Monday, January 5, 2015

2015 Challenge: Historical Fiction

20/25 books

Challenge Basics:  

Name: 2015 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge
Hosts: Passages to the Past
Starts: January 1, 2015
Ends: December 31, 2015
Eligible Books: YA and adult historical fiction books. Non-fiction included.
Levels: I am going to try for 15-25 books

Why I'm Interested:  

I love historical fiction! I was really pleased with the amount of historical fiction (and non-fiction!) I managed to read last year. I feel like I learned so much, and I want to keep up with that. 2014 was the first time in maybe ever that I read non-fiction books and actually loved them like I love novels.

I have several Goodreads shelves for historical fiction and non-fiction books, so I'd like to tackle books I've added there.

Historical Bio: These are the weightier, meatier books that I want to make top priority. They go into detail about actual people and events and I'll learn the most from them. I've thrown in the non-fiction books onto this shelf, too. Ideally I want to read a ton of these.

Historical Fantasy: These vary as far as actual historical learning goes. Some have a ton of historical detail, but most just use a historical setting. Some of my favorite books come from this shelf and I don't want to neglect them just because they're not heavy historical fiction.

Historical Lite: These are a lot like the books on my Historical Fantasy shelf, just without the fantasy elements. Usually they're mysteries or romances set with a historical backdrop of varying degrees of detail. They're often easy breezy, fun books and I want to make sure I read them as well.

I also went on a buying spree and brought home a whole bunch of historical fiction books that I don't want to leave unread for years. So, extra points if I read those. I'll indicate these with an *

Books Completed:

Historical Non-Fiction

3. The Woodvilles by Susan Higginbotham
2. Reign of Henry VIII: Personalities and Politics by David Starkey
1. Queen of Fashion by Caroline Weber

Historical Bio (fiction):

10. The Lady in the Tower by Jean Plaidy
9. The Secret Bride by Diane Haeger
8. Hugh and Bess by Susan Higginbotham
7. Legacy by Susan Kay
6. Victoria Rebels by Carolyn Meyer
5. Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile by Kristiana Gregory
4. VIII by H. M. Castor
3. The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki
2. The King's Rose  by Alisa M. Libby
1. Isabel: Jewel of Castilla by Carolyn Meyer

Historical Fantasy:

4. Maid of Wonder by Jennifer McGowan
3. Maid of Deception by Jennifer McGowan
2. Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George
1. Stolen Magic by Stephanie Burgis

Historical Lite:

3. Lord Fenton's Folly by Josi S. Kilpack
2. A Heart Revealed by Josi S. Kilpack
1. Betrayal by Patricia Finney

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