I LOVE reading historical novels! It’s like traveling trough time without having to leave the comfort of your couch or bed (or where-ever you like to read).
Since I’m very bad at choosing “favourites”, I decided you choose five books that I love and put them in chronological order..
1) Burial Rites – Hannah Kent
This story is set in Iceland in 1829. A woman is charged with murder and since there are no prisons in Iceland, she is sent to work on a farm in the valley where she grew up until the day of her execution.
I love this book because it really gives you that feeling of being there at that time. Also, it’s based on real events. Very, very nice book! Read the full review here.
2) Life after life – Kate Atkinson
This book starts in 1910, so that’s where I’m putting it on my chronological list. This is the story of a girl that is reborn every time she dies. So at first she’s born with the naval cord around her neck and she dies so she’s born again and everything goes well so she lives. Do you understand? If you don’t, just go with it because it’s an amazing book. One of the best I’ve read in 2014. Full review here.
3) The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
The roaring twenties, just after the First World War, this book is about a wealthy man who throws parties all the time but he doesn’t just throw them because he likes them, no no, he’s hoping that the girl who lives on the other side of the water will notice them. This is a beautifully tragic story about wanting something so bad that you would do anything to get it. I have never done a review! Shame on me!! I’ll write one in the next couple of days.
4) To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Set in the 1930’s this book tells you a story of childhood innocence and racism. I’m so glad that I read this book because it made me understand how easily we turn our backs on things that happen. The fact that racism is still something people struggle with every day, has been in the news with the recent events in the US and it’s pains me that it’s so difficult for some people to understand that racist ideas are not okay. We are all people and we all deserve the same treatment. Anyone who thinks differently is a) an idiot b) wrong. Why can’t everyone just be nice to each other? Haven’t written a review for this one either. I know what to do in the weeks to come.
5) The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
And last but not least, a World War II book. This one is about a young boy who has to move because the Fury decided that his father has to go and work somewhere else. Of course you, the reader, know that the Fury is Hitler, and that the father’s new job is to oversee the death camp ‘Auschwitz’. The little boy doesn’t understand all of these things, he’s just mad that he has to leave their beautiful house in Berlin and all of his friends behind. He gets even angrier because he sees all those people play together on the other side of the fence, they even get to wear their pyjamas all day long. Also no review yet, I’ll fix it, don’t worry.
That’s it, some of my favourite historical books.
What are your favourites? Let me know!
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