Reading Challenges 2014

pile of booksIt’s not that I really need any encouragement to get my nose stuck into a book, but I do like the idea of doing reading challenges. I’ve so far decided on two – one which is hosted by Wendy the SuperLibrarian and another I chose from the BACK TO SCHOOL challenge submitted at the All About Romance message boards.

The minimum requirement for the first is one book per month, and for the second, it works out at 14 books over the year (there are seven categories and I have to choose two books for each category).

I’m also setting myself an extra challenge which is to choose as many titles as possible from the big pile of second-hand paperbacks sitting by my bed!

I’ll be posting my reviews here and adding books to these lists as soon as I’ve decided upon them all!

Wendy’s Multi-Blog Challenge:

January 15 – We Love Short Shorts! (Short stories, Novellas, category romance)
Forbidden Jewel of India by Louise Allen
What Happened at Midnight by Courtney Milan

February 19 – Series Catch-Up (pick a book from a series you’re behind on)
Gabriel by Grace Burrowes

March 19 – New-To-You Author (an author you’ve never read before)
Love is Blind by Lynsay Sands

April 16 – Contemporary romance
Mr (not quite) Perfect by Jessica Hart

May 21 – More Than One (An author who has more than one book in your TBR pile)
At Your Pleasure by Meredith Duran

June 18 – Romance Classics (classic book, classic author, classic trope/theme etc.)
Yours Until Dawn by Teresa Medeiros

July 16 – Lovely RITA (past RITA winners or nominees)
Prospero’s Daughter by Nancy Butler

August 20 – Luscious Love Scenes (erotic romance, erotica, a “sensual” read – leave those “just kisses” books alone this month!)
Tempting a Sinner by Kate Pearce

September 17 – Recommended read (a book recommended to you by someone)
The Duke’s Holiday by Maggie Fenton

October 15 – Paranormal or romantic suspense
Shadow Lover by Anne Stuart

November 19 – Historical romance
Provoked by Joanna Chambers

December 17 – Holiday themes (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, it’s all good!)
The Christmas Spirit by Patricia Wynn

All About Romance BACK TO SCHOOL challenge:

I’m doing the Days of the Week Challenge which asks the reader to select books which are somehow related to the days of the week (!)

In many languages, the days of the week have been named after seven planets or celestial bodies of classical astronomy since the Roman period. These planets, in turn, have names that are associated to mythological gods. For the English language, we have:

1) Sunday – Sun – associated with Sol, the god of the sun, and one of the main representations of light
– Read a book that is the first in a series
– Read a book that has in its title the word “Sunday”, “Sun”, “light”, “shine”, “hot, “star” or “day”, or any variation of these words, or a word you think might have a similar connotation
– Read a book that is set in the summer or is set on a “sunny” place – the beach, a desert, a Mediterranean country, etc
– Read a book where the hero or heroine is an astronomer, astrologist, astronaut, or is a “star” (e.g., a movie star, a famous athlete, etc)

MY CHOICES: – The Luckiest Lady in London by Sherry Thomas – the hero is a highly-regarded amateur astronomer.
Fair Shines the Day by Sylvia Thorpe – English Civil War set historical fiction/romance, first in a series of four.

2) Monday – Moon – associated with Luna, the goddess of the moon, one of the agricultural guardian gods and another representation of light
– Read a book that is the second in a series
– Read a book that has in its title the word “Monday”, “Moon”, “dark”, “shade”, or “night”, or any variation of these words, or a word you think might have a similar connotation
– Read a book that is set in the winter or that has a “dark atmosphere” (eg. a gothic book)
– Read a book where the hero or heroine is a landowner, a farmer, a gardener, a botanist, or a book that has the words “garden” or “flower” in its title, or the book is set in the country side

MY CHOICES: – Secrets of the Night by Jo Beverley – Fourth book in her Malloren series.
The Leopard Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt. The heroine is a landowner, the hero is her steward.

3) Tuesday – Mars – associated with Mars, the god of war
– Read a book that is the third in a series
– Read a book that has in its title the word “Tuesday”, “Mars”, “war”, “fight” or “battle” or any variation of these words, or a word you think might have a similar connotation
– Read a book that is set in during war time (American Civil War, Napoleonic Wars, etc)
– Read a book where the hero or heroine is a warrior, or is in the military, or is in law enforcement

MY CHOICES: Vixen in Velvet (Dressmakers #3) by Loretta Chase
The Boleyn Reckoning (Boleyn Trilogy #3) by Laura Andersen
Lady Windermere’s Love (Wild Quartet #3) by Miranda Neville

4) Wednesday – Mercury – associated with Mercury, the messenger of the gods, patron of commerce, communication, travelers and thieves
– Read a book that is the fourth in a series
– Read a book that has in its title the word “Wednesday”, “Mercury”, “message”, “letter” “business”, “travel” or “thief” or any variation of these words, or a word you think might have a similar connotation
Read an epistolary novel, or a book where letters, phone, text or email messages are relevant to the story
– Read a book where the hero or heroine works in media or communication, or owns a business, or works in commerce, or has to travel to a distant place, or is a con or thief

MY CHOICES: To Kiss a Thief by Kate Moore
Till Next We Meet by Karen Ranney

5) Thursday – Jupiter – associated with Jupiter, the king of the gods and the god of sky and thunder
– Read a book that is the fifth in a series
– Read a book that has in its title the word “Thursday”, “Jupiter”, “king”, “sky” or “thunder” or any variation of these words, or a word you think might have a similar connotation
– Read a book that is set in a country ruled by a king or queen
– Read a book where the hero or heroine is the main leader of a group of people (e.g., a king or queen, a CEO, a captain of a ship, the commander of a special forces team, etc)

MY CHOICES: Gabriel by Grace Burrowes (5th in the Lonely Lords series)
The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

6) Friday – Venus – associated with Venus, the goddess of Love. She embodies sex, love, beauty, enticement, seduction, and persuasive female charm
Read a book that is the sixth in a series
– Read a book that has in its title the word “Friday”, “Venus”, “love”, “passion”, “sex”, “heart”, “beauty” or “seduction”, or any variation of these words, or a word you think might have a similar connotation
– Read a book with any of these romantic plots: Love at first sight, Unrequited love, From friends to lovers, or Best enemies, or read a book that has received “hot” or “burning” sensuality rating at AAR (or a book not reviewed at AAR that you would consider “hot” or “burning”).
– Read a book where the hero or heroine are considered to be quite handsome / beautiful, or where the heroine can be said to embody “persuasive female charm”

MY CHOICES: Gareth by Grace Burrowes (6th in the Lonely Lords series)
The Rules of Seduction by Madeleine Hunter

7) Saturday – Saturn – associated with Saturn, god of time. Also god of wealth, periodical renewal, and liberation
– Read a book that is the seventh in a series
– Read a book that has in its title the word “Saturday”, “Saturn”, “time”, “wealth”, “rich”, “new”, “old” or “free”, or any variation of these words, or a word you think might have a similar connotation
– – Read a book with any of these “time/age related” romantic plots: Reunited, May-December or December-May romances, Met as friends, Time travel, or Older couples, or read a book where all events occur within a short time frame (a fortnight or less), or a long time frame (14 months or more)
– Read a book where the hero or heroine is or becomes wealthy, or read a book where the hero or heroine is fighting for his/her own freedom or the freedom of others

MY CHOICES: Marrying the Royal Marine by Carla Kelly (May-December romance)
The Heywood Inheritance by Catherine Fellows (heroine becomes wealthy)
Andrew: Lord of Despair (Lonely Lords #7) by Grace Burrowes

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