Sunday, August 10, 2008

The Sunday Salon: Georgette Heyer Challenge

I have two BIG announcements.

First, I'm having a contest. You can only imagine how frustrating it is to be hosting a contest on the very day that Blogger decides to go nuts. So I would like to see many more entries. One other note, I cannot stress this enough...LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS or if that makes you squirmy...CONTACT ME BY EMAIL and let me know how to contact you. 5/18 entries so far have not left email addresses. (Actually, it looks like more than that haven't, but some of them have been people I actually knew their addresses so it was all good.)

If you'd like the chance to win one of four boxed sets: Asia Boxed Set, Discover the World Boxed Set, Travel the World Boxed Set, or Explore the World Boxed Set, please leave a comment on this post answering one of these questions...there will be four winners. Each boxed set contains four books. Please be sure to leave your email address, so I can contact you if you win. Winners will be announced on August 27th. This contest is limited to those living in the United States and Canada.

Second, I'm starting a perpetual challenge. The Georgette Heyer Reading Challenge. It has its own blog. Here (cut and pasted) are the rules of the challenge:

The Georgette Heyer Reading Challenge is a perpetual challenge. There is no 'official' start/end date set by the host. (If you want to set your own time limits, you may.) My goal in establishing this challenge is simple: I want to read as many Heyer novels as I can. While Heyer spent some years out of print, each year more and more of her novels are being rereleased for a new generation to enjoy. You may be lucky enough to find Heyer novels at a local used shop or used online. You might find some Heyer novels at your local library. Or you may want to invest in some new copies. Paperbacks are being published by several different companies including Sourcebooks, Inc. and Arrow Books. You can choose to focus on just the Regency romance novels, just the historical novels, or just the mysteries. Whatever you want to read is fine by me.

There are no set number of books you'd be required to read. You might want to read six. You might want to read twelve. You might want to read them all. Or you might just want to read two.

If you'd like to join me in my reading challenge, let me know by leaving a comment. If you'd like the opportunity to share your reviews (optional) with others, I can invite you to join the blog. If this is something that would interest you, just leave your email address in the comments. (So to sum it up, to join the challenge leave a comment. If you want an invite, leave a comment that includes your email address.)

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Nicole (Linus's Blanket) 4:46 PM  

I had to google Georgette because I had no idea who she is. She sounds interesting and they say that she was very details in her historical facts, so I might have to check out one of her books and see if I like. One of these days I will get around to adding your Austen challenge. I have read two of her book this year and will likely read a third in September.

Amanda 10:37 AM  

What a great challenge! I just finished my first Heyer book a few days ago, These Old Shades. I thought it was great and can't believe I haven't read her before. I found the copy at a library sale so I will be on the lookout for more :)

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