Tuesday, August 3, 2010

2010 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge Completed!

Lo and behold, I have finished several challenges already, and it's only August! Over the next couple of weeks I'll write up a Challenge Wrap-up post for each one I've finished.

I finished the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge in July with Ellen Horan's 31 Bond Street.


The total number of books I read for the challenge was 20--the "Obsessed" level. I originally signed up for 12 books at the "Addicted" level, but it didn't take me long at all to reach 12 so I upped my commitment in April. My favorite book of the group was A Dangerous Mourning by Anne Perry, but for the most part I enjoyed all of the books I read for this challenge.

What did I learn from this challenge? For one, I realized just how prominently historical fiction is featured on my bookshelves and that I really like historical mysteries. I also learned that there are a lot of time periods and locations I would love to read more books from. I didn't manage to read several of the books I had tentatively planned to read for the challenge, but I still have them on my TBR to read sometime soon.

Here is my list of completed books, with links to my reviews:

  1. Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez (1/2010)
  2. Scoundrel's Kiss by Carrie Lofty (1/2010)
  3. Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin (1/2010)
  4. A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist (1/2010)
  5. The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen (2/2010)
  6. Deep Harbor by Lisa Tawn Bergren (2/2010)
  7. The Country House Courtship by Linore Rose Burkard (2/2010) 
  8. The Creation of Eve by Lynn Cullen (3/2010) 
  9. The Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer (3/2010) 
  10. Glorious by Bernice McFadden (4/2010) 
  11. A Dangerous Mourning by Anne Perry (4/2010) 
  12. Her Mother's Hope by Francine Rivers (4/2010) 
  13. The Hidden Flame by Davis Bunn and Janette Oke (4/2010) 
  14. Watermark by Vanitha Sankaran (4/2010) 
  15. Seasons in the Mist by Deborah Kinnard (5/2010) 
  16. Hearts Awakening by Delia Parr (6/2010) 
  17. Highland Blessings by Jennifer Hudson Taylor (6/2010) 
  18. A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliott (6/2010) 
  19. Virgin and the Crab by Robert Parry (6/2010) 
  20. 31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan (7/2010)

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