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Winter Reading Challenge

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It’s time to officially announce our next reading challenge! Keep reading to see what were are planning and to sign up.

This winter we’ll be hosting a chutes and ladders reading challenge. Readers will compete with each other as they read their way through our chutes and ladders board (we will be posting our own version of a chutes and ladders board). The challenge will run from December 12 to March 17th. Official rules, instructions on how to play, and the official game board will be postedΒ on December 1st.

Generally, the goal of the game is to be the first reader to reach the end of the board (0r the person at the furtherest point when the game ends). Each player will advance through the board by reading books and rolling the dice (technically, we will roll for you). We will roll the dice every monday so players who have completed their book each week may advance to the next book by rolling the dice. If players haven’t finished their book by the monday of the dice roll, they can pass and wait until the following monday to mover forward.

The grand prize will be awarded to the person who makes it to the end first but several other prizes will also be awarded.

Here’s what we need from you:

  1. Sign up here to play by adding a comment saying you want to join us.
  2. Submit a list of 25 books from your TBR. Books must be at least 100 pages. We recommend picking books you think you’ll be able to read in one week, however, you do NOT need to read one book a week to be successful at the challenge.
  3. Submit a second list of 5 book tags or categories (e.g. 18th century book, books by woman writers, middle grade book). You can be as creative and specific or general as possible. We recommend that you pick categories that are general enough for people to find multiple book options but that also aren’t so general that it’s too easy).
  4. Submit a photo of yourself or an Avatar you want to use as your game token.

You may submit all lists and photo in one email directly to me (Jen) at thereadersroomblog@gmail.com

Once you have submitted those things, you can sit back and wait for the official start of the game. When the game starts, you must check in at least once a week because we will be rolling the die on the same day every week.

 

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  1. Sign me up! I love winter reading challenges because it is hibernation time here in Northern Minnesota.

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    November 21, 2016
  2. Rachel #

    Sign me up. I’ll send you lists over this nice upcoming long weekend.

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    November 21, 2016
  3. Sounds fun! I got bogged down with last year’s and haven’t quite finished, although I’m still hoping to. But it’ll be good to be able to start this one at the beginning instead of coming in a month late. πŸ™‚

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    November 21, 2016
    • Hi! Just a friendly reminder for you to send me your TBR list, the 5 bookish categories/tags, and your image for the game piece. You technically have until December 11 for the TBR and photo but if you want your book categories to appear on the board, I’ll need those in the next few days.

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      December 1, 2016
      • Yes, thank you! I had indeed forgotten. I’ll try to do that today.

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        December 1, 2016
      • Sent! I really enjoyed making that list.

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        December 1, 2016
      • great list!

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        December 1, 2016
  4. I’ve been waiting on this πŸ™‚
    Yes, please sign me up. I will send you a list of my choices and categories soon.

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    November 21, 2016
    • Hey Jen, I sent you my reading list last night – just confirming that you got me in πŸ™‚

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      November 29, 2016
  5. LaurenM #

    I’m in. My first reading challengeβ€”should be fun.

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    November 21, 2016
  6. Keithw #

    Please sign me up. My first challenge too. I’ll email the info soon.

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    November 21, 2016
    • wonderful. Take your time with the info. You have up until December 13th to send it to me.

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      November 21, 2016
    • Actually, game is starting December 12 so if you can send me your lists by the 11th that would be great. If you want your book categories to appear on the board, send those to me within the next few days but the TBR list and the image for your game piece can all be send anytime before the 11th. Looking forward to seeing your lists!

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      December 1, 2016
  7. Tanya Dietz #

    I really enjoy your challenges. Sign me up please! I’ll get you my lists soon.

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    November 21, 2016
    • I’m so glad!

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      November 21, 2016
    • Hi Tanya,
      Friendly reminder for you to get me your lists before December 11. If you want your book category/tags list to go on the board, I’ll need those in the next few days since I”m filling out the board now.

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      December 1, 2016
  8. Tracy S #

    I’m in! Will send you my lists and a picture soon.

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    November 21, 2016
  9. Your games are always fun, and they expand my reading horizons. I’m in!

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    November 22, 2016
  10. I won’t be able to rad as fast as some people so a book a week is going to be hard going. But he’ll let’s give it a try. For the list of books do we have to put them into the categories?

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    November 22, 2016
    • So we’ll be “rolling the dice” once a week but people don’t have to read a new book each week. You can simply pass and wait for the next roll the following week. there will be prizes hidden on certain squares so you don’t have to be the fastest reader to win a prize.

      And for your list of books – no need to put those into categories. Some squares will be book categories and other squares will be a certain book number on your TBR list based on the order you submitted to me.

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      November 22, 2016
    • Hi! Just a friendly reminder for you to send me your book lists before December 11. If you want your book categories to appear on the board, then please send those in the next few days. But TBR list and image for the game piece can all arrive as late as Dec 11.

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      December 1, 2016
  11. Hi there – it’s been a while – count me in!

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    November 22, 2016
    • Sushicat #

      My list should be in your mailbox.

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      November 25, 2016
      • Yes, got it thanks

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        November 25, 2016
  12. I am really looking forward to this, have to plan my list carefully… of course I will be playing just for fun and to clear the TBR pile!!

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    November 22, 2016
  13. I’ll give this a go – I need to get more off my TBR because I keep adding to it. I’ll get my lists and photo to you soon.

    And we had that same snakes and ladders board in our compendium of games when I was a child. It gave me a warm glow, seeing it again!

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    November 22, 2016
  14. Sign me in!

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    November 23, 2016
  15. AJ #

    I’ll join in. Sounds like fun!

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    November 23, 2016
    • Hi,
      Remember to send me your TBR list, book categories, and photo for your game piece prior to the 11th. IF you want your book categories to make it onto the board, then send those to me in the next few days but everything else is due by Dec 11!

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      December 1, 2016
  16. I’m in too.

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    November 29, 2016
  17. If we decide to do this, when do you want everything by? Thanks!

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    November 29, 2016
    • I need your TBR list before December 12. The categories before that if you want them to appear on the board (ideally by dec 5)

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      November 29, 2016
      • Thank you! I have some time, still, then. πŸ™‚

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        November 30, 2016
    • I’m working on my TBR list. Can I confirm that we will have no additional time to get our hands on the books? That is, once we know the book, we have one week from that moment? No extra time built in to get the book if we don’t own it? I’m assuming that to be the case, but I wanted to confirm. Thanks!

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      December 4, 2016
      • You have as much time as you need. I will roll the dice every Monday until the end of the game so people are not required to read a book every week. That said, you will only be eligible to roll once you have finished and reviewed a book. I’m sure many people will be skipping a roll or two. It is probably better if you do have the books on hand or within easy reach if you want to move quickly but it is not essential

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        December 4, 2016
      • Ok, thank you! That’s what I thought! Just wanted to double check.

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        December 4, 2016
  18. I’ve been in a reading slump, another competition might help get me out of it. Sign me up please. I’ll send you my 25 TBR books ASAP and get to work on those categories.

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    December 1, 2016
  19. Joi #

    Hi!!
    I’ll be joining, sorry I’m a day late.
    I’m sending you my reading list and required things now!

    Liked by 1 person

    December 2, 2016
  20. jesshodg #

    I’d like to join please

    Liked by 1 person

    December 5, 2016

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