Monday, December 29, 2008

Ana's Best of 2008

Following in Marg's footsteps I'll also list my top favourite HF books of the year. I've read plenty of good books but definitely not as much as I would have liked. I tried to choose one to mention as my top favourite but I ended up unable to choose between two and so I decided to list two as the "best of the best".
There were some others that I thought of as really good too so I'm giving some honourable mentions as well.

I'm looking forward to a 2009 full of great HF reads. There are plenty of authors - old and new - that I have yet to try as there are settings and periods that I would like to explore more.

My Best Reads of the Year are:

Catherine Delors - Mistress of The Revolution
A wonderful story about a woman's journey through the french revolution and all the changes that were suddenly brought upon society in general. It's a memoir of sorts as the main character is already an old woman at the beginning of the story and is recounting her experiences of the past.

Elizabeth Chadwick - Shadows and Strongholds
I'm a big medieval fan and Elizabeth Chadwick is an author I love not only because of her blend of story and history but also because she writes wonderful characters. In this story a young man learns how to be a leader and a warrior in 13th century England.

The Honourable mentions go to:

Jeri Westerson - Veil of Lies
Georgette Heyer - The Devil's Cub
Georgette Heyer - These Old Shades
Jennifer Donnelly - The Tea Rose
Jennifer Donnelly - The Winter Rose
Sharan Newman - Death Comes As Epiphany

These good books are why I love historical fiction!


  1. The only one I've read is Mistress of the Revolution, but I agree. It was wonderful!


  2. Those two covers are beautiful! I haven't read any of these. There are just so many good books out there to read (for which I'm so thankful)!

  3. MMMhh, I will look for Mistress of the Revolution. I love women´s history and there are wonderful stories about all kinds of women during the French Revolution.

  4. Lezlie,
    I can't wait to get my hands in the author's next book to see if I enjoy it as much as this one.

    I'm very thankful for that too! :-)

    I hope you enjoy Mistress of The Revolution.

  5. Mistress of the Revolution was very close to making my honourable mentions list! I agree that it is an excellent book. Same for Veil of Lies.

    I am planning on getting to Shadows and Strongholds soon from Elizabeth Chadwick!

    I absolutely loved The Winter Rose - can't wait for the next book in the series to come out. Hopefully it will be in 2009.

  6. Marg,
    I went looking on Jennifer Donnelly's website but couldn't find any information. I really wish it would be released soon...

  7. Lovely blog!

    I think you'd enjoy Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks.

  8. Suko,
    Thanks for the recommendation. I'll add it to my list.

  9. I haven't read any of those books, Ana. Although, I did receive my copy of Veil of Lies. I just need to find time to read it!

  10. I have Mistress of the Revolution and Shadows and Strongholds
    on my TBR.

    I didn't care for The Tea Rose.