Category: Historical Fiction

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: A Good Read, A Dignified Cry

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: A Good Read, A Dignified Cry

I’m baaaaaaaaack! I hope all of my fellow American bookworms have come out of their food comas! I know I’m still struggling. A 4-day-weekend is a glorious thing, but I want a weekend to recover from my weekend. Can we make that happen? Ah, well. I knew it was a long shot. In the few months I’ve been wandering aimlessly about the blogosphere, I’ve been hearing about The Book Thief… Read more »

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My BFF and The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

My BFF and The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Bookworms, let’s talk. You know how when you were in middle school you would occasionally tire of age appropriate fare and steal things from your parents’ bookshelves? No? I find that hard to believe. While you’re coming to terms with honesty, I’m going to tell you a story. When I was in middle school I met my BFF. She’s my best friend to this day, so it’s not weird AT… Read more »

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Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry: The Giver, Part 2. Only not.

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry: The Giver, Part 2. Only not.

Hello Again Bookworms! I bet you’re all dying to know what happened to Jonas and Gabe, aren’t you? Well… Too damn bad! This book doesn’t mention them at all! Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry is the second in The Giver series. It takes place in another dystopian society, but this one is NOTHING like the one Jonas and Gabe came from. Our heroine is a girl named Kira. She lives… Read more »

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Banned Books Week: The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Banned Books Week: The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Howdy, Worms! Today’s selection to celebrate Banned Books Week is The Color Purple by Alice Walker. The list of American high schools that banned this book is impressive. It’s been on parents’ shiz-nit list since it was released in 1982. Why is everyone so up in arms? Well… It’s pretty violent. There are some explicit sex scenes, both hetero and homosexual. It doesn’t paint African American men in the best… Read more »

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Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is a book with an aura around it. I have never watched the movie in its entirety (for shame, I know), and until recently I hadn’t read the book either. I am a huge trivia buff and attend a monthly trivia night. It’s for charity, so I don’t feel like a jerk for winning all the time. Because it’s not ME winning, it’s… Read more »

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Pirate Dog! And The House at Riverton by Kate Morton

Pirate Dog! And The House at Riverton by Kate Morton

Ahoy there, Bookworms! Yesterday was Talk Like a Pirate Day, and I didn’t acknowledge it on my blog. For that, I apologize. I did celebrate, though. I put on my fearsome pirate-y eye patch and shared my yogurt with Pirate Dog. (Yes, Pirate Dog. One of our office dogs had to have an eye removed because of painful doggy glaucoma, and the name “Harley” doesn’t seem to suit him anymore…. Read more »

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Snow Flower and The Secret Fan

Snow Flower and The Secret Fan

I promised you we’d “travel,” didn’t I, Bookworms? Let’s got to China! Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See takes us on an adventure though 19th Century China. More historical fiction, I know, but this is in CHINA, y’all! Totally new perspective. Our heroine Lily is paired up in an “old sames” relationship with another young girl named Snow Flower. Because women were kept in near total seclusion at this… Read more »

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Gardens in Literature: Secret, Forgotten, and Red

Gardens in Literature: Secret, Forgotten, and Red

Good day, Bookworms! As you probably recall from an earlier post, I enjoy flowers and gardening nearly as much as I enjoy reading. Today we’re going to discuss a trio of books concerning gardens. Are you excited yet? I’ll take that collective groan as an enthusiastic “Yes!” The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a classic that’s been enjoyed by children for generations. Sadly, I was not one of those… Read more »

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Badass & Biblical: The Red Tent

Badass & Biblical: The Red Tent

Yesterday I wrote about Pope Joan, and I’m feeling theme-y, so let’s continue with the historical fiction/women in religion vein, shall we? The Red Tent by Anita Diamant tells the story of Dinah. Who is Dinah? Yes, that is the name of Alice in Wonderland’s cat, but more importantly, Dinah was in the Bible. I grew up Catholic, so it’s with great shame that I admit that the bulk of my knowledge… Read more »

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Pope Joan: More Than Myth?

Pope Joan: More Than Myth?

I was a women’s studies minor in college, and as our final project, we had to write a research paper on… anything to do with being a woman. Pretty broad topic, right? I had just finished reading The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown and I was completely obsessed with the idea that women may have been written out of important roles in the Bible. I set about writing my research… Read more »

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