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75 Books Challenge for 2017

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1drneutron
Dec 20, 2016, 11:02am Top

Welcome to the 10th year - yes, a decade! - of the challenge! We get lots of new people each year, and we know it can be difficult to "catch up". This thread is just the place for you! The info below will help you get started and make your experience here a good one.

First, where did we come from? Well, back in 2008, Cariola decided to start a group for folks who wanted to challenge themselves to read 75 books in a year. We were a small group, but loved our experience, so decided to do it again! Since then, I've made the yearly groups.

We're at bit of an amorphous organization. Members have jumped in to add features since. SqueakyChu runs the TIOLI challenge. Monthly themes are proposed by many of us - and some have carried over from year to year, like the Halloween read in October. If you've got an idea to try, propose it!

2drneutron
Dec 20, 2016, 11:02am Top

What the heck is a BB?

So most of us have teetering piles of books to be read, or TBRs. In fact, some are mountain-sized, others approaching black hole status! In spite of the fact that we've got so many books laying around to read, sometimes we open up somebody's thread and a book just pops out and demands to be added to the TBR. That's a book bullet, or BB!

3drneutron
Edited: Dec 20, 2016, 11:03am Top

How do I get info about the group?

There's a bunch of ways. First, we have some useful threads every year: the Message Board, Interesting Articles, In Memoriam, etc. It's a good idea to keep an idea on these.

We also keep two wiki pages. The Threadbook is an index to people's threads - perfect for finding folks' threads. Then there's the Group wiki, with links to important threads, group reads, and monthly themes. Both of these wiki pages can be found in the group description!

4drneutron
Dec 20, 2016, 11:04am Top

How to survive and thrive in such a busy group?

At the beginning of each year there seems to be a hectic shake down when lots of threads are started and may overwhelm! My method is to read a few messages in many threads and hit the Star this Topic for ones which appeal. Then later when I feel overwhelmed I may "un-star". I don't worry about people coming on my thread and later disappearing for awhile. Real life does happen, too. Just have fun.

5m.belljackson
Dec 26, 2016, 4:00pm Top

Basic Info needed - How do we START a Thread on 75 Books?

Thanks.

6FAMeulstee
Dec 26, 2016, 4:07pm Top

>5 m.belljackson: On the group home page, just below where it says Administrator there is an option to Post a New Topic. Click on that to start your own thread. Please don't forget to put your user name in your thread title so we can find you.

7m.belljackson
Dec 26, 2016, 7:59pm Top

Thank you.

8m.belljackson
Jan 1, 2017, 6:19pm Top

Since we should only have a single thread, could you start one titled MEMES...?

It would work for people intrigued by this idea who also want to read other's
and maybe write their own,
but do not want to read through hundreds of posts to locate them.

Thank you,
Marianne Jackson

9drneutron
Jan 1, 2017, 9:12pm Top

Sure, go for it. Our group is pretty open-ended. If a member wants to try something, they make a thread and I'll link to it on our wiki page.

10m.belljackson
Jan 14, 2017, 10:33am Top

Is there a way to edit the Headline on your own Thread?

11drneutron
Jan 14, 2017, 10:54am Top

Unfortunately, thread titles can only be edited for the first 10 minutes after the thread is created.

12noellib
Edited: Feb 1, 2017, 4:43am Top

OK I'm joining - after failing to reach 75 BOOKS IN 2016! Starting late too - in February - as I was travelling in January (mostly in Cuba) and without access to the internet most of the time...
Am I a member now ? Or do I need to do something else?

13drneutron
Feb 1, 2017, 9:35am Top

To join, all you need to do is start a thread and start listing your books. I'll add it to our directory called the Threadbook. For full enjoyment, feel free to join in on other threads - we love to talk!

14mmignano11
Feb 2, 2017, 10:54pm Top

I'm dropping in to say hello to any new folks although I have been doing this for several years. I have been offline due to illness but I am back again. This is a fantastic group of people and enhances the reading experience in my opinion. Don't be afraid to ask for help or advice. There is always someone willing to help out. Have fun here in 2017!

15kathypicard
Jul 1, 2017, 4:51pm Top

This user has been removed as spam.

16ronincats
Jul 1, 2017, 4:57pm Top

Actually, you can't. However there are a couple of threads you CAN use to promote your book without being flagged as spam; here they are.
http://www.librarything.com/groups/hobnobwithauthors
http://www.librarything.com/groups/authorchat

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