Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

Hosted by Historical Tapestry, the 2014 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge is something I venture forth for the first time. The rules of Challenge are pretty simple • Everyone can participate, even those who don’t have a blog (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, do not add your blog link, but the correct address that will guide us directly to your review) • Any kind of historical fiction is accepted (HF fantasy, HF young adult,…) • During the following 12 months you can choose one of the different reading levels: – 20th century reader – 2 books – Victorian reader – 5 books – Renaissance Reader – 10 books – Medieval – 15 books – Ancient History – 25 books – Prehistoric – 50+

I sign up for the Medieval levels – 15 Historical Fiction books should be a cake walk (Or so I think!) If I end up reading more, well so much the better and if I do not, oh! well!

Below is my tentative reading list of 30 books – more the option the more fun, it is. However this list is fluid and I may not read all the books and at the same time make additions as I go along –

2015 Update – I am again participating in this event and therefore have re-christened it as Historical Fiction Reading Challenge. I did very well in my Medieval History Levels last year – completing 18 of 15 required. This year, I have decided to up my level to Ancient History – 25 Books. The list remains the same and I will add or edit as I go along!

1. Katherine by Anya Seton
2. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
3. War of Roses by Conn Iggulden
4. The Falcons of Montabard by Elizabeth Chadwick
5. Kristin Lavransdatter: The Wreath by Sigrid Undset
6. Kristin Lavransdatter: The Wife by Sigrid Undset
7. Kristin Lavransdatter: The Cross by Sigrid Undset
8. Sacrilege by S J Parris
9. Wine of Violence by Priscilla Royal 
10. The Devil’s Disciples: The Fourteenth Chronicle Of Matthew Bartholomew by Susana Gregory
11. A Maze of Murders by Paul Doherty
12. The Fallen Princess by Sarah Woodbury
13. Lady of the Forest by Jennifer Roberson
14. Tales of Alhambra by Washington Irving
15. Affinity by Sarah Waters (Read in 2015)
16. Possessions by A.S. Byatt
17. The Dark Lantern by Gerri Brightwell
18. The Great Stink by Clare Clark
19. Angelica by Arthur Phillips
20. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
21. The Midwife’s Tale by Sam Thomas
22. The Book of Madness and Cure by Regina Melveny
23. The Gates of Rome by Conn Iggulden
24. The Death of Kings by Conn Iggulden
25. The Field of Swords by Conn Iggulden
26. The Gods of War by Conn Iggulden
27. The Blood of Gods by Conn Iggulden
28. Penmarric by Susan Howatch
29. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson 
30. The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan
31. The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas 
32 The Murder at Sissingham Hall by Clara Benson 
33. Ragtime in Shimla by Barbara Cleverly 
34. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant 
35 The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne 
36 The Sandalwood Tree by Elle Newman 
37. Paris by Edward Rutherford
38. The Source by James Michener 
39. The Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley 
40. Appetite For Violets by Martine Bailey 
41. The Dress Maker by Rosalie Ham
42. The Narrow Road to Deep North by Richard Flanagan
1. Jamica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier
2. The True and Splendid History of the Harristown Sisters by Michelle Lovric 
3. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro’s 
4.The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James

3 thoughts on “Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

  1. Hi, My apologies if I am wasting your time, I am not really up to speed with getting worthwhile reviews yet, but reading your blog I have a feeling you will like the following book by my mother, the author Mary Delorme. It is her first on Kindle.


    If you think you would like to review it, please let me know and I will happily email you a Kindle ready copy.
    Many thanks for your time.
    Jon Delorme

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