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Welcome to the third annual Nightly Reading Challenge!


The What?

It's pretty simple - at the end of this post you will find a list of reading challenges to complete over the course of the round. Each challenge has a point value. The more challenges you complete, the more points you earn. The person with the most points at the end of the Challenge wins.


The Details.

Round two begins at 12:00am EST on April 1, 2015. Round one ends at 11:59pm EST on June 30, 2015. Books read for this round will be started and finished within this time period. If time becomes a factor in the Challenge, the time stamp on your posts related to the Challenge will be used to determine the eligibility of your submission. Timed portions of this game will be played using EST because Cashmere decrees it.


You may be thinking "rounds, you say?" Yes, this is round two of four. The Full Challenge will end on December 31st, 2015, at 11:59pm EST. At the start of 2016, we will use the cumulative points to name an ULTIMATE WINNER.


Books read must be at least 200 pages long. Ebooks and audio books are fine, as long as the print copy of the book totals 200+ pages.


Each book read counts for one challenge. Even if a book would technically fulfill multiple challenges, you can only use it to fulfill one challenge of your choice.


Each challenge can only be claimed once. To earn points for a book read, make a post in this thread containing this information: The challenge the book fulfills, the point value of that challenge, and the author and title of the book.



And don't forget the BONUS ROUNDS!

A book submitted for any challenge can be used in a bonus round, if it meets the following criteria - if the book, series, or author has not been discussed in the Book Club before, you can earn an extra 20 points from this book if your start a discussion thread in the Book Club about the book, series, or author. This bonus can be used three times within this round.

Once between April 1 at 12:00am EST and April 30 at 11:59pm EST.

Once between May 1 at 12:00am EST and May 31 at 11:59pm EST.

Once between June 1 at 12:00am EST and June 30 at 11:59pm EST.


New Rules for 2015

The 2015 game will include revised Lightning Rounds! When a Lightning Round opens, you can collect bonus points for any type of reading that you complete!

5 Points: Magazine Articles, Comic Books, short Graphic Novels (under 50 pages)

10 points: books of any type/genre under 200 pages, graphic novels between 50 and 199 pages

15 points: books of any type/genre 200 pages or over


This year the lightning rounds will be prescheduled in order to allow for pre-planning. (Some of you may want to take vacation time from work, right?) There will be 2 one week lightning rounds during each challenge period. The round 2 lightning rounds will be:

From 12:01 a.m. on April 19 to 11:59 p.m. on April 25

From 12:01 a.m. on June 7 to 11:59 p.m. on June 13



The Challenges!

10. A book set in the past

10. A book set in the future

15. A collection of essays or poetry

15. A book originally written in a language other than English

15. A Steampunk book

15. A book that has been adapted into a movie (or will be in 2015)

20. A book about extraordinary things happening to ordinary people

20. A book set in a culture that is not your own

30. A book at or over 1,000 pages

Getting this thread started now for those of us that need to hit the library!

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