ORIGINAL Horrible Histories Book Tag

Horrible Histories Book Tag

Horrible Histories started out as a book series written by Terry Deary. Deary hated the way history was taught in schools: kids forced to learn boring sets of sanitised facts about kings, queens and other powerful people with all the interesting bits left out and nothing about how ordinary people lived, ate, had fun, buried their dead, went to the toilet, etc. So, he wrote the Horrible Histories books as an antidote to classroom history – history with all the gory parts left in.

Kids (and adults) loved it. The series became a British institution and has been turned into radio shows, films, plays and TV adaptations. My brother owned the full book collection when we were kids and we both loved reading them. The series had a hand in forming our love of history and likely played a big part in forming my morbid sense of humour.

The TV series this tag is based on is the BBC series that ran from 2009 to 2015 and is objectively the best version. Seriously, if you haven’t already, go and watch it!

I’d like to thank The Corner of Laura for not only creating this fab book tag but for tagging me to take part. I’m always on the look out for new tags to do and I love the prompts for this one.


  • Link back to the original creator, The Corner of Laura (otherwise, the original creator won’t get a notification).
  • Thank whoever tagged you and link back to their post
  • (Optional) Use the graphics and linked videos (or, if you’re a HH fan, swap them for some of your favourites!)
  • (Optional) Tag 5 or more other people.

Shouty Man

I have read and enjoyed previous books by Darcie Boleyn but for some reason this one fell rather flat for me. I felt it was far too predictable and tried to be romantic but instead came off quite cheesy.

Bob Hale

Aside from the obvious long and twisty hair on the cover this book had plenty going on! At 600+ pages it’s one of the longest books I’ve read this year and I loved every minute of it.

Scary Stories

I don’t tend to read a lot of horror so for this one I’ve gone with a book that had a gothic, eerie feel to it. The Shape of Darkness was brilliant!

Stupid deaths

Okay so again black humour doesn’t tend to fall in my go to books. However I did find this collection of short stories very amusing. In this set you will find stories with titles such as ‘The Woman Who Forgot Her Name’ or ‘The Woman Who Returned and Exchanged Her Husband’!

Historical Paramedics

I have to agree with Laura on this next one. Alyce tried so hard to help others and particularly with her ‘friend’ in the tower she made things a lot worse for herself.

Historical Crime Squad

I adored this book. The concept was completely new to me and I loved playing detective as I went. This book had an air of mystery, was packed with brilliant characters and an ending that blew my mind!

The Songs

I only discovered this series last year but it has certainly lit the fantasy light within me. I’ve enjoyed all the books in the series so far and only have 2 left to go!

Are you a fan of Horrible Histories? Do you like the look of these prompts? Then consider yourself tagged!!


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  1. OMG, I love love Horrible Histories (and also the other series about nature/body and such). This is such a fun tag! Loved reading your answers. Definitely want to do it when I get back home from my vacation.

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