Top Ten Books That Would Be On MY Syllabus If I Taught historical fiction
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and Bookish and it’s a book listers dream post!
This week I’ve got all the power and I get to choose books for you all to study! Lately I’m loving historical fiction as they bring history to life in such an enjoyable way and I love that they can both educate and entertain. I find when I’m reading one that I often end up researching the facts to see what’s accurate and what’s not and it also drags facts from long ago history classes back into my memory. So I’m handing out historical fiction books to everyone. Now settle down and hear why!
Code Name Verity
: It’s captivating, adventurous and holds you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole book.
Rose Under Fire
: The story of life in a concentration camp is ugly and harsh and hugely disturbing because you know it really happened.
Prisoner of Night and Fog:
Brings the past to life in an exciting, horrifying but meaningful way. Mixing up actual events and people with a fictional family just works so well
: It immersed me into the 1916 Dublin Easter Rising and I came away not only having really enjoyed the book but also feeling liked I gained some fresh perspective on the events.
The Girl Who Came Home:
I loved that this book focused on steerage class and what conditions were like there rather than in the opulent surroundings that you usually picture when thinking of the Titanic. And when disaster did hit, I felt every emotion while reading.
The Cross of Santiago:
If you know nothing about the Spanish Armada and how so many of the ships were shipwrecked on the coast of Ireland and Scotland; then worry not, this book will fill you in.
Back Home: That sense of not belonging is captured so clearly by all the children returning home to England from America after the WW2. Their homeland and parents feel like strangers and the struggle to adapt and fit back it makes for a very emotional storyline.
Out of the Easy: Set in New Orleans in the ‘50s, this has a shady, seedy setting and I loved that it shows an edgy side of life but never got overly descriptive into the details.
The Book Thief: I don’t need to explain this one, right? It’s awesome.
The Diary of Anne Frank is the book that started my obsession with historical fiction and I think it’s a must read. I love the quote below from it and I love that her diary has achieved her wish.
“I wish to go on living even after my death.”
Bookish Chat : Do you read historical fiction? What’s your favourite one? Are you interested in reading any of the ones I’ve listed or have you already read them? If you have also done this TTT, please leave a link so I can come visit 🙂