We are adding the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2011 to our “to do” list for next year. There won’t really be much more effort on our part since we will be reading many Regency-era books anyway, and we do like the notion of amalgamating all our reading for next year into multiple reading challenges. It may sound nuts, but it is the best way to keep us on track and connected with other book bloggers.
The fine ladies at Historical Tapestry are sponsoring the challenge and we are happy to give them a “shout out” for all of their organizational magic.
Alex’s – Le Canapé
Ana’s – Aneca’s World
Kailana’s – The Written World
Marg’s – Reading Adventures
Teddy’s – So Many Precious Books, So Little Time”
You can read the full Historical Fiction Reading Challenge details and jump on the bandwagon if you are planning to be reading Jane Austen sequels, prequels, retelling and Regency inspired novels next year. They dovetail quite neatly into this challenge.
We have committed to the full-on Severe Bookaholism: 20 books category. Yep. We know. You read it here first. Laurel Ann admits that she is a bookaholic. *burp*
Here is my tentative list of my 20 titles for the year:
- √ The Orchid Affair, by Lauren Willig
- √ There Must Be Murder, by Margaret C. Sullivan
- √ Twixt Two Equal Armies, by Gail McEwen and Tina Moncton
- √ The Prefect Bride for Mr. Darcy, by Mary Lydon Simonsen
- The Diary of Henry Tilney, by Amanda Grange
- √ Mr. Darcy’s Secret, by Jane Odiwe
- √ Wickham’s Diary, by Amanda Grange
- The Scandal of Lady Eleanor, by Regina Jeffers
- Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen
- √ Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor, by Stephanie Barron
- √ Jane and the Man of the Cloth, by Stephanie Barron
- √ Jane and the Wandering Eye, by Stephanie Barron
- √ Jane and the Genius of the Place, by Stephanie Barron
- √ Jane and the Stillroom Maid, by Stephanie Barron
- √ Jane and the Prisoner of the Wool House, by Stephanie Barron
- √ Jane and the Ghosts of Netley, by Stephanie Barron
- √ Jane and His Lordship’s Legacy, by Stephanie Barron
- Jane and the Barque of Frailty, by Stephanie Barron
- Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron, by Stephanie Barron
- Jane and the Canterbury Tale, by Stephanie Barron
We know that is 20, but we are being really thorough.
The challenge runs from 1 January to 31 December 2011. So..go to it!
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That’s quite a list! I’m definitely adding some of those to my to-read list.
Thanks for bringing this challenge to my attention. I must check it out.
Anna – I also have 2 challenges open: Being a Jane Austen Mystery Challenge and The Sense and Sensibility Bicentenary Challenge. Hope you can dovetail your reading into them next year.
What?! Another great reading challenge?! LIKE I NEED THIS!!! *sigh* ;) Well, since it can overlap with the Jane Austen mystery challenge, and the Georgette Heyer challenge, I’m thinking I’ll have to participate. :) Thanks for the heads up!
Ruth, I just announced the Sense and Sensibility Bicentenary Challenge too! Tempted?
I just wanted to stop by and say thanks for following my blog! I’m also going to join in this reading challenge as well!
Taylor ~ http://allthingshistoricalfiction.blogspot.com/
Wow! My book made your list for the challenge! I am honored and nervous at the same time. I do hope you enjoy it.
I am new to blogging, so the reading challenges are new to me. If I were a reviewer, which I’m not, I’d jump all over this. Instead, I’ll just have to follow others’ reviews. And that’s fun too.
Awesome list, Laurel Anne! I look forward to your reviews!
Whoopie! I’m already committed to reading the Stephanie Baron series and had wanted to revisit Georgette Heyer as well as keep up with the other fan fiction, etc. Your list makes me very excited for what I’ll get to read this coming year!
Glad you are on board Karen. I look forward to reading your reviews.
YES I’ve been dying to read Pamela Aidan’s Young Master Darcy. Now I know what I’m spending my Christmas gift certificate on.
So many books; so little time. Will try my best!
So glad to see one of my all time favorites, Twixt Two Equal Armies!!! by Gail McEwen and Tina Moncton. That book (series) really is an unknown treasure!
Dear Laurel, as per usual, a most edifying post….especially, at least for today’s insight, especially per your formatting of the list with checks on those books read and links to the reviews. I’m barely able to manage email and keep up with posting but I love the interactive and yet very organized and cohesive framework that your list, updates on status and links to the actual reviews provides. So NOW, in addition to books to read I’m putting on my list some “skills” to acquire as well. Hmmm…..this “technology” stuff could become interesting. Thanks, Laurel Ann….can’t wait for your own lovely book to arrive. I’m thinking that perhaps I will adopt your title for my credo in 2012….this year it is “Life is short, celebrate EVERYTHING”. But next year, I might just have to think about what adventures and exploits I might be inspired to undertake under the cover of “Jane Austen Made Me Do It”! Cheers.
Thanks Vonna. I appreciate your feed back. I look forward to hearing how Jane Austen made you do it.