Sunday, December 26, 2010

Historical Fiction Challenge 2011

I love historical fiction and Historical Tapestry is a great blog, so I'm signing up for the severe bookaholism level (20 books) for the 2011 Historical Fiction Challenge. This challenge will run for the entire year, can include various forms of historical fiction, and can overlap with other challenges.

Here's my tentative list: (from my TBR pile)

l. The Greatest Knight - Elizabeth Chadwick (completed)
2. The Scarlet Lion - Elizabeth Chadwick (completed)
3. The Courts of Love: The Story of Eleanor of Aquitaine - Jean Plaidy
4. The Plantagenet Prelude - Jean Plaidy (completed)
5. The Secret Diaries of Anne Boleyn - Robin Maxwell
6. Here Be Dragons - Sharon Kay Penman
7. The Far Pavilions - M. M. Kaye
8. To Dance With Kings - Rosalind Laker
9. Island of the Swans - Ciji Ware (completed)
10. Child of the Northern Spring - Persia Wooley
11. Queen By Right - Anne Easter Smith (completed)
12. Nefertiti - Michelle Moran
13. The Countess and the King - Susan Holloway Scott (completed)
14. The King's Favorite (Nell Gwyn) - Susan Holloway Scott
15. Royal Harlot (The Countess of Castlemaine) - Susan Holloway Scott
16. The Queen's Confession - Victoria Holt
17. To Defy a King - Elizabeth Chadwick
18. To Be Queen - Christy English
19. Madame Tussaud - Michelle Moran (completed)

Please visit Historical Tapestry for full details of the reading challenge and a list of other bloggers that are participating. Happy historical fiction reading!


Marg said...

Wow! I am impressed that you have so many books chosen for the challenge already! Welcome aboard, and I hope you enjoy the challenge.

Joanne said...

Hello, Marg - Thanks for hosting this challenge! I'll be looking forward to seeing what other historical fiction fans will be reading, as well as your monthly posts!

Isabella Bradford/Susan Holloway Scott said...

Many thanks for including three of my books in your challenge, Joanne- I'm honored! Hope you enjoy them. :)

Melissa @ Confessions of an Avid Reader said...

Great list! I read The Greatest Knight last year and LOVED it - I hope you do, too. I also really hope you enjoy the Penman novel. Have you read any of her books before? She is one of the best historical fiction writers out there today. I'll be reading her novel Devil's Brood in early January.

I'm looking forward to following your progress.

Joanne said...

To Susan Holloway Scott -- Thank you for visiting my blog! I'm looking forward to reading your novels and will be delighted to post my thoughts in the near future. I'm honored by your visit.

Avid Reader - I enjoyed Penman's The Sunne in Splendour this year, and I've had Here Be Dragons on my TBR list FOREVER -- it's time to get that baby read! I also loved Chadwick's For The King's Favor and can't wait to read more of her novels. Love hearing all the good books everyone is planning to read!

Unknown said...

Great list - I've enjoyed quite a few of these, both of the Chadwick novels and Nefertiti, plus Island of the Swans - the last is a tad too close to historical romance for my taste, but a very good one if you're into romance! I need to work some of these into my own TBR list - must get around to The Far Pavilions. And having read other novels by Sharon Kay Penman and Susan Holloway Scott, I'd say you can't go wrong with those authors.

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