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2009 Challenges

Below are the challenges I am participating in for 2009.

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

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What: The Naming Conventions Challenge
When: 1 September 2008 – 30 May 2009
Who: Maria (Reading My Way Through Life)
Rules: Visit her site for details.

The books can be read in any order and the list changed at any time during the challenge.

RED books are on multiple reading challenges.

I’m going with book titles only:

C – Cousin Kate (Georgette Heyer) {2 Feb 09} (REVIEW)
H – Hail to the Chef (Julie Hyzy) {1 Jan 09} (REVIEW)
R – Ravenous (Sharon Ashwood) {18 Feb 09} (REVIEW)
I – Into the Fire (Anne Stuart) {25 Apr 09} (REVIEW)
S – Silent in the Sanctuary (Deanna Raybourn) {11 Nov} (REVIEW)
T – Twist (Colby Hodge) {2 Sep 08} (REVIEW)
I – Innocence Unveiled (Blythe Gifford) {6 Jan 09} (REVIEW)
N – Nightkeepers (Jessica Andersen) {12 Oct 08} (REVIEW)
A – Ace is Wild (Penny McCall) {27 Feb 09} (REVIEW)

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What: Victorian Challenge
When: 1 January – 30 June 2009
Who: Alex
Rules: Choose one of four levels, based on the number of books you think you can read in six months. Books can be (a) written by Victorian writers; (b) set during Victorian times — any fiction genre; or (c) books about the time or biographies of Victorians (non-fiction). The site has suggestions listed for each.

I will be doing the “Walk in Hyde Park”:

My books will be:

  • Silent on the Moor (Deanna Raybourn) {19 Mar 09} (REVIEW)
  • And Only to Deceive (Natasha Alexander)
  • Death at Whitechapel (Robin Paige)
  • Murder on Washington Square (Victoria Thompson)

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What: Themed Reading Challenge
When: 1 February – 31 July 2009
Who: Caribousmom
Rules: Read 4 to 6 books, in six months, linked by theme. List of books may change at any time. Three different levels of participation: read at least 4 books with the same theme; read at least 5 books that share at least TWO themes; read at least 6 books that share MORE than two themes.

My theme will be “Books From the SHOMI imprint”.  I will read FOUR books for this challenge.

Books in RED are on more than one list/alternate list

  • Driven (Eve Kenin) {7 Feb 09} (REVIEW)
  • Countdown (Michelle Maddox) {11 May 09} (REVIEW)
  • Moongazer (Marianne Mancusi)
  • Wired (Liz Maverick)
  • Razor Girl (Marianne Mancusi)
  • Irreversible (Liz Maverick) — sequel to Wired
  • Phenomenal Girl 5 (A. J. Menden)
  • Hidden (Eve Kenin) — sequel to Driven

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What: Summer Vacation Reading Challenge
When: 22 May – 7 September 2009
Who: Molly (My Cozy Book Nook)
Rules: See the sign-up post for more details.

Globe Trotter.


Below is the list of potential reads for this challenge. I’ve also indicated the location, if known:

  • Tangled Lies (Anne Stuart) — Hawaii
  • Lost Calling (Evelyn Vaughn) — Paris
  • Cold as Ice (Anne Stuart) — on a yacht
  • The Contestant (Stephanie Doyle) — a tropical island
  • The Maverick’s Greek Island Mistress (a.k.a Taken by the Bad Boy) (Kelly Hunter) — the Mediterranean
  • The Rome Affair (Laura Caldwell) — Rome
  • A Most Unconventional Courtship (Louisa Allen) — Corfu
  • Templar Knight, Forbidden Bride (Lynna Banning) — Grenada
  • The Widow (Anne Stuart) — Tuscany

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What: The Countdown Challenge
When: 8 August 2008 – 9 September 2009
Who: 3M (
Rules (copied from site):

  1. The goal of this challenge is to read the number of books first published in a given year that corresponds to the last digit of each year in the 2000s — 9 books from 2009, 8 books from 2008, etc. The total number of books required, therefore, is 45.
  2. This challenge lasts from 8/8/08 through 9/9/09. Yes, it is retroactive to August 8th!
  3. Crossovers with other challenges are allowed and your lists may change at any time.

Due to the nature of this challenge, I’ve created a separate page to track my progress.

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What: Anne Stuart Read-a-Fest
When: 15 April – 15 October 2009
Who: Ana O. (Cosy Little World)
Rules: To read as many novels written by Anne Stuart in six months. No list required. Ana will be awarding prizes. To learn more and sign up, read the sign-up post.

01.  Into the Fire {25 Apr 09} (REVIEW)

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What: 2009 Chunkster Challenge
When: Now – 15 November 2009
Who: Think Pink Dana
Rules: Decide how many 450+ page novels you want to read by November. Must be adult-level books (no YA). There are multiple levels. See the challenge site for more details.

Do These Books Make my Butt Look Big? – this option is for the slightly heavier reader who wants to commit to 3-5 Chunksters over the next ten months.

1. Dawnkeepers (Anderson, Jessica) – 455 pages (REVIEW)
2. Silent on the Moor (Raybourn, Deanna) – 465 (REVIEW)

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What: Series Challenge – Season 3
When: 1 December 2008 – 30 November 2009
Who: Kathrin (Crazy Cozy Murders)
Rules: The goal is to get caught up with as many series as you think you can in twelve months. See her post for more info and to sign up.

House of Carde Trilogy (Barbara Metzger)

  • Queen of Diamonds (3rd)

Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery (Carrie Bebris)

  • Suspense and Sensibility (2nd)
  • North by Northanger (3rd)

Captain Lacey series (Ashley Gardner)

  • A Regimental Murder (2nd)
  • The Glass House (3rd)
  • The Sudbury School Murders (4th)
  • A Body in Berkley Square (5th)
  • A Covent Garden Mystery (6th)

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What: 1st in Series Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2009
Who: J. Kaye (J. Kaye’s Book Blog)
Rules: Goal is to read at least 12 books that are the first book in a series. List can be made at anytime.

I’m not going to make a list this year. I have more than twelve series — some are trilogies, some are new as of 2008. But I do have a few goals, regarding the challenge:

  • If the series started in 2008 — definitely read in 2009, to determine if it’s one I want to follow and keep an eye out for the next book.
  • If the series is a trilogy — read all three, if possible (obviously, only the first book counts in the challenge)
  • New in 2009 — start a few new ones, for the same reason as first point.

01. Slave to Sensation (Singh, Nalini) {24 Jan 09} (REVIEW)
02. Ravenous (Ashwood, Sharon) {18 Feb 09} (REVIEW)
03. Shadow Game (Feehan, Christine) {11 Mar 09} (REVIEW)

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What: New Author Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2009
Who: Jackie (Literary Escapism)
Rules: To read as many new-to-you authors as you think you can in one year. Novels preferred, but anthologies are also acceptable. Go here to learn more and to sign up. There is a separate blog for reviews.

My goal is 12 new authors.  Books in RED count on multiple challenges:
01. Gifford, Blythe – Innocence Unveiled {6 Jan 09} (REVIEW)
02. Singh, Nalini – Slave to Sensation {24 Jan 09} (REVIEW)
03. Kenin, Eve – Driven {7 Feb 09} (REVIEW)
04. Ashwood, Sharon – Ravenous {18 Feb 09} (REVIEW)
05. Feehan, Christine – Shadow Game {10 Mar 09} (REVIEW)
06. Estep, Jennifer – Karma Girl {27 Apr 09} (REVIEW)
07. Blake, Ally – The Magnate’s Indecent Proposal {30 Apr 09} (REVIEW)
08. Maddox, Michelle – Countdown {11 May 09} {REVIEW)

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What: Year of the Category Challenge
When: January – December 2009
Who: KMont (Lurv à la Mode)
Rules: Visit her site for rules and sign-up.

01. Innocence Unveiled (Gifford, Blythe) {6 Jan 09} (REVIEW)
02. An Unladylike Offer (Merrill, Christine) {9 Feb 09} (REVIEW)
03. Bedded for Diamonds (Hunter, Kelly) {11 Feb 09} (REVIEW)

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What: Romance Reading Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2009
Who: Naida (The Bookworm)
Rules: Read five romances, of any subgenre, in 2009. List can change at any time.

This year, I’m going to do this a little differently. I’m going to specifically name only two books. The remaining three will be identified by a general term/type of romance. This will give me more flexibility.

Books in RED are on more than one list/alternate list

  • a Georgette Heyer novelCousin Kate {2 Feb 09} (REVIEW)
  • a SHOMIDriven (Kenin, Eve) {7 Feb 09} (REVIEW)
  • a Harlequin category romance (contemporary) – Bedded for Diamonds (Hunter, Kelly) {9 Feb 09} (REVIEW)
  • Ace is Wild (Penny McCall) {27 Feb 09} (REVIEW)
  • My Lord and Spymaster (Joanna Bourne)

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What: 2nds Reading Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2009
Who: J. Kaye (J. Kaye’s Book Blog)
Rules: The challenge is to read a total of 12 books, written by authors that you have only read once before. The books do not have to be part of a series. List can be created/modified any time during the year.

Some are part of series. In the instances where I list only the author, I’ve left it open as to which book I’ll read — based on mood or other challenges.

Books in RED are on more than one list/alternate list

  • Hail to the Chef (Julie Hyzy) — 2nd in the White House Chef series {1 Jan 09} (REVIEW)
  • Ace is Wild (Penny McCall) {27 Feb 09} (REVIEW)
  • My Lord and Spymaster (Joanna Bourne)
  • Darth Bane: Rule of Two (Drew Karpyshyn)
  • Heat Stroke (Rachel Caine) — 2nd in the Weather Warden series
  • Kiss of Fury (Deborah Cooke) — 2nd in the Dragonfire series {20 Apr 09} (REVIEW)
  • Dawnkeepers (Jessica Andersen) — 2nd in the Final Prophecy series {15 Jan 09} (REVIEW)
  • A Regimental Murder (Ashley Gardner) — 2nd in the Captain Lacey series
  • Suspense and Sensibility (Carrie Bebris) — 2nd in the Mr. & Mrs. Darcy series
  • Lynna Banning
  • Ann Elizabeth Cree
  • Stephanie Doyle
  • Diane Farr
  • Jan Freed
  • Bedded for Diamonds (Kelly Hunter) {11 Feb 09} (REVIEW)
  • Ruth Ryan Langan
  • Laura Caldwell
  • Beverly Barton

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What: The Harlequin/Silhouette Romance Reading Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2009
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.

Books in RED are on more than one list/alternate list

1) A book with a holiday theme.
2) An author you never read before: Gifford, Blythe – Innocence Unveiled {06 Jan 09} (REVIEW)
3) A book with one of these words in the title: wedding, marriage, husband or wife – Wanted: White Wedding (Oakley, Natasha) {26 Mar 09} ( REVIEW)
4) A book set in a place you’ve never been before: Australia –  Bedded for Diamonds (Hunter, Kelly) {11 Feb 09} (REVIEW)
5) A book with a body of water in the title (i.e. water, lake, river, island, etc.)

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What’s In A Name

What: What’s In a Name 2 Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2009
Who: Annie (words by Annie)
Rules: Read six books, one from each of the categories, with a certain type of word in the title. No restrictions on genre, however, if a book fits in more than one category, it can only be counted in one of them. See Annie’s site for more.

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

1. A profession in the title:  Hail to the Chef (Julie Hyzy) {1 Jan 09} (REVIEW)
2. A time of day in the title: Dawnkeepers (Jessica Andersen) {15 Jan 09} (REVIEW)
3. A relative in the title:  Cousin Kate (Georgette Heyer) {2 Feb 02} (REVIEW)
4. A body part in the title: A Clockwork Heart (Dru Pagliassotti)
5. A building in the title: Death at Whitechapel (Robin Paige)
6. A medical condition in the title: Heat Stroke (Rachel Caine)

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What: The 2009 Pub Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2009
Who: 3M
Rules: Go to the challenge website for the full list of rules. Here are a few highlights: Read nine books, first published in 2009; no Young Adult or children’s books; crossovers with other challenges allowed.

The list is possibilities.  More to follow. . .

  • Magic Strikes (Ilona Andrews) {28 Mar 09} (REVIEW)
  • Dawnkeepers (Jessica Andersen) {15 Jan 09} (REVIEW)
  • Kiss of Fate (Deborah Cooke)
  • The Whispering Room (Amanda Stevens)
  • Silent on the Moor (Deanna Raybourn) {19 Mar 09} (REVIEW)
  • Packing Heat (Penny McCall)
  • Suspect Lover (Stephanie Doyle)
  • Dark Crusade (Lori Devoti) {16 Mar 09} (REVIEW)
  • Ravenous (Sharon Ashwood) {18 Feb 09} (REVIEW)

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What: Contemporary Romance Challenge
When: January – December 2009
Who: Brie (Musings of a Bibliophile)
Rules: Quoted from her website:

1. Any contemporary romance of your choice is eligible. By contemporary I mean any book placed in a contemporary setting with no paranormal elements.

2. Read at least one contemporary romance a month and post a review for that book within the month. I haven’t set a unified date because I’m not good at sticking to dates, and having no monthly time limit should ensure that everyone in the challenge is able to read at least one contemporary a month.

3. After posting your review leave a link to it in the comment section of the monthly Contemporary Romance Challenge post that will go up here on Musing of a Bibliophile once a month. This will make it easier for me and anyone else interested to find your review.

Note: So that the post to link your reviews to does not get lost in the rest of the posts for that month, there will be a link to it on the side bar. The challenge runs from January 2009 – December 2009.

01. Bedded for Diamonds (Hunter, Kelly) {11 Feb 09} (REVIEW)

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What: The Year of Readers 2009
When: 1 January – 31 December 2009
Who: Jodie (Book Gazing)
Rules: The participants of this challenge raise funds for a reading-related charity of their choice. Getting other people to sponsor you — pledge money based on number of books — is strictly voluntary. Due to the nature of the challenge, there are very few restrictions on what counts as a book: for example, graphic novels and poetry anthologies count; newspapers and magazines do not. To read more about the challenge, visit The Year of Readers website.

The charity I chose is First Book.

My personal pledge is $2.00 per book. I hope to read 60 books by the end of the year.

I will track my progress on the 2009 Master Reading List.

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What: 2009 Read & Review Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2009
Who: MizB (Read and Review Challenge)
Rules: Copied directly from her site:

* review each book you read
* link to your reviews on the “Our Reviews” page
* PLEASE keep your reviews clean & respectful

  • reviews can be as short, or long, as you wish
  • you MAY overlap with other challenges
  • eBooks and Audiobooks ARE allowed
  • if there will be spoilers in your review, please note this in the subject line of your post so that those who don’t want to read them can skip that review. Thank you.

Due to the nature of this challenge, the 2009 Master Reading List will double as the tracker for this challenge.

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What: 2009 A~Z Challenge
When: 1 January – 31 December 2009
Who: Becky (A~Z Reading Challenge)
Rules: There are several options this year. The reader can chose to track Author or Title, or both. Becky also has options for tracking by location (country, state, etc) and one for children’s books. Go to the site for details and sign-up.

Due to the nature of this challenge, I’ve set up a separate page.

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What: 2009 Third Time’s A Charm Challenge
When: January 1 – December 31, 2009
Who: A Novel Challenge Yahoo Group. Join to participate!!

1. Choose at least one Trilogy to read (you may choose more than one, but must read at least one trilogy).
2. Post a list of the books in the trilogy you have chosen to the group via email (this is your sign up for the challenge).
3. Cross overs from other challenges are permissible.
4. Progress in the challenge and any wrap up post should be posted to the group via email.

I’ll be reading:

Coruscant Nights by Michael Reaves
1. Jedi Twilight
2. Streets of Shadows
3. Patterns of the Force

Alternate — but will probably read it anyway (New-to-me author):

Dark Crescent Sisterhood by Anna Windsor
1. Bound by Shadow
2. Bound by Flame
3. Bound by Light


Completed Challenges

What: Winter Holiday Reading Challenge
When: 1 November 2008 – 31 January 2009
Who: Diane (Book in Hand)
Rules (Copied from her website): The theme for this challenge is Winter Holidays. The books that you choose to read must have a storyline that includes celebrating a winter holiday, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s, etc. (However, the holidays are not limited to just these examples.) There is no set number of books.

Winter Holiday Challenge Wrap-Up post

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What: Reading My Name 2009
When: 1 February – 30 June 2009
Who: Callista
Rules: Quoted from the blog:
Your challenge if you choose to accept it is to read at least two books by authors that share your name OR book titles with your name in them. They can share your first name, middle name or last name. They can share your nickname or online name or email name. They can share a form of your name. If you have a very rare name, just do your best to get as close as you can. (e.g. If your name is Raina, then Rain or Rayne would be okay.) The character can have the same name as you too.

Reading My Name Challenge 2009 Wrap-Up post

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