Friday, December 24, 2010

2011 Challenges: Historical Fiction

The Historical Fiction Reading Challenge is hosted at Historical Tapestry. A new post each month will be up so participants can share their progress/links to their reviews. I'll be joining at the 'undoubtedly obsessed' level of fifteen books.

1. Heart of a Samurai. Margi Preus.
2. The Last Full Measure. Ann Rinaldi.
3. The Girl in the Gatehouse. Julie Klassen.
4. Courting Miss Amsel. Kim Vogel Sawyer.
5. Serendipity. Cathy Marie Hake.
6. Mrs. Mike: "The Heartwarming Classic Story of the Boston Girl Who Married A Rugged Canadian Mountie." by Benedict & Nancy Freedman.
7. Lady in the Mist. Laurie Alice Eakes.
8. When Calls the Heart. Janette Oke.
9. The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas.
10. Hearts Aglow. (Striking a Match #2) Tracie Peterson.
11. A Heart Most Worthy. Siri Mitchell.
12. Bathsheba. (The Wives of King David #3) Jill Eileen Smith.
13. The Teacher's Funeral. Richard Peck.
14. Come Juneteenth. Ann Rinaldi.
15. Face Down in the Marrow-Bone Pie. Kathy Lynn Emerson.
16.  A Bond Never Broken. Judith Miller
17. Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller. Sarah Miller.
18.  A Red Herring Without Mustard: A Flavia de Luce Novel. Alan Bradley
19. Love Amid the Ashes. Mesu Andrews.
20. A Brief History of Montmaray. Michelle Cooper.
21. Jubilee. Margaret Walker.
22. Elizabeth and the Prince of Spain. Margaret Irwin.
23. Wickham's Diary. Amanda Grange.
24.  Peony. Pearl S. Buck.
25. The Virginian. Owen Wister.
26. Our Only May Amelia. Jennifer L. Holm.
27. William's Midsummer Dreams. Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
28. Small Acts of Amazing Courage. Gloria Whelan.
29. Crocodile on the Sandbank. Amelia Peabody Mystery #1. Elizabeth Peters
30. True Grit. Charles Portis.
31. Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance. Gyles Brandreth.
32. Hope Rekindled. Tracie Peterson.
33. In Grandma's Attic. Arleta Richardson.
34. More Stories from Grandma's Attic. Arleta Richardson.
35. How Huge the Night. Lydia Munn and Heather Munn.
36. Saint Training. Elizabeth Fixmer.
37. Pompeii: City On Fire. T.L. Higley.
38. Martha. Diana Wallis Taylor.
39. My Theodosia. Anya Seton.
40. Dragonwyck. Anya Seton.
41. The Hidden Gallery (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #2) Maryrose Wood.
42. The Trumpeter of Krakow. Eric P. Kelly.
43. Swift Rivers. Cornelia Meigs.
44. City of Tranquil Light. Bo Caldwell.
45. Star-Crossed. Linda Collison.
46. Mine is the Night. Liz Curtis Higgs.
47. The Merchant's Daughter. Melanie Dickerson. 2011. Zondervan. 285 pages.
48. Doomsday Book. Connie Willis. 1992. Random House. 592 pages.
49. The Help by Kathryn Stockett. 2009. Thorndike Press. 722 pages.
50.  Alice I Have Been. Melanie Benjamin. 2009. Random House. 352 pages.
51. The Sunne in Splendour: "A fascinating portrait of the controversial King Richard III--a monarch betrayed in life by his allies and betrayed in death by history." by Sharon Kay Penman.
52. Wonderland Creek. Lynn Austin.
53. Love on the Line. Deeanne Gist. 2011. Bethany House. 365 pages.
54. A Necessary Deception. Laurie Alice Eakes.
55. Wrapped. Jennifer Bradbury.
56. Mister Creecher. Chris Priestly.
57. Katherine. Anya Seton. 1954/2004. Chicago Review Press. 512 pages.
58. I, Claudius. Robert Graves. 1934. 480 pages.
59. The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb. Melanie Benjamin. 2011. Random House. 425 pages.
60. Wings of a Dream. Anne Mateer. 2011. Bethany House. 319 pages.
61. The Doctor's Lady. Jody Hedlund. 2011. Bethany House. 384 pages.
62. A Heart Revealed (Winds of Change Series #2) Julie Lessman. 2011. Revell. 500 pages.
63. Deeply Devoted. Maggie Brendan. 2011. Revell. 335 pages.
64. Still More Stories from Grandma's Attic. Arleta Richardson. 1980/2011. David C. Cook. 160 pages.
65. Treasures from Grandma's Attic. Arleta Richardson. 1984/2011. David C. Cook. 160 pages.
66. The Colonel's Lady. Laura Frantz. 2011. Revell. 412 pages.
67. A Most Unsuitable Match. Stephanie Grace Whitson. 2011. Bethany House. 336 pages.

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