Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Contemporary Romance 2016 Reading Challenge

The Contemporary Romance challenge, originally at the Book Vixen,  as moved to Gone With the Words for 2016.  I have to do this one again ;-) I'll go for the highest level, since I know I'll be reading a lot of romance.

Ok, so here are the challenge details and rules….

Reading Challenge Details:

  • Runs January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016 (books read prior to 1/1/2016 do not count towards the challenge). You can join anytime you want, though the sign up linky will close Nov. 15, 2016. Sign up at Gone with the Words or Love at First Page.
  • The goal is to read as many Contemporary Romance books as you’d like. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. You can move up a level as often as you’d like but no moving down. Remember, the idea is to challenge yourself.
  • Books that qualify for this challenge can be young adult, new adult, or adult. Books can be M/F, M/M, or F/F. Books must be a work of fiction (sorry, nonfiction does not qualify for this challenge).
  • Romances with the following elements do not qualify for this reading challenge: paranormal, historical, time-travel, fantasy, science fiction, or mystery/suspense/thriller.
  • Books can be any format (print, ebook, audio).
  • Novellas that are 100 pages in length (give or take), as well as full-length novels, will count for this reading challenge.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • Use the hashtag #ContRom2016 when posting your reviews/updates/re-caps/monthly topics on social media.
  • To join this challenge, grab the 2016 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge button below and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. This will be your “update post” when doing the monthly link up.
  • You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc., so as long as you have a dedicated shelf for the 2016 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge (your designated “update post” for the monthly link up) and your profile is not private. The point of linking up is to have a place where people can see what you’re reading.


  • 1st Base: read 1 – 5 books
  • 2nd Base: read 6 – 10 books
  • 3rd Base: read 11 – 15 books
  • Home Run: read 16 – 20 books
  • Grand Slam: read 21+ books

Monthly Link-Up And Giveaway Details:

  • Your thoughts on each book you read must be posted somewhere, like your blog, Goodreads, Amazon, YouTube, Tumblr, etc., in order for it to count towards this challenge. Ratings on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc. will also work.
  • Monthly link-up posts will go live the first day of each month so you can add your links throughout the month as your posts go up. Each linky will remain open five days into each new month to allow you some time to get all your posts linked up!
  • In order for us to tell what you’re linking to on the monthly linky, the format for the links you enter need to be as follows:
    • UPDATE POST @ your name/blog name.
    • REVIEW: [BOOK TITLE] @ your name/blog name.
    • MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • Each month we’ll choose a lucky winner from that month’s linky to win a Contemporary Romance novel of their choice (up to US$10).
  • Each link you enter in that month’s linky will count as one entry into the giveaway.
  • Challenge and Giveaways are open internationally. (As long as The Book Depository ships to your country, you are eligible for a prize.)

Monthly Topics:

  • Each monthly link-up post will include a Contemporary Romance topic for you to participate in if you’d like.
  • Monthly Topic posts can go up anytime in the specified month. Link them up as follows: MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • These posts will also earn you an entry in the monthly giveaway as long as you link back to them.

Here is what I will be reading:
  1. Attachments--Rainbow Rowell
  2. The School of Essential Ingredients--Erica Bauermeister
  3. Broken--Megan Hart
  4. Total Rush--Deirdre Martin
  5. Enchanted August--Brenda Bowen
  6. The Pilot's Wife--Anita Shreve
  7. Bed Rest--Sarah Bilston
  8. Hope in a Jar--Beth Harbison
  9. The Coincidence of Coconut Cake--Amy E. Reichert
  10. Everything I Never Told You--Celeste Ng
  11. Veronika Decides to Die--Paulo Coelho
  12. Until There Was You--Kristan Higgins
  13. Afterburn/Aftershock--Sylvia Day
  14. Savannah Breeze--Mary Kay Andrews
  15. Pink Slip---Rita Ciresi
  16. The Husband's Secret--Liane Moriarty
  17. We Should Hang Out Sometime--Josh Sundquist
  18. 12 Shades of Surrender--Various Authors
  19. Faking 19--Alyson Noel
  20. Such a Pretty Fat--Jen Lancaster
  21. The Girl Who Chased the Moon--Sarah Addison Allen
  22. The Weekenders--Mary Kay Andrews
  23. The Housekeeper and the Professor--Yoko Ogawa
  24. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel--Deborah Moggach
  25. The Summer Girls--Mary Alice Monroe
  26. The Summer Wind--Mary Alice Monroe
  27. On the Count of Three--Maureen Johnson
  28. Fangirl--Rainbow Rowell
  29. The Season of Second Chances--Diane Meier
  30. Girl Online--Zoe Sugg
  31. Summerland--Elin Hilderbrand
  32. Cinderella and the Sheikh--Natasha Oakley
  33. Firefly Lane--Kristin Hannah
  34. Fly Away--Kristin Hannah
  35. Eleanor & Park--Rainbow Rowell
  36. Looking for Alaska--John Green
  37. Look Both Ways--Alison Cherry
  38. I Was Here--Gayle Forman
  39. Leave Me--Gayle Forman
  40. The Penalty Box--Deirdre Martin
  41. Cindy and the Fella/Calling All Glass Slippers--Jacqueline Dimaond
  42. A Walk to Remember--Nicholas Sparks
  43. Carol--Patricia Highsmith
  44. Reflected in You--Sylvia Day

Challenge completed on December 31

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