2014 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge…and wrapping up this year’s challenge

2014hf2 This year I’ve been taking part in the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge hosted by Historical Tapestry. I signed up at the Ancient History level, which meant I needed to read 25+ books, and as historical fiction is my favourite genre I actually read 32.

I’m happy to see that Historical Tapestry will be hosting the challenge again next year. The challenge runs from 1 January to 31 December 2014 and you can choose from the following levels:

20th century reader – 2 books
Victorian reader – 5 books
Renaissance Reader – 10 books
Medieval – 15 books
Ancient History – 25 books
Prehistoric – 50+ books

I will be aiming for Ancient History (25 books) again but will see how close I can get to the Prehistoric level!

And now, to wrap up the 2013 challenge, here are the historical fiction novels I’ve read and reviewed this year.

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2013 1. The Florentine Emerald by Agustin Bernaldo Palatchi
2. Gemini by Dorothy Dunnett
3. The Forgotten Queen by D.L. Bogdan
4. The King’s General by Daphne du Maurier
5. Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian
6. The Iron King by Maurice Druon
7. The Chalice by Nancy Bilyeau
8. The Agincourt Bride by Joanna Hickson
9. The Master of Bruges by Terence Morgan
10. Shadow on the Crown by Patricia Bracewell
11. Lady of the English by Elizabeth Chadwick
12. The Poisoned Island by Lloyd Shepherd
13. The Scent of Death by Andrew Taylor
14. Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle
15. She Rises by Kate Worsley
16. The Forbidden Queen by Anne O’Brien
17. The Memory of Lost Senses by Judith Kinghorn
18. King Hereafter by Dorothy Dunnett
19. Paris by Edward Rutherfurd
20. Midnight in St Petersburg by Vanora Bennett
21. The Sacred River by Wendy Wallace
22. Elizabeth I by Margaret George
23. Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
24. Post Captain by Patrick O’Brian
25. The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth
26. Wars of the Roses: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden
27. Dragonwyck by Anya Seton
28. Colossus: The Four Emperors by David Blixt
29. Hungry Hill by Daphne du Maurier
30. The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley
31. The Nine Day Queen by Ella March Chase
32. The King Must Die by Mary Renault

I enjoyed most of these books and I’m sure a few of them will be appearing on my best of the year list when I compile it later this month!

8 thoughts on “2014 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge…and wrapping up this year’s challenge

  1. Lark says:

    Congratulations on surpassing your goal! That’s an impressive list of books. If I signed up I’d probably be somewhere between a Victorian and a Renaissance reader. I like historical fiction, I just don’t read it as much as I should.

  2. Lisa says:

    I hadn’t realized that you were reading for a challenge, though I noticed that you were reviewing a lot of historical fiction. Congratulations on completing the challenge – and I agree, it’s an impressive list of books. I think I’d be Renaissance to Medieval, myself.

  3. Margaret @ BooksPlease says:

    Congratulations! I’ve read a few of the books on your list and have enjoyed reading your reviews, especially those of the books I read some years ago – The King’s General, for example, which I read in my teens. I still haven’t read Midnight in St Petersburg – it will have to wait until next year now!

    I’ll be doing the same as you next year – aiming for Ancient History and seeing how near to the Prehistoric level I can get.

    • Helen says:

      I really enjoyed The King’s General. It’s surprising how many of du Maurier’s novels are actually historical fiction, as people tend to think of her as an author of gothic suspense.

      Good luck with next year’s challenge!

  4. jessicabookworm says:

    Well done Helen 32 is a great number of books! I love the sound of this challenge but not for 2014 got too much course books to be reading too perhaps I can join in 2015 if it is all still going.

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