Another Challenge : Take A Chance

27May09

ChanceChallenge
Jenners at ‘Find Your Next Book Here‘ is hosting a really fun challenge. Lasting June ’til November, it’s basically encouraging you to ‘take a chance’ on your reading. I’m hoping to stumble upon something breathtakingly good, as, you know what they say: life’s all about taking chances! If Abba could have a song about it….. 

Anyway, here are the ten tasks associated with the challenge – the first seven involve finding a book to read, randomly, whereas the last three encourage you to get in touch with the literary genius in you. 

The background/fundamentals/whatchamacallit as described in her blog are:

  • 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.
  • To earn an extra entry, blog or Tweet about this challenge and let me know in the comment section.
  • To earn 5 extra entries, complete all 10 challenges.
  • The total number of entries that can be earned is 16 (10 for each challenge, 5 for completing all tasks and 1 for blogging/tweeting about the challenge).
  • You can join the challenge anytime before the November 30 deadline but only tasks completed by November 30, 2009 will be counted as entries.
  • To have your entries count, you must publish them on your blog and leave a comment with a link to your entries in the comment section for this post.
  • All participants must sign up in Mr. Linky below so I can keep track of everyone who is participating.
  • And here are the ten tasks:

    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 SOLELYon 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. (I’m flexible … if the first random name you pick is Xprxyrsss, you can pick again!)
       
    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.

    Now, that sounds like a whole lot of fun! I’d say, skip along to her blog and sign up – have fun, folks!

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    One Response to “Another Challenge : Take A Chance”

    1. I’m so glad you are playing along! I hope your chances pay off in some good books! I can’t wait to see what everyone ends up reading and writing about!

      And I am a HUGE fan of The Little Prince too … the cover caught my eye as I was going through your blog!

      Thanks again for playing along!


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