Monday, April 5, 2010

Introducing the Dare to be a Reader CHALLENGE!!!

I think it's time for another challenge! This one will last for 6 months. It's for anyone that loves to read, and is daring enough to try something new! Here's how is works:

Basic Information:
  • We will read 1 book a month.
  • The challenge will run from April 1 to October 31.
  • Your book will need to fit the "theme" of the month, but you choose the book.
  • Review the book on your blog, or leave comments here, so everyone can try different books!
PRIZES!!! Every month that you participate, you will be entered to win a $25 gift card from! (I am providing the gift card- no sponsoring from Amazon.) Some challenges will be worth more than 1 entry.
  • If you complete all 6 challenges, you will get an additional 5 entries!
  • The only deadline is the end of the month. You can blog by the 15th of the following month.

Some of the "themes" will include:
(and will be explained in more detail)

1. Picking a book based solely on it's 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.

2. Pick an author with the same initials as yours. Read one of their books

3. Random Word in title. 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.

4. Title Word Count. Go to and, using the True Random Number Generator, enter the numbers 1 for the min. and 5 for the max. and then hit generate. Find a book to read that has that number of words in the title. Read the book and write about it.

If you get 1 for your number, read a book that has a one word title. If you get 2, read a book that has a two word title and so on and so forth.

5. New Genre. Go to this list of book genres and pick a genre that you have NEVER read before. Find a book from that genre, read it, and write about it. Note: If you seriously cannot find a genre that you have never read, then pick the genre that is as far away from what you normally read.

6. 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!)

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. 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.

9. 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.

10. Random Library 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!)
  • Now, I realize that's more than 6! We'll be narrowing it down, or allowing 2 themes for the month! Thanks to FindYourNextBookHere for permission to use her challenge!
So, who's in? Are you up for the challenge? If so, please add your name to the linky below.

The April challenge will be posted on Monday!

Have fun reading!!

April Challenge

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