Wednesday, January 1, 2020

2020 Historical Reading Challenge

16/15 books

Challenge Basics:  

Name: 2020 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge
Hosts: Passages to the Past
Starts: January 1, 2020
Ends: December 31, 2020
Eligible Books: YA and adult historical fiction books. I'm including non-fiction.
Levels: I am going to try for 15 books

Why I'm Interested:  

Historical Bio and Historical Non-Fiction: 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. I've been toe-dipping into non-fiction, and I'd like to continue that toe-dip.

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.

Books Completed:

Historical Non-Fiction Bio:

13. Caligula by Aloys Winterling
12. Matilda by Catherine Hanley
11. Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser
10. Catherine of Aragon by Giles Tremlett 
9. Eleanor of Aquitaine by Desmond Seward 
8.The Three Edwards by Thomas B. Costain 
7. She Wolves by Elizabeth Norton
6. Anne Boleyn by Norah Lofts
5. The Wars of the Roses by Trevor Royale
4. Dark Eminence: Catherine de Medici & Her Children by Marguerite Vance
3. Tudors by G. J. Meyer
2. Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C. Gwynne
1. The Other Tudor Princess: Margaret Douglas by Mary McGrigor

Historical Non-Fiction, Other: 

8. Demon in the Freezer by Richard Preston
7. Crisis in the Red Zone by Richard Preston
6. To Marry an English Lord by Gail MacColl
5. Invincible Microbe by Jim Murphy
4. An American Plague by Jim Murphy
3. The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
2. The Glitter and the Gold by Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan
1. Victorian Fashion Accessories by Ariel Beaujot

Historical Bio (fiction):

4. A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver by E. L. Konigsburg
3. A Golden Web by Barbara Quick
2. The Danish Queen by Lynda M. Andrews
1. Minette by Melanie Clegg

Historical Lite:

33. Seeds of Hope by Kristiana Gregory
32. Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
31. The Ballad of Lucy Whipple by Karen Cushman
30. Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
29. The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman
28. Across the Wild and Lonesome Prairie by Kristiana Gregory
27. New Year's Day by Edith Wharton
26. The Spark by Edith Wharton
25. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
24. Our Castle by the Sea by Lucy Strange
23. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton
22. The Ruins of Lace by Iris Anthony
21. False Dawn by Edith Wharton
20. The Buccaneers by Edith Wharton
19. Daisy Miller by Henry James
18. The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz
17. Poison in the Colony by Elisa Carbone
16. Prisoner of Time by Caroline B. Cooney
15. Fiercombe Manor by Kate Riordan
14. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
13. Faithful by Janet Fox
12. Love by the Morning Star by Laura L. Sullivan
11. The Lady of the Lakes by Josi S. Kilpack
10. The Provincial Lady in America by E. M. Delafield
9. The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming by J. Anderson Coats
8. The Provincial Lady Goes Further by E. M. Delafield
7. Diary of a Provincial Lady by E. M. Delafield
6. Fast and Loose by Edith Wharton
5. Whispers in the Sand by Barbara Erskine
4. The Forgotten Room by White, Williams, and Willig
3. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
2. The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
1. Time Traveling Fashionista: Cleopatra by Bianca Turetsky



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