I've been mulling this over for a while...
It started when reading Marie Antoinette The Journey, which I loved. As it focused purely on her perspective it made me want to know more about the French Revolution and what happened next. This prompted me to begin re-reading A Tale of Two Cities. Isn't it wonderful how a book can ignite an interest to read more about/around the subject. Then on holiday I read The Return by Victoria Hislop. It was good for reading by the pool but not good enough to lug home again. Anyway, even though I didn't rate the book it made me feel I should know more about the Spanish Civil War. Next time I'm at my parents maybe I will remember to take down from my teenage bookshelf Laurie Lee 'When I walked out one midsummer morning'. This then reminded me of my enjoyment of Dickens. Yes he'd been read at school but it was through watching Great Expectations with Gwyneth Paltrow. Maybe not the best film but it sparked an interest and led to Dickens being one of my favourite authors.
My thoughts aren't that clear but it's something about the journey, the link between books. How we map the thought process, the threads of thinking between choosing books.
What's been your best book journey?
Which novels would you recommend to find out more about the French Revolution or the Spanish Civil War? (I write novels but if you think of a great non fiction to read then do share.)