2019 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge - Sign Ups Open!


Hello everyone & welcome to the Sign Up Page for the 2019 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge!

I am thrilled to be hosting this challenge again at 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! If you don't have a blog you can post a link to your review if it's posted on Goodreads, Facebook, or Amazon, or 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 use the direct URL that will guide us directly to your review)
  • Any sub-genre of historical fiction is accepted (Historical Romance, Historical Mystery, Historical Fantasy, Young Adult, History/Non-Fiction, 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, and link to your Facebook, Goodreads or other social media page where you will be sharing your reviews.

The challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st, 2019.

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!

#2019HistFicReadingChallenge

If you have any questions or comments please leave a comment on this post or email Amy at passagestothepast@gmail.com.

What is your reading goal for 2019? What Reading Challenge level are you aiming for?




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69 comments:

  1. Glad to see the challenge still going strong!!

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    1. Hiya Marg! Long time, no talk! Hope you are doing well. Yep, I'm still keeping up with my favorite challenge :) Thank you for passing the torch! Miss you!

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    1. Yay! Thanks for joining the challenge. I look forward to seeing what you read!

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  3. Entered the challenge. I'll get at least 25 books (Ancient Reader), but probably more than that.

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    1. Right on! Can't wait to see what you read next year! Thanks for joining!

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  4. Super excited about this, we'll see how I do!

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  5. Hi

    This sounds like a great challenge. Looking forward to joining in!

    @delight.in.books (instagram)

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  6. I would love to join and try to read 12 Historical Fiction books. Here is a link to my Goodreads. https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/324001-shala

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  7. I don't have a blog and not sure if I'll get around to setting one up again. We're trying to clean out the house we lived in for 20+ years to get ready to move to a totally different part of the country. But I'll still be reading historical fiction.

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  8. So excited for a reading challenge in my favorite genre!

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  9. This sounds like a marvelous challenge. I came here from Tina's blog, Reading Between the Pages, and really look forward to participating in 2019! Thank you!

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  10. I’m excited to find this challenge, my first for 2019! Thanks to Mackey.

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  11. I absolutely LOVE this challenge! Thanks!

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  12. Excited to participate! Thanks for hosting this challenge :)

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  13. Fun challenge! Excited to participate next year. Thanks for hosting :)

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  14. Very excited for this!! I'm going to aim for Ancient History

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  15. I am wicked excited for a New Year full of Historical Fiction!!! Here's to all the stories we're about to discover and fall in love with reading!! Good luck everyone!! Have a bookishly delightful 2019!!

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  16. I haven’t joined a challenge in years but this is going to be the one. I’m aiming for 10 books but I imaging it’ll be more. I’ll put up a post on Saturday.

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  17. I'm a historical romance junkie, so this looks like the perfect fit for me. I look forward to joining all of you in 2019 into the fantastic world of historical fiction!

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  18. I'll sign up for Renaissance Reader, but I hope to hit Medieval for 2019! Looking forward to this challenge!

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  19. This challenge is right up my alley! I'm signing up for the Medieval level.

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  20. Just signed up and I'm going for the Prehistoric level as I'm almost there this year.

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  21. What an exciting challenge! Just signed up and I'm going to read fifteen books.

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  22. so fun to find this challenge once again! happy to add my participation here until I get a post up - I went back thru 2018 historic reads on goodreads challenge and it's currently at 105 so guessing I better signup for PreHistoric [dinosaurs] maybe? Thanks for continuing the challenge...

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  23. I'm probably in the Ancient History category.

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  24. Love this challenge! Get exposed to so many great reads and blogs I haven't come across before. I tend to lurk when browsing through these but I'm gonna try and comment more, spread more of the HF love. LOL I'm trying for the Medieval-Renaissance levels. My reading habits have slowed down SSSSOOOO much lately, that range is probably a good bet. LOL Thanks again for running the challenge!!!

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    1. Awesome! You are in, like Flynn, my dear! So happy to have you here!

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  26. I just signed up for the challenge! I'm a German blogger and will be reviewing in German on my blog but I'll put English reviews of the books I'll read on Goodreads and link to those every month. Thanks for running this challenge, I love it!

    Oh, and I'm going for the Ancient History level.

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    1. That is VERY cool, Katriona! I am so happy you are joining us :) Happy Reading!

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  27. I'll stick with Medieval again this year!

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  28. I'm going to shoot for 10 books! I've never done this challenge, but I think I read 8 or 9 historical fiction books last year, so 10 should be entirely doable—I'll be a Renaissance Reader. I have a few HF ARCs already lined up for the year, so that should help immensely as well!

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    1. Oh yeah, Kelly! So glad you are joining us this year! I can't wait to see what historicals you read :)

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  29. Signed up + added a link to my blog. I love historical fiction, so this should be fun. Aiming for Renaissance Reader. Hope everyone else has fun!

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    1. Wooo Hoooo! Thank you for being here, Annie-Jo! Can't wait to see what you read this year!

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  30. I signed up for the Medieval challenge. I have yet to write a post about it. But I will definitely join. :)

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  31. Looking forward to this one. Hope this will increase my reading of Historical Fiction.

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  32. I'm excited to try this challenge! There are so many historical fiction books on my TBR, so I'm going for the Ancient History level.

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  33. I'm in again this year... just need to be more consistent with my posting of reviews! I think I can make the Medieval level...

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  34. I'm going to enter for the First Time. My blog is devoted to Christian Historical Fiction, and I tend to read a number of novels in that genre each year anyway, so I am entering at Medieval level. 15 books. I am already a third of the way through one historical novel.

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    1. Yay, so happy that you are joining is this year!

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    2. Great. How to we get the badge? Shall I just copy it from this site?

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  35. I'm entering this challenge for the first time. I have opted for Victorian Reader level. The five titles I plan to read are listed in my post: https://fictionophile.wordpress.com/2019/01/10/2019-historical-fiction-reading-challenge/

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  36. Hope to travel through the ages, but only committing to 20th Century Reader (2) - count me in! Found this post through Fictionophile, just wanted to give a shout out! <3

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  37. I will aim for the level "Victorian Reader".
    - Debjani @ https://debjanisthoughts.wordpress.com

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  38. Coincidentally, my first read of 2019 was historical fiction - The Revolutionist. Here is the link to its review - https://debjanisthoughts.wordpress.com/2019/01/08/the-revolutionist-by-robert-tucker-bookreview/

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    1. What a great review! I'm actually working with this author on a Blog Tour for the next book in the series. If you'd like to take part, let me know!

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  39. Sounds fun! I think I will shoot for the "ancient history" level!

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  40. Hello Amy, I have posted the review of the second book as part of this challenge. Here is the link - https://debjanisthoughts.wordpress.com/2019/01/21/the-wolf-and-the-watchman-by-niklas-natt-och-dag-bookreview/

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  41. Hi Amy and fellow Historical Fiction lovers. So glad I stumbled on this challenge. It's exciting to share reviews and find new books to add my long list of "want to read". I think I will enter the Medievel challenge. I am into my 14th book read for 2019 as part of the Goodreads challenge and maybe a few of them will count toward the challenge. One question when are the Renaissance and Medievel timeframes?

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    1. As far as timeframes, it depends who you ask. Historians would probably tell you that the 'Medieval' period goes from the 5th or 6th century AD, to the 14th or 15th century.

      In England we tend to count it as AD 410 (when the Romans ceased to rule Britain), to 1485, the date of the Battle of Bosworth, or 1509, the death of Henry Tudor.

      Sometimes, historians also subdivide this into the Early Medieval , which is the period up to 1066 or 1099 the High Medieval, about 1100-1350, and Late Medieval.
      The word 'early Medieval' is used because some people don't like the term 'Dark Ages' because its sometimes considered derogatory.

      'Renaissance' tends to cover the 1500s to the 1600s, although its complicated because the Renaissance is actually considered to have started in the 1300s.

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    2. Hey there! I am so glad that you found us & signed up! I look forward to seeing what you read this year!

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  42. Hey Amy, looking forward to joining in the challenge!

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  43. Signed up. Tracking my histfic reading on a GR shelf https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/18499870?shelf=2019-histfic-reading-challenge.

    Twitter: @MaynardLara https://twitter.com/MaynardLara
    Instagram: lara.maynard https://www.instagram.com/lara.maynard/
    Goodreads: Lara Maynard https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/18499870-lara-maynard
    And https://www.facebook.com/TheBletchleyCircleWatchers/

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    1. Yay, so glad you are taking part in the challenge, Lara!

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  44. Historical Fiction is my favourite! I have a blog dedicated to my strange review style and most of the books are 20th century, I have linked one. It looks like the 20th century challenge is just 2 books?! Just looking at all the amazing books people are reviewing I am going to have tons!

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  45. I am tempted to join the Historical Reading Challenge. I am reading two good Historical novels at this very moment. One is a regular novel. The other one is an Historical Mystery. If I don't, I will try for time to read some of the reviews as recommendations. You have a small crowd here. Hope it is all going well.

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    1. Sounds great, we would love to have you! It's a great group of histfic readers. Quality over quantity, I always say :)

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  46. Since I'm joining in late, I'll try for Victorian Reader this year.

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    1. YAY! Welcome to the challenge! We're so glad you are here!

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