Once again I'm linking up with thebrokeandthebookish.com in this weeks top ten Tuesday, they have the best ideas, so join us in the fun of blogging.
So I'm supposed to share with you 10 books that I recommend in a certain category Historical fiction is by far my favorite genre, I never really took a lot of interest in history or paid much attention in history classes and that's why I don't know things I should. But I discovered historical fiction, I think the first one was The Bronze Horseman and boy did I love it. And that's how my obsession for historical fiction started. These are the 10 I read so far but there are many many more on my shelves, just waiting to be read. Hope everyone enjoys what i have to share and I will be checking you out too.
#1 The Bronze Horseman: When I stumbled upon The Bronze Horseman, I fell in love, because it not only has teenage romance (that later follows into adulthood) but also is set in Russia during WWII. Now I know more about that war than any other one, but I never learned anything from the point of view of other countries. I loved this book, I learned quite at bit about Europe and the countries involved in the war.
#2 Outlander: amazing! What else is there to say. I loved this book and the next three in the series. The rest aren't that good. But they are all historical fiction books set in the 1700 Scotland and later in the U.S. I never learned anything about Scotland. Nor did I have any interest in that country. But once I read this book all that changed. There is the jacobite rising and war with England. Later the revolutionary war and a glimpse of WWII.
My review here
Other books in the Series are
Written in My Own Hearts Blood
#3Poison, book one in a series. This story is set in Rome, Italy in 1942 where Francesca Giordano is the official poisoner of the Borgia family. She is also determined to find and avenge her father killer. This story is pretty good, wasn't my favorite, but it was about a time period that I don't know much about. And through this book I became more aware of the way our great organized religion works. Kill everyone who doesn't agree with you and just say God wants it that way. (No offense to religious people, but that is just me).
My review here
#4 Maus: I read this book in college for class and I wouldn't say I loved it. But it was interesting. It's about mice.But the mice are supposed to be like the Jews and the pigs are the Germans. Sort of reminds me of Animal Farm. It's a comic book, YOU WILL FINISH IN ONE SITTING
#5 Sarah's Key. Set during WWII. Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.
That's all you need to know, this book was great. There is a movie out there, kind of hard to find.
My review here
#6 The Winter Sea: This reminded me of Outlander, because it's set in Scotland and it's in the 1700's too, as well as the 20th century. The story is about Carrie, she is a writer and she visits the Slains Castle in Scotland to get a better look at it, since that is where her story will take place. She decided to name one of the characters in her book after her own ancestor that used to live there. Well if your like time travel books, this will hit the spot. Not so much time travel and channeling the dead. hmmm. It was really good, the ending really pissed me off though, but it wasn't bad.
My review here
#7 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: another one from WWII. This one follows a few people from the Guernsey Island. I never even knew such a place existed till I read this. It's a short book. And right up our alley. It's about a book club, during war, and how the characters try to save books and keep sane by reading and discussing.
My review here
#8 Atonement: Ok I have a problem. I know. Most of these are about WWII. But that's just my go to topic. This book was so good I'm kind of sad it finished. The story changes perspective in the first 3rd of the book so many times it becomes a bit confusing, and a bit redundant, but in hindsight is really important to the story. The prose writing that McEwan obviously has a great dexterity in is really special. The events are so elaborate, a few times I couldn't wrap my head around them. And the sexual connotations, that Briony's crazy imagination doesn't interpret correctly, play a big part in the story, making me hate her even more. The ending came as a shock, I really didn't see it coming, I had so many different endings in mind, but this totally blew my mind. In a good way. If you like surprise endings you will love this. The movie was really good too. I recommend this book to all.
My review here
#9 The Help: I haven't finished the book yet, I'm on chapter 5. So I can't really say anything yet, but so far I love it. A new topic for me.
Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.
Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.
Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.
Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.
#10 The Secret Keeper: The Secret Keeper is my favorite Kate Morton book, so far. I love her style of writing and her ideas for stories. They pull you right in and they keep you there till the big reveal at the end. It's sort of a mystery suspense, but in a more girly way.
During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime. A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy—her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother.
I don't know if this qualifies as a historical fiction, but it does take place during WWII (yea I know more war) but I loved loved loved this book. It takes place in England before the war and well into the 60's. It's about Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy who meet by chance in London and who are forever connected. In ways you will not believe.