July 28, 2009

Random, I hear you calling my name and it feels like home...

Random Reading Challenge

Wendy (Caribousmom) is hosting this challenge, which is from August 1, 2009 to July 31, 2010. What is it about? Here is what Wendy says:

Are you stuck in a rut? Do you always find yourself reading from set lists or feeling committed to reading one book while another book screams at you from your TBR mountain? Has your reading become completely scheduled? If so, the Random Reading Challenge may be just the thing to put the spontaneity back into your reading.

For this challenge, readers will be choosing books randomly from their TBR stacks. You may select one of three levels of participation:

Level I:

You are just a tad compulsive about your reading – you love your lists and schedules. Being spontaneous is not something that comes naturally to you. To complete the challenge, force yourself out of your rut and read just six books.

Level II:

You really want to break away from all those lists, but you do still have a responsibility to your reading groups, other challenges and all those review books. Six books is too little, but twelve is too much. Stretch a little and read nine books for the challenge.

Level III:

Throw away the lists, don’t look at your schedule, bring on the joy that comes with the freedom to chose books randomly. Read twelve books for the challenge.

Rules (come on, you didn’t think I would be THAT random did you?!?!?):

  1. NO lists allowed. Books for the challenge are chosen one at a time when the mood strikes.
  2. Sign up at any time during the challenge period using Mr. Linky below. Please give me a direct link to your blog post about the challenge. If you do not have a blog, no worries. Simply enter your name and leave the URL box on Mr. Linky blank.
  3. Book reviews are not required, but if you want to write a review I will be providing a review Mr. Linky after August 1st.
  4. Books are selected one at a time using the following procedure:
  • Randomly select any number of books from either your physical OR your virtual TBR pile (I don’t care how you do this, but it must be random…no “cherry picking” allowed)
  • Assign a number to each book based on how many books you selected (ie: if you selected 14 books, assign each book a number from 1 through 14; if you selected 28 books, assign each book a number from 1 through 28…you get the idea)
  • Go to THIS SITE and use the TRUE RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR located in the upper right hand corner of the page to randomly select the book you will read. NO CHEATING – whatever the random number generator generates is the book you must read!
  • Each time you select a book for the challenge, you will use this procedure. You may select different books each time, choose a different amount of books each time, etc…have fun, mix it up, keep it random.

I LOVE RANDOM!! That is one reason I adore Jenner's Take a Chance Challenge because it is so random. This is great! I am going to be daring and select Level III- 12 random books! Oh yeah!

Sound like fun? Join in by clicking here.

Book List:
1. Random #77- The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner (September 2009)

2. Random #119- The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (Oct/Nov 2009)

3. Random #144- Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (Oct/Nov 2009)

4. Random #15- Along Came a Spider by James Patterson (Oct/Nov 2009)

5. Random #88 My Point...and I Do Have One by Ellen DeGeneres (Jan 2010)

6. Random #151 The Wives of Henry Oades by Johanna Moran (Jan 2010)

7. Random #121 Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell (Jan 2010)

8. Random #18 Maximum Ride: School's Out Forever by James Patterson (Feb 2010)

9. Random #208 The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran (March 2010)

10. Random #27 The Washingtonienne by Jessica Cutler (May 2010) Really so awesome that I got this number because I just bought this book and was wanting to read it!

11. Random #255 Bright Lights, Big Ass by Jen Lancaster (May 2010)

12. Random # 62 Persuasion by Jane Austen (May 2010)



  1. I think I already select which books I'm going to read next this way. ;)

  2. I think I will be joining this one too. It makes choosing books a bit more random! Might even get hubby and the girls to pick for me.

  3. I've been called random by more than one person so I think this one is up my alley!! I'll be signing up..I love the idea of using the random number generator!!

  4. Yay! I love this challenge. I love random.

  5. Good luck with the challenge. I may be able to do this one myself.

  6. I'm going to have to do this one too!


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