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Subject: Christian Fiction Challenge
Date Posted: 11/29/2009 10:52 PM ET
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I was just curious if anyone has ever shown an interest in having a Christian Fiction challenge similar to some of the other challenges in other forums, like the Classics challenge, the Historical Fiction challenge, etc.  I have loads of Christian books I need to read, and I was thinking a challenge would be a great way to get some of them read.

Date Posted: 11/30/2009 8:15 AM ET
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I have a lot of Christian fiction I need to read too ,Kim and I have had a hard time getting motivated to do it. I love to read, but I think something like that would help to me to concentrate. I tend to get sidetracked very easily. Having a goal in mind would help me too. How do we put it together? Would love to help or participate.

Thanks, Robin

Date Posted: 11/30/2009 10:17 AM ET
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I know that several are participating in CF challenges that aren't here on PBS but I'm sure that if we had one they would jump in here.

I would think a good place to start would be to read how the other challenges are set up and copy one of those.

I don't know if you have played or are interested in playing but we do have CF swap games where you could get to know some of the others that read CF.  There is a Christmas game starting up now and in January, there is a Biblical fiction game planned.

Here is a reading challenge that you might could check out and adopt the rules to fit the way you would like to do it:

 *~*~*~* 2009 Reading Challenge *~*~*~* 
 

We are finishing up a game The Christy Awards Swap: Mailing!   based on CF book awards.  Deborah was hosting it and I know she is in several different challenges.  Check out her blog as I'm pretty sure that it will list all the challenges that she is participating in and we can probably get some good ideas from those.  If she isn't too busy, she might even give us a couple of good ideas.
 



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Date Posted: 11/30/2009 11:14 AM ET
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Cynthia,

I would be interested in the  games that you talked about. How do I join in? I hope it's not too hard to understand..would love to play.

Thanks for any info. 

 

Robin

Date Posted: 11/30/2009 11:34 AM ET
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They aren't difficult at all Robin.  Your 1st game might be just a tad confusing but it won't take you long at all to figure it out and there are plenty of us that will be more than happy to help you out.

If you look at my post, you will see  where it says A Star in the East.  Click on it and it will take you to the game and you can sign up there.  It will take one credit to join but you get that back once you mail your book.  All of the rules will be listed in the first post and Cheryl will answer any questions that you might have.

Date Posted: 11/30/2009 11:43 AM ET
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Thanks for the information Cynthia!

Robin

Date Posted: 11/30/2009 3:20 PM ET
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ETA:  Complete list in the Lists Only Thread

Cynthina - I did have a look at some of the other challenges and "borrowed" some of their ideas.  Here is what I came up with so far.  Even if nobody else wants to do it, I think I will still do it on my own. Or I may just jump on one of those others you were talking about.  :)

1.  Read a Historical Fiction
 
2.  Read a New to You Author
 
3.  Read any book by your favorite Christian author
 
4.  Read the next book in a series already started
 
5.  Start a New Series
 
6.  Read a Christian Mystery
 
7.  Read either a Science Fiction or Fantasy novel (not everyone's cup of tea but there are some interesting ones out there)
 
8.  Read a Christian novel that takes place in another country
 
9.  Read a new release (within the last 6 months)
 
10.  Read a book by an author that you've read before and not liked (give them another chance, it may surprise you sometimes!)
 
11.  Read a Christian book that is over 400 pages (any genre)
 
12.  Read a book from your TBR that has not already been used previously (if none on there, then read a book of your choice)

Can anyone think of any others?  I think it would be fun.



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Date Posted: 11/30/2009 3:48 PM ET
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Ok I just had a look at Deborah's blog, and I just want to say that I now want to join all those challenges as well!!!!  I just wish I could read as fast as she does..  500 books in a year???  I barely make 100!  LOL

Date Posted: 11/30/2009 4:22 PM ET
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Kim,

If you decide you want to do a challenge, I'll do it with you. Just let me know what you decide.

 

Thanks,

Robin

Date Posted: 11/30/2009 4:46 PM ET
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Kim, did you want to list it under the games topic or just keep up with it in this section?  All of those that you listed sound good to me and I will participate also.  I would imagine that you could get most of those who play in the Christian swaps to participate.  They will be reading anyway.

Have you ever hosted a swap before?  Just wondered.

ETA:  I did go look at the Mystery forum and they keep their reading challenge there so we should be able to do it here if we wanted to.



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Date Posted: 11/30/2009 4:54 PM ET
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How about read a:

1.  Christian Chick LIt

2.  Read a contemporary romance

3.  Christian paranormal - they are coming out with a few

Added the top two because I don't usually read that type.

Date Posted: 11/30/2009 5:31 PM ET
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Cynthia - We can do it in this forum or in the games forum.  I have never hosted a swap or anything else on here.  I was kinda hoping someone else with some experience would volunteer.  Have you ever hosted  a swap? :D

The choices you mentioned sound great too.  I do read some Christian chick lit and some contemporary, but I've never seen any paranormal.  By the way, are you going to do any of the ones on Deborah's blog?

Robin - do you have any preferences on the choices?  I was just trying to relate some of the other challenges to this one, but if anyone can think of better categories, I'm all for it.

Date Posted: 11/30/2009 6:02 PM ET
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I have hosted a couple of swaps but right now I can only do one at a time.  I think though if we just do it in this forum it won't count as a swap since we aren't going to be mailing out any books or using credits.  I don't mind keeping up with it though once we get things settled on what we want to do.  In the meantime, I'll check out some of the other challenges and see what they are doing.

No, I haven't participated in any of the challenges yet.  Thought about it but just haven't.

Date Posted: 11/30/2009 6:13 PM ET
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I have a lot and read a lot of christian fiction.  I would be interested in participating in a challenge if one is established.

Date Posted: 11/30/2009 8:41 PM ET
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Kim,

These sound like really good challenges. Those categories sound good to me. If there's anything I can do to help let me know. I have never participated in anything like this before. Do we  just log in our progress and discuss it with each other?

 

Thanks,

Robin

Date Posted: 11/30/2009 9:08 PM ET
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I checked with the game moderator for the swap that I am running.  If we don't offer prizes or mail out books it won't be counted as a game and we can run it in this forum.

is everyone mainly interested in just getting something to help us read more or would you want prizes?  I guess maybe the best time to start would be at the first of the year?

Date Posted: 11/30/2009 9:22 PM ET
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I am participating in the challenge in the historical fiction forum.  For that one, a post was created that allows everyone to create their "list" of titles that match the category they are planning to read.  Some people list the books right away and others post as they read them.  Everyone then updates and/or crosses off the books as they get them read.  It runs for the year so the challenge will start Jan 1 and end Dec 31 2010.  The idea is to challenge yourself to read a book in all the categories by the end of the year.  The other thing they do is create separate posts for the individual categories for people to discuss the books they read. 

I think you can tailor the challenge however you want, but this seems to be the general way they are done.

Date Posted: 11/30/2009 9:30 PM ET
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That sounds like a good way to run it Vickie.  I'll go check it out.

ETA:  I checked out the reading challenges in Historical and Mystery.  Both are set up really good.

Here are the links for if anyone wants to check them out:

2009 Mystery Readers Challenge

2010 Historical Fiction Challenges             2010 Historical Fiction Challenge #1 - LISTS ONLY!

2010 Historical Fiction Challenge #2 - LISTS ONLY!
 



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Date Posted: 11/30/2009 10:08 PM ET
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Yeah I was trying to set this one up the same way the historical one is running.  I didn't know if there would be enough interest to do it though.  I have already looked through all of my books and found books for all of the categories, including the ones Cynthia suggested.  I had in mind to start on January 1, just like the other challenges.

If this is how we want to do it, and if everyone likes the choices, I can set up all the different posts.  Or if someone else wants to do it, that's fine too.  I've just been having fun getting my book choices together!

Date Posted: 11/30/2009 10:15 PM ET
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Definitely go right ahead with it Kim, it's your baby (so to speak).:P       If you need anything, I will be glad to help.

I have posted in the newest CF game that is getting ready to start to see if anyone would be interested.  I asked them to post here if they are and if they have any suggestions.



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Date Posted: 12/1/2009 5:23 AM ET
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Thanks Cynthia for posting in the game thread about this.  I'd be interested in participating.  It's kind of a personal challenge kind of thing and that is always good.  I'll watch this thread so I know what is going on.

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 6:20 AM ET
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Sounds good Kim. I really appreciate you and Cynthia and Vickie for the good ideas and am really looking forward to being involved in this!

Robin

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 7:14 AM ET
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I would definately be interested. Just let me let me know when we start!

Any of you who have never joined a CF swap (game) should try it at least once.  I promise you will be addicted after just one.:)

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 7:36 AM ET
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I'd join in a Christian Fiction reading challenge. 

It seems I have become addicted to this genre, and that is all I want to read anymore.

What a great genre!

Be sure to let me know when you are taking sign-ups.

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 9:25 AM ET
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I'd be interested.

(and Mary is right. The CF swap games are addicting!)

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