Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Take A Chance Challenge

Take A Chance Challenge. 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:

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!)
--Still need to do this one :)

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.

My word was Muddle. The only book I could find that wasn't a Children's book was:Roanoke Rock Muddle by Lucia Peel Powe.

Birth Year Book. Find a book that was published or copyrighted in the year of your birth. Read the book and write about it.

I was born in 1972. The book I have chosen to read is Flame and The Flower by Kathleen Woodiwess. She's described as the mother of modern romance, and I can't believe I haven't read this book before now.

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.
--Still need to do this one. :)

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!)
--Still need to do this one. :)

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.
--Still need to do this one. :)

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.

The Year I got was 1991. My birthday is August 29, and I was so tempted to choose Perfect by Judith McNaught (I love that book!) or Texas! Chase by Sandra Brown, but I chose instead The Sum of All Fears by Tom Clancy. I'm ashamed to admit that I haven't read a Clancy novel before.

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.
--Still need to do this one. :)
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.)
--Still need to do this one. :)
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.

This is a hard one! Right now I'm torn between: Sideways, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, book 2) Angels & Demons by Dan Brown, The Reader, P.S. I love You, Atonement and last but not least: love in the time of cholera

--I forgot to mention that I found this challenge through Heidenkind :)