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This thread is for challenge #2 - the alphabet challenge.

Challenge Description: Historical fiction by alphabet. Meet the challenge by reading 26 books. Each book must represent a different letter of the alphabet. Qualifying letters include the first letter in the first word of the title, excluding the title words, a, an, and the, or the first letter in the author's first or last name.

Letter X Only: For the letter X, you may expand your options to include the author's middle name, any word in the title, the character's name, the name of the place, event, reign or other significant historical thing. You may also select a sound-alike word (ex-odus, ex-hume).

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 do it as you complete a category.

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

ETA: I'm wielding my authority as benign dictatoress of the HF Challenges for 2010. At the risk of being banned from future coordination of the lists, I'm expanding the rules for Challenge #2.

In addition to the above, qualifying letters include all title words, except for a, an, and the, all parts of the author's name and all major characters' names.

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I'm not going to pick specific books.  I'll just fill the list in as I go -

A - Aztec, Gary Jennings (completed 3/3/10)

B - The Burning Land, Bernard Cornwell (completed 1/29/10)

C - The Greatest Knight, Elizabeth†Chadwick (completed 7/17/10)

D - Dragonfly in Amber, Diana Gabaldon (completed 10/__/10)

E - Enemy of God, Bernard Cornwell (completed 6/21/10)

F - Grave Goods, Ariana Franklin (completed 2/1/10)

G - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (completed 1/12/10)

H - Heretic, Bernard Cornwell (completed 1/2/10)

I - Genghis: Birth of an Empire, Conn Iggulden (11/8/10)

J - The Journeyer, Gary Jennings (completed ____________)

K - The Historian, Anna Kosotov (completed _____________)

L - How Far to Bethlehem, Norah Lofts (completed 12/31/10)

M†- Mirror, Mirror, Gregory Macquire (completed 1/8/10)

N - Nefertiti, Michelle Moran (completed 5/28/10)

O - Outlander, Diana Galbadon (completed 6/11/10)

P - Pirate Latitudes, Michael Crichton (completed 1/4/10)

Q - The Queen's Man, Sharon Kay Penman (completed __________)

R - A Reliable Wife, Robert Goolrick (completed 3/12/10)

S - The Secret Supper, Javier Sierra (completed 1/18/10)

T - The Tudor Rose, Margaret Campbell Brown (completed 5/2/10)

U - The Bridal Wreath: Kristin Lavransdatter 1, Sigrid Undset (completed 5/23/10)

V - Voyager, Diana Gabaldon (completed 10/25/10)

W - The Winter King, Bernard Cornwell (completed 2/11/10)

X - Excalibur, Bernard Cornwell (completed 7/5/10)

Y -

Z - The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon (completed 12/15/10)

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  • A -

Kathryn in the Court of Six Queens by Anne Merton Abbey

  • B -††

The Proud Breed - Celeste De Blassis

  • C -

Segu by Maryse Conde

  • D-

Day After Night by Anita Diamant

  • E -

Child of the Phoenix - Barbara Erskine

  • F -

Hell at the Breech by Tom Franklin

  • G -††

Iokaste by Victoria Grossack

  • H -

All Other Nights by Dara Horn

  • I -

Gilded Spurs by Grace Ingram

  • J -

  The Color of Lightning by Paulette Jiles

  • K -

By Fire, By Water by Mitchell James Kaplan

  • L -

Circle of Stone by Anna Lee Waldo

  • M -

Men on White Horses by Annette Motley

  • N -

Guinevere by Sharan Newman

  • O -

My Name Is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliviera

  • P -

Remember Me by Lesley Pearse

  • Q -

Queen of Camelot by Nany McKenzie

  • R -

Angel Time by Anne Rice

  • S -

Face of the Rising Sun by William Sarabande

  • T -

These Is My Words by Nancy Turner

  • U -

Picture Bride - Yoshiko Uchida

  • V -

The Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland

  • W -

The Road to avalon by Joan Wolf

  • X -

The Missing by Tim Gautreaux

  • Y -

Visible Spirits - Steve Yarbrough

  • Z-

- Above the Wind and Fire by Donna Comeaux Zide

All finished! Finally! November 10th, 2010.

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Perhaps will do this starting after the Challenge #1!† Will see how much time I end up having to read!

A - The Anatomy of Deception - Lawrence Goldstone

B - The Birth of Venus - Sarah Dunant

C - Cathedral of the Sea - Ildefonso Falcones

D - Devil Water - Anya Seton

E - The Plague of Doves - Louise Erdrich (completed 8/12)

F - The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton

G - A Golden Age - Tahmima Anam

H - Harriet and Isabella - Patricia O'Brien

I - In the Tenth House - Laura Dietz

J - Johnny One-Eye: A Tale of the American Revolution - Jerome Charyn

K - The Kommandant's Girl - Pam Jenoff

L - The Last Summer of the World - Emily Mitchell

M - The Mask of Ra - P.C. Doherty

N - North River - Pete Hamill

O - The Outcast - Sadie Jones

P - The Pirate's Daughter - Margaret Cezair-Thompson

Q - The Queen's Mistake: In the Court of Henry VIII - Diane Haeger

R - The Rossetti Letter - Christi Phillips

S - Serena - Ron Rash

T - The Terror - Dan Simmons

U - The Unforgiving Years - Victor Serge

V - Luncheon of the Boating Party - Susan Vreeland

W - The Whistling Season - Ivan Doig

X - The Expeditions - Karl Iagnemma

Y - Year of Wonders - Geraldine Brooks (completed 5/2)

Z - Aztec - Gary Jennings (completed 4/11)

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I am saving my spot for this one too.  Also, I have a question.  I saw somewhere where historical mysteries count, so would it be the same for historical romances as well?

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2010 Alphabet Challenge (HF, with some HR) & opinion in 5 words or less.

A - Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor (awesome - justified hype)

B - The Kadin by Bertrice Small (excellent HF/HR hybrid - classic)

C - The Cavalier's Woman by Joan Hunter (good, tho prose bit stiff)

D - The Flesh and the Devil by Teresa Denys (superb gothic bodice ripper)

E - Daughters of the Grail by Elizabeth Chadwick (2nd half same as 1st)

F - The Fireflower by Edith Layton (tough read, but rewarding)

G - The Children of Passion by Genevieve Davis (odd, but still good)

H -The Perfect Royal Mistress by Diane Haeger (blah and meh - nothing new)

I - Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen Woodiwiss (pacing too slow - ending WTF)

J - Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught (ok, but the characters....blah)

K - The Love Knot by Elizabeth Chadwick (zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.....tries too hard)

L - Wicked Loving Lies by Rosemary Rogers (wowzers & excellent wtfery)

M - The Memoirs of Satan by William Gerhardie and Brian Lunn (very weird - literary "humor")

N -†

O -†

P - A Chorus of Detectives by Barbara Paul (mindless fun)

Q - Kathryn in the Court of Six Queens by Anne Merton Abbey (what're y'all smokin', 5-star folks?)

R - The Religion by Tim Willocks (craptacular - literally)

S - All For Love: The Scandalous Life and Times of Royal Mistress Mary Robinson by Amanda Elyot (dumb-bad fluff)

T - Moss-Rose by Day Taylor (superior sequel - Reconstruction drama)

U -†

V - Lady Vixen by Shirlee Busbee (great 1812 setting into plot)

W - The War at Troy by Lindsay Clarke (great mythology re-told poorly)

X -†

Y -†

Z - The Winds of Betrayal (Southern Angels, v.1) by Cheryl Zach (fine Civil War YA)

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I saw somewhere where historical mysteries count, so would it be the same for historical romances as well?

As long as they otherwise fit the category description, yes, they count.

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Here's my list:


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I edited the first post to note some "cheating" that will be allowed for the letter X.

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A.  The Serpant's Tale   Ariana Franklin  finished 1-21-10

B.  The Fallen Angels   Bernard Cornwell  1-26-10

C.†††† Company of Liars† Karen Maitland†† 3-1-10

D. In The Company Of The Courtesan  Sarah Dunant    1-5-10

E.  Emilie's Voice   Susanne Dunlap  1-4-10

F.  Mistress Of The Art Of Death  Arrianna Franklin*     1-10

G. The Greatest Knight† Elizabeth Chadwick 7-10-10

H.¬††The Stolen Crown Susan Higgenbotham* 2-25-10

I. Into The Wilderness Sara Donati†† 3-21-10

J.White Rose RebelJanet Paisley† 2-12-10

K. Through the Glass DarkleyKarleen Koen 9-15-10

L. Lake In The Clouds by Sara Donati 3-26-10

M. Mistress of the Revloutionby Catherine DeLors 6-22-10

N. Neffertiti†† By Michelle Moran 2-14-10

O. The Owlkillers† by Karen Maitland†††† 7-7-10

P. Pirate Latitudes¬† Michael Crichton† † 1/3/10

Q. Queen of Swords by Sara Donati† 3-26-10

R. ¬†Redcoat¬† Bernard Cornwell.†† 4-23-10

S.†† Hood† Stephen Lawhead††††† 3-17-08

T.To Defy A King† Elizabeth Chadwick† 5-10-10

U.† The Unquite Bones, Melvin Starr 11-11-10

V.¬† The Vanishing Point† by Mary Sharratt 5-24-10

W. The Whiskey Rebels * By David Liss finished 1-18-10

X.† The ExileBy Richard Wheeler† I forgot†to make this but I finish it in Sept.

Y.† Fairoaks† By Frank Yerby 11-24-10

Z.† The Mists of Avalon† Marion Zimmer Bradley. 11-10-10

* † Also on Historical Fiction Challange #1

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I‚??m psyched - I was able to come up with a book for each letter off my shelf (without even needing¬†to "cheat"¬†on X). I actually had a hard time narrowing some of them down! (Of course, I think that just means I have too many books!!)

*'s are duplicates from Challenge 1.† Challenge 1 will be my first focus, then I'll see how far I can get through the rest of these.

*A - Aztec by Gary Jennings - Completed 3/4/10
*B - City of God by Beverly Swerling - Completed 1/7/10
C - The†Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan†- Completed 9/23/10
*D - The Red Tent by†Anita Diamant - Completed 8/3/10
E -The Painter from Shanghai by Jennifer Epstein
*F - Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin - Completed 4/11/10
*G - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows - Completed 1/10/10
*H - Helen of Troy by Margaret George - Completed 4/1/10
I - The Feast of Roses by Indu Sundaresan - Completed 5/1/10
J - The Italian Woman†by Jean Plaidy- Completed 10/4/10
K - The Help by Katherine Stockett - Completed 3/10
*L -¬†Shanghai Girls†by Lisa See - Completed 2/12/10
*M - The Autobiography of Henry VIII by Margaret George - Completed 1/24/10
N - The Concubine by Norah Lofts
*O - Outlander by Diane Gabaldon - Completed 9/15/10
*P - Madame Serpent by Jean Plaidy - Completed 9/27/10
Q - Queen Jezebel†by Jean Plaidy - Completed 11/21/10
R - I, Elizabeth by†Rosalind Miles - Completed 2/1/10
*S - Signora Da Vinci by Robin Maxell - Completed 3/17/10
T - A Thousand Splendid Sunsby Khaled Hosseini
U - Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin
V - No Angel by Penny Vincenzi
W -†When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
X - Feathered Serpent by Xu Xiaobin
Y - My Enemy's Cradle by Sara Young
Z - The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman - Completed 5/30/10

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Wasn't going to at first but I figured I'd give this one a go too :)

A- Rasputin's Daughter-Robert Alexander

B- Those Who Save Us-Jenna Blum

C- The Crimson Petal and the White-Michel Faber

D-To Dance with Kings-Rosalind Laker

E- (I), Elizabeth-Rosalind Miles

F- (The) Fool's Tale- Nicole Galland

G- Galway Bay-Mary Pat Kelly

H- (The) Huntress- Susan Carroll

I- Infinity in the Palm of her Hand-Gioconda Belli

J- The Captive of Kensington Palace-Jean Plaidy

K- (The) King's Fool-Margaret Campbell Barnes

L- Lonesome Dove- Larry McMurtry

M- Michal-Jill Eileen Smith

N- His Majesty's Dragon-Naomi Novik

O- Outlander- Diana Gabaldon

P- Pope Joan- Donna Woolfolk Cross

Q- (The) Queen and Lord M- Jean Plaidy

R- Silent on the Moor-Deanna Raybourn

S-Sarah's Key-Tatiana de Rosnay

T- (The) Tudor Rose-Margaret Campbell Barnes

U- Lavinia by Ursula K Le Guin

V- Valley of Horses- Jean M. Auel

W- I, Tituba: Black Witch of Salem-Maryse Conde

X- The Luxe-Anna Godbersen

Y-By Fire, By Water-Mitchell James Kaplan (Queen Ysabel)

Z-The Shadow of the Wind-Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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I might as well do this one too...

A - Rasputin's Daughter by Robert Alexander (have)

B-The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant (have)*

C- The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (have)

D- Mistress of the Revolution by Catherine Delors (have)*

E - The Memiors of Mary Queen of Scots by Carolly Erickson (have)

F-Fallen Skies by Philippa Gregory (have)

G - Memiors of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (have)*

H-The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks (have)

I-I,Elizabeth by Rosalind Miles* (have)   completed 1/4/10

J - The Thistle and the Rose by Jean Plaidy (have)

K-Katherine by Ana Seyton (have)

L - The Secret Letters of Marilyn Monroe & Jacqueline Kennedy by Wendy Leigh (have_

M-Memiors of Cleopatra by Margaret George* (have)

N-Night Watch by Sarah Waters*

O-Outlander by Diana Gabaldon* (WL)

P-Palace Circle by Rebecca Dean (have)

Q - Queen of this Realm by Jean Plaidy (have)*

R- A Respectable Trade by Philippa Gregory (have)

S - Santa Evita by Tomas Eloy Martinez*

T- To the Tower Born by Robin Maxwell (have)

U- Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin

V - Murder on Astor Place by Virginia Thompson

W - Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (have)


Y - Queen's Own Fool by Jane Yolen (have)- YA HF

Z - The Winds of Betrayal by Cheryl Zach

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17 out of 26 completed!

11/27/2009- Ok, this is only including books on my TBR list (I might have more actually in my house that aren't part of the 139 books typed into my TBR list on PBS).† I'm going to try to do as many of these as possible solely using books that are in my house (time to move some product)!

Letter Title Author Date Started Date Completed Pages
A The Alchemist's Daughter Katharine Mcmahon
B The Birth of Venus Sarah Dunant
C The Lady and the Unicorn Tracey Chevalier ??? 6/3/2010 248
D The Tale of Murasaki Liza Dalby
E Everlasting Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
F My Father Had a Daughter: Judith Shakespeare's Tale Grace Tiffany 1/17/2010 1/23/2010 293
G The Garden of Ruth Eva Etzioni-Halevy 5/14/2010 5/16/2010 293
H The Queen's Handmaiden Jennifer Ashley 2/6/2010 2/12/2010 323
I Innocent Traitor Alison Weir 1/5/2010 1/10/2010 400
J The Gods of Newport John Jakes
L Uneasy Lies the Head Jean Plaidy 9/9/2010 9/12/2010 304
M The Notorious Mrs. Winston Mary Mackey 1/13/2010 1/16/2010 337
N The Wet Nurse's Tale Erica Eisdorfer 5/7/2010 5/10/2010 259
O Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All Allan Gurganus
P Property (Vintage Contemporaries) Valerie Martin
Q The Queen's Fool†† Philippa Gregory
R The Red Tent Anita Diamant 1/16/2010 1/17/2010 321
S Sarah Marek Halter 7/11/2010 7/15/2010 ??
T The Tailor's Daughter Janice Graham 1/24/2010 1/29/2010 392
U The River Between Us Richard Peck 6/12/2010 6/13/2010 164
V Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady (Dear America) Ellen Emerson White (YA) 5/5/2010 5/6/2010 197
W The Penny Whistle B.J. Hoff 4/11/2010 4/11/2010 153
X Murder on Lexington Avenue Victoria Thompson 7/21/2010 7/24/2010 328
Y Yankee Girl Mary Ann Rodman (YA) 5/11/2010 5/12/2010 219
Z The Book Thief Markus Zusak (YA) 6/6/2010 6/11/2010 550

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Can we mix criteria?  I mean do we have to decide to do the whole challenge by author's last name or  by title or can we mix & match?

Yes, the criteria is per title. So, you can do A by author name and B by title, if you choose.

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Oh what the heck. I will reserve my spot here as well. Lets see how far I can get. lol

A - Anything for Billy by Larry McMurtry

B- Buffalo Girls by Larry McMurtry

C- Color of Death by Bruce Alexander

D-  The Prince Lost to Time by Ann Dukthas

E - An Experiment in Treason by Bruce Alexander

F -The Falconers Crusade by Ian Morson

G - Geographers Library by Jon Fasman

H -The Hawk That Dare Not Sleep by Day by Scott O'dell Finished 2/28/10

I -  Genghis by Conn Iggulden

J - The Rising Tide by Jeff Shaara

K - Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

L- The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl

M - Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon

N - Napoleans Pyramid by William Dietrich

O - Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie   Finished 1/30/10

P - Pompeii by Robert Harris

Q - Hour of the Cat by Peter Quinn

R - Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott   Finished 2/1/10

S - Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guderson

T - The Three Muskateers by Alexandre Dumas

U - An Unholy Alliance by Susanna Gregory  

V - The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas

W - Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen† Finished 4/27/10

X - Ex-Libras by Ross King

Y - Brethren by Robyn Young

Z - Firebrand by Marion Zimmer-Bradley

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I am going to try this one also...should help me move through some of my TBR's...


A†-†And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander (Completed 4/16/10)

B - The Birthday Boys†by Beryl Bainbridge (Completed 1/8/10)

C - Captain Blood†by Rafael Sabatini (Completed 8/9/10)

D - Daughter of Fortune†by Isabel Allende

E - The Emancipator's Wife†by Barbara Hambly

F - Follow the River†by James Alexander Thom

G - The Game of Kings†by Dorothy Dunnett

H†- Helen of Troy by Margaret George (Completed 9/7/10)

I - I, Elizabeth†by Rosalind Miles

J -Just Jane by Nancy Moser (Completed 2/19/10)

K - The King's Daughter†by Sandra Worth

L - Buffalo Girls by Larry McMurtry (Completed)

M - The Merchant's Partner†by Michael Jecks

N - Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette†by Sena Jeter Naslund (Completed 8/28/10)

O - One Hundred Years of Solitude†by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

P - Paneb the Ardent by Christian Jacq (Completed 6/25/10)

Q - The Queen's Bastard†by Robin Maxwell

R†- The River Midnight†by Lilian Nattel

S - Sarum : The Novel of England†by Edward Rutherford

T - The Tailor's Daughter†by Janice Graham

U†- Morality Play†by Barry Unsworth (Completed 2/4/10)

V - Alexander by Valerio Massimo Manfredi (Completed)

W - Wild Grows the Heather in Devon†by Michael Phillips

X - Ex-Libris - Ross King

Y - Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks (Completed 10/30/10)

Z - Zipporah: Wife of Moses - Marek Halter (Completed 3/30/10)



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I will work on a list from my bookshelf (it's subject to change- the list, that is. Bookshelf always changes). Whether I can get to reading them is another story.....

A. River of Darkness by Rennie Airth - finished on 1/12/2010

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

C. The Kings in Winter by Cecelia Holland- finished 5/6/10

D. The Devil's Hunt by Paul Doherty finished on 6/3/10

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

F. A Murderous Procession by Ariana Franklin - finished 4/14/10

G. The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti - finished on 6/15/10

H. Hood by Stephen Lawhead - finished on 2/28/2010

I. Imperium by Robert Harris - finished on 4/7/10

J. Veil of Lies by Jeri Westerson - finished on 7/16/10

K. The Splendour Falls by Susanna Kearsley - finished on 3/28/10

L. The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell - finished on 6/23/10

M. Company of Liars by Karen Maitland¬† - ¬finished on 1/20/2010¬†

N. Nightshade by Paul Doherty - finished on 9/22/10

O. Outlaw - Angus Donald - finished on 7/9/10

P. The Mysterium by Paul Doherty - finished 6/10/10

Q. The Queen's Man by SKP

R. The Blood Dimmed Tide by Rennie Airth - finished on 2/3/10

S. Scarlet by Steven Lawhead finished on 3/4/2010

T. Tuck by Steven Lawhead -finished on 3/5/2010

U. Person or Persons Unknown by Bruce Alexander

V. The Vizard Mask by Diana Norman - finished on 2/26/10

W. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory - finished on 2/11/10

X. An Experiment in Treason by Bruce Alexander - finished on 12/ 23/10

Y. Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks - finished 5/8/10

Z. The Zookeeper's Wife By Diane Ackerman- finished on 9/14/2010

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Ok -- I REALLY, REALLY wasn't planning to do this challenge since I'm committed to both the HF Challenge #1 and the Classics challenge, but just looking at all your lists AND the books on my shelves AND the fact that the 11 books for Challenge #1 put me almost halfway toward this challenge AND that I can't resist temptation, I'm at least going to start a tentative list and see how far I go:

A - The Romanov Bride by Alexander - COMPLETED 1/15 (4 stars)
B - The Blood-Dimmed Tide by Airth - COMPLETED 2/24 (4 stars)
C - The Crystal Cave by Stewart - COMPLETED 5/1 (4.5 stars)
D - The Black Tulip by Dumas - COMPLETED 1/29 (4.5 stars)
E - Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters - COMPLETED 5/29 (4 stars)
F - Mistress of the Art of Death by Franklin - COMPLETED 4/5 (4.5 stars)
G - The Greatest Knight by Chadwick - COMPLETED 5/21 (5 stars)
H - Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Ford - COMPLETED 4/12 (3 stars)
I - Genghis: Birth of an Empire by Iggulden - COMPLETED 3/15 (5 stars)
J - The Informers by Juan Gabriel Vasquez - COMPLETED 6/14 (4 stars)
K - The God of the Hive by King - COMPLETED 6/2 (4 stars)
L - Lavinia by LeGuin - COMPLETED 3/4 (3.5 stars)
M - Marrying Mozart by Cowell - COMPLETED 3/17 (3 stars)
N - The Physician by Noah Gordon - COMPLETED 8/3 (4.5 stars)
O - Scarlet Pimpernel by Orczy - COMPLETED 3/12 (4.5 stars)
P -†Dragon's Lair by Penman - COMPLETED 5/15 (4.5 stars)
Q - The Queen's Man by Penman - COMPLETED 5/7 (4.5 stars)
R - River of Darkness by Airth - COMPLETED 1/23 (4.5 stars)
S - Silent in the Grave by Raybourn - COMPLETED 2/8 (4 stars) [also Silent in the Sanctuary (2/21) and Silent on the Moor (2/28)]
T - Tomato Rhapsody: A Fable of Love, Lust and Forbidden Fruit by Schell- COMPLETED 2/6 (3.5 stars)
U - Morality Play by Unsworth - COMPLETED 8/6 (4.5 stars)
V - Murder on St. Mark's Place by Victoria Thompson - COMPLETED 3/10 (3.5 stars)
W - Winthrop Woman by Seton - COMPLETED 4/1 (5 stars)
X - Sky Burial by Xinran - COMPLETED 9/4 (4 stars)
Y - To Live by Yu - COMPLETED 9/6 (4 stars)
Z - Zemindar by Fitzgerald - COMPLETED 7/24 (5 stars)
YAY!! I'm done!

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This looks like fun: I'd like to join too!  Don't have a list yet though.... 

















Q        The Queen's Dollmaker - Christine M. Trent  



T       The Colour - Rose Tremain


V        Murder on Astor Place -  Victoria Thompson

W† The Seduction of the Crimson Rose - Lauren Willig




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A.      Alinore by Roberta Gellis  Completed 1/30/10    5/5
B.      Born of the Sun by Joan Wolf  Completed 1/9/10   5/5
C.      Ceasar's Women by Colleen McCullough  Completed 9/30/10  4.5/5
D.      Dawn on a Distant Shore by Sara Donati Completed 7/4/10  5/5 
E.      The Edge of Light by Joan Wolf Completed 5/4/10  5/5
F.      The Founding by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles  Completed 1/26/10   4/5
G.      Great Maria by Cecelia Holland Completed 12/22/10  4.5/5
H.      The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova Completed 3/3/10   4.5/5
I.      Into the Wilderness by Sarah Donati Completed 3/11/10  5/5
J.      Journey by James Michener  Completed 10/8/10 3/5
K.      The Kings in Winter by Cecelia Holland Completed 1/28/10  4/5
L.      The Last Queen by CW Gortner Completed 9/21/10  4/5
M.      Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn Completed 9/18/10 4/5
N.      The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco Completed 10/22/10 4/5
O.      Oregon by Dana Fuller Ross  Completed: 1/7/10  2.5/5
P.      Plain Jane by Laurien Gardner Completed 4/29/10  2/5
Q.      Queen's Play by Dorothy Dunnett Completed 9/15/10 4.5/5
R.      Roselynde by Roberta Gellis  Completed: 1/19/10   5/5
S.      Sword at Sunset by Rosemary Sutcliff  Completed 1/21/10  4/5 
T.      Taliesin by Stephen R. Lawhead Completed 7/30/10  4/5
U.      Until the Sun Falls by Cecilia Holland Completed 8/27/2010 4/5 
V.      Vagabond by Bernard Cornwell Completed 5/19/10 4.5/5
W.      Within the Hollow Crown by Margaret Campbell Barnes Completed 8/31/10  4/5
X.      The Exile by Richard S. Wheeler Completed: 11/11/10  3/5
Y.      Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks Completed: 1/6/10  4/5
Z.      Zipporah by Marek Halter Completed 4/21/10  3/5

†COMPLETED 12/22/2010

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Here it goes - I only hope I can at least come close to finishing this list :)

A - Smouldering Fire - Anya Seton

B- the Archer's Tale - Bernard Cornwell

C - Cruel as the Grave

D - the Drummer Was the First to Die - Taylor

E - Echo in Bone*

F - Fire Along the Sky

G - ??? (Green Darkness-DNF)

H - Hellbox Chronicles

I - Into the Wilderness

J -Julia

K - Katherine

L - Life in the Leatherwoods*

M - Mistress of the Art of Death*

N - Not Yet Drown'd

O -

P - Princes of Ireland*

Q - Queen of Swords*

R - Rob Roy*

S - Serpents Tale

T - Thrall's Tale*

U -

V - Vagabond - Cornwell

W - Whiskey Rebels*

X - I am Madam X

Y - Year of Wonders

Z -

 *Also using in Challange #1

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Here goes! †FINISHED 10/10/10...heh, heh

A ~ The Kitchen Boy, by Robert Alexander~~Finished 7/27/2010

B ~Bold Sons of Erin, by Owen Parry~~Finished 9/15/2010

C ~ Legions of the Mist, by Amanda Cockrell~~Finished 1/11/10

D ~ Dragon's Lair, by Sharon Kay Penman~~Finished 5/8/10

E ~Crocodile on the Sandbank, by Elizabeth Peters~~Finished 10/8/2010

F ~Murder at the Feast of Rejoicing, by Lynda S. Robinson~~Finished 9/19/2010

G ~ The Greatest Knight, by Elizabeth Chadwick~~Finished 7/4/10

H ~Eater of Souls, by Lynda S. Robinson (character Hunero)~~Finished 9/24/2010

I ~A Woman of Independent Means, by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey~~Finished 9/3/10

J ~Rebels of Babylon, by Owen Parry (character Abel Jones)~~Finished 9/26/2010

K ~Honor's Kingdom, by Owen Parry~~Finished 9/11/10

L ~A Mischief in the Snow, by Margaret Miles (Main character, Richard Longfellow)~~Finished 8/14/2010

M ~ A Murderous Procession, by Ariana Franklin~~Finished 7/5/2010

N ~No Rest for the Dove, by Margaret Miles~~Finished 7/13/2010

O ~ Outlaws of Sherwood, by Robin McKinley~~Finished 6/6/2010

P ~ Cruel as the Grave, by Sharon Kay Penman~~Finished 5/2/2010

Q ~The Heretic Queen, by Michelle Moran~~Finished 9/12/10

R ~Mrs. Hudson and the Malabar Rose, by Martin Davies~~Finished 7/16/2010

S ~The Mistletoe and the Sword, by Anya Seton~~Finished 7/23/2010

T ~Too Soon for Flowers, by Margaret Miles~~Finished 8/9/2010

U ~ Until the Sun Falls, by Cecelia Holland~~Finished 7/26/2010

V ~ Virgin Blue, by Tracey Chevalier~~Finished 1/23/10

W~~A Wicked Way to Burn, by Margaret Miles~~Finished 8/4/10

X ~Gates of Fire, by Steven Pressfield (Characters Xeones)~~Finished 10/10/2010

Y ~ Girl in a Cage, by Jane Yolen~~Finished 2/5/10

Z ~ Firebrand, by Marion Zimmer Bradley~~Finished 7/10/2010

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A - Abundance by Sena Jeter Naslund

B - The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald

C - Cresent City by Belva Plain

D - Dream of Scipio by Iain Pears

E - Empress Orchid by Anchee Min

F - The Feast by Randy Lee Eickhoff

G - Grimms Last Fairy Tale by Haydn Middleton

H - Holy Fools by Joanne Harris

I - The Isle of Stone by Nicolas Nicastro

J -  The Justification of Johann Gutenberg by Blake Morrison

K - Knights of the Black & White by Jack Whyte

L - Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

M - Medicu by Ruth Downie

N - The Night Watch by Sarah Waters

O - The Observations by Jane Harris

P - People of the Fire by The Gears

Q - Quattrocento by James McKean

R - The Rossetti Letter by Christie Phillips 1/10

S - Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue

T - Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach

U - Unravelling by Elizabeth Graver

V - Virgin: Prelude to the Throne by Robin Maxwell

W - Whiskey Rebels by David Liss


Y - Your Mouth is Lovely by Nancy Richler 1/10

Z - Zeke and Ned by Larry McMurty & Diana Ossana

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