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This is a one or two part challenge, it's up to you! To participate in the "Full Challenge" complete all ten goals on the list. To participate in the "Lite Challenge", do just five of the goals. Which five goals you do is up to you.

If you are going to join in on the 2009 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge, post here and tell us which of the two you are planning to do. Also, give us the titles of the books you have chosen for each goal. These titles are tentative and can be changed at any time, just update your list if you change your mind. This is for fun, so nothing is set in stone. ;-)

 This challenge is, of course, open to anyone who wants to join in! If you can't complete five goals, do two, or, one. This is for fun, so do what you want, just tell us about it. ;-)

Feel free to use the banner I made. :-)

 

One rule - A different title should be used for each goal on the list.

 

**2009 HISTORICAL FICTION READING CHALLENGE**

1. Read a book of Historical Fiction that is written about a "new to you" time period, person, or location.

2. Read a book of Historical Fiction set in your region.

3. Read a book of Historical Fiction that has been on your shelf for at least a year. If you don't have a year-old book, read one of the books you have had the longest.

4. Read a book of Historical Fiction from a "new to you" author.

5. Read a book of Historical Fiction with the word "murder" in the title.

6. Solve a crime! Read one Historical Mystery.

7. Be a patron of the arts! Read one book about a famous work of art, music, or the theatre.

8. Viva La Revolution! Read one Historical Fiction book about a revolution, set in the location of your choice.

9. Off with her head! Read one book of Historical Fiction that has a headless lady on the cover. We'll poke a bit of fun at the trend of including headless ladies on last year's H/F books. ;-)

10. Feed your brain! Read one non-fiction history book. The topic is up to you!

BONUS GOAL: Find a book that is 1,000 or more pages and read, read, and read some more....

MINI-CHALLENGES:

  • February - Keep track of how many pages you can read during a week's time.

**After you have finished a goal on your list, go back and modify the list in some way to show that you have finished the goal and read the book. I'm going to write, in bold, "Finished or Completed"  and add the date the book was finished to the right of my book titles, but you can do yours in a way that works best for you.

 ***A thread has been made for each of the goals. There, you can write a post about your finished book, and everyone can add to the discussion.



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Full Challenge -

1. Read a book of Historical Fiction that is written about a "new to you" time period, person, or location.

  • Red Water by Judith Freeman -  Finished

2. Read a book of Historical Fiction set in your region.

  • Chicken Dreaming Corn by Roy Hoffman - Finished

3. Read a book of Historical Fiction that has been on your shelf for at least a year. If you don't have a year-old book, read one of the books you have had the longest.

  • The Corner that Hald Them by Sylvia Townsend Warner  - Finished

4. Read a book of Historical Fiction from a "new to you" author.

  • Guernica by Dave Bolling -  Finished

5. Read a book of Historical Fiction with the word "murder" in the title.

  • Blackbeard: A Tale of Villainy and Murder in Colonial America by Margaret Hoffman. - Finished

6. Solve a crime! Read one Historical Mystery.

  • Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin - Finished

7. Be a patron of the arts! Read one book about a famous work of art, music, or the theatre.

  •  The God of Spring by Arabella Edge -  This one is about the French painter Theodore Gericault and his painting "The Raft of the Medusa". - Finished

8. Viva La Revolution! Read one Historical Fiction book about a revolution, set in the location of your choice.

  • Martha Peake: A Novel of the Revolution by Patrick McGrath  - Finished

9. Off with her head! Read one book of Historical Fiction that has a headless lady on the cover. We'll poke a bit of fun at the trend of including headless ladies on last year's H/F books. ;-)

  • The Third Witch by Rebecca Reisert -   Finished  

10. Feed your brain! Read one non-fiction history book. The topic is up to you!

  • The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston -  Finished

 

BONUS GOAL: Find a book that is 1,000 or more pages and read, read, and read some more....

  • The Incas by Daniel Peters or Hunger's Brides by Poul Anderson. - Reading now - Finished!

 

MINI-CHALLENGES

February - Keep track of pages read for a week -  about 800.

March - Read a book about someone you admire -  "Marco Polo" by Laurence Bergreen

 

I finished my 2009 challenge on December 31st!



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1. Read a book of Historical Fiction that is written about a "new to you" time period, person, or location.  Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon. Completed 9/27/09

2. Read a book of Historical Fiction set in your region. The Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. Completed 10/7/09

3. Read a book of Historical Fiction that has been on your shelf for at least a year. If you don't have a year-old book, read one of the books you have had the longestNiccolo Rising by Dorothy Dunnett Completed 9/14/09

4. Read a book of Historical Fiction from a "new to you" author. A Rose for the Crown by Anne Easter Smith. Completed 1/14/09

5. Read a book of Historical Fiction with the word "murder" in the title. Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson. Completed 8/20/2009

6. Solve a crime! Read one Historical Mystery. Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor: Being the First Jane Austen Mystery by Stephanie Barron. Completed 1/26/09

7. Be a patron of the arts! Read one book about a famous work of art, music, or the theatre. Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper by Harriet Scott Chessman. Completed 5/9/09

8. Viva La Revolution! Read one Historical Fiction book about a revolution, set in the location of your choice. 1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion by Morgan Llewelyn. Completed 5/31/09

9. Off with her head! Read one book of Historical Fiction that has a headless lady on the cover. We'll poke a bit of fun at the trend of including headless ladies on last year's H/F books. ;-)  The King's Daughter by Sandra Worth. Completed 8/2/09

10. Feed your brain! Read one non-fiction history book. The topic is up to you!  A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Middle East by David Fromkin. Completed 4/11/09

 Bonus - Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George Completed 11/6/09  and The Royal Diaries: Cleopatra VII by Kristiana Gregory completed 11/26/09



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Historical Fiction Challenge 2009

1. Read a book of Historical Fiction that is written about a "new to you" time period, person, or location. The Kitchen Boy - completed May 2009

2. Read a book of Historical Fiction set in your region.  Snow Mountain Passage (it's northern not southern Calif, but at least it's Calif.)

3. Read a book of Historical Fiction that has been on your shelf for at least a year. If you don't have a year-old book, read one of the books you have had the longest. Red River by Lalita Tademy

4. Read a book of Historical Fiction from a "new to you" author. Sara Donati - Into the Wilderness

5. Read a book of Historical Fiction with the word "murder" in the title.  TBD

6. Solve a crime! Read one Historical Mystery. Daughter of Time - Josehine Tey

7. Be a patron of the arts! Read one book about a famous work of art, music, or the theatre. I, Mona Lisa or The Girl with the Pearl Earring

8. Viva La Revolution! Read one Historical Fiction book about a revolution, set in the location of your choice. Mistress of the Revolution - completed 4/28/09

9. Off with her head! Read one book of Historical Fiction that has a headless lady on the cover. We'll poke a bit of fun at the trend of including headless ladies on last year's H/F books. ;-) To Hold the Crown or Brief Gaudy Hour

10. Feed your brain! Read one non-fiction history book. The topic is up to you!  Nicholas & Alexandra.

 

BONUS GOAL: Find a book that is 1,000 or more pages and read, read, and read some more....  I don't know about this one yet



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Historical Fiction Challenge 2009 or so

One rule - A different title should be used for each goal on the list.

1. Read a book of Historical Fiction that is written about a "new to you" time period, person, or location.

Meadowland: A Novel of the Viking Discovery of America by Thomas Holt finished 8/2009

2. Read a book of Historical Fiction set in your region.

These are preliminary ideas.  Most are in the east.

Schlussel's Woman, John Richard Lindermuth

The Free Man, Conrad Richter

The Woman in the Wilderness, Jonathan D. Scott

The Whiskey Rebels, David Liss - closer to our region

3. Read a book of Historical Fiction that has been on your shelf for at least a year. If you don't have a year-old book, read one of the books you have had the longest.

The Accusers by Lindsey Davis

4. Read a book of Historical Fiction from a "new to you" author.

Goodnight, Sweet Prince and Death and the Jubilee by David Dickinson (my mysteries are well represented)

5. Read a book of Historical Fiction with the word "murder" in the title.

Murder on the Lusitania by Conrad Allen (pen name of Edward Marston)  This was fudging a bit since it's not actually listed as HF but there is a good bit of detail about the great ocean liners.  Maybe I'll find another one later.

6. Solve a crime! Read one Historical Mystery.

I will probably read another one but when I was looking for books in my region I found this one:

The Case of Jennie Brice by Mary Roberts Rinehart. A murder mystery set in Allegheny City (now Pittsburgh's North Side) in 1907.  I enjoy these very vintage mysteries and this one is online, complete with the illustrations.  (I finished this as a Librivox audiobook.)

Badger's Moon by Peter Tremayne, finished 3/7/2009 (my first book by this author and this general type of historical mystery)

7. Be a patron of the arts! Read one book about a famous work of art, music, or the theatre.

The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant (tent. if doesn't fit here will fit somewhere else) or

Morality Play by Barry Unsworth Finished 4/4/09

May read another if time

8. Viva La Revolution! Read one Historical Fiction book about a revolution, set in the location of your choice.

TBD

9. Off with her head! Read one book of Historical Fiction that has a headless lady on the cover. We'll poke a bit of fun at the trend of including headless ladies on last year's H/F books. ;-)

Murder Most Royal: The Story of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard by Jean Plaidy

The Winthrop Woman, Anya Seton

10. Feed your brain! Read one non-fiction history book. The topic is up to you!

The Boston Massacre, Hiller B. Zobel

BONUS:  1000 pages or more - highly unlikely  :)  My word, that is a big book.  Nothing here even comes close!  (Hmm, large print...)

Going to try: Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson (mass market paperback has 1168 pgs.)



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Historical Fiction Challenge 2009 - Full Challenge  Challenge Completed - 9/20/09

1. Read a book of Historical Fiction that is written about a "new to you" time period, person, or location.   The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant Completed 2/24/09

2. Read a book of Historical Fiction set in your region.  City of Light by Lauren Belfer (set in Buffalo, NY which is where I went to college and is about 2 ½ hours from where I now live) Completed 9/20/09

3. Read a book of Historical Fiction that has been on your shelf for at least a year.   Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See  Completed 1/18/09

4. Read a book of Historical Fiction from a "new to you" author. As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann  Completed 5/20/09

5. Read a book of Historical Fiction with the word "murder" in the title.  Deception: A Novel of Murder and Madness in T'Ang China by Eleanor Cooney and Daniel Altieri  Completed 1/31/09

6. Solve a crime! Read one Historical Mystery. An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears Completed 8/1/09

7. Be a patron of the arts! Read one book about a famous work of art, music, or the theatre. Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Vanora Bennett Completed 9/16/09

8. Viva La Revolution! Read one Historical Fiction book about a revolution, set in the location of your choice.  To Live, A Novel by Yu Hua (set in China during the Cultural Revolution) Completed 2/27/09

9. Off with her head! Read one book of Historical Fiction that has a headless lady on the cover. We'll poke a bit of fun at the trend of including headless ladies on last year's H/F books. ;-)  The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan Completed 2/20/09

10. Feed your brain! Read one non-fiction history book. The topic is up to you!  Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling by Ross King Completed 4/20/09

1,000+ pages bonus book: A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth Completed 9/13/09

MINI-CHALLENGES

February - Keep track of pages read for a week -  544

March - Read a book about someone you admire -  Harriet and Isabella by Patricia O'Brien

April - Historical Fiction Challenge Jeopardy

May - Read a book about a mother - The Saffron Kitchen by Yasmin Crowther

June - Trivia

July - Read a YA book set in the American Revolution - Cast Two Shadows by Ann Rinaldi

September - Who Am I?



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**2009 HISTORICAL FICTION READING CHALLENGE**

1. Read a book of Historical Fiction that is written about a "new to you" time period, person, or location.

The True Story of Hansel and Gretel--Louise Murphy-- READ

2. Read a book of Historical Fiction set in your region.

TBD

3. Read a book of Historical Fiction that has been on your shelf for at least a year. If you don't have a year-old book, read one of the books you have had the longest.

The Princes of Ireland--Edward Rutherfurd

4. Read a book of Historical Fiction from a "new to you" author.

Lady Macbeth--Susan Fraser King--READ

5. Read a book of Historical Fiction with the word "murder" in the title.

TBD

6. Solve a crime! Read one Historical Mystery.

The Queen's Man--Sharon Penman  READ

7. Be a patron of the arts! Read one book about a famous work of art, music, or the theatre.

Girl With a Pearl Earring--Tracy Chevalier  READ

8. Viva La Revolution! Read one Historical Fiction book about a revolution, set in the location of your choice.

The Romanov Bride--Robert Alexander   READ

9. Off with her head! Read one book of Historical Fiction that has a headless lady on the cover. We'll poke a bit of fun at the trend of including headless ladies on last year's H/F books. ;-)

The Virgin Queen's Daughter---Ella March Chase---READ

10. Feed your brain! Read one non-fiction history book. The topic is up to you!

1776--David McCullough---READ

BONUS GOAL: Find a book that is 1,000 or more pages and read, read, and read some more....

World Without End--Ken Follett



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1. Read a book of Historical Fiction that is written about a "new to you" time period, person, or location. Aztec by Gary Jennings

2. Read a book of Historical Fiction set in your region. Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (set in Chicago which is 3 hrs from me)

3. Read a book of Historical Fiction that has been on your shelf for at least a year. If you don't have a year-old book, read one of the books you have had the longest. The Favored Child by Philippa Gregory  4/10/09

4. Read a book of Historical Fiction from a "new to you" author. Mary by Janis Cooke Newman

5. Read a book of Historical Fiction with the word "murder" in the title. Murder Most Royal by Jean Plaidy

6. Solve a crime! Read one Historical Mystery. Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin

7. Be a patron of the arts! Read one book about a famous work of art, music, or the theatre. Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier 4/4/09

 8. Viva La Revolution! Read one Historical Fiction book about a revolution, set in the location of your choice. Mistress of the Revolution by Catherine Delors

9. Off with her head! Read one book of Historical Fiction that has a headless lady on the cover. We'll poke a bit of fun at the trend of including headless ladies on last year's H/F books. ;-) The Dark Queen by Susan Carroll

10. Feed your brain! Read one non-fiction history book. The topic is up to you! The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir

and the book over 1,000 pgs bonus: NO BONUS FOR ME :(



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COMPLETED 12/14/09!

1. Read a book of Historical Fiction that is written about a "new to you" time period, person, or location.

The Kitchen Boy, Robert Alexander.   READ - completed 1/20/09 - excellent!

2. Read a book of Historical Fiction set in your region.

The Night Birds, Thomas Maltman.  READ - completed 10/20/09 - great book!

3. Read a book of Historical Fiction that has been on your shelf for at least a year. If you don't have a year-old book, read one of the books you have had the longest.

I, Elizabeth, Rosalind Miles.  READ - completed 10/11/09.  I loved this one!

4. Read a book of Historical Fiction from a "new to you" author.

As Meat Loves Salt, Maria McCann - Completed 5/16/09 - good, a little slow moving and frustrating. Way too many loose ends!

5. Read a book of Historical Fiction with the word "murder" in the title.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Patrick Suskind - Completed 5/4/09 - eh.

6. Solve a crime! Read one Historical Mystery.

Mistress of the Art of Death, Ariana Franklin. READ - Completed 4/11/09 - Loved this one!

7. Be a patron of the arts! Read one book about a famous work of art, music, or the theatre.

The Lady and the Unicorn, Tracy Chevalier. READ - Completed 4/4/09 - Excellent book. I enjoyed this one very much!

8. Viva La Revolution! Read one Historical Fiction book about a revolution, set in the location of your choice.

The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette. READ - Completed 6/13/09 - OK.

9. Off with her head! Read one book of Historical Fiction that has a headless lady on the cover. We'll poke a bit of fun at the trend of including headless ladies on last year's H/F books. ;-)

 The Twentieth Wife, Indu Sundarasen.  READ - completed 2/14/09 - good!

10. Feed your brain! Read one non-fiction history book. The topic is up to you!

Eleanor of Aquitaine, Alisaon Weir.  READ - completed 12/14/09 - interesting.

BONUS GOAL: Find a book that is 1,000 or more pages and read, read, and read some more....

The Far Pavilions, M.M. Kaye.  READ - completed 7/25/09 - a really great, epic read!

So, please let me know if you have suggestions for the ones I'm missing! 

Bonus Challenges Completed -

February - Kept track of how many pages I read.

March - When We Were Gods - A Novel of Cleopatra, Colin Falconer.  (Challenge was to read an HF book on a historical figure you admire.)

May - Celebrate Mothers!  I read Signora da Vinci by Robin Maxwell.

 Challenges Completed To Date:  8/11



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What a great challenge ... thanks for putting this together! This PBS account - under the name of KellyP is actually a shared account between my daughter - the actual "Kelly" & myself - "Linda." We are both going to do the challenge ...

Linda's List

1. Tai Pan, James Clavell.   (Book that is written about a "new to you" place, person or time period.)  Both my daughter, KellyP, and my older brother have been urging me to read this book for years and years; why did I wait so long to pick it up??  It is a wonderful novel.  I loved the characters, their relationships, the setting, and the bits of history I learned about the culture of 19th century Hong Kong.  Easily a 5-star novel. 1/10/09

2. Winding Stair, Douglas C. Jones.   (Book set in your region.)    This book is set in Eastern Oklahoma near the Ft. Smith court of Isaac Parker, the so-called hanging judge.  Although I live in Western Oklahoma, I have visited this area, and anything and everything about the Indian culture is pertinent to Oklahoma's culture.  A good Western novel, tracking a crew of murderers and bringing them back to justice.  5/5  5/10/09

3. The Game of Kings, Dorothy Dunnett.    (Book that has been on your shelf for at least a year.)  Shame on me that this book has lain on my shelf for well over a year.  I was aware of many, many positive recommendations, but also aware that it was not an easy read.  Guess I was scared that I wouldn't be able to "get into it" .  But it was wonderful - funny and exciting - with well-developed, interesting characters, lots of action -- all-in-all a great novel, highly recommended.  I definitely plan to read the rest of the series.

4. Portrait of an Unknown Woman , Vanora Bennett.  (Book from a "new to you" author.)  A novel about Meg, the adopted daughter of Sir Thomas More.  The More family is introduced through the portrait being painted by Hans Holbein.  The story line involving Meg, her husband John Clement, and her relationship with Holbein, and with her father is interesting and held my attention.  Likewise the theory about Clement being the younger of the "Princes in the Tower" was thought-provoking and intriguing.  All the discussion about religion and the controversies re. humanist viewpoints tended to make the story drag in places.  4.5/5  5/1/09

5. Still Life With Murder, P.B. Ryan . (Book with the word "murder" in the title.) Read and enjoyed this first book in the Gilded Age Mysteries, a new, to me, mystery series set in late 19th century Boston. 4/5.  2/22/09

6. Silent on the Moor, Deanna Raybourn. (Historical Mystery.) This is the third book in this very delightful mystery series, and the best one yet; set on the moors of Yorkshire, in an old rundown manor house, full of mystery and evil spirits. 5/5   3/16/09

7. A Tracy Chevalier book (Book about a famous work of art, music, or the theatre.) I chose Girl with a Pearl Earring, and really enjoyed it.  I kept going to a Vermeer site on Wikipedia to look at images of his paintings that were mentioned in the novel, which added to the enjoyment of the book as well as adding to my rather limited knowledge of art.  It's a fairly short novel, less than 300 pages, very readable, certainly worth one's time.  I plan to read some more by this author. 4 1/2 / 5.  1/12/09

8. Shadow Patriots, Lucia St. Clair Robson. (Historical Fiction book about a revolution.) I debated whether to read this book or Mistress of the Revolution, being a novel about the French Revolution.  I'm so glad I chose this book, since I really, really enjoyed it - both the story and the way it is written.  Kudos to Ms. Robson.  5/5  3/20/09

9. The Secret Bride, in the Court of Henry VIII, by Diane Haeger. (Book that has a headless lady on the cover.)  Interesting book about Mary, the younger sister of Henry VIII, married for political purposes to the old, sickly Louis XII of France.  3/5.  2/24/09

10. Four Queens, The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe, by Nancy Goldstone. (Non-fiction history book.)  Interesting history of Marguerite, who married Louis IX, King of France; Eleanor, wife of Henry III of England; Sanchia married to Richard, Henry III's younger brother who became king of Germany; and Beatrice married to Charles of Anjou, younger brother of Louis IX and eventually King of Sicily.  4.5/5   5/30/09

Bonus. The Winter King, Enemy of God, Excalibur.  Bernard Cornwell's  trilogy about the King Arthur legend.  (1,000 page book ... or trilogy/series with at least 1,000 pages.) This wonderful trilogy, (total of 1264 pages) is typical of Bernard Cornwell's great historicl fiction - adventure, history, epic battles, wonderful characters with some romance, and some bits of humor.  5/5. 3/10/09

 

Kelly's List

1. Pope Joan, Donna Woolfolk Cross. (Book that is written about a "new to you" place, person or time period.) This book actually fit the challenge on all three elements - it is set in the Frankish Empire (or Holy Roman Empire) about Pope Joan in the early to mid-ninth century. A fascinating look at all three! Great book; high recommendations. 4.5/5 1/17/09

2. The Savage Trail, Sheldon Russell. (Book set in your region.)  Just okay. Not a struggle to get through, but neither a book, story, nor author I care to pursue. Had a couple of fun characters that the author gave nice 'voice' to ... made the book a little more worthwhile than it would have been otherwise. 3/5 12/08/09

3. City of Dreams, Beverly Swerling. (Book that has been on your shelf for at least a year.) Wonderful book - multi-generational story that spans over 130 years; set in New York City, originally Nieuw Amsterdam.Will read the sequels & other books by Beverly Swerling. 4.5/5 3/7/09.

4. The Candlemass Road, George MacDonald Fraser.  (Book from a "new to you" author.) Great book! Really enjoyed this book set on the violent border between England & Scotland in the 1590's. A perfect companion to the Sir Robert Carey books! 4.5/5. 5/25/09.

5. Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Murder, Karen Swee. (Book with the word "murder" in the title.) Revolutionary War, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1777. Did not enjoy. Style is amateur-ish and a little simplistic. 2/5. 3/21/09

6. Silent on the Moor, Deanna Raybourn. (Historical Mystery.) 5/5. 3/30/09. Lady Julia & Nicholas Brisbane. *Loved* this book! This is a wonderful series with super characters, great dialog & good mysteries.

7. Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier (Book about a famous work of art, music, or the theatre.) Interesting story about Vermeer and his painting, Girl with a Pearl Earring. Enjoyed it, will read more of this author. 4/5. 2/17/09

8. City of Darkness, City of Light, Marge Piercy. (Historical Fiction book about a revolution.) French Revolution - followed the lives of 6 real people from the Revolution, including Max Robespierre. Fascinating, informative book. 4.5/5. 4/19/09

9. Wild Hunt, Elizabeth Chadwick. (Book that has a headless lady on the cover.) Elizabeth Chadwick's 1st published book; now cleaned & spruced up & re-released. My first time to read this wonderful book set in early 1100's on the English/Wales border. 4/5. 1/19/09

10. Island at the Center of the World, Russell Shorto. (Non-fiction history book.) About the the Island of Manhattan and America's non-English colony. Manhattan & Hudson River Valley were first settled by the Dutch as part of New Netherland. Fascinating, informative book. 5/5. 2/28/09

Bonus. The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B., Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe, and The Last Great Dance on Earth, Sandra Gulland's trilogy about Josephine Beauharnais. (1,000 page book ... or trilogy/series with at least 1,000 pages.) This is a wonderful trilogy - and everything historical fiction should be! 5/5. 2/9/09



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Okay, I think that I have this finally figured out:

**2009 HISTORICAL FICTION READING CHALLENGE**

1. Read a book of Historical Fiction that is written about a "new to you" time period, person, or location.

          The Poisoner of Ptah by Paul Doherty - finished 2/23/2009

2. Read a book of Historical Fiction set in your region.

          I'm going to go with Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey - finished 1/26/2009

3. Read a book of Historical Fiction that has been on your shelf for at least a year. If you don't have a year-old book, read one of the books you have had the longest.

          The Spider King by Lawrence Schoonover (finished)

4. Read a book of Historical Fiction from a "new to you" author.

          Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin (finished)

5. Read a book of Historical Fiction with the word "murder" in the title.

          A Tapestry of Murders by P.C. Doherty (finished on 10/6/2009)

6. Solve a crime! Read one Historical Mystery.

         The Poison Maiden by Paul Doherty (finished 1/18/2009)

7. Be a patron of the arts! Read one book about a famous work of art, music, or the theatre.

         The Shape of Illusion by William E. Barrett  (finished 1/30/2009)

8. Viva La Revolution! Read one Historical Fiction book about a revolution, set in the location of your choice.

          The Kitchen Boy by Robert Alexander, set in Russia   (finished on 4/4/09)

9. Off with her head! Read one book of Historical Fiction that has a headless lady on the cover. We'll poke a bit of fun at the trend of including headless ladies on last year's H/F books.

          To the Tower Born by Robin Maxwell   (finished 11/21/2009)

10. Feed your brain! Read one non-fiction history book. The topic is up to you!

         The Terrible Hours by Peter Maas (finished  on 1/15/2009)

BONUS GOAL: Find a book that is 1,000 or more pages and read, read, and read some more....

          I'm going to try London by Edward Rutherfurd (finished on 11/12/2009)



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Tenative list - full challenge (all books subject to change)

1. Read a book of Historical Fiction that is written about a "new to you" time period, person, or location.

2. Read a book of Historical Fiction set in your region. Silver Lies

3. Read a book of Historical Fiction that has been on your shelf for at least a year.

4. Read a book of Historical Fiction from a "new to you" author. The Crimson Thread by Suzanne Weyn (COMPLETED)

5. Read a book of Historical Fiction with the word "murder" in the title.

6. Solve a crime! Read one Historical Mystery. Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn (COMPLETED)

7. Be a patron of the arts! Read one book about a famous work of art, music, or the theatre.

8. Viva La Revolution! Read one Historical Fiction book about a revolution, set in the location of your choice.

9. Off with her head! Read one book of Historical Fiction that has a headless lady on the cover. We'll poke a bit of fun at the trend of including headless ladies on last year's H/F books. ;-)

10. Feed your brain! Read one non-fiction history book.

BONUS GOAL: Find a book that is 1,000 or more pages and read, read, and read some more.



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Well this should be fun. I read a lot and I figure between this challenge and the mystery Challenge, I should be covered for they year. Well maybe not, lol.  I am going for the full challenge.\

BONUS GOAL: Find a book that is 1,000 or more pages and read, read, and read some more.... World Without End by Ken Follett   finished 6/18/09

1. Read a book of Historical Fiction that is written about a "new to you" time period, person, or location. Autumn Bridge by Takashi Matsuoka (set in Japan) finished 3/7/09

2. Read a book of Historical Fiction set in your region.  The Red Hunter by William Buckley Jr

3. Read a book of Historical Fiction that has been on your shelf for at least a year. If you don't have a year-old book, read one of the books you have had the longest. Blind Justice by Bruce Alexander  Finished 1/14/09

4. Read a book of Historical Fiction from a "new to you" author.  THe Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant Finished 11/8/09

5. Read a book of Historical Fiction with the word "murder" in the title. Murder in Grub Street by Bruce Alexander finished 3/4/09

6. Solve a crime! Read one Historical Mystery.  The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl  Finished 2/3/09

7. Be a patron of the arts! Read one book about a famous work of art, music, or the theatre. A Mystery of Errors by Smon Hawke (a shakespeare mystery) finished 10/29/09

8. Viva La Revolution! Read one Historical Fiction book about a revolution, set in the location of your choice.  The Last Full Measure by Jeff Shaara (civil war) finished 3/30/09

9. Off with her head! Read one book of Historical Fiction that has a headless lady on the cover. We'll poke a bit of fun at the trend of including headless ladies on last year's H/F books. ;-) The Third Witch by Rebecca Reisert

10. Feed your brain! Read one non-fiction history book. The topic is up to you! The Long Goodbye by Pattie Davis finished 6/10/09



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1. Read a book of Historical Fiction that is written about a "new to you" time period, person, or location. *completed 1/15/09* The Family Orchard by Nomi Eve.

2. Read a book of Historical Fiction set in your region.

Dawn's Early Light by Elswyth Thane, which is set in colonial-era Williamsburg, VA, which is right up the road from me.

3. Read a book of Historical Fiction that has been on your shelf for at least a year. If you don't have a year-old book, read one of the books you have had the longest.

Kim, by Rudyard Kipling.

4. Read a book of Historical Fiction from a "new to you" author. *completed 4/20/09* A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell.

5. Read a book of Historical Fiction with the word "murder" in the title.

TBD

6. Solve a crime! Read one Historical Mystery. *completed 2/5/09* Clea's Moon by Edward Knight.

7. Be a patron of the arts! Read one book about a famous work of art, music, or the theatre. *completed 2/10/09 The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland.

8. Viva La Revolution! Read one Historical Fiction book about a revolution, set in the location of your choice. *completed 1/3/09* The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy.

9. Off with her head! Read one book of Historical Fiction that has a headless lady on the cover. We'll poke a bit of fun at the trend of including headless ladies on last year's H/F books. *completed 10/13/09* Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin.

10. Feed your brain! Read one non-fiction history book. The topic is up to you! *completed 1/25/09* King, Kaiser, Tsar: Three Royal Cousins Who Led the World to War by Catrine Clay (terrific book!)

BONUS GOAL: Find a book that is 1,000 or more pages and read, read, and read some more....

TBD



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11 of 11 Completed! Woo hoo!!

**2009 HISTORICAL FICTION READING CHALLENGE**

1. Read a book of Historical Fiction that is written about a "new to you" time period, person, or location. Ship Fever by Andrea Barrett  *completed 1/19/09*  Eight short stories that combine science, history, and fiction. An unusual combination but I found the stories to be thoughtful, original, and very interesting. I finished reading the book about 3 days ago and I’m still thinking about some of the characters. This would be an excellent book club selection.

2. Read a book of Historical Fiction set in your region. Farewell to the Island by Whelan completed 11/29/09

3. Read a book of Historical Fiction that has been on your shelf for at least a year. If you don't have a year-old book, read one of the books you have had the longest.  In the Company of the Courtesan by Dunant. This has been on my shelf for almost 2 years. *completed 8/21/09* I don't know why it has taken me so long to read this book - I thought it was very good! Interesting characters, excellent historical context and I really felt that Dunant captured the time period.

4. Read a book of Historical Fiction from a "new to you" author. The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. *completed 3/27/09*  What a great book.  It is about 3 days of the Civil War, Gettysburg. Shaara looks at those three days through the eyes of the leaders from each side, Union and Confederate. Beautifully written, absorbing historical fiction.

5. Read a book of Historical Fiction with the word "murder" in the title. The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld *completed 1/31/09* Okay mystery, excellent research. I learned a lot about Freud.

6. Solve a crime! Read one Historical Mystery. Resurrection Row by Anne Perry. *completed 6/09* Okay mystery, did not really care for it.

7. Be a patron of the arts! Read one book about a famous work of art, music, or the theatre. Mozart's Sister by Moser. *completed 8/09* Interesting subject but I did not care for the writing or execution. The first half of the book about Nannerl and Wolfie as children and all the traveling and performances was interesting. The last half of the book could have been summed up in about 30 pages. What really turned me off was the contemporary writing style and words supposedly spoken by a girl in the 1700’s and the liberal use of one and two word sentences.

8. Viva La Revolution! Read one Historical Fiction book about a revolution, set in the location of your choice. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy  *completed 1/18/09*  This was a fun read, not too deep but memorable for its innovative (at the time) story telling, adventurous plot, and engaging, well drawn characters with many attributes, flaws, and heroic qualities. I also liked how she wrapped up the ending.

9. Off with her head! Read one book of Historical Fiction that has a headless lady on the cover. We'll poke a bit of fun at the trend of including headless ladies on last year's H/F books. ;-)  Royal harlot : a novel of the Countess of Castlemaine & King Charles II by Susan Holloway Scott. *completed 9/23/09* Not my cup of tea . . . heavy on the sex, light on the history IMHO

10. Feed your brain! Read one non-fiction history book. The topic is up to you! A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812. by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. * completed 3/28/09* It was interesting and very well researched. The author ties together Martha's diary entries with other written documents from the same time period. Ulrich’s analysis of the social and medical history of this time period was excellent.

Bonus: 1000+ Page book: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy *completed 2/25/09* I read War and Peace with a group. I wouldn’t call it the greatest novel ever but it is exceptionally good. At times the writing is beautifully eloquent and the multidimensional characters rendered with great care. It is a book that will stay with me forever and reading it with a group of people has increased my understanding of events and enhanced the whole novel for me. The years it took Tolstoy to complete the novel are evident in the finished work.  Excellent historical detail of the Napoleonic Wars.



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10 of 10 Completed as well as the bonus book!! :)

Ooo, this looks like fun, I'd like to give it a try! :-)  I still need to investigate some books for the other categories that I didn't complete, but I have some ideas for a few at the moment (first I'm going to try for books that I have sitting on my shelf upstairs BEFORE I bring in new books...excuse to get more books... :-P):

 

1. Read a book of Historical Fiction that is written about a "new to you" time period, person, or location.

When We Were Gods : A Novel of Cleopatra by Colin Falconer (finished 1/26/09)

2. Read a book of Historical Fiction set in your region.

                The Houseguest : A Novel by Agnes Rossi (finished 6/22/09)

3. Read a book of Historical Fiction that has been on your shelf for at least a year. If you don't have a year-old book, read one of the books you have had the longest.

Roots by Alex Haley (finished 4/1/09)

4. Read a book of Historical Fiction from a "new to you" author.

The Widow's War by Sally Gunning (finished 7/10/09)

5. Read a book of Historical Fiction with the word "murder" in the title.

               Murder in Little Italy by Victoria Thompson (finished 9/12/09)

6. Solve a crime! Read one Historical Mystery.

Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin (finished 5/30/09)

7. Be a patron of the arts! Read one book about a famous work of art, music, or the theatre.


I, Mona Lisa by Jeanne Kalogridis (finished 5/20/09)

 8. Viva La Revolution! Read one Historical Fiction book about a revolution, set in the location of your choice.

               The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander (finished 2/6/09)

9. Off with her head! Read one book of Historical Fiction that has a headless lady on the cover. We'll poke a bit of fun at the trend of including headless ladies on last year's H/F books. ;-)

              To the Tower Born: A Novel of the Last Princes by Robin Maxwell (partial head on the cover, top half is missing) (finished 10/28/09)

 

10. Feed your brain! Read one non-fiction history book. The topic is up to you!

               Rome 1960: The Olympics that Changed the World by David Maraniss (finished 8/18/09)

BONUS GOAL: Find a book that is 1,000 or more pages and read, read, and read some

              Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (finished 11/22/09)

Monthly Mini-Challenges (5 completed)

March- (Read about a person in history you really admire)- Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile by Kristiana Gregory (The Royal Diaries Series)

May- (Read about a historical woman who was a mother, fiction or non-fiction)- The Last Wife of Henry VIII by Carolly Erickson

June- (Book trivia)- missed the first week, but I did answer questions for the other weeks of the challenge! :-)

July- (children's historical fiction)- War Comes to Willy Freeman by James Lincoln Collier & Christopher Collier

October- (come up with as many book titles as possible using the 30 provided words)- I was able to make 30 titles! :-)



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1.  New time period, person or location:  The Strangled Queen by Maurice Druon (France's Louis X)

2.  Set in your region:  Since most of what I read is set in Europe, I decided to make this one a book set in the US - The Tory Widow by Christine Blevins

3.  On your shelf at least a year:  Abundance by Sena Jeter Naslund (Marie Antoinette) completed 2/14/09

4.  New to you author:  Henry's Last Love by Lozania Prole (katherine Parr)

5.  Word "murder" in the title:  Murder Most Royal by Jean Plaidy

6.  Historical mystery:  Grave Goods by Ariana Franklin

7.  Work of art, music or theatre:  Lady Macbeth by Susan Fraser King

8.  Book about a revolution:  The Snow Mountain by Catherine Gavin (Russian Revolution)

9.  Headless woman on the cover:  The King's Daughter by Sandra Worth (Elizabeth of York)  Completed 2/18/09

10.  Non fiction history:  The Sisters Who Would Be Queen by Leanda de Lisle

Bonus:  TBD



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*Bonus: TBD

1. Read a book of Historical Fiction that is written about a "new to you" time period, person, or location.   Fallen Skies by Philippa Gregory

2. Read a book of Historical Fiction set in your region.  People of the Lightning by Kathleen and Micheal Gear

3. Read a book of Historical Fiction that has been on your shelf for at least a year. If you don't have a year-old book, read one of the books you have had the longest.  The Red Tent by Anita Diamant    

4. Read a book of Historical Fiction from a "new to you" author.  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

5. Read a book of Historical Fiction with the word "murder" in the title.  Perfume:  the story of a murder by Patrick Suskind

6. Solve a crime! Read one Historical Mystery.  The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

7. Be a patron of the arts! Read one book about a famous work of art, music, or the theatre.  Mozart's Sister by Nancy Moser

8. Viva La Revolution! Read one Historical Fiction book about a revolution, set in the location of your choice.  A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon

9. Off with her head! Read one book of Historical Fiction that has a headless lady on the cover. We'll poke a bit of fun at the trend of including headless ladies on last year's H/F books. ;-)  Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran

10. Feed your brain! Read one non-fiction history book. The topic is up to you!  The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson



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1. Read a book of Historical Fiction that is written about a "new to you" time period, person, or locationThe White Queen by Philippa Gregorgy finished 8/12/09 

2. Read a book of Historical Fiction set in your region Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas, finished 12/08/09

3. Read a book of Historical Fiction that has been on your shelf for at least a year. If you don't have a year-old book, read one of the books you have had the longest.  Pope Joan by Donna Woolfork Cross, finished 11/14/09

4. Read a book of Historical Fiction from a "new to you" authorJewel of Medina by Sherry Jones, finished 1/8/09

5. Read a book of Historical Fiction with the word "murder" in the title.

6. Solve a crime! Read one Historical Mystery. Mistress of the Art of Death

7. Be a patron of the arts! Read one book about a famous work of art, music, or the theatre.

8. Viva La Revolution! Read one Historical Fiction book about a revolution, set in the location of your choice.

9. Off with her head! Read one book of Historical Fiction that has a headless lady on the cover. We'll poke a bit of fun at the trend of including headless ladies on last year's H/F books. ;-) 

10. Feed your brain! Read one non-fiction history book. The topic is up to you!  The Lost by Daniel Mendelsohn



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I'm going to add my own twist to the challenge and stipulate that whatever books I choose must be on my TBR already. I may only be able to do the "lite" challenge because of this, but I absolutely do NOT need another reason to bloat my TBR more than it already is! So let's see what I can come up with.

1. New to me time period or location: The Bridal Wreath by Sigrid Undset  Kristin Lavrandsdatter #1 (14th c. Norway)
 I did not actually complete this, I DNF'd it. I guess that's a FAIL for me. LOL

2. Set in my region: Giants in the Earth: A Saga of the Prairie by O.E. Rolvaag (Minnesota)

3. Been on my shelf at least a year: The Firedrake's Eye by Patricia Finney

4. New to me author: The Wolves of Savernake by Edward Marston (completed 3/27/09)

5. "Murder in the title: Murder on Lenox Hill by Victoria Thompson (completed 2/23/09)

6. Historical mystery: Solace for a Sinner by Caroline Roe  (completed 1/19/09)

7. About a famous work of art, music or theatre: Pass (at least for now)

8. About a revolution: Pass (at least for now)

9. Headless lady: Pass (at least for now)

10: Non-fiction: Who Cooked the Last Supper? Women's History of the World by Rosalind Miles (completed 3/23/09)

BONUS: 1,000 pages: Pass (at least for now)...I don't think I have any that big.

Cheryl



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Progress:  9 of 10 completed (06 Apr 2009)

Okay - let me see what I can do...

1. Read a book of Historical Fiction that is written about a "new to you" time period, person, or location.  FINISHED 28 Jan 2009
Daughter of the Sun - Barbara Wood

2. Read a book of Historical Fiction set in your region.  FINISHED 19 Jan 2009
City of God - Beverly Swerling

3. Read a book of Historical Fiction that has been on your shelf for at least a year. If you don't have a year-old book, read one of the books you have had the longest. FINISHED 06 Apr 2009
Through a Glass Darkly  - Karleen Koen

4. Read a book of Historical Fiction from a "new to you" author. FINISHED 06 Feb 2009
The Piano Teacher - Janice Y.K. Lee

5. Read a book of Historical Fiction with the word "murder" in the title. FINISHED 11 Jan 2009
Murder in Montparnasse by Kerry Greenwood (set in 1928 Australia, despite the title)

6. Solve a crime! Read one Historical Mystery. FINISHED 26 Jan 2009
Mark of the Lion by Suzanne Arruda set in post-WWI Africa.

7. Be a patron of the arts! Read one book about a famous work of art, music, or the theatre. FINISHED 02 Mar 2009
With Violets  - Elizabeth Robards

8. Viva La Revolution! Read one Historical Fiction book about a revolution, set in the location of your choice. FINISHED 16 Feb 2009
The Kitchen Boy - Robert Alexander

9. Off with her head! Read one book of Historical Fiction that has a headless lady on the cover. We'll poke a bit of fun at the trend of including headless ladies on last year's H/F books.  FINISHED 03 Feb 2009
To Hold the Crown - Jean Plaidy

10. Feed your brain! Read one non-fiction history book. The topic is up to you!
TBD



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Full Challenge- Completed 12/03/09


1. Read a book of Historical Fiction that is written about a "new to you" time period, person, or location.  Destiny of Fire by Zoe Oldenbourg  (Finished  02/17/09)

2. Read a book of Historical Fiction set in your region.  Giants in the Earth by O.E. Rolvaag (Finished 11/27/09)

3. Read a book of Historical Fiction that has been on your shelf for at least a year. If you don't have a year-old book, read one of the books you have had the longest.  Mr Midshipman Hornblower by C.S. Forester  (Finished 01/27/09)

4. Read a book of Historical Fiction from a "new to you" author.  Nefertiti by Michelle Moran  (Finished 01/08/09)

5. Read a book of Historical Fiction with the word "murder" in the title.   Murder Most Royal by Jean Plaidy.  (Finished 09/04/09)

6. Solve a crime! Read one Historical Mystery.  A Plague of Poison by Maureen Ash.  (Finished 03/17/09)

7. Be a patron of the arts! Read one book about a famous work of art, music, or the theatre.    Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Vanora Bennett  (Finished 04/27/09).

8. Viva La Revolution! Read one Historical Fiction book about a revolution, set in the location of your choice.  The Glorious Cause by Jeff Shaara  (Finished 06/08/09).

9. Off with her head! Read one book of Historical Fiction that has a headless lady on the cover. We'll poke a bit of fun at the trend of including headless ladies on last year's H/F books. ;-)  Everlasting by Kathleen Woodiwiss (Finished 12/03/09).

10. Feed your brain! Read one non-fiction history book. The topic is up to you!  Love and Louis XIV (The Women in the Life of the Sun KIng) by Antonia Fraser (Finished 07/14/09).

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WOO HOO! On August 17, 2009, I finished my last book for the challenge! Fabulous idea, but I'm glad to have it behind me!

1. Read a book of Historical Fiction that is written about a "new to you" time period, person, or location.  Pravda by Edward Docx

2. Read a book of Historical Fiction set in your region.  Serena, by Ron Rash (HF set in the Western, NC mountains area; I live in Charlotte, about an hour east--pretty close!)

3. Read a book of Historical Fiction that has been on your shelf for at least a year. If you don't have a year-old book, read one of the books you have had the longest. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

4. Read a book of Historical Fiction from a "new to you" author.  Our January BoM selection will do it, A Rose for the Crown by Anne Easter Smith

5. Read a book of Historical Fiction with the word "murder" in the title. Confessing a Murder, by Nicholas Drayson

6. Solve a crime! Read one Historical Mystery. Possession, by A. S. Byatt

7. Be a patron of the arts! Read one book about a famous work of art, music, or the theatre. I, Mona Lisa, by Jeanne Kalogridis

8. Viva La Revolution! Read one Historical Fiction book about a revolution, set in the location of your choice.  The Initials of the Earth, by Jesus Diaz (Cuban revolution, in honor of my brother-in-law who passed away on Nov 17, whose entire family save for him was murdered by Castro)

9. Off with her head! Read one book of Historical Fiction that has a headless lady on the cover. We'll poke a bit of fun at the trend of including headless ladies on last year's H/F books. ;-)  Life Mask by Emma Donoghue

10. Feed your brain! Read one non-fiction history book. The topic is up to you!  The Hairstons by Henry Weincek

 Bonus Challenge: 1,000 or more pages--Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett

 



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Hi! I'm new here, but I'm taking the challenge! By the way, I'm really enjoying PaperBackSwap. I think this is a great service and thanks to everyone for being so nice and prompt!

Melissa

**2009 HISTORICAL FICTION READING CHALLENGE**

1. Read a book of Historical Fiction that is written about a "new to you" time period, person, or location. The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney

2. Read a book of Historical Fiction set in your region. Still working on this one, maybe reread Laura Ingalls Wilder.

3. Read a book of Historical Fiction that has been on your shelf for at least a year. If you don't have a year-old book, read one of the books you have had the longest. Abundance: A novel of Marie Antionette by Sena Jeter Naslund

4. Read a book of Historical Fiction from a "new to you" author.  The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

5. Read a book of Historical Fiction with the word "murder" in the title. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind

6. Solve a crime! Read one Historical Mystery. The Temptaion of The NIght Jasmine by Laura Willig

7. Be a patron of the arts! Read one book about a famous work of art, music, or the theatre. Not sure--looking for good ideas.

8. Viva La Revolution! Read one Historical Fiction book about a revolution, set in the location of your choice. Taking Liberties (Makepeace Hedley) by Diana Norman (also a headless lady novel!)

9. Off with her head! Read one book of Historical Fiction that has a headless lady on the cover. We'll poke a bit of fun at the trend of including headless ladies on last year's H/F books. ;-) A Catch of Consequence (Makepeace Hedley) by Diana Norman

10. Feed your brain! Read one non-fiction history book. The topic is up to you! 

BONUS GOAL: Find a book that is 1,000 or more pages and read, read, and read some more.... Probably Diana Gabaldon again

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