Naida (from The Bookworm) is hosting the Romance Reading Challenge 2009 which runs from January 1 to December 31. Basically, the idea is to read five novels that fall within the broad spectrum of romance literature. You can read all the guidelines and sign up by visiting the challenge announcement page (here).
For this challenge, I'm going to be reading five Gothic romance novels – mostly 20th Century, but I think I'll start with Jane Austen. Here's my list (subject to change, of course):
Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen
Daughter of the Stars, by Phyllis A. Whitney
Mistress of Mellyn, by Victoria Holt
The Stormy Petrel, by Mary Stewart
One more – possibly another Victoria Holt, or something by Barbara Michaels.
Or, if I get really ambitious, maybe I'll branch out and try one of the classic Gothics. I've never read The Castle of Otranto, or The Mysteries of Udolpho, or The Monk, or even Wilkie Collins. So I've got a lot of literature to choose from.