26 March 2008

The Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

Historical Fiction Challenge
As soon as I saw this, I knew I had to sign up. (‘This’ meaning the challenge - not the button. Nothing at all to do with the button. Really.... ) Historical fiction is always in plentiful supply in my TBR pile(s), and Annie has defined it to include classics too :-) Not that one needs an excuse to re-read Jane Austen!

In chronological order of setting, my choices are:

Here be Dragons - Sharon Penman (12th century)
Katherine - Anya Seton (14th century)
The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas (17th century; overlap with Eponymous Challenge)
Joseph Andrews - Henry Fielding (18th century)
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (19th century)
Cocaine Blues - Kerry Greenwood (20th century; overlap with 888 Challenge)

Now I just have to wait until 1 April to start!


Miss K said...

Hey thanks for joining the challenge. It's good to have another Brissie girl on board. I just love the title of your blog. There's a Yahoo group open up for discussion too. If you'd like to join, send me an email at anniebucknall at hotmail dot com.

StuckInABook said...


But great choices for reads - I've not read any historical fiction at all, as far as I can think, not to speak of. Well, I've read some medieval stuff for my degree - but it would be fascinating to read more recent things set in medieval period. I wonder if anyone ever wrote books set that far in the past in, say, 1900s?

Amat Libris said...

Annie: Thank you! A discussion group is a great idea.

StuckInABook: I'm afraid I hve only a vague knowledge of the early decades of the twentieth century, literature-wise. But since Scott was writing historicals a century before that, I'm sure such things exist.

Lesley said...

Uh oh - I'm a big fan of historical fiction. I might have to sign up for this one. Good luck!

Katherine said...

You have some good choices here! Katherine is one of my all-time favorite books, as is Pride and Prejudice.

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