So I’m a bit of a history junkie. I feel like a lot of people find this surprising about me or even strange but I am sort of obsessed with history! If I were to guess, it would probably be due to all my exposure to Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books when I was growing up and playing pretend with my sister. I was always Mary and she was Laura and I think that plays such a huge role in why I love history so much. Another book that really threw me into that realm was this book called The Green Glass Sea which was about two girls who had parents that worked on Project Manhattan during World War II. Oh and I can’t forget about the influence that Oregon Trail must have played into this too! (I feel like not surprisingly but pioneer times and world war II are two of my favorite parts of history now).
Today I’m going to be sharing a bunch of the historical books that I have on my TBR list at the moment.
Trials of the Earth: The True Story of a Pioneer Woman by Mary Mann Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel
Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley
The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Marta McDowell
I feel like there are definitely other books that I could add to this list but I’m being too lazy to look them up. If you have any recommendations of historical nonfiction I’d love to hear them! I’m always looking for new books within this genre to read.
I’m actually currently reading Testament of Youth, I bought it two years ago while I was in London at one of the many museums that we went to and I figure since I’ve had it that long I really should be reading it now. Hopefully I’ll be making a post about that soon and if I do I’ll link it here.
Anyways, happy Monday everyone! I hope your week starts off well.
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I’ve got to admit something to you guys…
So I’ve been saying for YEARS now that Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors. And now I must admit that I have never actually read an entire book of hers. Yes, that’s right, I have never read an entire book of Jane Austen’s before. I’m honestly kind of embarrassed to actually be typing this out, like I went to Bath in England a couple years ago and cried when I realized I was walking where Jane Austen once walked and I bought multiple books of hers and about her whilst on that trip and STILL have never read an entire book!
I have gotten about halfway through Pride and Prejudice numerous times (like more times than I can recall at this point) and I’ve also read about half of Northanger Abbey. And I honestly really do feel embarrassed to say that. So that is why I have decided to challenge myself to read all of Jane Austen’s books and document that process on the blog, you know, just to hold myself accountable.
I pulled out my complete collection of her novels that I bought in London back in 2017. I have that really pretty set that’s been published too (picture inserted below) but those books (along with my copy of the book Jane Austen at Home) have been packed in a box someplace and I’m not sure if/when I’ll ever see those again! I’ll be reading and trying to annotate each book as I go. I think also instead of reading these books in the order that they’ve been put into this book I’ll be reading them as I see fit to read them. Which means I think I’ll begin with Lady Susan because I have honestly never heard of that before!
So to make a long story short, I’m going to stop pretending to be the biggest Jane Austen fan of all time and actually get my butt in gear and read her books for real! Let’s hope I still love her as much at the end of this as I do right now!
Also if any of you have suggestions as to what order I should read her books in let me know!