Saturday, December 28, 2013

2014 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

Here's my wrap up for the 2014 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge, hosted by Historical Tapestry.

This challenge is remarkably easy because you don't have to pre-select books, just read anything in the genre, post reviews, and read others' reviews.

Here are levels readers can aspire to:
20th century reader - 2 books
Victorian reader - 5 books
Renaissance Reader - 10 books
Medieval - 15 books
Ancient History - 25 books

Prehistoric - 50+ books

I made it to Medieval in 2013 and 2014, which seems to be the right level for me.
  1. Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, by Anne Rice
  2. People of the Book, by Geraldine Brooks
  3. Longbourn, by Jo Baker
  4. Stella Bain, by Anita Shreve
  5. Crossing Purgatory, by Gary Schanbacher
  6. The Museum of Extraordinary Things, by Alice Hoffman
  7. The Eight, by Katherine Neville
  8. The Gondola Maker, by Laura Morelli
  9. The Sibyl, by Par Lagerkvist
  10. The Invention of Wings, by Tracy Chevalier
  11. A Hundred Summers, by Beatriz Williams
  12. East of Eden, by John Steinbeck
  13. The Daylight Gate, by Jeanette Winterson
  14. A Conspiracy of Paper, by David Liss
  15. Highland River, Neil Gunn
  16. Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon
  17. Written in My Heart's Own Blood, by Diana Gabaldon
  18. Ragtime, by E.L. Doctorow
  19. The Taste of Sorrow, by Jude Morgan


  1. I really love the names of the different levels. Have fun with the Challenge!

  2. I need to do this one again, too. It's one I always succeed at so I suppose I should up my level if I truly want it to be a challenge. I'm imagine I'll stick to that 15 book level again, though. It's nice to succeed at at least one challenge every year!

  3. I don't read as much historical fiction as I used to, but I do enjoy it, so I'll be watching for your reviews. Have fun with the challenge!

  4. I absolutely LOVE historical fiction -- when it's done well it totally transports you to that time and place. Nice to see we have another challenge in common :)