Thursday, December 12, 2019

2020 Reading Challenges: HIstorical Fiction

2020 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge
Host: Passages to the Past (sign up) There will be monthly posts to share review links
Duration: January - December 2020
# of books: I'm signing up for Prehistoric 50+ books (I read over 100 in 2019, so this seems doable.)

My goal is to get caught up (or better caught up) on my historical fiction review copies. (Though I'll count any historical fiction I read towards the challenge.)

As of December 12, 2019 this is my TBR list. There are 92 books on the list.

Vagabond VicarBrentwood, Charlotte
At the Water's EdgeGruen, Sara
The Determined HeartMay, Antoinette
Mother TimeHerman, Louise
The Summer Before the WarSimonson, Helen
Radio GirlsStratford, Sarah Jane
A Bridge Across the OceanMeissner, Susan
Seven Days in MayIzzo, Kim
Mr. RochesterShoemaker, Sarah
Romancing DaphneEden, Sarah
Courting the Country MissHatch, Donna
I, Eliza HamiltonScott, Susan Holloway
Can't Buy Me LoveHumphries, Martin
For Castle and CrownBessey, Sian Ann
Enchantress of NumbersChiaverini, Jennifer
The Lost Season of Love and SnowLaam, Jennifer
The Girls in the PictureBenjamin, Melanie
As Bright as HeavenMeissner, Susan
My Name is VictoriaWorsley, Lucy
ChristyMarshall, Catherine
The Battle for England (Wars of the Magna Carta #1)Hernon, Austin
The Hidden WomenBarrett, Kerry
Inventing VictoriaBolden, Tonya
Brides in the SkyHolladay, Cary
The Beantown GirlsHealey, Jane
Finding DorothyLetts, Elizabeth
SpartanburgFleming, Richard
A Conformable WifeLey, Alice Chetwynd
The VillageDuke, Philip
Storm Chasers of Wentworth HallChambers, IreAnne
No Woman's LandMidwood, Ellie
A Proper ScandalHatch, Esther
Gold DiggerRosenberg, Rebecca
The Daughter's TaleCorrea, Armando Lucas
The Book Woman of Troublesome CreekRichardson, Kim Michele
Gardenia DutyVarn, Kathleen
The Summer CountryWillig, Lauren
In the Warsaw GhettoHaybittle, Glenn
The Work of ArtMatthews, Mimi
The Violin Maker's DaughterMaas, Sharon
The Secret LetterRix, Debbie
BethlehemKelly, Karen
The Winter SistersWestover, Tim
Daisy's WarSummers, Rowena
The Substitute BrideMack, Dorothy
All The forgivenessesHardinger, Elizabeth
The VentriloquistsRamzipoor, E.R.
Uber AllesNeff, Robert Arthur
The Papers of A.J. Wentworth BAEllis, H.F.
Everybody's SomebodyKingston, Beryl
The Teacher at Donegal BayDoughty, Anne
A Matter of InterpretationMacDonald, Elizabeth
The Last Train to LondonClayton, Meg Waite
Christmas Once AgainBacarr, Jina
Secrets & SuitorsBarker, Joanne
The Paris GirlEvans, Natalie Meg
Murder Cuts the MustardEllicott, Jessica
Kit's HIllStubbs, Jean
The Caldwell GirlsSummers, Rowena
Love on the SoundKnight, Ciara
Mercy RoadCreel, Ann Howard
Across a Broken ShoreTrueblood, Amy
The OccupationSwift, Deborah
Anne and LouisGaston, Rozsa
To Crown a KingMelin, Raedene Jeannette
RavelledGannon, Seph
The German HouseHess, Annette
Kit and ElizabethTuft, Karen
All The Ways We Said GoodbyeWilliams Beatriz and Lauren Willig and Karen White
The Whispers of WarKelly, Julia
Lady ClementineBenedict, Marie
Light Changes EverythingTurner, Nancy E.
The Vineyards of ChampagneBlackwell, Juliet
The Companion Blakemore, Kim Taylor
RememberedBattle-Felton, Yvonne
PromisedGarriott, Leah
The Light After the WarAbriel, Anita
The Girl in White GlovesMaher, Kerri
The Queen's FortunePataki, Allison
The Borgia ConfessionsPalombo, Alyssa
Above the Bay of AngelsBowen, Rhys
The Other Bennet SisterHadlow, Janice
My Long List of Impossible ThingsBarker, Michelle
The Forgotten Letters of Esther DurrantNunn, Kayte
BeheldNesbit, TaraShea
The Engineer's WifeWood, Tracey Enerson
Miss AustenHornby, Gill
The German HeiressScott, Anika
Lakeshire ParkWalker, Megan
The Jane Austen SocietyJenner, Natalie
While the music PlayedLande, Nathaniel
The Patron Saint of Pregnant GirlsHegi, Ursula

 What I have read.

January
1. Death's Door. (Billy Boyle #7) James R. Benn. 2012. Soho Crime. 358 pages. [Source: Library] [Genres: Historical Fiction; Mystery]
2. A Blind Goddess (Billy Boyle #8) James R. Benn. 2013. Soho Crime. 320 pages [Source: Library] [Genres: Historical; Mystery]
3. Kopp Sisters on the March (Kopp Sisters #5) Amy Stewart. 2019. 355 pages. HMH. [Source: Library] [Genres: Historical]
4. The Rest Is Silence. (Billy Boyle #9) James R. Benn. 2014. Soho Crime. 323 pages. [Source: Library] [Genres: Historical; Mystery]
5. The Twelve Brides of Christmas Collection. Barbour Books. 2015. 544 pages. [Source: Review copy] [Historical; Romance; Christian Fiction]
6. Serving Up Love: A Harvey House Brides Collection. Tracie Peterson. Karen Witemeyer. Regina Jennings. Jen Turano. 2019. Bethany House. 384 pages. [Source: Library] [Christian Fiction; Historical; Romance]
7.  The Sobbin' Women. Stephen Vincent Benet. 1937. 26 pages. [Source: Online]
8. The White Ghost. (Billy Boyle #10). James R. Benn. 2015. 352 pages. [Source: Library] [Historical Fiction; Mystery; World War II]

February
9. Blue Madonna. (Billy Boyle #11) James R. Benn. 2016. 316 pages. [Source: Library] [Historical; Mystery; World War II]
10. Everyone Brave Is Forgiven. Chris Cleave. 2016. 418 pages. [Source: Library] [World War II; Historical; Romance; Adult Fiction]
11. The Devouring (Billy Boyle #12) James R. Benn. 2017. 310 pages. [Source: Library] [Historical; Mystery; World War II]
12. Solemn Graves. (Billy Boyle #13) James R. Benn. 2018. 340 pages. [Source: Library] [Historical; Mystery; Adult Fiction; World War II]
13. When Hell Struck Twelve. (Billy Boyle #14) James R. Benn. 2019. 360 pages. [Source: Library] [adult mystery; adult fiction; adult historical; world war 2]
14. Promised. Leah Garriott. 2020. 368 pages. [Source: Review copy] [Proper Romance; Clean Romance; Regency Romance; Adult Fiction]

March
15. Words on Fire. Jennifer A. Nielsen. 2019. 336 pages. [Source: Library] [Historical fiction; mg fiction; ya fiction]
16. Fever 1793. Laurie Halse Anderson. 2000. 252 pages. [Source: Library][historical fiction; mg historical; mg fiction]
17. The Clergyman's Wife: A Pride and Prejudice Novel. Molly Greeley. 2019. 304 pages. [Source: Library] [adult historical; adult fiction; women's fiction; Austen adaptation]
18. Plague Land. (Somershill Manor Mystery #1) S.D. Sykes. 2015. 336 pages. [Source: Library] [adult fiction; historical; mystery]
19. The Butcher Bird. (Somershill Manor Mystery #2) S.D. Sykes. 2015. 342 pages. [Source: Library] [adult mystery; adult historical]

April
20. The Bone Fire. (Somershill Manor Mystery #4) S.D. Sykes. 2019. 400 pages. [Source: Library] [adult mystery; adult historical fiction; historical mystery]
21. Victoria's War. Catherine A. Hamilton. 2020. 276 pages. [Source: Review copy] [World War II; world at war; adult fiction; historical fiction]
22. Lakeshire Park. Megan Walker. 2020. [April] 320 pages. [Source: Review copy] [adult fiction; adult romance; historical fiction; historical romance]
23. Rakes and Roses. (Mayfield Family #3) Josi S. Kilpack. 2020 [May] 320 pages. [Source: Review copy] [romance; Regency romance; historical]

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2 comments:

Passages to the Past 8:08 AM  

Yay, I'm so glad you will be participating in the HistFic Reading Challenge! I can't wait to see what you read in 2020!

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