The Random Reading Challenge

by Kim on August 5, 2009 · 12 comments

RandomReadingChallenge Wendy at CaribousMom is hosting the Random Reading Challenge, which is a challenge to bring back some of the spontaneity of reading by having a challenge without a list.

Participants can choose to read six, nine, or 12 books between August 1, 2009 – July 31, 2010 and the books need to be chosen randomly following some instructions on the challenge page. Being sort of a wuss, and not entirely sure what my school schedule will be like this fall, I’m going to try the six book option.

Regular dorky readers know that I’m not much of a reading challenge person — I just don’t like having lists about what I have to read and so generally fail challenges or resent having to finish them. On the other hand, the number of unread books at my apartment is getting out of control and I feel like I should do something about that.

You see, I’ve acquired a lot of new books lately because of my internship. There’s a perpetually growing pile of free books lying around that are just too temping to ignore. This challenge seems like a good way to try and take down the growing pile.


I decided to only use books that I own — currently on my TBR shelves — not books I have in a pile from the library or borrowed from other people.

In the spirit of getting right into it, I already did the random number generator to pick my next book. The first book for the challenge happens to be one I got from the free book pile — Love Stories In This Town by Amanda Eyre Ward

Want to join? Head over to the challenge page to learn more and sign up!

Heard anything about this book (because I know nothing about it, other than I loved the cover and summary)? Are you a random book reader, or do you like to organized and schedule your reading ahead of time?

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