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This year, our Historical Fiction Forum Challenge will be a celebration! A celebration of the things we love....our PBS community, History, our libraries, our selves and our forum past.
In honor of the Chinese Year of the Dragon, we'll carry-out our celebration Chinese menu-style...pick one of this, a few of that...just a snack or the whole buffet! There are three menus to choose from. Each menu allows you to make a certain number of choices from each of five courses, plus some free picks from any course. The menus range from a total of 10 to 24 books, so choose the menu that is the right level for you, then make your choices from the courses.
Ready?? Hope you are hungry!
2012 HF Forum Table of Contents
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Menu 1: The Happy Sparrow Snack
Choose one from Course 1, three from Course 2, one from Course 3, one from Course 4, two from Course 5, plus two from any Course
Menu 2: The Kung Fu Feast
Choose two from Course 1, four from Course 2, two from Course 3, two from Course 4, four from Course 5, plus four from any Course
Menu 3: The Super Buddha Buffet
Choose four from Course 1, five from Course 2, three from Course 3, two from Course 4, four from Course 5, plus six from any Course
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Course 1: Celebrate our PBS Community
A. Read-Alongs: Participate in one 2012 Read-Along
B. PBS Blog: Read a book featured on the PBS Blog (can be from 2011 or 2012)
C. Wish-list: Read a wish-listed book and post it to someone else participating in the challenge
D. Mini-Challenges: Participate in one mini-challenge. H/F Mystery, Super September Series, or any other mini-challenge that comes up during the year. You do not have to complete the challenge...just read at least one book for the challenge. Don't you love getting points just for participation??
E. HF Essentials List: Read a book in the Top 50 of the Historical Fiction Essentials List - The list will change a bit as people vote on books. As long as your book is in the Top 50 when you start reading, it will count.
F. TBR Read a book that has been on your TBR for over two years.
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Course 2. Celebrate History
There are lots of big events in 2012, but we know that nothing is ever truly new.
A. Summer Olympics: The Summer Olympics will be held in London, so read an H/F book set in London.
B. Presidential Election: In the US, we wll elect a President. Read an H/F that features a US President or presidential election.
C. End of the World: The Mayan calendar says that the world will end in 2012...or something like that. According to wikipedia, a Mayan Calendar Round lasts 52 years, so read a book that spans more that 52 years from beginning to end.
D. Year of the Dragon: On the Chinese calendar, 2012 is the year of the dragon. Read a book with the word "Dragon" in the title, or a picture of a dragon on the cover
E. Weddings: The Wedding of the Century will happen in June of 2012...that being my daughter and her fiance! Read a book that has a wedding scene in it.
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Course Three: Celebrate Your Self
A. Home, Sweet Home: Read a book set near where you live
B. Let's Go! Read a book set someplace you'd like to travel
C. Roots and Wings: Read a book associated with your family heritage
D. Celebrate Good Times: Read a book about your favorite holiday or celebration
E. What's in a Name? Read a book associated with your first name, or the first name of someone in your household. It can be found in the title, a character, the author...oh heavens...we'll stretch it to the editor or who the book is dedicated to, or anyone listed in the acknowledgements!
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Course 4: Celebrate Your Local Library
Most of us love love love our libraries!
A. Check it Out! Read any book checked out from your library, including a Kindle or other ebook checked out electronically
B. Friend of a Friend: Read a book you bought at an FOL sale
C. Word of Mouth: Read a book recommended by your librarian, or used for one of your library's book clubs, or mentioned in your library's newsletter or on their website.
D. Sharing is Caring: Read a book your library does not have, then donate that book to your library
ALTERNATE COURSE 4
Note: If you do not have access to a library to complete this course, you can do this alternate:
Use the number of choices for this course from your selected menu and half of your free picks and read that number of books that are related to each other in some way. For example, if you are doing the Super Buddha Feast, you would need :
2 books for Course 4 + 3 (half of your six free picks) = 5 books for this alternate Course.
The alternate books can be related in any way...same author, same series, same time period, any creative way you can connect the books.
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Course 5: Celebrate our Past
We love our challenges! I wanted to pick some favorite categories from old challenges to choose from, but I couldn't make up my mind, so we are going to use all of them!
For this Course, pick random numbers between 1 and 95. Pick a number for each book you need for this course. For example, if you are doing the Kung Fu Feast plus you want to use two of your extra picks for this course, you need to pick six random numbers between 1 and 95. Use the random number generator at random.org if you need help. AFTER you have picked your random numbers, go to THIS NUMBERED LIST of all the old categories from the 2009, 2010 and 2011 H/F challenges, plus all the other mini-challenges I could find and read a book for the categories corresponding to your random numbers.
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To apply them you have to save it to you computer in pictures you d o this by putting your cursor over the image you want to save right clicking your mouse button and go to save to then left click. Then go into settings under Your Account here on PBS to the forum settings and go to the upload image (browse) click this. This will bring up your photo's from your computer and then find the banner or what I will call challenge button, left click, scroll down on the setting page make certain the show forum signature and the show signature setting are ticked and then click update forum signature.
Choose any combination of buttons, banners, whatever you like!
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Alrighty....I think I have all the links and formatting done now. I'll make discussion threads for each Course when we get closer to the New Year. If you see anything that looks funky or needs fixing, or if you have any questions, please let me know.
I thought the Dragon category would be the toughest. Dragons are fantasy, not HF. But I found one! Classic YA book by GA Henty about Alfred the Great, titled "The Dragon and the Raven". It's not on my TBR, but it's .99c Nook. Bingo, it's on my list now. :)
Before I added the dragon category, I checked to be sure there were several to choose from. I noticed the Henty book on the list. Of course, there is Here Be Dragons and Dragon's Lair by SKP. I noticed that someone used a book with "Pendragon" in the title....very clever! Along those same lines, you could also use Dragonfly.....Dragonfly in Amber comes to mind. There were a few others on the list that sounded ok.
In that case, donating to the FOL would count. That's supporting your local library! Our library takes donations, but they sort them and keep some for the collection and give some to FOL for sale