It is that time of the month where I take part in another tag, and I have Hannah’s blog to thank for discovering this one. I really like history and after reading the prompts and her answers, I knew that I simply must give this one a go!
This tag originated on booktube and was the brainchild of Books Michelle, so thank you very much to her for coming up with all of these questions. Let’s get straight on with it!
The Stone Age: one of the first books you remember reading.
My parents read to me a lot when I was little, but the first books I remember reading were by Roald Dahl, beginning with Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. His books and the Harry Potter series accounted for most of my childhood reading.
Ancient Greece: your favourite myth-inspired book (doesn’t have to be Greek mythology), or retelling.
Almost every retelling I read seems to be wonderful, and as things stand The Song Of Achilles is the best of them all. It is so beautifully written and tells a profoundly emotional story that made it such an incredible reading experience. I still have lots more retellings on my TBR though, so perhaps I will discover some that are equally as good!
The Roman Empire: a book featuring an impressive empire or kingdom.
I am not a massive reader of fantasy, so the first thing that comes to my mind is Ravka, in the Shadow And Bone series. It may come under siege on occasion and suffer occasional destruction at the hands of dark forces, but any kingdom where Nikolai Lantsov is in charge has to be pretty impressive, right?
The Middle Ages, (or the Dark Ages): a book that is an absolute bummer.
I do not really know how to interpret this question, so I shall go along with Hannah and choose a book with a depressing subject matter. After having a quick glance at my bookshelves, the first one that comes to mind is The Confessions Of Frannie Langton. It eloquently deals with the topic of slavery and also contains a forbidden romance, and on the whole it is quite powerful and tragic.
The Renaissance: a book that you’ve learned a lot from, or that made you think.
There are several options I could choose for this prompt, but I remember reading this book and learning about the Foundling hospital in London, an institution that housed babies that were given up by their parents – usually in the case of unmarried mothers. The thing that struck me the most was that a lottery would determine whether each baby would be accepted or not; so cruel and unforgiving for the ones who were unsuccessful.
The Industrial Revolution: a book featuring an invention or concept that you would love to have in your own life.
I have to agree with Hannah here and say the Harry Potter series. So many of its inventions are things you just wish could exist in real life.
World War I & II: your favourite historical fiction book about the World Wars (or if you don’t have one, your favourite historical fiction book in general).
I read The Huntress at the end of 2019 and it was a five-star read. Told across three different timelines during and after the Second World War, it was incredibly compelling with some real standout characters. I also learnt a lot from it, so definitely the complete reading experience.
Present Day: a book everybody should read in present day according to you.
Whenever I get asked which book I think everyone should read, I say The Hate U Give every single time. Not only is it a novel of great contemporary significance, it contains a brilliant story and wonderful characters.
I also think there is something both powerful and moving about Clap When You Land as it explores the connection between two sisters who are similar but at the same time very different. And How To Be Brave is a slightly less mainstream book but it was just one of the most amazing reading experiences I have ever encountered, accompanied by beautiful writing throughout.
Happy reading 🙂