Saturday, December 8, 2012

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2013

I enjoy reading historical fiction and I read a lot of historical mysteries. So I am joining in on the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge for the second year. It is sponsored by Historical Tapestry ... a very interesting site.

The rules are:
  • everyone can participate, even those who don't have a blog
  • any kind of historical fiction is accepted (HF fantasy, HF young adult,...)
  • The challenge will run from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2013.  
  • Choose one of the different reading levels:
20th century reader - 2 books
Victorian reader - 5 books
Renaissance Reader - 10 books
Medieval - 15 books
Ancient History -25+ books
Go here to review the rules in more detail. And to sign up for the challenge.

This year I am going with this level: Medieval - 15 books.That level is challenging but not out of reach, keeping in mind all the other books I plan to read.

These are some historical novels in my TBR stacks that I can choose from:

The Return of Captain John Emmett by Elizabeth Speller
The Alienist by Caleb Carr 
An Impartial Witness by Charles Todd
Murder on the Yellow Brick Road by Stuart Kaminsky
A Night of Long Knives by Rebecca Cantrell 
Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis
Silesian Station by David Downing
The Nightingale Gallery by Paul Doherty

Books read and reviewed for this challenge:
The Smoke by Tony Broadbent
Archie Meets Nero Wolfe by Robert Goldsborough
Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
Eye of the Red Tsar by Sam Eastland
Except the Dying by Maureen Jennings
A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley

4 comments:

  1. Tracy - I like historical mysteries too, so I can certainly see why you would be interested in this challenge. I'm tempted myself, 'though I have to say I'm not one to sign up for these challenges. I am looking forward to your reviews though. I'm especially interested in what you'll think of the Todd, the Cantrell and the Mosley.

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    1. Last night I was reassessing the challenges I have signed up for so far and thinking maybe I have bitten off more than I can chew. I have so much I want to read this year... and let's face it, I don't read that fast anymore. But I am still glad to have these goals. Another goal will be to blend challenge goals with personal reading goals.

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  2. I really love historical fiction, so the HF reading challenge is a natural fit. I thought The Alienist was wonderful, although many in my book club thought it was too detailed with too much history (just exactly why I liked it). I love Charles Todd's books, enjoy a book by Lindsey Davis once in a while. I plan to read Elizabeth Speller's book next year, too.

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  3. Have fun with the challenge. I'm still trying to decide what my plan is going to be for next year, if I have one.

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