When Are You Reading? Challenge 2023 Sign-Up

when-are-you-reading-2023The When Are You Reading? Challenge is being hosted again in 2023 by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It involves reading a book set in each of twelve time periods. Determining what year a book belongs in is the decision of the participant. On the whole, the rule is to choose a year where the largest part of the action occurs or the most important event.

You can see how I got on with the 2022 challenge here.

My provisional list for the 2023 challenge is below. There are a few gaps I still need to feel. Suggestions welcomed! I’ve deliberately tried to include books that have been in my TBR pile for way too long. Links from the title will take you to the book description on Goodreads or, once I’ve read them, to my review.

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 2023, why not join me and sign up?

Pre-1200:           Bellatrix by Simon Turney

1200-1499:        The Painter of Souls by Philip Kazan

1500-1699:        Act of Oblivion by Robert Harris

1700-1799:        The Ballad of Lord Edward and Citizen Small by Neil Jordan

1800-1899:        A Gift of Poison by Bella Ellis

1900-1919:        The Heart Stone by Judith Barrow

1920-1939:        Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson

1940-1959:       The English Führer by Rory Clements

1960-1979:       Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

1980-1999:       ?

2000-Present:   Ponti by Sharlene Teo

The Future:       ?


3 thoughts on “When Are You Reading? Challenge 2023 Sign-Up

  1. This always looks like an interesting challenge, but I know I would struggle with the future! Good luck – I enjoyed Act of Oblivion and have the Neil Jordan and Kate Atkinson books on the TBR.


    1. I ALWAYS struggle with the future for this one. Somehow historical fiction and the future don’t make obvious bedfellows but I’m hoping something will crop up. If I get desperate I’ll just have to read The Time Machine again!


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