03 July 2018

Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Historical Fiction

Happy Tuesday Everyone! That means that today is a day for Top 10 Tuesday hosted by Jana at the Artsy Reader Girl. We're supposed to document books in the colors of red, white, and blue; however, I've decided to go with something a little different and give you my top 10 historical fiction books since July 4th is based on a historical event. Keep reading to find out what I have chosen.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Although I know that aspects of this book are problematic, I think that the over all concept of the book is pretty darn interesting and I love learning about all of the Scottish history that's entwined within the pages of the book. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. This graphic novel was introduced to me when I was in high school and then I had to read it for a class in college. I absolutely loved it and have read it countless times. It's such a great insight to the Iranian revolution and explains so much. If you have not read it, I would recommend picking it up. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. This was one of the most powerful historical fiction novels that I read in 2016. It was powerful and insightful and gave me such a new outlook on World War II.

The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey. Thank goodness for book club because outside of that I would have never picked this book up in a million years. It's a mystery, but it's based on whether King Richard III killed his nephews in order to ascend to the throne. It's captivating, compelling and makes a really good argument. It's book #6 in the series, but I read it as if it was a stand alone and I wasn't confused. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I just have one line of caution. Go into the this book blind. Don't ask anyone what it's about and if you can avoid reading any of the summaries. It's beautiful. That's all you need to know. Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai. This is a children's book, but my goodness it was such an interesting book. I learned a lot about Vietnamese culture and what happened to people during the Vietnam War which is not something that I have read about frequently especially in children's books. If you're looking for a diverse book with a diverse atmosphere I definitely would go for this one.

Copper Sun by Sharon Draper. This is another book that I read because of book group and I'm so glad that I did because it provides a great insight to the slave narrative and what it was really like to be torn from your family and everything around you that you knew and brought to a country to be discriminated against and hated because of the color of your skin. It was beautifully written and you can tell that Sharon Draper put a lot of hard work and research into this book. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia. This is a children's book, but it is a book that looks at the Black Panther Party from the eyes of a child. Trust me when I say that it makes things ten times more interesting and unique than anything you've read before. It's the first in the series and I'm really looking forward to reading the next two books. The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis. I read this for a children's literature class and was thoroughly amazed and absolutely loved learning more about the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of a child. It was compelling and the audiobook was hilarious! 

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. This book is difficult to describe. The title is sort of straight forward; however, there's so much more to this story. I annotated my copy of this book with good reason. I'm just going to say that if you have not read this book, you definitely should pick it up sooner than later.


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