Thursday, January 1, 2009

Contemporary Romance Challenge

Anyone who visits my blog regularly knows that I rarely review Contemporary Romance. Why, you ask, don't I read/review contemporaries? I really don't have a definite answer for that, and could probably go on all day about all of the reasons I prefer to not read contemporaries. I won't bore you with my gripes, Instead I'll say that it is a new year and high time that I gave Contemporary Romance a fighting chance.

During 2008 I read some really good reviews on quite a few contemporaries and I've compiled a list of books that I want try. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I find some gems and can make contemporary one of my go to genre's of choice in the future.

I've decided to put my goal of reading more contemporaries in challenge form, hoping that if it's out there for all to see, I'll have a better chance of sticking with it. I'm inviting anyone who wants to join me in the Contemporary Romance Challenge to please do so!

Rules are as follows:

1. Any contemporary romance of your choice is eligible. By contemporary I mean any book placed in a contemporary setting with no paranormal elements.

2. Read at least one contemporary romance a month and post a review for that book within the month. I haven't set a unified date because I'm not good at sticking to dates, and having no monthly time limit should ensure that everyone in the challenge is able to read at least one contemporary a month.

3. After posting your review leave a link to it here. This will make it easier for me, and anyone else interested, to find your review.

That's it. Please leave a comment letting me know if you want to join in so that I have a complete list of participants to link to each month. Happy reading!



1. Rowena
2. Nath
3. Jace
4. Christina
5. Wonderings
6. Christine
7. Ann-Kat
8. Barbara
9. MsMoonlight
10. Jan
11. Leslie
12. Keishon
13. Randi
14. Margot

It is not too late to join, leave a comment if you'd like to participate!


  1. Wow, great challenge! I read a whole lot of contemporary (more than any other genre) but I'll add this to my challenges...atleast once a month? I already finished this month's entry then.

    What books are you going to read this year?

  2. I'm a dork. Because I'm not too sure what "Contemporary" means exactly. Does it include Paranormals and Romantic Suspense? Or is it Straight Contemporary only?

    I'm not a big contemporary reader either, unless that means paranormals as well. I think I have less than 15 straight contemporaries in my TBR. ;-)

  3. LOL :D I'm in :D This is going to be very easy for me though :D haha :)

  4. Hi Wena, thanks for joining! Since I plan on tackling my TBR pile, I'm starting with Sugar Daddy and Blue Eyed Devil and then moving on to the Debbie Macomber, Robyn Carr, Karen Rose and Jodi Thomas books I have on my shelves. After that it's a free for all.

    Jace, I should probably clarify my post. By contemporary I mean "straight" contemp. So a story in a contemporary setting with no paranormal elements. I hope you give it a go.

    Nath, I know you will have no problems with this one. :p

  5. Ok, Brie ... I'll be brave and accept the challenge. LOL This will help me whittle down my TBR. :-D

  6. Heck, what's one more challenge? I can overlap -- right??

  7. Hi! I'd like to join. Sounds like the contemporary designation is nice & broad - so throwing in a category or two would not be tres tres declasse?

  8. Thanks for joining Jace, Christina!

    Wonderings, yes, category is just fine. I plan on reading a few of them for this challenge as well. Thanks for joining.

  9. I'm a little late, but wanted to mention that I've decided to participate. Figure it might be nice to get out of the historical and supernatural/paranormal departments. :D

    Thanks for hosting it Brie!

  10. Hi Christine and Ann, thanks for joining!

  11. This is great! I just read about it on Christine's page and I would also love to join! I rarely read Contemporary so this is a good way to get me on the ball!

  12. Thanks for joining, Barbra. I'm looking forward to your reviews!

  13. OK, I'll try this challenge! Sounds like fun.

  14. Great! I'll add your name to the list.

  15. I would like to be added to your list, too. I haven't been reading much contemporary romance in the last couple years--though I keep buying them!

  16. Hi Jan, I'm the same way with contemporary romance, I've bought a lot of it but Haven't read much. Thank you for joining the challenge! I'll add you right away.

  17. *runs in, out of breath*
    Am I too late? Please add me to the list. :)

  18. Hi Leslie! No, you're not too late. I'll add you now.

  19. Brie, go ahead and add me. I am like you, never really read a lot of contemporaries. Sigh.


  20. Okay, Keishon, I'll add you now. Thanks for joining!

  21. Great idea! Please sign me up!

  22. I just discovered your challenge. Hope I'm not too late to sign up.

  23. Hi Margot, you're not to late. I'll sign you up now.