Online Reading Challenge – May

Hello Readers! Welcome to the Online Reading Challenge, May edition! This month we’re going to explore books set in Ancient Times.

This is another fairly broad time period. “Ancient times” is roughly described as prehistoric/dawn of civilization to the fall of the Roman Empire. That’s a lot of history people! Let’s break it down into a few categories.Of course, this isn’t official and there’s a fair amount of overlap but remember – there are no Library Police! Read what you’d like!

Prehistoric/Early Civilization – The go-to authors for this time period are Jean Auel and Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear. Auel’s Clan of the Cave Bear was a huge sensation when it came out and was very popular for many months. Be prepared for a thick, immersive read! The Gear’s, a husband and wife team, have written, together and separately, dozens of books about prehistoric North America, focusing on the Native American peoples, starting with People of the Wolf.

Egyptian – Delve into one of the earliest civilizations with Agatha Christie’s Death Comes as the End. A departure from her usual setting, this book is nevertheless a mystery masterpiece.

Roman – There is no shortage of books set during ancient Roman times. Check out Robert Harris for thrilling and action-packed titles including Pompeii and Imperium. A nice bridge between Egypt and Rome, Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran is the story of Cleopatra and Marc Antony’s children, left to the Roman conquerors after their parents committed suicide.

As for myself, this is not a time period that I’m particularly interested in and I’m still considering what to read. Anyone have any favorites they’d like to recommend?

Be sure to stop by any of the Davenport library locations for our Online Reading Challenge display – there will be lots of titles at each for you to browse through!

2 thoughts on “Online Reading Challenge – May

  1. Hi! I’m not sure I’m doing this blogging thing correctly, but here goes …

    When I was in high school (back in the 1970’s), I read many Taylor Caldwell books. Most people may remember her for the mini-series Captains and Kings, but she also wrote many books that dealt with ancient Greece, Rome and biblical times. A couple of my favorites were Great Lion of God (St. Paul), Dear and Glorious Physician (St. Luke), The Glory and the Lightning (Athens – Pericles), and Pillar of Iron (Rome – Cicero).

    I also thought of The Red Tent (Daimant), I, Claudius (Graves), and The King Must Die (Renault). And I thought of some juvenile fiction I’ve wanted to read – Greek Slave Boy (Carroll) and The Bronze Bow (Speare).

    Have I mentioned that I LOVE historical fiction?!

  2. Ooh – great suggestions! Thanks for contributing. And thanks for joining us for the Online Reading Challenge!

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