The Forest by Edward Rutherfurd is a collection of short stories that follow a set of family lines in the English New Forest through history. The families are fictional but the events they live through are historical facts. It's a great way to learn what was happening in and around the area. I found myself skeptical at first that I would enjoy this book but I found myself hooked. The stories had all the right elements:
Don't let the size of the book intimidate you either. The stories keep it bite sized and very manageable. I even found myself so attached to the family lines that I was sad when the book ended.
So what are you reading lately?