Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge 2010

2010 challenges have been coming out of the woodworks since the start of December and I have decided to join quite a few, but I’ve decided to also host one of my own. Regular blog visitors and people who know me, know Contemporary Romance is one of my favorite subgenres within romance.

While searching and coming across challenges to join for 2010, I didn’t find the contemporary romance reading challenge I was looking for. And what do you do when you don’t find what you’re looking for?
You create it yourself. So here it is…and I hope you will join me in the Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge 2010!

Before I list the details, I do want to make one thing clear: by contemporary romance I mean straight contemporary, so without paranormal, fantasy or time-travel elements. Sexy, steamy contemporaries are eligible and so are category romances. (i.e. Harlequin Blaze, Harlequin Presents, Harlequin Super Romances, Silhoutte Desires, etc.)


1. Read at least 10 contemporaries between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010

2. You don’t have to pre-select your books, you can just add them as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed. Nothing is set in stone! Also, the books you choose can crossover into or from other challenges you are participating in.

3. Feel free to grab the button below for the sidebar of your blog. It would be great if you would link it back to this post so others can find their way back to this post and join the challenge.

4. If you decide to join this challenge be sure to create a post telling others and feel free to add a link back to this post so others can join in the fun.

5. I will be creating review posts where you can link your own reviews, but reviews are optional.

Find below the “work-in-progress”-list of my books for this challenge. Some have been and will be put in the list beforehand, others will be added along the way in the course of next year.

THE LIST: (in random order)

01. Kristan Higgins – Fools Rush In
02. Julie James – Something About You – Click HERE  for my review
03. Julia London – Summer of Two Wishes
04. Lisa Kleypas – Sugar Daddy
05. Carly Phillips – Cross My Heart
06. Deidre Knight – Butterfly Tattoo
07. Jill Shalvis – Slow Heat – Click HERE for my review
08. Deirdre Martin – Straight Up – Review coming soon!
09. Vivian Arend – Rocky Mountain Heat and Rocky Mountain Haven – Review coming soon!
10. Louisa Edwards – Can’t Stand the Heat


Pearl’s Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

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32 thoughts on “Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge 2010

  1. I am presuming that what I usually read is what you are looking for. Books by Nicholas Sparks, Luanne Rice, Elizabeth Adler. If someoen also gets killed does that count? I do like Romantic Mysteries too.

  2. Hon, A; Don't ever let me hear you say you can't work the PS program…I'm so lovin' your button. B: I will pimp you out in my Show And Tell of December. And C: I'm still pondering if to join…you know I'd love to Pearl but I'm also looking at shelves. Do I own 10 Contemps? And since the genre is on the bottom of the food chain will I read 10 books?I'll get back to you hon but congratz on concocting a great Challenge!

  3. @ Janna > Jill Shalvis is definitely Contemporary Romance. I am the last to make strict rules, it's all fun and freedom so as long as it's a straight Contemporary and there's romance…anything goes (I have read a book by Gennita though and it was more futuristic like, so that one I wouldn't count for this challenge)@ Grilsgood >As I said, as long as it's in a contemporary setting and it's not paranormal, historical, time-travel, (urban) fantasy, most anything goes. I'm easy that way *wink* A tip, if you like romantic mysteries, I am participating in the Thriller/Suspense Challenge hosted by BookChickCity (see right sidebar) for the mysteries and romantic suspense I read/will be reading. Maybe that would be the perfect challenge for your romantic mysteries. @Leontine >Thanks for the compliments on the button (Janna too by the way!) but I did have some help…I was ready to tear out some hair and throw the towel in and go to the "real" Photoshop peeps (for example you…), when hubby took pity on me, came to the rescue and saved the day and helped me save my button :)Thanks in advance for the pimpage! And as for the joining in the challenge…You'll probably own more contemporary books than you think, for example Erin McCarty's and Maya Banks' books definitely qualify and didn't you just get a Elizabeth Lowell (of the top of my head, because I am really bad with names sometimes) contemporary, with the secondary character from her medieval trilogy? And what's more, I know you joined the Erotica Reading Challenge (which I am joining too, yay!), any contemporary setting erotica crosses over to this challenge too, so that will be two birds with one stone *wink*You see? More than you think. But seriously, joining is not obligatory…Nothing is set in stone and most anything goes.

  4. Challenge leader!!! I haz got a question!!! I just realized as i wrote my comment on your participation in the In-Death challenge that Nora Roberts with her contemporary titles may be eligable for this challenge. HOMEPORT – SACTUARY – RIVER'S END – BIRTHRIGHT etc…does this faal under your contemporary romance challenge, because then I'm signing up…I've got Erin Mccarthy, Maya Banks, Susan Elizabeth Philipps, and then some Nora Roberts, which will be re-reads but I love them and it gives me an oppertunity to review them ;)

  5. Leontine!!!! You as the romance expert who introduced me to English Romance and lead me by the hand through my first steps…You are asking me if Nora Roberts, the grand dame of Contemporary Romance is eligible for this challenge??? LOL Yes hon, of course! It's contemporary, it's romance, as long as it is not historical, futuristic, paranormal, time-travel, fantasy, it falls under the challenge.

  6. Hi hon, because the mentioned titles also have a suspense thread – a murder takes place or an object gets stolen – and I wasn't all that sure and the straight up contemp romance made me think of "just" romance and nothing else. I'll think on it but now that I have NR in mind I also have titles of which I know for a 100% that they are contemp.romance. Either way, I'm in ;) I will create a post somewhere this week and you'll see my name pop up on the list her with mr.linky ;)

  7. I like the sound of this challenge. Is there a minimum number of pages required per book? After all some ebooks are kinda on the short side.And for those of us, like myself, who don't have the time or the skill to have a blog of our own, how do we let everyone know what books we've read to meet the challenge?

  8. To all who joined: WELCOME! I am a bit pressed for time this week but promise to welcome you all personally on your blogs in the coming weeks. @ Beth > Regarding the page count. Ebooks normally are have less pages than print books but they do count for the challenge. But I would like to set a mininum of 50 pages so as not to include the really, really short ones, which are more stories than books.As for your other question next to welcoming everyone on the blogs I will make a seperate review/list posts where non-bloggers can post their lists and reviews. This will be via emailing me their titles of the books they've read, so I'll keep up their lists up to date. If there are reviews made by non-bloggers they can also be emailed to me and I will make a post + link to the list postSo please bear with me and I will contact you all in the coming weeks with more information. If there are questions you can always email me via the contact form in the left sidebar or in the "About Me" Tab of the header.

  9. Pearl, I'm in! I'm finally getting all of my 2010 reading challenge posts up. I think I over did the challenge thing a bit this year, but oh well. This one shouldn't be a problem since contemporary romance one of my favorite genres these days.

  10. Don't have a blog prefer reading more, here is what i did1. Rice, Luanne, The Edge of winter2. Garwood, Julie Gnetle Warrior3. Green, Jane Swapping Lives4. Wiggs, Susan The Ocean Between Us5. Green, Jane Swapping Lives 6. Roberts, Nora Affaire Royale7. Howard, Linda Cover of Night8. Roberts, NOra Command Perforance 9. Koontz, Dean Dark Rivers of the Heart 10. Lofts, NOrah Gad's Hall 11. Krentz, Jayne Ann Fired Up 12. Garwood, Julie Sizzle 13. Roberts, Nora Playboy Prince14. Garwood, Julie Prince Charming 15. Holland, Cecelia The angel and the Sword16. Yerby, Frank Devilseed17. Woods, Stuart Kisser18. MacDonald, John D Tan and Sandy Silence19. Brunstetter, Wanda E. A Sister's Secret 20. Brown, Sandra Two of a Kind21. Segal, Ehrich Love Story 22. Garwood, Julie Saving Grace

  11. Hi Pearl! Just wanted to thank you for hosting this challenge. I'm so excited I managed to meet the challenge in the nick of time as I just finished my 10th contemporary romance a few days ago. My list of books read can be found HERE. Cheers! xo

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