Monday, December 30, 2013

2014 Historic Fiction Reading Challenge Sign-Ups

This seems like a great area to read about so I will be doing this one now too.  I will go with the first level, but just may go over.  To enter this one go to Ramblings of a Daydreamer.

For the last three years I’ve hosted month-long challenges in July (the Canadian Reading Challenge) and October (the Spooktacular Paranormal Reading Challenge). I’ve wanted to host a yearlong reading challenge but all my ideas were for challenges that already existed. 

In 2013, my love of historic fiction was rekindled. When all the sign-up posts for 2014 challenges started going up, I noticed there were none for historic fiction. I searched and searched and even asked on Twitter, but as far as I can tell, no one is hosting one…so I decided I would. This will be my first yearlong challenge in three years of blogging, and I’m excited! I hope you guys are too.

~Challenge Details and Guidelines~

  • The challenge will run from January 1st, 2014 - December 31st, 2014. Sign-ups will remain open until December 15th, 2014
  • You don’t have to have a blog to participate, as long as you can post your reviews somewhere (GoodReads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc)
  • This challenge encompasses both YA and adult historic books
  • Any subgenre of historic fiction counts - historic romance, paranormal historic fiction, historic fantasy, etc. Time slips (where a character(s) goes back and forth between the present and the past) also count. Publication date doesn’t matter - whether it was published this year or thirty years ago, it counts.
  • Any length and format of book count - audiobooks, ebooks, novellas, etc.
  • Create a sign-up post for the challenge (or tweet, Facebook post, GoodReads status, etc if you don’t have a blog), include the graphic at the top of this post, along with a link back so other people can sign up, and be sure to tell us which level you’re aiming for (levels are below). You don’t have to list the books you intend to read, but you can if you want. When you add your link to the Linky below, please use the direct link to your sign-up post.
  • At the beginning of each month, I’ll post a new Linky where you can add your reviews for the month. If you forget to link up one month, you can link up the next, just please don't link the same review twice. Unfortunately I can’t afford to do giveaways each month, but I’m hoping to do surprise giveaways* for participants, and there will definitely be a giveaway at the end of the year. The more books you review, the more entries you get in the grand prize giveaway!
  • Reviews must be posted for the first time between January 1st, 2014 and December 31st, 2014 to count.
  • If you’re on Twitter, feel free to tweet updates, reviews, etc using the hashtag #2014HFRC so we can all find each other and cheer each other on. I’ll randomly retweet tweets using that hashtag throughout the year.
  • You don’t have to follow Ramblings of a Daydreamer to enter the challenge, but you might want to follow via BlogLovin’ or email so you know when the monthly link-ups are posted, along with surprise challenges or giveaways.
  • Each month I’ll be updating the 2014 Historic Fiction Reading Challenge page at the top of the blog with everyone’s progress. Each person who posts a review will get their name added, along with all the reviews they link up each month - hopefully that will drive more traffic to your blog!  

    *If you’re an author, blogger, publisher, publicist, etc who would like to donate historic fiction books (physical, ebooks, audiobooks, anything) or swag as prizes for this challenge, or if you'd like to offer books for review opportunities to participants, please contact me at irishstar_83(at)hotmail(dot)com. For anyone willing to donate, I’ll do my best to promote your blog, book, website, etc., and you'll get special acknowledgements on the 2014 Historic Fiction Reading Challenge page at the top of the blog.

1-5 books ~ Testing the bonds of time
6-12 books ~ Slipping through time
13-20 books ~ Traveling back in time
21+ books ~ Living in the past

My books for this challenge:
  1. Serafina's Stories--Rudolfo Anaya
  2. Water For Elephants--Sara Gruen
  3. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter--Carson McCullers
  4. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe-- Fannie Flagg
  5. Number the Stars--Lois Lowry
  6. The Night Circus--Erin Morgenstern
  7. Through a Glass Darkly--Karleen Koen
  8. Jacob Have I Loved--Katherine Paterson
  9. The Paris Wife--Paula McLain
  10. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society--Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  11. The Red Tent--Anita Diamant
  12. Pomegranate Soup--Marsha Mehran
  13. Rosewater and Soda Bread--Marsha Mehran
  14. Harlem Redux--Persia Walker
  15. The Wednesday Letters--Jason F. Wright
  16. The Postmistress--Sarah Wright
  17. Mystery of the Dark Tower--Evelyn Coleman
  18. Al Capone Does My Shirts--Gennifer Choldenko
  19. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court--Mark Twain
  20. A Single Shard--Linda Sue Park
  21. Dream Tide--Robin Lee Hatcher
  22. Carry On, Mr. Bowditch--Jean Lee Latham
  23. The Black Opal--Victoria Holt
  24. The Devil Wears Plaid--Teresa Medeiros
  25. Magical Kittens--Donna Bell/ Catherine Blair/Joy Reed
  26. Mount Vernon Love Story--Mary Higgins Clark
  27. The Memory Keeper's Daughter--Kim Edwards
  28. The Sherbroke Bride--Catherine Coulter
  29. The Hellion Bride--Catherine Coulter
  30. The Heiress Bride--Catherine Coulter

1 comment:

SweetMarie83 said...

So glad you've joined the challenge, Jamie! Looking forward to seeing what books you choose and reading your reviews. :-)