Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Stacks Winter Reading Challenge

Do I need another reading challenge? Probably not, but you know that I can't resist! The idea, as proposed by the bloggers over at Overdue Books, is to read 5 books between 1 November and 30 January that you have had on your TBR shelf or list for a long time and haven't yet read.

I am going to give this reading challenge a historical fiction focus. My five books will be:

Dreaming the Eagle by Manda Scott
The Rose of York: Love and War by Sandra Worth
Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B by Sandra Gulland
Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis

Edited to say....of course, as soon as you write a list like that you think of all the books you should have chosen - The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory, the Laurien Gardner books, Jean Plaidy...well the list is nearly endless!

Edited again to say....Helen Hollick, Sara Donati, Elizabeth Chadwick...it can't be healthy to torture myself like this surely! LOL!


  1. lol. I posted 5 planning to reads along with 4 "Bonus/Substitutions". You never know...my cat could hide one of my books on me (not that I would ever misplace it...noooooo not me, it's always the cat). It also gives me an out if I decide I'm hating one of them.

    I read one of Scott's books...whichever is the first in the series.

  2. LOL! I think I've already managed that this month--about half the books I read have been languishing on my TBR pile for a long time.

  3. I loved Pope Joan! Hope you enjoy it.

  4. I read Pope Joan about 2-3 years ago when I went on a historical fiction craze. lol. I think I liked it, but it definitely wasn't a favorite or anything.

  5. These are ALL new titles for me, Marg. I'll be watching for your reviews so I can add the ones you rave about to my list. On second thought, maybe I better not come back. My list is already too, too long.

  6. You're going to enjoy "Pope Joan" - I read it last year sometime and recommended it to a whole bunch of readers who seemed to like it as much as I did!

  7. I'm finding Jules Watson's The White Mare reminiscent of Manda Scott's series, so as you liked The White Mare (I'm reading it on your recommendation) there's a fair chance you'll also like Dreaming the Eagle. I found The Silver Pigs great fun, though I didn't like its famous first sentence. I'll be interested to see what you think of them!
    I haven't read the others, but I've heard good things about the Sandra Gulland book.
    Good luck!

  8. Hope you enjoy The White Mare!