Historical Fiction // Book Reviews

Helloooooo. It feels like it's been forever since I've blogged and, it just so happens that the calendar agrees with me... I don't really like giving explanations, it always just feels like I'm making excuses but I think schools a pretty legitimate one. That being said, it's the start of the year and so instead of redeeming myself next year, I'm gonna pull it together for April. Boom. :) The awesome part about me not blogging for a whole month (which I'd actually planned posts for!) is that I now have loads of post ideas. Anyway, moving on.

You might remember from my "What... // February" post, that I said I'd read The Help and that I'd be reviewing it? That's part of what this post is. I mentioned in that post, that I'd been forced to read The Help, something I wouldn't normally have picked up, for school. Let's just say I was pretty shocked that I liked it, it even encouraged me to start reading more and to read the other book I'll be talking about in this post: The Kite Runner.

Both the books are historical fiction, a genre that I'd normally shy away from. However, after reading The Help I found these types of novels to be almost like a history lesson. An interesting one! Something that really struck me about the novels was how many aspects of society they covered. I think it's down to this and the novels' ability to really give you a glimpse as to how people would have lived in that setting is what made the books so good.

So chances are you've heard of The Help and The Kite Runner? They were both turned into movies fairly recently? Ringing any bells yet? Anyway, starting with The Help. It's by Kathryn Stockett and is set in 1960's Jackson, Missisipi, America, i.e. the time of the civil rights movement.

The book is told from a few different perspectives but basically it covers the story of Skeeter, an aspiring journalist, who is trying to gather stories from the lives of a group of African-American maids. The purpose of the stories would be to bring to light the racism and injustice that existed in their society.

One aspect of the book that I found particularly interesting, is how it's told from and primarily details, a females point of view. As I mentioned before, it's told from a range of perspectives, but all the character's whose point of view the book is written in, are female.

Moving on to The Kite Runner which is by Khaled Hosseini. The novel starts when Amir, the main character, is young. He is brought up in Afghanistan and later, is forced to move to America with his father.

Whilst them leaving America is a big part to the book so is the theme of redemption. Now I really don't want to give anything away (you'll just have to go read the book!) so I'm not going to go into any further detail. What I will say though, is that the book covers so much more than them just moving to America.

Hopefully I've persuaded you with these somewhat cryptic book descriptions to dive into some historical fiction. I just really didn't want to ruin them for anyone! Anyway, if you've read the books I'd love to know what you think and also if there's any other books in particular that I should read?

Thanks for reading,

Katie XO