Thursday, December 15, 2011

2012 Challenges: Historical Fiction

The next challenge I'm signing up for is Historical Tapestry's Historical Fiction challenge.  I am signing up for the highest level because--perhaps with the exception of mysteries--historical fiction happens to be my favorite, favorite genre. (Yes, I'll be reading plenty of historical mysteries and historical romances!)

Severe Bookaholism (20 Books)

1 The Maid of Fairbourne Hall. Julie Klassen. 2012. Bethany House. 416 pages. (Christian historical)
2 Death at Wentwater Court. Carola Dunn. 1994. Kensington. 254 pages. (Historical mystery)
3 To Say Nothing of the Dog. Connie Willis. 1998. Bantam (Random House). 495 pages. (Historical science-fiction)
4 A Diamond in the Desert. Kathryn Fitzmaurice. 2012. February 2012. Penguin. 256 pages.
5 The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale. Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright. Illustrated by Barry Moser. 2011. Peachtree Publishers. 228 pages. 
6 His Steadfast Love. Golden Keyes Parson. 2011. Thomas Nelson. 336 pages.
7 And The Soldiers Sang. J. Patrick Lewis. Illustrated by Gary Kelley. 2011. Creative Editions. 32 pages.
8 The Healer's Apprentice. Melanie Dickerson. 2010. Zondervan. 272 pages.
9 Crow. Barbara Wright.
10 Cleopatra Confesses. Carolyn Meyer.
11 The Friendship Doll. Kirby Larson.
12 Sylvia & Aki. Winifred Conkling.
13 Bud, Not Buddy. Christopher Paul Curtis
14 The Mighty Miss Malone. Christopher Paul Curtis
15 Catherine, Called Birdy. Karen Cushman
16 The Mistress of Nothing. Kate Pullinger.
17 The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt. A Novel in Pictures. Full-Color Vintage Memorabilia On Every Page. Caroline Preston.
18 A Suitor for Jenny. Margaret Brownley
19 The Kingmaker's Daughter. Philippa Gregory. 2012. 423 pages. 
20  The Lady of the Rivers. Philippa Gregory. 2011. Touchstone. 464 pages.
21. The Red Queen. Philippa Gregory. 2010. Touchstone. 432 pages.
22. Dear Mr. Darcy. Amanda Grange. 2012. Berkley Trade. 400 pages. 
23. The Lions of Little Rock. Kristin Levine. 2012. Penguin. 304 pages.
24. Jump Into the Sky. Shelley Pearsall. 2012. Random House. 352 pages.
25. Dear America: Christmas After All. Kathryn Lasky. 2001/2012. Scholastic. 192 pages.

One thing I need to remember is to check back monthly and use the Mr. Linky to share my reviews. I almost always forget to do that!!!

© 2011 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

3 comments:

Annette 2:23 PM  

Would you believe I signed up for this challenge last year and I think I've read 1 book in 2011 that is historical fiction. This year was a big non-fiction year.
I'll try again in 2012!

Kailana 3:57 PM  

I do the same thing. I don't think I shared any of my reviews. Oops!

Marg 10:02 PM  

Welcome back to the challenge for 2012.

I was going to say something about not worrying too much about not linking up for this year, but then I would be forgiving Kailana as well, so I can't do that! *winks*

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