Delving into nonfiction to find out what actually happened all those years ago | Hiroshima by John Hersey

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My first, proper nonfiction book of this year. And hopefully not my last.

I didn’t know how this was going to go. I don’t read nonfiction – why would I do that when I can read about magic and faeries and dragons in fantasy books? Buuuuut my love for history is gently drawing me into nonfiction, so here we are today.

spoiler-free

Let’s dive into Hiroshima!

hiroshima

Title: Hiroshima

Author: John Hersey

Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics

Series Status: Standalone

Genre: Nonfiction, History

Number of Pages:  208

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Sitting down and listening to the woeful tale of World War II…The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman

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Well this was meant to go up Wednesday. But things happened, and it meant this review had to be delayed slightly, since I had no time to write it. But never fear, it’s here now.

Of course I read this graphic memoir in January. I’ve been after it for months, and after finally getting it for Christmas, I wanted to read it as soon as possible. I would have read it immediately, but I wanted it to count towards my 2017 Goodreads challenge, not my 2016 one. Anyone else get that towards the end of a year? 

Let’s dive into The Complete Maus!

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Title: The Complete Maus

Author: Art Spiegelman

Publisher: Penguin

Series Status: A bindup of volumes 1 & 2 of Maus

Genre: Nonfiction, Graphic Memoir, History

Number of Pages:   296

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June Wrap Up

June wrap up

Did June even happen?

Apparently so.

It still hasn’t sunk in that here in England, it’s actually Summer now – not that the weather has done anything to help remind me. So all those books I’ve held off “until Summer when I have more time”…well, now’s the time.

Anyway, it’s the start of July, meaning a June Wrap-Up is needed. So here we are!

As always, this will be a long post so get comfy and enjoy!

I call this photo “The one in which I nearly give myself concussion trying to balance 9 books on my head”. Bit of a mouthful, but true.

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The Diary Of A Young Girl By Anne Frank – A Heavy Heart For 1945

The Diary of a Young Girl

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This book goes against everything I’ve known as a reader.

A bit dramatic, yes. But let me explain.

Every single time I’ve tried reading non-fiction, I’ve never been able to finish the book. I just couldn’t get into non-fiction. I mean, it’s even in the blog name. A frolic through fiction. No mention of non-fiction here, no thank you.

Until now.

Because I discovered the diary of Anne Frank, and finally…finally I found a non-fiction book I actually enjoyed.

So let’s talk about The Diary of a Young Girl!

Anne Frank

Title: The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition

Author: Anne Frank – edited by Otto Frank and Mirjam Pressler

Publisher: Viking [Penguin Books Ltd]

Genre: Non Fiction, Historical, Classic

Series status: Standalone

Number of pages:  339

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Paper Boats By Erndell Scott | This Is How Historical Fiction Should Be Done

Paper Boats

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This book came along to me at just the right time.

I’d just finished reading Anne Frank’s diary (review coming on Monday). I was in the mood for historical fiction. And then lo-and-behold, this book turned up for me to review.

How lucky is that? 😀

So let’s talk about Paper Boats!

Paper Boats

Title: Paper Boats

Author: Erndell Scott

Publisher:  Erich Scott Group, LLC

Series Status: Standalone

Number of Pages:  441

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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – drowning me in feels and thoughts

Salt to the sea

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And here is the perfect example of how I am slowly bu surely dabbling my foot into more historical fiction.

I can tell this is going to become one of my favourite genres.

Let’s talk about how Salt to the Sea left me drowning in feels and thoughts, shall we?

PS. I LOVE THIS COVER.

Salt to the Sea

Title: Salt to the Sea

Author: Ruta Sepetys

Publisher: Penguin Random House

Series Status: Standalone

Number of Pages:  378

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