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Reading Challenge: Historical Fiction 2012 - Update #1

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

One of the things that I meant to do this year - and positively failed at - was participate in a Historical Fiction Reading Challenge. I mean, I've been reading historical fiction books throughout the year, but I completely forgot about recording and organizing them in a list.

But better late than never, right? Here is a list of the historical fiction I've read, thus far, in 2012:
  1. At the Mercy of the Queen by Anne Clinard Barnhill
  2. Delilah by India Edgehill
  3. The Curse of the Pharaohs by Elizabeth Peters**
  4. All Clear by Connie Willis**
  5. Dreams of Joy by Lisa See**
  6. Bloody Jack by L. A. Meyer
  7. The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak
  8. The Little Book by Seldon Edwards
  9. The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee
  10. Curse of the Blue Tattoo by L. A. Meyer**
  11. Sunrise of Avalon by Anna Elliott**
  12. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  13. All the Flowers in Shanghai by Duncan Jepson
  14. The Castle in the Forest by Norman Mailer
  15. The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters**
  16. The Queen's Vow by C. W. Gortner
  17. Of Love and Evil by Anne Rice**
  18. Heaven's Net is Wide by Lian Hearn**
  19. Claude & Camille by Stephanie Cowell
  20. The Second Empress by Michelle Moran
  21. A Hundred Flowers by Gail Tsukiyama
  22. The Kingmaker's Daughter by Philippa Gregory**
** A good chunk of these titles were continuations of book series that I began in previous years.  However, before I wrote this up I would have sworn that "nearly all" the historical books I read were a part of the various series I've started.  I was really surprised that, in reality, it was less than half of them!  I may have overestimated the total because many of the authors were not new to me.

So far, the books I enjoyed reading the most were the two from L. A. Meyer's Bloody Jack series, followed by Dreams of Joy and The Song of Achilles.  I've read more clunkers than keepsakes, but most of the books have been middling. 

It's interesting to note that three of the books have been set in Communist China, around the time of the Cultural Revolution.  I didn't think that I had a particularly strong interest in that time period, but my reading indicates otherwise!




Peeking into the archives...today in:
2011:
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
2010: n/a
2009: n/a
2008: n/a
Tags: books, challenges, historical fiction, historical fiction reading challenge, lists
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