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Random Reader Challenge: Historical Fiction

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Happy New Year! Back in December we announced our new Random Reader Challenge series. Are you ready to get started? Here’s our first Challenge!

January 1 – February 29


How to get started:

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

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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

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to our winner Martina from British Columbia!


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.

Full contest rules:

1. All entries must be entered on-line, at, by registering their participation. The entrant must participate in the challenge by reviewing a book of their choice from the list provided. The review may be posted on the entrant’s blog, website, or social media account such as Facebook, Twitter, GoodReads, LibraryThing, etc. The entrant must post a direct link to their review in the comments section of the original challenge post.

2. No purchase is necessary.

3. The Random Reader Challenge: Historical Fiction begins on Sunday, January 1, and closes on Wednesday, February 29 at 11:59pm EST. Random House of Canada Limited is not responsible for on-line entries that are lost or misdirected. The winner will be randomly selected by no later than March 1, 2012 and will be notified by email. If we do not receive a response to our email within 7 days, a new winner will be chosen.

4. Entrants may enter only once for each challenge. The chances of being selected depend upon the number of on-line entries received.

5. The prize consists of one Sexy Seven gift box (Retail value $34.99) plus one book selected from the next challenge book list (Retail value up to $19.99).

6. Prize must be accepted as awarded and is not transferable. Approximate retail value is $55.00.

7. Challenge is open to all Canadian residents over the age of 18 years, except the residents of the province of Québec, employees of Random House of Canada Limited, and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, dealers, advertising and promotion agencies, or members of their immediate families.

8. The odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. Random House of Canada Limited will not be responsible for telephone, technical, network, online, electronic, computer hardware or software failures of any kind, misdirected, stolen, incomplete, garbled or delayed Internet/e-mail computer transmissions on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participant’s or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in this contest.

9. The winners will be posted on the Web site at the end of the contest period. Entering the contest constitutes consent to the use of the winner’s statement for publicity and promotional purposes on behalf of and with no additional compensation or further permission (except where prohibited by law). Other entry names will NOT be used for subsequent mail solicitation.

Copyright © 2012 Random House of Canada Limited. All rights reserved.


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  1.  Zara Garcia-Alvarez said, on January 1st, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I’m excited to join the 2012 Random Reader Challenge. May the New Year be filled with bookish delight, creativity, good words, more stories, and book blogs. Happy reading to all!

  2.  Nicole @ All I Ever Read said, on January 1st, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    I am so game. It just so happens that I have three of those books on my reading/review list for January. First up is The Winter Palace.

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  4.  Therese Phillips said, on January 1st, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    I’ve posted this on my

    I’m hoping for a good read.

  5.  Jessica said, on January 1st, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Sounds like a lot of fun! I’m in, and planning to read The Paris Wife. It was on my to-read list for most of 2011.

  6.  Michele//Just a Lil Lost said, on January 1st, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Ooh, fun!! I think I already have copies of Virgin Cure, and Paris Wife! Definitely will work on this challenge :D

  7.  Lee-Ann said, on January 2nd, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Looking forward to this. Will definitely help with my 50 books in 2012 goal.

    Look for my updates at:

  8.  Janet B said, on January 2nd, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    I don’t have a blog, but I’m going to get in on this Challenge! What fun! I’ve already “Salt Road”- I downloaded Madame Toussad on – does that count as ‘reading’?

  9.  Andrea said, on January 3rd, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Oh this sounds like so much fun. I am in! I like the idea that this will get me to read out of my comfort zone :)

  10.  Martina said, on January 3rd, 2012 at 11:37 am

    I’m totally joining this! Fun times :)

    Madame Tussaud was amazing – I actually have a giveaway for the book going on at my blog right now.

    For this month, I’ll be reading and reviewing THE WINTER PALACE!!

  11.  Penny @ LiteraryHoarders said, on January 3rd, 2012 at 11:52 am

    We’re in! We’ve only read The Virgin Cure (awesome!!) so can easily pick any of the other titles because most of them have been earmarked for the TBR pile already!

  12.  booklounge2 said, on January 3rd, 2012 at 11:53 am

    An audio book is definitely considered reading! ENJOY!

  13.  Jennifer Rayment said, on January 3rd, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Excellent – my sister lent me Midwife of Venice — this will help me get it back to her – I put this months challenge badge on my main page & on my Challenges Page I put the main page and I will link to each of the challenges as I complete then

  14.  Kara said, on January 3rd, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Count me in! This is my first Reader Challenge ever. Can’t wait :)

  15.  Cindy said, on January 4th, 2012 at 11:37 am

    I’m in! I just picked up The Virgin Cure at the library last night specifically for it. I loved her last book.

  16.  Lady Jayne said, on January 4th, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    This sounds like fun! And, by happy coincidence, I just started reading Madame Tussaud this afternoon. Count me it!


  17.  Cindy said, on January 4th, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    I started The Virgin Cure last night, and finished it this morning! Here is my review! I will be adding the other books on the list to my “to read” pile. :)

  18.  Marci said, on January 5th, 2012 at 2:28 am

    Sign me up !! I’m not sure as to whether Ill post on my blog or not, I have some posts that have to be posted, so when I get around to it, Ill let you know !! I’ve read the Midwife of Venice and The Virgin Cure earlier, so My pick will be the Paris Wife, to be honest AND forthcoming !

    Good Luck Everyone !

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  21.  Colleen said, on January 9th, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I’m all in! Although I’m asking for help choosing my first book. :)


  22.  Pam Wells said, on January 9th, 2012 at 10:53 am

    I will rise to this challenge. I like historical fiction. I haven’t read any of the books listed and have selected book one of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. If I like it – I will go on to read the rest!

  23.  Jenn Scalabrini said, on January 9th, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    I have wanted to read Ami McKay for awhile now! Thanks for posting these challenges!

  24.  Darlene said, on January 9th, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Awesome challenge! And I’m so pleased that you have included AUDIOBOOKS as a choice of format!

    The Outlander series has long been on my To Be Read list. I have the audiobook for the first book already, so I’m all set to go!

    Thanks so much for hosting this challenge!

  25.  Laurie said, on January 10th, 2012 at 12:23 am

    I am all in for this 2012 Random Reader Challenge! There are copies of Diana Gabaldon’s An Echo in the Bone & The Scottish Prisoner sitting in my “to read” pile. Postings will be on Goodreads as I don’t have a blog.

  26.  Meghan said, on January 10th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    This challenge inspired me to start a blog – no joke! I just stared the Paris Wife.

  27.  Dana Burgess said, on January 11th, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    It may be late but it’s not too late. I am in! I’ll be reading Midwife of Venice since it has been on my TBR list for awhile. Check it out at

  28.  Lee-Ann said, on January 12th, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I completed both Madame Tussuad and Virgin Cure. Enjoyed both and see my notes at

  29.  booklounge2 said, on January 13th, 2012 at 10:41 am

    You’re not too late, you’ve got until February 29th to sign up AND read your selected book :)

  30.  Nicole @ All I Ever Read said, on January 14th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Just finished my review for The Winter Palace. Working on my review for Madame Tussaud!

  31.  Meghan Paton said, on January 16th, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Here is what I thought of The Paris Wife:

    I really enjoyed it!

  32.  Dreamer2229 said, on January 16th, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    I’m so in. I don’t know which one or more I’ll be reading, but I love historical fiction and can’t wait to read and blog for you and me.

  33.  Martina said, on January 19th, 2012 at 1:45 pm
  34.  Jennifer Rayment said, on January 19th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Thanks for getting me off my butt and reading this book that my sister lent me months ago

    The Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich

  35.  Sabrina M. said, on January 22nd, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    I can’t even describe the whirlwind of emotions I felt as I read The Paris Wife. Even this live-post can’t fully capture it, but wow did Paula McLain ever capture my attention and heart

  36.  Kara said, on January 24th, 2012 at 12:40 pm
  37.  Zara Garcia-Alvarez said, on January 24th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Yay! I’ve completed my first book for the Random Reading Challenge, Historical Fiction from January 1 to February 29!

    I read and reviewed \The Virgin Cure\ by Ami McKay. To see my review, please visit:

    Can’t wait to see what’s next on the list.

    Email: zgarcia(dot)alvarez(at)gmail(dot)com
    On Twitter: @ZaraAlexis

  38.  Penny @ LiteraryHoarders said, on January 30th, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Read The Winter Palace. Great stuff!
    Review coming soon for The Paris Wife.

  39.  Kris said, on January 30th, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    I read Michelle Moran’s ‘Madame Tussaud: A novel of the French Revolution’. My review is on goodreads at: .

    I am so glad this was part of the challenge, loved the book and would probably not have tried it otherwise. Looking forward to the next challenge.

  40.  Pam Wells said, on February 1st, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
    I don’t have a blog or a website – so I posted my book review on FaceBook – here is my link:

  41.  Kate said, on February 1st, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Love this! I have been wanting to read The Midwife of Venice for awhile, great reason to pick it up now!

  42.  Chelsea said, on February 2nd, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    I am signing up!!! I can’t wait to read and review The Paris Wife!! :D

  43.  Jenn Scalabrini said, on February 4th, 2012 at 10:53 pm
  44.  Chelsea said, on February 6th, 2012 at 1:00 pm
  45.  raidergirl3 said, on February 6th, 2012 at 8:25 pm
  46.  Tyler Leigh Murphy said, on February 7th, 2012 at 10:33 am

    How did I not hear about this until now?!? Thankfully, I have The Virgin Cure waiting for me to read on my Kobo. This will compliment my 50 Book Pledge as well :)

  47.  Dana Burgess said, on February 10th, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Finished The Midwife of Venice. My review is here:

  48.  Kristilyn (Reading in Winter) said, on February 18th, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    I am definitely participating! I won ‘The Virgin Cure’ on Twitter and am really looking forward to reading it! Guess I should get on it since the end of the month is coming soon!

  49.  Jackie said, on February 19th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Here is my review of The Paris Wife:

    Madame Tussaud to follow!

  50.  Jennifer Kwok said, on February 23rd, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I will definitely participate. I will keep posting updates!

  51.  Julia Mills said, on February 23rd, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Loved The Virgin Cure – Ami McKay is inspiring and crazily talented. :) My review:

  52.  Jennifer Kwok said, on February 23rd, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Up for the challenge!

  53.  Jackie said, on February 25th, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Madame Tussoud– finished! Read review here:

    Not counting the Outlander books The Literary Hoarders read 5 of the 6 historical novels suggested!!

  54.  Kristilyn (Reading in Winter) said, on February 27th, 2012 at 7:53 pm
  55.  Jessica said, on February 29th, 2012 at 11:23 pm
  56.  Martina said, on March 1st, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Thanks so much! How exciting :)

  57.  Darlene said, on March 1st, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I was unable to finish my pick, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, in time to complete the challenge…did you know the audiobook is nearly 33 hours long? I am enjoying it immensely and am on Disc 26 of 28. I should finish it in the next day or so, just short of the deadline. Darn it that February isn’t 30 days!!

    I’ll come back and link-up my review in the next couple days.

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