Civil War history isn’t your thing? Well, it’s not mine either. Books on U.S. History don’t generally draw me in. My immigrant father was one of the thousands that marched with Martin Luther King, and having a Mennonite mother means that my family has more conscientious objectors and protestors in it than war heroes. As such, I’ve been avoiding reading Killer Angels, our One Book choice this year.
Leave it to my colleague, Barbara, to save the day. She’s got me hooked on the Beautiful Creatures series, which is set in the Deep South. The characters are defined by their family history, as well as their participation in the Civil War. The hook for me is that the series has a supernatural aspect. There are people called “Casters” who have special powers, and the plot centers around the age-old question on whether or not you can control your own destiny. Of course, there’s also forbidden love, teenage angst, and a good dose of spells.
That being said, now I’m interested in that time period in our history, and with our One Book events all set to go, I’ll be reading Killer Angels shortly. I WANT to be a part of the community discussion. Sometimes we do all need to come together, as Deb Futa said. Even if it takes a teen book series to get me started.