Saturday, January 17, 2015

2015 Challenges: Reading Through Time

Host: A Bookish Girl
Title: Reading Through Time (Historical Fiction) (sign up) (monthly linkies)
Dates: January - December 2015
# of Books: I'm aiming for 30 books

What I read:

 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) The War That Saved My Life. Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. 2015. Penguin. 320 pages.
5) 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.
6) Like a Flower in Bloom. Siri Mitchell. 2015. Bethany House. 384 pages.
7) Remember the Lilies. (Women of Courage #3) Liz Tolsma. 2015. [February] Thomas Nelson. 352 pages.
8) The Bracelet. Dorothy Love. 2014. Thomas Nelson. 336 pages.
9) Wanderville.  Wendy McClure. 2014. Penguin. 224 pages. [Source: Library]
10)  On the Banks of Plum Creek. Laura Ingalls Wilder. 1937. 340 pages. [Source: Library] 
11) Her Royal Spyness (Her Royal Spyness #1) Rhys Bowen. 2007. Berkley. 336 pages. [Source: Library]
12) As Chimney Sweepers Come To Dust. Flavia de Luce #7. Alan Bradley. Random House. 392 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
13) Dying in the Wool. (Kate Shackleton #1) Frances Brody. 2009/2012. Minotaur Books. 368 pages. [Source: Library] 
14) Medal for Murder. (Kate Shackleton #2) Frances Brody. 2010/2013. Minotaur Books. 432 pages. [Source: Library]
15) Murder in the Afternoon. (Kate Shackleton #3) Frances Brody. 2011/2014. Minotaur Books. 400 pages.  [Source: Library]
16) The Trouble with Patience. (Virtues and Vices of the Old West #1) Maggie Brendan. 2015. Revell. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]
17) Where Trust Lies. Janette Oke & Laurel Oke Logan. 2015. Bethany House. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
18) The Ship of Brides. Jojo Moyes. 2005/2014. Penguin. 464 pages. [Source: Library]
19) Daughter of the Regiment. Stephanie Grace Whitson. 2015. [Late March] Bethany House. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]
20) Anna's Crossing: An Amish Beginnings Novel. Suzanne Woods Fisher. 2015. Revell. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]

© 2015 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

1 comments:

Carissa Horton 11:05 AM  

Huh, that's a cool challenge. Pretty much everything I read is historical. I might join you!

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