For the last year or so I have been predominantly reading fiction. I’m not really sure why.
Traditionally, I prefer a well written historical book over a fictional novel. The characters are more believable (because they’re real) and there’s plenty of crazy shit in our history as humans to talk about that we don’t necessarily need to make stories up.
Yes, fictional stories can be great. They can change the hearts and minds of the masses for the better. There’s just something about connecting with our ancestors’ histories while reading a non-fictional book that can never be replicated in fiction. Don’t believe me? Here’s a few suggestions to get you going in the non-fiction category. Also, all pictures are links to the book’s amazon page:
Two of my favorite books about the Jewish oppression during World War II are:
One of my favorite non-fictional authors is Alison Weir. She does an incredible job of making history read like a thrilling novel. Her expertise is in English history (particularly the Tudors) but she has delved into all time periods of history. Here are two of her’s that I really loved:
Dave Eggers is another incredible nonfiction author. His works are based on more recent history. He’s never been focused on a certain geographical area but instead looks for incredible stories and flawlessly writes them into books. These are my two favorite books by Eggers: