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Looks like it's about time to start planning next year's challenge. I'm happy to set it up again with people's input unless someone else wants to take over.
My only idea so far is that, since some people tend to finish the challenge rather quickly, maybe we should set it up like some of the other challenges where you read a certain number of books per category. (This year's fantasy challenge, for example, is like that.)
Ok, floor's open...
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Kristin, I really liked this year's format. In general, when doing a challenge, I do enjoy a change in categories (or at least, most of them) every year, and I like to be able to exclude categories.
I just took a look at the fantasy challenge and honestly didn't understand the instructions! Some challenges I've tried have had instructions that were so much work to figure out (and I had to keep reviewing them all year long because I got confused ) that it took away from the fun. I guess I like challenges in the middle--not so easy that it's really NOT a challenge (like titles starting with a certain letter--which has nothing to do with the actual book) but not so hard that the main challenge is to figure out what I'm supposed to read!
I've enjoyed your challenges and look forward to the next one.
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I'm glad that you're willing to set up the challenge once again! I agree with Diane K., that it's better to keep the challenge instructions relatively simple. If the instructions are too much trouble, I just won't bother. Finishing the challenges too quickly is not a problem for me as I am doing three separate challenges and belong to two book groups as well, so one book a month per category is usually right for me, but occasionally I still get behind if I insert an additional book not on one of my lists. Those who want a mega-challenge might consider putting 2 or 3 titles per category on their lists.
This challenge is pretty broad, but I think everyone can play, and people can make it more or less "challenging" as they please. Let me know what you think.
Note: For category 4, I could just organize strictly by decades (2004-2014, etc) - back fifty years - but I expanded the options for more recent publications in part to encourage the "building the PBS karma" option at the bottom.
Listed below are 4 categories with 5-6 topics each. As some people like to read non-fiction for the challenge as well, I have included non-fiction alternatives as needed.
2014 Challenge Options:
Category 1: Genres
1. Historical fiction
6. Science Fiction
Category 2: “As seen on…” (Choose a work from)
Category 3: Age is just a number: (Main characters are of this age group or the conflict revolves around a character from this age group.)
Category 4: Work originally published in
“Trade-sies” (aka “That topic sucks,” aka “Building good PBS karma):
I'm confused about category 1.
Historical fiction is just that where the author uses real events and/or real people but fictionalizes a story around these events/people. Are you saying that historical will be part of that one? Have the same questions about several of the others. Are your suggestions to be nonfiction inclusions or definitions for the challenge? Fantasy also often includes an element of magic.
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That's a good question...I should have formatted it differently, maybe sonething like this:
1. a) historical fiction work OR b) a work of non-fiction about history/politics or an auto/biography
2. a) paranormal fiction work OR b) a work of non-fiction about religious, spiritual or philosophical beliefs and/or about cultural conflict
Is that now clear as mud? I swear it makes perfect sense in my head! Basically, I just didn't want people to have to read only fiction for that category.
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Any other questions, comments, suggestions...? Want to make sure everyone has a chance to be heard. Would like to post the challenge sometime next week.
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Nothing to see here-technology glitch Is this a new catagory?....................... Just kidding!
So how many total books are we talking?
The only catagory I don't cotton to is the age one. Could it just be someone:
1. younger than 21
2. someone twenty to thirty something
3. someone forty to sixty
4. someone older than sixty?
which is pretty much what you have except the younger persons. I guess I usually don't like the kid books too much so that is a personal thing. I will of course suffer along with the group decision.
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Thanks for the feedback, Pamela! (And yes, "technology glitch" probably could be a topic these days- lol!)
Re: your "non-cottoning"...I was trying to keep each category at 5-6 topic choices. Note, however, that with the "age" category, the characters don't have to be children; it could be that the conflict revolves around a child/children. You also could do a "trade-sy" for that topic.
The number of books depends on the level at which you wish to participate. The 4 levels are listed right above category 1.
I thought the idea of a challenge was to read one book a month.
If some people finish quickly (what's the rush, by the way?), they should do more than one challenge or start reading books of their own choice.
As others have suggested, keep it simple!
Ok, the 2014 challenge is now posted! Let's see whether people like the additional challenge levels this year. If it's not popular, we can always change it back for 2015!