Historical Fiction Reading Challenge!

I have to admit that I’ve never been a history buff. But ever since I read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I’ve been obsessed with stories set in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. In this social media-obsessed age, my brain is constantly on the fritz from information overload! So maybe that’s why I like to transport myself to a time when people read by candlelight, wrote letters (not texts or tweets!) with quill pens and visited with friends around a crackling fire. Of course, I could do without the whole dowry thing and the rib-crunching corsets. But aside from the patriarchal restrictions and lack of vaccines for nasty diseases, those days sure seem like a nice break from our fast-paced, technology-driven society! So when I came across this fun little Historical Fiction Reading Challenge, hosted by Historical Tapestry, I decided to just get crazy and join in on the fun! As you can see, I don’t like my historical fiction straight up. I need vampires, ghosts, murder and mayhem thrown into the mix in order to stay glued to the page.

I think I’m going to play it safe and shoot for level three (Struggling the Addiction: 10 books). I have until the end of December to complete the challenge! Here are the first five books on my list:

  • Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
  • Jane and the Ghosts of Netley by Stephanie Barron
  • The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
  • Dracula in Love by Karen Essex
  • Wuthering Bites by Sarah Gray

Mystery and Suspense Reading Challenge 2012!

I have a huge pile of cozies just waiting to be read, so this Book Chick City Mystery and Suspense Challenge should be a cinch! I have until this time next year to read 24 mysteries. From crime-solving kitties to ghost-whispering sleuths, my reading list is chock-full of murder, mayhem, romance and intrigue! To get a head start, I think I’ll skip out on the Sixth Street party scene this New Year’s Eve and ring in 2012 with a paranormal cozy. The real challenge here is deciding which one to read first!

 Here’s the first 16 whodunits I plan to read:

 1. How to Party with a Killer Vampire by Penny Warner
 2. Raining Cat Sitters and Dogs by Blaize Clement
 3. Hostile Makeover by Ellen Byerrum
 4. Jane and the Ghosts of Netley by Stephanie Barron
 5. Greedy Bones by Carolyn Haines–Read her Q&A here.
 6. Bone Appetit by Carolyn Haines–Read my review for “Wishbones” here.
 7. Pushing Up Bluebonnets by Leann Sweeney
 8. A Bad Day for Scandal by Sophie Littlefield–Read my review for “A Bad Day for Sorry” here.
 9. Secondhand Spirits by Juliet Blackwell — Read her Q&A here.
10. A Crazy Little Thing Called Death by Nancy Martin–Read my review for “Murder Melts in Your Mouth” here.
11. Better Read than Dead by Victoria Laurie
12. How to Survive a Killer Séance by Penny Warner
13. Night of the Living Deed by E.J. Copperman
14. Murder Past Due by Miranda James
15. The Trouble with Magic by Madelyn Alt
16. Death on Heels by Ellen Byerrum 

For more details about this challenge, visit Book Chick City.