Historical Fiction 2013 Challenge Wrap-up

The 2013 Historical Fiction Challenge at Historical Tapestry isn’t officially over until December 31, but since I know I won’t be reading any more historical fiction this year, I’m doing my wrap-up post a little early.

2013 historical fiction

I chose to complete the Ancient History level of this challenge, which required me to read 25 or more books of historical fiction. Any subgenre of HF was welcome, including YA, fantasy, mystery, and romance. Here’s what I read:

  1. Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus
  2. Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove
  3. Phillip Rock, The Passing Bells
  4. Anne Fortier, Juliet
  5. Gail Carriger, Etiquette & Espionage
  6. Kathryn Miller Haines, The Winter of Her Discontent
  7. Hilary Reyl, Lessons in French
  8. Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park
  9. J.J. Murphy, Murder Your Darlings
  10. Patrick deWitt, The Sisters Brothers
  11. Peter Ho Davies, The Welsh Girl
  12. Jude Morgan, A Little Folly
  13. Mary Stewart, The Crystal Cave
  14. Robin LaFevers, Grave Mercy
  15. Sharon Kay Penman, Time and Chance
  16. Marie Brennan, A Natural History of Dragons
  17. Patricia Wynn, The Birth of Blue Satan
  18. Lauren Willig, The Ashford Affair
  19. Dorothy Dunnett, NiccolΓ² Rising
  20. Robin LaFevers, Dark Triumph
  21. Samuel Park, This Burns My Heart
  22. Charles Finch, A Death in the Small Hours
  23. Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers
  24. Stefanie Pintoff, In the Shadow of Gotham
  25. Charles Portis, True Grit
  26. Poul Anderson, A Midsummer Tempest
  27. Lauren Willig, The Passion of the Purple Plumeria
  28. Sharon Kay Penman, Devil’s Brood
  29. Rhys Bowen, Royal Blood
  30. Mary Stewart, The Hollow Hills
  31. Amy Patricia Meade, Million Dollar Baby
  32. Dai Sijie, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
  33. Mary Doria Russell, Doc
  34. Mary Stewart, The Last Enchantment
  35. Gail Carriger, Curtsies & Conspiracies
  36. Mary Doria Russell, Dreamers of the Day
  37. Ellis Peters, An Excellent Mystery
  38. Charles Finch, An Old Betrayal
  39. Kate Ross, Whom the Gods Love

Since historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, it was easy for me to complete this challenge. I read books whose settings ranged from the 12th century to the 1980s, and I really enjoyed most of them! Perhaps next year I’ll aim for 40 works of historical fiction. πŸ™‚

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7 thoughts on “Historical Fiction 2013 Challenge Wrap-up

  1. JaneGS says:

    Congratulations on completing the challenge with an outstanding number of books read and reviewed. I love historical fiction too, and recognize a few favorites among your titles. The Crystal Cave is my favorite of the Mary Stewart Merlin books, and I read Penman’s Sunne in Splendour this year and plan to read more of her next year. I can’t decide whether to read The Sisters Brothers or not–I’ve read such mixed reviews, so I guess I should read yours and then decide!

    Happy New Year and Happy Reading…

    • Christina says:

      I still have to read The Sunne in Splendour, but I love Penman’s other books! Her Welsh trilogy is my favorite so far. I also quite liked The Sisters Brothers, for what it’s worth, and I don’t read many Westerns.

  2. aartichapati says:

    I had to come say hi as I just went to my LibraryThing home page and saw that you are the LT user with a library most similar to mine and yet it does not appear that we have ever “met”! Obviously, I had to remedy that πŸ™‚

    Congrats on finishing this challenge! I am horrible at completing reading challenges. It must be my contrary nature πŸ™‚

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