Reading Romances Challenge 2013

December 1, 2012


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The Reading Romances Challenge is not about the amount of books you read, but the variety of titles you’ll have read when the challenge is over! Our goal is to read a bit of everything in the romance bookish world and open our minds to new books we wouldn’t usually read.

The Reading Romances Challenge 2013 will focus on Classic Romance plot lines  settings and themes this year!

If you are an author and want to contribute with prizes, please email me.


You can commit to read a number of books for this challenge during the year:

  • Level 1: 1-3 books
  • Level 2: 4-6 books
  • Level 3:  7-9 books
  • Level 4 : 10-12 books
  • Level 5: 13-15 books
  • Level 6: 16+ books

Or you might rather commit to read per month:

  • Romance Reader – 1 book per month
  • Romance Lover- 2 or 3 books per month
  • Romance Addicted – 4 or 5 books per month


JAN:    Marry me? –  Marriage of convenience. An arranged or forced marriage leads to love.

FEB:   Foreigners do it better! –  Greek, italian, spanish, french, brazilian, russians, sheiks! No English or North American heroes.

MAR:   The Avengers –  Man uses woman for blackmail, revenge, kidnapped, seduced etc .OR May The Games Begin! – two people fighting for the same prize and only one can win.

APR:    Beauty and the Beast  –  one of the main characters is physically marred in some way or a wounded hero, emotionally tortured.

MAY:    Summer Lovin’ – a couple is stranded together and the enforced intimacy leads to more. OR Nursing Back to Health –  hero or heroine is injured or near death and the other saves his/her life by nursing back to health.

JUN:   Who do you think you are?  –  One of a couple isn’t who he or she appears to be on the surface or pretending to be someone else or disguised.

JUL:    I’m BACK for good!  –  Reunited Lovers. Second chance or a first love rekindled story.

AUG :   Traditional or not!  –  time travel romance or a book with a love triangle.

SEP:   Bad Boys, whatcha gonna do? –  opposites attract. This can also be reversed with a bad girl/good boy.

OCT:    In Love with my Best Friend  –  a friendship leads to more. OR Beta Male Fest! –  any romance featuring a beta or gama male.

NOV:     Romeo and Juliet – a class difference sets a couple apart.

DEC:     Cinderella  –  rags to riches or riches to rags.


Challenge Guidelines:

  1. The 2013 Reading Romances Challenge will run from Jan 1, 2013 – Dec 31, 2013.
  2. Anyone can join, you don’t need to have a blog. Feel free to sign-up in the comments – you can post reviews to any book site (i.e. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Goodreads, Librarything, Shelfari etc). If you don’t have a blog you are still welcome to sign up. You can create a shelf for the challenge at Goodreads or LibraryThing or a similar site, please include your name and a link to your shelf.
  3. The topics for each month are posted above so you can schedule ahead!
  4. You can list your books before reading them (by leaving a comment on the post with the topics for that month) or just put them in a wrap-up post and link each month. If you list them, don’t feel obligated to read them, changes are welcomed! Please identify the books you’ve reviewed in your wrap up post each month so that I may easily add up your entries for the prize drawing! Track all of your challenge accomplishments, the good and bad.
  5. Sign up in the linky bellow and add the direct link to your post about joining the Reading Romances Challenge. If you don’t have a blog, please link it to the page where you post your reviews (Goodreads, Shelfari, Amazon etc).
  6. You don’t have to participate every month, but please try to!
  7. Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2012, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.
  • You can read the same author more than once and the books can be old or new, but they must be read during the course of the challenge.
  • Books used in this challenge may be used in other challenges.
  • Books can be in any format – paper, audio, ebook.
  • Post the button to post on your sidebar, this way others can find their way back to this post and join in the fun!

At the beginning of each month there will be a roundup post for you to add your reviews for that month. If you forget, feel free to add your reviews in the following month. It can be something simple and short, please don’t worry about it! For each review you link up, you will get one entry in the monthly giveaways and in the challenge giveaways! Winners will be posted on the next month’s challenge post.

There will be monthly giveaways during the year for everyone who is actively participating on the challenge. There might be special giveaway by the end of the year, so don’t give up!


Write a starting post joining the challenge and outlining your challenges. Post your name and the direct link to your challenge post (or shelf link, amazon page)  in the Linky bellow:


  • Mónica Silva December 29, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    What a great challenge! I’m so excited!
    The themes for each month are a bit tricky but I think I managed to find books to fit them :)
    Can’t wait to get started!
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  • Josie Hink December 29, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    I would love to take this challenge. I don’t have a blog so I will figure out how to show them on goodreads. This will be my first reading challenge so I am very new and will take a bit for me to catch on writing reviews and posting where I am supposed to post. But I am excited!!!!

  • Bronwen Evans December 29, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    What a fabulous challenge. I’d love to donate some prizes. Wish I could join in but loads of writing needed to be done this year and it might distract me.

  • Josie Hink December 29, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    my romance-2013 shelf:

    • Josie Hink December 29, 2012 at 3:28 PM

      ok that should be the link to my goodreads shelf I have for the challange. I hope I did what I am supposed to do. If I missed or forgot something please let me know. Thank you

      josiehink122026 (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Jessie December 29, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    I didn’t do too well on this challenge this year, but hopefully 2013 will be better!
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  • miki December 29, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    i hope we can move up level during the year because i prefer to start low ^^ i’m glad to have the topic already ( even if some seem harder than others^^)

  • MichelleW (MsRomanticReads) December 29, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Sounds like fun, and I’m up for trying something new in the coming year. I signed up via Linky. Thanks for the fun challenge, Nat!
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  • Tin @ Love Saves the World December 30, 2012 at 3:38 AM

    Thanks for hosting this, Nat!

    The challenges look very challenging and fun! Looking forward to another year of reading!
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  • Aly P December 30, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    I have a several Q:
    -are re-reads acceptable?
    -will you guys post suggestions to the theme of the month?

    Thank you :)

    • Nat December 30, 2012 at 2:25 PM

      Hi Aly! Re-reads aren’t accepted, since the idea is to find new books and read new ones outside your usual choices! I could post suggestions and ask readers to do the same in order to make it easier =)
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      • Aly P December 30, 2012 at 9:34 PM

        How about novellas? Or erotica? Do any of those count?

        • Nat December 30, 2012 at 9:43 PM

          The length is up to you, short stories, novellas or novels. Erotic ROMANCE is okay, but erotica is outside the genre! =/
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          • Aly P December 30, 2012 at 10:51 PM

            One last Q 😀 what genres do enter the challenge? Historical, contemporary, paranormal?

          • Nat December 30, 2012 at 11:09 PM

            ALL of them, as song as it’s a romance. It also doesn’t have to be in english =)

  • Melissa C December 31, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    I will be more than happy to join. I will be doing my reviews on goodreads. This is a link to the shelf I created:

    I apologize for not knowing how to make the link any shorter.

    Thank you for giving me the opportunity to join even though I don’t have a blog.


  • April January 1, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    I want to be in! I just found this in my notifications! Sounds great…although I am peeved erotica is not counted!! There are many books in that genre with plenty of romance in them.

    But I will be good and follow the guidlines. Here is a link to my Goodreads shelf for the challenge.

    I could not find a sign up form so I hope this counts.


  • Becky Ward January 1, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    I like to enter and I will be posting it at Goodreads. Here is the like to my reading challenge shelf:

    I am aiming to read the entry level 5: 13 to 15 books. I know that I will get at least one book read a month and sometimes 2 read during the month just depends on my work schedule.

  • cecelia January 1, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    I’ll do it! I love a good challenge. I just started my blog so I’m happy to add this to it. I can easily do level 6, and I’ll be going between being a book lover and a book addict.

  • Trudy Choate January 2, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    I would love to enter this challenge. Im gonna start low and challenge myself to read more. It just depends on the time I have. Last moth I read 7 books. but that was lucky

  • Sara Farinha January 2, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Hi Nat, I’m back for 2013 RR Challenge. Love this year’s challenge 😀

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  • Lori Meehan January 2, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    I’m already in an A-Z reading challenge with a street team I’m involved in and it’s on Goodreads so I don’t think I can do both. I’d live to thought I’m very excited about the challenge.

  • Theresa Esterline January 5, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    I’ve never counted how many books I read, so I set my goal to 150 for 2013. However I’m not sure they would all fall into one of these categories or in the correct month. So I will commit as a Romance Reader – 1 book per month. I looked in my kindle library for unread Marriage books and I found Waking up Married: Not sure if this is a marriage of convenience or forced reading the description, since it is a romance book I assume it will lead to love, but again – haven’t read it yet ;). Will you be posting suggested books in each category for those signed up?

    I do not blog, so I’ve created a goodreads shelf:

    Thanks! Theresa Esterline

    • Theresa Esterline January 21, 2013 at 7:53 PM

      My comment for Jan 5 still shows awaiting moderation — did it get lost? I was going to see how many books I said I would read for the challenge to list it in the new goodreads group. I don’t remember and didn’t want them to conflict….I don’t have a blog so I was signing up with goodreads shelf. I believe I asked for some suggestions for books as well…

  • Jamie Sue Wilsoncroft January 16, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Hello!! What is your email address? I would be more than happy to donate ebooks. I have three romance stories available and could donate 2 ebooks each.

  • Morgan Kearns January 17, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Hi Nat! I just signed up. This’ll make me actually review at least one book a month. :) I’m happy to donate stuff for giveaways. Please email me with your needs.

  • Amanda Ray January 17, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Sounds fun! I don’t have a blog but I can post the link to my “Reading Romances Challenge” link on Goodreads:

    • Amanda Ray January 17, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      oops, my Goodreads shelf and I will be on the Romance Addicted level

  • Teresa Kleeman January 22, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Hi Nat,

    I promised you I would come over and sign up for the reading challenge. I’m here! Yeah me!

    I want to sign up for the Level 6 16+ books for the year, starting today. I started a book by Diana Palmer called Wyoming Fierce. Can’t wait to tell everyone about this book.

    My reading genre varies. I love reading most anything in anytype of genre that has to do with romance. I wish everyone the best in meeting your goals.

    Teresa K.

  • Josette Schaber January 31, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Sounds like fun. I have added the challenge on goodreads and will try to at least read 1 book in each category. Not sure if I can get them done in the month posted (especially since it’s the last day of January ;)) but I’m going to try.

    I typically read closer to 1 or 2 books a week, but I’m in the middle of some life changes, so that has been drastically reduced. I am an advid reader and open to any genre, as long as it has a good story. I’m willing to give anything a shot.

    Thanks for putting this together.

  • Aly P February 7, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Books published this year… are they ok?

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