2009 Challenges

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Georgette Heyer Challenge — This challenge is perpetual and has its own page.

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Completed Challenges

What: Winter Holiday Reading Challenge
When: 1 November 2008 – 31 January 2009
Who: Diane (Book in Hand)
Rules (Copied from her website): The theme for this challenge is Winter Holidays. The books that you choose to read must have a storyline that includes celebrating a winter holiday, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s, etc. (However, the holidays are not limited to just these examples.) There is no set number of books.

Winter Holiday Challenge Wrap-Up post

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What: Reading My Name 2009
When: 1 February – 30 June 2009
Who: Callista
Rules: Quoted from the blog:
Your challenge if you choose to accept it is to read at least two books by authors that share your name OR book titles with your name in them. They can share your first name, middle name or last name. They can share your nickname or online name or email name. They can share a form of your name. If you have a very rare name, just do your best to get as close as you can. (e.g. If your name is Raina, then Rain or Rayne would be okay.) The character can have the same name as you too.

Reading My Name Challenge 2009 Wrap-Up post

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What: Themed Reading Challenge
When: 1 February – 31 July 2009
Who: Caribousmom
Rules: Read 4 to 6 books, in six months, linked by theme. List of books may change at any time. Three different levels of participation: read at least 4 books with the same theme; read at least 5 books that share at least TWO themes; read at least 6 books that share MORE than two themes.

2009 Themed Reading Challenge Wrap-Up post

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What: Romance Reading Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2009
Who: Naida (The Bookworm)
Rules: Read five romances, of any subgenre, in 2009. List can change at any time.

2009 Romance Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

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What: 2009 Chunkster Challenge
When: Now – 15 November 2009
Who: Think Pink Dana
Rules: Decide how many 450+ page novels you want to read by November. Must be adult-level books (no YA). There are multiple levels. See the challenge site for more details.

2009 Chunkster Challenge Wrap-Up

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What: New Author Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2009
Who: Jackie (Literary Escapism)
Rules: To read as many new-to-you authors as you think you can in one year. Novels preferred, but anthologies are also acceptable. My goal is 12 new authors.

2009 New Author Challenge Wrap-Up

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What: Anne Stuart Read-a-Fest
When: 15 April – 15 October 2009
Who: Ana O. (Cosy Little World)
Rules: To read as many novels written by Anne Stuart in six months. No list required. Ana will be awarding prizes. To learn more and sign up, read the sign-up post.

Anne Stuart Read-a-Fest Wrap-Up

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What: The 2009 Pub Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2009
Who: 3M
Rules: Go to the challenge website for the full list of rules. Here are a few highlights: Read nine books, first published in 2009; no Young Adult or children’s books; crossovers with other challenges allowed.

2009 Pub Challenge Wrap-Up

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What: The Year of Readers 2009
When: 1 January – 31 December 2009
Who: Jodie (Book Gazing)
Rules: The participants of this challenge raise funds for a reading-related charity of their choice. Getting other people to sponsor you — pledge money based on number of books — is strictly voluntary. Due to the nature of the challenge, there are very few restrictions on what counts as a book: for example, graphic novels and poetry anthologies count; newspapers and magazines do not. To read more about the challenge, visit The Year of Readers website.

The charity I chose is First Book.

The Year of Readers 2009 Wrap-Up

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Incomplete Challenges

What: Victorian Challenge
When: 1 January – 30 June 2009
Who: Alex
Rules: Choose one of four levels, based on the number of books you think you can read in six months. Books can be (a) written by Victorian writers; (b) set during Victorian times — any fiction genre; or (c) books about the time or biographies of Victorians (non-fiction). The site has suggestions listed for each.

Victorian Challenge Wrap-Up post

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What: The Countdown Challenge
When: 8 August 2008 – 9 September 2009
Who: 3M (1morechapter.com)
Rules (copied from site):

  • The goal of this challenge is to read the number of books first published in a given year that corresponds to the last digit of each year in the 2000s — 9 books from 2009, 8 books from 2008, etc. The total number of books required, therefore, is 45.
  • This challenge lasts from 8/8/08 through 9/9/09. Yes, it is retroactive to August 8th!
  • Crossovers with other challenges are allowed and your lists may change at any time.
  • Due to the nature of this challenge, I’ve created a separate page to track my progress.

    Countdown Challenge Wrap-Up post

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    What: Summer Vacation Reading Challenge
    When: 22 May – 7 September 2009
    Who: Molly (My Cozy Book Nook)
    Rules: See the sign-up post for more details.

    Summer Vacation Reading Challenge Wrap-Up post

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    What: 1st in Series Challenge
    When: 1 January – 31 December 2009
    Who: J. Kaye (J. Kaye’s Book Blog)
    Rules: Goal is to read at least 12 books that are the first book in a series. List can be made at anytime.

    2009 1st in a Series Challenge Wrap-Up

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    What: 2nds Reading Challenge
    When: 1 January – 31 December 2009
    Who: J. Kaye (J. Kaye’s Book Blog)
    Rules: The challenge is to read a total of 12 books, written by authors that you have only read once before. The books do not have to be part of a series. List can be created/modified any time during the year.

    2009 2nds Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

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    What: The Harlequin/Silhouette Romance Reading Challenge
    When: 1 January – 31 December 2009
    Who: Yvonne (Harlequin/Silhouette Romance Reading Challenge)
    Rules: Read a total of five books in twelve months. Below are the requirements for the challenge. For details, go here.

    2009 Harlequin/Silhouette Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

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    What: What’s In a Name 2 Challenge
    When: 1 January – 31 December 2009
    Who: Annie (words by Annie)
    Rules: Read six books, one from each of the categories, with a certain type of word in the title. No restrictions on genre, however, if a book fits in more than one category, it can only be counted in one of them. See Annie’s site for more.

    What’s in a Name 2 Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

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    What: 2009 A~Z Challenge
    When: 1 January – 31 December 2009
    Who: Becky (A~Z Reading Challenge)
    Rules: There are several options this year. The reader can chose to track Author or Title, or both. Becky also has options for tracking by location (country, state, etc) and one for children’s books. Go to the site for details and sign-up.

    Due to the nature of this challenge, I’ve set up a separate page.

    2009 A to Z Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

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    Abandoned Challenges

    What: Series Challenge – Season 3
    When: 1 December 2008 – 30 November 2009
    Who: Kathrin (Crazy Cozy Murders)
    Rules: The goal is to get caught up with as many series as you think you can in twelve months. See her post for more info and to sign up.

    House of Carde Trilogy (Barbara Metzger)

    • Queen of Diamonds (3rd)

    Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery (Carrie Bebris)

    • Suspense and Sensibility (2nd)
    • North by Northanger (3rd)

    Captain Lacey series (Ashley Gardner)

    • A Regimental Murder (2nd)
    • The Glass House (3rd)
    • The Sudbury School Murders (4th)
    • A Body in Berkley Square (5th)
    • A Covent Garden Mystery (6th)

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    What: Year of the Category Challenge
    When: January – December 2009
    Who: KMont (Lurv à la Mode)
    Rules: Visit her site for rules and sign-up.

    01. Innocence Unveiled (Gifford, Blythe) {6 Jan 09} (REVIEW)
    02. An Unladylike Offer (Merrill, Christine) {9 Feb 09} (REVIEW)
    03. Bedded for Diamonds (Hunter, Kelly) {11 Feb 09} (REVIEW)
    04. Wanted: White Wedding (Oakley, Natasha) {26 Mar 09} (REVIEW)
    05. The Contestant (Doyle, Stephanie) {11 Jul} (REVIEW)

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    What: Contemporary Romance Challenge
    When: January – December 2009
    Who: Brie (Musings of a Bibliophile)
    Rules: Quoted from her website:

    1. Any contemporary romance of your choice is eligible. By contemporary I mean any book placed in a contemporary setting with no paranormal elements.

    2. Read at least one contemporary romance a month and post a review for that book within the month. I haven’t set a unified date because I’m not good at sticking to dates, and having no monthly time limit should ensure that everyone in the challenge is able to read at least one contemporary a month.

    3. After posting your review leave a link to it in the comment section of the monthly Contemporary Romance Challenge post that will go up here on Musing of a Bibliophile once a month. This will make it easier for me and anyone else interested to find your review.

    Note: So that the post to link your reviews to does not get lost in the rest of the posts for that month, there will be a link to it on the side bar. The challenge runs from January 2009 – December 2009.

    01. Bedded for Diamonds (Hunter, Kelly) {11 Feb 09} (REVIEW)
    02. Wanted: White Wedding (Oakley, Natasha) {26 Mar 09} (REVIEW)
    03. The Contestant (Doyle, Stephanie) {11 Jul} (REVIEW)

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    What: 2009 Read & Review Challenge
    When: 1 January – 31 December 2009
    Who: MizB (Read and Review Challenge)
    Rules: Copied directly from her site:

    * review each book you read
    * link to your reviews on the “Our Reviews” page
    * PLEASE keep your reviews clean & respectful

    • reviews can be as short, or long, as you wish
    • you MAY overlap with other challenges
    • eBooks and Audiobooks ARE allowed
    • if there will be spoilers in your review, please note this in the subject line of your post so that those who don’t want to read them can skip that review. Thank you.

    Due to the nature of this challenge, the 2009 Master Reading List will double as the tracker for this challenge.

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    What: 2009 Third Time’s A Charm Challenge
    When: January 1 – December 31, 2009
    Who: A Novel Challenge Yahoo Group. Join to participate!!

    1. Choose at least one Trilogy to read (you may choose more than one, but must read at least one trilogy).
    2. Post a list of the books in the trilogy you have chosen to the group via email (this is your sign up for the challenge).
    3. Cross overs from other challenges are permissible.
    4. Progress in the challenge and any wrap up post should be posted to the group via email.

    I’ll be reading:

    Coruscant Nights by Michael Reaves
    1. Jedi Twilight
    2. Streets of Shadows
    3. Patterns of the Force

    Alternate — but will probably read it anyway (New-to-me author):

    Dark Crescent Sisterhood by Anna Windsor
    1. Bound by Shadow
    2. Bound by Flame
    3. Bound by Light