May was such a busy month that I almost didn’t have time to take part in this month’s Blogger Book Nook. This month, the theme was time machine, anything and everything set in the past.
I’ll be honest, I never really read books set in the past, I generally read stories with characters I can relate to and I feel I can relate to characters more if it’s set in the same decade as I am currently in. I have read the odd book set in the 70’s which I enjoyed but never really picked up a read set further back in time.
I struggled with what to read this month and just coincidentally, I stumbled upon Goodnight Mr Tom at my parents house which is my review for this month but first, some questions…
If you could time travel either to the past or the future, which would you pick and why?
I wouldn’t like to travel to the future because I still want the surprise of what’s to come as I’m living through it. I love getting all nostalgic though so the past would be great for me to visit. I’d also love to visit the 60’s or 70’s as I think I’d be perfect for that era. I love the whole hippy vibe and stories from that time.
Historical novels aren’t always accurate in their details – is this something that bothers you? Why / why not?
I don’t find this too much of an issue since I don’t tend to read historical novels but I think it would really annoy me if it was a topic or period of time that I knew a lot about and noticed something incorrect.
Is there one specific historical era that especially interests you? What novels set in that time would you recommend?
I love stories around WW2, I think it is such a fascinating era to learn about. I much prefer the stories of individuals though and am not really too interested in the facts of the war because I think it is overkilled at school. I don’t really have any current recommendations but I hope to change this in the future.
Which historical figure (fictional or real!) would you most like to have dinner with?
Anne Frank. I’ve always been aware of her basic story but didn’t truly understand it until I visited Amsterdam last year. I visited the Anne Frank Haus and was so touched and moved by her story. I know her thoughts and feelings were all written down in her diary but I’d love to have a conversation about her experience.
Do you find historical fiction an appealing genre? Why / why not?
I never really have found the genre appealing but then I also haven’t really tried. I’ve really enjoyed my read for this month’s Blogger Book Nook so I’ve been inspired to delve further into the genre in future.
Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian
Now, Goodnight Mr Tom is not necessarily a new story for me. I have watched the movie in the past so I knew the basic storyline but it was such a long time ago that I didn’t remember a great deal about it and I’ve never read the book.
I’m sure a lot of people know the story as it is so famous but for those who don’t, Willie is an evacuee sent from London to the country to live with Mister Tom. He arrives a sheepish, battered little boy but through their time together both Willie and Mister Tom’s lives change forever.
I have found this book such an enjoyable read. It felt both familiar cos I kinda knew the plot but new at the same time. I loved seeing how both of the characters grew throughout the book and adored how their relationship progressed.
The story is not about the war, it’s about a man and a boy set during the war and I loved that the history didn’t take over the story telling. It was beautifully written and a story I’m sure I’ll return to again and again.
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