16 in ’16: Reading Resolutions

by Jackie

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By now, 36 percent of you who made resolutions have given them up. But never fear, Sno-Isle is here to officially offer up a second chance to try something new in 2016. This year, we’d like to invite you to read along with us as we challenge ourselves to read with variety, discover new books and authors, and generally push our reading boundaries.

Every 20 days, we’ll post another thematic challenge – and give you lots of suggestions to accomplish it along with us for all of 2016. On December 19, we’ll announce the 2016 Sno-Isle Reader of the Year.

We won’t be keeping the 16 themes under wraps, though. You can read ahead of us, skip around, or start late. For those of you who think you can get all 16 done by June, we’ll announce stretch challenges as we go along – so keep an eye on this blog! However, there is an incentive to take your time and read with us – we’ll give you more points if you log the current theme as it’s featured.

As we read through the year, we’ll update the list below and connect it with the reading suggestions connected to that theme.

  1. Read a local author (Feb. 1 – Feb 20)
  2. Read a graphic novel (Feb. 21 – Mar. 11)
  3. Read a Whidbey Reads book, past or present (Mar. 12 – Mar. 31)
  4. Read a Prose Bowl Finalist (Apr. 1 – Apr. 20)
  5. Read before seeing the movie (Apr. 21 – May 10)
  6. Read an award winner (May 11 – May 30)
  7. Read about history (fiction or non-fiction) (May 31 – Jun. 19)
  8. Read a YA book (Jun. 20 – Jul. 9)
  9. Read a Retelling of fairytale, folk tale, or classic (Jul. 10 – Jul. 29)
  10. Read a Staff Pick (a book suggested by a Sno-Isle Libraries staff member) (Jul. 30 – Aug. 18)
  11. Read a translated book (Aug. 19 – Sep. 7)
  12. Read a book by an author under 30 (Sep. 8 – Sep. 27)
  13. Read a banned or challenged book (Sep. 28 – Oct. 17)
  14. Read a funny book (Oct. 18 – Nov. 6)
  15. Read a collection of short stories (Nov. 7 – Nov. 26)
  16. Read a book published in 2016 (Nov. 27 – Dec. 18)

Stretch Challenges:


So, how do you participate? To officially participate you don’t need to have a library card (although you can get one!) but you do need an email address. This will help us keep track of your entries and tally your points.

What’s up with that Reader of the Year thing?
The participant with the most points at the end of the year will become the Sno-Isle Reader of the Year. We’ll ask them to share their favorite 2016 books, which we’ll feature here on the BiblioFiles. We’ll give them a pile of coveted 2017 advanced reader’s copies of books that haven’t yet been published, and, if this whole endeavor is successful enough to repeat, we’ll invite the SIL Reader of the Year to choose a theme for next year’s challenge.

You can update once a day, one title per category, and submit any books you read that meet any of these themes – but remember that reading along with us will net you the most points.

How do the points work?

When you read along with us, and finish and submit your read during the 20 days that theme is featured, you’ll receive 15 points. If you read additional books that match that theme, you can get 2 more points per submission. If you read ahead of us, or need to catch up, you’ll get 10 points for your first submission, and 2 points for any additional books in that theme. When we announce surprise Stretch Challenges, you’ll get 5 points for the first submission, 2 points for any additional submission for that theme. The Stretch Challenges will not be time-sensitive, so the first time you meet a particular Stretch Challenge it will always be 5 points regardless of whether you read it two months after it was announced. Make sense? If you have questions, ask them in the comments, or email me.

To sum up the scoring:

  • Current featured theme: 15 points
  • Reading-ahead or catching-up on themes: 10 points
  • Stretch Challenge: 5 points
  • Additional submissions to any theme: 2 points

Leaderboard: At the end of each round, we’ll post the leaderboard in the sidebar with the top ten point earners.

Whether 16 books is a stretch or a supplement for you, we hope you read with us this year; we can’t wait to hear about what you read.

Read all of the 16 in ’16 blog posts and catch up on EVERYTHING!

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117 responses to “16 in ’16: Reading Resolutions”

  1. […] our first 16 in ’16 theme, we will be reading books from local authors. Whether you choose something from one of our […]

  2. Michael Mates says:

    How can someone participate who won’t use Facebook because of privacy concerns?

    Is there any way to add categories?

    • Hi Michael,

      See my reply to Ashley H’s comment above below for the first part of you question. As to adding categories: We’ve selected just 16 to feature at this point because we wanted this to be achievable for people who don’t read 100 books a year. However, depending on participation, we’ll announce “stretch challenges” periodically throughout the year. They’ll have more points, and you’ll have to be paying attention to catch ’em. 😉 BUT, we haven’t entirely settled on all of the stretch challenge themes (or how many there will be see: participation), so if you have ideas, feel free to share them here in the comments, and the Readers’ Services Team will consider them!

  3. Ashley H says:

    Would you consider opening this up somehow to those who choose not to use social networking sites? I was so excited to join in on this until I read that…

    • We knew going in that requiring membership in any platform was going to be disappointing. We want to have as few barriers in place as possible, but unfortunately, the software that we’re using to run this only runs on Facebook. The other option was to manually assign points, and frankly, that just took up too much staff time. We still need to be out there answering questions and helping people. HOWEVER – we will be looking at ways to remove that barrier in the future and you can still read with us, and fully participate. The only thing you won’t be doing is earning points. Comment on the blog posts; share what you’re reading in this space. We’ll be looking for commenters to participate in our feedback posts, and points are irrelevant to that; we’ll pull right from these spaces.Edit: The software was fortuitously updated. FB membership is no longer required!

  4. Susan Valentine says:

    Do we submit as we read one of the 16 or when we are done?

    • When you’re done reading the theme just submit the book you read. You can only submit once per theme, but you can do multiple titles at once. Edit: You can submit once a day. Just remember, you get more points when you read the featured theme whilst it’s being featured.

  5. Laurie Lyon says:

    This reading challenge is soooooo engaging! Looking forward to the various challenges!

  6. Susan Valentine says:

    Okay now confused. Credit for theme when featured? How do we know what’s being featured?

    • We’ll go through them in the order listed above. The last one linked will be the current theme. It will also be featured on the Sno-Isle homepage in a banner. I’ll also add it to the sidebar to make sure it’s as clear and easy to find as possible. Does that help? I’m glad you asked.

  7. Here’s a question about scoring I received via email:
    Q: If I read ahead, but then submit another book for the category during the time it’s features, will I still get 15 points for that book? Or will it just be 2 points since I’ve already submitted a book for that theme ahead of time?
    A: Only 2 points. We actively want to encourage you to read along with us.

  8. Michael Mates says:

    I’m adding my own categories, since those on offer don’t fit my interests for the most part, and books read in the last week, if available:

    1. Read a novel by a male author who is dead: Thomas Hardy, The Well-Beloved

    2. Read a novel by a female author who is dead: Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

    3. Read a long poem that is difficult to understand: TS Eliot, Ash Wednesday

    4. Read a war book: Gregory Freeman, The Forgotten 500

    5. Read a spiritual book: Sigrid Undset, Catherine of Siena

    6. Something in Middle English: TBA

    7. Read a book written by an author who was over 70 at the time of writing: TBA

  9. Tracy says:

    Does Ivan Doig (Montanta) count as a local author-or should I save him for past Whidbey Reads?

  10. Lindsay H says:

    I decided to read a very local author from Monroe, WA – Bernadette Pajer! The first book in her “Professor Bradshaw Mystery” series is titled “A Spark of Death” and it is amazing! Professor Bradshaw is a brilliant and likable sleuth. The setting of 1901 Seattle is fascinating. Pajer’s books have all received the Washington Academy of Sciences seal-of-approval for science – meaning that all of the scientific details are 100% accurate.

    • I had no idea that you could even get a science seal-of-approval for a book. That’s pretty awesome. And I’ve even read A Spark of Death! I truly enjoyed it. Good choice, Lindsay.

  11. Sue Valentine says:

    I just finished reading Sherman Alexie’s autobiographical and award winning book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. He is from Spokane WA and lives in Seattle now. I cried, laughed and cheered. It is semi – based on his life. This fast read falls into several categories. He is local, the book is award winning and it is written for young people.

    Highly recommend!!!

  12. Maria Owen says:

    Is there a way to see your previous submissions? I started to enter a book I finished a few days ago, but I’m not actually sure whether I finished entering it in.

    • Hi Maria,
      At this point with the tech we’re using, no. Unfortunately. However, when in doubt, enter it again. Actual humans see your entries and just won’t count duplicates. We’d rather you enter a title twice than miss one! Thanks!

  13. Maria Owen says:

    Thank you, Jackie!

  14. […] have to admit, I’m thrilled with the response to 16 in ’16 so far. I’m so excited to share books with you all! Here’s some of the feedback […]

  15. Jeri says:

    I found a new author to read! I read an Amanda Quick novel and now I must find more of her works 🙂 When I saw the list of local authors, I was impressed. I didn’t realize we had so many local ones.

  16. Donna Malcevski says:

    I just finished reading Thursday Telegrams by local Edmonds, Washington author Tim Olson. I hope it opens up some conversations about how we educate all of our future citizens. I’ve also read or listened to several of Bernadette Pajer’s books. Her son attends the same school as my grandchildren and she included the name of one of them in one of her books. I highly recommend both authors.

  17. Steve P. says:

    Thanks, Lindsey H. For recommending Bernadette Pajer’s A Spark of Death. As a Seattle tour guide I love historical fictional that illuminates new periods like the earliest years of the twentieth century.

  18. Serena Stucki says:

    I just finished reading Parables: an Anthology and The Saga of Rex, both by Michel Gagne. He is an award winning animation artist. He worked on the films Ratatouille, The Incredibles, The Iron Giant, and many others.
    He lives peacefully with his family in the Pacific Northwest.

  19. Steve P. says:

    Thanks Sue Valentine for e Sherman Alexi recommendation. GREAT book which elicits many emotions. I listen to books during my Uber driving stints. Today I picked up a businessman from Spokane who knew Sherman and we listened together as I took him to SeaTac.

  20. Maria says:

    Hi Jackie –
    I’m having trouble finding information on 16 in ’16 on the sno-isle website. Today there is a banner at the top of the home page, but clicking on it just gets “page not found”. It would be terrific to have easy access to all the wonderful suggested reads I know the library has to offer. Can you help? Thanks!

  21. […] our second 16 in ’16 theme, we will be reading Graphic Novels. If you’re not familiar with the term “graphic […]

  22. […] the first round of 16 in ’16 we have over a hundred people reading along with us! The top ten point-earners are listed below. If […]

  23. Susan N. says:

    I’m jumping ahead a bit and wondering about “read a book by an author under30”. I assume you mean under 30 when it was published, not under 30 now.

    • Indeed. Yes, the author needs to have been under 30 when it published. It’s definitely going to be the toughest for us to provide a list of suggestions for.

    • Michael Mates says:

      To switch perspectives, try a book written by someone over the age of 60 at the time of writing. Or better yet, why not go for someone over 70?

      The Gathering Storm, the first in Winston Churchill’s five-book series on World War II, was published in 1948, when he was 74. The book is incomparably rich in just-right anecdotes, personal experience, brilliant literary style, and understanding about the ways in which politics and military strategy work. It is also his ode to liberty, and his despair at France and Britain, which could have stopped Hitler with backbone and a little effort in the mid 1930s.

  24. Michael Mates says:

    Getting back to the subject, here’s another fine book written by an author under thirty: More was Lost, by Eleanor Perenyi, a 1946 memoir of her marrying a Hungarian baron, learning Hungarian, managing a 750-acre Ruthenian estate, using Hungarian grammar to snub a dictator who wanted to seize the estate, and then finally losing it all to World War II. She went on to become editor at Harper’s Bazaar and Mademoiselle, and a famous gardener. Not bad for a high school dropout!

    • Thanks for the suggestion, Michael!

      • Michael Mates says:

        And going to an even younger age, let’s not forget the Diary of Anne Frank (1929-1945), started when she was 13 and written for the next two-and-a-half years until she and her family were arrested by the Nazi occupiers of the Netherlands.

  25. Kathy Whitlinger says:

    My favorite graphic novel so far has been “Trashed.” It is an enlightening look at the job of trash collectors as well as a look behind the scenes of our trash. What happens to what we throw away and how landfills really work. I enjoyed the book and it left me thinking. To me, that is the best kind of book.

  26. Lynda Lien says:

    Where can I find a list of past Whidbey Reads books? I found the 2016 and 2015 books but would like to know books prior to 2015. Thank you.

  27. […] the “16 in ’16” widget in the sidebar.  You are free to skip back or ahead in the list of themes, but remember, you get the most points by reading along with the current […]

  28. Esme says:

    What counts as a Prose Bowl finalist? There are a lot of books in the Prose Bowl, so how how many rounds did a book have to win to be considered a finalist? Is is just the top two?

    • Since we started off with thousands of titles, narrowed it to 300, and then to 32, any of the 32 titles that made it into the Prose Bowl are considered finalists. Much like in the basketball tournament happening right now – if a team has made it this far, they’re in the finals. Mostly, we just want to make sure that every reader can find something new and interesting (to them!) to read. Let us know how it goes, Esme!

  29. Vicki Larson says:

    Is J A Jance considered a local author? She lives part of the year in Arizona and part of the year in Seattle.

  30. […] time, my friends, has come to announce our first stretch challenge of Reading Resolutions: 16 in ’16! There are no lists or guidance we can give you on this one – it’s all up to […]

  31. Tracy Miller says:

    My stretch challenge read is definitely going to be a Barbara Kingsolver novel or two. I have loved her and her books for a LOOOOOONG time!

  32. Carole Barns says:

    Two questions :

    For the category Reading a Book by an Author under 30, does that mean currently under 30 or published before the age of 30?

    For my Banned or Challenged category on my Feb. 22 submission, I read all 7 Harry Potter books but believe I was just given 10 points for reading one book. Should I have also received 2 points each for the other 6 books?

    Thanks. Having such fun in this challenge!

    • Hi Carole,
      Under 30: Any book published while the author was under 30.
      Banned: You are correct that you were only awarded 10 points. Participants may only submit one title per category per day. I’ve clarified that in the instructions. We’ve been emailing people who submit more than one title in a category on a day, but we must have missed the parenthesis of (all 7) on yours. You may, of course, submit the remaining titles in the series title by title if you wish over the course of several days. This helps spread out the staff time of tallying everyone’s score if we spread out submissions a tad – and, realistically, we hope that people are submitting and commenting as they read books in order to foster conversation.

  33. […] a week ago we announced that we were going to add a feature to each theme challenge in Reading Resolutions: 16 in ’16: Random Drawings. Well, we have our first winner! From all of the Whidbey Reads submissions A.H. […]

  34. Rebecca Hone says:

    I actually use Audiobooks since I have a 3-4 hour round trip commute to work every day. Would this qualify as “reading” as far as the challenges are concerned? As I’m the one driving, it’s the only way I can get my “reading” in.

    • Rebecca, audiobooks ABSOLUTELY count. In fact, that’s probably 75% of my own reading.

    • Susan Valentine says:

      Rebecca. I read audiobooks during my commute. It’s the best way to read and it helps with the drive. I also have a nook. By the time I arrive home I’m exhausted. If I pick up my nook I’m asleep in a few minutes.

  35. Rachel says:

    I found a list on Goodreads of authors under 30
    https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/75580.Authors_Under_30
    I thought it might be helpful because I know I was wondering about how to go about finding a book for that section of the challenge.

    • Marina says:

      Thank you Rachel! What a great list. We will also be sharing some authors and titles. But not quite to that quantity. 😉

  36. Esme says:

    At the end of the year, will you let people know how many points they got? Even if I don’t make it into the top ten, I’ll still be interested to know how well I did at the challenge.

  37. Lynda Lien says:

    Thank you, Rachel for the helpful list. I’ve ordered several books from the list so I’ll be ready for the next theme. Thanks!

  38. Esme says:

    Thanks, Jackie!

  39. […] time for the next Reading Resolution theme and my personal favorite: Read Before Seeing the Movie. You can choose an older book/movie […]

  40. Rachel says:

    I was wondering about my points too. Is there a way to check it?

  41. Michelle C. says:

    If anyone is interested in their points or wants to double check what books they have entered, please email me at mcallihan@sno-isle.org and I will let you know!

  42. Kate B. says:

    I just finished Wild – From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed and would highly recommend it to those needing to read a book before the movie. Emma Donoghue’s Room was also amazing.

  43. […] if you’re playing along with Reading Resolutions, these books would count in the Read an Award Winner […]

  44. […] you reading along with us may remember that we’re upping the ante, and drawing winners for each of the themes. We now […]

  45. […] of you reading along with us may remember that we’re upping the ante, and drawing winners for each of the themes. We now […]

  46. […] of you reading along with us may remember that we’re upping the ante, and drawing winners for each of the themes. We now have […]

  47. Kathy Whitlinger says:

    I surrender! Maybe the 400 – 500 point people commute to work and listen to books on tape or something, I commute but my car stereo was stolen two years ago, so I drive in silence. I am reading three to four books at a time: livingroom, bathtub, work and car (while waiting for my kids). Anyway, I will continue to read because it make me happy, but this challenge no longer makes me happy, it makes me feel stupid.

    • Oh, Kathy, please don’t feel that way. Points are only one reason to play. Read along with us to read differently. Read along with us to learn about new books to read. Read along with us to participate in a conversation about books. We can’t tell you how to validate what you’ve done, but we can see how many books you’ve read, how many points you’ve earned, and how much you’ve participated. Read for yourself. Read for the stories. Read for community. We’d love to continue to see and hear how it goes – and to get reading recommendations from you!

  48. Lynda Lien says:

    I read or listen to a book a day. By habit, I read or listen to 3 – 4 books at a time. I’ve participated in the 16 in 16 Challenge since the beginning & get max points for reading the current theme when it’s time & not reading ahead. I am curious as to how people who have 400-500 points have accomplished that. I don’t see how it’s possible even for those who have read ahead. Can it be explained how some people have 500 points? I know I can never catch up but I am curious about how it is done. Thank you.

    • Hi Lynda, In most cases they’ve read ahead and have read many additional titles in most if not all of the categories. For instance, as you know, if you read a graphic novel while it was featured you received 15 points. Every additional graphic novel submitted was an additional two points. If you read 13 total gn’s you’d have 15 + (2 x 13) = 41. If you’ve read 78 graphic novels you’d have: 15 + (2 x 78) = 171 in just that one category. If you read every Newbery Medal you are not breaking the rules for Read an Award Winner, but you probably aren’t spending as much time on a per title basis as someone who chose to read a Pulitzer or Nobel. Tommorrow, I’m posting a listing of EVERYONE’s points, so do check in on that and see that most people are in a range. We’ll probably get a little creative with some prizes at the end of the year to award those who stuck with it despite the point differential. We’ll be taking a long, hard look at how we do this IF we do it next year.

  49. Kathy Whitlinger says:

    I will continue reading along because I do enjoy learning about new genres of books. I just won’t feel as driven to finish books to get points. I am going to slow down and savor what I read. My favorite catagories so far have been Graphic Novels (I had never read one before) and Reread a Favorite because it was like visiting an old friend.

    • Marina says:

      Kathy, yes, that was the big focus behind these challenges–reading outside your norms and sharing your new finds with the library community. I, too, had not read more than a small handful of graphic novels before we started these Reading Resolutions. And, I’m glad I was challenged because I also found a graphic novel series that I really enjoyed!

  50. […] we are, once again awarding a random 16 in ’16 participant of the recently concluded theme! This time it’s Sandra H. participating at our […]

  51. Anon E. Mouse says:

    As one of the people who’s racked up a bunch of points, I’ve always been a fast reader AND I have read many books for 16 in 16 that I wouldn’t otherwise have read. (I blame it on finding too many good choices for each category).

    There’s no need to assume that speed and value found in the act of reading are somehow mutually exclusive. There’s also no need to be negative about oneself or others, everyone is different and it’s important that we ALL validate each other’s participation! Wishing everyone else loads more fun & new experiences in this challenge 🙂

  52. Rachel says:

    Kathy,
    Never give up. While I am competitive, I don’t think I will win. My goal is to read something new I haven’t tried before, which I have. I think everyone who tries one book in each category is a winner.

  53. […] all of the novels at least.  I carefully looked through my current checkouts, and factoring in our ’16 in 16 campaign, created a summer reading list for myself. Books I’ve wanted to read for a while (in […]

  54. Sara DuBois says:

    I did not get this announcement until today, June 14, 2016! How do I catch up? Do I have to read a local author that is local strictly to Sno-Isle libraries? I am a local author of Edmonds 1850s-1950s, which you don’t even have in your library system. Meanwhile I don’t live in the Snop-Isle region, but I do have a library card for it.

    • Hi Sara! Local or regional authors qualify for the Local Author challenge. Any author writing in the Northwest is acceptable. To catch up, just read at least one book for each category we’ve already been through. Take your time, we’re not even quite halfway through. You’ll find each challenge linked above to suggestions. There are also quizes to take for fun ways to find qualifying books to read in each of the challenge-specific posts. Then just report what you’ve read in the form linked in this post an in the sidebar. If you don’t want to miss any posts, be sure to subscribe by email in the sidebar. Feel free to email me if you have any questions: jparker at sno-isle.org. As we go along be sure to read the featured challenge for a chance at additional prizes!

  55. Jan says:

    Jackie You said on June 1 you would publish everyone’s points. Where do I find that list? Thanks for such a fun reading program. BTW, also commenting about the graphic book component. I, too, had never read one and chose one of which I’d read the original novel. What fun!

  56. […] we start a new theme in the 16 in ’16 Reading Resolutions challenge: Read a YA Book! YA (young adult) fiction is written for teens and young adults ages 12 […]

  57. […] of you reading along with us may remember that we’re upping the ante, and drawing winners for each of the themes. Now that […]

  58. Rachel says:

    Hello,
    I am enjoying the challenge, and there are many new genre’s that I have dabbled in, and new books I have read that I wouldn’t have tried before. Thanks for making me stretch a bit.
    I have a request for the next catch up challenge( and I hope there is one soon!). How about a general genre category — one that fantasy/sci-fi/ mystery novels would fall into. That is what I usually read, and I am going into withdrawal not being able to fit many of those books in any of these categories.

    • Hi Rachel! I’m glad to hear that you are enjoying your participation! I will say that we do have another stretch challenge planned, but of course I can’t divulge what or when!

  59. […] we start one of my favorite themes in our Reading Resolutions challenge: Read a Retelling. In its simplest form a “retelling” is a new version of an […]

  60. Jan says:

    Jackie

    I so appreciate that you’ve given us a link to where we are on “the list” of readers. Is it possible to get the actual list of books we’ve read/listened to? I think I’m losing track of what I’ve read/listened to. Thanks so much.

  61. Lindsey A. says:

    Jan, I just sent you an email with your list!

  62. Jan says:

    Thank you Lindsey! You rock!!

  63. Joanne T. says:

    Thank you so much for hosting this reading challenge for us! This has really opened up some new doors for me and I’m trying new types of material I never thought I would have. Who would have thought I would be reading some graphic novels and discussing them with my son? I always thought they were really just comic books but most of them are so much more with some beautiful artwork as well. Lots of wonderful categories this year, you did a great job on your selections!

  64. Nikki Bufkin says:

    I’ve been trying to do this read along by reading the books in the periods specified and have really enjoyed it so far. To make this better there should be a way I can check the status of my inputs, specifically I’d like to be able to look at the list of the books I’ve read and how many points I’ve racked up. Sometimes my phone or computer will time out and I’m not sure the book posted, or I can’t remember if I logged it. Right now I believe I’ve completed every category in the right timeframe, but I have no way to see if my inputs were received.

  65. […] esteemed readers! Today marks the beginning of our tenth Reading Resolutions challenge: Read a Book Suggested by a Staff Member. From now until August 18, we encourage you to […]

  66. […] are a week into the 16 in ’16 Reading Resolution’s challenge: Read a Translation. If you have not chosen a book to read yet, don’t worry, there […]

  67. Jan says:

    I’m so enjoying myself with Sno-Isle’s 16 in 16!

    May I get a read-out please of what I’ve submitted as read, the point assigned and the total?

    Thanks so much!

    • Marina says:

      We’re glad you’re enjoying our 16 in ’16 reading themes, Jan! You should be getting an email with your requested information. Thanks for playing along!

  68. […] a few reasons cited for the ten most frequently challenged books of 2015, and our next Reading Resolutions challenge: Read a Banned or Challenged Book. Starting September 28 through October 17th we […]

  69. Esme says:

    Do children’s picture books count?

    • Marina says:

      Esme, we leave it to your judgement on what titles to submit. But take into consideration that one of the reasons behind this challenge is to, in general, push our reading boundaries.

  70. Rachel says:

    I am a bit confused about the totals posted for the number 1 position. By my math, if you post a book every day, the most points you could possibly get are 944, and yet the 1st place position says they have 998 points. Could you double check this?

    Full points for 16 challenges 16 x 15 = 240 points
    Stretch – 2×5=10 points

    16 +2 = 18 days posted
    365-18=347 remaining days
    347 x 2 = 694
    694-10+240= 944

    And that is if you post a book every single day, and have never preposted a book in the 16 selections and received 10 points for it instead of 15, and it is the last day of December.
    Since it is mid October, we still have over 2 months remaining days, even the 928 is impossible at this point in time.
    I might be missing something. Please forgive me if I have overlooked something.

    • Marina says:

      Rachel, the form for entering titles can be submitted only once a day but the only limit as to how many titles you enter on the form is one per theme. So, with that in mind, more than one book can be entered a day, as long as they are in separate themes. I think that explains the higher number of points than what your math was showing. Let me know if I misinterpreted your math. And thanks for your interest in our challenge!

    • Lynda Lien says:

      I have wondered the same thing as Rachel for months now. I had no idea more than one book could be entered on the form everyday. Seems like a few people figured it out!

  71. Michelle C. says:

    You can submit one title in each theme each day. Which means that you could technically submit (with the two stretch challenges) at most 18 titles each day (if you can read that much). Some people are reading more than one book a day which would account for some of the high scores.

  72. […] had the opportunity to talk with Heather S., Reader of the Year in the library’s 16 in ’16 Reading Resolutions Challenge. She was our most prolific reader, completing nearly 500 books and fulfilling all 16 categories. I […]

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