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Subject: Any 2010 Romance Reading Challenges?
Date Posted: 12/8/2009 3:39 PM ET
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Is anyone involved in any 2010 romance reading challenges?  Or are you participating in any that might cross over into the romance genre (like historical)?  Or if there are none is anyone willing to make one up? 

 

Did find this 2010 Challenges - so you can post your own personal challenges or anything else you are doing and keep track and chit chat about them.

Still not sure what I want to do, I'd love to do a romance one and would like to keep tabs on it with others too. 



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Date Posted: 12/8/2009 4:30 PM ET
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I've been doing the seasonal challenge on romantictimes.com  this is my 3rd so far and I still have 2 books to go. Robin picks 15 challenges and any book can be used - romance, mystery, non-fiction, whatever. A lot of us try to use our tbr though sigh I've gotten books several times!

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 5:54 PM ET
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We should do sub-genre challenges for anal people like me who never read anything but historicals.  Like I have to read a paranormal or - ack! - erotica:P

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 8:44 PM ET
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I find it challenge enough to read my library books on time. :)

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 8:59 PM ET
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Susanna - can you post the link to the rt times challenge?  I went to the website but had no idea where to look, or if it is easier just copy what their challenges are here.

Date Posted: 12/9/2009 1:07 AM ET
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it's under Games I think.I'll see if I can get a link.

http://www.romantictimes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=24948   see if this works. this is the sign up thread where we copy and paste the list of challenges then edit it as we fill one of the challenges. there's another thread with a similar title in that same section where we list the book we read and talk about it some and maybe rate it, etc or ask for ideas. the link is only for posting the list and what you've read not discussions. there are also some other m onthly challenges there I think.

if the link doesnt' work it's on the message boards(think you have to register but dont' have to subscribe to the magazine) the link is at the top right then it's u nder 'games and challenges'.

the current challenge ends Dec 31 but a new one will start up around the first on the year probably. this one includes some of these challenges: title has lake, river, or falls in the title; word 'wicked' is in the title, book by sandra brown, paranormal or urban fantasy book, book with word in title starting with 'B', holiday themed book, title word of Ms, Mr. Mrs or Miss...you get the picture! sometimes an author's name starting with a certain letter or having a 3 word author name...kinda fun coming up with stuff!



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Date Posted: 12/9/2009 8:47 AM ET
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This is my current personal one so far - I need to add more to it.  Any good suggestions?

Romance Genre Challenge

  • Read one controversial title -  Stormfire by Christine Monson
  • Read one book considered to be horrid - Rebel Bride by Catherine Coulter
  • Read one ARC and write the review - The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen
  • Read one classical work
  • Read one fantasy romance
  • More to follow
Date Posted: 12/9/2009 9:54 AM ET
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I dont' do well with long term challenges.  D.G. in the games forum does a big challenge of some kind every couple of months.  These are actual games though where people put in credits and earn pts and the winners win credits.  One was a series based challenge (the higher in the series the more pts the book was worth-but series had to be read in order).  That last one was older books-the older the book the more pts it was worth. I was able to get a lot of 90's romances from my TBR read in that one.  She's doing some type of WL themed one in Jan I think. 

My personal TBR challenge is just to reduce my TBR by 100.  I hope I can do it.  I don't have the money to buy new books very often anymore. And I will at some point have to sell this house and move.  So my loose goal is to knock 100 books off the TBR by next year.  I read more than that in a year but I know I'll acquire new books from PBS and thrift stores.  But I want to end the year with only 638 TBR books. 

Date Posted: 12/9/2009 9:56 AM ET
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For classical romance, you can't beat Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice, in my eyes. A close second would be her Sense & Sensibilities. 

As far as fantasy romance (I'm considering that paranormal) I really enjoyed Gena Showalter's Atlantis series. The first book is Heart of the Dragon. Light-hearted, good characters, just a fun read. :-)

Date Posted: 12/9/2009 2:54 PM ET
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I'm going to try and use books from my TBR pile.  I have several Daphne Du Maurier books that I'm thinking of using for the classical one or I have Jane Eyre that I still haven't read and Peyton Place to read also.  I figure you have to pepper your smut with some classical works every now and then!  ;)

I have one that I picked up at the goodwill that I am planning on using for the fantasy part - its not really paranormal it is in another world with magic/dragons/spells ect so more fantasy not so much ghost/werewolf/vampire/etc. 


I need some more category ideas - so far I have a goal of 18 books but that isn't enough(the romances with some mystery and YA thrown in).  Gotta make it a little harder! 

Okay gals - give me some category ideas without getting too specific (i.e. no authors, etc) - I want to fill my list with books from my shelves.

Date Posted: 12/9/2009 3:24 PM ET
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Cheshire Cat what about these?

New to you authors

New to you location

New to you time period

Be an Art Lover  Read about the arts.  (painting, music, theater)

Bloody Murder   read a book with Murder or blood in the title.

War What Is It Good For     Read a book set in a war.

ARRRR Matie  A Pirate novel

Ride Em Cowboy   enough said.

Reluctant Bride or Mail order bride.

Ladies of the Night   Book about Mistresses, Courtesans, Fallen Women or Soiled Doves.

Moonlight and Magnolia  Read a book set in the south

My Hometown  Read a book set in you city, state, region

Roots  Read a book set in the country of your ancestors

ETA.....     Founding Authors...  Read a book by an author who popularised the romance Genere, such as Roberta Gellis, Georgette Heyer, etc.

Give me time I'll think some more.  I would totally do this, I don't read contemporary novels just not my taste, but many of these can swing between sub-generas don't you think?



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Date Posted: 12/9/2009 4:22 PM ET
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Sweet - thank you Jerelyn!  Keep um coming I will have to add several of these to my list!  Then I get to try and find books that will match (and I can do this while I finally categorize all the damn books in my librarything account & here).  Aha - kill two birds with one stone.  And hopefully get my bookshelves back under control.

Date Posted: 12/9/2009 4:28 PM ET
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I'm going to do a personal challenge for 2010....get my ebooks read! I am finally organizing them and I realize I have about 2000, most put away on discs that I forgot about. So I am going to try to get those read.

Date Posted: 12/10/2009 3:56 PM ET
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AshsHeroine - Me too!  I have about 10 ebooks that need to be read and I keep gathering more.  I'm also trying to categorize them on Goodreads a little bit better:  by year, type of romance, theme or plot etc.  Oh, and to read at least 3 per week

Date Posted: 12/11/2009 10:30 AM ET
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Okay so currently I have the following - but I still need some more ideas!  25 Books just doesn't seem like a challenge - maybe I should bump up the numbers for each category?  Anyone think of any cool/fun categories that I can add (and hopefully fill with books from my TBR)

Romance Genre Challenge

  • Read one controversial title -  Stormfire by Christine Monson
  • Read one book considered to be horrid - Rebel Bride by Catherine Coulter
  • Read one ARC and write the review - The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen
  • Read one classical work
  • Read one fantasy romance
  • Read one New to Me Author
  • Read one New to Me Location
  • Read one Pirate Romance
  • Slave to Romance - sold into slavery romance
  • Moonlight and Magnolia - read one set in the South
  • War What is it Good For? - read one that takes place during a war
  • More to follow

Mystery Genre Challenge

  • Read two more titles in my Midnight Louie series
  • Read four more books by Agatha Christie
  • Read two books that have been on my shelf for ages
  • Bloody Murder - read one with blood or murder in the title
  • More to follow

Young Adult/Reliving My Childhood Challenge

  • Finish five more Christopher Pike book
Date Posted: 12/12/2009 6:24 AM ET
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My personal challenge in '09 was to read some new-to-me authors each month - exceeded my own expectations, read over 50 NTM this year. I also participated in the Harlequin/Silhouette Challenge but still have the final book to read before the end of the year.

I'll be participating in the HQ/SIL again in 2010 but I'm trying to come up with another personal challenge  but haven't come up with a theme yet. Everything I think about just doesn't quite do it for me.

I was thinking of alternating my reading with one new release (within 3 months or so) with one old release (over 5 years old); Mt. TBR has been in existence for a very long time so there are some very old books there. There's a little time left this month to think on this some more.

Gail

Date Posted: 12/14/2009 9:38 AM ET
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All right I have now gotten the number to 45.  That's a good round number.  Here's what I am going to do along with the "Read from your Shelves" challenge.

Romance Genre Challenge

  • Read two controversial titles, one new and one old -  Stormfire by Christine Monson & Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
  • Read one book considered to be horrid - Rebel Bride by Catherine Coulter
  • Read one ARC and write the review - The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen
  • Read two classical works
  • Read one fantasy romance
  • Read one New to Me Author
  • Read one New to Me Location
  • Read two Pirate Romances
  • Slave to Romance - sold into slavery romance
  • Moonlight and Magnolia - read one set in the South
  • War What is it Good For? - read one that takes place during a war
  • I've Got That Loving Feeling - read one that has love in the title
  • The Color of Love - read one that has a color in the title
  • The Dark Castle of Forbidden Love - read two vintage Gothic romances
  • Read one book with a weather condition in the title
  • Read one book with a person's name in the title
  • Blushing Bride - read one title with bride, wife, husband, marriage or wedding in the title
  • Roots - read one novel that takes place in England and one in Scotland

Mystery Genre Challenge

  • Read four more titles in my Midnight Louie series
  • Read four more books by Agatha Christie
  • Read three books that have been on my shelf for ages
  • Bloody Murder - read one with blood or murder in the title
  • Is it Dead Yet? - read one with dead or dying in the title

Young Adult/Reliving My Childhood Challenge

  • Finish five more Christopher Pike books

Wildcard Category

  • Read five books that don't fit in my normal categories that have been sitting on my shelves
Date Posted: 12/14/2009 5:31 PM ET
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Whoa,  Cheshire Cat, your killing me here, more books to read on top of the other challanges I have, well,  All Historical Fiction and no Romance would make me a very dull girl.  I'll have to go through my TBR and see how many I have on hand and what I'll need to get. 

Romance Challenge!

New to you authors  Jennifer Blake, Susan Carroll 1-24-10 and 1-29-10

New to you location   The Lion's Daughter  by Loretta Chase set mostly in Albania. 1-11-10

Finish a series.   Bastion Club 1 through 8

Be an Art Lover  Read about the arts.  (painting, music, theater)  Emilie's Voice Susanne Dunlap

Bloody Murder   read a book with Murder or blood in the title.

War What Is It Good For     Read a book set in a war.

ARRRR Matie  A Pirate novel  The Pirate Prince 1-20-10

Ride Em Cowboy   enough said.

Reluctant Bride or Mail order bride. The Bride Finder Susan Carroll

Ladies of the Night   Book about Mistresses, Courtesans, Fallen Women or Soiled Doves.  In The Company Of The Courtesan by Sarah Dunant

Moonlight and Magnolia  Read a book set in the south  Challenge to Honor, Jennifer Blake

The Dark Castle of Forbidden Love - read two vintage Gothic romances

Roots  Read a book set in the country of your ancestors

 Founding Authors...  Read a book by an author who popularised the romance Genere, such as Roberta Gellis, Georgette Heyer, etc.

It's Getting Hot In Here.. Read an erotica novel. A Carnal Agreement by Silvia Violet

 



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Date Posted: 12/15/2009 1:54 PM ET
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I ended up joining the 2010 Reading Challenge in the games forum.  Not to read any specific goals like related to the alphabet or a certain genre or anything. But just to commit to ending the year with 100 books less than what I started with-so purging 100 books plus the equivelant of what I take into the house.  Hopefully I can keep the acquisitions under control-because I'm pretty sure I want to read everything in my TBR.

A big part of this will be to read all the new to me authors I have in my TBR and decide if the rest of the books I have by them are worth reading.  I need to get on a firm 1 strike and out pattern.  And out of the acquire as many as I can before I know if I like them or not pattern.

Date Posted: 12/15/2009 2:32 PM ET
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I'm just doing TBR reduction, I have enough challenges in my life. ;-)  Oh, and trying to get rid of authors I have glommed without actually knowing if I like, silly me.

Date Posted: 12/15/2009 9:56 PM ET
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Is this an official challenge, or are you guys just kinda doing whatever suits each individual?  I am already in seven other challenges, and I ran across this thread and thought, what's one more!

I used to read romance all the time but not so much anymore.  This would be a good excuse to start reading more again.

Date Posted: 12/15/2009 10:02 PM ET
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It's not an official challenge where you put in credits and there are winners.  Or one where they tell you what to read (like an author for every letter or books that take place in all the states etc..,)  you basically set up your own challenge.  Some people do themed ones like reading x # of mysteries, x # of classics etc..,  Others just say they want to read x # more books than they read last year.

I'm like Willa: I jsut want to reduce my TBR and a big part of that is the habit of acquiring several books by an author before I know if I like them or not. So I put that as part of my challenge as well. To read the new to me authors in my TBR so I can keep and read or post and purge.

Date Posted: 12/15/2009 10:45 PM ET
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Hi Kim,   It is an unoffical challenge on my part,  just for fun,   As with other challenges it might give me ideas about books and authors I haven't read or discovered.