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"This is an UNMODERATED challenge. Unmoderated means that no Games Mods are supervising this challenge, and gamers are playing at their own risk. If something should happen (no prize recevied), the gamers will not have the assistance of the Games Moderators or the PBS Team to resolve the problem."
***DISCLAIMER: THIS IS A STEAMY CHALLENGE. WE MAY POST PICTURES, USE COLORFUL LANGUAGE AND TALK ABOUT DIRTY TOPICS. IF THIS OFFENDS YOU, THIS VB MAY NOT BE FOR YOU.*** When posting such pictures, please remember the PBS guidelines. No butt, no genitals and if you can tell how big something is, a link is best.
In this challenge, you will gain points by reading ebooks from your TBR pile and bonus points for various other activities. ANY AND ALL GENRES ARE ALLOWED.
CHALLENGE START: JULY 1ST (12:01 AM)
CHALLENGE END: JULY 31ST (11:59 PM)
You must check-in on each date to be eligible for the prizes. HERE IS THE FORM FOR SUBMISSIONS. If you read 0 ebooks for that week, submit a form anyways and put your name and "none" for where text is required, select the "short story" option and choose "no" for the bonuses.
CHECK-IN DATES (by 11:59 PM):
SUNDAY, JULY 8 (for books read during July 1st - July 7th)
SUNDAY, JULY 15 (for books read during July 8th - July 14th)
SUNDAY, JULY 22 (for books read during July 15th - July 21st)
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1 (for books read during July 22nd - July 31st)
Short Story - 0 to 50 pages: 25 points
Novella - 51 to 110 pages: 50 points
Novel - 111 to 250 pages: 100 points
Super Novel - 251 to 360 pages: 150 points
Super Plus Novel - 361 pages and greater: 200 points
If there is a print version of your ebook, use that number for your page count. If your book does not have a print version OR the equivalent page number on a reputable site, we will use the following formula - WORD COUNT/280. This number will equal your page count. If you can not find either a page count or a word count, the book cannot be used for the challenge. Word counts can be found at a variety of sites: All Romance, Fictionwise, BookStrand, etc.
I am figuring this out by pulling the word count that Total-e-Bound uses to distinguish their types of books and using the formula (rounding to something sensible). The number 280 came from pulling 20 random books that were available in print and ebook, dividing their word count by the number of pages in the book. Then I averaged all of them to get an average words per page. Since we don't have WL info or stuff like that that most challenges use, I am having to use the page count for points.
Buddy Bonus: 50 points - Before we begin, I will buddy up participants and have each pick and post 4 novel sized TBR books for their buddy to read. In addition to the regular base points, 50 bonus points will be added for each book read.
Secret Book Bonus: 50 points - Again, before we start I will select one novel sized book from each player's TBR. If that book is read during the challenge, in addition to the base points, 50 bonus points will be added. This book will not be a buddy book.
Review Bonus: 10 points - For every book that is reviewed, whether it's here on PBS's description page, Amazon, B&N, Goodreads, etc, you will receive 10 bonus points. These do not have to be large reviews. Why did you like the book, what did you dislike? How many stars?
Lending Bonus: 10 points - if you purchased a book because it was specifically on someone's wish list, whether picked or not, give yourself 10 bonus points. NON-VB PLAYERS NOT ELIGIBLE
I don't want to make it difficult to track and I want a pretty laid back challenge so we will not be having minis for each week.
Total standing will be determined each week (and for the final) by:
Totaling up your points standing (person with the most points at the end of the week will get 1, second gets 2, etc) and adding it to your page standing (determined by totaling up number of pages read - rank again, person with most pages read will get a 1 and so on). The person with the lowest total number (both page and points added together) will be the winner. In the case of a tie, total pages read will be the tiebreaker.
Prizes will not be determined until the end of the challenge. Final standings (1-14) will get first pick, next will be the people who placed first in each of the weeks starting with week 1, then week 2 and finally week 3. Then there will be the people who placed second in each of the weeks.
Please submit information on ALL books you read during the challenge. You CANNOT pick and choose the books you read, it can screw up the ranking.
Print books can be read during the challenge without penalty, but points cannot be issued for them.
If you would like to participate in the buddy or secret book bonus, please post a link to your TBR. Due to these being ebooks, you probably want to create one offsite (away from PBS).
To make a TBR on Goodreads, just mark your books with the "to read" option. I had created a separate shelf called "to read ebooks" so that I could find those quicker.
You can also go on Amazon and create a Wish List and just add the books that you already have to it. Login to Amazon and click the Wish List button at the top right. This will bring up your Wish Lists. To the left, under your name, there will be a button that says "create another wish list" or something like that. Click that. Name it whatever you want. I would name it something like - Books To Be Read. Then, make sure to either mark it as public or shared. Shared means that it wil be private and only those with a link can view it. If you mark it private, only you will be able to see the list. Public means everyone out in the world can see it.
There is also Library Thing and Shelfari. Though I am not on there and have no idea how they work. I'm not sure of others.
PRIZES: Instead of prizes being pre-selected for winners, we will be having a prize bank and winners can chose in order which prize they would like.
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PLAYERS, TBRs and Buddy Book Selections:
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PRIZES: Instead of prizes being pre-selected for winners, we will be having a prize bank and winners can chose in order which prize they would like. Each player will get something.
WEEK 1 WINNERS
WEEK 2 WINNERS
WEEK 3 WINNERS
WEEK 4 WINNERS
Order to pick:
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You could do a bonus for most total pages read, either weekly or total. Maybe a sliding scale. If you do contest totals, most pages read it could be:
Most pages read - 100 pt bonus
2nd most - 75 points
3rd most - 50 points
4th most - 25 points
Just a thought! Also, for my donation to the prize bucket, I will do either a print or ebook from the winners WL, up to $10.
can anyone see this list? Ellen's July ebook TBR and if not, does someone know goodreads enough to tell me what i need to change so it can be seen? i can't find anything that says i can make the list public or private.
ok, i set my profile so all goodreads members could see it. will that do the trick? if that works, i'll still be happy to accept the friend requests sent, since i'm going to want to tweak it back to friends only after the challenge. i just didn't have any books or friends added before. :)
I do believe you have to be friends with me at Goodreads to see it. So just let me know you are in Court's reading challenge when you request and I won't bite you.
I will throw in a credit and WL Ebook for the prize Bank Courtney.
Courtney, can you change my TBR link? I just tried it, and it just takes you to my GR homepage. Here's the link to my TBR: Gina's Hot & Steamy e-book list\
And can we continue to add to it during the challenge? Or should it be finalized before Sunday?
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Ellen, if you have 2 books, then I can see your list.
thanks Anne! yep, it was 2 books at the time. i've been adding more, and still have to work on the non-romance half of what i want to read in July.
i'm hoping we can keep adding to the lists during the challenge, as we might be inspired to shop. i know i'm hoping to borrow Kissn' Tell through the box - but after i finally read Cowboy Casanova i'm not sure i'll want to wait. ;)
Awesome hiding place Courtney! LOL
A couple questions. Can we go ahead and submit a form for the books as we finish them, or do we need to wait and submit them all on that weeks check-in day?
And how in depth do these book reviews have to be? I dont think im too good at reviewing books.