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See details of the 2012 Historical Fiction Challenge here

Pick your Menu, then choose your Courses:

 

 

Happy

Kung

Super

 

Sparrow

Fu

Buddha

 

Snack

Feast

Buffet

Course 1:  Celebrate Our Community

1

2

4

Course 2:  Celebrate History

3

4

5

Course 3:  Celebrate Your Self

1

2

3

Course 4:  Celebrate Your Library

1

2

2

Course 5:  Celebrate Our Past

2

4

4

Extra Picks

2

4

6

Total

10

18

24

Course 1:  Celebrate our PBS Community

A.  Read-Alongs
B.  PBS Blog:
C.  Wish-list:  
D.  Mini-Challenges
E.  HF Essentials List
F.  TBR

Course 2.  Celebrate History

A.  Summer Olympics
B.  Presidential Election:
C.  End of the World
D.  Year of the Dragon
E.  Weddings

Course Three:  Celebrate Your Self

A.  Home, Sweet Home: 
B.  Let's Go! 
C.  Roots and Wings: 
D.  Celebrate Good Times: 
E.  What's in a Name?

Course 4:  Celebrate Your Local Library

A.  Check it Out! 
B.  Friend of a Friend:
C.  Word of Mouth:  
D.  Sharing is Caring:

ALTERNATE COURSE 4

Course 5:  Celebrate our Past



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Course 1:  Celebrate our PBS Community (2 books + 1)

D.  Mini-Challenges: (WL mini-challenge) Bones of the Hills by Iggulden 10/12 (4 stars)

E.  HF Essentials List: Lonesome Dove by McMurtry 3/13/12 (5 stars)

F.  TBR: Enemy of God by Cornwell 6/11/12 (4 stars)

Course 2.  Celebrate History (4 books)

A.  Summer OlympicsThe Great Stink by Clark 8/15/12 (2.5 stars)
B.  Presidential Election: Libra by DeLillo
C.  End of the WorldThe True Memoirs of Little K by Sharp 12/2/12 (4 stars)
E.  Weddings: Abundance by Naslund
9/30/12 (4.5 stars)
 

Course Three:  Celebrate Your Self (2 books + 1)

A. Home Sweet Home: The Sisters Brothers by DeWitt 5/21/12 (4 stars) 

B.  Let's Go! Conspirata by Harris 4/11/12 (3 stars)

C.  Roots and Wings: Heidegger's Glasses by Frank 


Course 4:  Celebrate Your Local Library (2 books)

A.  Check it Out! TBD

D.    Sharing is Caring: My Lady of Cleves by Barnes 1/19/12 (3 stars)

Course 5:  Celebrate our Past (4 books + 2)

Habla espanol: The Hummingbird's Daughter by Urrea 12/19/12 (5 stars)

Continuing saga: Excalibur by Cornwell 12/23/12 (4.5 stars)

New-to-you author: Outlaw by Donald 1/28/12 (3 stars)

Who dunnit: The Tenderness of Wolves by Penney 1/21/12 (4.5 stars)

On your shelf: Pushing the Bear by Glancey  

Non-fiction: Devil in the White City by Larsson 11/4/12 (3 stars) 

 



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Course 1: Celebrate our Community -1

A. Read-Alongs:
B. PBS Blog:
C. Wish-list:
D. Mini-Challenges: Historical Mystery Challenge
E. HF Essentials List: Year of Wonders/Geraldine Brooks finished 2/4/12
F. TBR

Course 2 - Celebrate History 3

A. Summer OlympicsThe Book of Fires/Jane Borodale  finished 6/30/12
B. Presidential Election
:
C. End of the WorldNew York/Edward Rutherfurd  finished 11/29/12

D. Year of the Dragon:
E. Weddings: Mistress of Nothing/Kate Pullinger  finished 10/03/12

Course 3 - Celebrate Your Self - 1

A. Home, Sweet Home: Fall of the White City/N. S. Wikarski  finished 10/30/12
B. Let's Go!
C. Roots and Wings:
D. Celebrate Good Times:
E. What's in a Name?

Course 4 - Celebrate Your Local Library - 1

A. Check it Out!
B. Friend of a Friend:
C. Word of Mouth: Resistance/Anita Shreve  finished 1/28/12
D. Sharing is Caring:

Course 5 - Celebrate the Past - 2

1200's-1300's Wine of Violence/Priscilla Royal finished 9/30/12
Murder on the Mauretania/Conrad Allen  finished 8/29/12

Extra Picks - 2   

 



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Course 1:  Celebrate our PBS Community

A.  Read-Alongs:  I participated in al the read alongs.
B.  PBS Blog: The Sister Queens by Sophie Perinot. Based on the interview with Sophie Perinot.
C.  Wish-list:  The Flower Reader, sent onto Jeanne
D.  Mini-Challenges:  Mystery Challenge book Sisters Beneath the Sheets by Gillian Linscott.
E.  HF Essentials List
F.  TBR

Course 2.  Celebrate History

A.  Summer Olympics: Blood Lance by Jeri Westerson
B.  Presidential Election: The Alienist by Caleb Carr
C.  End of the World:  THE TRUE MEMOIRS OF LITTLE K by Adrienne Sharp
D.  Year of the Dragon: Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik 
E.  Weddings:  The Second Duchess by Elizabeth Loupas

Course Three:  Celebrate Your Self

A.  Home, Sweet Home: 
B.  Let's Go! Noble Satyr by Lucinda Brant set in Paris and England
C.  Roots and Wings:    Her Highness, the Traitor by Susan Higginbotham
D.  Celebrate Good TimesMidnight Marriage by Lucinda Brant
E.  What's in a Name?

Course 4:  Celebrate Your Local Library

A.  Check it Out!  Lavina by Ursula K Le Guin
B.  Friend of a Friend:
C.  Word of Mouth:    I recommended and submitted a short review  Intruments of Darkness to the library for an audio book consideration.
D.  Sharing is Caring:

ALTERNATE COURSE 4

Course 5:  Celebrate our Past

# 72 Shiny New:  The Turning of Anne Merrick released February 2012
#23 A:  Anatomy of Deception by Lawrence Goldstone 9/9/12
#25 C: A Family Affair by Caro Peacock
#55: 1200-1300 The Tainted Relic: by The Medieval Murderers,  Michael Jecks, Susanna Gregory,  Bernard Knight, Ian Morson,  Philip Gooden,  Simon Beaufort
#6:  Solve a Crime A Foreign Affair by Caro Peacock
#15: Who Dunit: 
  The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau 

 



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Happy

Kung

Super

 

Sparrow

Fu

Buddha

 

Snack

Feast

Buffet

Course 1:  Celebrate Our Community

1

2

4

Course 2:  Celebrate History

3

4

5

Course 3:  Celebrate Your Self

1

2

3

Course 4:  Celebrate Your Library

1

2

2

Course 5:  Celebrate Our Past

2

4

4

Extra Picks

2

4

6

Total

10

18

24

Course 1:  Celebrate our PBS Community

A.  Read-Alongs: Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart
B.  PBS Blog: India Black by Carol Carr
C.  Wish-list:  The Unquiet Bones by Mel Starr (mailed to Cheryl!)
D.  Mini-Challenges:  Silent in the Grave by Deanna Rayborn (Historical Mystery Challenge) 
E.  HF Essentials List
F.  TBR  The Marsh-King's Daughter by Elizabeth Chadwick

Course 2.  Celebrate History

A.  Summer Olympics: Revenger by Rory Clements
B.  Presidential Election:
C.  End of the World: Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
D.  Year of the Dragon
E.  Weddings:  Alinore Audley by Brian Wainwright

Course Three:  Celebrate Your Self

A.  Home, Sweet Home: 
B.  Let's Go!  Bound by Sally Gunning - I've never travelled to New England!
C.  Roots and Wings: 
D.  Celebrate Good Times: 
E.  What's in a Name? Confessions of Catherine di Medici by CW Gortner (my daughter's name is Mary Kathryn)

Course 4:  Celebrate Your Local Library

A.  Check it Out! 
B.  Friend of a Friend:
C.  Word of Mouth:  
D.  Sharing is Caring:

ALTERNATE COURSE 4

Course 5:  Celebrate our Past


 



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This is going to be so much fun!  I'm aiming for the Super Buddha Buffet...ha!  ETA:  Finished Happy Sparrow.  May add more as I finish out the year.  wink

Course 1:  Celebrate our PBS Community~~4~~DONE!!

A.  Read-Alongs: The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart~~2/11
B.  PBS Blog:
C.  Wish-list:  The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C.W. Gortner~~4/1
D.  Mini-Challenges: Mystery challenge 
E.  HF Essentials List: ~~
F.  TBR  ~~  Fire From Heaven by Mary Renault~~2/29

Course 2.  Celebrate History~~5

A.  Summer Olympics: ~~ The Deeds of the Disturber, by Elizabeth Peters~~5/29
B.  Presidential Election: ~~ 
C.  End of the World: ~~ The Last Queen, by C.W. Gortner~~8/15 
D.  Year of the Dragon: ~~ 
E.  Weddings: ~~The Persian Boy, by Mary Renault~~3/7

Course Three:  Celebrate Your Self~~3

A.  Home, Sweet Home:  ~~ Storming Heaven, by Denise Giardina~~10/12
B.  Let's Go!  
C.  Roots and Wings: ~~
D.  Celebrate Good Times: 
E.  What's in a Name? ~~ 

Course 4:  Celebrate Your Local Library~~2~~DONE

A.  Check it Out! ~In the Company of the Courtesan, Sarah Dunant~2/21
B.  Friend of a Friend:
C.  Word of Mouth:  
D.  Sharing is Caring: ~~ The Ballad of Tom Dooley, Sharyn McCrumb~2/27

 

Course 5:  Celebrate our Past~~4

1.  #62, Book set in Europe ~~ The Dark Enquiry, Deanna Raybourn~6/24

2.  #55 1200-1300 ~~ 

3.  #7  Plot deals with famous art work, music, etc. ~~Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier~5/26

4.  #21 Second book in a series ~~ 

EXTRA PICKS~~6

1.  A place you'd like to travel to ~~ Silent in the Grave, by Deanna Raybourn~~6/7 (London)

2.  #38  "P"~~Shields of Pride, by Elizabeth Chadwick~~7/9

3.  #94, Historical Fantasy ~~ Bring Down the Sun, by Judith Tarr~~4/6

4. #83, HF Mystery Cozy~~Silent on the Moor, by Deanna Raybourn~~6/13

5. #14 Our Pagan Past ~~ 

6. # 34, "L" ~~ The Last Camel Died at Noon, by Elizabeth Peters~~7/1

 


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100112 - I decided I would be very Happy as a Sparrow

Course 1:  Celebrate our PBS Community - 1  - DONE

A.  Read-Alongs
B.  PBS Blog:
C.  Wish-list:  
D.  Mini-Challenges: (mystery challenge book)  Information Officer by Mark Mills - done
E.  HF Essentials List

F.  TBR

Course 2.  Celebrate History - 3 

A.  Summer Olympics:  Murder on London Bridge - done
B.  Presidential Election:
C.  End of the World
D.  Year of the Dragon
E.  Weddings

Course Three:  Celebrate Your Self - 1    - DONE

A.  Home, Sweet Home: 
B.  Let's Go!  
C.  Roots and Wings: 
D.  Celebrate Good Times: 
E.  What's in a Name?   Elizabeth Street by Laurie Fabiano - done

Course 4:  Celebrate Your Local Library - 1   - DONE

A.  Check it Out!  
B.  Friend of a Friend: 
C.  Word of Mouth:  
D.  Sharing is Caring:  Death Cloud by Andrew Lane - done

Course 5:  Celebrate our Past - 2 

  • 20 – 15 minutes of fame; Biographical Fiction  
  • 16 – Historical Novel published in birthday year
  • 32 – “J” (first letter in title or author name)
  • 55 – 1200/1300

EXTRA PICKS - 2

  • 73 - Recommended by a HF Friend
  • 39 -  "Q" (first letter in title or author name)
  • 91 - Plague Poison or Pox
  • 54 - 1000s/1100s


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I'm just going for the Happy Sparrow Snack and if I get really motivated, I'll change that.- What was I thinking! If I make it through just this it will be great since I've got myself into three other challenges and probably will be struggling to finish one of them!

 

Menu 1:  The Happy Sparrow Snack

Choose one from Course 1, three from Course 2, one from Course 3, one from Course 4, two from Course 5, plus two from any Course

 

ourse 1:  Celebrate our PBS Community

A.  Read-AlongsThe Sinking of the Titanic by Logan Marshall -finished Apr. 2012
B.  PBS Blog:
C.  Wish-list:  
D.  Mini-Challenges: Historical Mystery Mini- Challenge
E.  HF Essentials List
F.  TBR

Course 2.  Celebrate History

A.  Summer Olympics: A Conspiracy of Violence by Susanna Gregory - finished
B.  Presidential Election:
C.  End of the World: (The Wolf's Sun by Karen Charbonneau) this one is a maybe
D.  Year of the Dragon: The Long Ships by Frans G. Bengtsson

E.  Weddings: The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer- finished
 
Course Three:  Celebrate Your Self

A.  Home, Sweet Home: 
B.  Let's Go! 
C.  Roots and Wings: 
D.  Celebrate Good Times: 
E.  What's in a Name? Doc by Mary Doria Russell (about John Henry Holliday - my brother's name is John) finished

Course 4:  Celebrate Your Local Library

A.  Check it Out! The Anatomist's Apprentice by Tessa Harris - finished
B.  Friend of a Friend:
C.  Word of Mouth:  
D.  Sharing is Caring:

ALTERNATE COURSE 4

Course 5:  Celebrate our Past

2009-1.) Book with the word Murder in the Title -  Anatomy of Murder by Imogen Robertson- finished

           2.) Historical Mystery - Prince by Rory Clements - finished

           EXTRAS:

Deflowering - Requiem in Vienna by J. Sydney Jones - finished



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 Menu 2:  The Kung Fu Feast

Choose two from Course 1, four from Course 2, two from Course 3, two from Course 4, four from Course 5, plus four from any Course

 Course 1: Celebrate our PBS Community

A. Read-Alongs - The Crystal Cave - Mary Stewart  completed 2/12

D.  Mini-Challenges: Participating in the H/F Mystery mini-challenge YES

F.  TBR  Read a book that has been on your TBR for over two years: The Bones of Plenty - Hudson

 

Course 2: Celebrate History

A.  Summer Olympics:  The Summer Olympics will be held in London, so read an H/F book set in London. When the Heavens Fall - Morris

B.  Presidential Election: In the US, we wll elect a President.  Read an H/F that features a US President or presidential election. Lucy - Feldman, completed 5/4/12

C.  End of the World:  The Mayan calendar says that the world will end in 2012...or something like that.  According to wikipedia, a Mayan Calendar Round lasts 52 years, so read a book that spans more that 52 years from beginning to end.   

D.  Year of the Dragon:  On the Chinese calendar, 2012 is the year of the dragon.  Read a book with the word "Dragon" in the title, or a picture of a dragon on the cover  Conqueror by Conn Iggulden (Kublai Khan wears a robe with a dragon on it) completed 12/22/12

E.  Weddings:  The Wedding of the Century will happen in June of 2012...that being my daughter and her fiance!  Read a book that has a wedding scene in it. The Bridal Wreath - Undset, completed 4/12/12

 

Course 3: Celebrate Yourself

A.  Home, Sweet Home:  Read a book set near where you live

B.  Let's Go! Read a book set someplace you'd like to travel.  Lords of the Bow  - Iggulden  completed 11/22/12 

C.  Roots and Wings:  Read a book associated with your family heritage 

D.  Celebrate Good Times: Read a book about your favorite holiday or celebration

E.  What's in a Name?   Read a book associated with your first name, or the first name of someone in your household.  It can be found in the title, a character, the author...oh heavens...we'll stretch it to the editor or who the book is dedicated to, or anyone listed in the acknowledgements!  Empire of Silver - Iggulden

 

Course 4: Celebrate Your Local Library

A.  Check it Out!  Read any book checked out from your library, including a Kindle or other ebook checked out electronically. Death of Kings - Cornwell  3/22/12

B.  Friend of a Friend:Read a book you bought at an FOL sale. The Rising Shore - Homsher

C.  Word of Mouth: Read a book recommended by your librarian, or used for one of your library's book clubs, or mentioned in your library's newsletter or on their website.   The Madonnas of Leningrad  9/2/12

D.  Sharing is Caring:  Read a book your library does not have, then donate that book to your library

 

Course 5: Celebrate Our Past

For this Course, pick  random numbers between 1 and 95.  Pick a number for each book you need for this course. For example, if you are doing the Kung Fu Feast plus you want to use two of your extra picks for this course, you need to pick six random numbers between 1 and 95.  Use the random number generator at random.org if you need help.  AFTER you have picked your random numbers, go to THIS NUMBERED LIST of all the old categories from the 2009, 2010 and 2011 H/F challenges, plus all the other mini-challenges I could find and read a book for the categories corresponding to your random numbers.

  3. Read A Book That Has Been on Your Shelf At Least A Year: Daughter of Fortune - Allende  completed 6/12/12 

14. Pagan Past: Knight's Fee - Sutcliff  completed 3/10/12

45. W: White Doves At Morning - Burke

58. 1800's:

64. Africa: The Power of One - Courtenay  completed 10/18/12

67. Deflowering: Genghis, Birth of an Empire - Iggulden completed 5/22/12  

72. Shiny and New: Glamorous Illusions - Bergren  completed 7/31/12 

75: This Means War: Moss Rose, 5/12/12

 

 

 

 



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Super Buddha Buffet!
COMPLETE 10/12/12

 

Course 1:  Celebrate our PBS Community (must complete 4)  DONE!

A.  Read-Alongs
B.  PBS Blog:
C.  Wish-list:  The Anatomist's Apprentice by Tessa Harris FINISHED 2/27/12
D.  Mini-Challenges: The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau (Historical Mystery Challenge) FINISHED 1/2/12
E.  HF Essentials List: Voyager by Diana Gabaldon   FINISHED 6/9/12
F.  TBR: The Tory Widow by Christine Blevins (since 7/7/09)   FINISHED 7/14/12 
 

Course 2.  Celebrate History (must complete 5) DONE!

A.  Summer Olympics: At the Mercy of the Queen by Anne Clinard Barnhill  FINISHED 1/8/12
B.  Presidential Election:The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen FINISHED 7/5/12
C.  End of the World: The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley FINISHED 1/9/12
D.  Year of the Dragon: The Dragon's Harp by Rachel Pruitt FINISHED 4/5/12
E.  Weddings: The Sister Queens by Sophie Perinot FINISHED 2/12/12

Course Three:  Celebrate Your Self (must complete 3)  DONE!

A.  Home, Sweet Home: 
B.  Let's Go!  By the King's Design by Christine Trent (London)  FINISHED 1/15/12
C.  Roots and Wings: The Flower Reader by Elizabeth Loupas FINISHED 5/4/12
D.  Celebrate Good Times: 
E.  What's in a Name? The Queen's Vow by C.W. Gortner (C stands for Christopher which is hubby's name)    FINISHED 7/1/12 
 

Course 4:  Celebrate Your Local Library (must complete 2)   DONE!

A.  Check it Out! Aztec Blood by Gary Jennings FINISHED 1/22/12
B.  Friend of a Friend:
C.  Word of Mouth:  
D.  Sharing is Caring: The King's Agent by Donna Russo Morin FINISHED 4/16/12 (donated to FOL)

Course 5:  Celebrate our Past (must complete 4)    DONE!

3. HF book on shelf 1+ Yr: Katherine by Anya Seton   FINISHED 5/14/12 

12. Historical Fantasy or Alternate Fantasy: The Taker by Alma Katsu FINISHED 2/10/12

19. ALA's annual reading list: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (2012 Fantasy shortlist) FINISHED 2/20/12

21. Subsequent book in a series/trilogy: The Secret Keeper by Sandra Byrd (Ladies in Waiting #2) FINISHED 6/10/12
 

EXTRA PICKS  DONE!

27. E- Enchantments by Kathryn Harrison FINISHED 2/4/12

36. N-Jasmine Nights by Julia Gregson   FINISHED 5/18/12 

40. R- The Mercy Seller by Brenda Rickman Vantrease FINISHED 1/25/12

50. 500 BC-0 BC: The Gilded Chamber by Rebecca Kohn   FINISHED 10/9/12  

60. North America: The Technologists by Matthew Pearl FINISHED 1/28/12

82. Devil/Satan: John Crow's Devil by Marlon James   FINISHED 10/12/12  



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I am going to do the Happy Sparrow Snack and then maybe upgrade later.

COMPLETED 04/21/2012

Choose one from Course 1:  Celebrate our PBS community

Mini Challenges:  (h/f mystery challenge)  The Demon's Parchment by Jeri Westerson  (completed 04/21/12)

 Choose three from Course 2:  Celebrate history

Summer Olympics:    The Hellfire Conspiracy by Will Thomas (book set in London)  completed 01/02/2012

Year of the Dragon:   Tongues of Serpents by Naomi Novik (dragons on the cover and in the story)  completed 01/08/12

 Weddings:  The Traitor's Wife by Susan Higginbotham (book with a wedding scene in it)  completed 01/28/12

Choose one from Course 3:  Celebrate yourself

Let's Go:  Three Kings of Cologne by Kate Sedley (somewhere you want to visit, England)   completed 01/24/12

Choose one from Course 4:  Celebrate your library

Sharing is Caring  Caveat  Emptor by Ruth Downie  (read and donate to your library)  completed 03/12/12  

Choose 2 from course 5:  Celebrate our past

 22.  Color Me  The Black Hand by Will Thomas (a color used in the title)  completed 01/16/12

12.  R U Kidding Me  The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart (historical fantasy or alternative reality)  completed 03/03/12

Plus 2 from any course (Course 1:  Celebrate our PBS Past)

HF Essentials List  (#55 on the list)  Moloka'i by Alan Brennert  completed 03/07/12

 Read Alongs  The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart (February read-a-long)  completed 02/06/12
 

 

 

 



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I'm shooting for the Kung Fu Feast. Or maybe the Super Buddha Buffet

Course 1: Celebrate our PBS Community - 4

A. Read-Alongs: Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart Completed 2/4/2012 Rated 5/5
B. PBS Blog:
C. Wish-list:
D. Mini-Challenges: (mystery: All in the family) No Dark Place by Joan Wolf Completed 1/1/12 Rated: 4/5
E. HF Essentials ListGone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell Completed 5/9/12 Rated 5/5

F. TBR:  We Speak No Treason by Rosemary Harley Jarman Completed 4/20/12 Rated 3/5

Course 2. Celebrate History - 5

A. Summer OlympicsSerpent in the Thorns by Jeri Westerson Completed 1/31/12 Rated 4.5/5
B. Presidential Election: Washington's Lady by Nacy Moser Completed 4/24/2012 Rated 3/5
C. End of the World: Roma by Steven Saylor  Completed 5/17/2012  Rated 2.5/5
D. Year of the DragonL  The Dragon and the Raven by GA Heny   Completed 1/9/12 Rated: 3/5
E. Weddings: Child of the Mist by Kathleen Morgan  Completed 3/24/12  Rated 3.5/5


Course Three: Celebrate Your Self - 3

A. Home, Sweet Home: 
B. Let's Go! The Last Pendragon by Sarah Woodbury Completed 1/12/12 Rated: 4/5
C. Roots and Wings: The Last Enchantment by Mary Stewart Completed 2/11/2012 Rated 4.5/5
D. Celebrate Good Times:
E. What's in a Name? The Rose Garden by Susannah Kearsley Completed 4/9/2012 Rated 4/5

Course 4: Celebrate Your Local Library - 2

A. Check it Out! 
B. Friend of a Friend:  Carribean by James A Michener
C. Word of Mouth:
D. Sharing is Caring:

Course 5: Celebrate our Past - 4

  • 9 Read a book of Historical Fiction--headless lady on the cover. Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran Completed 1/17/12 Rated: 4/5
  • 15 Whodunnit? Historical Mystery -- The Poisoned Serpent by Joan Wolf Completed 1/14/2012  Rated 3.5/5
  • 21 Continuing Saga-- Prince of Time by Sarah Woodbury Completed 1/28/2012 Rated 3/5
  • 35 Alpha Challenge M -- The Wicked Day by Mary Steward Completed 2/15/2012
  • 49 Book set Pre-500BC -- Melchizedek, King of Jerusalem by Ellen Gunderson Traylor Completed 1/26/2012 Rated 3/5
  • 58 Book set in 1800s -- Fire Along the Sky by Sara Donati Completed 3/9/2012 Rated 4.5/5
  • 62 Read a book of Historical Fiction set in Europe --  The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart Completed 2/8/2012; Rated 5/5
  • 69 Read a book with a Historical Hunk. Death of Kings by Bernard Cornwell Completed 2/24/2012; Rated 4.5/5
  • 73 Recommended by an HL Forum friend: Blood Fued by Rosemary Sutcliff Completed 1/24/12 Rated 5/5
  • 75 This Means War -- Queen of Swords by Sarah Donati Completed 3/14/12 Rated 4.5/5

EXTRA PICKS - 6



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Going to give this one a try. What fun!

See details of the 2012 Historical Fiction Challenge here

Pick your Menu, then choose your Courses:

Menu = Happy Sparrow

 

 

Happy

Kung

Super

 

Sparrow

Fu

Buddha

 

Snack

Feast

Buffet

Course 1:  Celebrate Our Community

1

2

4

Course 2:  Celebrate History

3

4

5

Course 3:  Celebrate Your Self

1

2

3

Course 4:  Celebrate Your Library

1

2

2

Course 5:  Celebrate Our Past

2

4

4

Extra Picks

2

4

6

Total

10

18

24

Course 1:  Celebrate our PBS Community

A.  Read-Alongs
B.  PBS Blog:
C.  Wish-list:  
D.  Mini-Challenges: am participating in the HF Mystery 2012 mini challenge 1 point for participation
E.  HF Essentials List
F.  TBR Read a book that has been on your TBR for over two years

Course 2.  Celebrate History

A.  Summer Olympics: Peter Ackroyd. The Clerkenwell Tales  Completed 1/25/12
B.  Presidential Election:
C.  End of the WorldHelen Humphreys The Frozen Thames Completed 1/1/2012
D.  Year of the Dragon
E.  WeddingsAriana Franklin. The Murderous Procession. Completed 2/20/12


Course Three:  Celebrate Your Self

A.  Home, Sweet Home: Patricia Highsmith. The Cry of the Owl. Completed 3/19/2012
B.  Let's Go! Sarah Dunant. Sacred Hearts. Completed 8/24/12 (see below, "any course" category)
C.  Roots and Wings: 
D.  Celebrate Good Times: 
E.  What's in a Name?

Course 4:  Celebrate Your Local Library

A.  Check it Out! 
B.  Friend of a Friend:
C.  Word of Mouth:  P. D. James. Death Comes to Pemberley. Completed 1/14/2012
D.  Sharing is Caring:

ALTERNATE COURSE 4

Course 5:  Celebrate our Past 

Read 2 from course 5

Daphne DuMaurier. Don’t look now Completed 5/28/2012

Mary Ann Shaffer. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Completed 2/17/12 HF essentials

Two from any course: Ariana Franklin. Mistress of the the Art of Death. Completed 10/20/2012

Sarah Dunant. Sacred Hearts (see above, Course 3, Celebrate Yourself) Completed
 



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I am going for the Super Buddha Feast!

Course 1:  Celebrate our PBS Community  4

A.  Read-Alongs
B.  PBS Blog:
C.  Wish-list:  
D.  Mini-Challenges:  Historical Mystery Challenge  Finished
E.  HF Essentials List: World Without End by Ken Follett    Finished 11/23/12   1025pgs
F.  TBR  Dark Voyage by Alan Furst   Finished 12/6/12   258pgs

Course 2.  Celebrate History  5

A.  Summer Olympics:  Falls the Shadow by Sharon Kay Penman    Finished 9/4/12   580pgs.
B.  Presidential Election
:  President Lincoln's Spy by Steven Wilson   Finished 11/24/2012   315pgs
C.  End of the World:  
D.  Year of the Dragon
: Here be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman   Finished 8/10/12  700pgs.
E.  Weddings
:  The Borgia Bride by Jeanne Kalogridis

Course Three:  Celebrate Your Self  3  DONE!

A.  Home, Sweet Home: 
B.  Let's Go!   The Lion in the Valley by Elizabeth Peters   Finished 2/12/12    370pgs.
C.  Roots and Wings:
  The Triumph of Caesar by Staven Saylor   Finished 12/10/12  308pgs.
D.  Celebrate Good Times:  The Mischief of the Miseltoe by Lauren Willig    Finished 1/5/12  326pgs.
E.  What's in a Name?

Course 4:  Celebrate Your Local Library  2  DONE!

A.  Check it Out!    The Deeds of the Disturber by Elizabeth Peters   Finished 9/25/12  289pgs.
B.  Friend of a Friend:

C.  Word of Mouth:  
D.  Sharing is Caring:  Murder on the Appian Way by Steven Saylor   Finished 1/29/12  398pgs.

ALTERNATE COURSE 4

Course 5:  Celebrate our Past  4 + 6    DONE!

#15  "Whodunit?  Read a Historical Mystery."      Dark Fire by C.J. Sansom   Finished 1/3/12  498pgs.

#6  "Solve a crime!  Read one Historical Mystery."   The Venus Throw by Steven Saylor    Finished 1/9/12   350pgs.

#69  Historical Hunks.  Read a book about your favorite hunk.    Pirates of the Levant by Arturo Perez-Reverte   Finished 1/15/12  362pgs.

#40  R    Revelation by CJ Sansom   Finished 10/4/12   546pgs

#72 Shiny and New - Read  a book published for the first time after Ovtober 2010 or later. The Garden Intrigue by Lauren Willig  Finished 2/24/12 375pgs

#62  Europe   Last Seen in Massilia by Steven Saylor  Finished 7/14/12  268pgs.

#41  S   Sovereign by CJ Sansom   Finished 7/25/12   576pgs.

#84  Pick your poison!  Read a HF mystery of your choice.   Rubicon by Steven Saylor   Finished 4/5/12  298 pgs.

#50  500BC-0BC    The House of the Vestals by Steven Saylor   Finished 2/20/12  223pgs.

#21 Continuing Saga. Read a subsequent book in a series.    The Orchid Affair by Lauren Willig   Finished 2/5/12   399pgs

 2 Extras ( I shamelessly tailored my reading list to fit my TBR stack.. Ergo, 2 more books for cheating)
 
A Mist of Prophesies by Steven Saylor  Finished 9/9/12   267pgs.
 
The Judgement of Caesar by Steven Saylor   Finished 9/16/12   318pgs.


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I think I'm going to take it easy this year and do the Happy Sparrow Snack. Can't wait to get list started!

Course 1:  Celebrate our PBS Community ~ 1
A.  Read-Alongs: The Crystal Cave ~ Mary Stewart ~ completed 2/16
B.  PBS Blog:
C.  Wish-list: 
D.  Mini-Challenges:
E.  HF Essentials List: Moloka'i ~ Alan Brennert ~ complete 7/6
F.  TBR ~A Light to My Path ~ Lynn Austin ~ in my TBR pile since 7/2009 ~ completed 4/21


Course 2.  Celebrate History ~ 3
A.  Summer Olympics: Secrets of a Summer Night ~ Lisa Kleypas ~ completed 4/28
B.  Presidential Election:
Washington's Lady ~ Nancy moser ~ completed 9/21
C.  End of the World:
D.  Year of the Dragon:
E.  Weddings: Love's Sacred song ~ Mesu Andrews ~ completed 7/23

Course Three:  Celebrate Your Self ~ 1
A.  Home, Sweet Home:
B.  Let's Go!: To Die For ~ Sandra Byrd ~ Completed 1/15
C.  Roots and Wings:
D.  Celebrate Good Times:
E.  What's in a Name?


Course 4:  Celebrate Your Local Library ~ 1
A.  Check it Out!: The Scarlet Lion ~ Elizabeth Chadwick  ~ completed 7/19

B.  Friend of a Friend:
C.  Word of Mouth: 
D.  Sharing is Caring: Martha:A Novel ~ Diana Wallis Taylor ~ Completed 4-8
ALTERNATE COURSE 4


Course 5:  Celebrate our Past ~ 2

Pagan Past ~ Bathsheba ~ Jill Eileen Smith ~ completed 9/14

Non-Fiction History ~ A Kingdom Strange ~ James Horn ~ completed 9/28










 



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Saving spot till I figure out what's going on here!

 

 

10

18

24

Course 1:  Celebrate our PBS Community

A.  Read-Alongs: Titanic A Survivor's Story  finished 4/12
B.  PBS Blog:  Crystal Cave  finished 2/12
C.  Wish-list:  
D.  Mini-Challenges
E.  HF Essentials List:  The Red Tent   finished 5/12
F.  TBR

Course 2.  Celebrate History

A.  Summer Olympics
B.  Presidential Election:
C.  End of the World
D.  Year of the Dragon: Here Be Dragons finished 1/12
E.  Weddings:  Falls The Shadow  finished 1/12

Course Three:  Celebrate Your Self

A.  Home, Sweet Home: 
B.  Let's Go!   The Reckoning by SPK    finished 3/12
C.  Roots and Wings:  Lion of Ireland   finished 4/12
D.  Celebrate Good Times: 
E.  What's in a Name?

Course 4:  Celebrate Your Local Library

A.  Check it Out! 
B.  Friend of a Friend:
C.  Word of Mouth:  
D.  Sharing is Caring:

ALTERNATE COURSE 4

Course 5:  Celebrate our Past



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I've decided to do the Happy Sparrow Snack, as I'm also doing the Historical Non-Fiction one and don't want to get burnt out my first year of challenges.

Course 1: Celebrate our PBS Community

E. HF Essentials List: Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay [FINISHED 1/6]

Course 2: Celebrate History

A. Summer Olympics: Anatomy of Murder by Imogen Robertson [FINISHED 4/20]

B. Presidential Elections: My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliviera [FINISHED 2/10]

D. Year of the Dragon: Dragonwyck by Anya Seton

E. Weddings: Lady of the Butterflies by Fiona Mountain [FINISHED 2/16]

Course 3: Celebrate Your Self

B. Let's Go!: A Foreign Affair by Caro Peacock [FINISHED 5/2]

Course 4: Celebrate Your Local Library

A. Check it Out! A Traitor in the Tunnel by YS Lee [FINISHED 8/3]

Course 5: Celebrate Our Past

72. Shiny and New: Lady of the English by Elizabeth Chadwick [FINISHED 1/3]

75. This Means War: Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell

15. Whodunit?: Instruments of Darkness by Imogen Roberts [FINISHED 4/4]



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Save a place for 2012 but I'll probably go for the lightest one - need to purge my shelves.  Looks like my reads will be many more in some sections than others and like Misfit my reading is whatever strikes my fancy at the moment.  Looks like I may be heading for an advanced level as I have only 11 books left to achieve that level. 

Choose one from Course 1, three from Course 2, one from Course 3, one from Course 4, two from Course 5, plus two from any Course

 

Happy

Kung

Super

 

Sparrow

Fu

Buddha

 

Snack

Feast

Buffet

Course 1:  Celebrate Our Community

1

2

6 + 10 Mini

Course 2:  Celebrate History

 

4

5

Course 3:  Celebrate Your Self

1

2

3 instead of 2

Course 4:  Celebrate Your Library

1

2

2

Course 5:  Celebrate Our Past

The Name of the Rose

by Umberto Eco

 

2

4

4

Extra Picks:

three books

by Diana Gabaldon

+ The Buddha in the Attic

+ The Bungalow

2

5

8 of 6

Total

29 instead of 10 Includes 10 mini HF Mystery

18

24

s Course 1:  Celebrate our PBS Community

A.  Read-Alongs:  Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart, 2/2012
B.  PBS Blog:   Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman, 4/2012
C.  Wish-list:  Grail by Stephen Lawhead,  2/2012 (mailed all the series to an HF member)
D.  Mini-Challenges:  Historical Mystery Mini- Challenge
E.  HF Essentials List:  Celia Garth by Gwen Bristow, 11/10/2012 and The King Must Die by Mary Renault, 9/8/2012  

F.  TBR:   Oregon Country by T. J. Hanson, 3/25/2012

Course 2.  Celebrate History

A.  Summer Olympics:  The White Queen by Philippa Gregory, 6/30/2012 4 stars 
B.  Presidential Election:  The Alienist by Caleb Carr (five extra picks)
C.  End of the World:    The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak, 6/1/2012
D.  Year of the Dragon:   Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik, 11/13/2012, 3.5 stars
E.  Weddings:  Juliet by Anne Fortier, 1/2012

Course Three:  Celebrate Your Self

A.  Home, Sweet Home:   Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury, 7/31/2012, a tale about childhood in a midwestern town in 1928, described as "a leap into nostalgia."  5 stars 
B.  Let's Go!  Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran, 4/19/2012, 3.5 stars.
C.  Roots and Wings:  The Last Report on the Miracles of Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich, 8/25/2012, 5 stars.
D.  Celebrate Good Times:    The Mischief of the Misletoe by Lauren Willig, 4/16/2012, 3 stars.

E.  What's in a Name?   Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie,  (Catherine is the name of my favorite aunt), 5 stars.

Course 4:  Celebrate Your Local Library

A.  Check it Out!  The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt, 7/24/2012, 4 stars.

B.  Friend of a Friend:  Exit the Actress by Priya Parmar, 7/16/2012, 4 stars.

C.  Word of Mouth:   Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal, 8/13/2012, 5 stars.

D.  Sharing is Caring:  Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky, 7/21/2012, 4 stars

ALTERNATE COURSE 4

  • 9 Read a book of Historical Fiction that has a headless lady on the cover. The Darling Strumpet by Gillian Bagwell. 1/2012
  • 62 Read a book of Historical Fiction set in Europe --  Troubled Bones by Jeri Westerson, 8/27/2012 4 stars

Course 5:  Celebrate our Past

Habla espanol:   Perla by Carolina De Robertis, 4/30/2012

Continuing saga:   A Trail of Ink by Mel Star, 11/11/2012

New-to-you author:   God's Thunderbolt by Carol Buchanan, 2/14/2012

Who dunnit:   The Bellini Card by Jason Goodwin, 9/25/2012, 3.5 stars

On your shelf:   Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay, 8/5/2012, 4.5 stars

ALA:  Mudbound by Hilary Jordan, 4/12/2012, 5 stars

Non-fiction:  Prairie Son by Dennis M. Clausen, 2/10/2012  3 stars

Extra Picks:

**The Bungalow by Sarah Jio, 12//27/2012

**The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka, 12/24/20121

**Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade by Diana Gabaldon, 2/14/2012

**Lord John and the Hand of Devils by Diana Gabaldon, 2/26/2012

**The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon, 2/22/2012

Course 5:  Celebrate our Past

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

2011 Reads - 215.  Challenges completed:  Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Historical Fiction Mystery, Mystery, YA, Contemporary, 11 of 13 for Classics, 1 HF Monthly Read (Veil of Liesplus some goodreads readalongs.

 

 



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Saving a spot, but like this year I'm not actively planning reads around the challenge - what fits fits, what doesn't doesn't. My reading moods swing too wide and new discoveries send me in new directions.

 

Happy

Kung

Super

 

Sparrow

Fu

Buddha

 

Snack

Feast

Buffet

Course 1:  Celebrate Our Community

1

2

4

Course 2:  Celebrate History

3

4

5

Course 3:  Celebrate Your Self

1

2

3

Course 4:  Celebrate Your Library

1

2

2

Course 5:  Celebrate Our Past

2

4

4

Extra Picks

2

4

6

Total

10

18

24

Course 1:  Celebrate our PBS Community

A.  Read-Alongs
B.  PBS Blog:
C.  Wish-list:  
D.  Mini-Challenges
E.  HF Essentials List
F.  TBR

Course 2.  Celebrate History

A.  Summer Olympics
B.  Presidential Election:
C.  End of the World
D.  Year of the Dragon
E.  Weddings

Course Three:  Celebrate Your Self

A.  Home, Sweet Home: 
B.  Let's Go! 
C.  Roots and Wings: 
D.  Celebrate Good Times: 
E.  What's in a Name?

Course 4:  Celebrate Your Local Library

A.  Check it Out! 
B.  Friend of a Friend:
C.  Word of Mouth:  
D.  Sharing is Caring:

ALTERNATE COURSE 4

Course 5:  Celebrate our Past 

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Course 1: Celebrate Our PBS Community, 4

A.  2012 Read Along Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn - completed 6/16

B.  HF Mystery Mini Challenge Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters - completed 1/31

C.  HF Essentials List To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - completed 5/19

D.  TBR Pile Over 2 Years  The Red Tent by Anita Diamant - completed 7/11

Course 2:  Celebrate History,

A.  HF Set in London Mr. Churchill's Secretary - completed 9/17

B.  HF Featuring US Pres. or Election The Alienist by Caleb Carr - completed on 1/06

C.  HF Spanning 52+ years Moloka'i by Alan Brennert - completed on 5/08

D.  Dragon in Title His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik - completed on 6/21

E.  Wedding Scene The Paris Wife by Paula McLain - completed on 5/12

Course 3:  Celebrate Yourself, 3

A.  Home Sweet Home Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos - completed on 5/19

B.  Let's Go The Schoolmaster's Daughter by John Smolens - completed on 4/28

C.  What's in a Name  Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith - completed on 3/20

 Course 4:  Celebrate Your Library, 2

 A.  Checked out   Doc by Mary Doria Russell - completed on 1/13

 D. Sharing is caring  Mudbound by Hillary Jordan - completed on 7/17

Course 5:  Celebrate our Past , 5 +6

A. 7 Famous work of art/music/theater I am Rembrandt's Daughter by Lynn Cullen - completed on 7/31

B.  14 Pagan Past The Sand-Reckoner by Gillian Bradshaw - completed on 10/9

C.  10 Feed Your Brain Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard - completed on 4/14

D. 25 Letter C Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe - completed on 1/19

E. 30  Letter H Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford - completed on 5/6

F.  8 Viva la Revolution The Spanish Bow by Andromeda Romano-Lax - completed on 4/17

G.  20 Fifteen Minutes of Fame The Queen' Devotion by Jean Plaidy - completed on 9/22

H.  27 Letter E The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova - completed on 1/28

I.   9 Headless Lady  Four Sisters, All Queens by Sherry Jones - completed on 6/30

J.  21  Continuing Saga  Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel - completed 7/8

K.  22 Color One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus - completed on 7/4



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Linda will be having the Super Buddha Feast !!

 

Course 1:  Celebrate our PBS Community - PICK 4  Completed

A.  Read-Alongs: The Crystal Cave, Mary Stewart - completed 2/4/12 
B.  PBS Blog: Persona Non Grata, Ruth Downie (book 3 of Medicus series - completed 1/10/12
C.  Wish-list:  
D.  Mini-Challenges: 
E.  HF Essentials List: Moloka'i, Alan Brennert - completed 1/12/12 
F.  TBR Etta, Gerald Kolpan - completed 2/1/12

Course 2.  Celebrate History - PICK 5 Completed

A.  Summer Olympics:  Revelation, C. J. Sansom - completed 1/16/12
B.  Presidential Election: Patriot Hearts, Barbara Hambly - completed 1/13/12 
C.  End of the World:  Russian Winter, Daphne Kalotay - completed 1/14/12
D.  Year of the Dragon: Pendragon's Banner, Helen Hollick - completed 3/24/12
E.  Weddings: Lady Macbeth, Susan Fraser King - completed 1/19/12

Course 3:  Celebrate Your Self - PICK 3  Completed

A.  Home, Sweet Home: The Confederate War Bonnet, Jack Shakely - completed 3/5/12
B.  Let's Go! 
C.  Roots and Wings: Brigid of Kildare, Heather Terrell - completed 2/21/12
D.  Celebrate Good Times: 
E.  What's in a Name? The Postmistress, Sarah Blake - completed 1/6/12

Course 4:  Celebrate Your Local Library - PICK 2 Completed

A.  Check it Out! 
B.  Friend of a Friend: Homeland, Barbara Hambly - read 2/28/12
C.  Word of Mouth:  
D.  Sharing is Caring: The Kommandant's Girl, Pam Jenoff - read 3/8/12 -- donated to Sayre Library 4/3/12

Course 5:  Celebrate our Past - PICK 4 (+ 1 Add-on for not going random?) We played "Random" picks & came up with a very nice set of random choices: Completed

A. Letter G The Red Garden, Alice Hoffman - completed 3/19/12

B. Letter R Doc, Mary Doria Russell - completed 1/24/12

C. 1200/1300's The Forest Laird, Jack Whyte - completed 3/17/12

D. New to You Author Brooklyn, Colm Toibin completed 2/4/12

E.

Extra Picks - PICK 6 Completed

A.800-1000 (from 2011 Challenge) - Death of Kings, Bernard Cornwell -- 1/26/12

B. Strong Woman (2011 Challenge) - Queen Hereafter, Susan Fraser King -- 1/30/12

C. 1000-1100 (2011 Challenge) - The Lion's Legacy, Juliet Dymoke -- 3/2/12

D. Course 3, item B - place you'd like to visit - Caleb's Crossing, Geraldine Brooks -- 3/3/12  (Martha's Vineyard/Boston area)

E. Continuing Saga (2010 Challenge) Women of Ashdon, Valerie Anand -- 3/10/12  (Bridges over Time series)

F. 1600s-1700s (2011 Challenge) - Exit the Actress, Priya Parmar -- 3/27/12

 



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Kelly  will be having the Super Buddha Feast !! COMPLETED 12 Nov 12!

 

Course 1:  Celebrate our PBS Community - PICK 4

A.  Read-Alongs: The Dressmaker, Kate Alcott. Titanic, young aspiring fashion designer survives the sinking. 4/5. Finished 4/6/12.
B.  PBS Blog: Outlaw, Angus Donald. 1st in his Robin Hood series. 4/5. Finished 5/19/12.
C.  Wish-list: Leaden Skies, Ann Parker. 3rd in the Silver Rush series. 4/5. Finished 1/11/12.
D.  Mini-Challenges:  Medicus, Ruth Downie. 1st in the series. 4/5. Finished 1/24/12.
E.  HF Essentials List: 
F.  TBR

Course 2.  Celebrate History - PICK 5

A.  Summer Olympics: The Vizard Mask, Diana Norman. Latter half of 17th century, Charles II on the throne, Penitence. 5/5. Finished 2/6/12.
B.  Presidential Election: Henry and Clara, Thomas Mallon. Henry & Clara Harris Rathbone - the couple in the theater box with Lincoln the night of the assassination. 4.5/5, Finished 11/12/12.
C.  End of the World: Lily Cigar, Tom Murphy. Lily becomes a famous prostitute in early days San Francisco; becomes one of its leading citizens. 3.5/5. Finished 1/18/12.
D.  Year of the Dragon: Warriors of the Dragon Gold, Ray Bryant. Covers the 60 years leading up to the Battle of Hastings in 1066. 4/5. Finished 3/30/12.
E.  Weddings: City of God, Beverly Swerling. NYC 1834 - 1857. More of the multi-book, multi-family saga of the Devrys & Turners. 4/5. Finished 4/30/12.

Course 3:  Celebrate Your Self - PICK 3

A.  Home, Sweet Home: Doc, Mary Doria Russell. Well-researched, fictional biography of John Henry Holliday- excellent book! 5/5. Finished 1/9/12.
B.  Let's Go! The Running Vixen, Elizabeth Chadwick. Set in Welsh Middle Marches, 1125-27, Henry I is on the throne. Adam & Heulwen. 4.5/5. Finished 4/2/12.
C.  Roots and Wings: 
D.  Celebrate Good Times: 

E.  What's in a Name?   Endless Forest, Sara Donati. Final book in the Wilderness series - excellent book! 5/5. Finished 1/2/12.

Course 4:  Celebrate Your Local Library - PICK 2

A.  Check it Out! 
B.  Friend of a Friend: The Good Thief, Hannah Tinti. Ren is a little orphan boy with a missing hand. 4/5. Finished 7/23/12.
C.  Word of Mouth:  
D.  Sharing is Caring: The Second Duchess, Elizabeth Loupas. Duke Alfonso d'Este (Ferrara) & his 2nd duchess, Barbara of Austria). 3.5/5. Finished 6/5/12.c

Course 5:  Celebrate our Past - PICK 4. We played "Random" picks & came up with a very nice set of random choices:

A. Letter F: False Colours, Georgette Heyer. One twin takes his brother's place, falls in love with our heroine (the brother's intended) and hijinks abound. Another delightful Regency romance; although not as good as some of my other favorites. 3.5/5. Finished 6/15/12.

B. Letter M: A Murder of Crows, P.F. Chisholm. Love the Sir Robert Carey books! 5/5. Finished 3/10/12.

C. Roots: Daughter of Lir, Diana Norman. Set in Ireland & details the clan disputes & squabbles that directly led to Strongbow's (Richard le Clare) invasion & subsequent conquering of most of Ireland, including Deblin. Henry II arrived in 1171 with more men to ensure that all knew it was he who was Lord or Ireland! 4/5. Finished 5/12/12.

D. Europe: The Spies of Warsaw, Alan Furst. French military attache (& WW I veteran) is stationed in Warsaw, 1937-38. Very interesting look at pre-WW II eastern Europe. 4/5. Finished 5/24/12.

Extra Picks - PICK 6 

A. #63, Asia: Genghis, Birth of an Empire, Conn Iggulden. First book in the Genghis trilogy; excellent book! 5/5. Finished 2/20/12.

B. #21, Continuing Saga: Lords of the Bow, Conn Iggulden. Second book in the Genghis trilogy; very good book! 4.5/5. Finished 3/7/12.

C. #53, 800 AD - 1000 AD: Death of Kings, Bernard Cornwell. Uhtred (Saxon Chronicles); as good as they always are! 5/5. Finished 3/15/12.

D. #4, New to You Author: The Whiskey Rebels, David Liss. Plot to crash the Bank of the United States in opposition to the excise tax on whiskey. Ethan Saunders, Leonidas, Alexander Hamilton. 5/5 Finished 4/15/12.

E. #57, 1600/1700's: Caleb's Crossing, Geraldine Brooks. Fictionalized account of the story of the first Native American (Wampanoag) to graduate from Harvard College (1665). The book is, however, more about Bethia Mayfield & the Mayfield family - loosely based on the Mayhew family - original patent holders of the island now known as Martha's Vineyard. 4.5/5. Finished 3/30/12.

F. #75, This Means War: Holy Warrior, Angus Donald. Robert, Earl of Locksley joins King Richard on the Third Crusade to face Saladin. The second in the Robin Hood series. 4/5. Finished 6/21/12.

 
Other Books for 2012 (including History Challenge selections)
 

Medicus, Ruth Downie, 24 Jan

Terra Incognita, Ruth Downie, 15 Feb

The Dark Inquiry, Deanna Raybourn, 20 May

What Angels Fear, C.S. Harris, 18 Apr

When Gods Die, C.S. Harris, 21 Apr 

Why Mermaids Sing, C.S. Harris, 14 May

Still Life With Murder, P.B. Ryan, (1st Nell Sweeney), 1 Jun

Where Serpents Sleep, C.S. Harris, 9 Jun

What Remains of Heaven, C.S. Harris, 10 Jun

Murder in a Mill Town, P.B. Ryan, (2nd Nell Sweeney), 23 Jun

Where Shadows Dance, C.S. Harris, 25 Jun

When Maidens Mourn, C.S. Harris, 27 Jun

Leopards Unleashed, Elizabeth Chadwick, 30 Jun

A Foreign Affair, Caro Peacock, 2 Jul (4/5)

The Turning of Anne Merrick, Christine Blevins, 8 Jul (4.5/5)

A Dangerous Affair, Caro Peacock, 10 Jul (4/5)

The de Lacy Inheritance, Elizabeth Ashworth, 11 Jul (4/5)

King's Man, Angus Donald (3rd Robin Hood), 15 Jul (4.5/5)

Holmes on the Range, Steve Hockensmith (1st Old Red & Big Red), 18 Jul (4.5/5) - Delightful, funny, satisfying!

Death on Beacon Hill, P.B. Ryan (3rd Nell Sweeney), 24 Jul (4.5/5) - Such a fun read! Love Nell, really love Will. Also nice, tight mystery!

Daughters of the Grail, Elizabeth Chadwick, 2 Aug (3.5/5) - Bridgit & Magda; Cathars; Simon de Montfort's father; Languedoc region. Set in early 1200's.

Mercury's Rise, Ann Parker, 9 Aug (4.5/5) - 4th Silver Rush Mystery; set in Manitou Springs, Colorado, 1880.

The House at Tyneford, Natasha Solomons, 12 Aug (5/5) - Elise, 19 yo Jewish woman from Vienna emigrates to England as house parlor maid, pre WW II. Wonderful!

Confessions of Catherine de Medici, C.W. Gortner, 18 Aug (3.5/5) - life of Catherine de Medici, told in first person. Covers end of the Valois dynasty, persecution of Huguenots. 

The Kitchen House, Kathleen Grissom, 23 Aug (4.5/5) - Lavinia (indentured Irish servant girl) is incorporated into a family of slaves on a Virginia tobacco plantation. Book begins in 1791, with final events taking place in 1810.

The Russian Winter, Daphne Kalotay, 29 Aug (4/5) - Elderly former Russian ballet dancer donates her jewelry for auction. Multiple story lines in current timeand during Stalin Russia. Interesting & well-written.

Desperate Remedy, Martin Stephen, 10 Sep (3/5) - 1605 Gunpowder Plot. First in the series, and I'm not interested in a follow-up.

The Flower Reader, Elizabeth Loupas, 16 Sep (4.5/5) - 1560's, Scotland, young Queen Mary and her mother's missing silver casket. Lots of court intrigue, interesting mystery, lovely romantic element.

A Serpent in the Thorns, Jeri Westerson, 18 Sep (4.5/5) - Crispin Guest's 2nd adventure. I think I liked this one better than the first - relationships starting to develop, John of Gaunt makes a couple of appearances as a secondary - but key character. We also get more of Crispin's background in this one.

The Shadowy Horses, Susanna Kearsley, 21 Sep (4/5) - Archaeology dig in Scotland; ghost of The Sentinel. Wonderful, enjoyable book. Non-HF.

Guildenford, Valerie Anand, 1 Oct (4.5/5) - Godwin, Earl of Wessex, King Edward, his mother Emma & the conspiracy and death of Alfred Atheling & his followers at Guildenford.

Wanted Man, Lee Child, 8 Oct (4.5/5) - Another great Jack Reacher book. This one is a bit more intellectual and a little (little) less violent than some of the others. I really enjoyed it. Non-HF.

Persona Non Grata, Ruth Downie, 15 Oct (4/5) - 3rd in the Medicus series. In this one, Medicus & Tilla go to Gaul in answer to an urgent summons from Ruso's family. Good, solid addition to the series.

Needle in the Blood, Sara Bower, 31 Oct (4.5/5) - Bishop Odo and Gytha - a fictional love affair set against the backdrop of the creation of the Bayeaux Tapestry.

The Crown, Nancy Bilyeau, 16 Nov (4.5/5) - Set 1527/1537 w/ H-VIII's dissolution of the monasteries as the backdrop. Joanna Stafford used as a pawn bu the powerful Bishop of Winchester to find a crown of mystic powers. 

The Wolves of Andover, Kathleen Kent, 26 Nov (4.5/5) - Set in both London & Massachusetts in 1673. Main plotline is Charles II's search for his father's executioners. But the book is very much more than that & I enjoyed it very much. Loved Martha's character & really love that she is one of the author's ancestors.

The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein, 29 Nov (4.5/5) - Told in first person by Enzo, a lab mix belong to Denny - a late 20's semi-professional racecar driver. Lots of life's lessons in this one. Very thought-provoking, very well-written.

The Heretic's Daughter, Kathleen Kent, 4 Dec (4.5/5) - Although written first, this is the follow-on to Wolves of Andover. The MC (& Heretic's Daughter) is Martha's daughter, Sarah. Based on true events and written by one of Martha's descendants - a very compelling book.

Death at Whitechapel, Robin Paige, 9 Dec (4/5) - Delightful cozy featuring Charles & Kate Sheridan. In this one, we have a young WInston Churchill & his mother, Jennie. The myster involves the 10-year old Jack-the-Ripper murders. 

Bound, Sally Gunning, 13 Dec (4/5) - Alice is a young girl bound into indenture to pay her family's traveling debts. She ends up with the Widow Berry. Intriguing book about indenture & early American life set against the backdrop and increasing unrest of pre-Revolution America.

A Family Affair, Caro Peacock, 21 Dec (4/5) - 3rd Liberty Lane Victorian mystery. An inheritance is at stake, there are murders to solve and a 23-year old mystery must be untangled. These books are well-developed with good plots and rich detail. 

 



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Saving my spot

Saving my spot :)

Course 1:  Celebrate our PBS Community

A.  Read-Alongs
B.  PBS Blog:
C.  Wish-list:  
D.  Mini-Challenges:  Historical Mystery Mini challenges updates will be listed there
E.  HF Essentials List
F.  TBR

Course 2.  Celebrate History

A.  Summer Olympics: Mr Churchill's Secretary done July 12th
B.  Presidential Election:
C.  End of the World
D.  Year of the Dragon: City of Dragons by Kelli Stanley done Sept 20th.
E.  Weddings: To Die For by Sandra Byrd done March 4th

Course Three:  Celebrate Your Self

A.  Home, Sweet Home: The Rebillion of Jane Clarke done Sept 15th, Massachusetts
B.  Let's Go!   The March  E.L. Doctorow done 2/3
C.  Roots and Wings: Scarlett Contessa by Jeanne kalid.. done Sept
D.  Celebrate Good Times: 
E.  What's in a Name? In The Garden of the Beast by Erik Larson (done Jan 13), Husband's name is Eric

Course 4:  Celebrate Your Local Library

A.  Check it Out! 
B.  Friend of a Friend:
C.  Word of Mouth:  
D.  Sharing is Caring:

ALTERNATE COURSE 4

Course 5 Celebrate our Past

# 22  Color in Title - The Scarlett Lion by Elizabeth Chadwick 1/7 done  Excellent!!!

# 4 New to me Author - Lily of the Nile by Stephanie Dray done April 11th

Extra

#94 Historical Fantasy - God Save the Queen by Kate Lock Sept 18th

#74 In the Name of Love -- To Be Queen by Christy English Sept 24th



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Course 1:  Celebrate our PBS Community

A.  Read-Alongs
B.  PBS Blog:
C.  Wish-list: Instruments of Darkness - Imogen Robertson Finished 1/11/12 sent to Jeanne
D.  Mini-Challenges: HF Mystery Challenge
E.  HF Essentials List: Sarah's Key - Tatiana de Rosnay Finished 4/6/12
F.  TBR  The Mummy Case - Elizabeth Peters Finished 2/18/12

Course 2.  Celebrate History

A.  Summer Olympics: Some Danger Involved - Will Thomas Finished 1/28/12
B.  Presidential Election:
C.  End of the World: City of Dreams - Beverly Swerling Finished 01/20/12
D.  Year of the Dragon: Here Be Dragons - Sharon Kay Penman Finished 11/02/12
E.  Weddings: The Second Duchess - Elizabeth Loupas Finished 01/02/12

Course Three:  Celebrate Your Self

A.  Home, Sweet Home: Lily Cigar - Tom Murphy (San Francisco) Finished 2/25/12
B.  Let's Go!: The Observations - Jane Harris (Scotland) Finished 02/04/12
C.  Roots and Wings: 
D.  Celebrate Good Times: 
E.  What's in a Name? The Second Empress - Michelle Moran Finished 9/22/12 Character named Aubree (It's a dog but I figure it'll work!)

Course 4:  Celebrate Your Local Library

A.  Check it Out! True Sisters - Sandra Dallas Finished 9/11/12
B.  Friend of a Friend:
C.  Word of Mouth:  Blue Asylum - Kathy Hepinstall Finished 5/23/12
D.  Sharing is Caring:

Course 5:  Celebrate our Past

#25 - Historical Fiction by the alphabet - C- The Crown - Nancy Bilyeau  Finished 7/22/12

#3 - Read a book of Historical Fiction that has been on your shelf for at least a year.
Genghis: Birth of a Nation - Conn Iggulden
Finished 04/02/12

#85 - All Locked Up - any book involving the inprisonment of one of the characters - The Flower Reader - Elizabeth Loupas
 Finished 5/13/12

#15 - Whodunit? Read a Historical Mystery -  A Foreign Affair- Caro Peacock  Finished 9/5/12

#4 - Read a book of Historical Fictionfrom a "new to you" author - Mr. Churchill's Secretary - Susan Elia MacNeal Finished 7/27/12



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11.1.11:  My spot! No idea what I'll choose yet....I am toying with a radical approach, ie, just reading what takes my fancy and seeing which challenges I end up completing.......

 

12.12.11: ok, I think I've decided. I had trouble this year with the sheer quantity of titles I had to read for the 2011 challenge--my ending status is that I am one short, on a book which is really expensive to purchase and which I haven't budged on my WL on, so I think I will scale back my ambitions and have settled on a Happy Sparrow Snack, as follows:

1.1.12: Finished adding in titles, I am all set now!

 

Course 1:  Celebrate our PBS Community

A.  Read-Alongs:   I will do one of these  April's: book about the Titanic The Loss of the SS Titanic Its Story and Its Lessons by Lawrence Beesley completed 4.14.12
B.  PBS Blog:
C.  Wish-list:  
D.  Mini-Challenges:
E.  HF Essentials List
F.  TBR over 2 years:  1453 by Roger Crowley completed 9.20.12

Course 2.  Celebrate History

A.  Summer Olympics
B.  Presidential Election:
C.  End of the WorldHotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
D.  Year of the DragonDragonwyck by Anya Seton completed 8.31.12
E.  Weddings

Course Three:  Celebrate Your Self

A.  Home, Sweet Home: 
B.  Let's Go!   Nothing To Envy  by Barbara Demick completed 3.25.12
C.  Roots and Wings: 
D.  Celebrate Good Times: 
E.  What's in a Name?

Course 4:  Celebrate Your Local Library

A.  Check it Out! 
B.  Friend of a Friend:  Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron completed 2.2.12
C.  Word of Mouth:  Madonna of the Seven Hills by Jean Plaidy completed 3.7.12
D.  Sharing is Caring:

Course 5:  Celebrate our Past

 

#3 - Read a book of Historical Fiction that has been on your shelf for at least a year.  Pilgrim by Timothy Findley completed 4.3.12

#__-Continuing Sagas  The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell  completed 1.17.12

#15 - Whodunit? Read a Historical Mystery -A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch  completed 8.17.12



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