December 10, 2009

The Take Another Chance Challenge!!!

WOOHOO!!! Jenners is hosting the Take Another Chance Challenge! I loved participating in the randomness of the 2009 Take a Chance Challenge and I am way excited about the 2010 one.

So here is what the deal is for 2010:
There are 3 levels of participation (which you can change mid-stream if you feel like it):
  1. A Small Gamble: Complete any 3 of the 12 challenges described below.
  2. A Moderate Gamble: Complete any 6 of the 12 challenges described below.
  3. Gambling It All: Complete all 12 of the challenges described below.
  • Each challenge you complete and link up in the correct Mr. Linky spots (which will be posted on January 1, 2010 at Jenner's blog) will earn you entries into a prize drawing at the end of the challenge. Some of the challenges are harder and will earn you more entries. If you complete all 12 challenges, you will earn 5 extra entries into the drawing.
  • The prize is a book of the winner's choice from Amazon (worth $25 or less).
  • Crossover books from other challenges is fine.
So what are the challenges?

Challenge 1: Read Your Doppelganger (worth 1 entry)

Find an author who has either the same initials, the same first name, the same last name, or the exact same name as you. Read a book by this author and write a post about it. (If you try to keep your identity anonymous on your blog, you don't have to reveal what part of the author's name is the same as your name.)
Example: If your name is Susan Kasischke, you might read a book by Stephen King (same initials), Susan Donovan (same first name), Laura Kasischke (same last name) or Susan Kasischke (same exact name).
Challenge 2: Blogroll Roulette (worth 1 entry)
Find a blogroll at either your book blog or a book blog you like that has at least 15 book blogs on it. Go to and, using the True Random Number Generator, enter the number 1 for the min. and 15 for the max. and then hit generate. Then find the blog that is that number on the blogroll you selected. (For example, if you get 10 at, then count down the list of blogs until you get to the tenth one). Go to that blog and pick a book to read from the books that they have reviewed on their blog. Read it and write a post about it. Be sure to link to the blog post you picked the book from!

Challenge 3: 100 Best Book (worth 1 entry)
Choose one of the lists below and go to the link provided. Choose a book to read from the list that you haven't read before. Read the book and write about it.
Challenge 4: Prize Winner Book (worth 1 entry)
Pick one of the major literary awards from the list below. Click on the link for the award you picked. You will find a brief description of the award and links to past winners. Pick one of the past winners, read the book and write about it.
Challenge 5: Title Word Count (worth 1 entry)
Go to and, using the True Random Number Generator, enter the numbers 1 for the min. and 5 for the max. and then hit generate. Find a book to read that has that number of words in the title. Read the book and write about it.
Example: If you get 1 for your number, read a book that has a one word title. If you get 2, read a book that has a two word title and so on and so forth.
Challenge 6: Genre Switch-Up (worth 1 entry)
Go to this list of book genres and pick a genre that you have NEVER read before. Find a book from that genre, read it, and write about it. Note: If you seriously cannot find a genre that you have never read, then pick the genre that is as far away from what you normally read.

Challenge 7: Break A Prejudice (worth 1 entry)
We all have reading prejudices--authors we don't like, genres we don't like, or even publishers we don't like. For this challenge, think of a reading prejudice you have and then find a book that is an example of this type of book. Read the book and then write about the reading prejudice you had BEFORE you read the book and how reading the book either changed your prejudice or reinforced it.
Examples: I always say I can't stand James Patterson; therefore, I might read a James Patterson book for this challenge. Or, if you sneer at "chick lit" books, you might read a "chick lit" book. Or, if you think books published by Harlequin are pure drivel, you might read a book published by Harlequin. If you turn up your nose at the Twilight books, then you might read one of the Twilight books.
Challenge 8: Real and Inspired (worth 2 entries)
Many authors or books inspire others to pay homage to them by writing another book inspired by the original work. For this challenge, read both an original work and a book inspired by that original work. Write about both books in one post. Note: This might require some research on your part and requires reading two books so it worth 2 entries.
Examples: Christopher Moore's Fool is based on Shakespeare's play King Lear so I plan on reading both King Lear and Fool. Another example is Jane Austen, who inspired the book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. For this challenge, you might read both Pride and Prejudice and the zombie version. (There are tons of other Austen-inspired books out there too.) Another idea would be a graphic novel version of a "standard" novel. The only real requirement is that the "inspired by" book must clearly state what original work inspired it.
Challenge 9: Same Word, Different Book (worth 2 entries)
Find two books that have the same word in the title. Read both books and write about them. (Worth 2 entries because you have to read two books).
Example: If you pick the word "Love," you could read any two books that both have Love in the title. To help you find books that have the same word, you could go to, type a word into the Search box and see what books come up with that word.
Challenge 10: Become A Character (worth 2 entries)
For this challenge, you can read any book you want. However, you have to write about the book as one of the characters from the book. The character can comment on his/her treatment by the author, other characters, the "untold story," what happened next, and so forth. You could even have two characters interviewing each other! Your imagination is the only limit. Because of the difficulty level of this challenge, it is worth two entries.

Challenge 11: All in the Family (worth 2 entries)
The writing gene often runs in the family. For this challenge, you need to find two authors from the same family (either by blood or by marriage) and read a book by each of the authors and then write about both books. Because of the research involved and having to read two books, this challenge is worth two entries.
Examples: The Bronte sisters; Stephen King and his wife Tabitha OR his son Joe Hill; Jonathan Kellerman (husband) and Faye Kellerman (wife); Michael Chabon (husband) and Ayelet Waldman (wife); Joan Didion (wife) and John Gregory Dunne (husband); Mary Higgins Clark (mother) and Carol Higgins Clark (daughter)
Challenge 12: Author Anthology Pick (worth 2 entries)
Find an anthology of your choice. Read at least 5 entries in the anthology. Of the 5 entries you've read, pick your favorite one and then find a book by that writer and read it. (If your first choice doesn't have a book, then pick your next favorite until you find a writer that has a book.) Write about the anthology, your favorite pick from the anthology, and the book you read by your favorite pick. Because of having to obtain and read two books, this challenge is worth two entries. Thanks to J.T. Oldfield at Bibliofreak who partially inspired this challenge.
Example: If you choose a poetry anthology, you would at least 5 different poems, pick your favorite, and then seek out a book of poetry by that poet. If you read a short story anthology, you would read at least 5 different short stories, pick your favorite, and then seek out either a novel or another book of short stories by that writer.

I am going to try to read as many as possible for the challenge, but I am going to do the Moderate Gambler Level: Complete 6 of the 12 challenges.


Challenge 1: Read Your Doppelganger
The Acronym by Rebecca Lerwill Asian Art: An Anthology by Rebecca Brown The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Challenge 2: Blogroll Roulette
I chose my own blogroll. My random # is 5. That is A Bibliophile's Bookshelf. I checked out her list of reviews and decided that if she gave a book I've been wanting to read, Austenland by Shannon Hale, a 10/10, then far be it from me to wander off to another book.

Challenge 3: 100 Best Book
I am going to choose from one of the following (probably whichever I can get my hands on first): The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Hush: An Irish Princess' Tale by Donna Jo Napoli The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson

Challenge 4: Prize Winner Book
I chose the Booker Prize.
For this challenge I read Possession by A.S. Byatt

Challenge 5: Title Word Count

My randomly generated number was the number 2. For this challenge I picked Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran. (June)

Challenge 6: Genre Switch-Up
I have yet to read a graphic novel and I've had my eye on Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. Done! Persepolis I and II Review (August)

Challenge 7: Break A Prejudice
I had to think about this one since I am a pretty eclectic reader. However, if there is a prejudice I hold at all it is probably against Christian Fiction. I don't generally like the stuffing of the message down the throat. But I am willing to challenge this prejudice and pick up a book in the genre. Recommendations are welcome. For this challenge, I read Scared by Tom Davis.

Challenge 8: Real and Inspired (worth 2 entries)
A chance to re-read Pride & Prejudice plus read a P&P inspired novel and have it count in a challenge? Ah, sweet, sweet day! I am going to read my beloved P&P, as well as Laurie Viera Rigler's Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict. I can't wait!

Challenge 9: Same Word, Different Book (worth 2 entries)
My word is actually a place- Kabul. The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil by Deborah Rodriguez

Challenge 10: Become A Character (worth 2 entries)
I am going to have to make this a spontaneous selection. For this challenge, I picked Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz. (May 2010)

Challenge 11: All in the Family (worth 2 entries)
I am choosing the Bronte sisters because I have not read them yet and really want to already!
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Challenge 12: Author Anthology Pick (worth 2 entries)
My anthology book pick is 100 Dastardly Little Detective Stories.

Are you doing this challenge? What are you hoping to read first?


  1. This one looks like so much fun, doesn't it? I can't wait. I wish I had known about your challenge earlier!

  2. I highly recommend The White Tiger. Are you allowed to do audio? The audio version is really well read.

  3. I really like the sound of this challenge and I could do it as one book a month. I think I may join you.

  4. Wow! Lots to think about...
    I hope you read The adoration of Jenna Fox!

  5. Only a moderate gambler? I'm going to be optimistic and go for all 12. =/

  6. I'm loving some of the books you are considering ... and that you got to work in some of your favorites! I'm so glad you are playing along -- and just do what you can ... NO PRESSURE! It is supposed to be fun!

  7. I'm participating in this one at the easiest level. Good luck with the challenge!

  8. Like your choices of books. I'm still working on my lists. Have fun.

  9. I like the versatility of this challenge! Looks like you have some great ones lined up!! Enjoy!

  10. I decided to do this one also. I'm afraid I have taken on too many challenges but lots of them do crossover. I'm still thinking about the Colorful Reading Challenge :)

  11. You and JT are making me want to sign up for this one too! Must resist! :p

  12. What a fun challenge! I look forward to watching your progress.

  13. This one looks to allow for some good overlap with other challenges I'm doing so I'm signing up as well :)

    Good luck!


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