The Take a Chance Challenge 2011

I saw this challenge on eclectic/ecentric and thought it looked like a fun one, especially to find some books I wouldn’t have previously look at. The challenge is hosted by Life with books Titles/options in blue are what I pick

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!)

I Am Number Four- Pittacus Lore. Recommended by my wonderful boyfriend

3: Blogger’s Choice: Find a “Best Books Read” post from a favorite blogger. Read a book from their list.

The Siege- Helen Dunmore recommended by Farm Lane Books

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.

The Hare with Amber Eyes- Edmund de Waal is mentioned by more than one writer in The Guardian. (So incidentally is Freedom- Jonathan Franzen but that seems like too obvious a choice)

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.

Nick Hornby- About a Boy (from blurb of One Day- David Nicholls)

6: Book Seer Pick: Go to The Book Seer and follow the instructions there. Read a book from the list it generates for you.

The Terrible Privacy Of Maxwell Sim- Jonathan Coe

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.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay- Michael Chabon

8: Which Book Pick: Go to Which Book and use the software to generate a list of books. Read a book from that list.

The Earth Hums in B-Flat- Mari Strachan

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.)

The Graveyard Book- Neil Gaiman

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.


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14 responses to “The Take a Chance Challenge 2011

  1. bigwords88

    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is an amazing book, and one which everyone should read. 😀


  2. lucybirdbooks

    It’s on the Rory List too so it has been on my wishlist for a long time. I almost bought it at one point but I really couldn’t afford new books. I made the boyfriend stop me from buying any books before we even went in the shop.


  3. Welcome to the Take A Chance challenge! I hope you have fun with it and get lots of fun and surprising books to read.

    Here is the link to the blog that I created to post your finished entries:

    And you’ve got some good books lined up already … I loved Kavalier & Clay!


  4. lucybirdbooks

    Thanks, I’m looking forward to getting started 🙂


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