Wednesday, December 26, 2018

2019 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

The Historical Fiction Reading Challenge is my favorite challenge of the year! (Although it's really not a challenge for me to read historical fiction, so I mostly use this "challenge" to make myself feel great.)

Since I've been diversifying my reading the last year or two, I'm not reading as much historical fiction as I have, so I'm not going to aim for the 50+ designation this year. I'm going to go for 'Ancient History - 25' books.

Some historical novels I'm hoping to read in 2019 include Nisi Shawl's Everfair, anything by Cat Sebastian that I haven't read yet (so maybe any 2019 releases, I think...!), Stephanie Thornton's upcoming release, American Princess, and Madeline Miller's Circe, which I didn't get to this year.

What historical novels are you looking forward to reading?

Read in 2019

Alyssa Cole, An Extraordinary Union
Alyssa Cole, A Hope Divided
Evie Dunmore, Bringing Down the Duke
Cynthia Sally Haggard, Farewell My Life
Susan Higginbotham, The First Lady and the Rebel
Vanessa Kelly, The Highlander's Christmas Bride
Kaoru Mori, Emma, Vol 1
Kaoru Mori, Emma, Vol 2
Caroline Scott, The Poppy Wife
Sarah-Jane Stratford, Red Letter Days
Pat Wahler, I am Mrs. Jesse James
Kris Waldherr, The Lost History of Dreams

Monday, December 24, 2018

Books Read in 2018


Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House
Jeff VanderMeer, Acceptance


Susanna Kearsley, The Firebird


Therese Bohman, Eventide
Cat Sebastian, The Soldier's Scoundrel


Jazz Jennings, Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen
Taisia Kitaiskaia, Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers
Cat Sebastian, The Lawrence Browne Affair
Mary Sharratt, Ecstasy
A.J. Thomas, Pins and Needles


Justina Ireland, Dread Nation
Alma Katsu, The Hunger
Nella Larsen, Passing
Sylvain Neuvel, Only Human
Laura Purcell, The Silent Companions
Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric


Kitty Curran, My Lady's Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel
Angelle Petta, The Artist and the Soldier
Donia Maher, The Apartment in Bab el-Louk


Mishell Baker, Borderline
James M. McPherson, This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War
Mitra Rahnema, Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry
Cat Sebastian, Unmasked by the Marquess
Helen Weinzweig, Basic Black with Pearls


Mishell Baker, Imposter Syndrome
Mishell Baker, Phantom Pains


Layli Long Soldier, Whereas


Victor LaValle, The Changeling
Nell Stevens, The Victorian and the Romantic




Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
Marguerite Bennett, Insexts, Volume 1
Nancy Bilyeau, The Blue
Dominique Christina, Anarcha Speaks: A History in Poems

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Reading Challenge: Read Harder 2019

I've basically quit doing reading challenges since I wasn't actually challenging myself in my reading, just trying to tick off boxes for what I was picking up. But I want to change things up in 2019 since I did what I wanted in 2018 and I didn't blow myself away with my reading. (Although I read far more authors of color than in other years, which was an intentional choice I intend to continue.)

Book Riot's Read Harder challenge intrigues me -- but also daunts me.

The categories always include options I've zero interest in, but I'm going to attempt to hit each one this year!

To help me out, I might populate this with ideas as I hit them -- so if you've any recommendations for me, please share!

Read Harder 2019

    1) An epistolary novel or collection of letters
    • The Color Purple by Alice Walker (finished 10/28/2019)
    2) An alternate history novel
    • The Black God's Drum by P. Djèlí Clark (finished 5/9/2019)
    3) A book by a woman and/or AOC (Author of Color) that won a literary award in 2018
    • Chemistry by Weike Wang (finished 10/29/2019)
    4) A humor book
    5) A book by a journalist or about journalism
    • Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann (finished 3/22/2019)
    6) A book by an AOC set in or about space
    • Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon (finished 3/1/2019)
    7) An #ownvoices book set in Mexico or Central America
    8) An #ownvoices book set in Oceania
    9) A book published prior to January 1, 2019, with fewer than 100 reviews on Goodreads
    10) A translated book written by and/or translated by a woman
    • The Taiga Syndrome by Cristina Rivera Garza (finished 7/22/2019)
    11) A book of manga
    12) A book in which an animal or inanimate object is a point-of-view character
    • Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann (finished 3/19/201)
    13) A book by or about someone that identifies as neurodiverse
    14) A cozy mystery
    • Aunty Lee's Delights by Ovidia Yu (finished 5/6/2019)
    15) A book of mythology or folklore
    16) An historical romance by an AOC
    17) A business book
    • Emergent Strategy ?
    18) A novel by a trans or nonbinary author
    • All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders (finished 6/9/2019)
    19) A book of nonviolent true crime
    20) A book written in prison
    • De Profundis by Oscar Wilde (finished 12/24/2019)
    21) A comic by an LGBTQIA creator
    • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (finished 3/25/2019)
    22) A children’s or middle grade book (not YA) that has won a diversity award since 2009
    23) A self-published book
    24) A collection of poetry published since 2014