Challenges and Projects

On this page I will be keeping track of my progress in any 2021 reading challenges and events I decide to participate in. For details of challenges completed in the years 2009-2020 see my Completed Challenges page.


Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2021

Hosted by The Intrepid Reader.

Books read:

1. The Land Beyond the Sea by Sharon Penman (2020) – 12th century, Middle East
2. The Queen’s Rival by Anne O’Brien (2020) – 15th century, England
3. Islands of Mercy by Rose Tremain (2020) – 19th century, England/Borneo
4. Rags of Time by Michael Ward (2020) – 17th century, England
5. The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson (2019) – 15th century, Spain
6. The Soul Thief by Cecelia Holland (2002) – 10th century, Ireland, England, Denmark
7. Ashes by Christopher de Vinck (2020) – 20th century (WWII), Belgium
8. The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor (2017) – 20th century, England
9. The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles (2021) – 20th century (WWII), France, US
10. Daughters of Night by Laura Shepherd-Robinson (2021) – 18th century, England
11. A Net for Small Fishes by Lucy Jago (2021) – 17th century, England
12. The Lost Diary of Venice by Margaux DeRoux (2020) – 16th century, Italy
13. The Rose Code by Kate Quinn (2021) – 20th century (WWII), England
14. The Prophet by Martine Bailey (2021) – 18th century, England
15. The Puritan Princess by Miranda Malins (2020) – 17th century, England
16. The Drowned City by KJ Maitland (2021) – 17th century, England
17. Imperfect Alchemist by Naomi Miller (2020) – 16th century, England
18. The Damask Rose by Carol McGrath (2021) – 13th century, England
19. John Saturnall’s Feast by Lawrence Norfolk (2012) – 17th century, England
20. The Hardie Inheritance by Anne Melville (1990) – 20th century (WWII), England
21. The Metal Heart by Caroline Lea (2021) – 20th century (WWII), Scotland
22. The Royal Secret by Andrew Taylor (2021) – 17th century, England
23. The Horseman by Tim Pears (2017) – 20th century, England
24. The Rich Earth by Pamela Oldfield (1980) – 15th century, England
25. Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal (2021) – 19th century, England
26. The Missing Sister by Lucinda Riley (2021) – 20th century, Ireland
27. China by Edward Rutherfurd (2021) – 19th century, China
28. Still Life by Sarah Winman (2021) – 20th century, Italy
29. The Wrecking Storm by Michael Ward (2021) – 17th century, England
30. The Protector by S.J. Deas (2015) – 17th century, England
31. The Last Daughter by Nicola Cornick (2021) – 15th century, England
32. Red Adam’s Lady by Grace Ingram (1973) – 12th century, England
33. I Will Repay by Baroness Orczy (1906) – 18th century, France
34. Cecily by Annie Garthwaite (2021) – 15th century, England
35. St Martin’s Summer by Rafael Sabatini (1909) – 17th century, France
36. The Country of Others by Leïla Slimani (2021) – 20th century, Morocco
37. Rose Nicolson by Andrew Greig (2021) – 16th century, Scotland
38. The Infernal Riddle of Thomas Peach (2021) – 18th century, England
39. A Corruption of Blood by Ambrose Parry (2021) – 19th century, Scotland
40. The Women of Troy by Pat Barker (2021) – Ancient Greece
41. Katharine Parr, the Sixth Wife (2021) – 16th century, England
42. Daughters of War by Dinah Jefferies (2021) – 20th century (WWII), France
43. The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters (1985) – 19th century, Egypt
44. A Marriage of Lions by Elizabeth Chadwick (2021) – 13th century, England
45. Castle Barebane by Joan Aiken (1976) – 19th century, Scotland
46. Black Drop by Leonora Nattrass (2021) – 18th century, England
47. The Royal Game by Anne O’Brien (2021) – 15th century, England
48. The Swift and the Harrier by Minette Walters (2021) – 17th century, England
49. Lily by Rose Tremain (2021) – 19th century, England
50. Fallen by Lia Mills (2014) – 20th century, Ireland
51. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton (2012) – 20th century (WWII), England, Australia
52. The Ambassador’s Daughter by Pam Jenoff (2013) – 20th century (WWI), France


Read Christie 2021

Hosted by

JANUARY – A story set in a grand house…
The Body in the Library

FEBRUARY – A story featuring love
Sad Cypress

MARCH – A story featuring a society figure
Sparkling Cyanide

APRIL – A story set before WWII
Murder in Mesopotamia

MAY – A story featuring tea
A Pocket Full of Rye

JUNE – A story featuring a garden

JULY – A story starring a vicar
The Murder at the Vicarage

AUGUST – A story set by the seaside
Evil Under the Sun

SEPTEMBER – A story featuring a school
Crooked House

OCTOBER – A story set on a mode of transport
Death on the Nile

NOVEMBER – A story set after WWII
They Do It with Mirrors



September 1 – October 31

1. Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu
2. The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters
3. Crooked House by Agatha Christie
4. The Grey King by Susan Cooper
5. Death of a Tin God by George Bellairs
6. Castle Barebane by Joan Aiken
7. Black Drop by Leonora Nattrass
8. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

One thought 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

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