Like Jenners ( our hostess for this challenge) picking the books for a challenge is just as much fun as reading them. And since I'm well on my way through a few challenges I thought I'd go ahead and pick the rest for this one.
The 2011 Challenges1: Staff Member’s Choice: Go to a bookstore or library that has a “Staff Picks” section. Read one of the picks from that section. In our area the staff at the store actually put on stickers of the books they choose, and since you get an additional 25% off the purchased price I sort of zeroed in on a book and bought one. My choice, or should I say Heather's choice for this one is The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society.
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!) This is a no brainer, I knew my young son would say read this one.. The Yiddish Policeman's Union, Michael Chabon, and my other son would have to say, My Father the Spy. You know 007 would want me to read this one. P.S. there was a time that we all three read the same things, but I'm sure I wouldn't get them to read the Potato Peel Pie book, now.
3: Blogger’s Choice: Find a “Best Books Read” post from a favorite blogger. Read a book from their list.
The Girl Who Chased the Moon, was my choice for this one.
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. My choice for this one was taken from the Globe and Mail Bestsellers List. The Room.
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. Back Seats Saints, Joshilyn Jackson was blurbed about by the author of The Sugar Queen.
6: Book Seer Pick: Go to The Book Seer and follow the instructions there. Read a book from the list it generates for you. I found the next three categories a little annoying. The book seer told me to ask at my local bookstore or library, but finally, I entered a book from my Agatha Christie challenge, and just got another Agatha Christie book, so it will be N or M, by Agatha Christie, this book is out of print so the hunt is on...now that's a challenge.
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. Same as above for this, I should be yelling at the computer for these, but again after multiple tries I chose. Very Valentine, Adiana Trigiani
8: Which Book Pick: Go to Which Book and use the software to generate a list of books. Read a book from that list. by now I'm saying UGH! but the choice here is The Help.
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.) I dealt with this one with less frustration, and chose. A Thousand Splendid Suns.
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 Random.org 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 Random.org 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.