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!


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


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.


We Fancy Books said...

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

here's mine...


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:


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!


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.


Lisa (BaffledBooks.com) said...

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



booksatruestory said...

What a fun idea! Loved it.


booksatruestory (at) gmail (dot) com

neeuqfonafamai said...

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


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.


Kindlemom said...

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:


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


Kira said...

This was fun to try!

My Fake Synopsis


Let's Evaluate said...

Thanks for the challenge, it was definitely exactly that.



Nikita said...

Great challenge! Thanks! :)

You can find my post HERE

bookworm.nikita (at) gmail (dot) com

thekams said...

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



bookgoonie said...

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


bookgoonie at yahoo

Amanda said...

That was very fun!



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)


Michelle @ The True Book Addict said...

Oops, forgot my email address!


throuthehaze said...

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


throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Kristen said...

I really enjoyed this even though mine is kind of terrible


Amanda said...

This was fun :) Even though mine's kinda strange lol
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)


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.



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:


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!):

email: zirathi@live.se

Nicole said...

This was really fun!



lisasimpsonfan said...

I had fun with this challenge.


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


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


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:

~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!


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

Andra said...

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



Whitney said...

I love the Wizard of Oz inspiration!
Here's mine:

Zoe said...

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

my link to my post:


The Mistress of the Dark said...

Here is mine!



This was an awesome challenge!

usagi, said...

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


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!


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...


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


ham1299 said...

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



shannone2009 said...



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.

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


Cade said...



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:

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!


Melissa said...

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



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


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


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!


Krazzyme(Young Readers) said...

hERE it is!


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/


Cookie's Mom said...

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

Bookshelf Reviewer said...

I completed this challenge with the awesome book Divergent by Veronica Roth. Hope you like it. =]


Vicky Doretto said...

Fun challenge ;D
my link

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


Actin' Up with Books said...

With just a few minutes (ok 30) to spare, here is my entry.

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...


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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