Signing up for the 2013 Historical Fiction Challenge

It’s that time of year again when plans are being made for 2013 and next year’s reading challenges are being announced! I prefer not to sign up for too many challenges as in the past I’ve been so bad at actually completing them, but there are one or two I can never resist – and the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge is one of them.

The Historical Fiction Challenge is again being hosted by the wonderful Historical Tapestry and runs from 1 January to 31 December 2013. There are five different levels of participation to choose from:

20th century reader – 2 books
Victorian reader – 5 books
Renaissance Reader – 10 books
Medieval – 15 books
Ancient History – 25+ books

This is one challenge I never have any trouble completing, so I will be signing up at the Ancient History level, which means reading at least 25 historical fiction books next year. As historical fiction is my favourite genre and forms such a large percentage of my reading every year anyway, it’s not too ‘challenging’ for me, but I still love taking part as I enjoy discovering new historical fiction blogs and seeing what everyone else has been reading each month.

If you’re interested in joining too, see this post at Historical Tapestry.

9 thoughts on “Signing up for the 2013 Historical Fiction Challenge

  1. Leander says:

    I was so excited to see this, Helen. I’ve never done a reading challenge, but this looks like the perfect one to kick off with. Still debating which level to go for – I think I’ll end up choosing Renaissance Reader because it gives me flexibility to read some other genres too (I don’t get through as many books as you in a year!) – plus, I like the name…

    And I couldn’t believe that they’ve chosen to make a button out of the portrait of John Saltonstall which I was enthusing about back in October at Frieze Masters! ( I didn’t even know this portrait existed before I saw it there and yet it’s obviously famous enough to have a button made of it! In fact, I may have joined because of the button alone 🙂

    • Helen says:

      The button is gorgeous, isn’t it? Thanks for the information – I could tell it was obviously a portrait of somebody from either the Elizabethan or Jacobean era, but I didn’t know his name. Good luck with the challenge!

  2. bookluver says:

    I haven’t signed up for a challenge in a long time. Since I love historical fiction, and am actually reading one right now, “Shadow of the Sun” by Merrie P. Wycoff, a great historical fiction that I am finding impossible to put down. I find a lot of historical fictions like this. Count me in!

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