Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Random Reading Challenge (1)

Random Reading Challenge
I signed up for the Random Reading Challenge a while back, but am just now starting it. Was having trouble choosing my next book, so decided that now would be as good a time as any to let the magic randomizer choose for me!

Defenders of the Scroll Numbered all of the books in my most recent TBR piles (32 of them!), and the winner was... Defenders of the Scroll by Shiraz!

A teenage boy. A dark wizard. A mystic scroll. And the fate of a world hangs in the balance. . . When Alex "the Axeman" Logan is pulled from his world to help young princess Dara save her kingdom from the Shadow Lord, he thinks there has been a mistake. He's a teen guitar player close to failing 11th grade, not some defender of the realm. All he has are some school books, his wits, and his love of fantasy movies. 

Overnight his life is history. Alex must confront the Shadow Lord and his minions when he is thrust into a land that has changed from a magical paradise to a barren, hopeless, helpless realm invaded by a dark army. But Alex is not alone. He has the help of Dara, a magic scroll, and a band of unlikely companions drawn from his own history books: a hardened Roman Legionnaire, a swift Japanese Samurai, a mighty African Warrior, a fiery Amazon Archer, and a spirited Shaolin Monk. Can Alex become more than he believes and lead his small band of Defenders to the Hall of Shadows, the birthplace of the Shadow Lord? The fate of the realm and everyone in it rests on him.

This challenge is hosted by Caribousmom, and here's the scoop:

August 1, 2009 – July 31, 2010

Are you stuck in a rut? Do you always find yourself reading from set lists or feeling committed to reading one book while another book screams at you from your TBR mountain? Has your reading become completely scheduled? If so, the Random Reading Challenge may be just the thing to put the spontaneity back into your reading.

For this challenge, readers will be choosing books randomly from their TBR stacks. You may select one of three levels of participation:

Level I
You are just a tad compulsive about your reading – you love your lists and schedules. Being spontaneous is not something that comes naturally to you. To complete the challenge, force yourself out of your rut and read just six books.

Level II:
You really want to break away from all those lists, but you do still have a responsibility to your reading groups, other challenges, and all those review books. Six books is too little, but twelve is too much. Stretch a little and read nine books for the challenge.

Level III:
Throw away the lists, don’t look at your schedule, bring on the joy that comes with the freedom to chose books randomly. Read twelve books for the challenge.

Rules (come on, you didn’t think it would be THAT random did you?!?!?):

1. NO lists allowed. Books for the challenge are chosen one at a time when the mood strikes.

2. Sign up at any time during the challenge period using Mr. Linky. Please give a direct link to your blog post about the challenge. If you do not have a blog, no worries. Simply enter your name and leave the URL box in the Mr. Linky blank.

3. Book reviews are not required, but if you want to write a review, a review Mr. Linky will be provided after August 1st.

4. Books are selected one at a time using the following procedure:

•Randomly select any number of books from either your physical OR your virtual TBR pile (don’t care how you do this, but it must be random…no “cherry picking” allowed)

•Assign a number to each book based on how many books you selected (ie: if you selected 14 books, assign each book a number from 1 through 14; if you selected 28 books, assign each book a number from 1 through 28…you get the idea)

•Go to www.random.org and use the TRUE RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR located in the upper right hand corner of the page to randomly select the book you will read. NO CHEATING – whatever the random number generator generates is the book you must read!

•Each time you select a book for the challenge, you will use this procedure. You many select different books each time, choose a different amount of books each time, etc…have fun, mix it up, keep it random.

I'm going for the Level III Challenge. While reviewing the books is not mandatory, I'll post reviews and use the Random Reading Challenge Meme to mark and number them. This way I can combine this challenge with others (multi-tasking!).
Wish me luck!


  1. Great looking book. I've yet to take part in a challenge but this one looks kind of interesting. Decisions, Decisions - Do I really want to commit myself to a challenge and, if so, which one?

  2. Petty - I know what you mean! I think I'm done signing up for new challenges, then find a new one that I can't resist! *L* At least this one I can combine with the 100+ Reading Challenge.

  3. OOoh what a neat idea! I have a list of books that I need to read.. and sometimes I just have no clue where to start!

  4. Can't wait to see your review on this one. I need to let the randomizer pick something for me.

  5. I love the kitty picture :-) If you put a picture of a cat up on your blog, you're basically guaranteed to get a comment from me! :-)

  6. Marie - I have a thing for cats too! Love the little furballs! *L*

  7. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. Happy reading.

  8. Allison & Pam - It was so nice to let the randomizer take the decision out of my hands! May use this whenever I'm torn about what to read next, challenge or no challenge!

    Ryan - I'm looking forward to reading it, as it seems right up my alley!