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Welcome to the 11th year 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!
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!
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!
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.
How do I start a thread?
Easy-Peasy! On the group page, click "Post a new topic". Add a title (please put your user name in the title so it's easy to find you), post your first message, then click "Post Message". You now have a thread!
Some folks like to fancy up their threads by including pictures or lists of books, etc. If yo'd like to do that, we can help you. But there's no requirement other than making it useful to you!
How do I do all the cool html stuff
Here's a link to a thread that explains and gives examples of most things you'll want to do
(.5) I read most of The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson in December 2017 and finished it today (New Year's Day); therefore, it doesn't justify being counted fully. So I mentioned as my final 2017 post and will let it sort of hang over (no pun intended for New Year's), just to get started. It's a good read for discussion groups.
Check out message 5. It’s pretty easy. Or you can just jump into existing threads.
>12 juliegoodman: look at the top right of this page, there should be a link to "join".
>12 juliegoodman: Yup, that's where you join. But I hope you'll also add a thread and share your reading with us this year!
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All Over The Place: Fortnight Or Forever by Melissa J. Rock
It's an enjoyable Journey and a Good Read just released!
>16 FortnightOrForever: not self-promotion. Check out your profile messages, where the LT rules for authors have been explained to you.
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