As I was sitting down this morning to write a post, it came to me that I needed to scratch the review, and write this post instead. This post will be a VERY irregular new feature where I explain to you my new loves in life in reading land, or technology, photography, beauty, or hell, even food! Kinda gonna be whenever the mood strikes and I have something I NEED to share with you guys, ya feel me? Good! Let’s do this thing.
This Time Around Its:
Okay, I have to do the right thing and say NONE of my love for Historical Fiction would exist without Hannah. Its the truth. I had literally ZERO interest before her pushing me to read the BEAUTIFUL debut, Burial Rites, by Hannah Kent. See, one good Hannah for another 😉 That book changed my entire view on the genre, and I found myself asking for historical recs, and scouting them out wherever I could. The obsession went on, next came books like The Wife, The Maid & The Mistress, Madam: A Novel of New Orleans both in which I simply ADORED, and of COURSE I Shall Be Near To You which is a favorite so far this year! [It is AMAZING pick it up, NOW.]
I began to find a vested interest in war times, which is why I also picked up The Secret of Raven Point, and recently another for review. I f0und myself wanting to be transported to times that I didn’t know much about, so that I could learn to understand the times a bit better with the help of some incredibly skilled authors. And so it continues, I listened to TWO historical fiction audiobooks this week alone, those being The Kitchen House and Necessary Lies. Listening to The Kitchen House was a wonderful experience that brought me back to the 1800’s and made me understand what it was like to live in times when slavery was so prominent, and the things that people endure just to get by. And Necessary Lies made me realize what life can be reduced to. It is a novel of the 1950’s and it simply is perfection. The voices by the two narrators are PERFECTION, and they are each from a different way of life. I wont tell you more, but I CAN tell you that it made me contact the author, Diane Chamberlain, and she WILL be on the blog soon for an interview! I AM SO EXCITED GUYS. But, I digress…
I have found that Historical Fiction offers up so much diversity. It can take you ANYWHERE. War time, Slavery. The New America. [hey there 1776] Immigration or a take on it such as[The Orphan Train], Civil Rights Movement, and so many other places. You can travel the world in a book, but with historical fiction you can also travel time. And I was SO blind to this before my eyes were opened to all that this genre can be. It is simple for me now. It is a go to genre, and I would be so lost without it.
On My TBR:
The Help [YES I know I’m a sinner]
The Ship of Brides [Another JoJo?? Absolutely!]
Also Read and Loved:
So Historical Fiction buffs, what must I read? Obviously I’m a bit new to the game, so I need YOU to give me some of your absolute faves in hope they’ll work out for me too! And to those of you looking for any recs, here ya go! Some of the best books I’ve read are listed here, and I hope you love them too!
ONE MORE thank you to HANNAH.
Let’s give that girl a round of applause!