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Subject: If you're doing challenges for other forums/other websites...
Date Posted: 1/29/2011 4:16 PM ET
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are you counting some books for each challenge?

I was sitting here trying to find somewhere to put David Copperfield for the HF challenge, b/c I've been wanting to read it for a while now, and it just doesn't fit anywhere. I've already read my 1800's book, I've picked a good Europe book, and I was stumped as to where else to put it.

I ended up going over to the Classics board, and now I'm thinking I might want to try their challenge, too. As if I have all this time...eeep! One the one hand, I don't want to overwhelm myself, but on the other hand I have this long list of classics I wanted to get to this year.

My question is if I can count some books for both, or if that's "cheating." I read Les Miserables and counted it as my 1800's book but it sure would work for the Classics challenge as well! lol

Thanks for any thoughts and input. Also feel free to rec where I can put David Copperfield, if you have any suggestions. I'm not entirely sure I'll do the Classics challenge yet.

Date Posted: 1/29/2011 4:31 PM ET
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I don't think thats cheating at all.  Les Mis is huge.  I'd be counting if for as many as I could!

Date Posted: 1/29/2011 4:33 PM ET
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I think it's fine to do it either way--I'm doing 5 challenges and have decided not to count books for more than one challenge--however, I think it would be fun (and a bit of a challenge in itself) to see how many books I could make fit more than one.

It's not cheating unless there's a hard and fast rule about it, and there aren't any rules between the challenges, so do whatever you think will make your reading experience better!

Diane



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Date Posted: 1/29/2011 4:39 PM ET
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I am not repeating any on the challenges here, but I am using all the book from here on the Good Reads Challenge.  I am zipping through the H/F challenge and think I might do the Mystery Thriller Challenge too.  But I will use all different books there, but add them to Good Reads if that makes sense.

I don't see it as cheating either.  I just wanted to see how many books I could read this year.  I combined a lot of books last year to different challenges, it was fun to see how to fit them in. 



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Date Posted: 1/29/2011 4:41 PM ET
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I'm really thinking about doing it! I read through the Classics categories and I have books that fit into most of the challenges, no problem. They even have a children's lit category, and I was wanting an excuse to read Anne of Green Gables, which I never read as a child.

I'm just wary b/c I gave up on the HF challenge both in 2009 and in 2010 (though in my defense I only had 6 mos. in 2009, b/c I joined the board so late) and I don't want to give up again this year!

Date Posted: 1/29/2011 4:44 PM ET
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I'm being naughty and using the same book in multiple challenges.  But really, I don't have that many that meet the needs of a different swap.

Date Posted: 1/29/2011 4:52 PM ET
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lol...here's a piece of irony for ya. After going through the list of categories for the Classics challenge, I realized that I still don't have a good spot for poor David Copperfield! It would fit in several categories, but I have other books that would fit "better" if that makes sense! It's like it's just not meant to be...and I want to read it!

Date Posted: 1/29/2011 4:58 PM ET
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Arika - read David Copperfield for fun and don't worry about the challenges for that one. ;) I have a whole stack of "for fun" books I'll be reading this year in addition to the challenge books I want to read.

As for using them for more than one challenge - go for it! I'm doing the classics, contemporary, and historical fic challenges and am not duplicating only because my main overall goal for 2011 is to reduce my TBR. So if I let myself use books between more than one challenge, I'm cheating myself out of moving more off my TBR shelf. ;)

Date Posted: 1/29/2011 5:33 PM ET
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Maybe I should let David Copperfield take the Europe category, which I was reserving for Kristin Lavransdatter, and just be done with it. I've spent the last few hours trying to get interested in another book. This is why I gave up last year. I kept wanting to read books that didn't fit the challenge! lol

Date Posted: 1/29/2011 6:42 PM ET
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Subject: reading for more than one challenge
Date Posted: 1/29/2011 8:26 PM ET
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Hi all, I am so glad I saw this post because this is my first full year of doing any challenges  (joined PBS last May and ended up doing a 2010 Classics lite)and, like you, Arika, I wondered if it is considered to be "cheating" if I read one book for classics and use the same one for HF. From what I'm gathing from this thread, it is not "cheating," which makes me feel better! This year I'm doing Classics, Contemporary and 2 of the HF challenges, which I guess is like the "lite" challeges that Classics and Contemporary have. So far, I've been able to "double-dip" on a few, but I'm OK with that.

Will go check out Good Reads -- haven't looked at that one yet. And yes, the ultimate goal for me is to whittle away at my TBR pile -- and have fun doing it!

 

Date Posted: 1/29/2011 10:26 PM ET
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Welcome Janet!  We are also doing a Biggest Book Loser Challenge to whittle down our TBR's 

I have already  resigned myself to the fact that this is a sham, a farce of a challenge because we are all so hopeless addicted to books that for every one you lose you will end up gaining 5.   SO if you don't mind failure join us for the Biggest Book Loser Challenge as well,  Just remember there is trick math involved wish list sabotage and other dirty trick a foot. You Have Be Warned!  cheeky

Date Posted: 1/30/2011 1:54 PM ET
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Thanks again for all of the input. I'm pretty sure I'm going to try the Classics challenge. I might try doing it with "new" books, and see how it goes. The only book I have on the list that would be an overlap is Les Mis, anyway.

Subject: Biggest loser challenge
Date Posted: 1/31/2011 9:01 PM ET
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Thanks for the welcome, Jerelyn. Maybe I *will* work on the Biggest loser challenge. If nothing else, it'll force me to actually count my TBR's!!. And you are so right, it's and addiction and we're book-o-holics!  Please be kind on the "trick math" with me -- math never having been my thing (isn't that why we have calculators?)

 

Date Posted: 1/31/2011 9:41 PM ET
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Hi Janet, welcome aboard and hope to see you at Goodreads as well. Lots of fun at both places. Major time suck though.

Date Posted: 2/1/2011 11:03 AM ET
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Welcome Janet! :) Don't worry about the math thing. I think we're all pretty much going to make up our own math for it anyhow. Oh wait, no we aren't...just kidding. angel

Date Posted: 2/1/2011 12:23 PM ET
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LOL @ Kelly