Challenges and Projects

On this page I will be keeping track of my progress in any 2022 reading challenges and events I decide to participate in. For details of challenges completed in the years 2009-2021 see my Completed Challenges page.


Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2022

Hosted by The Intrepid Reader.

Books read:

1. The Key in the Lock by Beth Underdown (2022) – PH, England (Cornwall), 19th/20th century, Gothic
2. A Terrible Kindness by Jo Browing Wroe (2022) – PH, Wales, 20th century (1960s), NA
3. The Silver Wolf by JC Harvey (2022) – NG, Germany, France, 17th century, NA
4. I, Mona Lisa by Natasha Solomons (2022) – NG, Italy, France, 16th century, magical realism
5. The Leviathan by Rosie Andrews (2022) – NG, England (Norfolk), 17th century, NA, magical realism
6. The Rebel Daughter by Miranda Malins (2022) – NG, England, 17th century
7. The Queen’s Lady by Joanna Hickson (2022) – NG, England, 16th century (Tudors)
8. The House of Footsteps by Mathew West (2022) – PH, England, NA, 20th century (1920s), Gothic
9. The Clockwork Girl by Anna Mazzola (2022) – NG, France, 18th century
10. The Reindeer Hunters by Lars Mytting (2022) – NG, Norway, 20th century, Translation
11. Go Tell the Bees That I am Gone by Diana Gabaldon (2021) – OC, America, 18th century
12. The Sunken Road by Ciarán McMenamin (2021) – OC, Ireland, 20th century (WWI/1920s), NA
13. Booth by Karen Joy Fowler (2022) – NG, America, 19th century, NA
14. Mrs England by Stacey Halls (2021) – OC, England, 20th century (Edwardian), Gothic
15. Traitor in the Ice by KJ Maitland (2022) – NG, England, 17th century, mystery
16. The Stone Rose by Carol McGrath (2022) – NG, England, 14th century
17. The Toll-Gate by Georgette Heyer (1954) – OC, England, 19th century (Regency)
18. The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff (1954) – OC, England/Scotland, Ancient Rome
19. Theatre of Marvels by Lianne Dillsworth (2022) – NG, England, 19th century, NA
20. The Vanished Days by Susanna Kearsley (2022) – NG, Scotland, 18th century
21. The Fugitive Colours by Nancy Bilyeau (2022) – NG, England, 18th century
22. The Dance Tree by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (2022) – NG, France, 16th century
23. A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting by Sophie Irwin (2022) – NG, England, 19th century (Regency), NA
24. In Place of Fear by Catriona McPherson (2022) – NG, Scotland, 20th century (1940s), NA, mystery
25. Winchelsea by Alex Preston (2022) – Library, England, 18th century, NA
26. Fortune by Amanda Smyth (2021) – OC, Trinidad, 20th century (1920s), NA
27. The Second Sight of Zachary Cloudesley by Sean Lusk (2022) – NG, England, Turkey, 18th century, NA, magical realism
28. The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn (2022) – NG, Russia, US, 20th century (WWII)
29. Privilege by Guinevere Glasfurd (2022) – NG, France, 18th century
30. The Colour Storm by Damian Dibben (2022) – NG, Italy, 16th century
31. Godmersham Park by Gill Hornby (2022) – NG, England, 19th century
32. The Trial of Lotta Rae by Siobhan MacGowan (2022) – Pigeonhole, England, 20th century, NA
33. Joan by Katherine J. Chen (2022) – NG, France, 15th century, NA
34. Death and the Conjuror by Tom Mead (2022) – NG, England, 20th century (1930s), NA, mystery
35. Elizabeth of York: The Last White Rose by Alison Weir (2022) – NG, England, 15th/16th century
36. That Bonesetter Woman by Frances Quinn (2022) – NG, England, 18th century, NA
37. The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed (2021) – OC, Wales, 20th century (1950s)
38. The Bewitching by Jill Dawson (2022) – NG, England, 16th century, NA
39. The Night Ship by Jess Kidd (2022) – NG, Australia, 17th century/20th century (1980s)
40. The Magician by Colm Tóibín (2021) – OC, Germany/US, 20th century
41. The Flight Portfolio by Julie Orringer (2019) – NG, France, 20th century (WWII)
42. Haven by Emma Donoghue (2022) – NG, Ireland, 7th century
43. The Blood Flower by Alex Reeve (2022) – NG, England, 19th century, mystery
44. The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel (2020) – OC, England, 16th century
45. The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper (2021) – OC, Italy, Ancient Rome, NA
46. The Rose of Sebastopol by Katharine McMahon (2007) – OC, England/Russia/Ukraine, 19th century, NA
47. Act of Oblivion by Robert Harris (2022) – NG, England/America, 17th century
48. Hawker and the King’s Jewel by Ethan Bale (2022) – RC, England/Flanders/Italy, 15th century, NA
49. All the Broken Places by John Boyne (2022) – NG, England/Poland/Australia, 20th century (WWII)
50. The Bookseller of Inverness by SG MacLean (2022) – NG, Scotland, 18th century, NA
51. The Hidden Palace by Dinah Jefferies (2022) – NG, Malta/England, 20th century (WWII)
52. In the Shadow of Queens by Alison Weir (2021) – NG, England, 16th century
53. The Romantic by William Boyd (2022) – NG, Europe/Africa/America/Asia, 19th century, NA
54. The Drums of War by Michael Ward (2022) – RC, England, 17th century, mystery
55. Ashes in the Snow by Oriana Ramunno (2022) – NG, Poland, 20th century (WWII), translation, NA
56. Blue Water by Leonora Nattrass (2022) – NG, At sea, 18th century, mystery
57. Cup of Gold by John Steinbeck (1929) – OC, Wales/Caribbean, 17th century
58. The Winter Garden by Nicola Cornick (2022) – NG, England, 16th/17th century, dual timeline
59. Blue Postcards by Douglas Bruton (2021) – OC, France, 20th century (1950s), NA
60. The Secret of Matterdale Hall by Marianne Ratcliffe (2022) – RC, England, 19th century, NA, Gothic
61. The Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough (1987) – OC, Australia, 20th century
62. Nights of Plague by Orhan Pamuk (2022) – NG, fictional island, 20th century, NA, Translation

I am recording some additional statistics here this year, to help with my end-of-year summary posts.
Key: PH – Pigeonhole, NG – NetGalley, RC – Review copy, OC – Own copy, NA – New author


RIP (Readers Imbibing Peril) XVII

Books read:

1. The Twist of a Knife by Anthony Horowitz
2. The Hatter’s Ghosts by Georges Simenon
3. The Butterfly Picnic by Joan Aiken
4. Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things by Lafcadio Hearn
5. Blue Water by Leonora Nattrass
6. Fool Errant by Patricia Wentworth
7. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

3 thoughts on “Challenges and Projects

  1. Lee J Tyler says:

    I adore your blog and have contemplated putting my closed sign permanently on my site and just reading. I’m reading Nom de Plume currently (Carmela Ciuraru) and it is no slouch at all. Very in-depth look at the lives of each author and the reasons never thought of for our craft that we should consider, even as writers, but do not. I have a whole library of books and am too busy to update my Goodreads account; otherwise, I would display it on my page. I like how you have laid this page out, dear and am going to follow your blog. (I’m on as well only spend my time tinkering with code over at org 😉 sigh…) Lovely job. I would sign up for the challenge, but the list of books that I must review is frightfully long and are all in the present time. ;( Best! Lee

  2. Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys says:

    What a great list of books – it’ll take me a while to look at all the reviews and pick the ones I want to read, but I’m up to the task and look forward to finding some new ones! I don’t read nearly this many historicals a year, but I’m glad someone does so I can just get the BEST ones! ha.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

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