Friday, December 17, 2010

2010 YoTH and Re-Read Challenges - Completed!

I decided to finishing off my completed Challenge posts for 2010 this week.  I only have one more Challenge to complete and I'll be taking care of that by posting my last review of the year for the In-Death Challenge later on this month.

Year of the Historical: A 2010 Reading Challenge - Hosted by KMont of Lurv a la Mode

100% Completed December 11, 2010

I had an excellent time with this Challenge. I initially meant to read some of those books I already had in my TBR, but as it turned out I read a mixture of new and older releases. I explored works by some excellent authors AND found some favorite books through this Challenge: Pamela Morsi, Lavyrle Spencer and Cheryl St. John are three of those authors. Their books along with Steve Kluger's Last Days of Summer, Lisa Kleypas' lovely historical romances and Elizabeth Hoyt's Wicked Intentions also made my list.

Following is a list of books read, with a link to each review. As you can see some months I submitted more than one book and review for this Challenge.

Jan:   Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger (WW II) - Review here
Feb:   Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas (Re-read) - Review here
Mar:  Dark Angel/Lord Carew's Bride by Mary Balogh - Review here
Apr:  Courting Miss Hattie by Pamela Morsi - Review here
           Her Colorado Man by Cheryl St. John - Review here
May: The Endearment by Lavyrle Spencer - Review here
Jun:  Lavyrle Spencer: Morning Glory and Years - Review here
Jul :  Love in the Afternoon (Hathaways, Book 5) by Lisa Kleypas - Review here
Aug: Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage by Jennifer Ashley - Review here
Sept: Lady Sophia's Lover by Lisa Kleypas (Re-read) 
           A Separate Peace by John Knowles (Re-read) - Minis for both here
Oct:  The Doctor's Wife by Cheryl St. John - Review here
Nov: Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt - Review here
Dec:  A Bride in the Bargain by Deeanne Gist - Review here

Thank you KMont for hosting this Challenge!

The 2010 Re-Read Challenge - Hosted by Nath of Books, Books and more Books

100% Completed December 11, 2010

This was another fun Challenge for me! I tend to re-read books that I love, my keepers and comfort reads. I chose my re-reads at random, depending on my mood. Some of them I re-read before and have become comfort reads, as in Duncan's Bride by Linda Howard, and others I re-read for the first time. My reactions to some of the books were interesting, I enjoyed some of them more the second time around (A Bride in the Bargain by Deeanne Gist) and some of them a bit less (To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt), however my overall initial view of the books usually stayed the same.

Following is a list of the books I re-read, by month, with a link to all reviews posted. 

Jan:  Duncan's Bride by Linda Howard - Review here
Feb: Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas - Review here
Mar: Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson - Review here
Apr: Three Sisters Island Trilogy by Nora Roberts - Reviews here
May: To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt - Review here
Jun:  Mine to Possess (Psy/Changeling, #4) by Nalinin Singh - Review here
Jul:  Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling - Review here
Aug: Rising Tides (Quinn Brothers, Book #2) by Nora Roberts - Review here
Sept: Lady Sophia's Lover by Lisa Kleypas, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, 
           Almost Like   Being in Love by Steve Kluger, Cullen's Bride by Fiona Brand, 
           Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard - Minis here
Oct:  Rising Moon by Lori Handerland - Review here
Nov: If You Desire by Kresley Cole - Mini here
Dec: A Bride in the Bargain by Deeanne Gist - Review here

Thank you Nath for hosting this Challenge!


  1. You know me, I read a historical a week, lol. I recently cleaned out my book closet and had fun sifting through some titles I want to re-read. I'm not sure I'd join an organized challenge, but I do want to re-read several of my keepers.

    Also, I found the Deeanne Gist book at the library yesterday. Score!

  2. Good job on your challenges! I didn't quite make it each month. LOL

  3. You did great Hils! I aspire to your greatness. :D (in other words, I didn't do so great with my challenges) LOL

  4. Phyl, I re-read a lot! Usually the same books every year (comfort reads). But this year I used the Re-read Challenge to read books I wouldn't usually re-read, or some that I've been wanting to get to. I really enjoyed it. The historicals? I usually read a LOT of them, but as it turned out, 2010 was not my HR year! I read more Contemps, isn't that weird? I'm so glad you found the Gist book! Hope you enjoy it. :)

    Ames, thanks! LOL, I know it's not easy getting those challenge reviews up every month (or reading the books). It was definite a CHALLENGE! LOL!

    Marianna, thank you!

    Leslie, you slay me! My greatness? LOL! Let me tell you, as I wrote above to Ames, it was DEFINITELY a CHALLENGE to get those books read and reviewed every month. Joining 5 challenges even when they looked easy was a bit tough... (lesson learned) ;P And I've left my "Challenge Fail" for last. *g*

  5. Aww, I didn't know of no re-read challenges :( that's sad. I could hardly re-read at all this year because I did the 100+ Challenge


    But I'll check out some of those books!

  6. Oh AnimeGirl, the Re-read Challenge was a lot of fun for me! Sorry you missed it. And you joined the 100+ Challenge? Definitely limited time for re-reading! :D

  7. You welcome, Hils! You did really good, better than me! LOL. I think you're the only one who completed it LOL

  8. Nath, I enjoyed myself so much re-reading these books! You know I did because I re-read more than I should, lol! Thanks again.


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