I never realized how much historical fiction I read until I started doing this challenge.
The book that I read today was Night by Elie Wiesel.
This book is an autobiographical retelling taking place during World War II, during the height of the Holocaust and tells the experience of Elie and his father as they survive in the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Buchenwald.
Now, I’ve been to Auschwitz. It’s the type of place where everything you touch is a place that someone probably died, that everything you see was once nothing more than a holding pen and a graveyard.
So reading this book, especially after having seen in person the places there, it just was absolutely insane to me to be able to picture the areas and the places that he’s referencing in his novel as an actual place that I have seen and been to and just generally walked around in is such a different experience than reading other historical fiction novels.
There really isn’t anything negative to say about this book, it’s absolutely heartbreaking and blunt and there are parts where I had to just put the book down and take a walk because of the unfairness of it.
Ultimately? It was a completely eye opening experience.