Friday, February 4, 2011

Book Challenge: Take a Chance Challenge 2011

Since I'm doing so few challenges (haha yeah, right!) I've decided to add another one. Take a Chance Challenge is hosted by Jenners at Life...With Books.

Basic Information
  • The concept of the challenge is to take chances with your reading by finding books to read in unusual or random ways. I’ve listed 10 different ways to find books below. Feel free to complete at many as you want. However, anyone completing all 10 challenges by December 31, 2011 will be entered in a prize drawing to win a book of their choice from Amazon.
  • The challenge will run from January 1, 2011 until December 31, 2011.
(For complete rules please click here for Jenners' page: Take a Chance Challenge)

Here are the awesome categories that your books should fall under. I will list mine as I go!

1: Staff  Member’s Choice: Go to a bookstore or library that has a “Staff Picks” section. Read one of the picks from that section.
2: Loved One’s Choice: Ask a loved one to pick a book for you to read. (If you can convince them to buy it for you, that is even better!)
3: Blogger’s Choice: Find a “Best Books Read” post from a favorite blogger. Read a book from their list.
4: Critic’s Choice: Find a “Best of the Year” list from a magazine, newspaper or professional critic. Read a book from their Top 10 list.
5: Blurb Book: Find a book that has a blurb on it from another author. Read a book by the author that wrote the blurb.
6: Book Seer Pick: Go to The Book Seer and follow the instructions there. Read a book from the list it generates for you.
7: What Should I Read Next Pick : Go to What Should I Read Next and follow the instructions there. Read a book from the list it generates for you.
8: Which Book Pick: Go to Which Book and use the software to generate a list of books. Read a book from that list.
9: LibraryThing Pick: Go to LibraryThing’s Zeitgeist page. Look at the lists for 25 Most Reviewed Books or Top Books and pick a book you’ve never read. Read the book. (Yes … you can click on MORE if you have to.)
10: Pick A Method: Pick a method for finding a book from the choices listed below (used in previous versions of the challenge).
  • 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!)
  • 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.
  • Random Bestseller. Go to and, using the True Random Number Generator, enter the number 1950 for the min. and 2010 for the max. and then hit generate. Then go to this site and find the year that 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.

Super excited for this one. How awesome is this??


  1. *Another* one?!? Dang girl. This one is kind of seductive since figuring out what to read next gives me like a mental crisis.

  2. I have already started this one! I ask people and read blogs and pick from lists all the time... So I guess Im almost done. I'm joining this challenge.

  3. ACK I want to do this one, but it sounds hard!!!! Good luck... There's a very good chance I'll be joining you!

  4. This challenge looks like so much fun! But I feel like I'm already not giving enough attention to the ones that I've joined. :/ it's so tempting!!!!

  5. @Sophia: I am insane. I am also addicted. You should totally do it.

    @Tiptress: HAHA! Way to go!!! Yay challenges

    @Cat: C'mon Cat everybody's doin it!!

    @Cialina: Well you know, you have all year!! You can add this challenge in a couple months!

  6. Oh my you are doing a lot of challenges, glad to see you are doing Take a Chance, I'm enjoying it a lot, finding I'm reading books I wouldn't normally pick up.


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