Friday, January 15, 2010

Books: Random Book Challenge

I've found another fun reading challenge that I just can't resist. This one was just too interesting. Instructions are explained for choosing each book. I've figured out the book I'll read for a few of them, but I'll post an update once I have them all.


1. Random Book Selection. Go to the library. Position yourself in a section such as Fiction. 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.


2. Random Word. Go to this random word generator and generate a random word. Find a book with this word in the title. Read the book and write about it.

Word: Highway

Book: "Blue Highways: A Journey into America" by William Least Heat-Moon

3. Birth Year Book. Find a book that was published in the year of your birth.

Book: "Flaubert’s Parrot" by Julian Barnes

4. Judge A Book By Its Cover. Pick out a book based SOLELY on the cover.

Book: "Blindness" by José Saramago

5. Phoning An Author. Pick a random last name out of the phone book. Find an author with the same last name and read a book by them.

Name: Morris

Book: "News from Nowhere" by William Morris

6. Public Spying. Find someone who is reading a book in public. Find out what book they are reading and then read the same book.


7. Random Bestseller. Go to and, using the True Random Number Generator, enter the number 1950 for the min. and 2008 for the max. and then hit generate. Then find the bestseller list for that year and pick a book.

Year: 2007

Book: The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian or A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

8. Turn on your iPod and hit play, the first song that comes on at random, find a book that shares at least one word in its title with the title of that song.

iPod song- Fool for a Lonesome Train by Ben Harper

Book: "Fool" by Christopher Moore

9. Have give you a number between 1 and 1,000 and read the book that is that number of the list of 1,000 books to read before you die.

Number: 689

Book: "Strait is the Gate" by André Gide

10. Movie/Book Comparison. Find a book that you haven't read that has a movie based on it that you haven't seen. Read the book and watch the movie within a few days of each other.

Book: "Proof" by David Auburn

Photo by Pidge


  1. Way to live life on the edge! Sounds like fun.

  2. I love that you are doing this challenge now ... you have some great ones picked out. I want to try "BlindnesS" but heard it is hard read. I'll be interested to see what you think of it!

  3. Thanks! I thought it would be a good way to get me out of my reading comfort zone.