January 7, 2013

2013 Outside the Box Challenge

I know what you're thinking.  Cuz I'm thinking it, too.   I am getting challenge crazy again.  Perhaps.  But after finishing all of my challenges last year, I deserve to get a little crazy, right?  Right?

I mean, check out this challenge for instance:

It just looks right up my alley.  Here are the categories:

#1   To the Screen
Read a book that was adapted to the screen.  Try to read the book first, then see the movie – how did they compare?
#2   Another Voice
Do you typically read books that focus on a Female Character? Try a male protagonist. A male point of view usually? See what it’s like from a woman’s perspective.
#3   Opposites Attract
 Are you always reading young adult or historical fiction? Try something that would be opposite – a contemporary read for those stuck in the past, for instance.
#4   5 Star Day
Is there a book you’ve seen featured on another blog and everyone raves about it? Even if it isn’t your cup of tea – give it a try to see what the hype is all about.
#5   XyZ pdQ
You’ve seen them – ABC book challenges – well this one is light! Grab a book that has either an X, Z or Q in the title!  Too tough? Try going for the author’s name!
#6   It’s my Birthday!
So, have a party! Read a book that was published in either your birth month or birth year!
#7   From one place…
It’s neat to read a book that was first published outside of the United States (or your country – we won’t hold it against you if you don’t live in the Good Ol’ USofA).  Make sure to pull up a slang dictionary of that country, though, otherwise you will always wonder why they put the ‘kettle on the hob’ (and, no, it has nothing to do with short hairy guys with big hairy feet!)
#8   It’s All About ME!
It seems that everyone has written a memoir of one kind or another – or someone wrote about their favorite person.  Read about their life and know that yours is still marvelous, even though you didn’t climb Mt. Everest by the age of 2!
#9   Visit an Old Friend
Do you have one of those books that you tell everyone is your favorite, because of the fond memories you have when you read it eons ago?  Read it again, just to make sure it still is your Favorite!
#10  Look at the pretty pictures!
It seems that Graphic Novels are all the rage.  Check on out and see for yourself! If you have read the original, how did the graphic novel compare?
#11  She made me do it!
You read about the book on another site.  It wasn’t necessarily something that everyone raves about, but this person spoke so well of the book, you just had too! (I know, it’s kind of like #4 – but this one is special, you were moved by the blogger’s recount of the story, you just had to!) Don’t’ forget to mention who made you grab that cookie from the jar!
#12  I couldn’t help myself!
We all do it! We walk through the book store (or even one of those super stores) and it strikes you! You stop in your tracks and you have instant Cover Love! Grab it, buy it, and READ IT! Well, was it worth it?
#13  To be or Not to be…
Time to break in to that section that very few of us fear to tread! Read a play, memorize a poem and analyze it since it’s rolling around in your head!  Give the Bard (whoever she may be!) a chance!

Choose your level – just how far out of the box do you want to go?

I’m a little Scared: 3-4 categories
It’s not so bad out here!:  5-7 categories
Look at me, outside my comfort zone!:  8-10 categories
No Box can Contain Me!: ALL 13!

Here are the rules:

1. Sign up any time. Though, it’s best to do it by the 31st of December, 2012 – that way you will have more chances to WIN! (However, sign-ups will close 1 December 2013)
2. You cannot use any books or reading material that was read before 1 January 2013 (except for #9 – but you DO have to REREAD that one to count!)
3. At the End of each month, you must post a link to your review for it to count! If you don’t have a blog, be sure to link up the review you did in GoodReads, Amazon, Library Thing, etc. We need to read your review! (There will be a one week grace period to get in the review. i.e. January 31st rolls around and the linky will be up, but you have until 6th of February to get your linky in!) Each review will get you a ‘token’!
4. Share the Love (PLEASE!?!) – Write your intentions on your blog, link back to this post, have the button on a side bar, so others will know what fun you are having, and they can have it too!
5.  Overlaps are okay, but the purpose of this is to try other books, not grabbing ONE book to fit four categories! You only get ONE token in for each review, so the more the merrier.
6. Make sure you post your reviews every month.  Who knows, I just might have a surprise giveaway that month!

I know.  Amazeballs.

I am going for the It's Not So Bad Out Here: 5-7 categories challenge.  If I finish that and want to move up, I can decide at that time.  

Here are the books I am thinking for each category, though I am not locked in.  I will also be posting my reviews here.  To check back and see what I have done so far, you can find this challenge on my sidebar.

#1   To the Screen- Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia or Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
#2   Another Voice- A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle -COMPLETE (February)
#3   Opposites Attract- Fire and Forget: Short Stories on the Long War - COMPLETE (March)
#4   5 Star Day- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
#5   X, Z, or Q- Sexy Feminism by Armstrong and Rudolph - COMPLETE (April)
#6   It’s my Birthday!  November is my birth month so in November 2012 How to Tame a Willful Wife by Christy English was published and I am dying to read it!
#7   From one place… The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (first published in Japan)  COMPLETE  (May)
#8   It’s All About ME!  The Color of Water by James McBride or That Went Well by Terrell Harris Dougan or Blindsided by Richard Cohen.  This is a maybe category.
#9   Visit an Old Friend   The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald COMPLETE (May)
#10  Look at the pretty pictures!  I did this with P&P last year and had a good experience.  I will see what my library has to offer before deciding on this one.
#11  She made me do it!  TBD
#12  I couldn’t help myself!  TBD
#13  To be or Not to be… The Lightning Dreamer by Margarita Engle  COMPLETE (May)


  1. Sounds like a fun challenge!! Hope you make your goals for this year and that you have fun doing so! Happy reading!!


  2. good luck - sounds like a great challenge

  3. Awesome challenges … I'm actually tempted..

  4. I love challenges like this with creative categories! I'm definitely in :D

  5. I love how the categories are so random and creative.

  6. That is the reason I signed up, too!


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