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message 1: by Sherry (last edited Feb 27, 2009 01:57PM) (new)

Sherry I know as busy moms it can be hard to find the time to read much less fulfill a challenge but there are some gentle challenges I've found on other sites that some of us may be up to and they may encourage us to take more time for ourselves and reading.



message 2: by Sherry (new)

Sherry A-Z Title Challenge

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message 3: by Sherry (last edited Dec 30, 2008 12:03PM) (new)

Sherry 7 classics in 2009

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message 4: by Kelly (new)

Kelly | 36 comments Hi Sherry. Sounds fun. I'm in. Can you just explain it a little further. I'm not sure I get it. LOL. Sorry.


message 5: by Sherry (new)

Sherry Sorry,I should have taken the time to explain.Each of us could make our own thread under this folder and then keep track of our progress that way.Just copy and post from this thread and then create your own under with name and the challenge as the title of the thread. I'll start one for myself and then those who wish to join can make their own threads(easy as pie for those who may feel a little intimidated. Just go about books discussion,click on all threads and then click on new topic and a new folder will be created for you. Put your name and Challenge 2009 in the title and then paste the copied challenge into a comment box and voila! You're done!)

With the A-Z Title challenge whatever the first letter of the title of the book we're reading goes where the corresponding letter on the challenge goes,with the exception of words like The and A. eg: A clockwork Orange would go in the letter C slot of the challenge. It would be the same for authors. The first letter of the first name of the author of the book you are reading would go in the corresponding letter of the challenge.

As for the 7 classics in a year,just choose whatever classics you'd like to read and give yourself a year to read them.




message 6: by Amanda (new)

Amanda (mrspickett) I think this challenge sounds like fun. I am going to try and give it a whirl. I just hope I can get that many books read. I would love to read that many, I'm just not sure my girls will let me. :)


message 7: by Anna (new)

Anna I'll try to do the Classics Challenge--how old does it need to be to be a Classic?


message 8: by Sera (new)

Sera I love these challenges :)

I started them in 12/08 with another club, but I would encourage all to participate. I only finished the classics one last year, but I hoping to get further with the other two this year, and with a newborn no less - ha ha.


message 9: by Amanda (new)

Amanda (mrspickett) I am sorry to be dense, but can you explain to me again how to do the thread so I can do the challenge. I copy and post but how do I do it under a new thread? Is it under a new post? I am a little computer challenged. :) Thanks for the help!


message 10: by Sherry (new)

Sherry Sure,no problem Amanda(I remember feeling very intimidated with new tasks and my uncertainty with all things computer related,still do as a matter of fact!) :)

Go to the main page or group home.
Scroll down to About Books. Directly to the right of About Books in small print you'll see view all.Click onto that and a new page will open with all the topics.
Go to New Topic towards the top right side of the page and click onto that.
A new page will come up that has 2 boxes in it. One for your subject in which you'll put your name and the title of the challenge. In the comment box you will paste any or all of the challenges you've chosen.

If for some reason this is still not working out for you,not to worry I can take care of it for you. Just let me know. It's always fun to learn your way around though,well when it's not completely intimidating anyway!


message 11: by Sera (new)

Sera I'm going to paste my challenges here, too, once everyone gets situated. There is no real interaction on the other site so I think that it would be fun here. I started a month early so don't think that I read all those books in one day - ha ha.


message 12: by Sherry (new)

Sherry You can post the books and then add the dates as you read them if you like,and yes the books can count in both challenges. War and Peace will be listed under W for the title challenge and under L for Leo Tolstoy under the author challenge. I could also use that as one of my classics which is what I'll probably do.


message 13: by Amanda (new)

Amanda (mrspickett) YAY!! Thanks Sherry I did it. This is a good idea and should be fun. :)


message 14: by Sherry (new)

Sherry Well some may disagree with me but I think those books that have been around a while and have stood the test of generations reading it or a book that has done something significantly different and has introduced a new way for literature to be read such as a Clockwork Orange. If I'm following that criteria it makes it easier to decide.

But it's a valid question and I don't think there is one right answer for it. It's kind of like pornography for me. I'd have a difficult time defining it but I know it when I see it.


message 15: by Shea (new)

Shea | 346 comments How about if it has Cliff Notes (-:


message 16: by Sherry (new)

Sherry Oh that's a good one Shea!


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