When Are You Reading? Challenge 2020



The When Are You Reading? Challenge is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words and involves reading a book predominantly set in (or written in) each of twelve time periods.   You can see how I got on with the 2019 challenge here.

My provisional list for the 2020 challenge is below. Links from the title will take you to the book description on Goodreads or, once I’ve read them, to my review. I’ve deliberately chosen books that have been in my TBR pile for way too long.

If you love historical fiction but often find yourself sticking to one or two favourite time periods, or if you’re keen to read more historical fiction in 2020, why not join me and sign up?

Pre-1300:           The Flowers of Adonis by Rosemary Sutcliff Read and reviewed

1300-1499:        The Lady of the Ravens by Joanna Hickson Read and reviewed

1500-1699:        The Wheelwright’s Daughterby Eleanor Porter Read and reviewed

1700-1799:        355: The Women of Washington’s Spy Ring by Kit Sergeant Read and reviewed

1800-1899:        The Canary Keeperby Clare Carson Read and reviewed

1900-1919:        The Wanderers by Tim Pears Read and reviewed

1920-1939:        Munich by Robert Harris Read and reviewed

1940-1959:       Hitler’s Secret (Tom Wilde #4)by Rory Clements Read and reviewed

1960-1979:       Stasi Winter by David Young Read and reviewed

1980-1999:       The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce Read and reviewed

2000-Present:  Payback (DI Charley Mann #1) by R. C. Bridgestock Read and reviewed

The Future:    The Time Machine by H. G. Wells Read and reviewed



12 thoughts on “When Are You Reading? Challenge 2020

  1. This challenge sounds so interesting, and great for expanding your reading horizons. I sadly think that doing this myself might over burden myself with challenges for the year. Who knows though? I hope you have fun with it ❤

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  2. I like the idea of this challenge, especially if I can get to some older books I’ve had for a while. I’ll have a think about what I have that fits the time periods and may sign up

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  3. I took part last year and am still deciding whether to take part this year. I’ve read several of these books – you have some good reading in store with The Body in the Ice, The Doll Factory, Munich, Her Hidden Life and The Time Machine. I am tempted to do it and also have copies of The Lady of the Ravens and The Music Shop, which would make a good start.

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  4. This looks like so much fun!! Definitely going to consider joining the challenge and I look forward to hearing about the books you read. 🙂


  5. I overlooked the part where you said the books could be set in the period and somehow thought they had to be written in that period. Which would be a fiendishly tough task I think…..
    It’s an interesting idea especially for people who like historical fiction. I’m resisting the temptation though because I know I will over stretch myself and have promised this year to have a more relaxed approach


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