And here is my response: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.
So most of my experience reading historical books has been in school for varies classes. We all know how dull history text books can be. Due to that I do not regular seek out non-fiction, historical books.
But that being said, I love history and find it fascinating. I absolutely adore historical fiction. I really should give historical non-fiction books more of a chance.
I have read a few that I have enjoyed through out the years. I always find the subject matter to be very intriguing but sometimes the writing is still a little too "academic". I want it to read more like a story and less like someones research paper.
The most recent one I read is the Fires of Jubilee by Stephen B. Oates about Nate Turner. You can read my thoughts on the book here.
Funny thing is that I was just talking with my friends to day about different books we like reading and the subject of historical non-fiction came up. My friend recommend a book called The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair the Changed America by Eric Larson about the First World's Fair and the serial killer who preyed on the women there. It sounds very interesting.
I may have to give History books another look.