Sunday, March 10, 2024

Sunday Salon: Historical Fiction Reading Challenge February Statistics


For the last couple of years I have been sharing statistics each month for the Historical challenge, and my plan is to continue to do this again this year. I find it interesting to see what are the books that people are reading and reviewing! Having visited most of February's posts, I can tell you that there are some very interesting books being reviewed - unusual times and places, translated fiction and more - and I have added several books to my TBR list!

In terms of the books, there were 56 reviews linked up for the challenge, shared by 22 participants. This is less than for the same month last year but I am sure we will catch up!  There were 56 individual titles reviewed, written by 55 different authors. There were 3 reviewers who reviewed more than 5 books each. Thank you to everyone who shared their links whether it be 6 or just 1.

So which books were reviewed more than once in February? Well, none actually, which I think is a good indicator of the wide variety of historical fiction books there are out in the reading world!

There was one author who was reviewed more than once, and I am very pleased to say that she is an Australian author by the name of Melissa Ashley

Tracey at Carpe Librum reviewed Melissa Ashley's 2019 book The Bee and the Orange Tree which tells the story of Marie Catherine D'Aulnoy and is set in the French courts in the 17th century. You can find her review here.

The book that I read was The Naturalist of Amsterdam which was once again set in the 17th century but this time in Amsterdam and Suriname. My review is here (safe to say I enjoyed it a lot!)

Last week I shared the longlist for the Sir Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction as my Top Ten Tuesday post. 

The only book from the longlist that has been reviewed so far this year is Cuddy by Benjamin Myers, which Helen from She Reads Novel reviewed this month. It sounds like a really good read. 

My Father's House by Joseph O'Connor is also on the longlist, and this was one of the most reviewed books of the 2023 challenge.

If you haven't already signed up, it's not too late! The sign up post is here and you can add your links to the March link post here.

I am linking this post up with Sunday Salon hosted at Readerbuzz!


  1. Thanks for the shout out and I have Cuddy on my TBR to look forward to!

  2. The Bee and the Orange Tree sounds like a book I should look for when Paris in July comes around this year.

    I look forward to seeing reviews for other books from the historical fiction award longlist.

    1. I hadn't thought about readinng The Bee and the Orange
      Tree for Paris in July! It's a good idea

  3. Love the covers of your books. Makes me want to go out and find them. Happy reading week.

  4. I'm usually a contemporary reader, but lately I've been seeing some historicals that grabbed my interest. I'm especially interested in mystery and there are many of them out there.

  5. That's pretty cool that there were no repeats!! Have a great week!

  6. The covers of Melissa Ashley's books are so pretty. I will have to try her historical novels.

  7. Very interesting to see such variety this month.