Books with Historical Settings that I Loved

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“The past is never where you think you left it.” ― Katherine Anne Porter

The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday today is a bit hard to fill out!

February 2: Top Ten Historical Settings You Love/ Ten Historical Settings You’d Love To See or Top Futuristic Books You Love/Ten Futuristic Societies I’d Love To Read in Books

With my love-hate relationship with classic books, I can only share less than ten (or even less than five) but I will still list them! 😉

So let’s start, here are the Books with Historical Settings that I Loved!

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner

Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir’s choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

Frankie, born in a burning church, abandoned as an infant, and raised by a music teacher in a small Spanish town, until war rips his life apart. At nine years old, he is sent to America in the bottom of a boat. His only possession is an old guitar and six precious strings. His amazing journey weaves him through the musical landscape of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, with his stunning playing and singing talent affecting numerous stars (Duke Ellington, Hank Williams, Elvis Presley) until, as if predestined, he becomes a pop star himself.

He makes records. He is adored. But Frankie Presto’s gift is also his burden, as he realizes the power of the strings his teacher gave him, and how, through his music, he can actually affect people’s lives. At the height of his popularity, tortured by his biggest mistake, he vanishes. His legend grows. Only decades later, having finally healed his heart, does Frankie reappearjust before his spectacular death—to change one last life. With the Spirit of Music as our guide, we glimpse into the lives that were changed by one man whose strings could touch the music—and the magic—in each of us.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Color Purple

Taking place mostly in rural Georgia, the story focuses on the life of women of color in the southern United States in the 1930s, addressing numerous issues including their exceedingly low position in American social culture. The novel has been the frequent target of censors and appears on the American Library Association list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2000-2009 at number seventeen because of the sometimes explicit content, particularly in terms of violence.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

11/22/63 by Stephen King

11/22/63

Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away…but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke… Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten…and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho 

Manuscript Found in Accra

July 14, 1099. Jerusalem awaits the invasion of the crusaders who have surrounded the city’s gates. There, inside the ancient city’s walls, men and women of every age and every faith have gathered to hear the wise words of a mysterious man known only as the Copt. He has summoned the townspeople to address their fears with truth:

“Tomorrow, harmony will become discord. Joy will be replaced by grief. Peace will give way to war…. None of us can know what tomorrow will hold, because each day has its good and its bad moments. So, when you ask your questions, forget about the troops outside and the fear inside. Our task is not to leave a record of what happened on this date for those who will inherit the Earth; history will take care of that. Therefore, we will speak about our daily lives, about the difficulties we have had to face.”

Summary and photo credit: Goodreads


Have you read some of these books, too?

What are your thoughts?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Author Duos You’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together

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“A writer’s brain is like a magician’s hat. If you’re going to get anything out of it, you have to put something in it first.” ― Louis L’Amour

It’s Top Ten Tuesday again and this week, The Broke and the Bookish put the spotlight on the people behind the words, the authors!

October 13: Top Ten Author Duos You’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together

This will take a lot of time but I will try to do it quick! 😀

So here are the duos that I would love to see, hopefully!

1. Kiera Cass + Colleen Hoover = Fairytalish  and suspense/mystery YA

The Selection (The Selection, #1)Never Never (Never Never, #1)

2. Rainbow Rowell + Graeme Simsion = Ultimate book with odd yet lovable characters

Eleanor & ParkThe Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1)

3. Anthony Doerr +  Alice Walker = Ultimate historical fiction

All the Light We Cannot SeeThe Color Purple

4. Alice Sebold + Jojo Moyes = Ultimate tearjerker

The Lovely BonesMe Before You (Me Before You, #1)

5. Stephen King + James Patterson = Ultimate sci-fi mystery thriller

11/22/631st to Die (Women's Murder Club, #1)

6. Jodi Picoult + Liane Moriarty = Ultimate mystery/romance/family novel

Leaving TimeThe Husband's Secret

7. E. Lockhart + Gillian Flynn = Ultimately ‘insane’ story

We Were LiarsGone Girl

8. Paulo Coelho + Markus Zusak = Ultimate inspiring and spiritually deep novel

The AlchemistI Am the Messenger

9. Gayle Forman + Robert Galbraith = Ultimate love and mystery thriller

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2)

10.  Mitch Albom + Nicholas Sparks = THE BEST NOVEL EVER! 😀 ❤ (Sorry for fangirling!)

The Five People You Meet in HeavenThe Notebook (The Notebook, #1)


That’s it!

Share your thoughts to me, please! 😀

And your links, too!

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BOOK READS: A Review of The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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Oddly structured. Poignant yet inspiring.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Color Purple
Genre: Fiction. Epistolary novel
Published: 1982
Rating: 💖💖💖💖 (MUST-READ)

THE STORY:

Celie, a ”colored” woman, told her life’s tale including the injustices that she has been through.

Set in Georgia, she told her story through letters addressed to God.

From a woman who felt worthless, she slowly find her true value, both as a ‘colored’ lady and as a person.



THE BLURB:

The Color Purple won the Pulitzer Prize for a lot of reasons.

Yes, the book contains some explicit content especially about the abuses against ”colored” women but these actually make the story more moving.

Celie’s tales and her sister’s, named Nettie, experiences in Africa are gruesome especially the woman’s ”circumcision” which has been a tradition for some African tribes.

These ugly incidents can really make you cringe as a reader. But I think they make the ending more inspiring.  

THE WISE WORDS:

THE WRAP:

After reading the numerous tragedies the characters have been through, the ending became more heartening.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

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A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. – George R.R. Martin

I can’t help but smile as I write this post because The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday today is almost related to my post last week, Top Ten Books I am Dying to Read.

September 22: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

But instead of repeating those books, I will feature the 10 books that I ought to finish this fall. They are all part of PopSugar’s Reading Challenge 2015 that I would like to wrap up, soon!

Here they are:

1. A book you own but have never read – Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

2. A nonfiction book – You Can You Will: 8 Undeniable Qualities of a Winner by Joel Osteen

You Can You Will: 8 Undeniable Qualities of a Winner

3. A classic romance – Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

Love in the Time of Cholera

4. A Pulitzer Prize-winning book – The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch

5. A book based on a true story – Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Eat, Pray, Love

6. A book at the bottom of your to-read list – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird

7. A book more than 100 years old – Alice in Wonderland (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, #1) by Lewis Carroll 

Alice in Wonderland (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, #1)

8. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t – All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See9. A book with antonyms in the title – South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami

South of the Border, West of the Sun

10. A book that came out the year you were born – The Pelican Brief by John Grisham
The Pelican Brief

What are you reading this fall?
Do you have a reading challenge, too?
I’m excited to hear it from you!
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