Announcing the 2017 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge!

Wow, it's that time again! 

I am thrilled to announce the 2017 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge, hosted by Passages to the Past! Sign Ups are open and ready for all that would like to join the challenge.

Here are the Reading Challenge details:

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 sub-genre of historical fiction is accepted (Historical Romance, Historical Mystery, Historical Fantasy, Young Adult, etc.)

During the following 12 months you can choose one of the different reading levels:

20th century Reader - 2 books
Victorian Reader - 5 books
Renaissance Reader - 10 books
Medieval - 15 books
Ancient History - 25 books
Prehistoric - 50+ books

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

The challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st, 2017.

I look forward to having you join me in reading and enjoying the best in historical fiction over the 12 months.

Don't forget to grab the Reading Challenge Button to post on your blog. If you'd like a specific size, just let me know and I will send it over to you via email. Please share about the Reading Challenge to your fellow friends and readers using the hashtag below!


If you have any questions or comments please email Amy at

What books are you most looking forward to in 2017?

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  1. I would love to join your challenge for Medieval books. I will easily be able to find that many or more on my to-read list.

  2. I'm so excited that you're hosting this challenge again as I missed out on it last year. Thanks Amy!

  3. Joined! Looking forward to reading a lot of historical fiction this year.

  4. So glad you're hosting again this year, Amy. 2016 was a blast! I look forward to exploring more in 2017. I figure I'd play it light, set a number around the ancient history mark. See if I can't get some HF in centering around American history and historical fantasy, couple of subgenres I read a few in in 2016 that only whetted my appetite. Bring on 2017 and all the great HF choices from everyone! :)

  5. Thanks for hosting this again, Amy. I'm signing up at the Prehistoric level.

  6. Looking forward to another year of excellent Historical fiction reading. I'm sure I'll be more than Victorian but I'm not sure I'll reach the Renaissance level - but I will certainly try! Thanks and I hope we'll all have a wonderful 2017.

  7. Thanks for hosting this again. I am aiming for prehistoric, which I should hit as I read a lot of historical fiction. Happy New Year!

  8. Signed up again this year - didnt do too well last year generally with my reading, so back on the wagon to try and do it again...I'm aiming for the Renaissance level but might get to Medieval if I pick by books carefully.

  9. Hi, here is my first review for the challenge. I read Victoria by Daisy Goodwin. My name is Rachel by the way.

  10. Fantastic challenge, thanks so much for organising this.
    I'm signing up as Renaissance Reader :-)

  11. How do I join? The links does not work for me, I don't have an URL or whatever it is

  12. This is probably a really dumb question, but is this limited to only historical FICTION (along with historical romance, fantasy, etc), or can it include actual historical books, like, say, an historically factual book about the Wright Brothers or a biography of Winston Churchill or something?

    1. Hi Laura! Not a dumb question at all! Yes, you can link to Non-Fiction/History reviews as well! Thank you so much!

  13. I want to join too. So exited to read some new historical books!

  14. I linked 😁 Going to try for the Mediaeval level.

  15. I want to join! So excited to add to the depth of my reading. :)

  16. Joining the fray! I've already reviewed a couple of histfic novels this year, so now I'm starting to do it more officially :D

    1. Yay! Welcome, welcome, welcome! So happy to have all of you participating in the challenge!

  17. I would like to join. I am doing a couple other challenges so will be a 20th century reader.


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