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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Top 5 Wednesday: Historical Books

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Welcome backkk to another Top 5 Wednesday! This month's topic is to choose Top 5 Historical Fiction and it's actually quite difficult for me to do. Over the years of reading, I don't read much historical fiction books—even though I enjoyed reading them. After making this post, I'm seriously considering to read more books from that genre, because some of the books I listed below are my favorite books. Without further delay, here are my top historical fiction books in no particular order.

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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
I've mentioned this book multiple times on this blog, because reading this book was a complete coincidence. For those of you who didn't know, I bought this book in Norway bookstore because I ran out of books to read while I was on a holiday. And this book is one out of the few books that are written in English, so I decided to read it (I also love the cover, btw). I rarely read historical fiction books, but oh my God, I absolutely love this book! The story is incredibly touching and full of emotions. And Between Shades of Gray was the 2nd book that I reviewed on this blog! (read my review here, and see how short I wrote my review back then) So it holds lots of memories. Oh btw, this book is not to be mistaken with Fifty Shades of Grey, please. ㅋㅋ

( This book is set during World War II in 1941, Lithuania/Siberia)
The Book Thief by Markus Suzak
The second one is my most recent read out of five, because I just read it this year. And this book is also a very emotional read that really breaks my heart. I can't help loving the characters and felt absolutely devastated at the end. All the historical aspects of this book entwined perfectly with the plot, creating a really beautiful story which I can enjoy, even though I'm not particularly interested in history. (You can read my review on the book here)

(This book is set during World War II in 1939, Nazi Germany.)
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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
These two are by one of the best story-teller I've ever read, Khaled Hosseini, and probably the earliest historical fiction book I've read (that I could still remember of). Even though the whole story is vague to me now, because it's been such a long time, I remember how emotional it was, and how I was really engaged with the characters in it. Since I read this book, I vowed to read anything by Khaled Hosseini.

(This book is set in the 1970s, Kabul/Afghan.)
I read this book a few months after I finished The Kite Runner, and it was definitely not disappointing. It actually exceeded my expectation and made me love Khaled Hosseini's writing even more. It's a beautifully written story about two women who live and suffered under the power of Taliban. This book (as well as The Kite Runner) taught me a lot of the cultural history of Afghanistan through a story that I can enjoy thoroughly.

(This book is set in 1960s, Kabul/Afghan.)
The last one on this list is a book that doesn't really intrigue me in the beginning, but I was interested because some people gave positive reviews about it. Basically it discussed the Chinese culture of foot-binding in the old days, and made me realize what the girls had to go through back then. Same with the other books on this list, this one is also quite an emotional story. I really enjoyed the character development and could relate with the characters as well. This book certainly made me understand the old Chinese culture a bit more.

(This book is set in the 19th century, Hunan/China.)
What are your favorite historical fiction books? If you know a really good one, please recommend some to me—because I think I need to read more from this genre. I'll see you again in next week's Top 5 Wednesday with the topic Top 5 Wintry Reads (for the holidays!). Even though we don't have winter here in my country (sad reality), but I think it'll be fun to choose books for that season. Hopefully I can come up with 5 books to list :)) Bye!

by.stefaniesugia♥ .

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