2012 Romance Reading and Harlequin/Sihlouette Reading Challenges


I’m doubling-up here, using one post to sign up for two challenges. These are two that I’ve enjoyed doing even if I’ve not always been successful.

2012 Romance Reading ChallengeWhat: 2012 Romance Reading Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2012
WhoNaida (the bookworm)
Rules: Read a total of five books in twelve months. For details and sign-up, go here.

Over the past few years, I’ve given myself certain criteria for what books count toward this challenge. Naida herself doesn’t limit what type, as long as it’s a story involving romantic love between two people, it’s good. It doesn’t even have to have a happy ending. Unrequited or tragic love, in her book, counts.

For 2012, I’ve decided some of my self-imposed criteria will be uniform. What I mean by that is:

  • All five books must be written by new-to-me authors
  • No Young Adult
  • No category romances, including books written under any of the Harlequin imprints (Mira, Luna, HQN, etc)

In the past, I allowed for category and Young Adult. Since I read a lot of romance and the requirements are low for both this and the Harlequin challenge, I felt I could make it more interesting by not “allowing” the same books to count for both.  However, I will still cross-challenge books from these two with other challenges (for example, Men in Uniform, Off the Shelf, etc). Also, this will help eliminate more books from my huge reading pile.

Now for the book-specific criteria.  I will read one:

  1. Historical (no paranormal elements)
  2. Contemporary (no paranormal elements; no romantic suspense)
  3. Speculative Fiction (this includes: science-fiction, paranormal, steampunk, dystopian, post-apocalyptic, etc.)
  4. Romantic Suspense (no paranormal elements)
  5. Semi-Wild Card (still adheres to the general criteria, but can be any type or romance)

I will track my progress on my Master Challenge List here.

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Harlequin Reading ChallengeWhat: 2012 Harlequin/Silhouette Romance Reading Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2012
Who: Evy (Islandgirl Reads Romance)
Rules: Read a total of six books in twelve months. Below are the requirements for the challenge. For details, go here.

Read one book for each of the following requirements:

  • The name of a place in the title (whether a country or small city or town)
  • A weather condition in the title (snow, rain, storm etc.)
  • A Title must be in the title of the book (Prince, Countess, etc)
  • The author’s first or last name beginning with the letter M
  • A Holiday/Season in the title (Valentine, Christmas, Summer, etc)
  • A color must be in the title (red, blue, green etc)

I will track my progress on my Master Challenge List here.

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2012 Romance Reading and Harlequin/Sihlouette Reading Challenges — 4 Comments

  1. Welcome tothe Romance Reading Challenge Christina 🙂 Happy reading. I like that you’ve taken the step to give yourself self-imposed criteria and make a it a bit more challenging.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Naida! If I didn’t give myself the extra challenge, I could finish the challenge in a month or two! 😉

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