Sunday, January 29, 2023

Sunday Salon: Historical Fiction Reading Challenge - 2022 stats



This year, as part of the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge, I have been providing some stats after each month. Today I am sharing a few stats about December, and then I will do the overall stats for the whole year!

During December there were 49 reviews shared by 16 participants. There were lots of people who shared multiple reviews, including 3 people who shared 5 or more reviews. Thank you to everyone who has shared! As I have been away for most of January, I won't necessarily get around to everyone's posts for December, but I will be back to commenting in January!

In terms of the books, there were 47 individual titles reviewed, written by 43 different authors, although three books were co-authored and I am never quite sure whether to count those more than once! 

There were two books that were reviewed multiple times. The first book was The Darllings of the Asylum by Noel O'Reilly which was reviewed at both She Reads Novels and What Cathy Read Next.

The other book that was reviewed twice this month was The Sisters of Sea View by Julie Klassen which was reviewed at Laura's Reviews and A Darn Good Read.

In additon, there were four other authors who were reviewed multiple times. They were Elizabeth Peters, Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, Michael P Spradlin and Verity Bright. This is the second month in a row that Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch has been reviewed multiple times!

Now that I have shared the December stats, lets move onto the statistics for the whole year! Are you ready?

During 2022 there were a total 841 reviews added to the challenge. This compares to 775 reviews during 2021. The 841 reviews were for 735 individual titles written by 594 authors and submitted by 48 different reviewers.

Let's start with the month by month numbers:

November was the month with the highest number of reviews submitted.

In terms of the books, there was one book that was reviewed more than any other during 2022, with 6 reviews submitted. That book was .....

There were 3 books that were each reviewed 5 times. They were:

The final book I will mention today is a book that was reviewed 4 times.

In terms of the authors, the one with the most reviews linked up to the challenge were Agatha Christie with 13 reviews, followed by Mimi Matthews with 11 reviews, Verity Bright with 8 and both Gill Hornby and Natalie Jenner with 7 reviews

I wanted to give a shout out to everyone who reviewed for the challenge in 2022 whether you reviewed more than 70 books (which is more books than I read for the year) or just one. Also thanks to everyone who took time to go around on comment on other participants posts and to those who ssharred their link up posts.

It's not too late to sign up for this year's challenge. All the details can be found here. Whether you already love historical fiction or if you want to begin to explore the genre, you are most welcome to join us!

I am linking this post up at Sunday Salon, hosted at Readerbuzz


  1. I've never joined the Historical Fiction challenge but may next year.

  2. What a wonderful challenge! You increased participation last year over 2021, and so many books were reviewed and shared. It enables readers to find good books. Great job!

  3. This was fun to see what we did collectively! I added a couple of those books to my TBR, too.

  4. Thanks for sharing. I do read Historical Fiction but haven't linked up because I don't always remember to do the links!

    1. That's okay! Join anyway! And remember when you remember.

  5. that annabel abbs book looks interesting. I have now ordered it from the library :=)

  6. I joined again for 2023 - my challenge is not in reading the books (well, maybe a little), but in remembering to post the review. I'm hoping to do that better this year.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

  7. Just now looking at this since I missed it when you shared it in January. Very fun to see how much variety there is out there. Thanks for compiling this each month.