Hello fellow bookworms, as the fateful year of 2020 comes to a close, it is time to wrap-up my reading for my first year taking part in the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge, hosted by Amy at Passages to the Past. Here’s what I managed to read and the link in the titles will take you to my review, if I have had chance to write one (I apologise as I am woefully behind 🙄):
- The Poison Bed by E. C. Fremantle ⭐⭐⭐
- The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale ⭐⭐⭐
- Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir ⭐⭐⭐
- The Favourite: Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough by Ophelia Field ⭐⭐
- Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel ⭐⭐
- The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor ⭐⭐⭐
- Katharina: Deliverance by Margaret Skea ⭐⭐⭐
- The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley ⭐⭐⭐
- The Berlin Wall: A Very Brief History by Mark Black ⭐
- Martin Luther and John Calvin by Charles River Editors ⭐⭐
- O Jerusalem by Laurie R. King ⭐⭐
- The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner (2020) ⭐⭐⭐
I was aiming to reach the Renaissance Reader level (10 books) and as you can see I have surpassed my goal! I have loved taking part in this challenge and enjoyed all of these books, however my top picks for the challenge would have to be: The Toymakers, Katharina: Deliverance and The Firebird. 😍
Now I’d love to hear from you: Did you take part in this challenge too? What were the best historical-fictions you read this year? Any of the books on my list take your fancy?
But that’s not all folks! This was such a success for me that I can’t wait to take part again. So it is now time to get ready for the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2021, which this coming year will return to being hosted by Marg of The Intrepid Reader. Thank you to Amy for hosting for the last five years! 🙌
For those new to this, here are the details of the challenge:
- The challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st, 2021.
- Each month, a new post dedicated to the HF Challenge will be created.
- Everyone can participate! If you don’t have a blog you can post a link to your review if it’s posted on Goodreads, Facebook, or Amazon, or you can add your book title and thoughts in the comment section if you wish.
- Add the link(s) of your review(s) including your name and book title to the Mister Linky we’ll be adding to our monthly post (please use the direct URL that will guide us directly to your review)
- Any sub-genre of historical fiction is accepted (Historical Romance, Historical Mystery, Historical Fantasy, Young Adult, History/Non-Fiction, etc.)
Also these are the different reading levels you can choose from:
- 20th Century Reader – 2 books
- Victorian Reader – 5 books
- Renaissance Reader – 10 books
- Medieval – 15 books
- Ancient History – 25 books
- Prehistoric – 50+ books
Having surpassed the Renaissance Reader level this year, next year I am going to push myself a little more and aim for the Medieval level. Here are some historical-fictions on my TBR I am particularly excited to read:
- The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory
- Anna of Kleve: Queen of Secrets by Alison Weir
- Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle
- The Red-Haired Archaeologist Digs Israel by Amanda Hope Haley
- A Tapestry of Treason by Anne O’Brien
- The Lady of the Ravens by Joanna Hickson
- The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places by Neil Oliver
- The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick
I am also looking forward to linking into the monthly challenge posts, seeing what others are reading and discovering new novels and bloggers again.
Now I’d love to hear from you: Are you taking part in this challenge too? What historical-fictions are you looking forward to reading this year? Any of the books on my TBR you think I should push to the top of the pile?