READING THE PAST, a blog by Sarah Johnson

Sarah Johnson is a librarian and editor. She works at the Eastern Illinois University, and is also the editor for Historical Novels Review, the book review magazine for the Historical Novel Society. Her blog READING THE PAST is where she reviews and discusses historical fiction.


It is easy to see that this website is the work of a professional. From the charming picture that headlines the blog, to the easy-to-use nav-bar and sidebar, this website is enjoyable and easy to use, with no distracting swirls of imagery, or popping hearts (I am not joking) that are too frequently seen on other sites.


Sarah publishes reviews of new and backlisted titles, offers occasional interviews and guest posts, and talks about the changing trends in historical fiction cover art. At this time, she is not accepting e-books for review, a policy that I know many of us hope she will change. She is also the author of two guides to historical fiction, HISTORICAL FICTION and HISTORICAL FICTION II.

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