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2011 Incomplete and Abandoned Challenges

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I decided to save myself some time and just do one post. As the title states, these are the challenges that I did not read the required number of books. I also didn’t complete my personal challenges, but those will be covered separately.

Looking back, I should have chosen lower reading levels. I know I had good intentions to read more historical and non-paranormal contemporary this past year, but I got more involved with a Goodreads Group challenge and end up reading more paranormal than anything else this year.


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}
  • Risky Christmas (Anthology) {31 Dec 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}
09. A Countess by Christmas (Burrows, Annie) {30 Dec 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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