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.

Discovery.

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?

  1. One day I was browsing through my dad's old book collection from his university days, looking for yet something else to read, and I found the most wonderful gem of a story that I still read every year: Watership Down, Richard Adams' lovely tale about a warren of rabbits. It was and still is one of my favourites!

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