While I do not participate in formal reading challenges, I do assemble a listing of books to read for the year guided by my book clubs, personal interest, recommendations from friends, and research for my next novel. Since historical fiction is my favorite genre, I’m happy to share some titles on my 2022 list. Have you read any? Any going into your TBR pile?
First up, the first half of the year choices for my online historical fiction book club. I’m excited for the variety of settings and time periods.
- January: The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
- February: The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
- March: The Yellow Wife by Sadequa Johnson
- April: The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline
- May: West with Giraffes by Linda Rutledge
- June: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
To Be Scheduled: Bonus book with the author joining us for a discussion: Answer Creek by Ashley Sweeney. We’re also looking ahead to the fall, gathering ideas to put to a vote by members. As an admin for the group, I’ve secured a fall/winter slot for The Unbroken Path. For that month, I’ll be trading in my reader hat for my author hat.
New Titles by HNS MembersA few I found in the November 2021 issue of Historical Novels Review which piqued my interest:
- Virga by Ned Purdom. With the California Gold Rush as a backdrop, traverses the precariousness of a 19th-century transcontinental love story.
- Silk: Caroline’s Story by Sophia Alexander. Set in 1899 Lowcountry South Carolina where Caroline must choose between the town doctor and a good-natured farmer, all the while oblivious to a young sociopath who is not about to let this happen.
- The Great Stork Derby by Ann S. Epstein. Examines the 50-year aftermath in a Toronto family who in 1926 entered a contest to win cash for having the most babies and asks whether an overbearing husband can learn the true meaning of fatherhood.
- Sisters of the Sweetwater Fury by Kinley Bryan. Three sisters navigate the hazards of a seafaring family’s relationships. When the Great Lakes Storm of 1913 descends upon the region, it threatens their dreams and even their lives.
- The Light of Luna Park by Addison Armstrong. Reveals the back story of the baby incubators at Coney Island in the 1920s.
- A More Perfect Union by Tammye Huf. Forbidden love between an enslaved woman and an Irish immigrant in pre-Civil Ware America. Releases 1/11/22.
- Bozeman Paymaster: A Tale of the Fetterman Massacre by Robert Lee Murphy. The story of the 1866 U.S. Army’s defeat at the hands of the American Indians, its worst until Custer’s Last Stand. Releases 6/22/22.
And two which I expect will be reviewed in next year’s issue(s):
- The Unlocked Path by Janis Robinson Daly. Releases 8/25/22.
- Hardland by Ashley Sweeney. Releases 9/13/22.
A FEW MORE
Confession Time: I jumped on the bandwagon for a challenge, the only type I would participate in, when I put a request out to my FB followers for 12 BOOKS FOR 12 MONTHS RECOMMENDED BY 12 FRIENDS. I received 3.5 years’ worth! Here are the first 12 which came in. Do you concur on any of them?
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