BBAW: Best Historical/Historical Fiction

September 14, 2008 at 8:15 pm | Posted in Books, Historical Fiction, LIfe, Reading | 6 Comments
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Historical fiction became a passion of mine almost from the second I cracked open The Other Boleyn Girl a year ago last spring.  I’m absolutely thrilled to have the honor of highlighting each of these nominees and announcing the winner on Thursday.  Each one of the following nominees helps make history come alive every day:

Books’N Border Collies ~ Lezlie has a wonderful blog that I can’t believe I haven’t explored much before.  I just read her review of The Other Queen and it’s making even harder to wait just that one more day…  On top of reading historical fiction, Lezlie writes about her dogs.  What a wonderful source!  Here is what Lezlie said about her nomination:

I have been selected as one of the finalists for “Best History/Historical Fiction Blog”!! I’m so excited!! Thank you to everyone who nominated me, and good luck to my fellow finalists!

Civil War Blog ~ This is the blog for anyone interested in the American Civil War.  The content is provided by a group of authors.  Here is how this site is described:

TOCWOC (The Order of Civil War Obsessively Compulsed) is a group Civil War blog formed in September 2007. Our purpose is to enlighten and entertain readers on every aspect of the Civil War, whether it be Social, Political, Military, or other history. TOCWOC will feature a wide variety of blog entries. Some of the proposed topics include book and game reviews, a focus on Civil War period individuals, author interviews, information on book and game publishers, battlefield trips, preservation, teaching the Civil War, and much more. All of the authors of this blog are “informed amateurs”, Civil War buffs who do not focus on the Civil War in our day jobs, though some of us are closer than others to achieving that status!

Historical-Fiction ~ Here is another blog that makes me feel like I’ve been living under a rock.  Arleigh’s love for historical fiction began with Philippa Gregory, just like me.  It prompted her to read everything she could find about the Tudors and then other historical periods.  She is expecting a baby next month, and I wish her well as she welcomes a new one to her family.  She has so much material on her site, newbies won’t miss her during her maternity leave.  It will take us that long just to catch up.  One really neat feature she has is a listing of upcoming historical fiction releases.  Check her site out!

Historical Tapestry ~ This blog is authored by several women: Ana, Kailana, Marg, and Teddy.  They read historical fiction from all eras.  This is another great resource!  I’ve known about Marg’s blog Reading Adventures for a while now, but for whatever reason I’ve missed out on this.  I’m not sure if there is a connection with the other authors, but Marg is one of the mediators on HistoricalFictionOnline.com, a wonderful board I don’t spend enough time on these days.

Medieval Bookworm ~ Meghan is the author of this wonderful blog.  She is a “recent graduate of Brandeis University. I’ve been a bookworm since I was five and I now own over 1000 books, still mostly crammed into a small room in my parents’ house. I’m a LibraryThing addict. I am passionately interested in medieval English history and I intend to make studying it my life’s work. In this blog, I would like to expand on both these topics.”  Here’s what Meghan said about her nomination:

Thank you so much to all who nominated me for best history/historical fiction blog!  I know that I don’t exclusively read history or historical fiction, but they are where my heart is and where I try to focus most of my reading.  I’m just thrilled to be nominated.  I never expected it!

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  1. Thank you for the wonderful summary! I’m going now to pick out my dress for the awards ceremony in case I win. I’m thinking maybe a little something from Bob Mackie. What do you think? Would Cher mind if I borrow her designer? 🙂

    Good luck, everyone!
    Lezlie
    Books ‘N Border Collies

  2. Thanks for your great summary posts, Jennifer!

  3. Congrats!

    I also love Phillipa Gregory and the Other Boleyn Girl was an incredible book 🙂

  4. Does that mean that I need to coordinate with the other ladies so that we don’t clash for the awards ceremony!

    P.S I don’t know if you know already but we have a new HF board that is really loads of fun. It can be found at http://www.historicalfictiononline.com!

  5. Lezlie, please take a picture in your dress! 😉
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    Amy, it was a lot of fun exploring all of these blogs. Thanks for the idea to do it!
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    Elana, if you love Philippa Gregory, check out my Philippa Gregory Scavenger Hunt. It’s still up and going until 5pm tomorrow!
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    Marg, old habits die hard. I have joined the new location and I’ve updated the page. BTW, you should all match. It’s only proper. 😉

  6. Looking forward to seeing who wins. Thanks for providing a description of these sites. I read a couple already, but I’ll definitely check out the others.


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