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Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2012: Wrap Up

I’ve always enjoyed historical fiction novels, and actually tend to read a good number of them. Most of the historical fiction that I read are from the WWII time period. In January, I decided to challenge myself to diversify my reading habits a bit more. I stumbled across a historical fiction reading challenge, hosted by Historical Tapestry, and thought I’d give it a shot. My other motivating for participating in this challenge was to encourage myself to post more book reviews (I know that I post a lot more cooking/baking posts). Part of that is because I read a lot of mystery novels, but don’t usually feel that those books deserve their own post. However, I do review most other books that I read.

When I started the challenge, I had hoped to read at least 20 historical fiction books during the course of the year (reaching the highest level of the challenge, “severe bookaholism”). Unfortunately, that wasn’t in the cards this year. 2012 ended up being busier than I expected with lots of travel, family in town, and getting ready to move. I also lost a couple of months to general listlessness during my first trimester.

While I didn’t meet my goal, I did read several historical fiction novels that I really enjoyed. Below, you can find a wrap-up of the books I read,with links to my reviews.

1 – The Invisible Bridge (by Julie Orringer)
2-4 -The Bronze Horseman Trilogy: The Bronze Horseman, Tatiana & Alexander, The Summer Garden (by Paullina Simons)
5 –Shadow of Night (Book 2 of the All Souls Trilogy, by Deborah Harkness)
6 – The Historian (by Elizabeth Kostova)
7 – The Secret Speech (by Tom Rob Smith)

I also read, but did not review The White Queen (by Phillippa Gregory): This book would probably have gotten a C- had I reviewed it. I remember really enjoying The Other Boleyn Girl, but The White Queen just didn’t do it for me. My attention kept drifting throughout the book.

Are you a fan of historical fiction novels? What are some of your favorites? I’d love some recommendations to read in 2013.

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