Monday, December 5, 2011

Historical Fiction Challenge 2012

After 3 years organizing the Historical Fiction Challenge, the girls of The Royal Reviews gracefully passed over this exciting event to our team at Historical Tapestry last year and we are very excited that the challenge is going to be returning in 2012!  During 2011 there were hundreds of books read by the participants and we hope that we continue to create a wonderful place to share and discuss our favourite (and maybe not quite so favourite) historical fiction books for the next year.

Each month, a new post dedicated to the HF Challenge will be created. To participate, you only have to follow the rules:
  • everyone can participate, even those who don't have a blog (you can add your book title and thoughts in the comment section if you wish)
  • add the link(s) of your review(s) including your name and book title to the Mister Linky we’ll be adding to our monthly post (please, do not add your blog link, but the correct address that will guide us directly to your review)
  • any kind of historical fiction is accepted (HF fantasy, HF young adult,...)
  • During these following 12 months you can choose one of the different reading levels:
  1. Severe Bookaholism: 20 books
  2. Undoubtedly Obsessed: 15 books
  3. Struggling the Addiction: 10 books
  4. Daring & Curious: 5 books
  5. Out of My Comfort Zone: 2 books

To join the challenge you only need to make a post about it, grab the button below if you like and leave your link in Mr Linky below.  If you don't have a blog you can just leave a comment for this post saying that you are joining.




The challenge will run from 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2012. 



122 comments:

  1. Sounds like fun. I'm going for 20 books:)

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  2. I'm lookinf forward to the challenge in 2012. I'm going for the Daring and Curious level, but hope to read more and link up often. Thank you for hosting this challenge.

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  3. I have a ton of historical fiction on my shelves. Thanks for hosting this challenge. I'll post about it on my blog soon. :)

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  4. I shall attempt to be daring and curious, but I have quite a few historical fiction titles on the shelves, so who knows where this may lead. :)

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  5. I will definitely join again - I've really enjoyed it this year! I just need to get around to writing a post about the challenges I'm going to join this year. I'll be back . . .

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  6. K honesty I've been waiting for this all year long!! So excited I can't WAIT!! I'll post my official challenge entry soon!!!

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  8. First time follower. My name is Kay and I am a book addict. I should be able to clear 20 books easily. The challenge will be remembering to post :-)

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  9. I love the historical fiction challenge! It's such a great way to discover more great books - not that my pile needs to grow any larger.

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  10. Linda Collison, here. Like many others I read and write historical fiction, although rather slowly. I can skim but I don't enjoy it.

    I love to research and can get caught up in nonfiction and biographies as well.

    I have posted my own historical novels and I welcome feedback as I continue the Patricia MacPherson Nautical Adventure Series.

    As far as personal challenges, my list grows ever longer. I prefer literary historical fiction from any era.

    Reading challenges are like yoga -- you don't compete against anyone, you challenge yourself. I appreciate this opportunity.

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  11. Count me in! I put my post in the linky and am signing up for 20 books.

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  12. This is my fist time and I am very excited to start! I have signed up to read 15 books!

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  13. I did it last year and had lots of fun! Hopefully I shall get through about 10 books... Sounds like a reasonable target!

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  14. My goal is Daring and Curious, but hoping for more in 2012!

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  15. Woohoo! An HF Challenge, how very exciting. : ) I added my link and am committing to 10 HF books for 2012 though I hope to achieve more. We'll see. : )

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  16. Had some trouble finding this again but here I am. Thank you!

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  17. My computer is a little wonky this morning, so I apologize if it results in multiple comments.

    I am very excited about this challenge and looking forward to next year's reading.
    My post about it is here
    http://thechildrenswar.blogspot.com/2011/12/omg-another-list-2012-reading.html

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  18. I'm looking forward to this challenge! I'm signing up for 20 books as I love historical fiction.

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  20. I enjoyed the challenge in 2011 (signed up as Susan @ Having Fun) and especially liked to browse HT authors when I returned to the blog to post challenge reviews. For 2012 I'm signed up with a new blog Susan @ Avid Series Reader dedicated to 2012 reading challenges. Eager to start reading my list!

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  21. Could you possibly provide some guidelines as to what you consider to be historical fiction for the purposes of this challenge? Does something set 50 years ago qualify? Must it be 100? or 200 maybe?

    I appreciate any guidance you can provide.

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  22. Thanks for hosting again this year! This is definitely my favourite challenge. I'll once again sign up for the severe bookaholism level (20 books).

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  23. Of course I'm in again! I didn't make my goal this year but having a baby can do that! I read enough books but couldn't sit down and get reviews posted on my blog!

    Going for the 20 books Severe Bookaholism level again!

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  24. I'm in at the Struggling Addiction level again this year!

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  25. I am going to try the Severe Bookaholism level. I'm super excited!

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  26. I am going to try for 10 in this genre since it is not one I have read in a while. Going to start through your recommendations.

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  27. Hi, this is my first year with the Historical Reading Challenge! I love the genre and will go for Level 2, Undoubtedly Obsessed! Can't wait to get started!

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  28. I`m looking forward too this challenge:)

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  29. After lurking around in the Blogosphere for ages I just created my own blog today. I'm going to kick it off by joinig this challenge - the first one I 'officially' join! I'm going for the Undoubtedly Obsessed level, just to ease myself in ;)

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  30. This is my first Historical Fiction reading challenge. I'm looking forward to participating.

    Please sign me up for:

    Daring & Curious

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  31. Excited and looking forward to reading for this challenge :)

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  32. I'll be participating again this year. I'll get around to my post eventually, but for now, this comment will suffice!

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  33. I've never done a challenge before, but I've admired Lisa's participation over at Lit and Life and thought I'd give it a go.

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  34. Thanks so much for posting! I'm looking forward to digging in.

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  35. Wonderful Challenge! I'd like to join!

    Lisa (schmetterlingsliteraturreise)

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  36. I have been meaning to join at least one challenge this year; this one looks perfect!

    ~Suzi
    Fashionista Piranha Book Blog

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  37. I think I'll attempt to read 10 this year.

    Thanks for hosting this challenge!

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  38. This sounds AWESOME! Thanks for doing this. I am signing up for the Severe Bookaholism level of 20 books. I sometimes read 20 books a month!

    My initial post about this on my blog can be found here:

    http://wimbittworld.wordpress.com/2012/01/01/historical-fiction-challenge-2012/

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  39. First-time challenge. Going for 10. Should be enjoyable.

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  40. Count me in! I'm going to aim for Daring & Curious, but I'm hoping for more.

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  41. I'm joining the party! I can read 'em, but can I manage to post the reviews? Thanks for hosting, and Happy New Year!

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  42. I've always wanted to get into Historical Fiction...now that I've challenged myself I MUST do it! lol

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  43. I'm in! Thank you for this challenge.

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  44. I read so many books last year that it will be a challenge to find 20 new ones to read! Thanks for hosting again.

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  45. I am hoping to read a few more historical fiction books this year than I did last year.

    Thanks for hosting this challenge!!!

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  46. What fun! I was on a Memoir Kick for many years and this challenge is just what I need to branch out. Fell in love with Historical Fiction a few years ago with Loving Frank ... I'll try for 20 this year!

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  47. I really enjoyed this challenge last year and can't wait to be a part of it again! Last year I read 24 historical fiction novels. This year I'm going to aim for 10 novels and see what happens.

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  48. I really enjoyed this challenge last year and can't wait to be a part of it again! Last year I read 24 historical fiction novels. This year I'm going to aim for 10 novels and see what happens.

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  49. This is my first year! Here is to a hf full year!!

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  50. This is my first year of participating and I am looking forward to it.

    Thanks for hosting!

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  51. Lovely Challenge!

    I choose Struggling the Addiction! :)

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  52. This is a challenge that certainly suits my love for reading and has the added bonus of feeding my addiction for historical fiction.

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  53. Count me in. Love historical fiction!

    http://sosimplesara.blogspot.com/2012/01/historical-fiction-challenge-2012.html

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  54. Hmmm, can't enter my link in the linky so here it is: http://truebookaddictchallenges.blogspot.com/2012/01/historical-fiction-challenge-2012.html

    I'm in again this year! Completed the 15 level last year so going for 20 this year. Thanks for hosting again!

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  55. I'm joining, with Daring and Curious:5 books. Sounds great!

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  56. I'm aiming for 10 books, all crime fiction

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  57. Since this is my first time on this challenge I might just aim for 2 books.

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  58. First time on this challenge, but as I managed over 20 historical mysteries last year, I'll try for the top level.

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  59. I'm "curious & daring" and shooting for 5 books, I have never really taken a whole lot of time to read, and I am challenging myself this year not only in reading but personal growth. So excited about this year!

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  60. I am in but not sure how many I will be able to read.
    I do read quite a bit of historical fiction thru the year. We will see :)

    Now going to post of my blog

    Look forward to seeing everyone's choices for the year.

    carol

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  61. Glad to be joining in again, my post is up and I'm participating at Struggling the Addiction level. Thanks for hosting :)

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  62. Hello, I'm excited to be signing up for the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge for the first time, and have decided to sign up for:

    Struggling the Addiction, 10 books

    Looking forward to reading other reviews and blogger comments throughout the year.

    Good luck everyone!!!

    Tracey (My Four Bucks blog)

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  63. I am sorry there are two entries from me. This first did not link straight to my post for this challenge.
    It auto-completed the section.

    carol
    DizzyC

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  64. Historical Fiction is one of my most favorite genres to read. I'm so glad I stumbled upon this page. Thanks for setting it up! Can't wait to start!

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  65. This challenge sounds great :) Have added the challenge to my reading challenges page and have a long list of HF books to get through! Have chosen 10 to read this year but hopefully I could read more :)

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  66. Sounds good - I'm in for 10 HF books!

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  67. I love historical fiction - I can't wait to start this challenge: Undoubtedly Obsessed: 15 books!

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  68. I am going for 5 books. Writing a lot this year!

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  69. Thank you for the challenge. I'm going to read 20+ books. I love your blog header and background.

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  70. First time participating! I'm going to shoot for 20 this year, since I've already got half a dozen picked out. I'll post about participating soon, but will be keeping track of my challenge books here: http://www.books-n-cooks.com/historical-fiction-reading-challenge/

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  71. So excited for this challenge! I am going for Undoubtedly Obsessed: 15 books!

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  72. Hello very happy with this challenge, I start to read last Sunday Pale Rose of England, by Sandra Worth.
    Sorry I am not using my blog because is a complete mess I don't know how to fix it, so please I will let all know when is ready to use it.
    I came last week from my vacations for a month out of the country and with a big cold.I believed I will finish this book on Sunday.
    My e mail is
    kititagor1@hotmail.com

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  73. I don't really need an excuse to read a lot of historical fiction, but this will be a fun way to share some of it!! Thanks

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  74. I'm really looking forward to this challenge...I signed-up for 20!
    Kimberly
    http://reading-after-midnight.blogspot.com/

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  75. Sounds fun, I'm going for 15 books :)

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  76. I am going for the daring and curious. Will I end up being obsessed? Yes, if I can find the time.

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  77. Wow, what an extraordinary find. I've been searching and searching for something like this. I'm going to try for 'Severe Bookaholism' 20 books.

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  78. Oops. I signed up at the wrong place... in history! I meant to join in the 2012 Historical Fiction Challenge, not 2011. LOL

    Thanks for hosting!

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  79. I love historical fiction, so I'm trying for 20!!

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  80. I would like to join this at the 20 books level,

    Sarah Mayor Cox

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  81. I was TRYING not to sign up for any more challenges(!) But, how could you NOT sign up for an historical fiction one? So, I might as well jump in with both feet and go for 20 :)

    Libby libbysbookblog.blogspot.com

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  82. How fantastic is this?? My search started out trying to find an author who is/was as wonderful a writter as Anya Seton. In doing so, I stumbled upon this great challenge. I'm in for 20 books. I can't wait to start a new one!

    Dusti Castagna

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  83. This looks like a fun challenge...I'm gonna go for the Severe Bookaholism level :) I just started my blog so don't want to post it until its more cleaned up but happy reading everyone! =)

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  84. Thank you for hosting this challenge. I am aiming for 10-15 books this year this challenge.

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  85. Signed up for the challenge, thank you!

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  86. I am in for Severe Bookaholism: 20 books!

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  87. I will try for Daring and Curious but I may do better.

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  88. I will be going for Daring & Curious! Love your blog!

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  89. My 3rd entry so far and my 100th blog post!! Feeling very pleased with myself tonight :-)

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  90. Maybe we can use this as an opportunity to follow each others blogs and create a bigger historical fiction community. Hope to see you at Brona's Books soon - happy reading.

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  91. Hello!

    I've joined up and am aiming for 20 books. Blog post confirming entry is: http://loisbennett.tumblr.com/post/17819107847/historical-fiction-reading-challenge-2012

    Happy Reading, everyone!

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  92. My second one so far (and I accidently added it to last years challenge - sorry!)- it's an old favourite revisited!
    have a few more still to review so hope to catch up soon :)
    Happy reading!

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  93. Missed it by one last year!! :( Severe Bookaholism I will have my revenge!

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  94. I've just posted my second review for the 2012 challenge - The Distant Hours, Kate Morton.

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  95. I'm quite enthralled with this! :)
    Severe Bookaholism.

    I was already doing a book challenge for myself; so now I'll be reading 120+ books this year :D

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  96. I reached 10 books today, so have now set my sights on 20, all crime fiction titles.

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  97. I'll go for the Struggling the Addiction category. Sounds like fun!

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  98. I joined another historical fiction challenge at the beginning of the year before I found yours, and the other one has no real place for links, so I'm coming here! I'm shooting for level 3: 10 books

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  99. Sounds like an interesting project. I'll aim for the 15-book set.

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  100. I´m in. I´ll aim also for the 15-book set. :)

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  101. I'll also go for the 15 books, with these 4 to start: Lady MacBeth & Queen Hereafter by Susan Fraser King, The Moghul by Thomas Hoover, Confessions of Catherine Medici by C.W. Gortner, and The Ninth Orphan by Lance & James Morcan. Just finished Fiji by Lance & James Morcan.

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  102. started at daring & curious level 5 reads...
    rather than not completing a stiffer challenge :)

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  103. too funny! just entered my actual review links and already have 5 ! and completed my 6th HF read on saturday sooooo .. guess i'll have to increase that to struggling at 10 books !!

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  104. Thanks for hosting! I like to read historical fiction with my kids, so I thought I'd try it this year!

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  105. I just joined, I guess better late then never :)

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  106. Another 'better late than never here', only because I've only just discovered it. Thanks for hosting, looking forward to seeing how I do!

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  107. I would love to go for 20 over the summer, but I think that I'll go for 10...

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  108. I think I might have already read 20 this year.

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  109. I just found this place for historical fiction lovers. Its one of the genres that I love.

    I've already read 7 so far this year, so I think I'll try for 20.

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  110. I finished by posting the historical mysteries I've reviewed this year.

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  111. I'm so glad I discovered this blog http :/ / faithhopecherrytea.blogspot.se / Just now I read Kate Morton books. Good written and yet easy going. A very good Swedish historical author is Elisabeth Nemert. She is a trained historian and books set in different times and at different time perieod. A book about Renaissance Florence. I wish you a nice sunday! Zinnia

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  112. I'm a little late to the reading challenge, and I've had to browse through my library shelves to recall all the historical novels I've read this year. Georgette Heyer is always very enjoyable, and I was happy to discover Kate Quinn this year. I'm now looking forward to reading Sharon Kay Penman's Lionheart.

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  113. Finished my challenge for the year!

    http://jaynesbooks.blogspot.com/2011/12/2012-historical-fiction-challenge.html

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  114. I starting this late, so I'm only signing up for ten -- hopefully I can take most of them from my own TBR shelves or other challenges. Thanks for hosting this!

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  115. Daring and Curious! I love historical fiction. I am reading Elizabeth I by Margaret George presently.

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  116. I'm entering quite late, so am only going for "Daring and Curious" this year :-)

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