Friday, March 6, 2015

Romance Readers Reading Challenges: Pass The Parcel round 4

Pass The Parcel Team Challenge hosted by Romance Readers Reading Challenges on Goodreads.

I have taken part in this challenge before and decided to try again. I know I am not going to like all the themes but I can always use the second option which is to read a book one of my team-mates have read within the last ½ year. My team is: The Bookies.

Start date - 20 March
Sign up - now through to 11 March 9pm US EST
Teams assigned by 12 March
Last theme call - 29 May

If you sign up for this challenge, you must be prepared to:
* Read roughly one book each week
* Post your selected book BEFORE the next theme is called, or you will be eliminated
* Technically be able to put links to other threads/bookshelves/lists, and insert book links or book covers in your posts. (These are not difficult but you MUST be able to do these links; they don't have to look pretty, but they do need to go to the intended location)
* Follow the format for the selection and completion posts.



I will be referring members back to this post if you ask me something already outlined here!

For this challenge we will have teams of 6 or 7 players. The group will nominate a team captain who will track the completion of books for the group and ensure compliance to the rules. Groups will be allocated out before the reading starts. This will be done randomly by me :)

Members signing up need to be prepared TO READ ROUGHLY ONE BOOK EACH WEEK.

Each week a theme will be randomly selected from the list posted in msg 4. This theme will be posted in the Discussion/Q&A thread between 6pm and 9pm US EST each Friday.

Each member in the group has the following options:

1. Read a book that matches the theme
(the parcel)


2. Select a book from the 'READ' list of a team-mate that they read in the last 6 months AND that the team-mate rated at least 3 stars. (This essentially passing on a recommendation ;)
If the book is in a series but does not match where you are up to, you may read another book from that same series.
If this option is selected, there is a new format for the selection post that needs to be followed.


3. 'Pass' on reading a book that week.

BUT each team member can only select #3 once each 5 (five) weeks. AND each team may only have ONE person 'passing' for the round each week. It is up to the team as to how they manage a 'pass'. (Yes - this means that one or two team-mates per group can't claim a pass in a 5 week block.)

Each team member must post their selection (option 1, 2 or 3) in the week that the theme is announced. You can only change you book selection in this initial week. So choose carefully :)

Each team member must return to their team thread and post a short review of the book that they read. This review should be enough to indicate that the member DID read the book. A couple of sentences is sufficient. "I liked it" is not.

Key information is required in both the selection and completion posts. This key information will be posted in each team thread's opening posts to help compliance :) You and your Captain cannot claim to have completed your book until the post holds all the required information.

This challenge will run for 11 weeks. The winning team is the one that completes the challenge first; they win bragging rights :) No-one can use the 'pass' option in the last week of the challenge.

* Each team member MUST post their selected book into their team thread each week or risk being removed from the challenge. It isn't fair on your team-mates if you are not committed to participant each week.
* You MUST post your selected book in the week of the announced category. If you miss selecting your book (or pass) in that week, you risk removal from the challenge. I will need a good reason to NOT REMOVE YOU. You can only change your nominated theme book in the week that the theme is announced. You CANNOT change your book once a new theme is announced.
* '5 weeks' will be counted in blocks of five, with a new count starting in week 6.
* No-one can use the 'pass' option in the last week of the challenge.
* To qualify for a theme, the book's eligibility must be apparent in the title or the goodreads summary (anywhere on the book's goodreads page will count), or must appear on another GR member's shelves appropriately and transparently entitled. The source of the eligibility must be specified at the time of the book selection. Refer to the Q&A thread for more clarification on this rule.
* You can change your nominated book only during the week that it's theme is called.
* Books must be at least 100 pages in length.
* Anthologies and bundled books are fine, but you must read the full set.
* You must quote the page numbers for your selected book each week. Please quote the goodreads page numbers (any edition of the book is fine).

Important!!! If a team member falls behind by more than 2 books then they WILL be removed from the challenge. The team who loses that member will continue with the lower number of team-mates. This rule is to ensure that ALL participants are committed to their team and the challenge.

In the last week of the challenge, Option 2 will be altered. Book selections under option 2 will have to be taken from a different team's members' bookshelves. I will allocate the teams out on posting the final theme (week 11).

For example (and this allocation will be randomly done on the day of the last theme call)
Option 2 for Team 1 must come from the bookshelves of Team 4.

List of books:
  1. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (week 2)
  2. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick (week 1)
  3. The Martian by Andy Weir (week 3) 
  4. The Man in the Crowd by M. Sydnor Jr. (week 5)
  5. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (week 6)
  6. The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon  (week 7)
  7. Penelope by Anya Wylde (week 4)
  8. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (week 8)
  9. The Return by A.L. Parks (week 9) 
  10. Returning Pride by Jill Sanders (week 11)
  11. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys (week 10)

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