I have a hankering to read an historical novel.
Perhaps it’s because I’ve been re-reading the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis.
Perhaps it’s because I’ve read a collection of more contemporary books recently and have been longing after the types of stories I enjoyed as a child.
Growing up, I loved mysteries, more specifically mysteries set in a historical time period, either pioneers or the turn of the century. I devoured books like the Mandie series by Lois Gladys Leppard.
What is it about historical novels that grab the reader?
The opportunity to discover a different way of life in a time before all the complications and conveniences of modern technology, the differences in clothing and mannerisms, the way people may have acted towards others, and cultural and time-specific rules and ways of doing things.
Isn’t that why we bibliophiles love to read? Whether you’re reading fiction or non-fiction, you’re discovering ideas and people.
What were your favourite books to read when you were young?