Year of Historical Reading – January Update

As you may remember, I declared 2020 my Year of Historical Reading.  Check out this blog entry and my appearance on the Sarah’s Bookshelves Live podcast to learn more about this project.  Each month, I will post an update on how I am progressing!

As a reminder, I hope to make 85% of my reading historical fiction and nonfiction.  It is a lofty goal but one that I am excited to reach for in 2020.  I am also participating in the Unread Shelf Project and hope to get through many of the 133 unread historical fiction and nonfiction books that I own this year!

In January, I finished 6 books, all historical fiction and nonfiction – so far, so good!  I had 3 super long books (over 600 pages) that bogged me down a bit.  Can books over 600 pages count as two books? 

Here are my books for January, all 4 and 5 star reads for me.  I have indicated if they were pulled from my unread shelves, purchased, or borrowed from the library.  


Historical Fiction:


As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner – own 

The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner – own


Give Me Liberty by L.M. Elliott (middle grade) – own


London by Edward Rutherfurd – library


The Time In Between by María Dueñas – library


Historical Nonfiction:


Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow – own


Stats for January:

  • 100% historical fiction and nonfiction 
  • 4 of 133 unread books 
  • 2 library books


Follow me on Instagram @thehistorymom to see what I am reading in February!  What historical book do you think I should put on my TBR?




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