Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2011
Historical Tapestry is hosting the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2011.
In 2010 I read six books that for sure should be classified as historical fiction. The challenge simply asks that you read from two to twenty historical novels in 2011 and link back your reviews. I plan in the first quarter of the year to read Ford Madox Ford's trilogy, The Fifth Queen and I am hopeful I will read two more works of historical fiction in 2011. I look forward to all the great posts that this challenge will generate.
Foodie's Reading Challenge
When I saw Margot of Joy Fully Retired was hosting a challenge combining two of my favorite things, food and books, I knew I would sign up for the
Margot has set out four categories of books for the purposes of the challenge.
are defined as books that are primarily collections of recipes.
for this challenge is any novel in which food is a major part of the story.
For this part of the challenge a book qualifies if it is focused around food and is in the form of a memoir, a biography, an autobiography, or a personal essay or narrative.
is any book focused on a particular food or food in general. It may also be a book about a method of food preparation or about the food industry or a diet guide or whatever. Use your own judgement here.
You can read as little as one book to participate. I have near the top of my TBR list Zola's The Belly of Paris and there is a great cookbook/cultural history book on classic dishes of the Philippines that I want to post on so I will be joining this challenge also.
Victorian Literature Challenge
In 2010 I read 13 Victorian Novels (where this means a novel written any where in the world during the period that Victoria was the queen of England (1837 to 1901). When I saw Bethany of Words, Words, Words was hosting a Victorian Literature Challenge for 2011 I decided to join. Here are the levels of participation:
Sense and Sensibility: 1-4 books.
Great Expectations: 5-9 books.
Hard Times: 10-14 books.
Desperate Remedies: 15+ books.I hope to read in 2011 Middlemarch by George Elliot, at least two Hardy novels I own already, The Belly of Paris by Zola and Portrait of a Lady by Henry James. I will commit now to the Hard Times level.
I thank all of the hosts of these challenges. Reading challenges are a great way to learn about new books, meet new bloggers world wide and if you are interested it can also help you build up your readership.