Friday, May 29, 2009

Take a Chance Challenge

Take A Chance Challenge is all about taking chances in your reading. There are 10 tasks in all -- 7 involve finding a book to read in very random ways. The last three tasks are about taking chances as a writer as you are challenged to take on the role of short story writer, poet and movie/book reviewer. The challenge is meant to be fun and no pressure. Complete as many or a few of the 10 challenges as you want. However, the more you complete, the more chances you'll get to win the grand prize. The challenges:

  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 SOLELY on 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 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 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


Jenners said...

Welcome to the challenge! I'm so glad you decided to join in! I hope you end up reading lots of new and exiting and good books! I look forward to reading about your adventures in this challenge! Thank you!

Kay/gourmetdigi. said...

I will have to give these a go! Might just break the 'cannot find intersting adult literature' barrier. Starting to find it very frustrating and questioning what is wrong with me.. "Why can't I find an awe-inspiring adult book that wont let me put it down and make my coffee go stone cold?...."

Jenners said...

I want to thank you again for joining in the Take A Chance Challenge. I thought maybe 4 or 5 people might join ... but 41 people have already signed up! To help better keep track of things, I created a page that you can use to link up your blog posts when you have completed any of the 10 challenges. The link is here:

In addition to making it easier to track everyone's entries, this system will let you easily find other entries for the same challenge that you have done in case you are interested.

Again, thanks for joining in! I am so excited to see what you all will be reading and writing about. Sounds like you have some good books already!