Unlocking the Past Reading Challenge

2021 Unlocking the Past Reading Challenge

American History

Welcome to the 2021 Unlocking the Past Reading Challenge! I’ve made this page so it is easy for you to find the information without digging through old posts.

I’ve noticed over the years that many avid readers like to participate in reading challenges. This year, I decided to create my own and make it a giveaway opportunity. Since historical fiction/romance is my preferred genre of reading, that’s where we’re staying. Who knows, I may make this a yearly thing and focus on a different aspect of history each year.

This year’s reading challenge theme will be “American History” since that is my favorite. Each month will feature a different time-period. On the last day of the month, I’ll review my read the fulfills the challenge. Check my page again on the first day of the month for suggestions for the new month’s theme.

Want a bookmark to help keep your place or to help you spread the word? Fill out this Google Form.

Want more interaction and a place to find suggestions? Check out the Facebook Group. (In case the FB group goes defunct due FB algorithms or changes, we’re collecting emails here for a newsletter option. But it will only be used if the FB group goes defunct. You can add your name here.)


Monthly Prizes & How You Can Participate

Who doesn’t like to win prizes? Well, here’s your chance. Each month read a book from the indicated time period, then on my Unlocking the Past monthly post, comment with which book you read that month. One commenter will win a free copy of the book I reviewed. This will be open to international winners, but if the book is unavailable to ship to you through Book Depository you will receive a $10 (USD) Amazon gift card. You’ll have one week after I post my review to comment and be entered.

The Grand Prize – A copy of every book reviewed throughout the year.

Every month you comment on what you read, you’ll get one entry into the pot. Read all twelve months? Guess what! That’s 12 entries. Want extra entries? Each month I’ll put a Rafflecopter link at the bottom with options on how to share about monthly and grand prize giveaways. Each time you share, it’s an extra entry. On January 7, 2022, I’ll draw for the grand prize winner.

2021 Monthly Themes ~ American History ~

January – Colonial Period (1600s to 1760s)

February – American Revolution & War of 1812 (1760’s to 1815)

March – Westward Expansion (1815 to 1860s – Pioneers, Oregon Trail, Gold Rushes)

April – Civil War

May – Wild West (1860s to 1890s)

June – Gilded Age (1870s to 1900)

July – Progressive Era (1890s to 1920s)

August – WWI

September – Roaring 20s and/or Great Depression (1920s to1941)

October – WWII

November – Contemporary

December – Pick Your Favorite Time American Time Period

2022 Monthly Themes ~Around the World ~

January – Africa

February – Asia

March – Caribbean

April – Eastern Europe

May – Europe

June – Mediterranean

July – Middle East

August – N. American

September – Oceania (Australia, New Zealand, all the little islands around there – Samoa, Guam, Marshall Islands, Fiji, etc)

October – S. America

November – Bucket List Country

December – Christmas in Any Country

Winner’s Circle

January – Kathy A. – Tidewater Bride by Laura Frantz

February – Alisa W. – The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse

March – Renee P. – Trail of Fear by Sara R. Turnquist

April – Phyllis R. – The Sentinels of Andersonville by Tracy Groot

May – Winnie T. – The Bounty Hunter’s Bargain by Lucette Nel

June – Megan L. – The White City by Grace Hitchcock

July – Paula S. – Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer

August – Colleen H. – Until June by Barbara Britton

September – Carissa M. – When Silence Sings by Sarah Loudin Thomas

October – Courtney G. – The Cryptographer’s Dilemma by Johnnie Alexander

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