Tales in Time 

Our 2024 Reading Challenge invites you to read one book each month from, about, or set in a different historical period!

We'll be providing monthly lists of suggestions, as well as passports for readers who would like to visit all twelve eras with us and earn a chance to win a timely prize!


January - Classical Antiquity

February - The Medieval Period

March - The Renaissance

April - The Enlightenment

May - The Industrial Revolution

July - Between the Wars
August - World War II
September - The Cold War
October - The Modern Era
November - Today
December - Tomorrow

January - Classical Antiquity - (~800 BC - 500 AD)

Works Written in Classical Antiquity

Works of Nonfiction About Classical Antiquity

Works of Fiction Set in Classical Antiquity


February - Medieval Period- (500 AD - 1450 AD)

Works Written in the Medieval Period

Works of Nonfiction About the Medieval Period

Works of Fiction Set in the Medieval Period

March - Renaissance Period

Works Written in the Renaissance


Works of Nonfiction About the Renaissance


Works of Fiction Set in the Renaissance


April - Enlightenment Period

Works Written in the Enlightenment

Works of Nonfiction About the Enlightenment

Works of Fiction Set in the 

May - Industrial Revolution

Works Written in the Industrial Revolution period

· The Awakening by Kate Chopin

· The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

· The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

· David Copperfield  or Hard Times by Charles Dickens

· North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

· Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

· Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

· Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

· Frankenstein by Mary W. Shelley

· The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stephenson

· Dracula by Bram Stoker

· A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain

· The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

Nonfiction Books about the Industrial Revolution

· Victoria the queen : an intimate biography of the woman who ruled an empire by Julia Baird

· Breaking open Japan by George Feifer

· The devil in the white city : murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America by Erik Larson

· The unbound Prometheus by David S. Landes

· Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard

· Edison by Edmund Morris

· Cotton : the fabric that made the modern world by Giorgio Riello

· The most powerful idea in the world  by William Rosen

· The statesman and the storyteller : John Hay, Mark Twain, and the rise of American imperialism by Mark Zwonitzer

Works of Fiction Set in the Industrial Revolution

· The Children’s Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin

· Peony by Pearl S. Buck

· The Alienist by Caleb Carr

· Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

· The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton

· A Dangerous Fortune by Ken Follett

· The Hornblower Series by C.S. Forester

· The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

· Babel by R.F. Kuang

· The call of the wild  by Jack London ; with paintings by Wendell Minor

· The Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy

· Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

· Ahab’s Wife or The Star-Gazer by Sana Jeter Naslund

· The Secret Life of Sunflowers by Marta Molnar

· The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore

· The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

· Beloved by Toni Morisson

· The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

· The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos L Zafron

· Four Treasures of the Sky by Jenny Tinghui Zhang 

June - World War I

Works Written During World War I

· One of Ours by Willa Cather

· The Souls of Black Folks by W.E.B. DuBois

· Parade’s End by Ford Maddox Ford

· A Room With a View by E.M. Forster

· A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemmingway

· Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

· The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen

· All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

· Collected Poems 1908-1956 by Siegfried Sassoon

Nonfiction About The World War I Years

· The secret rooms: a true story of a haunted castle, a plotting duchess, and a family secret by Catherine Bailey

· George, Nicholas, and Wilhelm: three royal cousins and the road to World War I by Miranda Carter

· Secret warriors: the spies, scientists, and code-breakers of World War I by Taylor Downing

· Eden to Armageddon: World War I in the Middle East by Roger Ford

· War against war: The American fight for peace, 1914-1918 by Michael Kazin

· An illustrated history of the First World War by John Keegan

· Dead Wake by Erik Larson

· A Night to Remember by Walter Lord

· The month that changed the world: July 1914 by Gordon Martel

· Wounded: a new history of the Western Front in World War I by Emily Mayhew

· River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard

· The Romanov sisters: the lost lives of the daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra by Helen Rappaport

· The last of the doughboys: the forgotten generation and their forgotten World War by Richard Rudin

Fiction Set in During World War I

· A Bend in the Stars by Rachel Barenbaum

· The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray

· To Serve Them All My Days by RF Delderfield

· Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

· The Pull of Stars by Emma Donoghue

· Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

· Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

· I was Anastasia: a novel by Ariel Lawhon

· War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

· The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

· Charles Todd’s Inspector Routledge Series and/or his Bess Crawford Series

· The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani

· Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

· A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear