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This challenge lasts for 1 year from the date you start

Don your mad scientist lab coat and Build-A-Monster.

Using books, piece together your unique creation. Yes, technically it doesn't need to be a monster, any supernatural creature you wish to create/invent will do. (This challenge was inspired by Mary's ingenious Build-A-Body challenge.)

This challenge has three tiers from which you can pick, mix, or combine. You can choose one tier or do all three. It's up to you to decide.:

Tier One - For this tier, you actually build the monster using book covers. You can make this portion of the challenge as easy or as challenging as you wish, depending on how many body parts you want to use. For instance, if you wanted to make this as hard as possible, you may want to look for two separate eyes, a mouth, a head, hair, a torso, a shoulder, a neck, a back, legs, two hands, arms, and feet (or even a nose and ears if you can find them). If you want something a bit easier, however, you can look for just those unique parts (fangs, wings, skin, etc.) that you want. The point is, it's all up to you! You're the mad scientist. (Examples listed below)

Note: Look for book covers predominantly featuring the body parts you're after. For instance, the cover for Bitter Night below has arms on it, but they don't draw your eyes the way the arms on Leaving Paradise's cover do. Also, remember that all of the body parts below are optional. Mix & match, pick & choose, but remember to be creative and have fun.
Bitter Night (Horngate Witches, #1) by Diana Pharaoh Francis Leaving Paradise (Leaving Paradise, #1) by Simone Elkeles


Tier Two - For this tier, you may pick and choose what skills, abilities, tools, weapons, etc you want your monster to have. Just select books for which the characters have the traits you're looking for. (Examples listed below)

Tier Three - For this tier, create a story about how your creature came into being. Was it actually created by a mad scientist, a fluke of nature, a curse, or something else? Use book titles to fill in the gaps. (Example listed below)

Possible Alternative: For those of you who are die hard Spell-it-out challenge fans, you may, if you so wish, create your monsters using the spell-it-out challenge method. Using the first letter in the book's title (if the book starts with 'the', 'a', 'an', etc, you may use the first letter in the second word of the title), the first letter of an author's first or last name, or the first letter of a character's first, last, or nick name, you may spell out what unique body parts, tools, powers, etc your monster has like fangs, fur, brooms, spell book, wands, etc. (Example listed below.)

- Take it a step further by dressing your monster in a monster inspired outfit. You can search for covers with articles of clothing you'd like your monster to wear.
- Want to name your monster? Go ahead! Come up with a fun and unique name and tell us why you chose it.
- If you want an extra challenge, try to find two eyes, hands, feet, arms, shoulders, and legs. You can even look for a right & left of each!


Here are some example book covers to get you brainstorming:

Fangs/Teeth:

Betrayed (The Vampire Journals #3) by Morgan Rice Unlucky in Death by Dan Dillard Turned (The Vampire Journals, #1) by Morgan Rice Bestial  by Ray Garton 99 Coffins (Laura Caxton, #2) by David Wellington Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson, #1) by Molly Harper Jaws by Peter Benchley Bite Me (A Love Story, #3) by Christopher Moore


Eyes:
Rot & Ruin (Rot & Ruin, #1) by Jonathan MaberrySaved (The Shadow Vampires, #1) by Allegra SkyeCaptivated (The Affliction Series, #1) by E.M. JadeThe Fallen Star (Fallen Star, #1) by Jessica SorensenEden (The Eden Trilogy, #1) by Keary TaylorEndure (Need, #4) by Carrie JonesDreamer (Chronicles of Marithe, #1) by Patrick O'Scheen


Skin/Fur (Think marks, color, texture, etc):
Rex Rising (Elei's Chronicles, #1) by Chrystalla ThomaVanish (Firelight, #2) by Sophie JordanBound in Death (Bound, #5) by Cynthia EdenTidal (Watersong, #3) by Amanda HockingThe Scribe (Irin Chronicles, #1) by Elizabeth HunterBlood Rites (The Grey Wolves, #2) by Quinn LoftisVisions of Heat (Psy-Changeling #2) by Nalini Singh


Nails/Hands:
Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #3) by Laurell K. HamiltonFlesh & Bone (Rot & Ruin, #3) by Jonathan MaberryThe Inheritance of a Swamp Witch (The Swamp Witch, #1) by Sonia Taylor BrockGrave Dirt by E.E. RichardsonGrave Visions (Alex Craft, #4) by Kalayna Price


Tails:
Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings (Real Mermaids, #1) by Helene BoudreauIngo (Ingo, #1) by Helen DunmoreIn Great Waters by Kit WhitfieldGoddess of the Sea (Goddess Summoning, #1) by P.C. CastPillage (Pillage, #1) by Obert SkyeScorpia (Alex Rider, #5) by Anthony Horowitz


Wings:
Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1) by Becca FitzpatrickHalo (Halo, #1) by Alexandra AdornettoTithe A Modern Faerie Tale (Modern Faerie Tales, #1) by Holly BlackThe Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5) by Rick RiordanWorld After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2) by Susan EePrince of Spies (Dragon Knights, #4) by Bianca D'ArcMockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) by Suzanne Collins


Miscellaneous items:


(heart) (~neck~) (tongue) (ears)
The Inventor's Secret (The Inventor's Secret #1) by Andrea Cremer Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1) by Christopher Paolini Tiger's Voyage (The Tiger Saga, #3) by Colleen Houck The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2) by J.R.R. Tolkien


Powers:

(Healing)
Touch of Power (Healer, #1) by Maria V. Snyder

(Controlling the weather)
Windfall (Weather Warden, #4) by Rachel Caine Weather Witch (Weather Witch, #1) by Shannon Delany

(shape shifting)
Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1) by Patricia Briggs Curran, Vol. I (Curran POV, #1) by Gordon Andrews

(Electricity)
Battle of the Ampere (Michael Vey, #3) by Richard Paul Evans

Instruments/Tools:
Binding the Shadows (Arcadia Bell, #3) by Jenn Bennett Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling Wild Things (Chicagoland Vampires, #9) by Chloe Neill The Summoning (Darkest Powers, #1) by Kelley Armstrong Once a Witch (Witch, #1) by Carolyn MacCullough


Example of a story:
It was A Dark And Stormy Night. The night sky lit up like there were A Thousand Splendid Suns blinking on and off. That's when I saw The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. She looked at me and said, "I put a Dark Curse on you. You will be Dead Until Dark, a Dead Witch Walking. Never to walk In Broad Daylight again. It will seem a World Without End. You will have A Hunger Like No Other and You Just Can't Get Enough.

Example of a Spell-it-out challenge:
F - Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz
A - Hank Adams, a character in Indelible by Karin Slaughter
N - Nadia Lake, a character in Replica by Jenna Black
G - The Good Sister by Wendy Corsi Staub
S - What the Duke Desires by Sabrina Jeffries



Igor's Evil Twin - Read 5 - 10 books
Mad Scientist - Read 11 - 17 books
Evil Genius - Read 18 - 24 books
Megalomaniac Mastermind - Read 25+ books


- Listopia is a great place to find books for this challenge. There are many different lists devoted to body parts like hands, feet, legs, eyes, etc.

Note:
In 2013 we started this challenge, and we've now decided to start a new thread for the challenge to freshen it up a bit! You can find the old thread here





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Emerald Coin Reading Challenges ~ Emerald Coin Emerald Coin

Earn your Emerald Coins with Reading Challenges joined on or after April 1, 2016.

To Earn an Emerald Coin:
Emerald Coin One Coin upon reaching the Megalomaniac Mastermind Level or higher in one year


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Kay Kay | 1793 comments I'll try tier two for the coin


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Welcome to the challenge Karrie!


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Katherine (katkattrinn) | 329 comments Build-A-Monster
Megalomaniac Mastermind
11/25


1. King - King's Cage 11/2/17
2. Scars - Once Burned 20/2/17
3. Fire - Twice Tempted 4/3/17
4. Pointy ears - Hunter's Season 16/3/17
5. Sword - Moonshadow 1/4/17
6. Suit - Tempt The Boss 12/4/17
7. Electricity - Bound by Flames 29/4/17
8. Abusive - It Ends with Us 13/5/17
9. Two-faced - Grave Visions 3/6/17
10. Tentacles - Sins of the Demon 4/7/17
11. Ruthless - A Bloody Kingdom 10/7/17
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Items:
King's Cage (Red Queen, #3) by Victoria Aveyard Moonshadow (Moonshadow, #1) by Thea Harrison

Powers:
Twice Tempted (Night Prince, #2) by Jeaniene Frost Bound by Flames (Night Prince, #3) by Jeaniene Frost

Body parts:
Hunter's Season (Elder Races, #4.7) by Thea Harrison

Appearance :
Once Burned (Night Prince, #1) by Jeaniene Frost Tempt the Boss by Natasha Madison Sins of the Demon (Kara Gillian, #4) by Diana Rowland

Personality:
It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover Grave Visions (Alex Craft, #4) by Kalayna Price A Bloody Kingdom (Ruthless People, #4) by J.J. McAvoy


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Welcome to the challenge Katherine!


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LittleRedRidingHood | 313 comments Build-A-Monster
Mad Scientist 0/17


1. Mind manipulation: Winter
2.

Items:

Powers:
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) by Marissa Meyer

Body parts:

Appearance :

Personality:


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Jess Penhallow | 262 comments Build-A-Monster
Mad Scientist 0/17

Items:

Powers:

Body parts:

Appearance :

Personality:


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Welcome Jess and LittleRed!

Posts are linked at the top of the page


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Myriam (nash86) | 60 comments Build-A-Monster!
Start: Jan 22, 2019

Level: Igor's Evil Twin - Read 5 - 10 books
Powers:
Invisibility A Reaper at the Gates
Items:
Crown The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2) by Holly Black
Sheild King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1) by Leigh Bardugo


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Welcome Myriam!


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Suzanne (esmerelda1) | 1087 comments Nothing But Reading Challenges
Build-A-Monster
Duration:
8/1/2020 - 7/31/2021

Progress: 0 out of 25
Igor's Evil Twin - Read 5 - 10 books
Mad Scientist - Read 11 - 17 books
Evil Genius - Read 18 - 24 books
Megalomaniac Mastermind - Read 25+ books

Don your mad scientist lab coat and Build-A-Monster.

Using books, piece together your unique creation. Yes, technically it doesn't need to be a monster, any supernatural creature you wish to create/invent will do.

This challenge has three tiers from which you can pick, mix, or combine. You can choose one tier or do all three. It's up to you to decide.:

Tier One - For this tier, you actually build the monster using book covers. You can make this portion of the challenge as easy or as challenging as you wish, depending on how many body parts you want to use. For instance, if you wanted to make this as hard as possible, you may want to look for two separate eyes, a mouth, a head, hair, a torso, a shoulder, a neck, a back, legs, two hands, arms, and feet (or even a nose and ears if you can find them). If you want something a bit easier, however, you can look for just those unique parts (fangs, wings, skin, etc.) that you want. The point is, it's all up to you! You're the mad scientist. (Examples listed below)

Note: Look for book covers predominantly featuring the body parts you're after. For instance, the cover for Bitter Night below has arms on it, but they don't draw your eyes the way the arms on Leaving Paradise's cover do. Also, remember that all of the body parts below are optional. Mix & match, pick & choose, but remember to be creative and have fun.
Bitter Night (Horngate Witches, #1) by Diana Pharaoh Francis Leaving Paradise (Leaving Paradise, #1) by Simone Elkeles


Tier Two - For this tier, you may pick and choose what skills, abilities, tools, weapons, etc you want your monster to have. Just select books for which the characters have the traits you're looking for. (Examples listed below)

Tier Three - For this tier, create a story about how your creature came into being. Was it actually created by a mad scientist, a fluke of nature, a curse, or something else? Use book titles to fill in the gaps. (Example listed below)

Possible Alternative: For those of you who are die hard Spell-it-out challenge fans, you may, if you so wish, create your monsters using the spell-it-out challenge method. Using the first letter in the book's title (if the book starts with 'the', 'a', 'an', etc, you may use the first letter in the second word of the title), the first letter of an author's first or last name, or the first letter of a character's first, last, or nick name, you may spell out what unique body parts, tools, powers, etc your monster has like fangs, fur, brooms, spell book, wands, etc. (Example listed below.)

- Take it a step further by dressing your monster in a monster inspired outfit. You can search for covers with articles of clothing you'd like your monster to wear.
- Want to name your monster? Go ahead! Come up with a fun and unique name and tell us why you chose it.
- If you want an extra challenge, try to find two eyes, hands, feet, arms, shoulders, and legs. You can even look for a right & left of each!


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