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Subject: 2011 Challenges - What's Your Game Plan?
Date Posted: 12/17/2010 12:14 PM ET
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So, the countdown is on to 2011 and our new (fabulous!) challenges.  Christa really out did herself putting these togethers.  I am going to attempt all of the challenges, with some overlap, although I may try to eliminate overlaps.  We'll see.  I have no plan really, I'm just going to read, make note of the books in my lists and see where things take me.  I only have a vague idea of a few of the books I"m going to use.  As you can see, I'm approaching this from a very laid back perspective!  LOL!

The only "for sure" in my plan is that I am going to start with the "It's A Small World" challenge with the "Around the World in 80 Days" achievement award, which means I'll spend the first couple of months on those books. 

Is anyone more OCD than me in terms of planning out your strategy for completing the challenges?  I'm usually way OCD, but I've learned that I just can't plan out my reading schedule in advance. I'm more of a "fly by the seat of my pants" girl in that respect. 

Looking forward to it!

 

Date Posted: 12/17/2010 1:59 PM ET
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I'm way more OCD.  I am laying out all challenges and all compatible achievements, no overlaps, and I'm only missing a couple seletions.  All but 6 books came from my TBR.  I have two books yet to select -- one for South America in Around the World (I had one chosen, only to discover it was set in Mexico not at all in S. Am) and "on this Day" for my birthday.  And there are two books in the "It's about Time" challenge that I've selected but not yet acquired, and might end up changing if I can't find them.  

I haven't decided where I'll start, except that it will be a challenge for which I already have all the books.

The next step is to pull and segregate my challenge books.  I'll do that before the end of the year--maybe over Christmas weekend.

 



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Date Posted: 12/17/2010 3:59 PM ET
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Well I usually start out with a game plan and have my books all organized, then I get distracted by my huge TBR or a good review on a book new to me and I get off track.

So, I have 2 goals for the 2011 challenge:

1) Complete the 2 challenges I have planned before I get sidetracked.

2) Do not add to my TBR until I finish the books I have identified for the challenge.

Edited to add: except when a wish list book becomes available.

I already have all the books on my challenge list on my TBR so here is a chance to get the TBR pile down.



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Date Posted: 12/17/2010 4:02 PM ET
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My only plan at this point is to get deflowered first.  I'm going to meet Uhtred finally!  But since I have to read a series in order (my OCD showing here), I have to do the deflowered category, then on to the rest of the series.  I've worked all five books into the challenge. After that...who knows?

Date Posted: 12/17/2010 4:52 PM ET
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My first thought was that I didn't have a game plan, but then realized that's not quite true.  I will be doing 5 different challenges next year, and since I usually have 8-10 books going at one time (only 2-3 at a time are fiction, otherwise I'd get the stories mixed up) I have planned to finish up whatever books I'm reading this year so that I can start fresh and start 2 or 3 challenge books on January 1st.  After I finish any 2010 books next week, I'm going to spend the last few days of the year going through any magazines, articles and catalogues I've set aside to get them all out of the way.  I even know 2 books I'll start for sure on Jan.1st.

Specifically for the historical fiction, I'm only doing 2 parts, the time periods and the related books.  My related books are all about artists and I have them all ready and waiting.  For the time periods I was going to try to do all of them as mysteries, and I haven't even started going through my TBR piles to see what I have that qualifies (I do not have a nice, organized list of TBR books on a computer--I have instead, TBR piles and boxes.  Many, many TBR piles and boxes.) 

I'm purposely leaving a few categories in each challenge open, in case I run across something great at my thrift store that fits one of them.  And, since choosing the books is so much a part of the fun, this will prolong the enjoyment a little bit.

I have a giant pile of challenge books stacked up on my dresser.  So I guess I've done some planning although it's not formal. 

Diane

Date Posted: 12/17/2010 5:19 PM ET
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I haven't made a plan at all. I think I've only added one or two titles to my list. I found out this year that adding books to the llst ahead of time is a waste of my time. I don't think I read anything I chose before I started the challenge.

I guess I'll be flying by the seat of my pants with Shelley. I really like seeing what everyone else adds to their lists though!

Date Posted: 12/17/2010 11:41 PM ET
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I have absolutely no plan other than to get the Around the World in 80 days completed on time.  :D  All my other challenges will work around that one.  I do, however, have all the books on my TBR pile that I'm using for all my challenges lined up together so I can SEE my progress.  Not all are on my TBR, but the majority are.

Date Posted: 12/18/2010 9:20 PM ET
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I like flying by the seat of my pants too.  The scenery is usually pretty goodwink

Date Posted: 12/19/2010 8:04 AM ET
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I went downstairs yesterday and sorted through Mt TBR to cull out my challenge books. I put them in a different place on the shelf together, and my plan is to  read only challenge books for the forseeable future. I also have an IRL PBS book group, so I will have to include its monthly selections in my reading, but I guess my plan is to just charge ahead into it full speed.  I did note after the massive organizational effort that I was disappointed not to be able to start on them right away!

Date Posted: 12/19/2010 9:22 AM ET
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My plan is to not wait til the last minute and load up my reading plate at the end of the year so that I have no time to plan my reading for 2012.  I haven't even been able to look at 2011 yet and that is aggravating me!

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Date Posted: 12/19/2010 11:37 AM ET
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As most of you know I am addicted to my swaps so I try to use the books I read in this challenge and mystery challenge for swap books too. Of course I have to fit in my paranormal and YA. Generally I keep rotating genres, unless I am reading a series and it is so good I have to read the next one right away.

I am on vacation for the next two weeks so I will start pulling books for my challenge. Last you I ended up changing about 50% through out the year.

Alice

Date Posted: 12/19/2010 1:30 PM ET
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Friday night and part of yesterday I went through my shelves and made sure I was tracking all the books I had on Goodreads.  Then I went through my WL/RL here and made sure I was tracking all those on Goodreads.  I created a new shelf called TBR 2011 which is to track all the ones I have planned for challenges. 

I was surprised to discover I have 760 books!  Now, I have 37 set aside for the challenges here.  I also have to work in any review requests I get and books I'm reviewing for the other site I review for.  I also want to read a lot of Plaidy, Heyer, Chadwick and Penman this year. 

My goal was to just go with the flow and leave my options open for most of the year instead of having everything planned out.  Ok, so it looks like I blew that out of the water before 2011 even starts.  Maybe 2012 will be my carefree year of reading....

 

Date Posted: 12/19/2010 3:29 PM ET
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oooooo.....I like the idea of making a list and posting it on PBS.  I may steal it from you, Holly! laugh

Date Posted: 12/19/2010 5:11 PM ET
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I was thinking about starting with the first book in each category and then moving on to the second book in each category, ect.

Or, I might start with challenge #3 and fill in any overlapping categories as I go.

Both of these plans make a lot more sense in my head than they do printed out.

Date Posted: 12/19/2010 6:29 PM ET
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I made a tentative list - we'll see if I can stick to it. If I do, I knock out a lot of books on my TBR pile. Other than that, my plan is just to read, whether for the challenges or for the sheer delight of reading, cause that's what it's supposed to be about and that's what I'm aiming for! smiley

Date Posted: 12/19/2010 9:47 PM ET
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I am just going to read as many books as possible that will eventually fit into a category.  I was going to do the years/era thing and that may be the biggest challenge for me.  I have a hard time choosing books about an era before the Romans.  

I am also doing the Contemp fiction challenge and that is a little easier for me. 

I guess I better do a little planning during my holiday break from work.

Date Posted: 12/20/2010 2:35 AM ET
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I mostly have my list completed now.  I will have to buy a few books to read what I have listed darn it! (not)   I guess my plan of attack is to read the one's  that are wish listed and get them out to those here who want them.    There are 2 books that aren't out yet,  EC's Lady of the English and Penman's Lionheart which I will pre-order as soon as they are available,    No doubt I will be adding to it as we go and I am invoking the 100 page rule, so things are bound to change.

 

ETA The question marks aren't mine.  what is up with that?



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Date Posted: 12/20/2010 9:41 AM ET
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I scoured my TBR shelves the minute the Challenge was posted.  I pulled out a good many and printed out a copy of the challenge and played around with what would fit where.  But that kept changing every day for about two weeks until I settled on a "definite list".  I'm only missing a few selections.  I plan on starting with the Time Traveler section first, since some of those are massive tomes (Merlin tops out at 927 pages with teeny tiny writing! - what was I thinking?!)  I'm also doing three other challenges, and I've pulled out those books as well.  But there are only 12 books in those challenges, so I figure I each a month for those in between the HF challenge.

I might have put too much thought into these challenges. blush

CR

Date Posted: 12/23/2010 8:06 AM ET
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I'm dying to start this challenge!!  I have to read Uhtred first.  A man walked into my office yesterday and handed me a list of books he wants to read: The Saxon Chronicles!!  I told him I have all five and I would donate them to the library as soon as I finished reading them.  He gave me this look....you know, the "Man, You're Selfish!" look...and he looks like Santa Claus, with a bad attitude, so...

Date Posted: 12/23/2010 9:56 AM ET
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Carolyn, which Merlin book are you reading? I love the big, fat tomes and I have to make sure I'm not missing out on one. ;-)

 

I've decided to do a little planning after all....I'm going to start with the "Around the World in 80 Days" goal. I just need to get some books pulled so I'll be ready to start on the 1st.

 

I am so, SO ready for the 1st to arrive!!!

Date Posted: 12/23/2010 11:10 AM ET
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Don't forget that you can count one book that you started in 2010 and finished in 2011.  So if you are itching to get started, you can probably get going early next week!

Date Posted: 12/23/2010 12:33 PM ET
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you can count one book that you started in 2010 and finished in 2011

I just don't think I can do that--even though it's part of the official rules it would feel like cheating for me!  I will probably stay up on New Year's Eve  and at 12:01 start reading!  devil

Diane

Date Posted: 12/23/2010 1:21 PM ET
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I didn't think I had a game plan at all - other than a vague thought to start the Time Traveler Challenge & begin my reading with Song of Troy by Colleen McCullough.

But, then ... THEN ... in today's mail arrived Scandalmongers, the book by William Safire that Colleen read and recommended. It looks like great fun & a good way to kick of 2011.

So, guess I'm starting in the middle of Challenge 3 with the "Recommended by an HF Friend' category!

Kelly

 

Date Posted: 12/24/2010 8:34 AM ET
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It seems like there are a lot of us doing the "Around the World In 80 Days" thing right away at the beginning of the week. Perhaps we should start a discussion group for it.  It'll be fun to compare notes, discuss what we're reading, etc.  I plan to start my first book for this challenge next week when I finish How Far to Bethlehem?  I'll go start the thread. 



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