Sunday, June 7, 2009

TSS - It's challenge time again!

After all, it's been such a long time since I've joined any challenges......=)

This one sounds like a lot of fun. It's hosted by Jenners at Find Your Next Book Here, and it's all about reading outside your normal comfort zone. Here's the scoop:

This 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. Here are the details:
  • 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.
I hope I've covered all the bases. As this is my first attempt at a challenge, if I'm missing something critical, let me know! Also, I've created a button for the challenge that you can use if you would like (code is in my left column). So now, without further ado, here are the 10 challenges for you to work on.
  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.

Talk about some interesting categories! I've started my list - here is what I have so far:

1 - Random Book -
My library directions were 4th row, right hand side, 3rd shelf, exact middle book. I came up with Liars and Saints by Maile Meloy.

2 - Random Word -
My random word was Regular (yep, I'm serious. I am the most boring person you know.), and the book I found is Regular Guy by Sarah Weeks.

3 - Birth Year Book -
I was born in 1976, and I've given myself a short list to choose from:
Ordinary People by Judith Guest
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm
Trinity by Leon Uris

4 - Judge a Book by its Cover -

5 - Phoning an Author -
The last name I selected was Barton, and the book I found is Cold Hearted by Beverly Barton

6 - Public spying -

7 - Random Bestseller -
The year I got was 1964, and again I've made myself a short list of choices:
The Battle of the Villa Fiorita by Rumer Godden
Caravans by James Michener
The Scent of Water by Elizabeth Goudge

8 - Lit Riff -

9 - Poetic Review -

10 - Movie/Book Comparison -
Once again, I've made a short list of choices:
Ballet Shoes by Noel Straetfeild
Roots by Alex Haley
The Buccaneers by Edith Wharton

So, there you have it - I've had such fun coming up with my list, I can't wait to get started! If you are interested in joining this challenge, you can sign up here.


Alyce said...

What a fun challenge! I hadn't heard of this one yet. I'm definitely going to plan on participating.

Jenners said...

Welcome to the challenge!!! What a collection of books you got! Wasn't it fun picking them out and seeing what you were going to get? I'm so excited you are joining in! YAY!

ANovelMenagerie said...

What a super fun challenge. I may do this one after I get through my enormous pile o' books!


Susan said...

Wow, this looks cool. Let me see....

Elizabeth said...

Alyce - I'm very excited. It's such a good idea!

Jenners - thank you! It was a lot of fun - these are definitely books I wouldn't necessarily have chosen. I can't wait!

ANovelMenagerie - Well, I'm just ignoring MY enormous pile '0 books. =)

Susan - you should play along!!

Literary Feline said...

This sounds like a fun one! I wish you luck with the challenge!

violetcrush said...

I just joined the 4R's challenge by literate housewife and Fyrefly. I don't think I'll be able to join another.

This one sounds good though. All the best!!!

jehara said...

what a creative challenge!!! i am definitely going to sign up for this. thanks for posting about it. :)