Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Fill in the Gaps/ Deal Me In Challenge Sign Up

I have been trying to figure out a way to join the 2015 Deal Me in Challenge, but with variations. The Deal Me In Challenge is meant for short stories, but I don't read short stories or at least I don't read them all that often. 

To play the challenge, a book is assigned to each of 52 playing cards. The books are set into a roster before beginning and then can either be assigned randomly or by suit based on genre, author, cover color...really whatever you like. This may be a TBR pile or a list based on another challenge.

Each week, a card is drawn at random from the deck and that book is selected for reading. (If you fall behind, then simply draw a new card each time you finish a book.)

 The roster is posted below. I'll be updating the list (and crossing books off) as the year goes on. 

So since there is 100 books for the Fill In the Gap Challenge I'm going to use two decks of cards minus two cards in the second deck. I haven't yet decided if I'm going to assign books yet, but I may pick two cards per month to put on my TBR list. 

This challenge is going to last for five years so my end date is December 31st, 2019. If I complete this challenge before then that is great. I picked all of these books off my Goodreads TBR List. The goal is to complete all 100 before the end date, but if I completed 75 books then the challenge is considered complete. I also give myself permission to change out books that I don't think I'm going to read. Right now I think I'm going to read all of the books, but that may change throughout the years. I will cross out books as I complete them and move the corresponding card into a different pile. I like combining the challenge because the cards are a physical reminder of how many books I have left. 

Cards not used J of diamonds, 2 of diamonds, 9 of diamonds, A of spades

Pink=Read 2015: 16
Purple= Read 2016: 15
Green=Read 2017: 11
Red= Read 2018: 10

Ace: A Little House of Their Own (TBR since Aug 17th, 2012) (Read Mar 2015) and Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee (TBR since Jan 27th, 2014) (Read January 2018)
2: Fly Away Home by Jennifer Wiener (TBR since Sept 1st, 2012) and Panic by Lauren Oliver (TBR since Oct 14th, 2014) (Read February 2018)
3: Wonder R.J. Palacio (TBR since Dec 9th, 2014) (Read January 2016) and Kiss Me Again by Rachel Vail (Own) (Read January 2018)
4: My Name is Rapunzel by K.C. Hilton (TBR since Mar 30th, 2013) (Read February 2017) and Meant to Be by Lauren Morill (TBR since Aug 31st, 2014) (Read April 2015)
5: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (Read Oct 2017) and Titan Magic: Body and Soul by Jodi Lamm (TBR since July 26th, 2014)
6: Titan Magic by Jodi Lamm (TBR since July 26th, 2014) and Winter by Marissa Meyer (TBR since Jan 3rd, 2014) (Read May 2016)
7: Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand (TBR since Jan 1st, 2013) and The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors (TBR since Mar 9th, 2013)
8: Girl Online by Zoe Sugg (TBR since June 17th, 2014) (own) and The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (TBR since Jan 11, 2014)
9: Legend by Marie Lu (TBR since Mar 5th, 2013) It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han (Read Sept 2016) and A Long Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan (TBR since Mar 24th, 2013)
10: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith (TBR since May 23rd, 2014) (own) (Read Apr 2016) and Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson (TBR since July 5th, 2014)
Jack: What I Thought was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick (TBR since Feb 22nd, 2014) and Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross (TBR since Apr 30th, 2014)
Queen: Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult (TBR since Oct 4th, 2012) and Creul Beauty by Rosamond Hodge (TBR since Apr 21st, 2014) 8 Sandpiper Way by Debbie Macomber (Read May 2015)
King: Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Mrycle (TBR since Jan 31st, 2013) (Read Dec 2017) and Prodigy by Marie Lu We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han (Read Sept 2016)
Ace: Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (TBR since Jan 31st, 2013)
2: Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George (TBR since Feb 18th, 2013) (Read Feb 2015) and Midnight Pearls by Debbie Vigue (TBR since Mar 9th, 2013)
3: Just one Year by Gayle Forman and Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George (TBR since Feb 27th, 2013)
4: Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George (TBR since Mar 24th, 2013) (Read Feb 2015) and Destiny Rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice (TBR since May 4th, 2013) (Read Feb 2018)
5: I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (TBR since Nov 27th, 2014) (Read July 2016) and Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally (TBR since Dec 22nd, 2013)
6: Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult (TBR since Sept 22nd, 2012) and Delirium by Lauren Oliver (Mar 5th, 2013) (Read November 2016)
7: Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult (TBR since Sept 22nd, 2012)  and Winter's Child by Cameron Dokey (Mar 9th, 2013)
8: Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally and Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (Mar 5th, 2013) (Read Mar 2017)
9: Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour (TBR since Nov 28th, 2014) and The Dyerville Tale by M.P. Kozlowsky (TBR since May 11th, 2014)
10: Second Glance by Jodi Picoult (TBR since Sept 22nd, 2012) and Champion by Marie Lu 92 Pacific Boulevard (Read Sept 2016)
Jack: The Wide Awake Princess by E.D. Baker (TBR since June 20th, 2013) (own) and Five Summers by Una LaMarche (TBR since Aug 31st, 2014) (Read November 2015)
Queen: Starry Night by Debbie Macomber (TBR since Aug 22nd, 2013) (Read December 2015) and Angel Falls by Kristin Hannah (TBR since Apr 12th, 2014)
King: The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult (TBR since Aug 15th, 2012) (own) (Read October 2016)and Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson (TBR since Mar 26th, 2013)
Ace: Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult (TBR since Sept 22nd, 2012) (Read October 2017) and The Fill- In Boyfriend by Kasie West (TBR Sept 13th, 2014) (Read August 2015)
2: Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George (Read May 2015)
3: Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson (TBR since June 19th, 2014) (Read Mar 2015) and The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider (TBR since Jan 4th, 2015) (Read Apr 2015)
4: Just One Day by Gayle Forman (TBR since Jan 31st, 2013) (Read May 2017) and Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally (TBR since Feb 10th, 2013)
5: Summer Island by Kristin Hannah (TBR since Aug 18th, 2012) and Hero by Althea Kontis (Read June 2018)
6: Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah (TBR since Jan 31st, 2013) (Read May 2016) and The List by Siobhan Vivian (TBR since Dec 19th, 2013)
7: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (Read July 2017) and The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle (TBR since June 8th, 2014) (Read January 2017)
8: Mercy by Jodi Picoult (TBR since Sept 22nd, 2012) (Feb 2018) and Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (TBR since Aug 30th, 2014)
9: Requiem by Lauren Oliver (Read November 2017)
10: Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George (Read Feb 2015) and Before Midnight by Cameron Dokey (TBR since Mar 9th, 2013) (Read August 2017)
Jack: Godmother by Carolyn Turgeon (Mar 23rd, 2013)
Queen: The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (TBR since Feb 7th, 2013) and Fairest by Marissa Meyer (TBR since June 19th, 2014) (Read Feb 2015)
King: Just One Night by Gayle Forman and  Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally (TBR since Dec 29th, 2012) (Read January 2018)
Ace: Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson (TBR since Jul 5th, 2014) and New Girl by Paige Harbison (Dec 9th, 2014)
2: I was Here by Gayle Forman (TBR since Dec 3rd, 2014) and The Mirk and the Midnight Hour by Jane Nickerson (TBR since Mar 27th, 2013)
3: Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult (TBR since Aug 15th, 2012) and Poison by Bridget Zinn (TBR since Mar 26th, 2013)
4: Home Front by Kristin Hannah (TBR since Aug 15th, 2012) and Cloaked by Alex Flinn (TBR since Mar 9th, 2013) The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han (TBR since Dec 26, 2012) (Read Aug 2016)
5: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick (TBR since June 9th, 2013) (Read Feb 2016) and Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (TBR since Nov 14th, 2013) (Read Apr 2016)
6: To All the Boys I Have Loved Before by Jenny Han (TBR since Apr 7th, 2014) (Read April 2015) and If we Kiss by Rachel Vail (TBR since Dec 12th, 2012) (own) (Read January 2018)
7: The Crystal Heart by Sophie Mason (TBR since Feb 8th, 2014)  (Read Aug 2017) and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (TBR since July 17th, 2014) (Read Aug 2016)
8: On Mystic Lake by Kristin Hannah (TBR since Apr 12th, 2014) (Read Mar 2018) and Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts (TBR since Jan 4th, 2015) (Read June 2015)
9: On this Day by Melody Carlson (TBR since Oct 5th, 2012) and Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber (TBR since Aug 20th, 2014) (Read January 2016)
10: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare (Read November 2016) and Golden by Jessica Kirby (TBR since Aug 31st, 2014)
Jack: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (TBR since Feb 24th, 2013) and A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn (TBR since Mar 25th, 2013)
Queen: Dearest by Althea Kontis and The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (TBR since Oct 1st, 2014) (Read Apr 2015)
King: Enchanted by Althea Kontis (TBR since Mar 9th, 2013) (Read May 2018) and The Start of You and Me by Emery Lord (TBR since Sept 13th, 2014)


  1. That is an awesome challenge. Good luck with it.

  2. Good luck with your version of Deal Me In! Back when I started in 2011, I thought about doing it with books instead of short stories, but I can generally only manage about a book a week, so virtually all of my reading for the year would be "set" beforehand, which I didnt like, so then short stories hit me, I've reallycome to enjoy them and look forward to drawing my card every week. I hope someday you'll incorporate more short stories into your reading. I think they're an often under appreciated - and underestimated form. -Jay


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