This challenge is a scavenger hunt to find the book you read next. I saw BooksandLala do this challenge on youtube and I thought it would be fun to try it too. You start at prompt one and find the book it asks for, then you use that book to find the next book, and so on until you find the book you will read next.
1. Grab your favorite book. Go to the acknowledgements, and the first name you see, find a book by an author with the same name.
My favorite book is A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. The first word and the first name in the acknowledgements is Jonas. I don’t own any books written by a Jonas so I fudged this step a bit and picked a book with a character named Jonas. The Giver by Lois Lowry. The start of one of my favorite series.
2. Pick something on that cover and find another book with the thing in the title.
I chose a man as the item on the cover and found the book The Whisper Man by Alex North.
3. Go to page 50, line 5. Pick a word from that line and find a title with that word.
Line five says “distance between the two of us and the front door. The noise of running”. I went with the word front and chose Storm Front by Jim Butcher.
4. Find a 5-star read with the same colors on the cover.
I picked a cover that has the same sort of shadowy figure, gray sky, and the whole image done in grays and blacks with only the words in a different color. I chose. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.
5. Find a book with the same number of pages.
This is where Goodreads comes in awfully handy. A Monster Calls has 206 pages and I could sort my Goodreads shelf by page number to find the only other book I own with that same number of pages. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis.
6. Flip open to any page. The first name you see, find a book by an author who shares that name.
I ran in to trouble here. The first name I found was Edmund and I don’t have any books by someone with that name. I did this one again to get another name. Susan was the one I found this time and I chose A Member of the Family by Susan Merrell on my shelves.
7. Find another title with the same number of letters.
There are eighteen letters in the title. The first book I found that also has eighteen letters was Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris.
8. Find a book with a similar cover.
The first book that came to mind for this was This is the Life by Alex Shearer. It is a very similar blue green color and has hand writing on it like a chalk board.
9. Flip to a random page. Point at a word, and find that word in a book title on your TBR shelf.
It took four tires to get something that had a book on my TBR. I had mouth, armchair, neighbor, then sisters. I finally found a few books on my shelf. The first one I noticed on my shelf is Summer Sisters by Judy Blume.
Now the plan is to start reading this book today.
Have you tried a challenge like this before? I don’t know if it will get me to read a book I will enjoy, but I it was a fun process anyway.