Good afternoon my fellow bloggers and readers alike, lets poor a pot of tea and get reading. Yup – you guessed it! It’s finally time for me to announce the Tea Leaves Book Club August read!
So this month I’ve done things a little differently and I have to say it was mighty effective. As you may have noticed, our genre for the month of August and the end of winter/summer (depending where in the world you live!) is one of my favorites – Historical Fiction of course! Historical Fiction is a genre that I feel gets over looked a little. Yes, I love fantasy and sci-fi as much as the next girl but historical fiction mixed with a little paranormal or fantasy or sci-fi? Um, yes please! Historical fiction is a genre that always feels epic, well to me anyway. It’s a genre of sweeping journeys and adventures, romance, danger and the hidden details of a lost world. We actually get to learn some awesome facts and opinions regarding periods and events in history – how cool is that? Learning without being bored! So, Historical Fiction is basically a story world set in the past. Normally the time period or central events aren’t random – they play a huge roll in the shaping of the story and the character’s themselves, often a very important part. Historical fiction though educational is just that – fiction. Sure a novel may include figures of history and note but they can also have fictional elements including fictional characters and can deviate from history, exploring speculation and “what ifs”.
Keeping these genre traits in mind, when selection our theme and brainstorming ideas I thought what time period should we use? Edwardian or Elizabethan? Medievil? Victorian? Or how about more modern times like the roaring twenties or any of the World Wars? See my problem? There are just so many amazing and interesting moments in time, both modern history and ancient history. So then I asked myself, ‘Okay, so what do all of these times and most Historical Fiction works have in common? The answer? Journeys. Most Historical Fiction novels (well my favorite anyway) are about journeys whether they be literal journeys or metaphorical. Inner or physical. Yes, Historical Fiction are about voyages through time, a search for treasure like Indiana Jones and National Treasure and sweeping battles. A journey from one point in time to another. Therefore, I’m happy to announce that our theme for our Historical Fiction month is ” Voyages Through Time”.
Now, this is where things got tricky. So I had my genre, I had my theme – all that was left to find was one epic novel for us to read. And there my friends was my problem. There were so many awesome Historical Fiction books I wanted to read! What was a girl to do? Well, this girl asked her closest friends. You! You had the chance to participate on the Goodreads group and vote on your favorite book. And the book you picked was … drum roll please! Passenger by Alexandra Bracken! Now I couldn’t have picked a book better fitting for our theme – a voyage through time? Check! Passenger, not only sweepingly epic and romantic is literally about a journey through various significant time periods and events. So, what book better fitting for this months theme? Please join us in our Goodreads group here to join the discussion or simply read along here! I can’t wait to read this book with you, even if for me it will be a re-read!
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.
In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.
Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.
Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.”