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~* The 250 Book Challenge *~

 

What it says in the title! I challenge you to read 250 books in a year. Think you can do it? Get reading!

 

The Rules:

 

1. You have between August 1st 2019 (00:00am GMT), and July 31st 2020 (at 11:59pm GMT) to read 250 books. There are smaller milestones for those of us who can't/won't reach the 250 mark, and to help participants feel like they're getting somewhere.

 

2. You can join at any time during the year, but you still only have until July 31st 2019 to reach the target! You can start straight away, we'll try and add you as soon as possible, if you've been left off the list or your username is misspelled, feel free to shoot me a PM or just say it on this thread.

 

3. Books that you've read and finished before your join date do not count, even if you join after August 1st. (E.g. you join on 3rd Sept - you can only count books from 3rd September onwards).

 

4. Reply to this thread once you've finished a book with the code below. You can, if you like, give a short review and/or a rating, but please don't reveal spoilers as others may not have read it.

 

5. If you've just started a book, or are half way through one when you begin the challenge, then that will count towards your total.

 

6. The only books that do not count are textbooks, or books with less than 100 pages. So you can read children books (provided they meet the 100 page mark), young adult, biographies etc. Any genre is accepted. Manga is only accepted if it's 500 pages or more. Online unpublished fiction (not fanfiction) is allowed if it has 20,000 words or more (please post the link to the story and the number of words, however if the story could be considered unsuitable for minors post the link via PM).

 

7. Re-reads count, though I would prefer it if you label them as such (just for the records). Each time you re-read a book it counts as a point.

 

8. Participants are listed below, with their current book count next to their usernames.

 

9. There is no way to prove or disprove you've read the books you say you have, so please, I ask that you be honest (^^) I will, however usually check the page length of books - someone's gotta keep an eye on you lot!

 

10. Get reading and have fun! *shoos you*

 

11.  You can write a summary of the book you read but it has to be in less than 100 words, but more than 10 words. It's not mandatory but it would be nice if you do. 

 

 

[b]Book Number:[/b]
[b]Number Of Pages:[/b]
[b]Book Title:[/b]
[b]Author:[/b]
[b]Summary:[/b] (optional)
[b]Rating:[/b] (optional)
[b]Review:[/b] (optional)
 

 

 

 

Example:

Book Number: 1

Number Of Pages:500

Book Title: Go Dog Go!

Author: P.D. Eastman

Summary: This book entails a story of a dog that runs, the dog is the main character of this story and the author expresses how the dogs feels beautiful. (Never read this book before in my life; but you catch my drift)

Rating: 5/5

Review: --

 

 

Many people got busy over the duration of the challenge, so to help new budding readers when you reach one of our milestones they will be a graphic given to you marking your commitment.

 

Milestones

 

1

 

5

 

10

 

25

 

50

 

75

 

100

 

125

 

150

 

175

 

200

 

225

 

250

 

FAQ

 

Q: My name/full book number is not on the list.

A: Everything after an update won't be on the list until the next update. However, if there has been an update and you notice something is still missing, either repost or PM me.

 

Q: Can I post books even though I'm not on the list yet?

A: If you posted a sign up post, you can start counting books as soon as you finish them.

 

Q: Can I count comic books when they have less than 500 pages but are part of a series?

A: In this case, if you can reach 500 pages by adding several books of the same series, it will count. Example of what you can post as the title: The Walking Dead vol. 1-4.

 

Q: What counts as a re-read?

A: Any book that you've read more than once during the challenge.

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Participants and book total 

 

Catstaff 37

Little-Star 11

GhostMouse 1

Pryanka 0

Purpledragonclaw 3

RealWilliamShakespeare 0

Tnoelemak 0

Water_Angel 3

 

 

2018-2019 participants and total book count:

Little-Star: 46

GhostMouse: 22

purpledragonclaw: 16

TnoelemaK: 101

Water_Angel: 9

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I'd like to join, please!

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I'd love to join! I doubt I'll get anywhere close (because I'm in the middle of a Game of Thrones book -__- and also I'm a uni student LOL) but it'd be a nice way to keep track of where I'm up to!

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9 hours ago, RealWilliamShakespeare said:

I'd love to join! I doubt I'll get anywhere close (because I'm in the middle of a Game of Thrones book -__- and also I'm a uni student LOL) but it'd be a nice way to keep track of where I'm up to!

No problem, most people don't reach 250 but I agree it's a good way to keep track!

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I'll give it a whirl again this year, since I missed last year's.

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Book Number: 1

Number of Pages: 535

Book Title: Rings

Author: Ruth Walker

Summary: The story of three generations of women in the circus: Romany Mara, star aerialist of the 1920s; her daughter Vicky, raised in privilege and returned to the circus through chance; and granddaughter Michelle, whose ambition to run the circus could cost everything she holds dear.

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Was told that my summary was too long.

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I'll give it another try this year. I'll try to beat last year's record lol.

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@catstaff , your summary is way to long. Rule 11 says in less than 100 words, you have 220+

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Book Number: 1

Number Of Pages: 336

Book Title: Les chevaliers d'Antarès - La tourmante (book 10/12)

Author: Anne Robillard

Summary: The war against the scorpions is at it's peak while the other war against the god is still on its way. 

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I'm signing up again! I had a few more to submit for the last one, could you update my final count whenever you get around to it? ^_^

 

Book Number: 1

Number Of Pages: 625

Book Title: Duma Key

Author: Stephen King

Summary: A terrible accident costs Edgar Freemantle his arm and ruins his life. He moves to the beautiful Duma Key to recover, where he discovers an incredible talent and a dark secret.

 

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2 hours ago, GhostMouse said:

I'm signing up again! I had a few more to submit for the last one, could you update my final count whenever you get around to it? 

 

 

Already done 

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On 8/3/2019 at 8:44 AM, Little-Star said:

@catstaff , your summary is way to long. Rule 11 says in less than 100 words, you have 220+

 

Huh, first time anyone's actually enforced Rule 11 that I recall. Fixing.

 

Book Number: 2

Number of Pages: 473

Book Title: The Club

Author: Ruth Walker

Summary: Five very different women meet in a divorce attorney's waiting room, and decide to form a support group to see each other through the first year of renewed singleness.

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@catstaff I don't usually count to see if it's precisely under 100 words, and wont count unless it appears to be clearly over. Yours was more noticable than if it had only be over only from a few words as it was the double. Yes I will enforce it, but probably not as strictly as it should. I wasn't the host of the challange before the previous edition so can't tell for other original account but I will enforce it as much as possible. 

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I still count my books annually from having participated it this years ago (I actually stopped joining once summaries became rquired...). I have yet to hit 250 but it's fun to see what I and others have read.

Happy reading, everyone!

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Hey guys I changed rule 11 a bit and would like some feed back about it. 

Do you want to keep it as it was (summary needed between 10 and 100 words), keep like ot is now (summary between 10 and 100 words if you want to) or just completely ditch that rule. 

 

On 7/1/2019 at 9:19 PM, Little-Star said:

11.  You can write a summary of the book you read but it has to be in less than 100 words, but more than 10 words. It's not mandatory but it would be nice if you do. 

I am open to other suggestion that could improve the challenge

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Book Number: 2

Number Of Pages: 332

Book Title: Les chavaliers d'Antarès - Allience (book 11/12)

Author: Anne Robillard

Summary: The knights finally won the war against the scorpions and Nemeroff, very angry, used his magic powers to push the piece of land where the scorpions live to make sure they don't come back. Meanwhile, the war against the god is coming fast. 

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Book Number: 3

Number of Pages: 288

Book Title: Katie

Author: Clara Bernice Miller

Summary: Katie is a young Amish girl growing to adulthood in an Old Order community. She struggles to balance her personal growth in Christianity with the beliefs of her Old Order community.

 

Book Number: 4

Number of Pages: 189

Book Title: The Luckiest Girl in the World

Author: Steven Levenkron

Summary: Katie Roskova appears to have it all: she's pretty, gets high grades at her exclusive private school, and is a talented competitive figure skater. But she's also dealing with pressure from her overbearing stage mother, the absence of her father, and her own self-doubt, all of which find release in self-injury. An incident at school forces her into therapy, which starts teaching her healthier ways to cope than cutting herself.

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I'd like to join! I think I must read approx 300 or so books every year..so this will be a great way to keep track :) Thanks!

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On 8/6/2019 at 4:56 PM, Little-Star said:

Hey guys I changed rule 11 a bit and would like some feed back about it. 

Do you want to keep it as it was (summary needed between 10 and 100 words), keep like ot is now (summary between 10 and 100 words if you want to) or just completely ditch that rule. 

 

I am open to other suggestion that could improve the challenge

 

I vote to keep it as it was.

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I'm not certain what the point of limiting the summary is? If someone wants to share a paragraph, why stop them? I'd maybe go with, "A summary is optional, but if included should be more than 10 words."

I'm a little torn because I personally don't enjoy trying to summarize what I've read, so I'd like it to be optional. On the other hand, if I'm curious about someone else's books, a summary is a nice way to get an idea of them. It also seems like "proof" you read the book.

I guess I don't have strong feelings about it either way, so those are just some thoughts to consider...

(And thanks for updating my final count!)

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1 hour ago, GhostMouse said:

I'd maybe go with, "A summary is optional, but if included should be more than 10 words."

I'm a little torn because I personally don't enjoy trying to summarize what I've read, so I'd like it to be optional.

This. Optional, please.

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