Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Once Upon a Read-a-Thon: Mini-Challenge




Once Upon a Read-a-Thon

Today I'm hosting a mini-challenge and giveaway as part of the Once Upon a Read-a-Thon! I got this idea from a contest Kiersten White hosted a few weeks ago that I thought was a lot of fun.

Your challenge, if you choose to accept it:

Pick any book from your readathon pile and write a fake synopsis based solely on the cover. The synopsis does not have to be related to the actual book at all, just the pretty, pretty cover.

Here's an example (my entry to the Kiersten White contest -- yes, I know it's silly. It was supposed to be!):


When Dorothy's daughter, Dorothea, wakes up in the infamous Poppy field that put her mother to sleep decades ago, she thinks it's all a weird dream. But when a strange woman in a puffy pink prom dress comes to her claiming to be Glenda the Good Witch, she knows she's hopped up on poppy-opium, the dangerous substance that makes the world look red and induces bouts of narcolepsy. After waking up (again), Dorothea knows she must find her way out of the poppy labyrinth before she blows away in the subtle wind, or gets struck by lightning -- and melts.


To Enter the Giveaway:


  • Post your book cover and fake synopsis on your blog or Facebook, then leave a direct link in the comments along with your email address.
  • One randomly chosen participant will win an ARC of Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, a chapter sampler of The Death Cure by James Dashner (due for release October 11, 2011) and some swag I have from BEA!
  • You MUST be participating in the readathon to win!
  • Ends 7/13/11 at 11:59 pm EST (when the readathon ends)

Good luck! I can't wait to read your entries!

73 comments:

StuckInBooks said...

So with my apologizes to all concerned with the book Firelight, I have completed this challenge.

The damage can be seen at http://www.stuckinbooks.com/2011/07/once-upon-read-thon-updates-and-mini.html

valerie(at)stuckinbooks.com

the Vintage Bookworm said...

This was fun, though a bit hard. I suck at writing synopsis, ha-ha. Especially when I'm super tired, but I wanted to join in on the fun. =)

Here is my post.

http://vintagebookworm.blogspot.com/2011/07/once-upon-read-thon-mini-challenge_12.html

We Fancy Books said...

This was kind of difficult for me... but I hope I did justice to the cover! haha

here's mine...

http://wefancybooks.blogspot.com/2011/07/update-once-upon-read-athon.html

Scribal Goddess said...

GREAT idea, thanks!

Mine can be found at Scribal Goddess RaT.

Thanks again!
grimmame (at) gmail (dot) com.

Lori said...

I LOVE your synopsis!! :) Now I'm off to think of my own.

SusieBookworm (Susanna) said...

Cool mini-challenge! Here's my post: http://susie-bookworm.blogspot.com/2011/07/ya-fantasy-golden-by-cameron-dokey-and.html

susanna DOT pyatt AT student DOT rcsnc DOT org

Kat @ NoPageLeftBehind said...

What a fun mini-challenge! Here's my post:
http://nopageleftbehind.blogspot.com/2011/07/once-upon-read-thon-mini-challenge.html

katherine(dot)kpp(at)gmail(dot)com

unnormalnormalcy said...

This is such a fun challenge! My attempt is right here: http://unnormalnormalcy.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/read-a-thon-mini-challenge-entry/

Thanks for the chance!

-Nastasha
stashlab(at)gmail(dot)com

christina-reads said...

This was a fun idea! Too bad I only had one book to pick from...I haven't been doing as much reading as I'd like. But anyway, my summary can be found HERE.

christina(dot)behe(at)gmail(dot)com

Lisa (BaffledBooks.com) said...

This was a great challenge! I went with super cheesy drama for mine (Feed).

http://baffledbooks.com/07/12/once-upon-a-read-a-thon-day-2-mini-challenge/

baffledbooks(at)gmail(dot)com

booksatruestory said...

What a fun idea! Loved it.

http://booksatruestory.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/once-upon-a-read-a-thon-day-2/

booksatruestory (at) gmail (dot) com

neeuqfonafamai said...

Here's my attempt: http://abigailannreading.blogspot.com/2011/07/once-upon-readathon-mini-challenge.html

neeuqfonafamai(at)googlemail(dot)com

Krystal said...

http://livetoread-krystal.blogspot.com/2011/07/read-thon-mini-challenge-day-2.html I attempted to create a synopsis for Beauty Queens: Libba Bray *key word being attempted*

Lillie (AliseOnLife) said...

LOL! I adore this challenge. I've already got a copy of Beauty Queens, so I'm just playing for the fun.

Here's my fake blurb for Neon Graveyard by Vicki Pettersson

The Bibliophile said...

This challenge made me notice how well and also how POORLY some cover art is done to compliment a book.

http://yabookluver.blogspot.com/2011/07/synopsis-based-on-cover.html

Kindlemom said...

http://myguiltyobsession.blogspot.com/2011/07/mini-challenge-for-read-thon.html
Ha! That was actually a lot of fun!

kindlemom1 at hotmail.com

Lolawid said...

Thanks for doing this!! It was so fun!! Here is my link:

http://booksrmyfriends.blogspot.com/2011/07/once-upon-read-thon-day-2-mini.html

widsfam7 @ digis dot net

Kailia Sage said...

Great challenge! Here's my answer: http://readingthebestofthebest.blogspot.com/2011/07/once-upon-read-thon-update-books.html

twilightforever.edward at gmail dot com

Maryann Nixon said...

Here's mine :D

http://wordsontheshelf.blogspot.com/2011/07/mini-challenges-tuesday.html

Kira said...

This was fun to try!

My Fake Synopsis

mrsboswellsbooks@gmail.com

Let's Evaluate said...

Thanks for the challenge, it was definitely exactly that.

http://letsevaluate.blogspot.com/2011/07/once-upon-readathon-updates.html

letsevaluate@yahoo.com

Nikita said...

Great challenge! Thanks! :)

You can find my post HERE

Nikita
bookworm.nikita (at) gmail (dot) com

thekams said...

Really had to think on this one, but here we go!

Mini-Challenge.

xkamsx[@]gmail[.]com

bookgoonie said...

Here is my entry for Amy @ www.bookgoonie.com

http://wp.me/p1h3Ps-mb

bookgoonie at yahoo

Amanda said...

That was very fun!

http://thatteencanblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/once-upon-read-thon-2.html

txmandaxt@yahoo.com

Michelle @ The True Book Addict said...

Great challenge! I didn't have any really good covert to work with, but I gave it my best shot. =O)

http://thetruebookaddict.blogspot.com/2011/07/once-upon-read-thon-is-on.html

Michelle @ The True Book Addict said...

Oops, forgot my email address!

truebookaddictATgmailDOTcom

throuthehaze said...

I'm so terrible at this kind of thing but here is my attempt:

http://throuthehaze-reads.blogspot.com/2011/07/once-upon-read-thon.html

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Kristen said...

I really enjoyed this even though mine is kind of terrible

http://strawberrybookreviews.blogspot.com/2011/07/once-upon-read-thon-updates-day-2.html

Amanda said...

This was fun :) Even though mine's kinda strange lol
http://pagesturnedlessonslearned.blogspot.com/2011/07/read-thon-day-2.html
pagesturnedlessonslearned (at) gmail (dot) com

Jaedia said...

That actually sounds like a fantastic novel - you should write it!
The Rant Page.

Mimi Valentine said...

Ooh, I love this challenge! It's so creative!

It was really fun to write a synopsis for Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey, even though I'm sure it's pretty bad! x)

http://diminutivemimi.blogspot.com/2011/07/once-upon-read-thon-day-2.html

mimivalenitne@hotmail.ca ** Yup, I'm Canadian! ;)

mrssmith88 said...

Haven't written in a few years, a little rusty. Oh well, here is my attempt.


http://mrssmith88.livejournal.com/586.html

mrssmith4797@yahoo.com

Muse said...

What a fun challenge. I have so many pretty covers but I was good and used the one of the book I am planning to read tomorrow.

It is Mary Hooper's 'In the House of the Magician' and I took my liberties with the synopsis here:

http://muse-books.livejournal.com/180310.html

glamaiira said...

I normally write fanfiction so this was a little different but fun, none the less! :)
Have to post this comment under my lj-name cos I don't have any of the others... just so no goes looking for it under there.

Correct link here (hope I got it right!):
http://fantasy03.blogg.se/2011/july/read-a-thon-mini-challenge.html

email: zirathi@live.se

Nicole said...

This was really fun!

korra_950(at)hotmail(dot)com


http://nicolelovescoacoa11.blogspot.com/2011/07/once-upon-read-thon-mini-challenge.html

lisasimpsonfan said...

I had fun with this challenge.

http://lisasimpsonfan.livejournal.com/9274.html

Lisasimpsonfan @ gmail.com

Novels On The Run said...

This was fun. I must apologise to Tim for what I have done to his book...cringe....

Vampire Shift by Tim O'Rourke

http://novelsontherun.blogspot.com/2011/07/random-posting-28-once-upon-read-thon.html

Just scroll down you will see it under day 2 update.

tintinbrains@bigpond.com

Michelle A.

Now to see what everybody else did...loL!!!

Cookie's Mom said...

Thanks for the fun challenge! I don't know if I did the cover justice - it's a great cover!! - but I enjoyed the process!

Here's my post:
http://cookiesbookclub.blogspot.com/2011/07/once-upon-time-read-thon-day-2.html

~Enamored Soul~ said...

Hello all,

Thank you Casey, for hosting this amazing mini-challenge! :D

I didn't have very many interesting book covers - but I went with "The Human Race" and what came out was truly a MACABRE scenario! lol :P ENJOY!

http://ibetuthinkthisblogisaboutyou.blogspot.com/2011/07/once-upon-read-thon-update-3.html

~Hira~
Email: Enamoredsoul(at)gmail(dot)com
Twitter: @inluvwithbookz

Andra said...

Mine's up! I did mine on Divergent :P

http://unabridgedandralyn.blogspot.com/2011/07/once-upon-read-thon-update.html

andralynn7@gmail.com

Whitney said...

I love the Wizard of Oz inspiration!
Here's mine:
http://she-is-too-fond-of-books.blogspot.com/2011/07/once-upon-read-thon-day-two.html

Zoe said...

This was so much fun! My email: zoemerod@yahoo.com (zoemerod(at)yahoo(dot)com

my link to my post:

http://acornerofmybookshelf.blogspot.com/2011/07/mini-challenge-day-2.html

The Mistress of the Dark said...

Here is mine!

http://achickwhoreads.blogspot.com/2011/07/once-upon-read-thon-mini-challenge-day.html

andreag@earthlink.net

This was an awesome challenge!

usagi, said...

Mine's incredibly silly, but it was fun to do!:

http://witchoftheatregoing.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/2011-once-upon-a-read-a-thon-update-4/

Usagi
email: usagiko at gmail dot com

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries said...

Your synopsis is TOO funny! I did the best I could with the tiny amount of creative juice I have: http://www.knittingandsundries.com/2011/07/once-upon-readathon-starts-now.html

Thanks for the mini-challenge!

knittingandsundries(at)gmail(dot)com

Jamie Kline (Bookerella) said...

Haha, I really enjoyed yours (it was a lot better than mine!). This was such a good idea and so much fun to do! You can check out my challenge post *HERE*

Jenna said...

http://jennakleinsblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/once-upon-time-read-thon-mini-challenge.html

This was really fun. I might have my sophomores do this as a warm up exercise- thanks for the idea!

angelalwayz26(at)hotmail(dot)com

ham1299 said...

I am not generally very creative, so this is horrible, but I gave it my best shot! ;-)

http://proudbooknerd.com/2011/07/12/once-upon-a-read-a-thon-day-2-2/

proudbooknerd(at)gmail(dot)com

shannone2009 said...

link:
http://shannone2009.livejournal.com/2220.html

email:
shannon.elizabeth2009@yahoo.com

I loved the challenge! I may even try to turn it into a story :)

Diana said...

I'm not much of a fan of writing synopsis but making one up was super fun.
http://lmdqueen.blogspot.com/2011/07/once-upon-read-thon-day-2.html

Thanks for the challenge! (and it really was one)

lisbethd129{at}ymail{dot}com

Cade said...

http://www.braintasiabooks.com/2011/07/once-upon-read-thon-2011-jour-deux.html

ArcadiaWearsPrada[at]yahoo[dot]com

lauriehere said...

I just posted my Challenge!!! It is on http://www.lauriehere.blogspot.com
I hope it's not to corny!!! This is a first for me!!!
Thanks SO much for having us do this! It stretches us and gets us writing!!
Laurie Carlson
laurieisreading at gmail dot com

SweetestLittleBookworm said...

THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN!!! My husband and I were laughing hysterically as I wrote this!

Here's my link:
http://intothehallofbooks.blogspot.com/2011/07/once-upon-read-thon-day-one.html

I have one post for all of my readathon updates/challenges, but this one is clearly marked.

Thanks so much for this challenge...it was a blast!

~Asheley

Melissa said...

That was a different challenge. Hard especially when your tired but definitely fun.

http://melissa-coffeebooksandlaundry.blogspot.com/2011/07/once-upon-readathon-update-day-2.html

coffeebooksandlaundry(at)gmail.com

Asenath said...

Fun challenge!!

My post can be found here: http://westlakebookreviews.blogspot.com/2011/07/once-upon-read-thon-mini-challenges.html

arallison at gmail dot com

Stella (Ex Libris) said...

What an original and fun challenge! Thank you! :-D

You can find my post here: http://www.stella-exlibris.com/2011/07/once-upon-read-thon-update-1-and-2.html

Have fun and happy reading! :-)

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

Lori said...

My fake blurb is here: http://www.pureimaginationblog.com/2011/07/once-upon-read-thon-day-2.html

Hehe...

Phanee said...

Lovely idea for a challenge! My fake synopsis is based on the cover of Paranormalcy and it's pretty bad! But it was still fun to write! :)

You can find it here: http://funny-wool.blogspot.com/2011/07/once-upon-read-thon-update-2.html

Phanee
funnywool[at]live[dot]com

GABY said...

Great challenge! I had so much fun writing it :)

Here is mine: http://oh-my-books.blogspot.com/2011/07/once-upon-read-thon.html

magabygc at gmail.com

Lovely said...

I'm totally challenged with this!

here is my update and answer to the challenge!

Lovely said...

Forgot the link sorry!

http://thelovelyreadingteen.blogspot.com/2011/07/im-joining-read-thon.html

Krazzyme(Young Readers) said...

hERE it is!
http://youngreadersathome.blogspot.com/2011/07/once-upon-readathon-mini.html

youngreadersathomeATgmailDOTcom

Kiwi Ivashkov said...

I love the idea! It took me a while choosing a cover, because i always do this in my head before reading the actual synopsis!:P
Here is my fake review!

tfrances said...

Good fun! Loved this challenge. Here's my answer: http://tfrances.wordpress.com/2011/07/13/once-upon-a-read-a-thon-mini-challenge-4/

namomma@hotmail.com

Cookie's Mom said...

I forgot to post my email address: cookieschronicles(at)gmail(dot)com.
Thanks!

Bookshelf Reviewer said...

I completed this challenge with the awesome book Divergent by Veronica Roth. Hope you like it. =]
http://thebookshelfreview.blogspot.com/2011/07/update-mini-challenge-for-ou-read-thon.html

Email:thebookshelfreview[at]gmail[dot]com

Vicky Doretto said...

Fun challenge ;D
my link
http://aluanaminhajanela.blogspot.com/2011/07/once-upon-read-thon-day-2.html

email: vickydoretto@hotmail.com

Kate said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway! I loved this challenge idea, it really was challenging but a good to get your mind wandering.

Here's my attempt-http://readafteryourbedtimebookreviews.blogspot.com/2011/07/mini.html

readsbyflashlight@gmail.com

Actin' Up with Books said...

With just a few minutes (ok 30) to spare, here is my entry.
http://actinupwithbooks.blogspot.com/2011/07/once-upon-read-thon-mini-challenge.html

I only read a few books so I didn't have many covers to choose from so I choose the first book I read, After the Kiss.

Thanks for hosting!

Teril said...

http://snarkymamma.blogspot.com/2011/07/ouread-thon-mini-challenge-completed-2.html

That was fun!

terilhack at gmail dot com

Jude Henderson said...

Hey! I wore a puffy pink dress to prom!!!...and they all called me marshmallow....

Here's my Post !!

Casey (The Bookish Type) said...

I'm so glad you all enjoyed this challenge! I'm really enjoying reading all the entries =D

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