What’s the most informative book you’ve read recently?
This one is a bit hard for me–nothing jumps to mind immediately. I have seen a few bloggers who answered Sacred Hearts, by Sarah Dunant, and that’s definitely a contender. Historical fiction is great in the sense that it allows the reader to enter a new world that usually isn’t accessible. Sacred Hearts did just that–life in Italy in the sixteenth century, in a convent no less, is not something I am too knowledgeable about. So I would say historical fiction in general is a great way to gain concrete knowledge. Some other great historical fiction novels I’ve read recently are Plague of Doves, by Louise Erdrich, and Sea of Poppies, by Amitav Ghosh–both absolutely fantastic reads!