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April 12: Ten Books Every X Should Read (up to you! Examples: every history nerd, memoir lover, ballet lover, feminist, college student, etc etc.)

I’m going with–Ten Books Every Person Who’s Forgotten History Class Should Read. Books that are set in the past, giving you a little history lesson along with your entertainment.

sweetness pie

1. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie; Alan Bradley. Flavia de Luce is a strange, smart young woman–she makes me laugh.

three musketeers

2. The Three Musketeers; Alexandre Dumas. How can you not like these charming swordsmen?

like water for chocolate

3. Like Water for Chocolate; Laura Esquivel. Family, love, and a little magic.

fried green tomatoes

4. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe; Fannie Flagg. I just love these characters, and the small town some of them grew up in.

north and south

5. North and South; Elizabeth Gaskell. Romance and fair wages.

secret life of bees

6. The Secret Life of Bees; Sue Monk Kidd. A story about family and bee-keeping.

devil in winter

7. Devil in Winter; Lisa Kleypas. This is is the third of the series, but they’re fairly stand-alone. I like this shy heroine best.

forgotten garden

8. The Forgotten Garden; Kate Morton. A woman uncovers secrets from her grandmother’s past.


9. Code Name Verity; Elizabeth Wein. Don’t read this one too close to The Book Thief, because it’s another sad one. But it’s a story about strength, above all else.

book thief

10. The Book Thief; Marcus Zusak. If you haven’t read this book because you’ve heard it’s sad, you should read it. It’s sad in parts, but hopeful in many–and so well written!

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

24 responses »

  1. Hmm, I don’t think I’ve ever read the Three Musketeers and that’s one I think I might find entertaining! I did my mine on Ten Hard Sci-Fi Books.

  2. Camryn says:

    I did something similar for mine – Books Ever History Nerd Should Read – and I included some of the same things. I haven’t read The Three Musketeers, but I did read (and love) The Count of Monte Cristo. As for the Book Thief I felt as though it was more concerned with teaching a lesson than telling a story, but that’s just me.
    See mine here:

  3. Great choices in The Secret Life of Bees and The Book Thief!

  4. Marcia says:

    Okay, I’ve read several of these. Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Like Water for Chocolate, Fried Green Tomatoes, Secret Life of Bees, and The Forgotten Garden. Liked four, very much. (I WANTED to like Sweetness, but it seemed a little flat to me.) And I’ve always INTENDED to read The Three Musketeers, but haven’t done so, yet. I really should! I can’t bring myself to read The Book Thief. At least, not yet. I have to be in the right frame of mind to tackle something on that subject matter, or I feel awful for weeks afterward.

    Great list, and I have to say, I LOVE Fannie Flagg. I guess it’s being a southern gal, myself, but she just hits all the markers for me. Great characters, great settings, terrific dialogue, and funny as hell, while still touching on the sad, bittersweet, or downright shivery. (I didn’t eat barbecue for a LONG time after FGT.) 😀

    • I understand of The Book Thief.

      And come on, FGT is no worse than an episode of Bizarre Foods! 😉

      • Marcia says:

        Something I’ve never watched in my life. Ever. 🙂 I LOVED FGT, regardless of the barbecue thing. And every other book of FF’s I’ve ever read. I want to be her when I grow up. Oh, wait. I want to be Maggie Stiefvater when I grow up. Hmmmm. So very different. Maybe it works with my split personality. 😀

  5. Mari says:

    Haven’t yet read North and South, but I certainly wouldn’t mind doing so when I can think of Richard armitage playing the leading man. The miniseries was fabulous, IMO.

  6. @lynnsbooks says:

    I’ve read all your even numbered books (oddly enough). Still need to read North and South.
    Lynn 😀

  7. NerdyWolfReads says:

    I have always meant to read The Three Musketeers. May have to read that soon.

  8. LOVED the forgotten garden, have you read any other Kate Morton books? Also loved The Secret Life of Bees! If you liked TSLOB you should try Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal!

  9. I love your list! So many great books–I especially love The Secret Life of Bees, Code Name Verity , and The Book Thief. Such great novels! I am hoping to read North and South soon–I love the BBC series! 🙂 Also I should read The Three Musketeers too. I love The Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT earlier 🙂

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