Chick Lit Reading Challenge for 2011

I have been seeing a bunch of challenges popping up in the past week, but I have yet to see anything with just chick lit…so I decided to go for it and host my own! This will be my first year doing this, so there may be some bumps along the way, but I am excited to give it a try. So, welcome to the Chick Lit Plus Chick Lit Challenge for 2011!


Challengers will read 12 chick lit books throughout 2011. You can obviously read more books of other genres, but you need at least 12 chick lit to count for this challenge.

Two of the twelve books need to be from debut authors. The debuts should be released in 2011. I am starting a new feature on my blog that will highlight new releases and debuts, so you can find suggestions there.

Start your own challenge post on your blog, and put the link in the Mister Linky below. This must be to the specific post mentioning the Chick Lit Plus Challenge, not just to your blog. This way, other challengers can link over to your page and see how you are doing! If you do not have a blog but wish to sign up, just email me at Samantha (at) chicklitplus (dot) com and I will get you signed up. Also, if you don’t have a blog, please add your name to Mister Linky and a link to one of your social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, GoodReads, ETC. Thanks!

Please add my challenge button to your blog. You can copy the HTML code and add that to your sidebar.

Please send me an email when you start a new book for the challenge. I will be doing a weekly post on the challenge, and I will mention all the books that are being read by challengers.

Starting in January, there will be a link specific to the challenge. Challengers can add their links to their book reviews.

Readers can join the challenge anytime between now and the later part of 2011. The books you read do not need to be selected beforehand, you can them add them as you go.


I have some fantastic authors that are willing to contribute their books to this challenge. There will be monthly prizes, and each reader who links over their reviews or emails me the book they are reading will be entered to win the monthly prize.

And that’s it! If you are wondering if a specific book will count towards chick lit, just send me an email and I will let you know. Also, if you have any trouble adding your URL below, send me an email with the link and I will get it added for you.

So I think that is it, but like I said, this is my first challenge I’m hosting, so if I missed anything please let me know, or I might be adding some info along the way. I hope you sign up and enjoy the challenge, and hopefully find some great books, authors, and new friends!

**PLEASE NOTE** The Mister Linky below is to sign up only! Please do not post reviews below.

Post reviews HERE

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  1. Samantha
    December 12, 2010 / 2:01 am

    We have our first challenger! Thanks to Grace Connolly for signing up!

  2. Michele
    December 12, 2010 / 2:03 am

    What if you don’t have a blog? Do you have to right a review, or can you just comment a few sentences about the book when you post the title and author of the book you read?

  3. Samantha
    December 12, 2010 / 2:33 am

    Yes, to all non-bloggers, you can still sign up! Just send me an email or comment on this post with your email address and I will send you some more details! Thanks Michele!

  4. Jen
    December 12, 2010 / 2:46 am

    I’d like to sign up. I’m already challenging myself to 50 books in 2011, might as well make at least 12 chick lit πŸ™‚

    No blog though, but I will be posting my challenge progress on Gather, not sure if I can link those posts or not. My email is jen161(at)hotmail(dot)com.


  5. Samantha
    December 12, 2010 / 3:01 am

    Sounds great Jen! I will get your email added and you will be receiving the official welcome from me later in the week, along with the information for non-bloggers. Thanks!

  6. Jeanine
    December 12, 2010 / 1:04 pm

    I added my blog. I’ve never done a book review before, but I’m definitely looking forward to that πŸ™‚ One of my favorite authors (Kristan Higgins) is releasing a new book next year, so I know that’ll be one of my 12.

  7. Stephanie G
    December 12, 2010 / 4:32 pm

    I’m in! I don’t currently blog. ButI would use Facebook to post reviews and such.


  8. Samantha
    December 12, 2010 / 5:11 pm

    Sounds good Stephanie! I got you signed up!

  9. December 12, 2010 / 5:45 pm

    I think this will be interesting. I’ll be surprised if we all have the same definition of Chick Lit. I’m assuming Brit (Chick) Lit is ok as well? As long as it is a debut author? Looking forward to it!

  10. Casey Schultz
    December 12, 2010 / 5:52 pm

    I would love to sign up. I will not be blogging but I will e-mail you and/or post on FB. Thanks!

    My e-mail is

  11. Samantha
    December 12, 2010 / 6:01 pm

    Hey Ashley- yep Brit lit would be great! And only 2 of the 12 books need to be debuts, the others can be older books if you wish. Thanks for signing up!

  12. Samantha
    December 12, 2010 / 6:01 pm

    Thanks for signing up Casey! Welcome πŸ™‚

  13. Leslie Jay
    December 12, 2010 / 9:27 pm

    Not blogging, but I’d like to join in!! πŸ™‚

  14. December 12, 2010 / 9:45 pm

    This should provide the link to my post about the challenge.

  15. Samantha
    December 12, 2010 / 10:01 pm

    Thanks Leslie! What’s your email address and I’ll get you added on!
    And yes Ashley, great post on chick lit πŸ™‚

  16. December 12, 2010 / 11:08 pm

    AWESOME CHALLENGE. Can’t wait to get started!

    P.S. I love your site design.

  17. Samantha
    December 12, 2010 / 11:33 pm

    Thanks Kelly! Glad you signed up πŸ™‚

  18. December 12, 2010 / 11:39 pm

    I tried linking myself but it wouldn’t work, but iwouldlovetojointhe challenge!

  19. Samantha
    December 12, 2010 / 11:57 pm

    Hi Laura! Do you have the post up about the challenge? If you do, what’s your blog address, I will get it linked in for you!

  20. Mary Ward
    December 13, 2010 / 12:32 am

    I don’t have a blog either but would love to enter the challenge!

  21. Rhonda Rae
    December 13, 2010 / 12:46 am

    I want to join the challenge but don’t have a website…will FB work? Let me know…(-: THANKS…this sounds like fun!

  22. December 13, 2010 / 12:47 am

    I am in!! I challenge myself every year to reading x amount of books as it is so am up for the 12 Chick Lit book challenge!

  23. December 13, 2010 / 1:13 am

    Just signed up for the challenge and I am really looking forward to it!


  24. December 13, 2010 / 1:51 am

    I love challenges! I had a challenge for myself to read 100 books this year, but I only got to 55. I love Chick Lit, so this should be great fun! Thanks for hosting!

  25. Samantha
    December 13, 2010 / 2:02 am

    Thanks for joining Teri and Wendi!

  26. Rose
    December 13, 2010 / 4:27 am

    Will you giving us some suggestions for the chic lit reading? I am in need of pointers here. LoL.

  27. Jo Skehan
    December 13, 2010 / 4:43 am

    I’d love to do this but don’t have a blog. If I can keep contact by email count me in. When do we get the list of books?

  28. December 13, 2010 / 3:20 pm

    I signed up!

    ~ Jenna

  29. Leslie Jay
    December 13, 2010 / 5:24 pm


  30. AllysonGormley
    December 13, 2010 / 10:35 pm

    I would love to join the challenge! I do not blog but I do Facebook. One question though: I couldn’t find a book list. Is there a list to choose from, or an author list to choose from? I’m confused! (I’m blond so at least I have an excuse!) Anyway sign me up!

  31. December 13, 2010 / 10:39 pm

    I’m super excited about this! I’ve got a blog and will attempt to get it set up on my site too. I’ll probably also tweet about it too (KaleyS23) Yay!

  32. December 14, 2010 / 2:00 am

    Thanks for the challenge! I’m looking forward to it. Did someone say something about a 50 book challenge? Who is sponsoring that?

  33. Samantha
    December 14, 2010 / 3:18 am

    Hi Rose! I will definitely be giving some suggestions along the way πŸ™‚

    Jo- you sure can sign up without having a blog. Just send me over an email at Samantha (at) chicklitplus (dot) com and I will get you going! I am letting readers choose their own books, no book list, and no need to decide your books ahead of time. Like I mentioned to Rose, I will be giving suggestions throughout the year for some book ideas!

    Welcome Jenna! πŸ™‚ Glad to have you!

  34. Samantha
    December 14, 2010 / 3:29 am

    Hi Allyson, thanks for joining! I just sent you over an email with some information in there.

    Kaley- your post looks great! No problem grabbing the picture, that’s what I’m hoping for πŸ™‚

    Sukaraj- Glad to have you! I think that person had a personal goal for herself to read 50 books, but if I do stumble upon any challenges like that, I will forward them on to you!

  35. brandy
    December 14, 2010 / 4:17 am

    I would like to join.

  36. faith
    December 15, 2010 / 2:23 am

    I hope I linked correctly

  37. Samantha
    December 15, 2010 / 3:20 am

    Thanks Faith!

  38. Niki
    December 15, 2010 / 8:54 pm

    I would love to join! I’m not currently blogging but I would put my reviews on Facebook or Shelfari (if that’s possible?) my email addy is: niki_nv at hotmail dot com

  39. Samantha
    December 15, 2010 / 11:32 pm

    Thanks Cathy, I have your link added!

  40. Chrissy
    December 16, 2010 / 4:01 am

    I don’t have a blog but I have a facebook and would like to participate!

  41. Samantha
    December 16, 2010 / 4:12 am

    Thanks Crissy! If you just want to add your name and the link to your Facebook page to the Mister Linky above, that will get you entered! If you can’t get it, just go ahead and email me and I will help. Thanks!

  42. December 16, 2010 / 4:56 pm

    Your are my first challenge to participate in and I cannot wait to see how it works for me. Honestly I am not a romance/chicklit person so this challenge is really out of my usual range, but I really need to get some more genre’s of reading in my life. So here’s to a new year of challenges!

  43. Marilyn Bonnette
    December 18, 2010 / 2:33 am

    I am open to the challenge for reading twelve chick lit books in twelve months. Thank you for the great list of authors, this will make it easier.
    I enjoy reading to start with so I am looking forward to a good start in 2011.

  44. Jeri
    December 18, 2010 / 4:57 am

    Hi – I’d love to sign up! I don’t blog, though.

    Thanks much.

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