Romance Reading Challenge 2009

I’ve decided to take the Romance Reading Challenge @ The Bookworm in 2009 – I’ve been seeing a lot of fun challenged in the blogosphere and would love to join all of them, but I don’t like committing to things and then abandoning them, at least, not constnantly. But this one looks fun and easy enough for me to say yes to:

1. Now, “Romance” isn’t limited to steamy Harlequin novels. There is a huge selection of books in this category such as contemporary romance, historical romance, romantic suspense and paranormal romance to name a few. As long as the story has romantic love between the two main characters your selection will fit this challenge. The novels do not need to have a happy ending either, there can also be unrequited love.

2. Choose at least 5 novels read them between Jan 1st though Dec 31st 2009. You can change your choices at any time. Crossovers between other challenges are fine.

3. Read them at your own pace in 2009 then come here and post the link to your review(s).

4. Link your “RRC” choices here with any of these graphics:
http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/2008/11/romance-reading-challenge-2009.html

So here are the five books I’m choosing for this challenge:

  1. Envy: A Luxe Novel by Anna Godbersen – the third in the series, it comes out in January and I will be impatiently waiting to read it, so it is only fitting that it be in this list.
  2. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough – I’ve been meaning to read this for a long time and I think it looks perfect for this challenge, a “sweeping family saga of dreams, titanic struggles, dark passions, and forbidden love in the Australian Outback.”
  3. Persuasion by Jane Austen – I really loved Pride and Prejudice and want to read another of Austen’s novels, but preferably one whose movie I haven’t already seen – this one looks perfect. A novel which “examines how a woman can at once remain faithful to her past and still move forward into the future.”
  4. The Host by Stephenie Meyer – I am a huge fan of the Twilight series and although I’m a bit skeptical of this new novel, I know I won’t be able to keep my hands off of it for long. “Featuring what may be the first love triangle involving only two bodies” – now how can you not be intrigued by that?
  5. Phantom by Susan Kay – Another book I’ve been meaning to read, the full version of the Phantom of the Opera, with a detailed back story of the Phantom – my bestie @ Red Knows How loved this book and I would definitely love to read it soon.

So, are you going to take the Romance Reading Challenge in 2009? It’s just 5 books – I say go for it! And make sure you link up over @ The Bookworm.

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