney
25 Lili picks for 24 Sherri
26 Nairabell picks for 25 Lili
27 Tatiana picks for 26 Nairabell

28 SheSwitches picks for 30 Angie
29 Hina picks for 28 SheSwitches
30 Angie picks for 29 Hina

31 FlibBityFLooB picks for 34 Coffeentea
32 Melanie picks for 31 FlibBityFLooB
33 Cathy picks for 32 Melanie
34 Coffeentea picks for 33 Cathy

35 Yz the Whyz picks for 39 AshelyAlexis
36 Suzanne picks for 35 Yz the Whyz
37 is me...kissa picks for 36 Suzanne
38 Anja picks for 37 is me...kissa
39 AshelyAlexis picks for 38 Anja

40 Rachel picks for 47 Katherine
41 Lindsey picks for 40 Rachel
42 Fran picks for 41 Lindsey
43 Pam picks for 42 Fran
44 Jennifer picks for 43 Pam
45 Sabrina Fair picks for 44 Jennifer
46 ~Sara~ picks for 45 Sabrina Fair
47 Katherine picks for 46 ~Sara~

48 Annie(amh) picks for 51 Carolyn F.
49 Gigi picks for 48 Annie (a mad hampster)
50 Annvelwis picks for 49 Gigi
51 Carolyn F. picks for 50 Annvelwis

52 Megan picks for 59 Tina
53 D.G. picks for 52 Megan
54 Jess picks for 53 D.G.
55 Harper picks for 54 Jess
56 Sandy picks for 55 Harper
57 Melissa picks for 56 Sandy
58 Ang picks for 57 Melissa
59 Tina picks for 58 Ang

60 ~~*Julie picks for 67 Miss
61 Thenia picks for 60 ~~*Julie
62 Drq picks for 61 thenia
63 Leah *~*SSG*~* picks for 62 Drq
64 Emily picks for 63 Leah *~*SSG*~*
65 Valerie picks for 64 Emily
66 Stacie picks for 65 Valerie
67 Miss picks for 66 Stacie

Hope I didn't muck that up too much.

message 5: by Dee (last edited Sep 21, 2010 08:04PM) (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7316 comments oh yay!! does this mean you are arranging this months? and of course, i'm in!

3/16 - picese (i that matters!)

Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim) (jim_formerly_photojim) | 5294 comments Dee, I am doing the arranging this month. And I'll put you on the list. Month and day if you don't mind.

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Fran | 11366 comments I'm in!

Fran 8/26 Virgo

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Debbie  (db_debber) | 2757 comments lol ok....
I want in on this one too.
April 29 - ♉ Taurus

Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim) (jim_formerly_photojim) | 5294 comments Took me a second to figure out how to link everyone's names but I think I have it now. Since I'm trying to put in order, you should be able to see pretty clearly if you are on the list or not.

message 11: by Desperado (last edited Sep 21, 2010 08:18PM) (new)

Desperado (lethallovely) | 822 comments I'm in as always!

January 24th~Aquarius (woot woot!)

ETA: Hey Jim! We were both born on 24th of the month, in subsequent months! What a coinkidink.

Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews (pnrbookloverreviews) | 324 comments Count me in please :)
sounds fun :)

Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews (pnrbookloverreviews) | 324 comments 10 november scorpio

Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim) (jim_formerly_photojim) | 5294 comments You got it Ang. Don't forget that you'll either have to friend your picking buddy or open your profile to public when the picking time comes around.

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Dee (austhokie) | 7316 comments hey jim i'm private as well (but you are lucky enough to be my friend) - i'll friend my person when you post the list

Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim) (jim_formerly_photojim) | 5294 comments You are so right Dee! I am lucky enough to be your friend. :)

*Stay tuned for when I lead a group hug and a sing-a-long too*

message 17: by Debbie (new)

Debbie  (db_debber) | 2757 comments oh yeah, this is gonna be soooo much fun :)

Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews (pnrbookloverreviews) | 324 comments ill set it to public when you have chosen my friend :)
thanks for adding me, i love this challenge :)

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Diane ~Firefly~ | 1454 comments 3/10 Pisces

Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim) (jim_formerly_photojim) | 5294 comments So far it's GO FISH looks to be the name of the game.

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Rossy (naughtybookjunkie) | 2192 comments Thank you for hosting the challenge this month, Jim! Reeeeeaaaally appreciate it. *hugs*

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Tania | 644 comments First time for me too - April 25 - Taurus

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Penney (pschoener) | 3553 comments I'm in of course ~ May 13 Taurus

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D.G. | 4477 comments Oh I'm so glad this is open! I missed not participating last month.

10/25 - Scorpio

message 25: by D.G. (last edited Sep 22, 2010 04:09AM) (new)

D.G. | 4477 comments Hey Jim...the rules above talk about the 2nd of August...I'm assuming it's a typo and it should be October? Of course, with you hosting the challenge, I wouldn't be surprised if we will be time traveling! :p

Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim) (jim_formerly_photojim) | 5294 comments I have no idea of which you speak. *looks around and whistles innocently*

I'd never edit out a mistake. Nope. Never.

Of course that's the beauty of being able to edit a post. It's just like time travel.

Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim) (jim_formerly_photojim) | 5294 comments I'm excited. We'll see how this goes. And welcome to the Pick It For Me Challenge to the newcomers as well!

message 28: by ~Megan~ (new)

~Megan~ (megadee) I'm a first-timer as well!

October 24 - Scorpio

message 29: by KimKirt (new)

KimKirt | 1638 comments You know I'm in always!

December 29th - Capricorn



message 30: by Yz the Whyz, Moderator (new)

Yz the Whyz (whyz) | 9327 comments Of course, I'm in.

August 12th - Leo

message 31: by Carolyn F. (new)

Carolyn F. | 721 comments I'm in!

October 13 - Libra

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SandyC (sandyc88) | 1281 comments I am in (already breaking my "No New Challenges" vow!)
November 5 - Scorpio

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Stormy | 144 comments I'm in.

January 29th, Aquarius

Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim) (jim_formerly_photojim) | 5294 comments Welcome one and all! Don't forget that sign-ups are going to be open through next Wed @ 10 PM EDT. Then I'll give you your partners and the final rules.

message 35: by FlibBityFLooB (new)

FlibBityFLooB I am in...
6/25. Cancer

message 36: by BJ Rose (new)

BJ Rose (bjrose) | 4413 comments Add me to the list, please!

March 18 - Pisces

message 37: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7316 comments wow, BJ...our birthdays are really close together! mine is on the 16th

message 38: by Angie (new)

Angie | 761 comments I'm in. June 17 - Gemini.

I think I'm the first Gemini to sign up!

Wicked ♥  (Wickedly Bookish Reviews) aka Bat-Jess | 130 comments Count me in! November 4th. I'm a Scorpio.

Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim) (jim_formerly_photojim) | 5294 comments Welcome, Welcome, Welcome. 22 signed up so far and not even opened a day yet.

message 41: by Melissa (new)

Melissa | 1245 comments I'm in, too. November 7th - Scorpio

lots of us Scorpio's...hmmmm

message 42: by Stacie (new)

Stacie H. (staciemh) | 3 comments This sounds like fun, so count me in!
December 8 - Sagittarius

Sallie(GeorgiaGirl) (shuga) | 1102 comments I would like to add my name please

February 20 - Pisces

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Ceej (drqangel) | 1015 comments 12/1 Sagittarius

message 45: by Ceej (new)

Ceej (drqangel) | 1015 comments ~Ang~♡♥ The Saucy Aussie♥♡~~ wrote: "10 november scorpio"

you share a birthday with the Marine Corps ohh rah!

Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews (pnrbookloverreviews) | 324 comments Drq wrote: "~Ang~♡♥ The Saucy Aussie♥♡~~ wrote: "10 november scorpio"

you share a birthday with the Marine Corps ohh rah!"

cool :)

message 47: by Gigi (new)

Gigi | 1149 comments Yayyy, its pick it for me time! I'm in 9/30-Libra.

message 48: by Pickles (new)

Pickles (angstypickles) | 387 comments I'm in!

11/5 - Scorpio

Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim) (jim_formerly_photojim) | 5294 comments Sabrina Fair wrote: "I think this thread needs cake or maybe a cool cupcake tower? ;-)"

I think you are right. That's it! We should really get the guy from Ace of Cakes to design a new super creation.

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Tatiana (tatiana_g) I am in, Jim. 5/20 - Taurus

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