One of my favorite genres of books is historical fiction. While I’m becoming quite partial to WWII fiction, there are many other sub-genres under the “historical fiction” heading that I enjoy. There’s something pleasantly nostalgic about slipping away with a book that carries me into the past for a while. Another thing I like about these novels is that they help me learn about pieces of history that I might not have learned in school or my own research. The history of the world is extremely vast, and I love getting snippets of true information through fictional stories about different events and figures that played key parts in shaping societies and cultures around the globe. Those books inspire me to learn more about the truth behind the fiction.
Do you have a favorite flavor of historical fiction books? What is it about historical stories that pull you in for hours of enjoyment?
The reading challenge for July is…
… to read historical fiction books.
Big shocker after that introduction, isn’t it?
1. The books must have been published between 1980 and 2018.
2. The books must take place in a time period prior to the 1980s.
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Oh, goody!!!! I was really hoping you'd do a Historical Fiction month. And the publishing dates make it a little more interesting. Maybe I can get some of those books from the library that are on my TBR list now. 🙂
Rebekah, I'm glad you're excited about this month. I've been waiting for it all year! Let's read some great historical stories, shall we?
Here's my first update. I'm hoping another will be coming.1. Blue Skies Tomorrow by Sarah Sundin – WWII2. Hidden Faces by Golden Keyes Parsons – Biblical fiction3. The Winter of Red Snow by Kristiana Gregory – Revolutionary War4. The Legend of Obadiah Wilder by Erica Vetsch – Wild West5. Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck – one POV took place solely in 1914, so WWI
6. The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman (General Market; cannot recommend) – Medieval Times7. The Journal of James Edmond Pease by Jim Murphy – American Civil WarI'm still working on one more.
Andrea,As you know, I've been working on a screenwriting deadline so my time was quickly approaching to get my challenge book read by the deadline… but I made it! It's 10:30 P.M. on the 31st and I just finished reading \”Summer on Sunset Ridge\” by Sharlene MacLaren.
I wasn't sure I could finish my last book, but I made it yesterday evening. 🙂 Here's my finished list.1. A Different Kind of Courage by Sarah Holman2. Whistle-Stop West by Arleta Richardson3. Prairie Homestead by Arleta Richardson4. Across the Border by Arleta Richardson5. Mattie's Heart by Ruth Kyser6. Crane's Bride by Linda Ford7. When Beauty Blooms by Victoria Lynn8. Charity's Code by Hallee Bridgeman9. Meet Rebecca by Jacqueline Dembar Green10. Andi Dreams of Gold by Susan K. Marlow11. Winds of Allegiance by Linda Chaikin12. Andi Far from Home by Susan K. Marlow13. Empire Builders by Linda ChaikinThis wasn't the list I thought I'd read this month. But I never made it to the library to get other books and some of these were new, or needed read before my niece reads them. Oh, well. 🙂 It was fun anyway, and I did get a few books read that I had wanted to read.
Well done, Mom! I knew you could reach both deadlines.
Fantastic work, Rebekah. That's the thing with reading challenges. They don't always work out the way we predict, but they often help us unload a few books from our bookcases.
The last book I got in July was Brentwood's Ward by Michelle Griep (Regency era). It was a miss for me.