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message 1: by Sashana (new)

Sashana Every year, like clockwork, sports enthusiast across America gather in front of their T.V.s and participate in a little thing called March Madness. Well move over sports lovers because readers are taking back March!

How this challenge works
First, select one of the colleges listed below in the Big Ten list. Then decide on whether you want to read the team’s nickname, colors, mascot, or coach. List the letter of whatever you choose to read vertically and then read the word.
Example
Northwestern University (nickname)
W
I
L
D
C
A
T
S

Timeline
One month: March 1-31st
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THE BIG TEN

1) University of Iowa
Nickname: Hawkeyes
Colors: black and gold
Mascot: Herky the Hawk
Coach: Fran McCaffery


2) Michigan State University
Nickname: Spartans
Colors: green and white
Mascot: Sparty
Coach: Tom Izzo

3) University of Minnesota
Nickname: Golden Gophers
Colors: maroon and gold
Mascot: Goldy Gopher
Coach: Tubby Smith

4) Northwestern University
Nickname: Wildcats
Colors: purple
Mascot: Willie the Wildcat
Coach: Bill Carmody

5) Ohio State University
Nickname: Buckeyes
Colors: scarlet and gray
Mascot: Brutus Buckeye
Coach: Thad Matta

6) Pennsylvania State University
Nickname: Nittany Lions (or Nittany Lady Lions)
Colors: blue and white
Mascot: Nittany Lion
Coach: Ed DeChellis

7) Purdue University
Nickname: Boilermakers
Colors: black and gold
Mascot: Boilermaker Special
Coach: Matt Painter

8) University of Wisconsin
Nickname: Badgers
Colors: cardinal and white
Mascot: Bucky Badger
Coach: Bo Ryan


9) University of Illinois
Nickname: Fighting Illini
Colors: red and orange
Mascot: none (but previously Chief Illiniwek)
Coach: Bruce Weber

10) Indiana University
Nickname: Hoosiers
Colors: cream and crimson
Mascot: (none)
Coach: Tom Crean

11) University of Michigan
Nickname: Wolverines
Colors: maize & blue
Mascot: none
Coach: John Beilein


message 2: by Galla (new)

Galla | 110 comments Love the challenge idea! But... but... I'm an alum of a Pac-10 school, lol. Can I sneak some personalized school spirit in here? :)


message 3: by Sashana (new)

Sashana Sure, Galla. I don't mind.


message 4: by Galla (new)

Galla | 110 comments Thanks Sashana!


message 5: by Say (new)

Say (say_22) | 21 comments i'm in...=)


message 6: by Sarah (last edited Mar 24, 2011 06:48PM) (new)

Sarah Dizon (sarahd828) | 380 comments March Madness
Duration: March 1-March 31
Completed: 2/7

University of Wisconsin (Nickname):
B:The Betrayal of Maggie Blairby Elizabeth Laird
A:Abithica by Susan Goldsmith 3.5.11
D:Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong
G:Icarus Unbound by Bernadette Gardner
E:Enter the Night by Maggie Berkley 3.20.11
R:Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
S:Sea Change by Aimee Friedman


The Betrayal of Maggie Blair by Elizabeth Laird Abithica by Susan Goldsmith Dime Store Magic (Women of the Otherworld, #3) by Kelley Armstrong Icarus Unbound by Bernadette Gardner Enter the Night (Morgan Crowe Trilogy) by Maggie Berkley Rot & Ruin (Benny Imura, #1) by Jonathan Maberry Sea Change by Aimee Friedman


message 7: by Nathalie (last edited Mar 25, 2011 06:05AM) (new)

Nathalie (nankinat) | 101 comments Ohio State University:
B
U
C Champion of the Rose (Darest, #1) by Andrea K. Höst
K
E
Y
E
S Procession of the Dead (The City Trilogy, #1) by Darren Shan - Darren Shan


message 8: by Sashana (new)

Sashana I tried to be strategic and align this challenge with my A Sign of the Times Reading Challenge: Chinese Zodiac Edition. Let's hope it pays off.

Title: March Madness Reading Challenge
Timeline: March 1-31, 2011
Current Tally: 0/8


Indiana University (nickname):
H:
O:
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S:
I:
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R:
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message 9: by Galla (last edited Mar 01, 2011 09:20AM) (new)

Galla | 110 comments Title: March Madness Reading Challenge
Timeline: March 1-31, 2011
Current Tally: 0/8


University of Washington (nickname):
H: The Raven's Bride - Lenore Hart
U: Unholy Ghosts - Stacia Kane
S: Sandman Slim - Richard Kadrey
K: The Iron King - Julie Kagawa
I: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot
E: To Defy a King - Elizabeth Chadwick
S: Storm Glass - Maria Snyder

(And if something happens and my Huskies get eliminated early, I can always pretend I'm filling out the challenge for UConn! LOL)


message 10: by Lisa S (new)

Lisa S (kasey_k_fan) My school is not represented. Can I do Clemson Tigers?


message 11: by Lisarenee (new)

Lisarenee | 7659 comments Yep.


message 12: by Lisa S (new)

Lisa S (kasey_k_fan) Cool


message 13: by Lisa S (last edited Mar 23, 2011 08:08AM) (new)


message 14: by Kristen (last edited Mar 31, 2011 10:49AM) (new)

Kristen  (yogamamareads) | 57 comments Michigan State!


S: Gena ShowalterUnraveled
P:oser: My Life in 23 Yoga Poses Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses
A:Cloaked by Alex Flinn
R:ick Riordan: The Battle of the Labyrinth
T:eri Hall: The Line
A:Hard Magic by Laura Anne Gilman Hard Magic
N:Stephen King: Full Dark, No StarsFull Dark, No Stars
S:ea of Monsters The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King The Line (Line #1) by Teri Hall Poser My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses by Claire Dederer The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4) by Rick Riordan Cloaked by Alex Flinn The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2) by Rick Riordan Hard Magic (Paranormal Scene Investigations, #1) by Laura Anne Gilman Unraveled (Intertwined, #2) by Gena Showalter


message 15: by Tasha (last edited Mar 02, 2011 07:08PM) (new)

Tasha (tashafitz) B: Blue is for Nightmares -Laurie Faria Stolarz
U: Undressing the Moon -T. Greenwood
C: Can You Keep a Secret -Sophie Kinsella
K:
E: Everlost -Neal Shusterman
Y: You Know Where to Find Me -Rachel Cohn
E: The Everafter -Amy Huntley
S: Serial -Jack Killborn & Blake Crouch


message 16: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (jhaltenburger) | 241 comments This is a FABULOUS challenge but I'm already literally on the hook for 300 books in challenges this year so I'm sticking it on my challenge spreadsheet for next year.... But in case I read really fast, can we keep it in mind for a repeat when football season starts back up?


message 17: by Sashana (new)

Sashana Thanks, Jennifer :. I'll definitely keep the football counterpart in mind.


message 18: by Lori (new)

Lori I love this challenge!

Just a note: The Illini colors are orange and blue, not red and orange. I know this because I bleed those colors all year long! ;) GO ILLINI!


message 19: by Alicia (last edited Mar 22, 2011 11:27PM) (new)

Alicia Northwestern University


W - Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green - read 17/03/11
I - The Iron King by Julie Kagawa - read 05/03/11
L - The Giver by Lois Lowry - read 15/03/11
D - Dancer by Colum McCann - read 23/03/11
C - The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern - read 03/03/11
A - Among Others by Jo Walton - read 21/03/11
T - Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan - read 16/03/11
S - Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater - read 02/03/11

8/8


message 20: by Kristina (last edited Mar 24, 2011 09:03PM) (new)

Kristina (kristinalawhead) UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS!!! My alma mater <3 <3


B - The Book of Tomorrow - Cecilia Ahern3/4/11
L The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan 3/9
U Grover Underwood - character in The Lightning Thief 3/9
E Evanovich, Janet - One for the Money

O - Ominous - Kate Brian3/7/11
R - Red Riding Hood 3/23
A - Across the Universe - Beth Revis 3/2/11
N - Northrop, Michael - Trapped 3/10
G - Gage Coolidge in Ominous 3/7
E - Elder - character in Across the Universe 3/2


message 21: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckysbusyreading) | 67 comments March Madness
Got to support the home state!
Go Bucky!!
B Briggs, Patricia Iron Kissed
A Adrian, Lara: Veil of Midnight
D
G
E Elizabeth Hoyt: Wicked Intentions
R
S Sherry Thomas: Not Quite a Husband
1/7


message 22: by Nami (last edited Mar 08, 2011 10:56AM) (new)

Nami (tenshii) | 43 comments This sounds fun- Im in too!

Ermm..Going to attempt(keyword xD) to shorten mt.TBR

W Without Looking Back
I The Iron King
L
D
C Crescendo
A The Ambassador's Mission
T Tempted
SStardust OR The Singing


message 23: by Nami (new)

Nami (tenshii) | 43 comments I have a question- how do you cross things out??


message 24: by Kristina (last edited Mar 08, 2011 11:21AM) (new)

Kristina (kristinalawhead) Namita I think it says how to do it in the intro post, I'm not sure how to explain it to you


message 25: by Kristina (new)

Kristina (kristinalawhead) Evil Twin - lol I couldn't figure out a good way to show how to do it without actually crossing the words out! you're good!


message 26: by Becky (last edited Mar 08, 2011 04:07PM) (new)

Becky (beckysbusyreading) | 67 comments March Madness
Got to support the home state!
Go Bucky!!
B Briggs, Patricia Iron Kissed
A Adrian, Lara: Veil of Midnight
D
G The Girl who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen 3/7
E Elizabeth Hoyt: Wicked Intentions
R
S Sherry Thomas: Not Quite a Husband
2/7


message 27: by Sashana (new)

Sashana I think I'm going to be able to finish this one :)


H: Harris, Jane from Every Boy's Got One by Meg Cabot
O: Oliver, Lauren- Delirium (Currently Reading)
O:
S: Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
I
E
R: Richelle Mead- Iron Crowned
S: Sara Shepard- Pretty Little Liars


message 28: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckysbusyreading) | 67 comments March Madness
Got to support the home state!
Go Bucky!!
B Briggs, Patricia Iron Kissed 3/5
A Adrian, Lara: Veil of Midnight
D
G The Girl who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen 3/6
E Elizabeth Hoyt: Wicked Intentions 3/12
R Richelle Mead: Shadow Kiss
S Sherry Thomas: Not Quite a Husband
3/7


message 29: by Angela (last edited Mar 25, 2011 05:05PM) (new)

Angela (angieerickson) | 338 comments March Madness: Dalhousie University (Tigers)
Duration: March 1 - 31, 2011




T This Side of the Grave, Jeaniene Frost MAR 19/2011
I Bloodlust, Larissa Ione MAR 23/2011
G The Darkest Fire, Gena Showalter MAR 25/2011
E Poison, Jennifer Estep MAR 24/2011
R Blood Promise, Richelle Mead MAR 23/2011
S Slave to Sensation, Nalini Singh MAR 20/2011

This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress, #5) by Jeaniene Frost Bloodlust by Larissa Ione The Darkest Fire (Lords of the Underworld, #0.5 Prequel) by Gena Showalter Jennifer Estep Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, #4) by Richelle Mead Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling #1) by Nalini Singh


message 30: by Teresa Jo (new)

Teresa Jo (teresajo) | 0 comments March Madness Challenge
Duration: March 1, 2011 – March 31, 2011
Completed: 6/9


University of Texas

L – Loyalty in Death by JD Robb 3/17/11
O – The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
N – Night Road by Kristin Hannah
G – Glory in Death by JD Robb 3/9/11
H – Holiday in Death by JD Robb 3/13/11
O – On Mystic Late by Kristin Hannah
R – Rapture in Death by JD Robb 3/11/11
N – Naked in Death by JD Robb 3/3/11
S – Season of the Harvest by Michael R Hicks 3/2/11


message 31: by Sashana (last edited Mar 19, 2011 09:47PM) (new)

Sashana Title: March Madness Reading Challenge
Timeline: March 1-31, 2011
Current Tally: 5/8


Indiana University (nickname):
H: Harris, Jane from Every Boy's Got One by Meg Cabot
O: Oliver, Lauren- Delirium
O:
S: Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
I:
E: Eileen Cook- Unpredictable
R:
S: Sara Shepard- Pretty Little Liars


message 32: by Teresa Jo (new)

Teresa Jo (teresajo) | 0 comments March Madness Challenge
Duration: March 1, 2011 – March 31, 2011
Completed: 9/9


University of Texas

L – Loyalty in Death by JD Robb 3/17/11
O – The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory 3/20/11
N – Night Road by Kristin Hannah 3/22/11
G – Glory in Death by JD Robb 3/9/11
H – Holiday in Death by JD Robb 3/13/11
O – On Mystic Late by Kristin Hannah 3/18/11
R – Rapture in Death by JD Robb 3/11/11
N – Naked in Death by JD Robb 3/3/11
S – Season of the Harvest by Michael R Hicks 3/2/11


message 33: by Kristina (new)

Kristina (kristinalawhead) Woo congrats Teresa Jo!


message 34: by Sashana (new)

Sashana Congrats, Teresa!


message 35: by Rachel (new)

Rachel (treychel) | 1484 comments HOOK 'EM HORNS!

Way to go, Teresa! Especially like the choice of team, if you couldn't already tell! :)


message 36: by Kristina (new)

Kristina (kristinalawhead) FINISHED!!

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS!!! My alma mater <3 <3


B - The Book of Tomorrow - Cecilia Ahern 3/4/11
L The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan 3/9
U Grover Underwood - character in The Lightning Thief 3/9
E Evanovich, Janet - One for the Money

O - Ominous - Kate Brian 3/7/11
R - Red Riding Hood 3/23
A - Across the Universe - Beth Revis 3/2/11
N - Northrop, Michael - Trapped 3/10
G - Gage Coolidge in Ominous 3/7
E - Elder - character in Across the Universe 3/2


message 37: by Sashana (new)

Sashana Congrats, Kristina! You're really knocking them out.


message 38: by Kristina (new)

Kristina (kristinalawhead) Thanks Sashana! I'm really loving them!


message 39: by Teresa Jo (new)

Teresa Jo (teresajo) | 0 comments Thanks Kristina, Sashana, and Rachel.

Yeah we are Longhorns here, and my oldest is attending school at UT so special meaning.


message 40: by Rachel (last edited Apr 01, 2011 08:20PM) (new)

Rachel (treychel) | 1484 comments Cool! I wanted to go there, but missed the GPA requirement for transfer students. Darn me and my know-it-all young adult ways. I would be able to make it now. Considering UT for my masters. What is your son's major?


message 41: by Sashana (new)

Sashana Title: March Madness Reading Challenge
Timeline: March 1-31, 2011
Current Tally: 5/8


Indiana University (nickname):
H: Harris, Jane from Every Boy's Got One by Meg Cabot
O: Oliver, Lauren- Delirium
O: On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
S: Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
I: Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
E: Eileen Cook- Unpredictable
R: Rachel Hawthorne- Suite Dreams
S: Sara Shepard- Pretty Little Liars

I finished just in time :D


message 42: by Rachel (new)

Rachel (treychel) | 1484 comments Woohoo Sashana! Way to go. I haven't finished a challenge since...embarassed to say...February!


message 43: by Sashana (new)

Sashana lol don't be, Rachel. I rarely finish them but sometimes I get lucky.


message 44: by Sheila (last edited Mar 31, 2014 05:25PM) (new)

Sheila (sheilaj)  photo herkey_zps7465d33e.jpg

Title: March Madness Reading Challenge
Timeline: March 1-31, 2011
Current Tally: 7/8

1) University of Iowa
Nickname: Hawkeyes
Colors: black and gold
Mascot: Herky the Hawk
Coach: Fran McCaffery

H - Anne Holt - Death of the Demon by Anne Holt Death of the Demon
A - Another Man's Moccasins (Walt Longmire, #4) by Craig Johnson Another Man's Moccasins by Craig Johnson (Walt Longmire #4) ✔
W - Witness in Death (In Death, #10) by J.D. Robb Witness in Death by J.D. Robb (Eve Dallas # 10) ✔

K - Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters
E - Full Speed (Full Series, #3) by Janet Evanovich Full Speed by Janet Evanovich
Y
E - The Cold Room (Taylor Jackson, #4) by J.T. Ellison The Cold Room by J.T. Ellison (Taylor Jackson #4) ✔
S - The Stranger You Know (Forensic Instincts #3) by Andrea Kane The Stranger You Know by Andrea Kane



message 45: by Moderators of NBRC, Challenger-in-Chief (new)

Moderators of NBRC | 30937 comments Mod
Welcome to the challenge, Sheila!


message 46: by Sheila (new)

Sheila (sheilaj) I'm always glad to advertise my Hawkeyes!


message 47: by Moderators of NBRC, Challenger-in-Chief (new)

Moderators of NBRC | 30937 comments Mod
**chuckles**


message 48: by Catherine (last edited Mar 04, 2014 04:11PM) (new)

Catherine | 5051 comments ooohhh!!!! Michigan State University!!! naturally! :) Rose Bowl Champs! :)


2) Michigan State University
Nickname: Spartans
Colours: green and white
Mascot: Sparty
Coach: Tom Izzo


S. Scarlet..Marissa Meyer(book 2)
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message 49: by Moderators of NBRC, Challenger-in-Chief (new)

Moderators of NBRC | 30937 comments Mod
LOL! Welcome to the challenge, Catherine!


message 50: by Jo (new)

Jo March B-- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
U-- The Unidentified by Rae Mariz

C-- Careless People Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby by Sarah Churchwell
K-- The Kennedy Half-Century The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy by Larry J. Sabato
E-- Ebony and Ivy Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities by Craig Steven Wilder
Y--
E-- Elizabeth I by Anne Somerset

If anyone can suggest a y, I'd be grateful.


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