YA Historical Fiction Challenge

Sabrina from YA Bliss is hosting the YA Historical Fiction challenge for 2011 and, because I’m addicted and will be reading them anyway, I thought I would sign up. I’m going to be doing the Level 3 which is 15 books in 2011, though I’ll probably go way over that. Below are the books I will start with and what era they are set in if I could find it. Also, if you love HF, stick around. During the months February-April I will be spotlighting Historical Fiction stories and authors on the blog.

My Level 3 List:

  1. Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill (Salem 1692)
  2. Wildthorn by Jane Eagland (Victorian England)
  3. Invisible Things by Jenny Davidson (pre-war Europe)
  4. The Poison Diaries by Maryrose Wood (unknown)
  5. Prisoners in the Palace by Michaela MacColl (London 1863)
  6. Everlasting by Angie Frazier (San Francisco/Australia 1855)
  7. The Queen’s Daughter by Susan Coventry(England/Sicily during reign of King Henry II, 1154-1189)
  8. Dangerous Neighbors by Beth Kephart (America 1876)
  9. The Invisible Order by Paul Crilley (Victorian England)
  10. Steel by Carrie Vaughn (time travel, unknown era)
  11. The Sorcerer of Saint Felice by Ann Finnin (15th century France)
  12. Annexed by Sharon Dogar (WWII, 1944)
  13. Bright Young Things by Anna Godberson (New York 1929)
  14. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly (America 1906)
  15. The Twin’s Daughter by Lauren Baratz-Logsted(unknown)

Happy Haul-idays from Chronicle Books!

So, Chronicle Books is hosting an awesome holiday contest that I definitely could not pass up. $500 in books? Of my choosing? Someone catch me, I’m fainting! Well, anyway, here is my list:

The “I Want To Travel To Everywhere” Category:

  • Paris Out of Hand: A Wayward Guide by Karen Elizabeth Gordon
  • City Walks Architecture: Paris by Michael Herrman
  • IDEO Eyes Open: London A Field Guide for the Curious by Fred Dust and IDEO
  • Paris Changing Revisiting Eugène Atget’s Paris: Princeton Architectural Press by Christopher Rauschenberg
  • Sandra Gustafson’s Great Eats Paris 11th Edition by Sandra Gustafson
  • Cities of Europe Correspondence Cards by Laura Tarrish
  • Thirty-Six Views of the Eiffel Tower by Henri Rivière

The “I Want To Be A Craft Person” Category:

  • Curiosities: Vintage-Inspired Adornments for Gift and Correspondence
  • Silhouette Art: Papers, Instructions, and Patterns for Making Modern Heirlooms by Vana Chupp
  • Handmade Hellos: Fresh Greeting Card Projects from First-Rate Crafters by Eunice Moyle

The “Teach Me To Knit In More Than Just A Straight Line” Category:

  • Knit Knack Kit: Simple Instructions and Tools for 25 Terrific Knitting Projects by Kris Percival
  • Winter Knits Kit: Instructions and Tools for 25 Cozy Cold-Weather Projects
  • Winter Knits Kit: Instructions and Tools for 25 Cozy Cold-Weather Projects by Sara Lucas
  • Cozy Crochet: Learn to Make 26 Fun Projects From Fashion to Home Decor by Melissa Leapman
  • Knitting Pretty: Simple Instructions for 30 Fabulous Projects by Kris Percival
  • Cozy Crochet Kit: Simple Instructions and Tools for 25 Terrific Crochet Projects by Melissa Leapman
  • Picture Perfect Knits: Step-by-Step Intarsia with More than 50 Inspiring Patterns by Laura Birek
  • Felted Knits Kit: Instructions and Tools for 15 Fabulous Knitting Projects by Sara Lucas

The “I’m The Baker In The Family” Category:

  • Blackbird Bakery Gluten-Free: 75 Recipes for Irresistible Gluten-Free Desserts and Pastries by Karen Morgan
  • Southern Pies: A Gracious Plenty of Pie Recipes, from Lemon Chess to Chocolate Pecan by Nancie McDermott
  • Tartine Bread by Chad Robertson
  • D.I.Y. Delicious: Recipes and Ideas for Simple Food from Scratch by Vanessa Barrington

The “Because They’re Awesome” Category:

  • Lotta Jansdotter’s Handmade Living A Fresh Take on Scandinavian Style by Lotta Jansdotter

So, that’s my list. You might be wondering why none of these are YA literature. Well, I have plenty of YA literature. (No more shelf space!) I would love to further my other hobbies which, as you may be able to tell, include travel, crafting, knitting, and baking!

My total comes out to: $497.05

You too could win all these books! If you comment and I win, one lucky commenter will win the entire list!

The End

I bet some of you knew this was coming. I mean, it’s sort of obvious from my lack of posts, but in case you have yet to guess: I am done blogging.

It’s not that I don’t want to blog and spread the word about fabulous YA books; it’s more that I can’t anymore.

There is school for me to worry about, as well as other extenuating personal circumstances.

To my readers:

Thank you so much for sticking with me up till now, even when my posting was sporadic at best. Though I may be back when I am done with school (no promises), I would suggest you remove me from your reader. There will be zero posting until at least May. And even then, it depends on how many classes I’ll be taking my first semester of college.

I do not expect you to keep an empty blog in your readers. If you want to stay up to date with me and my life and my possible return, feel free to follow me on twitter: @emilove(changed from @penultimatepage).

To authors, publishers, and publicists:

I sincerely wish I was able to continue reviewing the fabulous titles that you put out. Thank you so much for trusting me to give an honest review thus far. This coming week I will be emailing my contacts and letting them know of my inability to continue reviewing and to stop sending me ARCs.

Any books that I have in my possession and have not reviewed yet (most are unsolicited ARCs), I will eventually write short reviews for, but they will only be posted on Goodreads/Amazon/other bookseller websites.

Again, thank you for everything you have done for me. I would not trade the relationships this blog helped me to build for anything.

All the best,