Sunday, January 11, 2015

2015 Challenges: Historical Fiction

Host: Passages to the Past
Title: Historical Fiction Reading Challenge (sign-up) (January link)
Dates: January - December 2015
# of books: I'm aiming for 15

 1) The Paper Cowboy. Kristin Levine. 2014. Penguin. 352 pages. [Source: Library]
2) The Trumpeter of Krakow. Eric P. Kelly. 1928. Simon & Schuster. 208 pages. [Source: Library]
3) Audacity. Melanie Crowder. 2015. Penguin. 400 pages. [Source: Review copy]
4) Like a Flower in Bloom. Siri Mitchell. 2015. Bethany House. 384 pages. [Source: Review copy]
5) The Bracelet. Dorothy Love. 2014. Thomas Nelson. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]
6) The War That Saved My Life. Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. 2015. Penguin. 320 pages.
7) Remember the Lilies. (Women of Courage #3) Liz Tolsma. 2015. [February] Thomas Nelson. 352 pages.
8) Chasing Freedom: The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony Inspired by Historical Facts. Nikki Grimes. Illustrated by Michele Wood. 2015. [January 2015] Scholastic. 56 pages.
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2 comments:

Linda 3:14 PM  

I'm doing this on too with the same goal.

JaneGS 6:30 PM  

Ditto! Happy reading.

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