You know I can’t go into another year without facing a reading challenge. 🙂 Here I am in 2023 ready to attempt, once again, the When Are You Reading? Challenge hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.
The challenge requires reading books set in 12 different time periods throughout history. Since historical fiction is my jam, I’m eager to get started.
Here are the 12 categories and the books I plan (hah) to read for them.
PRE 1200: Hild by Nicola Griffith
Seventh-ish century Brittain, here I come.
1300-1499: Katherine by Anya Seton
Classic love story? I’ll be the judge of that.
1500-1699: The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
1617 in Norway. Sounds badass.
1700-1799: The Silent Duchess by Dacia Maraini
It’s about “the victim of a mysterious childhood trauma that has left her deaf and mute, trapped in a world of silence.” Probably right up my alley.
1800-1899: Freeman by Leonard Pitts, Jr.
A runaway slave returns to the South after the Confederate surrender.
1900-1919: Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
1920-1939: Jazz by Toni Morrison
1940-1959: This September Sun by Bryony Rheam
1960-1979: God on the Rocks by Jane Gardam
1980-1999: Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
2000-Present: Little Scratch by Rebecca Watson
The Future: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Yep, finally getting around to this one. 🙂
And those are my best laid plans. Now we’ll see how they pan out throughout the year.
Are you doing any reading challenges this year? Do tell!