Booking Through Thursday

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.

I have a Minor in General History, so no, you’re definitely not alone. 🙂 I also remember enjoying those history textbooks in school. My problem is mainly that I don’t really care about military history and the vast majority of historical writing seems to be about war.

However, in recent years I’ve read pretty much exclusively fiction, including historical fiction. I would like to get back to the history Venice book at some point.

Would someone like to recommend a good history book? I’m mostly interested in Ancient times: Greece, Rome, Egypt, Mesopotamia, India, China, Japan… and Renaissance. But not European Middle Ages, thanks.