2011 Reading Challenges

Audiobook Challenges

Challenges that are 100% audio only will be tracked on a separate page. Challenges that have no specific requirement, or has audio as one of its options, are tracked below.

Perpetual

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

“In Death” Challenge — On-going. Now has a separate page.

101 Fantasy Reading Challenge — This challenge is perpetual and has its own page.

Shelfari and Good Reads Groups

Readers of Romance Book Challenges (RRRC) — Shelfari group and has its own page.

Serious Overload of Series (SOS) Reading Challenges — Good Reads group and has its own page.

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What: 2011 2nd in Series Reading Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2011
Who: Katy (A Few Pages More)

A full plate – Read 12 books that are 2nd in a series or the second time you’ve read the author.
01.  Silk & Scandal 2: Paying the Virgin’s Price (Merrill, Christine) {12 Mar 11}
02.  Witch Hunt 2:  Persecuted (Childs, Lisa) {27 Mar 11}
03.  Bigtime 2: Hot Mama (Estep, Jennifer) {15 Apr 11}
04.  Psy/Changeling 2:  Visions of Heat (Singh, Nalini) {12 May 11}
05.  Ice #1: Cold as Ice (Stuart, Anne) {4 Jul 11}
06.  Elder Races #2: Storm’s Heart (Harrison, Thea) {5 Aug 11}
07. Mercy Thompson #2: Blood Bound (Briggs, Patricia) {13 Aug 11}
08. Captain Lacey #2: A Regimental Murder (Gardner, Ashley) {27 Aug 11}
09. Midnight Breed #2: Kiss of Crimson (Adrian, Lara) {8 Sep 11}
10. Meg Langlow #2: Murder with Puffins (Andrews, Donna) {20 Sep 11}
11. Madeline Black #2: Black Night (Henry, Christina) {29 Oct 11}
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What: 2011 Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2011
Who: Jennifer (Reading for Tequila)
Rules: Based on the level you choose, read the required number of books from this list.

Level I – 5 books
The list below is not final (and obviously more than 5):

  • Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) {6 Apr 11}
  • Touched by an Alien (Gini Koch) {30 Jun 11}
  • Mind Games (Carolyn Crane)
  • Magic Lost, Trouble Found (Lisa Shearin) {21 May 11}
  • My Soul to Take (Rachel Vincent)
  • Inside Out (Maria V. Snyder)
  • The Iron King (Julie Kagawa)
  • The Demon in Me (Michelle Rowen)
  • Wings (Aprilynne Pike)
  • Wicked Lovely (Melissa Marr)

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What: 2011 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2011
Who: Romance Book Maven
Rules: Read 10 contemporary romance books. For details, go here.

A tentative list of authors I plan to read this year. It’s last year’s list, but without the book titles:

  • Not Without Her Family (Andrews, Beth) {24 Jan 11}
  • Just the Sexiest Man Alive (James, Julie) {2 Jun 11}
  • Red Heat (Bruhns, Nina) {22 Jun 11}
  • Cold as Ice (Stuart, Anne) {4 Jul 11}
  • The Brain and the Beauty (Eliot, Betsy) {6 Oct 11}

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What: 2011 Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2011
Who: Yvonne (Socrates’ Book Reviews)
Rules: Chose a level. Books can be any format (audio, paper, e-book). Up front list not required. For book ideas, visit Cozy-Mystery.com. For more details about the challenge, go here.

I’m doing Level 1 – Snoop (1-6). Here’s a tentative list:

  • Donna AndrewsMurder with Puffins (Meg Langslow #2) {20 Sep 11}
  • Ashley GardnerA Regimental Murder (Captain Lacey #2) {27 Aug 11}
  • Georgette Heyer – TBA
  • Julie HyzyBuffalo West Wing (White House Chef #4) {16 Jan 11}
  • Julie Hyzy – Grace Under Pressure (Manor House #1)
  • Victoria Thompson – Murder in Washington Square (Gaslight #4)

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What: 2011 Harlequin/Silhouette Romance Reading Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2011
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.

1. A relationship in the title (mother, father, brother, sister, etc.)
2. A weather condition in the title (rain, snow, storm, etc.)Cold as Ice (Stuart, Anne) {4 Jul 11}
3. An occupation in the title (cop, nurse, doctor, etc.)
4. A book with the author’s first or last name beginning with “C” – Christine Merrill – Paying the Virgin’s Price {12 Mar 11}
5. A name in the title (Mary, Sam, etc.)

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Historical Fiction Challenge

What: 2011 Historical Fiction Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2011
Who: Historical Tapestry
Rules: Pick a level and read the require number of books. For details and sign up, go here.

Note: all historical fiction is acceptable per the hostesses (fantasy, romance, young adult, mystery)

  1. Undoubtedly Obsessed: 15 books

01.  The Painted Lady (Metzger, Barbara) {10 Jan 11}
02.  The Lord and Wayward Lady (Allen, Louise) {30 Jan 11}
03.  Paying the Virgin’s Price (Merrill, Christine) {12 Mar 11}
04.  Sylvester (Heyer, Georgette) {10 Jul 11}
05.  Heiress in Love (Brooke, Christina) {20 Aug 11}
06.  A Regimental Murder (Gardner, Ashley) {27 Aug 11}
07. His Majesty’s Dragon (Novik, Naomi) {17 Sep 11}
08. Passions of a Wicked Earl (Heath, Lorraine) {24 Sep 11}

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Retold Fairy Tales

What: 2011 Retold Fairy Tales & Enchanted Cousins Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2011
Who: Among the Muses
Rules: Pick a level. Read the required number of books.

Dreamer: 1 -3 retold fairy tale reads

  • A Curse Dark as Gold (Elizabeth C. Bunce) — Rumplestilskin
  • Before Midnight (Cameron Dokey) — Cinderella

The questionables:

  • My Fair Godmother (Janette Rallison) — the book description states that the fairy godmother sends her charge “back in time to the Middle Ages, first as Cinderella, then as Snow White”.
  • The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson #2) — Greek mythology. I think it fits the “Enchanted Cousins” category.

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Completed Challenges

What: 2011 1st in Series Reading Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2011
Who: Katy (A Few Pages More)

Series Lover: Read 6 books that are the first in any series.

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What: 2011 New Authors Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2011
Who: Jackie (Literary Escapism)
Rules: Authors must be new to you. Preferably from novels. Anthologies are fine, but only a third of authors can be from them. Pick one: 15, 25 or 50 new authors. Visit Literary Escapism for more details and sign up.

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What: Off the Shelf Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2011
Who: Dutchie (Bookish Ardour)
Rules: Read books that you own, but haven’t gotten around to reading, for whatever reason. Only books you own prior to 1 January 2011 count toward the challenge. Go here for more details and sign up.

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What: Men in Uniform Reading Challenge 2011
When: 1 January – 31 December 2011
Who: The Book Vixen
Rules (copied from site): The goal is to read as many novels that involve men in inform as you’d like. It can be a policeman, firefighter, paramedic, Army, Navy, Marine Corp., etc. – Visit The Book Vixen’s blog for more information and to sign up.

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What: 2011 Romance Reading Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2011
Who: Naida (The Bookworm)
Rules: Read a total of 5 books in twelve months. For details and sign up, go here.

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What: 2011 “Pub” Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2011
Who: Michelle (1morechapter)
Rules: Read a total of eleven books — first published in 2011 — in twelve months. For details and sign-up, go here.

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What: Connie Willis Mini Challenge
When: 1 October 2010 – 30 November 2011
Who: Becky (Mini Challenges Hosted by Becky)
Rules: Read two books by the author. Confirmed that audiobooks are allowed.

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