Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2014

Historical Tapestry is hosting the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2014. I choose to read 10 Renaissance books and has now finalised this challenge. I am lucky to finalise at least one of the challenges. It has been a little bit uphill this year. Here are the books that I read.

1. The Chosen Man by J.G. Harlond
2. The King's Concubine by Anne O'Brien
3. The Forbidden Queen by Anne O'Brien
4. The Kingmaker's Daughter by Anne O'Brien
Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant (not finished!))
5. Sofia Magdalena A True Queen by Gerd Ribbing
6. A Divided Inheritance by Deborah Swift
7. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
8. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
9. Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
10. Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

I could not finish Sacred Hearts, I found it too slow, but all the other books are interesting. My absolute favourite  will have to be The Chosen Man by J.G. Harlond (review here), which takes place in Holland (among other places) during the Tulipomania hysteria in the 17th century. That made me go on to read Tulipomania by Mike Dash (review here) which is a really fascinating book about the power of Tulips.

Of course I have to mention the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, of which I am a fan. I am now reading book No. 5 The Fiery Cross while I am waiting for the continuation of the first season of the TV-series.


However, I must say I enjoyed all the books. Being a lover of historical fiction, I am happy to read about historical people or unknown people set in a historical setting.

Enjoy the Skye Boat Song theme with beautiful lyrics by Bear McCreary from the Outlander TV-series.

Sing me a song of a lass that is gone
Say, could that lass be I?
Merry of soul she sailed on a day
Over the sea to Skye

Billow and breeze, islands and seas
Mountains of rain and sun
All that was good, all that was fair
All that was me is gone

Sing me a song of a lass that is gone
Say, could that lass be I?
Merry of soul she sailed on a day
Over the sea to Skye



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