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Year of the Historical Challenge


January 1 – December 31, 2010

Lurv A La Mode is hosting the Year of the Historical Challenge and I am signing up because I have a ton of these kinds of books waiting to be read. The goal is 12 books in 12 months. No problem!

Here is my list which is subject to change per my whim:

  1. Shanghai Girls, by Lisa See – COMPLETED January 13, 2010; rated 4/5; read my review.
  2. Sacred Hearts, by Sarah Dunant – COMPLETED January 21, 2010; rated 4/5; read my review.
  3. Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel – COMPLETED February 20, 2010; rated 3/5; read my review.
  4. The Children’s Book, by A.S. Byatt – COMPLETED March 14, 2010; rated 5/5; read my review.
  5. Impatient with Desire, by Gabrielle Burton – COMPLETED April 10, 2010; rated 4/5; read my review.
  6. My Name is Mary Sutter, by Robin Oliveira – COMPLETED May 19, 2010; rated 4.5/5; read my review.
  7. Whiter Than Snow, by Sandra Dallas – COMPLETED July 1, 2010; rated 4/5; read my review.
  8. By Fire, By Water, by Mitchell James Kaplan – COMPLETED July 11, 2010; rated 5/5; read my review.
  9. 31 Bond Street, by Ellen Horan – COMPLETED July 20, 2010; rated 4.5/5; read my review.
  10. Dangerous Neighbors, by Beth Kephart – COMPLETED September 7, 2010; rated 4.5/5; read my review.


  1. December 5, 2009    

    I’m thinking about joining this challenge, too – especially since it’s not that much of a challenge. LOL! Sacred Hearts would be on my list, too. Maybe we could coordinate?

    Also, I’m going to join your Random Reading Challenge. What a fun way to cherry pick the books that I have over-requested. 🙂

  2. December 6, 2009    

    I hadn’t seen this one yet but I’m going to have to see if I can work it in. I’m trying to choose challenges with crossover potential and that will allow me to use as many books as possible that I already own. Me thinks this will fit. Yippee!

  3. December 6, 2009    

    Literate Housewife: Ooooooh, so glad to hear you’re going to read randomly with us! I need to get Sacred Hearts read by the first part of January for a book club discussion – would love to read your thoughts on the book as well. When were you thinking of tackling it?

    Lisa: I know what you mean about picking crossover challenges – I do that too!!!

  4. December 8, 2009    

    There are so many Historical challenges for 2010. I’m not sure yet which ones I’m going to sign up for.

  5. December 9, 2009    

    Teddy: I could practically sign up for all of them and just overlap…but I am bound and determined to keep my challenges under tight management this year!

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