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Date Posted: 1/1/2009 6:34 PM ET
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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:

1. Feb - Keep track of how many pages you can read in 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.

 

 

MEMBER CHALLENGE LIST-

  • Valli - Page 1, Post 2
  • Holly - Page 1, Post 3
  • Shelley - Page 1, Post  4
  • Hannah - Page 1, Post 11
  • Jeanne - Page 1, Post 14
  • Michelle L. - Page 1, Post 15 
  • Sheila - Page 1, Post 16  
  • Brenna - Page 1, Post  20  
  • Rebecca - Page 1, Post  23 
  • Marci S. - Page 1, Post 25 
  • Tracey - Page 2, Post 4 
  • Linda - Page 2, Post 6  
  • Kelly - Page 2, Post 6 
  • Diana - Page 2, Post  7
  • Donna - Page 2, Post 9
  • Cheryl R. - Page 2, Post  23  
  • Felicia - Page 3, Post 7   
  • Cheryl M. - Page 3, Post 14
  • Colleen - Page 3, Post  21 
  • Melissa - Page 4, Post 4 
  • Mimi - Page 4, Post 17 
  • Kat - Page 4, Post 18 
  • Genie - Page 6, Post 5
  • Daphne - Page 7, Post 7
  • Janelle - Page 7, Post 11
  • Katie - Page 8, Post 8

 

 

 

 



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I have to do the full one, of course! I read a lot! I'll be posting my book list later, after I browse through my TBR.

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

  • Guernica by Dave Boling

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

  • Chicken Dreaming Corn by Roy Hoffman

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 Royal Physician's Visit by Per Olov Enquist. I requested this book in 2006.

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

  • The Master of Verona by David Blixt

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

  • Blackbird: A Novel of Muder in Nineteenth Century New York by Joel Rose or maybe Blackbeard: A Tale of Villainy and Murder in Colonial America by Margaret Hoffman.

6. Solve a crime! Read one Historical Mystery.

  • Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin - Complete!

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".

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

  • A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantal - French Revolution, one I've been meaning to read for a long while.

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!

  • Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu by Laurence Bergreen- Complete!

 

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.

 



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I think I will do the full one.  Here are my choices for now :)

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. 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

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: World Without End by Ken Follett



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Okay, Valli and Holly, you two have inspired me to try the full challenge too!  I will be back sometime over the weekend to list the books I've chosen for each goal.  Thanks for putting this together, Valli!  Are we going to use this thread to keep everyone posted on our progress? Oh, and can you tell me how to copy your banner and use it in my sig line?  It would be so cool if all of us participating proudly flaunted our banners!

ETA - Okay, I had some time, so I've come up with my books.  I tried to use ones that were already in my possession on Mt. TBR.  Some, though, I'm stumped on and would love recommendations! 

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.  I've never read any HF set in Russia. Or Stonehenge by Bernard Cornwell - just because that time period would be new to me and . . . well, it is Bernard Cornwell.  COMPLETED 1/09.

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

Taking suggestions.  Am wondering if there are any Viking type books.  I live in Minnesota.  Anyone? If anything, I may re-read a Laura Ingalls Wilder book or two.  Those (at least the first one - can't remember for sure) are set in Minnesota.  Where's my fellow Minnesota VF buddy Cheryl when I need her?  LOL! 

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. I think this is one of the first books I requested here when I joined PBS.

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

Undecided.

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

Undecided.

6. Solve a crime! Read one Historical Mystery.

The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco.  Figured since I LOVED An Instance of the Fingerpost, this one would be right up my alley!

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. COMPLETED 4/09 - Awesome book!!

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

To Dance With Kings, Rosalind Laker.  Apparently this book ends in the period of the French Revolution.  I'm also looking for books on the American Revolution.  Anyone have any good ones to suggest?

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 WifeCOMPLETED 2/09.

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

Hmmm.  Not sure.  I have a couple of non-fiction books on the history of India.  Maybe I'll tackle one of those.

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

 Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand.  I don't know if this qualifies as HF or not (or if it even needs to for the Bonus Goal), but I'm quite curious to venture into the world of Ayn Rand.  If I can't get through that, I'll try Sacajawea.  Or I may do my own personal bonus challenge and get through Bernard Cromwell's The Grail Quest series in 2009.

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



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Great, Holly and Shelley! I'm excited to try this. I've never done any kind of reading challenge before. The only goal I have ever had involves not getting more books and that never seems to work. ;-)

Yep, I think we should use this thread to keep track of our progress throughout the year.

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Vallli - Thank you!  As you can see, thanks to your helpful instructions, I've figured it out!  Oh, and you do realize, don't you, that this challenge might force you to acquire more books, thereby making your goal of whittling down the number of books in your possession much more difficult?

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LOL! Since I started the challenge, it wouldn't be right to not acquire the necessary books. I can hardly be blamed for that. :-P

Some suggestions or the Viking book -  The Thrall's Tale by Judith Lindhberg, Greenlanders by Jane Smiley, or Odinn's Child by Tim Severin. I think the first two are available here. There is another one titled "The King of Vinland Saga" by Stuart Mirsky which is about a group of Vikings who traveled to a part of North America where they founded a colony, but you'd probably have to buy it.

I'm having a hard time finding one with the word "murder" in the title, probably because I "borrowed" that goal from a mystery forum. I probably should have replaced that one. ;-)

Oh, your banner looks fahbulous, dahling.

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We might all end up reading "Murder Most Royal by Plaidy for number five, lol. That's going to be a hard one!

Or, maybe not so hard! Here is a link of available H/F books with "murder" in the title - http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/browser.php?s_type=a&k=murder&ti=&a=&g1=17&g2=10134&g3=10177&b%5B%5D=Paperback&b%5B%5D=Hardcover&pd_type=e&pd=&r=n&sby=&oby=ASC&ts=&saved_name=

 



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"How to Murder a Man" looked good.  ;-)

Surprisingly, I'd only read a couple of mysteries with 'murder' in the title last year. 

(Wow - you all don't fool around!)

Shelly,

Good luck with The Name of the Rose.  I bought The Name of the Rose.  I bought The Guide to the Name of the Rose.  I finally listened to The Name of the Rose on audio  <G>.  I'm glad I did but it's clear I wouldn't have made it through the hard copy.  I'm sure you'll do better.  This was quite a few years ago.



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I'm in.  I'll be back when I have my act together. 

(I thought I already posted this but it's gone.)

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I'm going to try and do the full challenege...I need to do some more research on what books I'm going to read...totally subject to change lol! This was a fun idea by the way

 

1. Read a book of Historical Fiction that is written about a "new to you" time period, person, or location. - The Thorn Birds (Austraillia)

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. - Portrait of an Unknown Woman

4. Read a book of Historical Fiction from a "new to you" author. - Water for Elephants (this is historical right?)

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

6. Solve a crime! Read one Historical Mystery. The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (I think this counts..)

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

8. Viva La Revolution! Read one Historical Fiction book about a revolution, set in the location of your choice. - Julius (it's by Daphne DuMaurier...so it's old Historical fiction..)

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 Life and Letters of Jane Austen...not just about her...tells about the time period and the country as well...hope it counts

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Valli - Thanks for the recommendations. I ordered The Murder of Tutankhamen for the murder one.  I've always been fascinated with King Tut.  My late grandfather's nickname was "King Tut" or "Tut" (long story).  I'm sure he'd appreciate me reading a book on the boy king!  I'll check out the Viking links too.  And you're right - we can hardly blame you for acquring books necessary for you to meet a goal you've set for yourself.  ;)

Hannah - I think Water for Elephants qualifies. It's a great read! 

Diana - Thanks for the heads up. I've heard that The Name of the Rose is  difficult.  Have you read An Instance of the Fingerpost?  How does it compare. I found the writing style of that one hard to get through at first, but as we all know, I came to really, really like that book.  Atlas Shrugged is the one I'm worried about muddling through.  I bought the Cliff Notes book on it as well. 

 

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Shelley - The Name of the Rose might be easier now.  I know one issue was all the Latin and there was no internet then.  It has been so long, but it wasn't just regular Latin, I recall things like the various prayer services being quite confusing.  There may be notes or something by now but it's a dense book. 

I thought about the Fingerpost (even before the posting here) but there are so many other books I'd like to read and many have been waiting.

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Okay, Valli, I will try this one. Looks like it might keep me from reading Dorothy Dunnett for now. will have to do this between packing up this house!!

For the Full challenge:

1. Read a book of HF that is written about a "new to you" time period. person or location: The Princes of Ireland by Edward Rutherfurd

2. Read a book of HF set in your region: Massacre at Mtn Meadows ( this is actually history, so I don't know if it qualifies)

3.Read a book of HF that I have had the longest: Spider King by Lawrence Schoonover  - finished this on1/12/2009. This excellent author (who died in 1983, I believe) did a great job of sticking to historical facts. I thought that the book started out a little slow, but then picked up to the point that I didn't want to put it down. I have found nothing that indicates Louis Xl had a seizure disorder, so that part may be fiction, and Schoonover portrays him as a far more benevolent king than he actually was.

4. Read a book of HF from a "new to you" author: Mistress of the Art of Death - finished this on 1/7/2009. My comments are on pg 3 of this thread.

5. Read a book of HF with the word "murder" in the title: Murder on Grub Street by Bruce Alexander

6.Read one historical mystery: River of Darkness by Rene Airth

7. Read one book about a famous work of art, music, or the theatre: Death and Restoration by Iain Pears (think that one is okay?) Or maybe Immaculate Deception by Pears.

8. Read one HF book about a revolution: Hornet's Nest by Jimmy Carter

9.Read one book of HF that has a headless lady on the cover: The Other Eden by Bryant

10. Read one non-fiction book: The Terrible Hours by Peter Maas

Okay, that should do it. We will see how I do!! Thanks, this sounds like fun. Of course, I won't be getting the books read that I wanted to get off my shelves. Instead, I am ACCUMULATING MORE !!!



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Here's my list.  Everything was pulled from my bookshelf at home, so this is great for me.  It's going to help me prioritize cleaning off my shelves a bit. 

Updated to add one for #5 - I found one that looked good to me with the word "murder". 

1. Read a book of Historical Fiction that is written about a "new to you" time period, person, or location.   At Swim Two Boys by Jamie O’Neill

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 – thanks Kathy for the suggestion)!

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.  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See  (Everyone has read this book, but I’m bad about forgetting about books that have been on my shelf forever in favor of new ones!)

4. Read a book of Historical Fiction from a "new to you" author. The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnivall

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

6. Solve a crime! Read one Historical Mystery. An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears (Shelley – I have to read it now too that you’ve raved about it!!)

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

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)

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

10. Feed your brain! Read one non-fiction history book. The topic is up to you!  1776 by David McCullough

1,000+ pages bonus book: A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth (set in the ‘50’s, so a bit of a stretch, but I’ve been wanting to read this one for a long time)


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I'm going to give this a try too. Great topics! I noticed I read less Historical Fiction last year and I'm not sure why. Does a re-read count? I'm re-reading War and Peace and the girls I'm reading it with expect it will take us a year because we are discussing the historical events at length.

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

2. Read a book of Historical Fiction set in your region. Farewell to the Island by Whelan

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.

4. Read a book of Historical Fiction from a "new to you" author. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky.

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. Mozart's Sister by Moser

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! Storms, Ice, and Whales: The Antarctic Adventures of a Dutch Artist on a Norwegian Whaler by Willem van der Does

Bonus: 1000+ Page book: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy



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(Poor reading skills.)

Will Valli let me count what I have begun but not finished or do I have to start them in 2009?

I had to go into my account history to find something appropriate that had been on my shelf for a year :)  I realized I don't have a stockpile of HF like the rest of you so I won't have many chosen initially.

I'd completed the mystery "challenge" by seeing it and going, "Oh!  I did all those."  I suppose someone will say that was not a challenge :-)



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Oooh sounds good.  I've had company for a week and will have for two more weeks so can't get to it til later.

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Yes, Valli will allow you to count what you have started, lol. This whole challenge thing is for pure, personal enjoyment, so add in whichever books you think appropriate. (That's a general you, meaning everyone)  I will not put on the general hat for this challenge. ;-)

I'm glad so many are doing it!

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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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Date Posted: 1/3/2009 9:18 AM ET
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Diana, where did your banner go? I was thinking about asking if we could all steal it because it was so much prettier than mine. I didn't care for the advertisement on mine, but I didn't know how to do it any other way. If we are going to be wearing these banners all year, we may as well have a prettier one. ;-)

Jeanne, I'm glad to see you joined! No more lurking...You are officially an H/F poster now and you are stuck with us all! :-D  



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Date Posted: 1/3/2009 10:45 AM ET
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Oh. what a fate, to be "stuck"with all of you!  Okay, no more lurking - I'm in.

Date Posted: 1/3/2009 5:08 PM ET
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I'll try it too. 

1. Read a book of Historical Fiction that is written about a "new to you" time period, person, or location. The Black Flower: A Novel of the Civil War

2. Read a book of Historical Fiction set in your region.  This one might be challenging, I live in NY, any suggestions?

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.  Victoria in the Wings by Jean Plaidy

4. Read a book of Historical Fiction from a "new to you" author.  Burr by Gore Vidal, though this might match up to number 2, I will have to read it to find out.  I know that Aaron Burr's family was from Long Island, NY.

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.  The Thorne Maze: An Elizabeth I Mystery by Karen Harper

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 Hidden Diary of Marie Antoniette by Carolly Erickson

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. ;-)  Can't find one on my TBR without a head, I have ones that only have part of a head, can those count?

10. Feed your brain! Read one non-fiction history book. The topic is up to you.  1968, the Year that Rocked the World by Mark Kurlansky

Date Posted: 1/3/2009 7:04 PM ET
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I bet you can find NY, Rebecca, but I thought I'd probably have to include my whole state.  I don't have anything in mind yet but I don't have one of those big TBR piles of HF either.

I have seen Caleb Carr's 'The Alienist' listed as HF.  It wasn't my favorite book (my tolerance for gruesomeness is low) but it's about NY all right.  Apparently there's an abridged version floating around that you should avoid (I checked Amazon to see what they were calling it there - never did find out).

Date Posted: 1/3/2009 7:07 PM ET
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Progress:  1 of 10 completed (11 Jan 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.
Daughter of the Sun - Barbara Wood

2. Read a book of Historical Fiction set in your region.
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.
TBD (most likely some Plaidy book...)

4. Read a book of Historical Fiction from a "new to you" author.
Winter in Madrid - C.J. Sansom (It takes place post-Spanish civil war, so I can't use it for the revolution category.  Drat.)

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

6. Solve a crime! Read one Historical Mystery.
Mark of the Lion by Suzanne Arruda set in 1920s Africa.

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

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. ;-)
TBD

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



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