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Master Reading – A “quick look” reference of what I read for the year.  Also noted is my personal goal and the percentage of Harlequin books I’ve read.

Year in Review – a piece of madness subtitled “2008: The Epic Romance Suspense Fantasy”.

End of Year Wrap Up – A few thoughts and statistics.

2008 Top Ten – Where I finally figured out which book was my favorite.

Completed Challenges

What: Series Challenge – 2nd Season — Completed!
When: 1 June – 30 November 2008
Who: Kathrin (Crazy Cozy Murders)
Rules (Copied from her website): There is no set number of books you have to read, you just have to read the books so that you are all up-to-date with the series. In other words, try to catch-up on as many series as you think you can during the time frame given. This is a good companion to the 1st in a Series Challenge hosted by Joy.

Series Challenge Season 2 Wrap-Up

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What: Readers Imbibing Peril (RIP) III Challenge — COMPLETED !!
When: 1 September – 31 October 2008
Who: Carl (Stainless Steel Droppings)
Post reviews at Yarns.

2008 R.I.P. III Challenge Wrap-Up

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What: A Ghostly Challenge — COMPLETED!
When: 1 September – 31 October 2008
Who: Callista (SMS Book Reviews)
Rules: Copied from A Ghostly Challenge’s site: For this challenge, you have from September 1 to October 31 to read 2 books that feature ghosts or are otherwise ghostly. Use your discretion.

2008 A Ghostly Challenge Wrap-Up

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What: The Harlequin/Silhouette Reading Challenge – Completed!!
When: 1 June – 31 December 2008
Who: Yvonne (The Harlequin/Silhouette Reading Challenge)
Rules: Read 5 Harlequin and/or Silhouette books by December 31, 2008.

2008 Harlequin/Silhouette Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

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What: Romance Reading Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2008 — COMPLETED !!
Who: Naida (the bookworm)
Rules: At least 5 Romance novels, to be read at your own pace, throughout the year. No restriction on the sub-genre. See Naida’s site for more.

2008 Romance Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

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What: The Pub 2008 Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2008 — COMPLETED !!
Who: Michelle (3M)
Rules: Read at least 8 books, first published in 2008, by the end of the year. No children/Young Adult books, at least four must be fiction, and the list can change at anytime. Given the requirements, it is not necessary to have a firm list to sign up. See the Challenge site.

2008 “Pub” Challenge Wrap-Up Post.

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What: Themed Reading Challenge — COMPLETED !!
When: 1 January – 30 June 2008
Who: Wendy (caribousmom)
Rules: Four books in six months. The theme is of your own choosing. Go here for details.
Note: The idea for a theme just fell in my lap, in a way, when I was looking at possible alternates for the other challenges.

Themed Reading Wrap-Up post.

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What: Reading My Name Challenge — COMPLETED !!
When: 1 February – 1 May 2008
Who: Callista (SMS Book Reviews)
Rules: Read at least 2 books written by an author, or feature a main character, with your name, be it your first, middle, last, nickname, or online name. Variations are also acceptable. For example, my name is Christina: Christine, Christie, Chris, Kristina, Cristina, etc. See the challenge site for details.

Reading My Name Wrap-up post.

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Incomplete Challenges

What: Back to History Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2008
Who: Shannon
Rules: Read 12 historical books. Can be historical fiction as well as memoirs and biographies. See Shannon’s site.

Back to History Wrap-Up Post

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What: TBR Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2008
Who: MizB
Rules: Read 12 books, that have been on your to be read pile for 6 months or more, by the end of the year. See the challenge site.

TBR Challenge Wrap-Up Post

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What: “What’s In a Name?” Reading Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2008
Who: Annie (words by Annie)
Rules: Read six books, one from each of the categories, with a certain type of word in the title.

What’s in a Name Wrap-Up Post

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What: 1st in Series Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2008
Who: Joy (Thoughts of Joy)
Rules: Read 12 books, that are the first book in a series, by the end of the year.

1st in a Series Wrap-Up Post

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What: A~Z Reading Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2008
Who: Joy (Thoughts of Joy)
Rules: Read a to z author and a to z book title. Joy set up a separate site for the challenge here. I tracked my progress on a separate page.

A to Z Challenge Wrap-Up Post

20 Comments leave one →
  1. November 6, 2007 6:04 pm

    glad youre joining my romance reading challenge, you’ve got some great choices!

  2. November 9, 2007 1:07 pm

    Welcome to the 1st in a Series Challenge! I’m not familiar with any of your choices. I look forward to finding out what they are about through your reviews. Happy Reading!

  3. misscz permalink
    November 10, 2007 11:45 pm

    Naida — Thanks! I tried to pick books that weren’t all one type.

    Joy — Most are from Harlequin or Silhouette lines, which will be good for my numbers if I participate in next year’s reader challenge at

    …And I just noticed I left off an author’s name (Beau Brummel). (I had to edit this. It annoyed me :-D)


  4. November 27, 2007 9:05 pm

    wow…you must do quite a lot of reading!

  5. misscz permalink
    November 28, 2007 12:42 am

    I commute to work. It’s not as long as some people’s, nor is it as long as it use to be. Current average is 50+ books a year, which is about a book a week.

  6. November 28, 2007 11:23 am

    that sounds like a lot…I’m so envious.

  7. misscz permalink
    November 29, 2007 9:27 am

    Thanks! I wish it could be more. I have an out-of-control TBR pile and like shopping for books. 😀

  8. November 29, 2007 3:47 pm

    I have that same pile at my house…it grows way faster than I can get to it. I love to go to the book store anytime I have a spare hour and just wander the isles.

  9. misscz permalink
    November 29, 2007 10:51 pm

    Me too! I love going to Barnes & Noble and wander. And I constantly look to see what Amazon recommends for me. Granted, it doesn’t change from day-to-day…but you never know! 😀 I’m thinking about joining two more challenges. Gotta see if I can put more of a dent in the pile. Ha!

  10. caribousmom permalink
    December 2, 2007 11:54 am

    Christina – Welcome to the challenge! I am really enjoying seeing the themes people are picking – yours is great 🙂


  11. misscz permalink
    December 2, 2007 9:57 pm

    Thanks, Wendy! 🙂

  12. December 13, 2007 1:33 pm


    I’m stopping by to let you know that I’ve set up a separate blog for the What’s in a Name? challenge. I hope you’ll be able to stop by once in while to see what contests are going on and to leave links to any reviews you write. Thanks again for joining!


  13. misscz permalink
    December 15, 2007 4:22 pm

    Thanks, Annie. I make the corrections to my links. 🙂


  14. December 27, 2007 10:30 pm

    Thanks for joining my Reading My Name Challenge!

  15. misscz permalink
    December 28, 2007 10:15 pm

    You’re welcome! 🙂

  16. December 30, 2007 4:19 pm

    Hooray! I’m glad you joined the A ~ Z Reading Challenge, too! 🙂 It will be fun plugging our reads onto the lists.

    BTW ~ I like the light snow falling. Very cool.

  17. misscz permalink
    December 30, 2007 10:56 pm

    I like the snow myself. Alas, WordPress will turn the feature off on 2 Jan 08.

    Happy New Year!

  18. July 3, 2008 9:50 pm

    Thanks for joining the Harlequin/Silhouette reading challenge. It sounds like you have some good books on the list to read. Have fun!

  19. misscz permalink
    July 14, 2008 9:59 pm

    Thanks! I will. 🙂


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