Ancient History Book Tag

Once again, I found this book tag over at Kristin Kraves Books and you can find her post here. I’ve been going through her tags and finding the cool ones to write about when I don’t know what else to write about. So, here we go…

The Stone Age: One of the first books you remember reading.

I don’t remember really because I was read to, even as a baby. I remember enjoying books from the likes of Dr. Seuss, Berenstain Bears, Clifford, and the like. They were some good stuff. We also read the Little House on the Prairie when I was little and maybe this is why I love historical fiction.

Ancient Greece: your favorite myth inspired book (doesn’t have to be Greek.)

I’m not really into mythology books of any kind, so I’m not really sure when or if I read any books in this genre in recent years. I remember reading some Greek plays for a class in college but they weren’t about the Greek gods or anything, just everyday people inspired by the gods.

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

I started reading The Wolf Den recently, though I decided not to finish it. The premise is interesting, but the book itself is close to 500 pages and the story was a slow burn, which put me off. It’s set in Pompeii in ancient Rome and the main character was sold into slavery and she’s forced to perform at a Brothel where she fights to live and eventually get her freedom back. I liked that the language was modernized and not in formal language as that is a turn off for me in literary novels.

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

I’m not sure if this is meant that the book is about a depressing topic but a good read anyway or I read it thinking it was going to be good but ended up as a bummer. If the first, then I thought Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier was a great read but a lot of depressing events that happened. If the second, then The Light in Hidden Places by Sharon Cameron is a bummer because while the story is based on a true event during WWII but the writing style stinks.

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

I read a couple of books by Nick Jans recently about everyday life in Alaska and it made me appreciate the natural beauty around me and just living in the moment even though I don’t live in Alaska.

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

I haven’t read any of those types of books lately, so I’m not sure?

World War I and II: your favorite historical fiction set during the world wars (or your favorite historical fiction book in general)

Atonement by Ian McEwan. Set during WWII, this is the story of Briony, her sister Celia and the housekeeper’s son and how one lie changes the life of Celia for the rest of her life.

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

I really enjoyed The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation by Rosemary Sullivan. She presents and interesting theory on who might have told authorities where Anne Frank and her family were hiding. I’m not sure if it’s hard evidence, but it’s good to think about.

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