Saturday, November 17, 2007

Back to History

The Back to History Challenge, hosted by Shannon, is "designed to encourage readers to stretch themselves in the history genre." The requirement is to read one historical fiction or non-fiction book each month in 2008. Cross-listing with other challenges is allowed, but the historical books should not all be from the same sub-genre.

Here is my preliminary list, with some alternates:

Historical Fiction
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Bread and Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson
  • Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Suite Francaise by Irène Némirovsky
  • Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Green
  • Thorn in My Heart by Liz Curtis Higgs
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr

Non-Fiction History
  • 1776 by David McCullough
  • The Colony by John Tayman
  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson
  • Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts
  • Holding the Line: Women in the Great Arizona Mine Strike of 1983 by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History
    by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich


I've listed a bunch of titles in this sub-genre for the "In Their Shoes" challenge here. I will plan to cross-list some of those to this challenge - but not more than four or five.


  1. Looks like a good list. Summer of My German Soldier was one of my favorite books when I was a teenager. I know I still have it around here somewhere. Must dig it out...

  2. Interesting list!

    I have read Night and it is sad. The Book Thief is in my TBR.