Winter Reading Challenge 2020/2021

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Emily Spencer
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Winter Reading Challenge 2020/2021

Post by Emily Spencer »

It's the time of year where days grow shorter, temperatures get colder, and snuggling in with a good book seems like a grand way to spend your time.

The Winter Reading Challenge 2020/2021 offers further incentive to tackle that pile of books you've been meaning to read but never quite found the time. Not only do you get the pleasure that reading inherently brings, but you get a shiny reward for your efforts!

How does this work? Below you post a pledge for the number of books you realistically think you will read between 15 November 2020 to 10 January 2021. This can be one book or as many as 5 (or more). Those who meet their pledged amount in the allotted time will receive the Winter Reading Challenge Winner Award.
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Sound good? Great! Before we get started, here are a few things you need to know:

To qualify for the award, you’ll need to post something around the Book Club for every book that forms part of your pledge. This doesn't have to be just a series of reviews: you might present a new author on The Bookshelf or start a conversation about something more general you noticed in several books on Between the Pages. You can read a book that already has a topic and reply to it with your own observations.

While there are specific guidelines in the 'Overview' threads on each subforum, for this Challenge here are a couple of things to keep in mind. To ensure that people get the most out of any reviews you write for The Bookshelf, we’re asking you to make your comments a minimum of 80 words long. This does not include the info about the book’s title, author, or series. Please check for your book in The Book Shelf, either by name of the book or by author's name, before starting a new topic for your recent read. Another way to look, besides scanning the many pages, is to do a Search (up in the upper right corner of the screen) for the author's name and/or book title.

Note: If there is a topic already established for the book you are reviewing (or for the author of the book), and you inadvertently start a new one, we might move it over for you. Also, make sure the review or discussion is yours and based on your own thoughts while reading; lifting a review from Goodreads or elsewhere on the internet, representing it as yours, is categorically not allowed. You can, however, quote from Goodreads as part of your review/discussion.

Please pay attention to HOL appropriateness while choosing your books. Ideally, you should be posting about things that are suitable for even our younger members to read (the later Harry Potter Books are generally a good guide for the level of threat, language, and violence that is advisable). If you believe your book tackles darker or emotional themes then please include a disclaimer so that everyone can make an informed choice.

Once you've made a post about a book, please edit your pledge (below) to reflect that and point us in the right direction with a link to your book review. Remember, until you’ve posted about it, the book doesn’t count towards your pledge and won’t appear in the spreadsheet used to keep track of pledges. Please note that the spreadsheet might only be updated every few days. (Spreadsheet).
If you have any further questions not covered here, head on over to the Question Thread and ask.

Things to remember:
1. Once you pledge your amount of books, you CAN’T reduce your pledge. That is why we are asking you to please pledge realistically the number of books you think you will be able to read.
2. If you wish to increase your pledge, you may certainly do so at any time. For example, say you originally pledged 4 books and you wish to increase that to 6. You can alter your post to reflect that, but before you do please keep this in mind: If you fail to read the number of books on your new pledge (6), you will not get the award for the original pledge (4). You can, however, keep your original pledge and just keep adding books as you read them.
3. On-line fanfiction is not allowed, but you can certainly re-read a book, listen to an audiobook, or read a graphic novel. (Remember, that while online fanfiction and the like doesn’t count, you’re free to mix it up with some re-reading, audiobooks, or graphic novels.)
4. If you’d like to re-read one of the Harry Potter books or tackle one of the books we have read as part of our Monthly Book Discussions, then please feel free. However, we would prefer you to read another book as well as that one and post a discussion rather than a review.
5. Finally, once you have made a post about a book, it is important that you edit your pledge below with the name of the book, the author, and give us a link to your post.
6. Do not list the books you plan to read when you post your pledge. In your initial post, you only write in the number of books you pledge to read.

So what are you waiting for, hmmm?! Let's get this thing rolling!
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Amy Darvill
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Re: Winter Reading Challenge 2020/2021

Post by Amy Darvill »

I pledge to read 3 books.
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Go,Hufflepuff!
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Re: Winter Reading Challenge 2020/2021

Post by Louis Walles »

I pledge to read 5 books!

1. 'Drive your plow over the bones of the dead' - Olga Tokarczuk
viewtopic.php?f=391&t=32758
2. ' The Breakdown ' - B. A. paris
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3. 'Dear Heart' - Jenny Davis
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4. 'Barking, a history' - Sue Curtis
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5. 'The Wolf' - Nate Blakeslee
viewtopic.php?f=391&t=32791

Pledge met!
Spreadsheet Updated x6

I pledge to read one more book (which brings a total of 6)
6. 'Replica' - Jack Heath
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Re: Winter Reading Challenge 2020/2021

Post by Prof. Tarma Amelia Black »

I pledge to read 5 books. :)

1. The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan
2. The Tyrant's Tomb by Rick Riordan
3. The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan
4. The Princess Bride - A Celebration - by Universe Publishing
5. Going Postal - by Terry Pratchett


Spreadsheet updated x5

Pledge Met!
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I pledge to read 3 books.
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Post by Kendra Givens »

I will also pledge 3 books.

1. A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes - Suzanne Collins

Spreadsheet Updated
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Re: Winter Reading Challenge 2020/2021

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I pledge 5 books.

Prairie Fires by Caroline Fraser

Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner

Cinderella is Evil by Jamie Campbell

Athena's Child by Hannah Lynn
Spreadsheet updated x 4

Before The Crown by Flora Harding

Spreadsheet Updated x5

Challenge met!
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Adaleine Shuster
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Re: Winter Reading Challenge 2020/2021

Post by Adaleine Shuster »

I pledge 1 book
YOLO Juliet - viewtopic.php?f=392&t=32716


Spreadsheet updated
Pledge Met!
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Maxim Trevelyan
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Re: Winter Reading Challenge 2020/2021

Post by Maxim Trevelyan »

I pledge three books.

The Invisible Man by H.G. Welles
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien

Spreadsheet updated x 3

Challenge Met!
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Re: Winter Reading Challenge 2020/2021

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I pledge to read 7 books :D :) .
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I pledge to read 8 books.
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I pledge to read 7 books :)
1. Hush Hush- Becca Fitzpatrick
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I pledge to read 3 books.
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Re: Winter Reading Challenge 2020/2021

Post by Mafalda Oswald »

I pledge to read 3 books!! :D

The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate
viewtopic.php?f=391&t=32800

I Survived the Hindenburg Disaster, 1937 by Lauren Tarshis
viewtopic.php?f=391&t=32816

I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens by Lauren Tarshis
viewtopic.php?f=391&t=32817

Spreadsheet updated x 3
Pledge Met
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Amy Smith
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Re: Winter Reading Challenge 2020/2021

Post by Amy Smith »

I pledge to read 2 books
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Re: Winter Reading Challenge 2020/2021

Post by Sirius Fudge »

I pledge to read 1 book. :O

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Pledge met! :)

Spreadsheet updated
Yes it is :)
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Re: Winter Reading Challenge 2020/2021

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I pledge to read 2 books!
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Post by Beanie Alysa »

i pledge to read 5 :D
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