The best history books to travel back in time and live adventurous

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By Nektaría Markaki

Who am I?

History always fascinated me and ancient history even more. I have strong feelings about ancient Greece, Egypt, and ancient Rome, but I also find the medieval times really fascinating and always search for books that are set during that period of time. I feel that by reading these kinds of books, I learn a lot. I do my own research and I’m in awe by how these authors have managed to recreate those times. Although I avoid writing historical fiction, I love the genre so much that I consider it to be my favorite even above romance, which I am an expert in.   

I wrote...


By Nektaría Markaki,

Book cover of Unmapped

What is my book about?

Lexie loves her lists and lives a well-programmed life. Manu hates anything confining and lives his life carefree. When Lexie decides to take a chance and change her boring life, Manu joins her on a long trip around Europe. Can two seemingly different people survive their differences? Will Lexie learn how it feels to wander unmapped in life and love, and will Manu learn how to put his chaotic life in order again?

A wandering romance. A life-changing discovery of all the important things in life. Because the most beautiful things in life are discovered by accident!

The books I picked & why

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The Pillars of the Earth

By Ken Follett,

Book cover of The Pillars of the Earth

Why this book?

This book has the most beautiful atmosphere and I couldn’t put it down. Easy to read, but difficult to get over it once you finish it. The era in which the story takes place offers the reader many thrills and the ethical battles of the characters are deep. It’s a must-read. 

Gates of Fire

By Steven Pressfield,

Book cover of Gates of Fire

Why this book?

One of the most beautifully said stories about the battle of Thermopylae between Leonidas and his 300 men army and the Persians, told by Xeones, the sole survivor of the battle. It made me shiver and the descriptions were so vivid that I was sure the author lived during that battle. It was the first book I cried while reading. 

The Seventh Scroll, 2

By Wilbur Smith,

Book cover of The Seventh Scroll, 2

Why this book?

This book made me fall in love with ancient Egypt. It might not take place in the past but the findings of the main characters take you straight back in time. The descriptions of the places and the way of living in ancient Egypt-Ethiopia-The blue Nile, easily trigger your imagination and you find yourself creating pictures in your head. Also, the adventure is breathtaking. 

A Murder on the Appian Way

By Steven Saylor,

Book cover of A Murder on the Appian Way

Why this book?

If you love ancient Rome and a good murder mystery then this is the book you should read. The author has studied history and is considered an expert on ancient Rome, and judging by how accurate his descriptions are, it must be true. I am in love with this book (and the rest of the Roma Sub Rosa series) because it made me feel like I was walking down the Appian Way myself. Plus the mystery is so well given. A true must if you are in love with ancient Rome. 

The Silver Pigs: A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery

By Lindsey Davis,

Book cover of The Silver Pigs: A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery

Why this book?

Rome 70 A.D. The author has managed to create a very likable and very unlucky main character that brings a lot of laughter. The descriptions of ancient Rome are amazing, there is adventure and mystery and it is overall one of the books I go back to when I want to have fun and go back in time. An absolute worthy read! 

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