Since tomorrow is the 4th of July, I thought it would be fun to do a holiday-themed book tag. I know it’s Wednesday, which is usually my book review day, but I’ll be moving the book review to Saturday.
This tag was originally created by Talking Leaves on Youtube. As always, I’m not tagged nor am I tagging anyone else.
I actually wanted to narrow my choices to books which only have to do with the Revolutionary War, but I found I haven’t read enough books on the topic. However, I do want to narrow my books down to different wars in American history, or just books which are about American history (save for one that specifically has to be British). Or, at least books which have to do with the ideals of freedom and independence prevalent through American history. This adds an extra challenge for me.
Getting patriotic. Show three books you have already read, one red, one white and one blue.
This is a fascinating, but sad real-life story of the murders of a Native American family for their land filled with oil, by one of their own friends. However, it’s a beautifully written book about a darker example of the American experience.
This book counts as white, right? I mean, it’s just got a little bit of black in the center. Anyway, this is a book which examines macabre sites to visit in New York City. And where would learning about American history be without the more grim topics?
The first book in the Sackett’s Series, this book is set in the late sixteen hundreds. It follows a man from England who escapes to America to find freedom. It’s such a fun book, with surprisingly well-rounded characters.
A books with your favorite “rag-tag” band of revolutionaries.
I love the “Killing Series.” This is my second favorite book in the series, following Killing the Rising Sun. This follows the real life revolutionaries in America who decided to break away from England.
Show a book that takes place in one of the original 13 colonies.
Let’s pick the American Girl series about Felicity, set in Virginia during the Revolutionary War. I loved this series, and I still own my Felicity doll.
Show a book that takes place in England.
This is such a beautiful book! I recently watched the movie and I enjoyed it too, though I need to reread the book to refresh how similar the two are. It’s set in England around WWII.
Time for Fireworks! What book would you say ends with a bang?
I wouldn’t say this book exactly ends with a bang, but it is an emotional and dramatic ending. Besides, this novel is perhaps the most famous book set during the Civil War. I have mixed feelings about the story, mostly because I hated all the characters (though perhaps that was the point), but it is a beautifully written book.
Show three books you would like to read, one red, one white and one blue.
If you’ve ever gotten into old movies, you’ll probably know just how famous of actor Audie Murphy was in the 1940s. But many probably don’t know he was also a highly decorated soldier in WWII, and also wrote this book about his experiences. I’ve been wanting to read it for a while, but haven’t gotten a chance yet.
This book tells about two men with the same name, one who became a successful writer and the other who ended up in jail. It examines how upbringing and luck plays in deciding our futures. I haven’t read it, but it’s sat on my bookshelf for years. I probably should pick it up sometime.
I know, you’re probably sick of hearing about H.P. Lovecraft. But, in my opinion, he is the best American horror writer. And this cover is so pretty! Technically, I have read part of this book, but I haven’t finished it so it’s still on my list to read.
Have you read any of these books? Do they look interesting to you? If you live in America, how do you celebrate the Fourth of July? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, follow my blog for more musings and, as always,
Best wishes in your life full of adventure,