Historical Fiction Reader: Reading Challenge 2022

At the risk of appearing far more organized than I actually am, I'm posting my 2022 Reading Challenge in November of 2021!


This year, I decided my reading goal would be dictated by content rather than quantity. To that end, I created four categories of books and selected one for each month of the year. My reading categories and selections are as follows:  

National Month: These books were selected because the content coincides with a month-long observance meant to commemorate and/or raise awareness of a particular issue. My objective in selecting these titles is rooted in personal growth and a desire to bring attention to one of the relevant observances. 

Translated: These books were selected because they were not originally written in English. These titles were selected to highlight the value of multicultural storytelling. 

Older Than Me: These books were all published before 1985. These books appealed to me because they do not adhere to modern trends in subject matter or storytelling style. I personally feel these will be the most challenging titles on my list. 

On My Kindle: These books are all in my kindle library, waiting to be read. These titles were selected to force my hand in reading what I already own because like most book addicts, my library is packed with books "I'll eventually get to."


National Month Translated Older Than Me On My Kindle
January
Status: Unread (Own)
Slavery and Human Trafficking
Status: Unread (Wait List)

Status: Unread (Own)

Status: Unread (Own)

February
Status: Unread (Own)
Black History
Status: Unread (Own)

Status: Unread (Own)

Status: Unread (Own)

March
Status: Unread (Library)
Women's History
Status: Unread (Own)

Status: Unread (Own)

Status: Unread (Own)

April
Status: Unread (Own)
Jazz Appreciation
Status: Unread (Own)

Status: Unread (Own)

Status: Unread (Own)

May
Status: Unread
Haitian Heritage
Status: Unread (Own)

Status: Unread

Status: Unread (Own)

June
Status: Unread (Library)
LGBT Pride
Status: Unread (Own)

Status: Unread (Own)

Status: Unread (Own)

July
Status: Unreviewed Reread (Own)
French American Heritage
Status: Unread (Own)

Status: Unread

Status: Unread (Own)

August
Status: Unread (Library)
Immunization Awareness
Status: Unread

Status: Unread (Own)

Status: Unread (Own)

September
Status: Unread
Hispanic Heritage
Status: Unread

Status: Unread

Status: Unread (Own)

October
Status: Unread (Own)
Filipino American History
Status: Unread (Own)

Status: Unread

Status: Unread (Own)

November
Status: Unread
National Novel Writing
Status: Unread (Own)

Status: Unread (Own)

Status: Unread (Own)

December
Status: Unread (Library)
World AIDS Awareness
Status: Unread

Status: Unread (Own)

Status: Unread (Own)


Will these be the only titles I read this year? Certainly not! 

I've intentionally left room in my reading schedule to tackle titles selected by my local book club, books I've pre-ordered, and volumes that randomly catch my fancy. These titles currently include but are not limited to the following: 
  • Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese (Jan/Book Club)
  • Water Bound A Sea Haven by Christine Feehan (Feb/Book Club)
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (March/Book Club)
  • Angels of the Pacific: A Novel of World War II by Elise Hooper (March/Pre-order)
  • The Next Ship Home: A Novel of Ellis Island by Heather Webb (Feb/Pre-order)
  • By Her Own Design: A Novel of Ann Lowe, Fashion Designer to the Social Register by Piper Huguley (June/Pre-order)
  • Anatomy: A Love Story by Dana Shwartz (Jan/Pre-order)
  • A Train To Moscow by Elena Gorokhova (March/Pre-order)
  • Widowland by C.J. Carey (August/Pre-order)
  • The Hacienda by Isabel CaƱas (May/Pre-order)
Honorable mentions? I have those as well. These titles are in my pre-orders, but were acquired for review and read prior to 2022. 

  • The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn (March/Pre-order)
  • The Blue Butterfly: A Novel of Marion Davies by Leslie Johansen Nack (May/Pre-order)
  • Angels of the Pacific: A Novel of World War II by Elise Hooper (March/Pre-order)
  • This Rebel Heart by Katherine Locke (April/Pre-order)

Do you have a reading challenge? Have comments on mine? I'd love to hear your feedback! 

Here's to a New Year. Happy Reading!

- Erin

6 comments:

  1. So impressive, Erin! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. Ooh, sounds fun! I should do something like that too. Wow, you were born in 1985? Me too!

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  3. Some really excellent titles there (and... um... one I DNF, but I hope you like it). Enjoy!

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    1. Every book has a reader but no book is a perfect fit for every reader. :)

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