June 9, 2009

Take a Chance Challenge

One of my favorite bloggers, Jenners from Find Your Next Book Here, is hosting the Take a Chance Challenge. I signed up forever ago but have been remiss about getting this post up. I am really excited about this challenge. Jenners is so creative and I am glad she has channeled all that creativity into a challenge! Here is what it is all about:

This challenge is all about taking chances in your reading. There are 10 tasks in all -- 7 involve finding a book to read in very random ways. The last three tasks are about taking chances as a writer as you are challenged to take on the role of short story writer, poet and movie/book reviewer. The challenge is meant to be fun and no pressure. Complete as many or a few of the 10 challenges as you want. However, the more you complete, the more chances you'll get to win the grand prize. Here are the details:
  • The challenge will run from June 1, 2009 through November 30, 2009 (6 months)
  • One winner will be drawn on December 1, 2009 and will receive a grand prize of $25 worth of books from Amazon (any books you choose!)
  • Each completed task earns you one entry into the drawing for the grand prize.
Here are the 10 challenges to complete:
UPDATE: Here are my list of books for the challenge.
  1. Random Book Selection. Go to the library. Position yourself in a section such as Fiction, Non-Fiction, Mystery, Children (whatever section you want). Then write down random directions for yourself (for example, third row, second shelf, fifth book from right). Follow your directions and see what book you find. Check that book out of the library, read it and then write about it. (If you prefer, you can do the same at a bookstore and buy the book!)
  2. Random Word. Go to this random word generator and generate a random word. Find a book with this word in the title. Read the book and write about it.
  3. Birth Year Book. Find a book that was published or copyrighted in the year of your birth. Read the book and write about it.
  4. Judge A Book By Its Cover. Pick out a book based SOLELY on the cover. First, write about what you expect the book to be about based on the cover art. Then read the book and write about how the book was different from and/or similar to what the cover art led you to expect.
  5. Phoning An Author. Pick a random last name out of the phone book. Find an author with the same last name and read a book by them. Write about it.
  6. Public Spying. Find someone who is reading a book in public. Find out what book they are reading and then read the same book. Write about it.
  7. Random Bestseller. Go to Random.org and, using the True Random Number Generator, enter the number 1950 for the min. and 2008 for the max. and then hit generate. Then go to this site and find the year that Random.org generated for you and click on it. Then find the bestseller list for the week that would contain your birthday for that year. Choose one of the bestsellers from the list that comes up, read it and write about it.
  8. Lit Riff (inspired by the book Lit Riffs by Matthew Miele.) Choose a song and then write a brief story that is inspired by or further explains the lyrics of the song.
  9. Poetic Review. Write a book review in three different forms of verse: haiku, limerick and free verse. (You can pick any book you want to write about.)
  10. Movie/Book Comparison. Find a book that you haven't read that has a movie based on it that you haven't seen. Read the book and watch the movie within a few days of each other. Write about your reactions to both the book and the movie and compare the two.
I am still working on my book selections for each challenge. I will post those when I have them all. Yay for cool new challenges!


  1. I think this is going to be a really fun challenge. I've already had a lot of fun picking out some books for a few of the random selections.

  2. Oh, I am so very very tempted. I signed up for so many challenges (and I think I'm actually doing well with them - but I haven't been updating my lists of books, argh!).

    I just might do this one, though. Maybe not officially ... but it definitely sounds fun.

  3. I've tagged you with (What's On Your Desk Wednesday) :)


    It's entirely optional so it's up to you if you like to participate :)

  4. I really want to do this one too, but I am worrying if I can fit it in.

  5. I think this one might be a bit too daring for me, but good luck! Sounds like it'll be fun.

  6. This is so much fun! I would love to do it if we had from the beginning of the year to do it. Sadly, I might be in over my head with all the challenges I've already joined. I would probably do these options on my own though, with no time limit.. so fun!

  7. YAY! I am so excited about this one - can't wait to see your list of books. =)

  8. Here is my official WELCOME TO THE CHALLENGE message! I'm so glad you are doing it! : )


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