09 February 2013

2013 Online Reading Challenge Round-up, Part V: Romance


The next genre I chose to feature is romance, starting with none other that Miss Jane Austen herself:


 The Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge is hosted (where else) on Austenprose. As the title suggests, it is a celebration of the 200th publication anniversary of Jane Austen's most famous book.

This is a year-long challenge and sign-up ends on July 1. The aim is to read, listen to or watch between 1 and 12 books, audio books, movies, TV series or web series (there are 3 incremental levels) hat are adaptations, sequels or spin-offs of Pride and Prejudice. There are prizes to be won and more rules can be found in the sign-up post.


The Book Vixen is hosting two romance challenges I chose to feature (and a few more):

2013 Romantic Suspense Reading Challenge hosted by The Book VixenThe Romantic Suspense challenge runs all year long and you can sign up whenever you want. The goal is simply to read 13 romances belonging to the suspense sub-genre.


Any format is allowed, as are re-reads and crossovers from other challenges, and novellas over 100 pages are eligible. There are 37 participants so far. More rules after the click.


2013 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge hosted by The Book VixenThe Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge is also a year-long challenge with no sign-up deadline. The goal is to read 10 contemporary romances. They can be adult or young adult and must be about romance between a man and a woman, and the following sub-genres are not allowed: paranormal, historical, time-travel, fantasy, science fiction, or mystery/suspense/thriller. Other than this, the same rules apply as for the Romantic suspense challenge. 69 participants so far.


The "strictly male/female" romance rule in the above challenge led me to try to find any and lesbian reading challenges, but I found none, although I imagine the first two challenges in this list and the one below must allow such books because they do not expressly forbid them. Do you know of one? Then by all means post a comment and let me know. 

reading romances reading challenge 2013
Finally, there is the Reading Romances Challenge, hosted by Reading Romances.  The challenge there is variety, with a different theme each month (see the sign-up post for more information).

The challenge runs all year and the sign-up deadline is December 15. Tracking is a must, but blog ownership is not. Everyone who is actively participating is eligible for monthly giveaway drawings. 24 participants so far and details to be found in the sign-up post.


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