Saturday, August 9, 2008

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.)


Josette said...

Oh goody, a Georgette Heyer challenge. Please count me in. I have many more Heyer books to read. Thanks!


Christina said...

Count me in!

I'll put my reviews up on my own blog, with links here, if that's okay. I plan to set up a separate page on my blog, for this challenge, with links to reviews -- including the those books I've already read and reviewed.

Harlequin (under their HQN imprint) is also re-issuing -- in trade size -- the titles they reprinted in the early '00 (The Black Moth, These Old Shades, Devil's Cub). It don't think there will be duplication in titles between Sourcebooks and Harlequin. So between Arrow, Sourcebooks, and HQN, it's a pretty good bet readers can their hands on a fairly new copy of (almost) every book. :-)

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GeraniumCat said...

I'd love to join in, it's good to have an excuse to read Heyer. I've got a few of the mysteries left to read and one or two of the historical ones, but her Regency novels are my comfort reading, she can always make me feel better. My email address is geraniumcat[at]

Susan L said...

I'll be joining. I've read a couple of Heyer books and would love to read more.

Susan L.

Carolyn said...

Okay, once again I'm going to try to join a challenge. (The last challenge I tried I got all the way to the actual start of the reading--a couple of months preparation--but couldn't continue because without a Google blog it wouldn't accept my posts.)

I have a blog is not a Google blog. I can give my blog address if I am able to join. I'm really excited about this because just this year I decided to start re-reading Georgette Heyer all the way through--including the few I missed the first time because I couldn't find them. If it is possible for me to do it, I would like to post my reviews here, but I will also put them on my blog so I can also just leave a link -- if someone can tell me how.

I'll have to find out my blog url. My son set it up for me and I have a speed dial to it. As you can see I have a lot to learn about coputers--even though I've worked on them for over 20 years! Bur not on the internet--I guess that's what I am learning now. Hope I can be successful here.

Carolyn (aka MusicMom41)

Intergalactic Bookworm said...

I am always willing to give a "new to me" author a try! Judy

Grilsgood said...

I did not think this was me, hate Victorian Romance4 but then I saw the Conqueror and I had to order it. I will be reading the ones with early settings, based on whyat My state and local library have to offer. Do I have to tell you first?


Amy said...

I'm in! I mean, it's not too complicted, right? I'm just reading my first one now and know I will want to read more.

I'd be happy to post my reviews here but I will also be posting them on my blog.

nishikk said...

I am glad that you also enjoy reading Georgette Heyer. My mother introduced me to her novels when I was in school, and I absolutely loved them all. Well, almost all (I did not like her mystery novels).

Of late, Georgette Heyer seems to be going out of fashion with readers, so I am especially glad that you are creating this challenge.

Happy Reading everyone !

Veens said...

I have wanted to read a Heyer Book for a Long time!
And I would love to join a challenge which is so...what can I say?! .. for ME :D
Yes :)!

I will be taking recommendations from this site of course! And I will tell you, if I read any and will post my review on my blog if that is alright :)

I will hopefully start this next year :)

Thanks :)

Grilsgood said...

I only read one, but I really tried to read othrs and couldnt' so I am donw with

The Conquerer


Eliane said...

Just found your site. What a great idea. I'm afraid it's a bit late for me. I started to collect the historical romances a few years ago and now own all of them. They have all been read several times - particularly when I have flu. I only buy them second-hand - they used to put such wonderful covers on the books especially some of the Pan editions from the 50s and 60s with heaving breasts and ripped bodices - quite unlike the contents.

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Marie Burton said...

OK well I am interested in this challenge, just have no idea where to begin. I have three books that I plan on reading and reviewing by end of May by her, which will be the first time reading her books. I jsut started a book blog.
Let me know what to do!
Email me at
Marieburton2004 (at) yahoo (dot)com

Thanks so much!

tea said...

I love Georgette Heyer. Her books are romantic and funny. I'm glad to see this challenge. I'm glad it's not a time limit either. I hear she wrote mysteries. I didn't know about the mysteries. This is going to be fun.

Christy said...

I'm up for this! I've already read five of her books this year and am currently reading another.

I'll be posting my reviews on my blog.

Christy's Book Blog

Jennifer said...

I am thrilled to join. I am new to her books, as I have read 2, but I do enjoy her style.


Gricel said...

ooh! I just "discovered" Heyer and would love to read more of them, sign me up!

Miss Eliza said...

Oh man, I'm so in! eliza.lefebvre[at]

Christy said...

I'm on a Heyer kick and would love to post my reviews here, too!


Muse in the Fog said...

I am about to read my first Heyer novel :) Please sign me up! I would love to post my reviews here in addition to my blog. Thanks!

Bev Hankins said...

Jumping in late...but plan to review. I'll be posting on my own site. But you can add me too.


Athena said...

Hi! I'd like to join. I finally read my first Heyer and it was a delight. My email is athena @ . I blog at and would love to read and review with everyone. Cheers!

Maithri said...

What an innovative idea to spread Georgette Heyer's works!Unfortunately this challenge won't be of much use to me, except to spur me on to reading her mysteries(which I've been avoiding), for I've devoured all her historical romances I could lay my hands upon... It'll still be great to read what others think of her books, though, so I'm glad I found this blog!

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