Sunday, 28 November 2010

Introducing: YA Historical Fiction Challenge 2011

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for the challenge to spread the word!
 When I wrote back in September at the end of Book Blogger Appreciation week that one of my blogging goals was to hold a challenge, I had in mind that it was going to be a YA historical fiction challenge because it is my favourite genre and what I read and review most. Also, as far as I know from searching around the Internet over the last couple of months, there isn't a historical fiction challenge particularly for young adult books. It is a wonderful genre that is growing in popularity very quickly as there have been many fantastic releases this year and upcoming ones for 2011. I hope it will encourage people to try the genre and make them fall in love with history!

The Challenge

Are you looking for  an escape from the contemporary world?
Are you a big historical fiction fan who has never delved into the YA section of the genre?
Or maybe you have been meaning to try a new genre for a while....?
Or are you a YA historical fiction lover already?

If so, this challenge is for you!


You can choose any of the following levels to aim for. I have started it from just reading one YA historical fiction novel in 2011 for those who just want to get a small taste of the genre to start off with:

1) Inquisitive- read 1-3 YA HF novel in 2011
2)  Fascinated- Read 5 YA HF novels in 2011
3)  Captivated- Read 10 YA HF novels in 2011
4)   Head over heels in love- Read 15 YA HF novels in 2011
5) Addicted-  Read 15+ YA HF novels in 2011

  • All books read for the challenge must be YA (or for slightly younger children.) For the purposes of this challenge, anything set in the past and centering around the historical period will count.
  • The challenge is open to everyone
  • It does not matter when the books were published or what time period they were set in but you may want to set yourself a small goal e.g. read 2 2011 releases
  • The challenge starts on 1st January 2011 and ends on December 31st and you can sign up from now

To help you find some of the best YA HF books, I have compiled a list of links to Amazon and Goodreads lists. A lot of them have the same books in but I hope that you find them helpful

Teen Historical Novels list (Goodreads)
New YA historical fiction 2010
New YA historical fiction 2011
Victorian YA novels
YA medieval HF
YA Elizabeth I HF
YA HF set in Colonial and Revolutionary America
Wonderful YA HF (Amazon)
Fun and exotic historical fiction for teenagers
The best historical fiction books for teens
Must read historical books for teenagers (created by me 2 years ago)
Shakespearean YA/MG fiction

I am looking forward to seeing how this challenge goes. I have a few ideas for posts about YA historical fiction planned for next year so keep a look out!

To sign up fill in the following form with your details:


  1. Sounds fun! I've got a couple of YA historical fiction novels in my TBR pile, so I'll be participating!

  2. Awesome idea, I will sign up in a second after a bit of research into the books.

    I was a bit dubious at first but YA gets a big thumbs up from me :)


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