Friday, January 1, 2010

Take Another Chance Challenge in 2010

Find Your Next Book Here is hosting the Take Another Chance Challenge. More info here.

The 12 Challenges:

Challenge 1:   Read Your Doppelganger 
Challenge 2:   Blogroll Roulette Entries
Challenge 3:   100 Best Book Entries
Challenge 4:   Prize Winner Book Entries
Challenge 5:   Title Word Count Entries
Challenge 6:   Genre Switch-Up Entries
Challenge 7:   Break A Prejudice Entries
Challenge 8:   Real and Inspired Entries
Challenge 9:   Same Word, Different Book Entries
Challenge 10: Become A Character Entries
Challenge 11: All in the Family Entries
Challenge 12: Author Anthology Pick Entries

  • Here are the participation levels. Feel free to do whatever level you want. You can also switch up or down midway through the challenge.
  • A Small Gamble: Complete any 3 of the 12 challenges
  • A Moderate Gamble: Complete any 6 of the 12 challenges
  • Gambling It All: Complete all 12 of the challenges
  • Each challenge you complete will earn you entries into a prize drawing at the end of the challenge. Some of the challenges are harder and will earn you more entries. If you complete all 12 challenges, you will earn 5 extra entries into the drawing.
  • The prize is a book of the winner's choice from Amazon (worth $25 or less).
  • Crossover books from other challenges is fine.

My thoughts:

I think this challenge is going to be the most challenging - but that's the whole point right? This will help me expand to books I won't normally choose. After looking through the challenges, I think I'll try the Moderate Gamble (6 challenges) that appeal to me the most. I am not big on those randomly choosing a number challenges as I want to really choose something out of the norm, but hopefully will still enjoy (otherwise it'll deter me from the genre even more if I randomly pick something!)

The chosen challenges:

Challenge 3 - 100 Best Books 
Choose one of the lists below and go to the link provided. Choose a book to read from the list that you haven't read before. Read the book and write about it.

Challenge 4 - Prize Winner Book
Pick one of the major literary awards from the list below. Click on the link for the award you picked. You will find a brief description of the award and links to past winners. Pick one of the past winners, read the book and write about it.

Challenge 6 - Genre Switch Up
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.

Challenge 7 - Break a Prejudice
We all have reading prejudices--authors we don't like, genres we don't like, or even publishers we don't like. For this challenge, think of a reading prejudice you have and then find a book that is an example of this type of book. Read the book and then write about the reading prejudice you had BEFORE you read the book and how reading the book either changed your prejudice or reinforced it.

Examples: I always say I can't stand James Patterson; therefore, I might read a James Patterson book for this challenge. Or, if you sneer at "chick lit" books, you might read a "chick lit" book. Or, if you think books published by Harlequin are pure drivel, you might read a book published by Harlequin. If you turn up your nose at the Twilight books, then you might read one of the Twilight books.

Challenge 9 - Same Word, Different Book (2 books)
Find two books that have the same word in the title. Read both books and write about them. (Worth 2 entries because you have to read two books).

Example: If you pick the word "Love," you could read any two books that both have Love in the title. To help you find books that have the same word, you could go to, type a word into the Search box and see what books come up with that word.

Challenge 10 - Become a Character
For this challenge, you can read any book you want. However, you have to write about the book as one of the characters from the book. The character can comment on his/her treatment by the author, other characters, the "untold story," what happened next, and so forth. You could even have two characters interviewing each other! Your imagination is the only limit. Because of the difficulty level of this challenge, it is worth two entries.

    My list:
    Challenge 3 - 100 Best Books
    Title TBD. Review TBD.

    Challenge 4 - Prize Winner Book
    Title TBD. Review TBD.

    Challenge 6 - Genre Switch Up
    Graphic Book - Blankets: An Illustrated Novel by Craig Thompson

    Challenge 7 - Break a Prejudice
    Chick Lit - Simply from Scratch by Alicia Bessette

    Challenge 9 - Same Word, Different Book 

    Challenge 10 - Become a Character
    Title TBD. Review TBD.


    1. Welcome to the Take Another Chance Challenge. I'm glad you decided to participate, and I look forward to reading your posts and seeing what books you end up with! Have fun with it. And I tried to create some flexibility in the challenge but try to encourage risk-taking at the same time.

    2. Note to self:

      Books I may read for #3 - Best 100 Books

      * In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
      * The Double Helix by James D. Watson (also: science challenge)
      * Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
      * The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
      * To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
      * How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff (also: science challenge)

      Books I may read for #4 - Prize Winner


      * 2008 John Matteson "Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father"

      * 1997 Frank McCourt Angela's Ashes: A Memoir


      * 2009 Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

      * 2003 Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

      * 2001 The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon


      * 1983 Susan Sheehan: Is There No Place On Earth For Me? (schizophrenia)