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Monday, January 9, 2012

Random Reader Challenge: Historical Fiction - January to February

Hi, everyone! Time for another 2012 Reading Challenge!!

This challenge is being hosted by Random House Canada, and there is a prize!

Here are the details copied from their website:

Random Reader Challenge: Historical Fiction (January to February)

How to get started:

1. Grab the handy challenge button to display on your blog.

2. Post a comment below with your blog link so we know you’re participating.

NOTE: Don’t have a blog but still want to play? Use your social media URL such as Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads, and post your review there instead!

3. Buy, borrow, download (but don’t steal!) and read any ONE of the following books (yes, audiobooks count too!):

The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak (Available January 3. Check out the video trailer!)

The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich

The Salt Road by Jane Johnson

Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran

• Anything in the Outlander or Lord John series by Diana Gabaldon (If you haven’t met Jamie Fraser yet, are you ever in for a treat!)

4. Once you’ve completed your challenge, post a link to your review in the comments below.

About the Prize:

If you complete the Historical Fiction Challenge, you’ll be entered for a chance to win the Sexy Seven gift box from Sexy Gourmet Food, and the book of your choice from the next Challenge.

Historical fiction is hot! Sometimes it gets downright sexy (hello, Jamie Fraser). That’s why the Sexy Seven gift box is a perfect prize for this challenge! It’s a great collection of 7 Sexy Spice blends that will help you create culinary magic. Seven is Sexy!

Retail value of this prize is up to $55

Frequently Anticipated Questions:

Q: I have already read and reviewed one of these books on my blog…can that count as my entry?

A: No, nice try. You must read and review one of the books during the challenge dates, January 1 – February 29.

Q: I live outside of Canada. Can I participate?

A: Yes! Of course, we welcome readers from around the world. However, for legal reasons, only Canadian residents excluding Quebec are eligible to win the prize.

Q: I don’t like this genre. Can I substitute another book instead?

A: Sorry, rules are rules. Part of this challenge series is to encourage you to break out of your comfort reading zone and try something new.

Q: What’s the next challenge going to be?

A: Sorry, that’s classified information.

Random Reader Challenge: Historical Fiction runs from Sunday, January 1 to Wednesday, February 29 at 11:59pm EST. Open to Canadian residents, excluding Quebec. Winners will be chosen at random from the eligible entries.

If you would like to join me in the challenge, click on the challenge badge at the beginning of this post. 


I chose to read Outlander, but I did not realize that the audiobook was nearly 33 hours long! I did complete it (and loved it!), but I didn't finish it before the end of the challenge period to be eligible to win the prize. The link to my review is below:
  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander, Book 1)


  1. I am reading the second book in the Outlander series right now.

    Enjoy the challenge!

  2. I LOVE the outlander series. You sould enjoy it. This is a great challenge. I am so in.


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