Thursday, December 16, 2010

M/M Romance & The Big Book - 2010 Completed Challenges!

The 2010 M/M Romance Challenge - Hosted by Anezthezea of I Heart Paperbacks

100 % Completed October 2010

I had lots of fun participating in the M/M Romance Challenge this year. Again I read books by new authors whose works I'll be exploring in the future, and some of my favorite GLBT books of the year are included in this list.

That includes my favorite GLBT romance anthology of the year Fool for Love: New Gay Fiction edited by Timothy J. Lambert and R.D. Cochrane; The Boy Can't Help It: Sensual Stories of Young Bottoms by Gavin Atlas, a hot collection with an even hotter cover from Lethe Press; The Adrien English Mysteries by Josh Lanyon, a series that caused a crazed Lanyon read and re-read cycle I've still to overcome! And two of my favorite reads of the year, Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories by Sandra McDonald and A Strong and Sudden Thaw by R.W. Day!

Following is a list of books read. Click on titles to access reviews. I signed up for 20+ books this year, and although I read and reviewed over 20 books, I chose to stop listing them after 22.

1. Fool for Love: New Gay Fiction edited by Timothy J. Lambert and R.D. Cochrane
2. Best Gay Erotica 2010 edited by Richard Labonte selected by Blair Mastbaum
3. The Boy Can't Help It: Sensual Stories of Young Bottoms by Gavin Atlas
4. Fatal Shadows (Adrien English Mysteries, Book 1) by Josh Lanyon
5. A Dangerous Thing (Adrien English Mysteries, Book 2) by Josh Lanyon
6. The Hell You Say (Adrien English Mysteries, Book 3) by Josh Lanyon
7. Death of a Pirate King (Adrien English Mysteries, Book 4) by Josh Lanyon
8. The Dark Tide (Adrien English Mysteries, Book 5) by Josh Lanyon
9. Crossing Borders by Z.A. Maxfield
10. Cheating Chance by James Buchanan
11. Carbon and Ash by Chris Owen (Read-read)
12. Henry and Jim by J.M. Snyder
13. Vintage: A Ghost Story by Steve Berman
14. Bound by Blood (Soul Mates Book 1) by Jourdan Lane
15. Deceptions (Soul Mates Book 2) by Jourdan Lane
16. Sacrifice (Soul Mates Book 3) by Jourdan Lane
17. Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories by Sandra McDonald
18. Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville
19. A Strong and Sudden Thaw by R.W. Day
20. A Hidden Magic by Angela Benedetti
21. Unfinished Business by Angela Benedetti
22. Caught Running by Madeline Urban and Abigail Roux

Thank you Anezthezea for hosting this great Challenge!


The 2010 Big Book Challenge - Hosted by Orannia of Walkabout.

100% Completed August 2010

This was a deceptive challenge, it looked easy but it turned out to be tough for me. All you had to do was read ONE book -- a really BIG book with more than 500 pages before the end of 2010. I was successful and completed the Challenge by reading one new release and re-reading another big book. However, I did not read the book I chose initially. Why? Unfortunately, after over 5 months of not being able to get past page 200, the book became a DNF for me.

Books Completed for the Challenge:

Title: Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows (Re-read)
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: July 2007
# of Pages: 759
Reading Start Date: July 1, 2010     Finish Date: July 3, 2010
Review: July 25, 2010 - Link to review here.

Title: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: May 4, 2010
# of Pages: 516 
Reading Start DateAugust 17, 2010     Finish DateAugust 21, 2010
Mini-Impressions: December 14, 2010 - Link to Mini here.

My initial choice for this Challenge was:

Title: Naamah's Kiss by Jacqueline Carey
Genre: Fantasy

Release Date: June 24, 2009
# of Pages:
Reading Start Date: August 26, 2010     Finish Date: DNF

Thank you Orannia for hosting this Challenge! It was a tough one, lol!


  1. Congratulations, Hilcia!!! You did really well with your challenges. I'm pleased with my progress in my challenges, too, even though I didn't complete a few. I hope to do a similar post before the end of the year.

    Do you plan on doing any challenges in 2011? Other than continuing the In Death one, that is? ;-)

  2. Thanks, Christine! I'm glad I was able to meet the Challenges this year. I haven't joined any Challenges for 2011 yet, I need to take a look around and see what's out there. And yes! I will definitely continue with the In-Death Challenge in 2011 -- I already have the books, lol!


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