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Themed Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

May 3, 2008

Themed Reading Challenge

Thanks to Wendy for holding the challenge.

To recap: The goal of the challenge was to read four books, with a common theme, in six months. The theme was left entirely up to the reader.

My list (Books in RED are on more than one list/alternate list):

  • April Lady by Georgette Heyer {16 Apr 08} (REVIEW)
  • A Lady of Rare Quality by Anne Ashley {24 Feb 08} (REVIEW)
  • My Lady’s Prisoner by Ann Elizabeth Cree {26 Apr 08} (REVIEW)
  • Forbidden Lady by Anne Herries {10 Jan 08} (DNF)
  • Crusader’s Lady by Lynna Banning {18 Jan 08} (REVIEW)

1. What things did you enjoy the most about this challenge?
Everything. Four books with a common theme, to be read in six month, sounded like a manageable goal. Inspiration for my choice of theme, such that it was, came about when I was looking at books for the Back to History challenge. I noticed that I had many books with the word “lady” in the title. I was just thinking that maybe I should host a challenge called, “She’s a Lady”, when I found/stumbled across Wendy’s challenge. Thank goodness for that! Saved me from agonizing over such things as, how many books should I make the challenge?, should I offer a prize?, should I create a separate blog? 😉

2. What were your favorite reads? Least favorite?
My favorite book was April Lady by Georgette Heyer. The one I liked least was the one I did not finish and did not write a review for. Of the reviewed books, A Lady of Rare Quality by Anne Ashley, came in 4th place.

3. Would you do this one again if it were offered next year?
Yes, definitely! I’ve got a lot more Harlequin Historicals! I’m sure I could come up with another theme easily with just those alone. Or maybe Star Wars. I’m sadly behind.

4. Anything you’d change about the challenge?
It’s not something that Wendy would need to change, because I don’t think if it was a “set in stone” requirement (unless I missed it). Alternates. Whether or not it was a “rule”, I was strict about the reading list and the alternates I chose. If a book came my way that I just had to read and it fit the theme, I did not count it toward the theme because it wasn’t on the lists. For example, I saw reviews for The Spymaster’s Lady and I couldn’t wait to read it. So next year, unless it’s a “rule”, I’m going to be more flexible with my alternates list. 😀

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 4, 2008 11:56 am

    Thanks for participating in the challenge and I’m happy you enjoyed it! I will probably host this again next year. The only real set in stone “rule” was I wanted people to pick books on their TBR piles (however they construct those *smiles*…some people have physical piles, others have lists of books they want to read, etc…). Lots of challenge hosts are now allowing readers to change their lists at any time, and I will probably add that flexibility to this challenge next year so that readers don’t have to feel constrained by their lists.

    Again thanks for “playing!”

  2. misscz permalink
    May 7, 2008 10:26 pm

    You’re welcome. I plan to join next year. 🙂

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