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Sometimes I feel like the only person I know who finds reading history fascinating. It’s so full of amazing-yet-true stories of people driven to the edge and how they reacted to it. I keep telling friends that a good history book (as opposed to some of those textbooks in school that are all lists and dates) does everything a good novel does–it grips you with real characters doing amazing things.

Am I REALLY the only person who feels this way? When is the last time you read a history book? Historical biography? You know, something that took place in the past but was REAL.

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the commentsβ€”or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

68 responses

  1. If I stumble upon it I’ll read it, but I don’t seek it out http://killmeifistop.blogspot.com/2011/08/btt-history.html

  2. I read one Amazing one on the probably most famous Mistress of all time, not Monica Lewinski. ;P You’ll have to stop by the see if you guessed right!
    My Thursday & Vampire Giveaway

  3. I love reading history books, also because historical fiction is quite tricky to write! My most recent one was ‘People of the Book’ by Geraldine Brooks!!
    Hop by if you want to read my extended answer!!
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  4. This is a great question! But, I can’t say that outside of school, I read much real-history.
    Here’s my BTT: http://thebestwayoutisthroughreviews.blogspot.com/2011/08/booking-through-thursday-2.html

  5. My choice (Henrietta Lacks) was a runner up in the Indie Lit awards. More info on the awards and nominating next week is on my post

  6. I wish I had more time to read history books! Check out my answer HERE

  7. A very interesting question! Being a history buff… I love a good HF…. but looking forward to hearing about others’ favorite historical non-fiction! >a href=”http://booklovermusings.blogspot.com/2011/08/bbt-history.html”>Come let me know what your favorite is!

  8. A great question,books we should read more often.

  9. My first Booking through Thursday

    Falling For Books

  10. I’ve been interested in history but these days I’m reading more fiction. Maybe should get back to those history books: http://mervih.wordpress.com/2011/08/25/history/

  11. Loves History, here is my response: http://edwardsgranddaugther.blogspot.com/2011/08/great-books.html

    Thanks @ Edwards Granddaughter

  12. I enjoy reading good history books, but I often don’t take the time to do it.


  13. I don’t read much history as I read mostly fiction although I love history. But these three books were the exception! Captivating read. Check it out…


  14. Within the past year I have probably read two books under that category. One Walt Disney Memoir and one History (The Devil in The White City) The first one was good the second okay I skimmed through it a lot. I don’t usually do much history though I would like to do more.

    I do love historical fiction though.

  15. Generally speaking, I prefer memoir, popular science, and contemporary biography to true history. My full answer: http://www.bibliotica.com/2011/08/2281/

  16. I like historical fiction, historical biography, and history books.
    My full answer is posted.

  17. Just click on the link and you’ll see mine.

  18. Well, you’re the only I know who’s admitted to liking history books. I’ve read more than none, though, so maybe that counts.

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