Wednesday, January 1, 2014

History Reading Challenge 2014

I've decided to add one more challenge to my plate this year:  a challenge to read some actual history books and not just historical fiction.  It's hosted by a blog called Fanda Classiclit, and you can read more about it here.

I'm aiming for the lowest level, Student, which means reading 1 to 3 actual history books full of facts and nifty stuff.  Here are the three I'm planning to read:

Shakespeare's Restless World:  A Portrait of an Era in Twenty Objects by Neil MacGregor

Jane Austen's England by Roy and Lesley Adkins

A Decent, Orderly Lynching:  The Montana Vigilantes by Frederick Allen

I'm also sorely tempted to sign up for the Classics Club, but that requires reading 50 books in 5 years and making a list of them beforehand, and I'm not sure I'm ready for that big a commitment.  Maybe next year.


  1. Thanks for joining my challenge.
    Your book choices are intriguing as it related to classics works, especially the Shakespeare's Restless World. Can't wait to read your thoughts about them. Good luck! :)

    1. Thanks for hosting it! I haven't read as much history of late as I used to, and figure this is a good impetus.

  2. Oooo - both sounds like great challenges! I might need to look into them more!

    1. I really love the button for the History Reading Challenge, as I love tall ships :-) The Classics Club is really popular, but I have a tendency not to plan much more than one or two books ahead as to what I'm going to read next, so even though they say your list can be fluid and you can change it as you go, I'm not sure I'm up for it. Though I'm very tempted to do it today.


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