Tuesday, January 13, 2015

2015's "Reading Through Time" Historical Fiction Reading

Yes, another challenge.  The Historical Fiction challenge I did last year isn't being offered, and it didn't look like any similar challenges were being offered either.  But the same blog hosting the Cloak and Dagger challenge has stepped in to host a historical fiction challenge.  I'm sure I can get at least 10 books, so I'm signing up for Level 2.  Sign up at the link above.

While I was over at A Novel Challenge looking for the challenges that I wanted to sign-up for in 2015 I found it strangely lacking in a historical fiction reading challenge so I decided to start my own, even if we are already six days into January!

So here are the rules, which are almost identical to the rules for the Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge I am also hosting:

1.) The challenge starts January 6, 2015 and ends  December 31, 2015.

2.) You can read any novel, short story or author just so that the genre is historical fiction, and yes this genre is a wide one in terms of defining historical fiction but I trust your judgement if you think it is in the historical fiction genre it probably is. Even those mysteries you might read for the Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge might even qualify since a lot of them occur in the past.

3.) 1 novel counts as 1 novel( 1 novel is anything over 100 pages) of course but you will have to read 5 short stories to count as 1 novel. Audio books and e-books also count.

4.) There will be a monthly post for you to add a link or links to your post showing the progress that you have made so far. There will be two link-ups on each reading challenge post, one is a text link-up for those of you who are participating without a blog/through Goodreads/or through another way and then a thumbnail link-up for those of you that are participating from a blog.

5.) There will be a book giveaway each month and for initially signing up.

As an incentive each month’s link-up post (including this sign-up link-up post) will be followed by another link-up post that will be a giveaway of a work of historical fiction from my own bookshelf, just a note that these are used books but I would never give away something not up to par so even though it is used it is still in good condition.

The post for the giveaway and reading challenges are separate you will be able to see which book I am giving away and then you get to decide whether you want to enter for the giveaway or not, you do have to sign-up to enter the sign-up giveaway and then for the monthly giveaway you will have had to link-up a read for that month.

If you read a certain number of novels you receive a rank, which are named after historical fiction authors, at the end I will award a secret prize to the person who reads the most books:

5 books= Anthony Doerr
10 books = Kate Morton
15 books = Sarah Waters
20 books = Linda Lafferty
25 books = Hilary Mantel
30 books= Philippa Gregory
35 books= Ken Follett
40+ books= Diana Gabaldon

So even though we are off to a late start I hope that you all will be able to join along with us! Please use the link-up below to join.

Here is what I'll be reading:
  1. All He Ever Wanted--Anita Shreve
  2. Jewels--Danielle Steel
  3. The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963--Christopher  Paul Curtis
  4. Perfect--Judith McNaught
  5. The Color Purple--Alice Walker
  6. Like Water for Chocolate--Laura Esquivel
  7. Sea Glass--Anita Shreve
  8. Of Mice and Men--John Steinbeck
  9. Zoot Suit and Other Plays--Luis Valdez
  10. Strawberry Girl--Lois Lenski
  11. Suddenly You--Lisa Kleypas
  12. Kira-Kira--Cynthia Kadohata
  13. Memoirs of a Geisha--Arthur Golden
  14. The Thief--Megan Whalen Turner
  15. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler--E.L. Konisburg
  16. Pride and Prejudice--Jane Austen
  17. The Company You Keep--Neil Gordon
  18. The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul--Deborah Rodriguez
  19. Wuthering Heights--Emily Bronte
  20. The Most of P.G. Wodehouse
  21. Summer of My German Soldier--Bette Greene
  22. Oh My Stars--Lorna Landvik
  23. Outlander--Diana Gabaldon
  24. Brooklyn--Colm Toibin
  25. The Book of Life--Deborah Harkness
  26. The Wednesday Wars--Gary D. Schmidt
  27. The Witch of Blackbird Pond--Elizabeth George Speare
  28. For All Their Lives--Fern Michaels
  29. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall--Anne Bronte
  30. Blizzard of the Blue Moon--Mary Pope Osborne
  31. Moonlight on the Magic Flute--Mary Pope Osborne
  32. The Kitchen House--Kathleen Grissom
  33. Sarah's Key--Tatiana de Rosnay
  34. A Long Way From Chicago--Richard Peck
  35. Emma--Jane Austen
  36. A Year Down Yonder--Richard Peck
  37. The Bad behavior of Belle Cantrell--Loraine Depres
  38. The Grapes of Wrath--John Steinbeck
  39. The Diamond Slipper--Jane Feather
  40. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle--Avi
  41. The Thirteenth Tale--Diane Satterfield
  42. Peony in Love--Lisa See
  43. Christmas in Camelot--Mary Pope Osborne
  44. Inferno--Dan Brown
Challenge completed on December 15


She Reads Late Into the Night said...

Hi Jamie, Welcome to the "Read Through Time" Historical Fiction Reading Challenge we are so glad that you will be participating and we cannot wait to see which historical fiction books you will be reading this year!!!

Stephanie Faris said...

Sounds like a great challenge. Can't wait to hear how it goes!