Monday, June 27, 2016

On the Map

Crazy Challenge Connection discussion on goodreads

DURATION: July 1 - December 31, 2016

Many of us are familiar with the Literature Map, a unique way to find authors whose books are similar to those of other authors. It's one of the mods' favorite tools, so it shouldn't surprise anyone that we've decided to create a challenge based on the map's recommendations. 

Here's how it works: 
Type the name of one of your favorite authors into the search box on the Literature Map home page, then click on the Search icon and let the map do its thing. A bunch of names will fly around the screen and eventually settle into place. You will then choose one of the authors on the map and read any one of his/her books. When you finish, type the name of that book's author into the search box and start the process again. You will attempt to reach the goal you've chosen before the challenge ends. 

Say I start with David Baldacci. My next author could be either Iris Johansen or Mary Higgins Clark (or a TON of other choices!). If I chose Johansen for book #2, I could then read something by Susan May Warren for book #3, but MH Clark for #2 could lead me to Jan Karon for #3, and so on. 

While we encourage you to read new-to-you authors, authors you don't usually read, or authors whose names are far away from the center of the map, you can choose any author whose name is on the map at any point in the challenge. That said, you may NOT repeat an author during the course of the challenge, so choose wisely :) 

Because some of us are more adventurous than others, we've set up different levels for this challenge. When you sign up, be sure to tell us which level you're going to attempt and what author you're going to use for your first map. 

Day Trip: 4-6 books 
Weekend Getaway: 7-12 books
Week-Long Break: 13-18 books
Tour the Country: 19-24 books
Around the World: 25 or more books

See this thread for more detailed rules for all CCC challenges.

♦ If you want to participate in this challenge, please sign up by telling us which level you want to attempt. This gives us a post to link you to, which you can use to update your books as the challenge progresses. 

♦ Unless otherwise noted, books must be at least 150 pages long. (See the link above for rules regarding graphic novels.) Books may only be used for one task in this challenge, but cross-challenge posting is encouraged :) Re-reads are allowed, as long as you read the entire book. You must read at least half of the book AFTER the challenge begins in order to count it for this challenge.

♦ For each book you read, please post a link to the title, and indicate the author and the date you finished reading it.
    * If you don’t know how to post a link to the book title, cover or author, see the instructions here: Add a link to the book title and/or author 

♦ When you complete the challenge, please post your entire list as a new message. If you do this while you still have the Edit window open, it will copy all of your links and formatting. If you don’t repost your list, your name will not be added to the list of those who have completed the challenge.

11. Suzanne Brockmann Kiss and Tell 10/7/16 
12. Elizabeth Lowell  Perfect Touch 10/10/16

Week-Long Break: 13-18 books
JoAnn Ross A Woman's Heart 10/24/16
14. Sherryl Woods Sand Castle Bay 10/27/16
15. Marie Force Sex Machine 10/31/16

16. Kaylea Cross Marked 11/7/16
17. Bella Andre Now That I've Found You 11/16/16
18. Erin McCarthy You Make Me 11/29/16

Tour the Country: 19-24 books
 Vicki Lewis Thompson A Werewolf in Manhattan 12/12/16
20. Jayne Ann Krentz White Lies 12/19/16

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