Friday, November 7, 2014

Novel Books & Reading Challenges - Tower Teams III - start

Tower Teams III hosted by Novel Books & Reading Challenges.

I took part in the last Tower Team challenge and have just been waiting for this one. I am in team Lightning Hounds. This is just about adding whatever we read to the challenge and whichever team reaches 20000 points first wins. There might be some challenges or RaTs within the challenge.
Last round I ended up reading a total of 165 books for the challenge.

List of books at the bottom of this post.

What are Tower Teams?
Essentially it is small groups of members in a team who read and discuss books, record them for "points" in order to compete against other teams.
It doesn't matter if your yearly goal is to read five (5) books, fifty (50) books or five-hundred (500) books. Anyone can join! We are still balancing the Tower Teams Reading Challenge by Total Books read.

This is NOT a read-a-thon and WILL go for a few months, so please only sign-up if you are a consistent goodreads user and are willing to discuss books with your team mates over a period of a few months. Unlike our other team challenges, the Tower Teams Challenge is a marathon, not a sprint!

Goal: The first Team to 20,000 points wins!

When: Starts November 8, 2014 and goes until the a Team reaches 20,000 points.

How: We will take all the people who sign-up and divide them equally - by book goal - into SMALLER groups, taking into account the number of books they read in 2014 and how many they think they will read in 2015. Otherwise we will be using a "ramdomizer" to assign. When you go to the sign-up thread, PLEASE INDICATE the NUMBER of BOOKS you have read so far in 2014 and the number you THINK you'll read for 2015. (Just to even out the teams. Thanks!)

For reading books
Books between 100 and 160 pages (100 pages or 25,000 words is the minimum) = 10 points
Books between 161 pages and 450 pages = 20 points
Books between 451 and 600 pages = 50 points
Books between 601 and 750 pages = 70 points
Books between 751 and 900 pages = 90 points
Books over 901 pages = 100 points

For NBRC BOM (Book of the Month) discussions
Writing a day's worth of discussion questions = 40 points
Participating in a BOM (participating in discussion) = 30 points
NOTE: We will accept one team member per book per team for writing a days DQs. If, by three days prior to the BOM starting, we don't have enough volunteers to write all DQs, then we will let more than one team member per team write questions. If we have more people than days sign up (prior to 3 days before start date) we will randomise the volunteers to determine those who can write DQs

For NBRC Buddy Reads
Participating in a buddy read with a member from a different team, or with a member of NBRC who isn't on a Tower Team = 30 points

NOTE: Points for BOMs and BRs are only provided for these discussions happening inside the NBRC group. Points are not provided for discussions in other groups


Add-ons: If you didn't sign-up in time, you can be added through-out the competition, as soon as there are an equal number of books for all teams. For example: If there are 10 teams, it is January, teams have yet to reach 20,000 points, and you want to join the game. You only have to wait until there are enough players -- who collective make up an equal number of books -- want to join, then we'll allow all a new batch of members to in, most likely as a new Team.

◈ Those people who want to keep their Profiles Private, must be willing to "Friend"
    their Team Captain(s), the NBRC Mod account, or one of the Moderators, to allow
    page count verification and to assist you if you are having difficulty with your

◈ Teams will be similar in size to TTII and the Wheelathon. We haven't decided on the exact number, as we are going by books read, but we are shooting for 10-25 members.

◈ Books must be />100 pages. NOTE: This number is lower than our other team challenges!
    For page number questions, please check with your captain who can ask in the Captains group for verification.

◈ Audio books and Large Print editions are allowed. (For page numbers, we will use the "default" GR book page numbers.)

◈ No graphic novels. (Sorry.)

◈ No little children's books less than 25,000 words.ArBookFind is a great site to double check. If in doubt, ask your captain.

◈ Any genre counts.

◈ Any book in any language will count, as long as it meets the criteria.

◈ "Re-reads" will be allowed, if it has been six months since you have read the book. This includes listening to the audio version, if you've already read the book.

◈ This challenge involves adding a special bookshelf to your personal
    GRs bookshelves other than "read." You may choose a preexisting one.

◈ Please wait to be told to which Team you are assigned. It might take awhile; however,
    you will be able to count the books you have read from the START date of the challenge.

◈ Once you actually join, please check-in with your team discussion thread by posting the name of your bookshelf.
    Remember to add a HYPHEN between words for your bookshelf.

Helpful Tip: Knowing about Sticky Shelves may help you put your assigned
    bookshelf near the top of your dropdown box.

◈ With MOBILE DEVICES there have been major problems when trying to
    add books. If that is all you have to access the Internet, or you don't know how to Cut & Paste
    on it, then this challenge probably is NOT the right fit for you.

◈ Discussion threads will be in the regular NBRC group.

◈ You do NOT have to join the discussion, if you don't want to; communicating
    via posting a book is good enough. Nevertheless, Your Team wants to know if you are
    still participating. We understand Real Life gets in the way. However, please plan to
    "check-in" in some manner at least once every week. If we don't hear from you for two weeks, you may be replaced with another team member

◈ We need people to volunteer to be Team Captain(s) whose duties include:

- Keeping a Google Spreadsheet that all members can view (we will provide you with a template)
- checking team members books read and page counts
- communicating with a NBRC Moderator
- communicating with all Team Members
- making sure Team Members are staying active
- notifying the NBRC Mod if someone drops out
- have effective and kind (this is a game, remember) on-line communication skills to help members having trouble
- making sure Team Members belong on your team
- posting weekly status updates/reminders
- dealing with minor issues that arise
- post little challenges within challenges, if desired.
    You may rotate/share these duties. We would suggest you have at least one Co-Captain.
    You may have as many Captains and Co-Captains as you like.

◈ Please let us know, when you make a request to sign-up, if you are interesting in being a
    Team Captain.

◈ When a Team reaches 20,000 points, they win. If more than one team hits this in the same week then the team with the highest points is the winner.

List of books:
  1. The House At Riverton by Kate Morton 
  2. The Christmas Spirit by Susan Buchanan
  3. The Warlock by Michael Scott
  4. The Enchantress by Michael Scott
  5. Yuletide Tales A Festive Collective by Peter John
  6. Redwall by Brian Jacques 
  7. An Almost Perfect Christmas by Donna Fasano
  8. Catnapped by Patricia Fry
  9. California Man by E.C. Sheedy 
  10. On the Edge by Ilona Andrews
  11. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  12. Madman's Dance by Jana Oliver
  13. The Circus Is Coming by Noel Streatfeild
  14. Introvert by Anna Skyggebjerg 
  15. The Vintage Tea Dress Shop in Summer by De-Ann Black
  16. Udvalgte historier fra Jul i Hjemmet by Morten Korch
  17. Dragon's Fire by Anne McCaffrey and Todd J. McCaffrey
  18. Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch
  19. Glade Jul, 24 dejlige danske julenoveller edited by Michael Toubro
  20. Family Magic by Patti Larsen
  21. Sun Kissed by Skyla Madi
  22. The Lazarus Machine by Paul Crilley 
  23. Den sidste stjerne by Hans Blangstrup Christensen 
  24. Driven to Date by Susan Hatler
  25. Reckless by Cornelia Funke  
  26. Promise by Kristie Cook
  27. Elfhunter by C.S. Marks
  28. The Little Christmas Kitchen by Jenny Oliver
  29. Toby Streams the Universe by Maya Lassiter
  30. Loveable Christmas Angel by Mimi Barbour
  31. A Season of Angels by Debbie Macomber
  32. Any Witch Way You Can by Amanda M. Lee
  33. Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  34. Red Stilettos by Ruth Joseph 
  35. Enchanted Secrets by Kristen Middleton
  36. Head Over Halo by Molly Snow
  37. Murder Most Witchy by Emily Rylands
  38. Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher
  39. A Christmas Charade by Karla Hocker
  40. Unicorn Bait by S.A. Hunter 
  41. Starry Night by Debbie Macomber
  42. The Brands Who Came For Christmas by Maggie Shayne
  43. The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson
  44. Forever Charmed by Rose Pressey 
  45. Into Your Arms by Abigail Strom
  46. The Cypher by Julian Rosado-Machain 
  47. Vacations from Hell by Libba Bray 
  48. Fatal Boarding by E.R. Mason 
  49. Crime in the Community by Cecilia Peartree
  50. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  51. Summer of Change by Elena Aitken
  52. The Spirit of A Witch by Sarah Jane Avory
  53. How to be a Ghost by Audrey Claire
  54. Life's a Witch by Elizabeth A. Reeves
  55. Blood Echo by Melissa Simonson
  56. Shenanigans by T.B. Bond 
  57. A Million Wishes by DeAnna Felthauser 
  58. Driving Home for Christmas by Emma Hannigan 
  59. Pretty in Black by Rae Hachton
  60. Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck
  61. Bewitching You by Viola Estrella
  62. Secrets of the Heart by Laurie LeClair
  63. Flame Moon by K.J. Jackson
  64. Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs
  65. Sapphire of the Fairies by Richard S. Tuttle
  66. In Search of a Love Story by Rachel Schurig 
  67. Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews
  68. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling 
  69. Coven by K.A. Young
  70. Hired by the Cowboy by Donna Alward
  71. Nerilka's Story by Anne McCaffrey 
  72. Born in Fire by Nora Roberts 
  73. Raven's Key: A Novel by Siomonn Pulla
  74. Cora's Heart by Rachael Herron
  75. Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews
  76. The Parent Pact by Laurie Kellogg
  77. High Heels in New York by A.V. Scott
  78. A French Girl in New York by Anna Adams
  79. Fat Vampire by Johnny B. Truant

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