I have always been fascinated in history and when I saw this tag on Kristin Kraves Books I knew I just had to do it. It was originally created by Books Michelle.

The Stone Age: one of the first books you remember reading

I loved Geronimo Stilton books when I was young. I’d say they were the books that first got me into reading. At one point I’m pretty sure I had book 1 to book 25 (that was all the books in those days, now the series soars at well over 100 books).

Ancient Greece: your favorite myth-inspired book (doesn’t have to be Greek mythology), or retelling

Uh. Can I count the first chapter of Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief? I didn’t finish it because I wasn’t enjoying it. Sorry to all you fans 😦

Hood by Stephen Lawhead is an awesome book based on the legend of steal from the rich give to the poor Robbin’ Robin Hood. I wasn’t sure if this counts as a myth (it was likely true) but it is a honorable mention.

The Roman Empire: a book featuring an impressive empire or kingdom

Red Queen features the kingdom of Norta, ruled by silver-blooded King Tiberias. The way this kingdom is ruled is what puts all the action of Red Queen into place. With red-blooded Mare Barrow and rebellious Scarlet Guard ready to disrupt the unfair norm.

The Middle Ages, (or the Dark Ages): a book that is an absolute bummer

By bummer, I am thinking that means a disappointing read because the Dark Ages and Middle Ages were a pretty sad and disappointing time. It was also a polarizing time with poor peasants and rich kings and lords so there is only one book that can fit all these factors …. A book that was disappointing and fell flat for me was probably Twilight (it is also very polarizing as some people are mega fans while others despise it). I mean the cringe-factor was off the charts. I think that living in the Dark Ages might be preferable to reading this book. (metaphorically people, metaphorically!)

The Renaissance: a book that you’ve learned a lot from, or that made you think

I just loved Anne of Green Gables. Anne’s outlook of life was inspiring. The description of Avonlea and the beautiful surroundings on Prince Edward Island were so enrapturing. This is the sort of book that if you’re having a bit of a hard time you will soon find yourself smiling again. I learnt how every mistake you make can be a lesson and about the importance of belonging.

The Industrial Revolution: a book featuring an invention or concept that you would love to have in your own life

Magic. The number of times I’ve looked at the TV remote and said “Accio remote”.

Most things in this book we do actually have. We have fantastic beasts and creatures that we need to take care of. There are many Newt Scamanders and Tina Goldsteins in this world trying to do their best to shine light into the darkness. And I guess we have our own kind of magic. Love, compassion and forgiveness and hope. Wow, that sounded cheesy. I didn’t mean it too.

World War I & II: your favorite historical fiction book about the World Wars (or if you don’t have one, your favorite historical fiction book in general)

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (such a mouthful) features a bookish community like none other. Even though this is set in the wake of World War 2 it has so much joy brought by the book club. I would love to have the tenacity and ‘can-do make-do’ attitude of the islanders. Written entirely from letters this book made for an intriguing read.

Honorable mention: The book Thief – sooooo good!!! I can’t write about the awesomeness of this book in a few words. I will write a review when I can.

Present day: a book everybody should read in present day according to you

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. There were many great things about this book: simply beautiful prose, developing characters with hidden depths, plot which jumps around from past to present day, complex themes, a work of historical fiction set in the midst of World War Two. Enough said – this book was my favorite read of 2019 and is my go-to recommendation. (All the regular readers of matfiction are uttering a huge sigh right now – I know this book features in every book tag… sorry… but it’s great!)

I tag every book blogger who sees this post! Please tag back to me so I can see your picks!

  • Have you read any of these?
  • Do you agree or disagree?
  • What would have you put under the prompts?

3 thoughts on “Book Tag: Ancient History

  1. I vaguely remember reading a series about a character called Danny Dunn. And that’s about all I remember!


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