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Subject: Input for the Historical Fiction Challenge
Date Posted: 10/17/2013 10:11 AM ET
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Hello lovely ladies and gallant gents!

It's that time of year to start thinking about the Historical Fiction Challenge for 2014.  Christa has passed the baton over to me - I have some mighty big shoes to fill!  I think you'll all agree her challenges were ridiculously creative.

That said, I've come up with a working plan for next year's challenge.  But I wanted to get a consensus of what was popular with the challenges, what didn't work...etc.  I'm hoping to get an official list posted by the weekend.

Any and all input is appreciated!  smiley

CR

Date Posted: 10/17/2013 5:59 PM ET
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I've participated in the last three challenges - each was different and they were all fun. I don't have any helpful input for you except to say it's always nice to have a few options built in to make it easier to pare down everyone's personal Mt. TBR.

Date Posted: 10/17/2013 6:21 PM ET
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Donna,

Believe me when I say downsizing our TBR lists was a top priority! cheeky

 

Date Posted: 10/17/2013 7:33 PM ET
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I always enjoy a category that encourages reading a "new to you" author.

Date Posted: 10/17/2013 8:04 PM ET
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So noted, Cheryl! :)

CR

 

 

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 10/17/2013 8:23 PM ET
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I like having us read books from several different countries.

Alice

Date Posted: 10/18/2013 9:37 AM ET
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Alice,

Thanks for the info!

Cr

Date Posted: 10/18/2013 11:37 AM ET
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How about an option where we can read books set in the same country during different time periods?

For example, let's say the option consists of four books read taking place in whatever country during four different time periods? Each player picks the country and the periods. One could pick England, and do the War of the Roses, Tudors, the American Revolution, and WWII. It might be fun to see how different things are, yet how some things stay the same.

Date Posted: 10/18/2013 8:55 PM ET
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I agree with Cheryl and I like Lauri's idea as well. 

I also always like the "x number of books that have something in common" option. People can choose something like "on my TBR " & reduce their pile pretty easily that way -- or maybe choose several books covering the same event or time period  (that seems so appropriate in a challenge related to history).



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Mary (mepom) -
Date Posted: 10/18/2013 9:54 PM ET
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I agree with Cheryl. This has been my fav topic.

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I always enjoy a category that encourages reading a "new to you" author.

Date Posted: 10/19/2013 9:21 AM ET
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Carolyn, first of all, thanks for taking this on!! I really enjoy the reading challenges ... helps keep me a bit focused in my reading choices, gives a sense of accomplishment, etc., etc.

Add my +1 to all the comments so far ... great ideas, and great endorsements of old-time favorites!

Good luck & know you have our support & thanks!!

Kelly

Date Posted: 10/19/2013 11:24 AM ET
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To Lauri, Kristin, Mary and Kelly,

Thanks for the input! I'm putting some finishing touches to the challenge. I hope to have it posted later today :)

CR

Date Posted: 10/19/2013 2:02 PM ET
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So excited to see what you come up with!  Thanks for taking this on.  I love love love Lauri's idea!