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March Madness Reading Challenge!!

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The Reader’s Room will be hosting our own version of a bookish March Madness, slated to begin with the start of the NCAA tournament (March 17th). Reading won’t start until March 17 and full instructions won’t be posted until March 1. However, this challenge requires us to do some preparation so it would be very helpful to us to get people signed up early. We hope you join us for this challenge!

Here’s an overview of what you will need to do in the next 10 days:

  1. Let us know if you want to participate. Simply post a reply to this email saying you want to play. This doesn’t commit you to anything but will help us get a sense of general numbers.  You can sign up later too, but those who sign up early will have a chance to impact which books make the official cut.
  2. Come up with the titles of three books from your TBR that you think stand a good chance of beating other books (either because others have rated them highly or because you think others will want to read those books). Books can be of any genre. Think strategically.
  3. Submit your three book titles by 2/20/16. You can post them as replies here or email Jen (jenlane3@yahoo.com) so no one else steals your ideas.

In the near future:

  1. We (Book Worm and I) will create a final list consisting of 64 books.
  2. People (participants, readers of the blog, and other readers) will get a chance to vote on books.
  3. Participants will then get to create and submit their own personal brackets with books they think will win.
  4. Books will be ranked (using a secret formula) and matched with one of the NCAA men’s basketball teams.
  5. To get points, you need to read and review WINNING books. This challenge is NOT about who can read the fastest or who can read the greatest number of books. It’s about strategy and luck. The winner could conceivably be a person who reads only 1 or 2 books.
  6. Scoring will approximate the way points are calculated for NCAA brackets (1 point for round 1 winners, 2, for round two, etc.) Full instructions and details on scoring will be posted before you are required to pick your brackets (likely early March).

One grand prize winner will be selected to win awesome bookish prizes!

*NOTE: If you are a non-US reader and are unfamiliar with march madness tournaments, you can read more about what that is, here. It may sound complicated but it should be easy to figure out.

28 Comments Post a comment
  1. JoLene R #

    I’d be up for this, because I apparently have to do ALL the challenges 😉

    Question — overview 2) says 2 books and 3) says to send in 3 books. Can you clarify.

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    February 11, 2016
    • Oops. I will correct that. Should be three books. I was indecisive and trying to predict how many people would participate so that I don’t have to creat a huge list of filler books. So more is better.

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      February 11, 2016
    • and yay to you signing up!

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      February 11, 2016
  2. Sounds like fun – I’ll email you my books choices!

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    February 11, 2016
    • great! I know we have some overlap in our reading choices but we also read some very different types of books so I am extra excited that you will be participating. The wider range of book options we get, the better the challenge will be! I look forward to seeing your book choices 🙂

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      February 11, 2016
  3. Tanya Dietz #

    I’m always up for a challenge. I’ll email you my choices unless you want me to just put them here.

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    February 11, 2016
    • Email them to me that way others don’t see the choices 🙂

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      February 11, 2016
  4. Count me in, even though I don´t quite understand all about the March Madness and the NCAA. I read the link you sent, and at least I got an idea what it is all about. I will email you my book choices.

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    February 11, 2016
    • It will actually be very easy. once we get started it will make sense

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      February 11, 2016
  5. I’ll have no idea what I’m doing, but I may as well join too!

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    February 11, 2016
  6. Tracy S #

    Count me in! Sounds like fun!

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    February 11, 2016
  7. Ack! I’ve sworn off challenges this spring because writing my thesis… but I really want to play. I’m sure I can come up with three titles.

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    February 12, 2016
    • Don’t forget to send me your nominees! Slots are filling up and I want to make sure you get your three choices on there. You can email them to me at jenlane3@yahoo.com

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      February 17, 2016
  8. I’d love to play!!

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    February 13, 2016
  9. Rachel #

    I’ll play too. I’ll e-mail you my three choices.

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    February 14, 2016
  10. glo #

    I’m in! Love March Madness! Rock Chalk, go KU!

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    February 16, 2016
    • Great, email me your three book nominees (books that you want to read that you think others will rank highly)

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      February 16, 2016
    • And I’m trying to combine my obsession with March madness with my book obsession 🙂

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      February 16, 2016
  11. This looks like it’s going to be crazy and fun. Let’s see what happens!

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    February 17, 2016
    • I think it will be a little crazy. Send me your book nominations if you want to play. Spots are starting to fill up for nominated books although you can play even without nominating books – but less fun to read other people’s choices 🙂

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      February 17, 2016
      • Just emailed! Let me know if you get them!

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        February 17, 2016
      • Yup. Got them thanks!

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        February 17, 2016
  12. I am not a basketball fan, but I’ll play.

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    February 17, 2016
    • You don’t have to be a basketball fan just a book fan :). Send me your three nominees via email. TBR books that you think will also get voted highly by others.

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      February 17, 2016
  13. Maybe you can do a game for the Stanley Cup playoffs?

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    February 17, 2016
    • That would make my husband very happy!

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      February 17, 2016
  14. Cora #

    I will participate. I will send you three nominations.

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    February 17, 2016
  15. Hopefully not too late to sign up, book choices just emailed.

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    February 20, 2016

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