March is Women’s History Month, corresponding with International Women’s Day on March 8. In celebration Margaret from Weird Zeal organizes the Women’s History Month Readathon. The only requirement to participate in this readathon is to read books written by women. Margaret also created a bingo card with challenges you can use. My TBR-list isn’t really based on the challenges. I decided to focus on historical fiction this month. I have chosen two books that are based on the lives of real women, because I love to learn about women in history. In history class we most often talk about important men. Women’s History Month is of course a great opportunity to learn about important women in history!
Kleopatra (Kleopatra, #1) by Karen Essex
This is the first part of a trilogy about Cleopatra’s life. I have always been interested in Ancient Egypt and already know something about this Greek queen of Egypt. I heard this book is well researched and has many historical details. So I’m looking forward to learn more about Cleopatra.
Dreaming the Eagle (Boudica, #1) by Manda Scott
This story is based on the life of Boudica, warrior queen of the Celts. She sparked my interest when I heard about her in the podcast Stuff You Missed in History Class. My parents happened to have a book about Boudica.
The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
I discovered this book for my SFF Countries Project, my attempt to read a science fiction or fantasy book from all the countries in the world. This is a historical fantasy book set in 19th century Malaysia. It’s written by a fourth generation Malaysian of Chinese descent. The story is about a girl from a poor family who receives an unusual proposal.