I took part in 7 challenges this year – from May until December. These challenges helped me really get involved in the blogging community and introduced me to new genres of books, authors, and media that I might not have experienced. Below are the challenges that I finished in 2009 as well as the challenges that began this year and will run into next year.
2009 Jean Plaidy Challenge – hosted by Plaidy’s Royal Intrigue – I managed to read 4 Plaidy books this year: A Rose Without A Thorn, The Merry Monarch’s Wife, Madame Serpent, The Shadow of the Pomegranate. I have bought many of her books this year and hope to read more next year.
2009 Read and Review Challenge – hosted by MizB’s Reading Challenges – I read and reviewed 40 books this year, 2 of these I wrote reviews for but they will not be posted until 2010 when the Historical Fiction Bloggers Round Table hosts the events for that book. This challenge really got me into the habit of reviewing the books I read.
2009 Read Your Own Books Challenge – hosted by ReadingWise – I chose to read 10 of my own books, which at the time I started the challenge seemed like a stretch for me, but not so! I am doing this challenge again next year because I haven’t had much time to read my own books with all my reviewing. I hope to read some of the stock on my shelves.
The Four Month Challenge – hosted by Virginie Says… - I completed all 250 points of this challenge, which was really difficult. I only finished it on the last day. It was fun getting to experience all of the different categories. I am partaking in the second part of this challenge currently; it is fun but a little more challenging this time around. I don’t know how far I will get.
2009 Audiobook Challenge – hosted by J.Kaye’s Book Blog – I had never listened to an audiobook when I started this challenge. Now audiobooks have become my best friends. I have an hour car ride in each direction for work. With the audiobooks I am able to read other genres that I don’t have time to read with my precious time devoted to historical fiction. I am now never without one. I finished all 12 audiobooks quickly. I am participating in this challenge again in 2010, when it is hosted by The Royal Reviews.
A Well Rounded Challenge – hosted by So Many Precious Books, So Little Time – this challenge was a wrap up challenge to try to complete other challenges I was doing. It didn’t take me long to finish this challenge, but it was fun.
August Reading Challenge – hosted by Pizza’s Book Discussions – during the month of August I read 7 books, including audiobooks. That was my best reading month ever.
The challenges that I am participating in for 2010 are:
• Women’s Murder Club Challenge – hosted by Socrates’ Book Reviews
• Period Drama Challenge – hosted by Lights, Camera…History!
• French Revolution Mini Challenge – hosted by Mini Challenges Hosted by Becky
• Four Month Challenge Part 2 – hosted by Virginie Says…
• 2010 Read Your Own Books Challenge – hosted by MizB’s Reading Challenges
• Historical Fiction Reading Challenge – hosted by The Royal Reviews
• 2010 Audio Book Challenge – hosted by The Royal Reviews
• 2010 ARC Reading Challenge – hosted by So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
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