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Olympics Reading Challenge: Final results and prizes

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This summer several of our readers joined us in a reading challenge based on the Summer Olympics. Readers were put into teams of 5 participants and each team worked together to select countries for each Olympic event. Olympic events were paired up with book categories. For example, weightlifting event was paired with “read a book over 600 pages.” There were 24 events and each team had to find books that would match the country they sponsored and the book category. It was a pretty work intensive challenge and Book Worm and I were impressed by how well each team did in terms of selecting their countries and finding books that matched both the country and the sports/book category. Four of the five teams completed all 24 categories and stretched their reading to find some crazy matches — a Kazakhstan philosophy-themed book! Today it’s time to announce the winners of our various prizes.

Scores for each team were determined based on how well the team’s sponsored countries performed during the Olympics. You can check out the countries each team picked on our challenge page.

Scoreboard:
First place: Citius, Altius, Fortius (Sally, Tracy, Kate, Charisma, & Lana) with 415 points
Second place: No. 5 is alive (Jan, Anna, Renee, Arlene, Cindy) with 364 points
Third place:Β The Rio Readers (Kings of the Road Trip, Care, Nicole, Rachel, Tanya) with 361 points
Fourth place: Sporting Chance (Karen, Jennifer P, Susie, Andrea, & Natalie) with 320 points
Fifth place: Pheidippedes Pages (Jolene, Nicole, Valerie, Taryn, & Jen) with 295 points

Congrats to all our teams for reading some tough categories and for your creative thinking! And now onto the prizes.

Grand prize (person on the winning team with most points): Tracy & Charisma. Technically, the winner is Tracy since Charisma submitted her final two book reviews 40 mins past the deadline. However, Tracy was kind enough to agree to split the prize since Charisma did post at least one of those reviews prior to midnight on goodreads. Tracy and Charisma get to split a 10 pack of books. I will contact you both separately to work out the prizes. Lana and Sally will each get a $5 amazon gift card.

Consolation prize (person on the second place team with highest points): Jan H wins a $25 Amazon gift card. I will send it to you via Amazon UK.

Overall scorer: Kate from team Citius Altius, Fortius. Kate was the winner for grant prize too but since we only award one prize each, she was able to select which prize she preferred (grand prize of 1o-pack or the overall prize) and she selected this one. She wins a personalized box of bookish goodies. I will post a picture of what she received on my instagram page after she receives it.

Take one for the team prize: For this prize, each team nominated members they thought helped out their team in some way, whether by helping moderate or organize, reading a book no one else wanted to read, or simply stepping in with some extra work. I then entered the nominated names into random.org in order to select the winner. The nominees for each team were:
Team 1: Care
Team 2: Val
Team 3: Natalie
Team 4: Lana
Team 5 Arlene

Please note that some teams nominated more than one person but I only listed the person who received the most votes from their team. And the winner is…

Arlene from team No. 5 is alive! She wins a poster from the Literary company. Please send me an email so we can coordinate and you can pick your poster.

So congrats to all the winners! We hope every0ne had fun. I had a blast seeing all your creative choices. Stay tuned for our next challenge to be announced next month based on Chutes and Ladders. This will be an individual reading challenge and hopefully fun and less work intensive than this one. We hope you join us for that!

Participants: share your challenge experiences. Which books were the most challenging to find or read? Which books did you enjoy the most?

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  1. Congratulations to all the winners!! This was a really fun challenge. I read books I normally wouldn’t consider. That’s you poetry! My favorites were The Heart Goes Last and Don Quixote. I’m looking forward to finding out what the next challenge will be.

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    October 14, 2016
  2. Congrats Everyone! It was quite the challenge proud of everyone who pulled through!!

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    October 14, 2016
  3. Thank you so much for the prize and for running these summer challenges – so much bookish fun!! ❀ πŸ˜€

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    October 14, 2016
  4. Charisma #

    First of all, a big THANK YOU Jen and Book Worm for all the hard work on organizing and keeping up with us. Secondly, WOW! what a fun challenge it was!

    I would like to thank everyone on our team for coming up with the countries, without it we wouldn’t have been able to become #1 πŸ™‚ Kate, personal thanks for reading the most books. Without you we wouldn’t have claimed all categories prize. Tracy, thank you so much for including me in the grand prize, I am grateful and pleasantly surprised πŸ™‚

    Lastly, I would like to thank all the participants, I found a few new books I am glad to add to my TBR list πŸ™‚

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    October 14, 2016
    • Tracy S #

      You earned it! Thanks, Jen and BW for the fun challenge, to Charisma for keeping the group organized, to everyone in our group for th dedication to reading, and to Kate for being such a speed demon reader. And to everyone for the great recommendations-This was fun!

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      October 15, 2016
    • You were an awesome team organizer Charisma and I had the distinct feeling that Tracy had my back on getting those last few categories ticked off. Thanks team mates!

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      October 15, 2016
  5. I enjoyed this challenge as well, and I’m really REALLY happy Arlene won the Take One For The Team prize – she was moving house from one State to another and took on all of the weighty tomes and genres the rest of us didn’t want. She also did a lot of the research into previous medal winning trends.

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    October 14, 2016
  6. This counts as a mega challenge – match country and genre isn’t easy so kudos to all the teams for completing this. I was interested in what they chose but couldnt find a list on the page – will that go up at some point?

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    October 15, 2016
    • Sorry I forgot to link to it. The list of each team’s country choices is in the comment section of the challenge page. I will update the challenge page later today so that it is easier to find

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      October 15, 2016
  7. Huge Thanks to Jen, Book Worm, and all of my team mates for making it so much fun! Two things that I really enjoyed: the puzzle of working out the country/category matches and the added level of enjoyment it gave me to follow the actual events. I hadn’t watched the Olympics in over a decade but this time I found myself downloading apps and streaming obscure events. Not to mention totally ignoring events that weren’t part of the competition such as basketball. Maybe that’s because I’m still holding a grudge against basketball following that March Madness challenge…

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    October 15, 2016
    • Charisma #

      I agree, I was so much eager to watch the Olympics, and really following ‘my teams’, hoping they win all the best medals, of course πŸ™‚

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      October 16, 2016
  8. Rachel #

    Huge thanks to Jen and Book Worm. This challenge was a lot of fun. I think the part I enjoyed the most was picking countries to go with each category with my team. Even though she didn’t win I’m glad Care was our nominee for taking one for the team. Her voluntarily choosing to read an over 600 page book based on Georgia, an Indonesia sci-fi book and a Kazhakstan philosophy book definitely qualifies her for this award. I’m looking forward to the next challenge.

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    October 15, 2016
  9. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to Jen for organizing it. It took me far out of my comfort zone for reading. I did not want to leave bad reviews, but some of the books were just not my type at all: steampunk! Poetry in translation! Over 600 pages on the Iran hostage situation! On the other hand, I was feeling very purposeful and challenged. I am joining new book challenges but nothing I have found is as ambitious and all-encompassing as this one. I felt sort of bad because I ALWAYS felt that I was nagging at my team.

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    October 16, 2016
    • I’m very much impressed by how much you read! Hope you found some that you enjoyed.

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      October 16, 2016
  10. I just posted on the other thread if I’d missed any winner announcements for the game! Apparently, I had! Found it now.

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    October 29, 2016
  11. And now that I’ve read through it, congrats to all the winners! It was a fun game and it helped me pay attention to some sports and countries during the Olympics I otherwise may not have!

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    October 29, 2016
  12. Congratulations to the winners, especially my teammates Jan & Arlene! This was a fun game, though I admit I had to read some books that were a real struggle! I think my favorite book for this game was Fatal Storm: The 54th Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Worst was Faces in the Crowd, our group read. It was fun watching the Olympics and cheering for our countries!

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    October 30, 2016
  13. Oops, I forgot to thank Jen and everyone who came up with this game and moderated it – what a Herculean task! Kudos to all of you and let’s have another game soon!

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    October 30, 2016
    • we will have a new one coming up soon πŸ™‚

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      October 31, 2016

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