Random Reading Challenge

Hosted by www.caribousmom.com
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 I would be THAT random did you?!?!?):NO lists allowed.
Books for the challenge are chosen one at a time when the mood strikes.
  • Sign up at any time during the challenge period using Mr. Linky below. Please give me 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 on Mr. Linky blank.
  • Book reviews are not required, but if you want to write a review I will be providing a review Mr. Linky after August 1st.
  • 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 (I 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.

    Ready to get random!??!? Challenge begins August 1st!


    1. Julie & Julia by Julie Powell. Finished August 9, 2009 *Review Pending*

    2. Saffron Dreams by Shaila Abdullah finished 8/22/09 *review pending*

    3. Jake the Snake and the Stupid Time Out Chair by Shelly Faith Nicholson finished 8/22/09*review pending*


    1. Jaime -- When you get a chance, come on over to my blog at joanne-sliceoflife. I have something for you. ;)

    2. Hi! I'm visiting from MBC. Great blog.

    3. This does sound like a neat challenge!

    4. Hi Jamie! I like this idea! Just a question to make sure I understand! I have my favorite authors on the bookshelf or in boxes alphabetically and chronologically (lists right?!). Then I have other misc books in boxes (also by alpha and year). So I would pick maybe a dozen or so from various shelves or boxes and then do the radom generator right? When I pick from the shelves/boxes can I pick the first in series so I don't read them out of order?? Thanks for walking me through! Martha

    5. Excellent blog, nice post. I love to vote for this beautiful blog. I VOTED and recommend your blog to many of my friends to Vote. Pls support me with your precious Vote. Here is my Voting link.

    6. This sounds like a cool challenge!

    7. I'm also participating to this challenge. Good luck ;-)

    8. Hi everybody! I hope you all join in the challenge. It's a cool challenge to get through some of the books that are piling up! Don't forget to go to www.caribousmom.com to register!!

      Good luck!

      MarthaE- I am going to comment on your blog with this response but I figured it would be just as good to post it here because it's such a good question. I really don't know the answer to your question or what the rules would be. Myself, personally, I wouldn't put any books that are in a series in to the challenge. But that's me. Just because of what you stated (Which I didn't think of!!! Good catch on the series dilemma!). I would definitely head on over to the host's blog and ask. I am sure that this issue will come up at some point! Her blog is www.caribousmom.com

    9. I'm in! This is my kind of challenge! I can't wait to start my firts random book!


    Thank you so much for saying hello! I love your comments.