The Elite Book Challenge

To continue (and complete) these series of Entertainment Challenges, it’s about time we rounded things out with the oldest source of storytelling our cultures have to offer: books. Visual storytelling media such as games and movies have been around for less than a century, and even less than that if we’re going by contemporary standards, but books have been around for millennia. However, books are probably the most demanding form of narrative entertainment as they require the reader to create everything him/herself: the author gives you the most important pieces of the puzzle but it’s your responsibility as the cooperative reader to imagine everything as closely to how intended as possible. Because of this, I think this challenge of the three may be the most mentally rewarding. Sure, games are fun and movies are escapist but while books are both of those, they are also much more magical in their own ways…

So, I give you to something I’ve been working on for a while: The Elite Book Challenge!

As with the Game and Movie Challenges, each level rewards you with e-Medallions to show off your progress and the Medallion color depends on which of the three difficulties you choose for yourself. However, instead of the act and level titles being game or movie related, they are now book-themed (i.e. “levels” and “scenes” now referred to as “chapters”). Since books are (much) longer than movies, these challenges may take longer to complete but I chose not to change the rules since “difficulty” is really subjective to the participant. For Person A, it may be easier to read 100 books than watch 100 films whereas Person B may be the exact opposite. So, the rules are the same, quantities the same, and basically everything else as well aside from one or two challenges.

If you read my Game Challenge (I recommend that you do), you’d know that as you complete challenges, you unlock Medallions, Titles, and other cool cosmetic items to celebrate your journey. I put the same images down below as I did in the Game Challenge, but book-themed images are in the works right now. The gray medallion is rewarded simply for signing up, and the rest are as follows…

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Once you complete the first Act in the Bronze section, you’re rewarded the Bronze Medallion and you’re also rewarded new Icons, Bases, Toppers, and Backgrounds as you go (all Bronze until you beat Silver Challenges). The bronze, silver, and gold challenges reward you with as follows (and more).

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Each Medallion color is unlocked once Act I is complete for that difficulty, and the images you see inside of them correspond to the challenge that was completed to unlock them. Once you COMPLETE the GOLD challenges, you unlock the highly coveted FREE COLOR Medallion, which allows you to change the color of any and all of the Medallion icon pieces and rewards you with what you see below, and more (of course, styled with book-themes icons instead of gaming, which are currently pictured. It just takes a while to make these and I’m not really a graphic artist).

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Bronze Difficulty: “The Rough Draft”

  • ACT I: Call to Action
    • Chapter 1: Read a Book
    • Chapter 2: Read 2 Books
    • Chapter 3: Read 3 Books
    • Chapter 4: Read 4 Books
    • Title Unlock: Past-Time Page Turner
    • Chapter 5: Read 6 Books
    • Chapter 6: Read 8 Books
    • Chapter 7: Read 10 Books
    • Title Unlock: Avid Reader
    • Chapter 8: Read 15 Books
    • Chapter 9: Read 20 Books
    • Chapter 10: Review and Rank Books
    • Title Unlock: Literature Connoisseur
  • ACT II: Revelation
    • Chapter 11: Read 3 Wishlist Books
    • Chapter 12: Read 3 Backlog Books (ones you haven’t finished/read in a long time, and want to return to)
    • Chapter 13: Read 3 Retired Books (ones you haven’t finished/read ever, and never really planned on coming back to or starting)
    • Title Unlock: Young Protagonist
    • Chapter 14: Read 3 Books Written Before 1800
    • Chapter 15: Read 3 Books from Your Adolescence
    • Chapter 16: Read 3 Books from This Year
    • Title Unlock: Wise Old Teacher
    • Chapter 17: Read a Book from 3 Different Genres
    • Chapter 18: Read 3 Books Series (Trilogies or longer)
    • Chapter 19: Review & Ranks Books
    • Title Unlock: Sinister Antagonist
  • ACT III: Return Home
    • Chapter 20: Synposize Your Own Sequel to a Novel that Doesn’t Have One Yet
    • Chapter 21: Have Read 3 “10/10” Novels (personal rating)
    • Title Unlock: Wordsmith
    • Chapter 22: Read 3 More Wishlist Books
    • Chapter 23: Read 3 More Backlog Books
    • Chapter 24: Read 3 More Retired Books
    • Title Unlock: Best Selling Author
    • Chapter 25: Review & Rank Books
    • Epilogue: Outline Your Own Original Story
    • Title Unlock: Nobel Prize Winner

One of my biggest goals with this challenge is to help you know what kinds of books you like to read. Chapter 21 is to have read just 3 subjectively perfect novels out of the 50 that the challenge asks you to read, and then choose 3 more books from your wishlist, backlog, and retired lists. By that time, you’ll most likely know more about yourself as a reader and the second time you have to choose books from those lists, you’ll be more rewarded as you’ll know more about what you’ll be the happiest reading. Once you’re done with the challenge, you’ll have also outlined your own story which (I think) helps greatest when deciding what you most love reading. If you don’t feel fulfilled, or would like to continue with another challenge, move on to…

Silver Difficulty: Revised Draft

  • ACT I: Call to Action
    • Chapter 1: Read 2 Books
    • Chapter 2: Read 4 Books
    • Chapter 3: Read 7 Books
    • Chapter 4: Read 10 Books
    • Title Unlock: Past-Time Page Turner
    • Chapter 5: Read 15 Books
    • Chapter 6: Read 20 Books
    • Chapter 7: Read 25 Books
    • Title Unlock: Avid Reader
    • Chapter 8: Read 35 Books
    • Chapter 9: Read 45 Books
    • Chapter 10: Review and Rank Books
    • Title Unlock: Literature Connoisseur
  • ACT II: Revelation
    • Chapter 11: Read 5 Wishlist Books
    • Chapter 12: Read 5 Backlog Books
    • Chapter 13: Read 5 Retired Books
    • Title Unlock: Young Protagonist
    • Chapter 14: Read 5 Books Written Before 1800
    • Chapter 15: Read 5 Books from Your Adolescence
    • Chapter 16: Read 5 Books from This Year
    • Title Unlock: Wise Old Teacher
    • Chapter 17: Read a Book from 5 Different Genres
    • Chapter 18: Read 5 Books Series (Trilogies or longer)
    • Chapter 19: Review & Ranks Books
    • Title Unlock: Sinister Antagonist
  • ACT III: Return Home
    • Chapter 20: Outline Your Own Sequel to a Novel that Doesn’t Have One Yet
    • Chapter 21: Have Read 5 “10/10” Novels (personal rating)
    • Title Unlock: Wordsmith
    • Chapter 22: Read 5 More Wishlist Books
    • Chapter 23: Read 5 More Backlog Books
    • Chapter 24: Read 5 More Retired Books
    • Title Unlock: Best Selling Author
    • Chapter 25: Review & Rank Books
    • Epilogue: Draft Your Own Original Story
    • Title Unlock: Nobel Prize Winner

Slightly more demanding, the Silver Difficulty asks you to almost double the amount of books read during the challenge and also asks you for a little more from your personal writings. Of course, you don’t have to share these ideas if you’re really proud of them: just keep them in a journal, offline documents, or google docs to save them until you feel like publishing, selling, or sharing them with the rest of the world! By this time in the challenge, I’d trust your ability to tell a good story as you’ve most certainly read a fair amount. Heck, if you and I can get enough support for this, you could even toss this thing on a list of accomplishments or accolades.

Gold Difficulty: Completed Novel

  • ACT I: Call to Action
    • Chapter 1: Read 5 Books
    • Chapter 2: Read 10 Books
    • Chapter 3: Read 15 Books
    • Chapter 4: Read 20 Books
    • Title Unlock: Past-Time Page Turner
    • Chapter 5: Read 30 Books
    • Chapter 6: Read 40 Books
    • Chapter 7: Read 50 Books
    • Title Unlock: Avid Reader
    • Chapter 8: Read 75 Books
    • Chapter 9: Read 100 Books
    • Chapter 10: Review and Rank Books
    • Title Unlock: Literature Connoisseur
  • ACT II: Revelation
    • Chapter 11: Read 10 Wishlist Books
    • Chapter 12: Read 10 Backlog Books
    • Chapter 13: Read 10 Retired Books
    • Title Unlock: Young Protagonist
    • Chapter 14: Read 10 Books Written Before 1800
    • Chapter 15: Read 10 Books from Your Adolescence
    • Chapter 16: Read 10 Books from This Year
    • Title Unlock: Wise Old Teacher
    • Chapter 17: Read a Book from 10 Different Genres
    • Chapter 18: Read 10 Books Series (Trilogies or longer)
    • Chapter 19: Review & Ranks Books
    • Title Unlock: Sinister Antagonist
  • ACT III: Return Home
    • Chapter 20: Draft Your Own Sequel to a Novel that Doesn’t Have One Yet
    • Chapter 21: Have Read 10 “10/10” Novels (personal rating)
    • Title Unlock: Wordsmith
    • Chapter 22: Read 10 More Wishlist Books
    • Chapter 23: Read 10 More Backlog Books
    • Chapter 24: Read 10 More Retired Books
    • Title Unlock: Best Selling Author
    • Chapter 25: Review & Rank Books
    • Epilogue: Polish Your Own Original Story
    • Title Unlock: Nobel Prize Winner

Think about this: if Amazon Books helps publish these as an official challenge, then a partnership can be arranged. Readers who sign up for the Elite Challenges would receive 10% off of the books they buy through Amazon in order to read them for these challenges. Since you’re asked to read a decent amount of novels, you’d save money on your collection, Amazon would get more business, and I’d get more exposure since I’m fresh off the college boat. Amazon is just the first company that comes to mind, but a small mom-and-pop bookshop at a cozy hole-in-the-wall store would also be amazing and would not only help business (if people are interested in doing these challenges) but would also make readers happy.

Anyways, that’s my ELITE BOOK CHALLENGE! Within the next 48 hours, I’ll be posting the workout routine that goes alongside it. If you’d like to get an idea of what it may look similar to, check out my Video Game workout routine (here: Pre Game Lobby) or my Movie workout routine (here: Commercial Break), and feel free to participate in either of those along with me.

As always, thanks for reading and I’ll see you soon with more content!

Published by Blake Carson Schwarz

Indiana University graduate in Media and Creative Writing. I love to write my own stories as well as experience the work of others. On this site, I post reviews, essays, and other fun posts that I hope you have as much fun reading and I have writing. Please share any comments you have, I'd be happy to hear what you think! *Never a critic, always a fan*

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