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Monday, March 25, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday--Historical Recommendations

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Top Ten (Classic/Historical) Books I Recommend the Most

*Don't miss my other blog for my Fantasy/Dystopian Picks. Sorry I didn't have the time to link titles and authors and put covers up! This last weekend was just too freakin' crazy! ;D

10. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens--can't go wrong with my buddy (and many-greats grandfather) Chuck!
9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte--I've never seen a movie version of Jane Eyre I disliked. That's because Jane Eyre is such a great story, it's nearly impossible to screw up.
8. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen--everyone has to read this once in their lives!
7. Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers--Assassin nuns, dark conspiracy at court, perfect amount of romance. Need I say more?
6. Dracula by Bram Stoker--Again, you can't not read this. It literally came more than 100 years before Twilight!
5. The Crucible by Arthur Miller--Again, everyone needs to read this at least once. It's that good!
4. The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran--so impressed by Moran. If you're at all interested in Egypt, read her stuff!
3. Nefertiti by Michelle Moran--Ditto.
2. The Once and Future King by T.H. White--One of my all-time faves. It's been years since I picked it up. I really need to read it again. The classic medival fiction and go-to Arthurian legends to boot!
1. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad--I LOVE this book. So much insight into the human condition, good vs evil, and so much more. I read it at least once a year!

How about you? What are your all time top ten recommendations?


  1. Love that you included many classics in this list! I have The Once and Future King sitting and waiting to be read...should bump that book up my to-read list...

    My (slightly modified) TTT

  2. 100% perfect list! A few I didn't think of adding, but overall agree with all of them. Is Dickens really related to you? That's so funny because one of my good friends, he's her great, etc uncle or something like that.

  3. Makes me realize how little of the great books I've read. If school didn't demand it (The Crucible was a required 9th grade read) then I haven't tackled it. Good for you for reading so many of these. I have guilt now. ;)

  4. I've had Heart of Darkness on my shelf since I watched Apocalypse Now last summer... and I STILL haven't read it even though it's sounds so like my kind of book.
    I love The Crucible.
    Great picks!!

  5. Grave mercy <3 I really want to read something from Michelle Moran!

    TT- Mel@thedailyprophecy.

  6. Grave Mercy is such an awesome book!! I think the Sequal comes out this week or the next week, but I can't wait to read it!!
    old follower
    my TTT