2018 WHEN Are You Reading? @SamAnnElizabeth ‘s Challenge – Completed

Way back in January I decided to try this challenge run by Sam Ann Elizabeth 

The complete challenge was to include at least 12 books, one from each of the following eras:

  • Pre 1500
  • 1500-1599
  • 1600-1699
  • 1700-1799
  • 1800-1899
  • 1900-1919
  • 1920-1939
  • 1940-1959
  • 1960-1979
  • 1980-1999
  • 2000-Present
  • The Future

I wasn’t sure if I read widely enough across the timeline, but today my results surprised me. In sections where I’ve read a high volume of books, I’ve chosen a selection of books. Book titles have links to my reviews.

Pre 1500s

Athena’s Champion by David Hair and Cath Mayo – Greek mythology

Brethren by Robyn Young – Knights Templar

Smile Of The Wolf by Tim Leach – Set in Iceland

The Greenest Branch by J.K. Adams – Set in Germany and features Benedictine abbess Hildegard

The Heart Of The Conqueror by G. Lawrence – About William the Conqueror

Daughter Of War by S .J .A. Turney – Knights Templar



The Golden Lynx by C.P. Lesley – Set in Russia


Flood by Ann Swinfen – Set in England’s Fenlands

The Green Phoenix by Alice Poon – Set in China


The Earl And The Enchantress by Paulette Golden – Historical romance

Whales And Strange Stars by Kathy Sharp – Set in Kent


The Tides Between by Elizabeth Jane Corbett – YA tale of emigration

The Mysterious Lord Millcroft by Virginia Heath – Historical romance

From Governess To Countess by Marguerite Kaye – Historical romance

The Dressmaker’s Secret by Charlotte Betts – Features Princess Caroline Of Brunswick

Winds Of Time by Lilly Gayle – Historical romance set in Texas

My Antonia by Willa Cather – Classic American historical fiction set in Nebraska


The Wild Air by Rebecca Mascull – Featuring early women aviators

Call Of The Canyon by Zane Grey – Set in Arizona

The Captain And The Calvalry Trooper by Catherine Curzon – M/M romance set during WW1


Trusting The Currents by Lynnda Pollio – Set in small town America, with a spiritual theme.

The Madonna Of The Mountains by Elise Valmorbida (begins in 1923) Set in Italy


A Ration Book Christmas by Jean Fullerton – Family saga set in London during WW2

Never Say Goodbye by Hilary Green – A resistance-themed WW2 drama


Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen (begins in 1962) Set in southern Georgia

Mourning Dove by Claire Fullerton – Set in Memphis


Nightfall Berlin by Jack Grimwood – A cold war thriller

Dear Comrade Novak by Silvia Hildebrant – Set in Romania during the revolution

Lucky Star by Holly Curtis – Coming of age story

2000- present

Connectedness by Sandra Danby (begins in 2009) – Story featuring adoption

Lush by Gabrielle Fernie – A true story soaked in gin

The Woman At Number 24 by Juliet Ashton – Set in Notting Hill


Amendments by Hannah Lynn – Set in futuristic Britain

The Afterlife Of Alice Watkins by Matilda Scotney – Mild scifi

If you’d like to join in with the challenge for 2019 check out Sam’s blog post here.

Rosie’s #Bookreview of Sixteenth Century Russian #HistFic The Golden Lynx by @cplesley

The Golden Lynx (Legends of the Five Directions, #1)The Golden Lynx by C.P. Lesley

4 stars

The Golden Lynx is historical fiction set in sixteenth century Russia. This is book one of the Legends Of The Five Directions series. It opens in Kasimov, a principality of Moscow, governed by Bulat Khan. Two of his children are caught in a forest ambush by Russian soldiers, where one child is killed.

Bulat quickly responds with a revenge attack on Boris Kolychev, the man believed to have killed his son. To prevent further vengeance deaths, a truce is called and a marriage arranged between Bulat’s daughter, Nassan, and Boris’ brother, Daniil.

Sixteen-year-old Nassan has no plans to be a docile and obedient wife, as she grew up listening to legends of heroic woman and has trained as a warrior. Left by her family in Moscow, she struggles to fit in. When her husband leaves only days after their marriage, she becomes bored with domestic duties. Nightmares keep her awake at night, so she puts her warrior skills into good practice on the streets. Soon rumours of a vigilante, who helps the people, spread through the city. But Nassan later finds herself embroiled in a political kidnapping; will she be able to save herself and the victims?

Set during the childhood of the future Ivan the Terrible, this story deals with the civil in-fighting. This was caused when Grand Prince Vasily III died, leaving only minors who were too young to rule the nation. The author provides a useful list of characters and historical notes at the front of the book, which I actually found more useful once I had read the story and understood the characters.

I enjoyed learning about Nassan’s beliefs and her upbringing on the Steppes, and comparing it to the Russian ways. The story flowed well and I found myself eager to keep reading. Overall a good solid example of this genre and start of a series.

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Book description


Russia, 1534. Elite clans battle for control of the toddler who will become their first tsar, Ivan the Terrible. Amid the chaos and upheaval, a masked man mysteriously appears night after night to aid the desperate people.

Or is he a man?

Sixteen-year-old Nasan Kolychev is trapped in a loveless marriage. To escape her misery, she dons boys’ clothes and slips away under cover of night to help those in need. She never intends to do more than assist a few souls and give her life purpose. But before long, Nasan finds herself caught up in events that will decide the future of Russia.

And so, a girl who has become the greatest hero of her time must decide whether to save a baby destined to become the greatest villain of his.

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