#BoutofBooks Challenge: Mad Libs

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

Challenge hosted by Cheap Thrills.

So just like regular Mad Libs, you are given a list of words you need to provide in order to fill in the blanks and complete a story. What makes this “bookish” Mad Libs is that those words must come from a book title. You have to come up with the words first because the fun part is seeing how they fit into the story without being given any context.

I decided to make it a little harder on myself and limit the book titles I could use. So for this challenge, I could only pick physical print books that I personally own in the science-fiction/fantasy genre.

Words and Books

Character Name

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

Adjective #1

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Adjective #2

Divergent by Veronica Roth


The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Act of Violence

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Adjective #3

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu

Noun #1

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

Noun #2

The Road by Cormac McCarthy


I just read the greatest book!

This chick Alanna ends up in the middle of a peculiar conspiracy. Turns out her ancestors were pirates, and she might be the key to finding the divergent compass. It’s a mythic artifact that disappeared centuries ago, and now a shadowy group of alchemists are looking for it. No one knows what uncovering it might do, but these guys are willing to thieve for it.

I won’t say anything else. But believe me, if you like safe stories with omens and roads, you have to read this one.

That book sounded AMAZING…until that last bit. Seriously though, safe stories with omens and roads? How boring. Did you do this challenge? How did your story end up and what books did you use?

One thought on “#BoutofBooks Challenge: Mad Libs

  1. Pingback: Bout of Books 9.0 Wrap-up | My Life in Books

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