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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Booking Through Thursday: A Whole Lotta History


This week's question: "Sometimes I feel like the only person I know who finds reading history fascinating. It’s so full of amazing-yet-true stories of people driven to the edge and how they reacted to it. I keep telling friends that a good history book (as opposed to some of those textbooks in school that are all lists and dates) does everything a good novel does–it grips you with real characters doing amazing things. Am I REALLY the only person who feels this way? When is the last time you read a history book? Historical biography? You know, something that took place in the past but was REAL."

I love, love, love non-fiction history as well as historical biographies. I've always loved diving deep into a true story. Sometimes the true stories are even more fantastic than the fictional stories that I also love to read. I also think that it's incredibly important for all of us to have a decent background in our historical knowledge. It's so important to know how we got to where we are today. Probably my favorite historical period to read about is WWII. I can't get enough of it. So many things that happened during WWII still affect the way that our world and politics are today.

What say you?

23 comments:

  1. is there one WWII book you would recommend? maybe I should give it a try!

    TRISH- Here's my BTT Post

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  2. What? Another WWII fan? I might have to get some recommendations.
    Here's Mine

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  3. Great point. I tend toward historical fiction myself. I'm gathering some great titles to try.

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  4. Wow! It's so nice to see someone who actually likes non-fiction. Now...I need a list to give it a try! Personally, I like historical fictions that are well-researched!
    Here is my answer!

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  5. Yes, World War 11 is a very interesting time in History.

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2011/08/booking-through-thursday_25.html

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  6. WW2 is the source of many an epic tale. Are you familiar with Jeff Shaara's historical fiction set there?

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  7. Have to agree with you that sometimes he truth is more fun and engaging that the HF out there.

    Here's Mine: House Millar - BTT

    Aine

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  8. I enjoy non-fiction history as well, though I don't read it as much as I should. Ghost Soldiers is one of my favorite World War II books.

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  9. I also love reading history. I'm a big fan of historical fiction, but I also like non-fiction history when it is written well, and not like a history book. The WWII book I am recommending right now is 'Unbroken' by Laura Hillenbrand. I have a review on my blog.

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  10. I really enjoy non-fiction history as well as historical fictions. Its easy to get absorbed into the history when you know its real.

    I read The murder of King Tut by James Patterson recently and loved it.

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  11. I love historical fiction. I would read non-fiction history if I had a good recommendation. I think I will check out The Murder of King Tut by James Paterson. I get that will be great.

    Visiting from Time 4 Mommy. There's a very active book club there.

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  12. WWII is a fabulous era to read about. I just finished reading Secrets by Lesley Pearse which was set during that time. It's also fascinating around the 1930s depression too. But I have to admit I prefer to get my historical fix in a fictional novel.

    http://thebookgatherer.blogspot.com/2011/08/booking-through-thursday-history-books.html

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  13. @Trish Ah, there's so many good ones to choose from. One of the ones I liked was Witnesses of War by Nicholas Stargardt. It's about the children of WWII.

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  14. @Vicki I love just about any WWII fiction and non-fiction!

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  15. @BookGal I love historical fiction as well. That's probably my favorite fictional genre.

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  16. @Kate Historical fiction is probably my favorite fiction genre!

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  17. @smellincoffee I actually don't know that one. What is it called?

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  18. @Anya Millar It's sort of like that old addage: "truth is often stranger than fiction!"

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  19. @lsl_scrapper It's so easy to get sucked in when the history makes a better story than so much fiction out there!

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  20. @Theresa I love historical fiction too! That's probably my favorite fiction genre.

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  21. @The Book Gatherer I really like historical fiction too. They make for a great escape!

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