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This thread is for the category (10-book) challenge.

Challenge Description: Historical fiction by category. Meet the challenge by reading 10 books ‚Äď one for each category below. This challenge contains 1 bonus category and one alternate category. Books read for challenge #1 qualify for challenge #2.

As we did last year, you may publish your lists here. You may do it in advance and then cross out what you've read as you go along. Or you may list your books as you complete a category.

This challenge is open to anyone who wants to join in!



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Categories for Challenge #1† FINISHED 12/1/10

 

Alternate Category

¬†"A book set in London" Dark Lantern by Gerri Brightwell† finished 12/1/10†

Where Dat At?

 The Egyptian Coffin by Jane Jakeman  finished 1/7/10

 Pagan Past

 The Empire of Darkness by Christian Jacq  (Egypt, 17th Cent. BC) --finished 11/18/10

Whodunit?

A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters† finished 4/10

 Birthday Book

Imperial Woman by Pearl S. Buck† finished 10/7/10

¬†Habla Espa√Īol?

¬†Night of Sorrows by Frances Sherwood† finished 10/29/10

 Roots

 Longing by J. D. Landis (Germany--fiction about the composer Robert Schumann) Changed my mind, did not like the first 40 pages.

Gaglow by Ester Freud† finished 10/25/10

 Read a Winner

¬†Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin† finished 3/10/10

 15 Minutes of Fame

¬†In the Kingdom of Mists by Jane Jakeman (Claude Monet)† finished 5/20/10

 Continuing Saga

A Cold Treachery by Charles Todd† finished 11/15/10

¬†Bonus ‚?? Color Me

 The White Hotel by D. M. Thomas Changed my mind--did not like the first 50 pages

White Garden by Stephanie Barron† finished 6/10



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Categories for Challenge #1

R U Kidding Me?! :Read a book categorized as historical fantasy or alternate history. Sample authors include Stephen Lawhead, Jean M. Auel, David Gemmel and Harry Turtledove.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Where Dat At?: Read a historical novel that takes place north of the equator, but not in the United States, Canada or Europe. Sample titles include The Greenlanders by Jane Smiley, Saga by Jeff Janoda and Odinn's Child by Tim Severin.

Dark Road to Darjeeling by Deanna Raybourn

Pagan Past: Read a historical novel that takes place before the Common Era (before the Christian Era). Sample titles include Lavinia by Ursula Le Guin, Black Ships by Jo Graham, The Firebrand by Marion Zimmer Bradley, and The First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough (and others in the series).

Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin

Whodunit?: Read a historical mystery. Sample authors include Deanna Raybourn, Iain Pears, Sarah Waters and Charles Todd.

Silent in the†Grave by Deanna Raybourn

Birthday Book: Read a historical novel published during the year of your or your spouse‚??s (partners and common law relationships qualify!) birth, or the birth of one of your parents or siblings. To find books in this category, try a keyword searching using Amazon‚??s Advanced Search page (http://www.amazon.com/Advanced-Search-Books/b/ref=sv_b_0?node=241582011) and add the year to the publication date field. You can use a similar technique at WorldCat (http://www.worldcat.org/advancedsearch).

The Queen and Lord M-Jean Plaidy (sister was born in 1973)

Habla Espa√Īol?: Read a historical novel that takes place in Mexico or South America. Sample titles include Aztec by Gary Jennings, The Zigzag Way by Anita Desai, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garc√≠a M√°rquez, and The Unknown Shore by Patrick O'Brian.

Aztec Autumn by Gary Jennings

Roots: Read a historical novel that takes place in the country of your or your spouse‚??s (partners and common law relationships qualify!) ancestors.

Galway Bay by Mary Pat Kelly (Ireland)

Read a Winner: Read a book from ALA‚??s annual Reading List. You will find the 2009 reading list here. The 2008 list, which is the first year for this award, appears here. Any book on these lists qualifies. It does not have to be historical fiction.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by MaryAnne Shaffer and Annie Barrows

15 Minutes of Fame: Read a biographical novel. Biographical fiction tells the story of a real person. It may or may not be close to the actual history.

I, Elizabeth by Rosalind Miles

Continuing Saga: Read the second or any subsequent book in a series or trilogy. You know you liked the first one. You just need an excuse to continue reading the series.

The Huntress by Susan Carroll

Bonus ‚?? Color Me: Read a historical novel with the word for a color in the title or in the author‚??s name. The word may stand alone as in Green Darkness by Anya Seton or it may be part of a word in the title or author‚??s name; e.g., The King‚??s Persons by Joanne Greenberg.

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon



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I only have a few definites right off the bat, but I wanted to go ahead and save my spot! I'm sure I'll edit this a zillion times between now and the end of 2010, as I change my mind about books. But here's what I'm thinking right now.

 R U Kidding Me?!

Helen Hollick's series about King Arthur

Where Dat At?

 *undecided*

 Pagan Past

 Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel

 Whodunit?

 *something by Sharon Newman, whom I've never read but have been interested in!*

 Birthday Book

 *undecided*

¬†Habla Espa√Īol?

 Aztec by Gary Jennings

 Roots

 *Eeep...need to think hard on this one. Anyone know of any HF set in Guam?*

 Read a Winner

 *undecided*

 15 Minutes of Fame

- The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B by Sandra Gulland- read in Jan.

 Continuing Saga

 *undecided, will see which new series I begin in 2010 and base it on that!*

¬†Bonus ‚Äď Color Me

*undecided*



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Categories for Challenge #1

R U Kidding Me?! - Iceland by Betsy Tobin - Finished!

Read a book categorized as historical fantasy or alternate history. Sample authors include Stephen Lawhead, Jean M. Auel, David Gemmel and Harry Turtledove.

Where Dat At? -The 13th Warrior by Michael Crichton -† Finished!

Read a historical novel that takes place north of the equator, but not in the United States, Canada or Europe. Sample titles include The Greenlanders by Jane Smiley, Saga by Jeff Janoda and Odinn's Child by Tim Severin.

Pagan Past -†† Iokaste by Victoria Grossack - Finished!

Read a historical novel that takes place before the Common Era (before the Christian Era). Sample titles include Lavinia by Ursula Le Guin, Black Ships by Jo Graham, The Firebrand by Marion Zimmer Bradley, and The First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough (and others in the series).

Whodunit? - The River of Darkness by Rennie Airth - Finished!

Read a historical mystery. Sample authors include Deanna Raybourn, Iain Pears, Sarah Waters and Charles Todd.

Birthday Book - The Earl by Cecelia Holland - Finished!

Read a historical novel published during the year of your or your spouse‚??s (partners and common law relationships qualify!) birth, or the birth of one of your parents or siblings.

Habla Espa√Īol? - Aztec - Gery Jennings - Finished!

Read a historical novel that takes place in Mexico or South America. Sample titles include Aztec by Gary Jennings, The Zigzag Way by Anita Desai, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, and The Unknown Shore by Patrick O'Brian.

Roots - The Tailor's Daughter - Janice Graham - Finished!

Read a historical novel that takes place in the country of your or your spouse‚??s (partners and common law relationships qualify!) ancestors.

Read a Winner - The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley - Finished!

Read a book from ALA‚??s annual Reading List. You will find the 2009 reading list here. The 2008 list, which is the first year for this award, appears here. Any book on these lists qualifies. It does not have to be historical fiction.

15 Minutes of Fame - Wanting by Richard Flanagan - Finished!

Read a biographical novel. Biographical fiction tells the story of a real person. It may or may not be close to the actual history.

Continuing Saga - Face of the Rising Sun by William Sarabande - Finished!

Read the second or any subsequent book in a series or trilogy. You know you liked the first one. You just need an excuse to continue reading the series.

Bonus ‚?? Color Me - The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier - Finished!

Read a historical novel with the word for a color in the title or in the author‚??s name. The word may stand alone as in Green Darkness by Anya Seton or it may be part of a word in the title or author‚??s name; e.g., The King‚??s Persons by Joanne Greenberg.

Alternate Category -



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Woo hooo!† I won't have to acquire one single book to complete these challenges, although we all know I'll acquire more books anyway!†

COMPLETED CHALLENGE #1 ON 5/28/10!† WOO HOO!

R U Kidding Me - Mirror, Mirror, Gregory Macguire, completed 1/8/10.

Where Dat At? - Read:  Pirate Latitudes, Michael Crichton, completed 1/4/10.

Pagan Past -†Nefertiti, Michelle Moran, completed 5/28/10.

Whodunit? - The Secret Supper, Javier Sierra, completed 1/18/10.

Birthday Book - The Sunne In Splendour, Sharon Kay Penman, completed 4/14/10.† As always with an SKP novel, all I can say is, "Wow."†

Habla Espanol? - Aztec, Gary Jennings, completed 3/3/10.† One of the best books I have ever read!† Fantastic!!

Roots - The Bridal Wreath: Kristin Lavransdatter I by Sigred Undset, completed 5/23/10. Eh.

Read A Winner - Read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, completed 1/12/10 - LOVED THIS ONE!!!

15 Minutes of Fame - Read Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel, completed 3/31/10 - a big fat "eh" on this one.

Continuing Saga - Read: Heretic by Bernard Cornwell (third book in the "Grail Quest" trilogy), completed 1/2/10. 

BONUS: Color Me - Read: The Red Dancer: The Life and Times of Mata Hari by Richard Skinner, completed 5/19/10.



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R U Kidding Me?!

1945 - Robert Conroy (alternate history - what if Japan hadn't surrendered in WWII?)

Where Dat At?

De Niro's Game - Rawi Hage (set in Lebanon) (completed 6/3)

Pagan Past

Roman Blood - Steven Saylor

Whodunit?

The Meaning of Night: A Confession - Michael Cox

Birthday Book

Legacy - Susan Kay (wasn't published in the US til '86 but published in UK in '85)

Habla Espa√Īol?

Into the Beautiful North - Luis Alberto Urrea (completed 5/17)

Roots

Skeletons at the Feast - Chris Bohjalian (Germany) (completed 1/21)

Read a Winner

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows (completed 1/31)

15 Minutes of Fame

Pope Joan - Donna Woolfolk Cross (completed 7/21)

Continuing Saga

The Angel's Game - Carlos Ruiz Zafon (completed 1/6)

Bonus ‚?? Color Me

The Red Tent - Anita Diamant (finally)



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One of my personal goals is to read books off my bookshelf and start to reduce it, but looking at all the others books I will end up ordering more I am sure.  Some books I will decide when I get to that challenge as I have several that fit in that category. I did have to order a couple last night from PBS to cover the Mexico/South America challenge.

R U Kidding me:† Excalibur by Bernard Cornwell done August

Where Dat At: Conn Iggulden: Genghis Birth of a Nation  (Mongolia)  done 1/2

Pagan Past: Michelle Moran - Nefertiti complete March

Whodunit Bone Rattler by Eliot Pattison done March

Birthday Book - Thistle and the Rose by Jean Plaidy† done January

Habla Espanol? Our Lives are the Rivers by Jaime Manrique done February

Roots††Emperor: Fire in the East by Harry Sidebottom (Italian) done in June

Read a Winner †Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin (2008 list) done January

15 Minutes of Fame American Lion by Jon Meacham done May

Continuing Saga An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear done 1/2

Bonus - Color Me The White Queen by Phillipa Gregory done Feb



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Finished!!! ta-da!!

Categories for Challenge #1

R U Kidding Me?!

¬†Hood by Steven Lawhead† - finished on 2/28/2010
 
Where Dat At?

The Thrall's Tale  by Judith Lindberg - I am replacing this one with the Alternate Category book.


Pagan Past

The Eagle and the Raven by Pauline Gedge  -  Finished on 1/1/2010


Whodunit?

River of Darkness by Rennie Airth - Finished on 1/12/2010


Birthday Book

Towards Zero by Agatha Christie -finished on 8/5/10

Habla Espa√Īol?
The Calligraphy of the Witch by Alicia Gaspar de Alba - finished on 9/16/2010

Roots

The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman (Poland).† - finished on 9/14/2010


Read a Winner

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley -finished on 8/6/10

15 Minutes of Fame

Heresy by S J Parris - finished on 4/16/10


Continuing Saga

The Pale Horseman by Bernard Cornwell- finished on 6/26/10


Bonus ‚?? Color Me

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory - †finished on 2/11/10
Alternate Category

Read a book by an author I've never read before: The Kings in Winter by Cecelia Holland - 5/3/10

The purpose of the alternate category is to replace one of the original 10 categories of your choosing. You make up the alternate category. The only rules are that 1) the book must be historical fiction and 2) it cannot fall into one of the above 10 categories. In other words, you can‚??t replace the ‚??Birthday Book‚? category with another historical mystery, for example.

 



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I am new to historical fiction challenge but I wanted to save my spot as well.  I will have to do some serious pondering before I can make a list though!  I look forward to it though!

R U Kidding Me?!

The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel

Where Dat At?

The Greenlanders by Jane Smiley

Pagan Past

The First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough

Whodunit?

Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn

 Birthday Book

The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau (1964)

Habla Espa√Īol?

Aztec by Gary Jennings

Roots

To Hold the Crown by Jean Plaidy (English ancestry)

Read a Winner

The Second Objective by Mark Frost

 15 Minutes of Fame

The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone

Continuing Saga

The Valley of the Horses by Jean M. Auel or The Glass Crown by Colleen McCullough or Aztec Autumn by Gary Jennings or Katherine the Virgin Widow by Jean Plaidy

Bonus ‚Äď Color Me

The Secret Mystery of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig


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My list (obviously subject to many changes -- but I have all these, plus more, on my bookshelves):
 
R U Kidding Me?!  - The Crystal Cave by Stewart - COMPLETED 5/1
 
Where Dat At? - Genghis: Birth of an Empire by Iggulden - COMPLETED 3/14
 
Pagan Past -† Lavinia by LeGuin - COMPLETED 3/4
 
Whodunit? - Silent in the Grave by Raybourn - COMPLETED 2/8
 
Birthday Book - The Winthrop Woman by Seton -† (thanks Secret Santa) COMPLETED 4/1
 
Habla Espa√Īol? - Far Bright Star by Olmstead - COMPLETED 1/1
 
Roots - The Romanov Bride by Alexander - COMPLETED 1/15
 
Read a Winner - Mistress of the Art of Death by Franklin - COMPLETED 4/5
 
15 Minutes of Fame - Marrying Mozart by Cowell - COMPLETED 3/16
 
Continuing Saga - The Devil's Company by Liss - COMPLETED 2/13
 
Bonus ‚?? Color Me - The Scarlet Pimpernel by Orczy - COMPLETED 3/12
 
Alternate Category† - Translated Historical Fiction - The Black Tulip by Dumas - COMPLETED 1/29


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R U Kidding Me?!  Read a book categorized as historical fantasy or alternate history. Fatherland by Robert Harris. Completed 4/19/2010

 

Where Dat At? Read a historical novel that takes place north of the equator, but not in the United States, Canada or Europe. Genghis: Birth of an Empire by Conn Iggulden. Completed 5/9/10

 

Pagan Past Read a historical novel that takes place before the Common Era (before the Christian Era). Sarah by Marek Halter. Completed 5/7/10

 

Whodunit? Read a historical mystery.The Beekeepers Apprentice by Laurie R. King. †Completed 4/12/10†

 

Birthday Book Read a historical novel published during the year of your birth, The Queen Who Never Was by Maureen Peters. Completed 4/7/10 Published 1972

 

Habla Espa√Īol? Read a historical novel that takes place in Mexico or South America. Ines of my Soul by Isabel Allende. Completed 8/20/10

 

Roots Read a historical novel that takes place in the country of your ancestors. The Summer of Katya by Trevanian. Completed 5/31/10

 

Read a Winner Read a book from ALA‚??s annual Reading List. Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin. Completed 7/15/10

 

15 Minutes of Fame Read a biographical novel  Desire the Kingdom: A Story of the Last Plantagenets by Paula Simonds Zabka Completed 1/31/10

 

Continuing Saga Read the second or any subsequent book in a series or trilogy.The Princeling by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles. Completed 2/13/10. Moreland Dynasty #3

 

Bonus ‚?? Color Me Read a historical novel with the word for a color in the title or in the author‚??s name. The White by Deborah Larsen. Completed 4/23/10

 

Alternate Category 



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Categories for Challenge #1

 

R U Kidding Me?!

 

 

Where Dat At?

 

Jester by James Patterson and Andrew Gross 03-09-2010

 

Pagan Past

 

Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton 09-15-2010

 

Whodunit?

 

Archer's Tale by Bernard Cornwell 08-25-2010

 

Birthday Book

 

Lion of Ireland by Morgan Llywelyn

 

Habla Espa√Īol?

 

The Pirate Latitude by Michael Crichton completed 12-20-2009

 

Roots

 

Vagabond by Bernard Cornwell 8-30-2010

 

Read a Winner

 

 Hunter's Run by George R.R. Martin

 

15 Minutes of Fame

 

Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel 06-20-2010

 

Continuing Saga

 

Heretic by Bernard Cornwell 9-3-2010

 

Bonus ‚?? Color Me

 

Red Tent by Anita Damint

Alternate Category

 

TBR- Blue Eyed Devil by Robert Parker 08-29-2010



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R U Kidding Me?!  Read a book categorized as historical fantasy or alternate history.

See Alternate

Where Dat At? Read a historical novel that takes place north of the equator, but not in the United States, Canada or Europe.

The Good Earth, by Pearl Buck   (China)

Pagan Past Read a historical novel that takes place before the Common Era (before the Christian Era).

The Epic of Gilgamesh

Whodunit? Read a historic mystery.

 Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey

Birthday Book Read a historical novel published during the year of your birth, or the birth of one of your parents.   

Esther, by Norah Lofts

Habla Espa√Īol? Read a historical novel that takes place in Mexico or South America.

In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julia Alvarez

Roots Read a historical novel that takes place in the country of your ancestors.

Year of Wonders, by Geraldine Brooks

Read a Winner Read a book from ALA‚??s annual Reading List.

The Whiskey Rebels, by David Liss

15 Minutes of Fame Read a biographical novel.

 Burr, by Gore Vidal

Continuing Saga Read the second or any subsequent book in a series or trilogy.

The Serpent's Tale, by Arianna Franklin

Bonus ‚?? Color Me Read a historical novel with the word for a color in the title or in the author‚??s name.

The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane

Alternate Category  Read a historical novel set in the Deep South

Mudbound, by Hillary Jordan

 

 


 



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Wow, every book has come from my shelves. No need to acquire more! Nope, I surely won't. Uh huh.

R U Kidding Me? - As If They Were Gods by Kate Cameron

Where Dat At - Dawn of Desire by Joyce Verrette (Ancient Egypt-Nile Region)

Pagan Past - Daughter of Troy by Dave Duncan aka Sarah B. Franklin

Whodunit - A Chorus of Detectives by Barbara Paul (1920 NYC)

Birthday Book (1933 - my aunt's) - The Memoirs of Satan by William Gerhardie and Brian Lunn

Habla Espanol? - Far Bright Star by Robert Olmstead

Roots - Kathryn in the Court of Six Queens by Anne Merton Abbey

Read a Winner - The Religion by Tim Willocks (read enough of it to count, IMO)

15 Minutes of Fame - All For Love : The Scandalous Life and Times of Royal Mistress Mary Robinson by Amanda Elyot

Continuing Saga - Antony and Cleopatra by Colleen McCullough

Bonus - Color Me - Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor

Alternate Category: Read an unpublished/amateur historical original fiction/fanfiction - "My GWTW Story" by apckrfan (Source: fanfiction.net) It's 250 pages of small print on 8 1/2x11 paper, printed off in 2001. About time I read it. :-P



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Finished my first ever HF challenge! Yay!

Hi, I'm new to this forum.¬ I look forward to working through my bookshelf to¬ participate in this challenge.. :)

¬

¬ R U Kidding Me?¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ :¬ ¬ The Plot Against America - Philip Roth††† Completed 07/2010

Where Dat At?¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ :¬ ¬† City of Tranquil Light - Bo Caldwell† †† Completed 09/2010

¬ Pagan Past¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ :¬ ¬ ¬ Sun Horse, Moon Horse - Rosemary Sutcliff†† Completed 05/2010

¬ Whodunit?¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ :¬ ¬ The Serpent's Tale - Ariana Franklin† Completed 08/2010

¬ Birthday Book¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ :¬ ¬ The Grove of Eagles - Winston Graham Completed 01/ 2010

¬ Habla Espa√Īol?¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ :¬ ¬ Night of Sorrows - Frances Sherwood Completed 04/2010

¬ Roots¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ :¬ ¬ The General in His Labyrinth - Gabriel Garcia Marquez¬ Completed 04/2010

¬ Read a Winner¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ :¬ ¬ The Religion - Tim Willocks Completed 03/2010

¬ 15 Minutes of Fame:¬ ¬ ¬ The Princess de Cleves - Madame de Lafayette Completed January 2010 (tossed "The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette by Carolly Erickson- Just didn't see the depth and complexity in MA's life - oversimplified)

¬ Continuing Saga¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ :¬ ¬ Caesar - Colleen McCullough† Completed 05/2010

¬ Bonus ‚?? Color Me¬ :¬ ¬ The Silver Chalice - Thomas Costain¬ Completed 03/2010

Alternate Category (Category:†New to Me HF Author) :† †The Captive Queen - Alison Weir Completed 07/2010



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R U Kidding Me?††Company of Liars†† 3-2-10

Where Dat At? † Nefertiti, Michelle Moran† 2-14-10

Pagen Past.††† RIver God† 11-1-10

Who Done It? † Mistress Of The Art Of Death, Franklin † finished 1-9-10

Birthday Book.†† Into The Wilderness by Sara Donati††† 2008 my grand nephews birth year.† 3-11-10

Habla Espanol. Alt.†† Re-read a favorite,† Sunne In Splendor† SKP† 4-16-10

Roots.††The Stolen Crown, Susan Higgenbotham† 2-25-10

Read A Winner.† The Whiskey Rebels by David Liss done 1-18-10

15 Minutes Of Fame.† Island of the Swans Ciji Ware†
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† The story of Jane Maxwell Duchess of Gordon† 3-5-10

Continuing Saga.† Grave Goods By Ariana Franflin¬† 2-3-10

Color Me.†† White Rose Rebel†† By Janet Paisley† 2-12-10



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Completed! 9/27/10

R U Kidding Me?! - Outlander by Diane Gabaldon - Completed 9/15/10
 
Where Dat At? - Shanghai Girls by Lisa See - Completed 2/12/10
 
Pagan Past - Helen of Troy by Margaret George - Completed 4/1/10
 
Whodunit? - Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin - Completed 4/11/10
 
Birthday Book - Madame Serpent by Jean Plaidy (published in 1951, my Mom's birth year) - Completed 9/27/10
 
Habla Espa√Īol? - Aztec by Gary Jennings - Completed 3/3/10
 
Roots - Signora Da Vinci by Robin Maxell† - Completed 3/17/10
 
Read a Winner - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows - Completed 1/10/10
 
15 Minutes of Fame - The Autobiography of Henry VIII by Margaret George - Completed 1/24/10
 
Continuing Saga - City of God by Beverly Swerling - Completed 1/7/10
 
Bonus ‚?? Color Me - The Red Tent by Anita Diamant - Completed 8/3/10


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I'm new to this forum, but I've been reading a lot of HF lately (and have tons on my shelf), so here goes:

 

R U Kidding Me?! 

Outlander by Diane Gabaldon (on WL)

Where Dat At?

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (have)

Pagan Past

The Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George (have)

Whodunit?

The Night Watch by Sarah Waters - I've never read a historical mystery so this will be a first

Birthday Book

Queen of this Realm by Jean Plaidy (originally published in 1984...my year of birth) (have)

Habla Espa√Īol?

Santa Evita by Tomas Eloy Martinez

Roots

The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant (Italy) (have)

Read a Winner

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

15 Minutes of Fame

I, Elizabeth by Rosalind Miles  (have) 

completed 1/4/10

Continuing Saga

The Secret of the Crimson Rose by Lauren Willig

Bonus ‚Äď Color Me

The Red Dancer: The Life and Times of Mata Hari by Richard Skinner


Alternate -

Read a book about a revolution: Mistress of the Revolution by Catherine Delors



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This is my first time for a HF challenge and I look forward to it! Here is my list so far:

R U Kidding Me?!

The Iron Lance (Celtic Crusades Book 1)†- Stephen Lawhead

Where Dat At?

The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck

Pagan Past

Helen of Troy - Margaret George (finished 9/7/10)

Whodunit?

The Merchant's Partner†- Michael Jecks

Birthday Book

HMS Surprise - Patrick O'Brian (1973)

Habla Espa√Īol?

One Hundred Years of Solitude†- Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Roots

Sarum: The Novel of England - Edward Rutherford

Read a Winner

Veil of Gold†- Kim Wilkins

15 Minutes of Fame

Alexander: Child of a Dream - Valerio Massimo Manfredi - (Finished 5/2/10)

Continuing Saga

Paneb the Ardent†- Christian Jacq - (Finished 6/25/10)

Bonus†- Color Me

The Tea Rose: A Novel†- Jennifer Donnelly



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My first time for the HF challenge also!

R U Kidding Me?! - The Smoke Thief by Shana Abe - OR -  Lady of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

 Read a book categorized as historical fantasy or alternate history. Sample authors include Stephen Lawhead, Jean M. Auel, David Gemmel and Harry Turtledove.

Where Dat At? - Night of Many Dreams by Gail Tsukiyama - OR - The Kitchen Boy

 Read a historical novel that takes place north of the equator, but not in the United States, Canada or Europe. Sample titles include The Greenlanders by Jane Smiley, Saga by Jeff Janoda and Odinn's Child by Tim Severin.

 Pagan Past - Stonehenge by Bernard Cornwell

 Read a historical novel that takes place before the Common Era (before the Christian Era). Sample titles include Lavinia by Ursula Le Guin, Black Ships by Jo Graham, The Firebrand by Marion Zimmer Bradley, and The First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough (and others in the series).

 Whodunit? - I have a lot of these on my TBR, so we'll have to see which I pull off the shelf :-)

 Read a historical mystery. Sample authors include Deanna Raybourn, Iain Pears, Sarah Waters and Charles Todd.

 Birthday Book

 Read a historical novel published during the year of your or your spouse’s (partners and common law relationships qualify!) birth, or the birth of one of your parents or siblings. To find books in this category, try a keyword searching using Amazon’s Advanced Search page (http://www.amazon.com/Advanced-Search-Books/b/ref=sv_b_0?node=241582011) and add the year to the publication date field. You can use a similar technique at WorldCat (http://www.worldcat.org/advancedsearch).

¬†Habla Espa√Īol?

 Read a historical novel that takes place in Mexico or South America. Sample titles include Aztec by Gary Jennings, The Zigzag Way by Anita Desai, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, and The Unknown Shore by Patrick O'Brian.

 Roots - The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

 Read a historical novel that takes place in the country of your or your spouse’s (partners and common law relationships qualify!) ancestors.

 Read a Winner (ALA Winner) - The Seduction of the Crimson Rose by Lauren Willig

 Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin

 15 Minutes of Fame - Arthur and George by Julian Barnes - OR - Sally Hemmings by Barbara Chase-Riboud

 Read a biographical novel. Biographical fiction tells the story of a real person. It may or may not be close to the actual history.

 Continuing Saga

 Read the second or any subsequent book in a series or trilogy. You know you liked the first one. You just need an excuse to continue reading the series.

¬†Bonus ‚Äď Color Me

 The White Hotel by D. M. Thomas



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(7 out of 11 completed)

11/21/2009- Looking forward to starting this challenge! :-)  I'll have to sort through my TBR pile and see what fits! :-)

Categories for Challenge #1

R U Kidding Me?! :Read a book categorized as historical fantasy or alternate history. Sample authors include Stephen Lawhead, Jean M. Auel, David Gemmel and Harry Turtledove.

Where Dat At?: Read a historical novel that takes place north of the equator, but not in the United States, Canada or Europe. Sample titles include The Greenlanders by Jane Smiley, Saga by Jeff Janoda and Odinn's Child by Tim Severin.

Pagan Past: Read a historical novel that takes place before the Common Era (before the Christian Era). Sample titles include Lavinia by Ursula Le Guin, Black Ships by Jo Graham, The Firebrand by Marion Zimmer Bradley, and The First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough (and others in the series).

Whodunit?: Read a historical mystery. Sample authors include Deanna Raybourn, Iain Pears, Sarah Waters and Charles Todd.

Birthday Book: Read a historical novel published during the year of your or your spouse‚??s (partners and common law relationships qualify!) birth, or the birth of one of your parents or siblings. To find books in this category, try a keyword searching using Amazon‚??s Advanced Search page (http://www.amazon.com/Advanced-Search-Books/b/ref=sv_b_0?node=241582011) and add the year to the publication date field. You can use a similar technique at WorldCat (http://www.worldcat.org/advancedsearch).

Habla Espa√Īol?: Read a historical novel that takes place in Mexico or South America. Sample titles include Aztec by Gary Jennings, The Zigzag Way by Anita Desai, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garc√≠a M√°rquez, and The Unknown Shore by Patrick O'Brian.

Roots: Read a historical novel that takes place in the country of your or your spouse‚??s (partners and common law relationships qualify!) ancestors.

Read a Winner: Read a book from ALA‚??s annual Reading List. You will find the 2009 reading list here. The 2008 list, which is the first year for this award, appears here. Any book on these lists qualifies. It does not have to be historical fiction.

15 Minutes of Fame: Read a biographical novel. Biographical fiction tells the story of a real person. It may or may not be close to the actual history.

Continuing Saga: Read the second or any subsequent book in a series or trilogy. You know you liked the first one. You just need an excuse to continue reading the series.

Bonus ‚?? Color Me: Read a historical novel with the word for a color in the title or in the author‚??s name. The word may stand alone as in Green Darkness by Anya Seton or it may be part of a word in the title or author‚??s name; e.g., The King‚??s Persons by Joanne Greenberg.

Theme Title Author Date Started Date Completed Pages
R U Kidding Me?! Mirror, Mirror
Where Dat At?†† (Japan) Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden
Pagan Past The Garden of Ruth Eva Etzioni-Halevy 5/14/2010 5/16/2010 293
Whodunit? Murder on Lexingonton Avenue Victoria Thompson 7/21/2010 7/24/2010 328
Birthday Book Uneasy Lies the Head Jean Plaidy 9/9/2010 9/12/2010 304
Habla EspaŮol?
Roots
Read a Winner†† (2008 list "reader's may also enjoy..." under Women's fiction) Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Rebecca Wells 4/3/2010 4/7/2010 356
15 Minutes of Fame Innocent Traitor Alison Weir 1/5/2010 1/10/2010 400
Continuing Saga Zipporah, Wife of Moses Marek Halter 9/4/2010 9/9/2010 270
Bonus ? Color Me The Red Tent Anita Diamant 1/16/2010 1/17/2010 321
Alternate Category


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R U Kidding Me?†

The Magicians Wife by Brian Moore

Where Dat At?

Cloud of Sparrows by Takashi Matsuoka (Japan)

 . Pagan Past

 The Firebrand by Marion Zimmer Bradley (Trojan War)

 Whodunit?

The Big Four by Agatha Christie finished 11/10/10

Birthday Book/Alternative Selection:

Water for Elephants by¬†Sarah Gruen¬†† finished 4/27/10

Habla Espa√Īol?

Gone for Soldiers by Jef Shaara finished 2/15/10

  Roots

The Monk Who Vanished by Peter Tremayne (Ireland)

  Read a Winner

Steel Wave by Jeff Shaara (2009 ALA HF Winner)

  15 Minutes of Fame

 Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George

 Continuing Saga

 Comanche Moon by Larry McMurtry

¬†¬†Bonus ‚?? Color

  The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie



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Categories for 2010 Reading Challenge:

COMPLETED 06/07/2010

1.  R U Kidding Me? (historical fantasy) Enemy of God by Bernard Cornwell (Finished 01/05/10)

2.  Where Dat At? (north of the equator) Child of the Morning by Pauline Gedge (Finished 05/03/10)

3..  Pagan Past (bc)  Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran (Finished 01/18/10)

4.  Whodunit? (historical mystery) Death and the Chapman by Kate Sedley (Finished 01/29/10)

5.  Birthday Book (published year of birth)  The Silver Chalice by Thomas B. Costain (Finished 02/06/10)

6.¬† Habla Espanol? (Mexico etc.)¬† Aztec Autumn by Gary Jennings† (Finished 03/12/10)

7.  Roots Revenge of the Rose by Nicole Galland (Finished 06/07/10)


8.¬† Read a Winner¬† The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows† (Finished 03/16/10)

9.¬† 15 Minutes of Fame (biographical fiction) The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick† (Finished 02/20/10)

10.  Continuing Saga (sequels) Excalibur by Bernard Cornwell  (Finished 01/13/10)

*Bonus- Color Me The Scarlet Lion by Elizabeth Chadwick† (Finished 04/19/10)
                                                                   



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Categories for Challenge #1

 R U Kidding Me?!  Alternate Category

Where is that At? The Good Earth - Buck† Completed†† 10/10

¬†Pagan Past †† The Last Kingdom - Cornwell† Completed 1/9/10

¬†Whodunit? The Winter Queen - Boris Akunin† Completed 3/25/10

 Birthday Book - Slammerkin - Donoghue Completed 2/27/10

¬†Habla Espa√Īol? Down the Santa Fe Trail and Into New Mexico - Magoffin†† Completed 11/22/10

¬†Roots - Luncheon of the Boating Party - Vreeland††† †Completed 1/5/10

 Read a Winner - Prayer's For Sale - Sandra Dallas Completed 12/23/10

¬†15 Minutes of Fame - The Sunne in Splendour - Penman†††† Completed 4/10

¬†Continuing Saga - The Pale Horseman † Completed 1/18/10

¬†Bonus ‚?? Color Me - The Red Badge of Courage - Crane† Completed 6/10†

¬†Alternate Category - A Book from my TBR - People of the Book - Brooks † Completed 2/1/10



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