Thursday, January 13, 2011

Take A Chance Challenge 3

Okay, I want to do this one too. These are the fun, random sorts of challenges that I find fun I suppose. And besides, this fits totally in with my "spontaneity" goal I'm thinking.

I did this one last year and managed a handful from the categories, but I could have done better. So here's toTHIRD chances! :)

This one is hosted by Jenners at Life With Books and here are the categories she's come up with for us this year:

The 2011 Challenges
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.
As is my plan for the Twenty Eleven Challenge, I will just keep track of books completed on this same page. I think that might make my head spin less. Maybe. We'll see. 


  1. I love Jenner's challenges and her blog. She's a wonderful person. Good luck.

  2. I'm doing this one and hoping I will do better at it than last year! I like the categories a lot this time around!

  3. Okay, I'm going to have to literally sit on my hands to avoid joining this one. It sounds so fun! I'm challenged out for this year, though. Good luck to you. Can't wait to see what you end up reading!



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