Name: 2013 Historical Fiction Challenge
Hosts : Don't know. YA Bliss hosted last year, but I don't know if she's doing it this year.
Starts: January 1, 2013
Ends: December 31, 2013
Eligible Books: Read YA or MG historical fiction books. I'm going to include adult books.
Levels: N/A. I'm going to set a personal goal of 6 books.
Sign up page
Why I'm Interested:
I seriously want to increase the number of historical fiction books I read. I love the genre, but I'm always pushing it aside in favor of fantasy and paranormal books. I ended up reading 9 books out of a goal of 15 last year, so I'm hoping I can at the very least accomplish six.
Bonus goal: I want to read historical fiction books that have been on my TBR for a while.
Some books I'm considering:
Books from my Goodreads shelf. Even though it's sort of cheating, historical fantasy has been accepted for this challenge in the past, so I'm going to allow myself to include historical fantasy again, as long as the historical parts are strongly integrated and not just a loose backdrop. I don't want the majority of the books I read to be historical fantasy. My goal is really for straight up real historical fiction.
I'd really like to tackle at least one of these:
Something by Patrick O'Brian
The Agency by Y. S. Lee
Something by Lisa Klein
Something by Mary Hooper
The Queen's Daughter by Susan Coventry
The Devil's Queen by Jean Kalogridis
20. Becoming Josephine by Heather Webb
19. Daughters of the Nile by Stephanie Dray
18. The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig
17. Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
16. Palace of Spies by Sarah Zettel
15. Confessions of Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey
14. A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
13. A Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron
12. Delia's Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer
11. Elizabeth, Princess Bride by Barry Benenberg
10. Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow by Juliet Grey
9. Elizabeth I, Red Rose of the House of Tudor by Kathryn Lasky
8. Doomed Queen Anne by Carolyn Meyer
7. Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey
6. The Queen's Handmaiden by Jennifer Ashely
5. Prisoners in the Palace by Michaela MacColl
4. Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
3. Katharine, The Virgin Widow by Jean Plaidy
2. Nine Days a Queen by Ann Rinaldi
1. The Last Queen by C. W. Gortner
Have you signed up for a historical fiction challenge? What books are you planning on reading? Do you have any suggestions that I absolutely MUST read?