There are three big genres I avoid and since it’s coming up on time for me to address that category, I’m going to go over why I’m not a fan of those three genres. This week? Histories.
Fiction is my first love. I enjoy being told a story about what happens to someone as events play out and relationships change. I adore the fantastical element of genre fiction since it takes me out of this world and somewhere more interesting and diverse. I also enjoy memoirs because they have a similar narrative flow to fiction. There is a voice, a set of emotions, to engage me as a reader.
I’ve always found nonfiction histories to be very dry and unexciting. It’s a similar problem that I have to popular science books. It’s interesting and there’s something new to learn but the lack of narrative makes it more work for me to engage as a reader. The lack of narrative doesn’t captivate me as much.
Historical fiction? Definitely. Let’s begin this adventure. Actual history? It already happened and we know how it ended so the journey seems less exciting going in. My reasons here are simple in that I have just not enjoyed this genre of books. My reasons for the other genres are a bit more personal.
So internet, do you know any histories that have more excitement and narrative than your average tome?