I have been trying not to sign up for many reading challenges this year, but I really like the idea of this one – and it overlaps with the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge that I’m already taking part in.
The Forgotten Histories Reading Challenge is hosted by Jess at Curiouser and Curiouser in partnership with Amy at Passages to the Past (the host of the Historical Fiction Challenge) and any books read can count towards both challenges.
The challenge will run from the 2nd-29th of March and each week will feature a different theme:
Week 1 – Read an alternate history book (e.g. Dominion by C. J. Sansom)
Week 2 – Read a book with a non-white protagonist (e.g. The Queen’s Secret by Victoria Lamb)
Week 3 – Read a book with an LGBT protagonist (e.g. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters)
Week 4 – Read a book that is NOT set in Europe (including Britain) or North America (e.g. Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin)
As you can see, the aim of Forgotten Histories is to encourage people to read more diversely within the historical fiction genre, which I think is a great idea. I don’t know if I’ll be able to read books from all four of these categories in March, but I’ll read as many as I can. I’m already looking at my shelves to see if I have something to fit each category – any recommendations are welcome!