Sunday, July 09, 2023

Sunday Salon: Historical Fiction Reading Challenge - June - and the year so far!


Each month I share the statistics for the previous month for the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge. I always find it interesting to see what are the books that people are reading and reviewing! This month I have haven't had time to visit the reviews that have been shared. I will do better in the coming month. Given that we have just gone past the half way point of the challenge for this year, I thought I would also share the statistics for the year so far as well

First, the statistics for June.

In terms of the books, it was a quieter month in June for reviews with 64 reviews linked up for the challenge, shared by 19 participants. However, this is only 1 less than for the same month last year so maybe June is always a bit quieter. There were 60 individual titles reviewed, written by 55 different authors. There were 4 reviewers who reviewed 5 or more books each. Thank you to everyone who shared their links whether it be 8 or just 1. 

Let's move onto the books. There were 4 books that were reviewed twice during June. Interestingly, one of these books was also on our most reviewed list for last month, which is quite unusual. 

The 4 books that were reviewed twice were

The Heiress Bride by Madeline Hunter is the third book in the A Duke's Heiress series. This book was reviewed at Laura's Reviews and also by Susan at Reading World,

The Last Lifeboat by Hazel Gaynor was reviewed at What Cathy Read Next and by Helen at She Reads Novels

The Square of Sevens by Laura Shepherd-Robinson was also reviewed by both Helen and Cathy.

The final book to mention is Voices of the Dead by Ambrose Parry which was reviewed by Helen and Cathy again.

In addition to these authors, there were 5 authors who had multiple titles reviewed. 

Agatha Christie
Alexis Hall
D E Stevenson
Lydia Travers
Sandra Dallas

So how about for the first 6 months of the year. Well, we have had more than 500 reviews so far which is A-maz-ing! Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far. 

There are books that have been reviewed more than once, but these are the books which have been reviewed more than twice

Homecoming by Kate Morton  (4 reviews)

My Father's House by Joseph O'Connor (4 reviews)

Strangers in the Night by Heather Webb (3 reviews)

The Last Lifeboat by Hazel Gaynor (3 times)

In addition to those mentioned above there are also 15 other authors who have been reviewed more than twice.

Finally, I thought I would mention the winner of the Sir Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction which was announced in June. The winner was These Days by Lucy Caldwell, which was reviewed for the challenge by Helen at She Reads Novels back in March.

It's not too late to join the 2023 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge. The sign up post is here, and you can find the June linky to add your reviews here.

I am looking forward to seeing what people share during July. 

I am also sharing this post with Sunday Salon, hosted by Deb at Readerbuzz.


  1. Wow! Over five hundred reviews shared! It's interesting to me to see which historical fiction books people are reading and which books are most popular. Your challenge is definitely the one to join for people who love historical fiction.

    1. It's an impressive number for sure Deb!

  2. I have missed the past few weeks, but I am glad to be back to blogging. I love reading these stats. It's also interesting to see which books are repeats. Have a great week!

  3. Sounds like the historical reading challenge is going well!

  4. It looks like Cathy and I have been reading a lot of the same books! Thanks for sharing these statistics.

    1. I thought the same thing Helen

    2. We do, but you always seem to get your review done before me!

  5. This challenge sounds like fun with many great books. Hope you have a great week!

  6. I need to do my challenge totals as I've lost track. I am looking forward to reading The Last Life Boat. I really like Hazel Gaynor's books. I haven't had too much luck with Morton, but Homecoming does sound good. I hope you have a great week, Marg!

    1. I haven't read Hazel Gaynor yet. I probably should. This book sounds so good.

  7. I love historical fiction and should really choose to read it more often. Thanks for sharing your recommendations.

  8. It's my fault we didn't match June last year. I only read one historical fiction book last month instead of my usual two. I had too many ARCs for bookings coming out in June. I used my one non-ARC to read a book for this challenge, however. :)

    1. Pretty sure I could have read at least one more book for the challenge in June too Mark! lol

  9. Fascinating statistics. My only surprise is that so few books are reviewed more than once. I guess it shows the breadth of the genre.

    1. It really does. Even the big books only get a few reviews and there are lots of other books that only get reviewed once.

  10. I also enjoy seeing these stats. It's fun to see what everyone is reading and what some of the more popular choices are.



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