Thursday, January 7, 2010

Year of the Historical Reading Challenge

Host: KMont of Lurv a la Mode

Details: For more details, including rules and how to sign yourself up, visit KMont at Year of the Historical Reading Challenge.

Challenge: Read and review 12 historical fiction novels in 2010.

I joined KMont's Year of the Category Romance Reading Challenge last year and came up short. This year, KMont is challenging readers to read 12 historical novels. The books do not need to be historical romances--just historical fiction, but I'm thinking all of my selections will be historical romances since I read 17 historical romances last year.

Coincidentally, I'm in the middle of reading my first novel of 2010 and it's an historical romance. I'm reading Wild Heart by Lori Brighton and I'm really enjoying it. I'm a little over halfway through the novel and I'm at a scene where the heroine has just gotten dressed for a ball and I was so excited that the cover art shows her in the exact attire that she's wearing in this scene. Right down to the necklace! It may seem trivial, but I just love when a book's cover art perfectly matches what's inside the book.

So I realize the rules of this challenge call for a review of each book read, but I know me and my lack of discipline when it comes to writing reviews promptly or at all, for that matter, so I'm going to keep a list here just to humor myself and anyone else who's going to keep tabs on me and my challenges. ;p

1. Wild Heart by Lori Brighton
2. A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh
3. Proof of Seduction by Courtney Milan
4. My Unfair Lady by Kathryne Kennedy
5. Ravishing in Red by Madeline Hunter
6. Ten Things I Love About You by Julia Quinn
7. Provocative In Pearls by Madeline Hunter
8. Wicked Becomes You by Meredith Duran
9. One Dance With a Duke by Tessa Dare
10. The Taming of Mei Lin by Jeannie Lin
11. Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin
12. Twice Tempted by a Rogue by Tessa Dare 
13. The Devil Wears Plaid by Teresa Medeiros
14. Three Nights with a Scoundrel by Tessa Dare
15. Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning (time travel)


  1. I'll tell you a little secret...Leo was supposed to be blond and Ella was supposed to have dark hair. But when I got the cover, they were as is. I was a bit horrified and wrote to my editor. She said it was to late to change the cover. I could either leave it as is, have the coloring not match the description, or go back through the book and change the description. I didn't think it was right not having them match, so I went back through and changed the coloring to match the cover. While changing the coloring, I added in the little detail about the dress color and necklace. ;)

  2. Hi Lori!
    I'm so tickled to be in on this little secret!!!

    I just have to add my little ole opinion here and tell you that I'm so happy you went back and made Leo have dark hair and Ella to have blond. Not only because I love when the characters match the cover, but because I think this coloring suits the characters! The fact that you even added the detail about Ella's dress and necklace? Just perfect. Thank you for going back and making it all 'fit.' :)

  3. Ha! You can't entice me into this one, cause I already signed up! So there! NOT that reading an historical a month is much of a challenge for me, but still...

  4. LOL! You crack me up. :D

    I think this challenge is the only one in which reviews are required. I'll probably read 15-20 historical romances and struggle to write 3 reviews or something pathetic like that.

    Did you see how many readers signed up for this challenge?! Impressive.

  5. You know I signed up for this one. ;P I have sooo many historicals on my TBR pile, this is a great way to get some of them read.

    Good luck, Christine!


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