This week for Weekly Geeks: Ali asks us about historical fiction. She has a bunch of questions, but I've focused on these two:
Is there a particular era that you love reading about? Tell us about it--give us a book list, if you'd like.
Ah, man! I can't pick a favorite. Really and truly, I love them all. But I DO love making a list! And in fact, I was thinking of making more book lists as part of a regular blog feature, so what a perfect way to start that, right here on a Weekly Geeks post! So introducing,
Suey's Top Ten Historical Fiction Novels
1. Katherine by Anya Seton (British royalty history)
2. The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye (British occupation of India)
3. Sacajawea by Anna Lee Waldo (Lewis and Clark expedition)
4. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (China)
5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (The Holocast)
6. Chesapeake by James Michener (settling of the Chesapeake Bay area)
7. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (Civil War)
8. The Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George (Egypt and Rome)
9. Sarum by Edward Rutherford (history of Salisbury England, sweeping all eras)
10. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet (medieval England)
Wow, there's so many more to list! I need a top 50 or something! Anyway, these books are not only some of my favorite historical fiction, but some of my all time favorites of any genre. So so good! Many of them I read way "before blogging" so sometime in a dead blogging moment, I'll have to remember them and review them. Or, I could always re-read!
A member of your book group, Ashley, mentions that she almost never reads Historical Fiction because it can be so boring. It's your turn to pick the book for next month and you feel it's your duty to prove her wrong. What book do you pick?
Well, it would all depend on what sorts of books Ashley DOES like, you see. But not really knowing her that well, I would suggest Katherine by Anya Seton. It's pretty much got it all. And I just really don't know how you could call it boring.
I look forward to reading what everyone else's favorites are and adding big-time to my TBR!