Top 5 Historical Fiction

This was a VERY difficult one for me. Historical Fiction is one of my absolute favourite genres. I was never a fan of history in school. The teachers I had were the type that told you to read 50 pages of a text book then come back to class and answer questions. Boring!! I couldn’t be less interested in learning in that way. So historical fiction was a way for me to learn about events and periods of time in a very interesting way. Here are 5 that I would recommend to anyone looking at taking the first steps into the genre or someone who is already in love with it!

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THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak. You had to know this one was coming! This book was so unique in many ways. First of all, it’s told from the perspective of death. That was a little difficult for me to get into in the beginning but then I found it so intriguing. I loved that this was about a young girl who was so innocent and couldn’t understand why people weren’t all treated in the same way. She was so strong and brave in so many ways. She also had to face so many different obstacles. Seeing her attitudes change and what she learned about herself through all of that was just incredible.

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BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY by Ruta Sepetys. This was probably one of the hardest hitting books that I’ve ever read. The hardships and horrors were just so overwhelming, but it was the writing style and the descriptions that made this one so vivid and painful. I believe that if anyone wanted an inside look into what it was like to go through being in a concentration/work camp then this is as close as you can get in a fiction novel. Basically anything written by Ruta Sepetys is pure gold. She knows how to grab your emotions and not let go!!

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THE WALLED CITY by Ryan Graudin. Ryan Graudin is more well known for her duology Wolf by Wolf. As great as that series is, this one blew me away. This is based on the once real Kowloon walled city. A girl goes in search for her sister who was taken there. A boy is in search of someone who can free him from his secret past. And another girl is trying to find her way out of the sex slave industry. They are all somehow connected, and escaping this city is their common goal. This book was a bit darker than the Wolf by Wolf series, yet the writing was so beautiful. I found myself stopping to reread lines because they took me by surprise. Her descriptions were so powerful that I had this city built in my mind, right down to the alleys and roofs. When I finished reading it, I did some research on the city and when the picture came up I sat there with my mouth wide open. It was exactly how I pictured it!!

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THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL by Philippa Gregory. This is the book that started my love affair with historical fiction. I read it many many years ago just out of curiosity. I knew of Anne Boleyn and how her life ended, but I didn’t really know about what brought her to that point. My mother in law is so obsessed with this time period that she can pretty much write down their family trees off by heart! She was explaining this whole story to me one day and I couldn’t get enough. I was asking question after question about Henry and his wives before she finally shove the book at me and told me to read it. This was also the first time that I realized that history can be done in an interesting way! I found it so interesting I went on to read a few more Philippa Gregory books and loved them just as much! I needed to know more!

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And lastly, we have CITY OF THIEVES by David Benioff. As soon as I heard the synopsis of this book I knew that I would move heaven and earth to get it!! It’s a WWII historical fiction with a bit of a humorous twist – two men are sentenced to death but can be given a second chance if they find a dozen eggs for a powerful colonel’s daughters wedding cake, in the midst of starving Russia…… yes I’m serious! As outlandish as this sounds, it was SO well written! There was this incredible balance between humour, heartbreak, survival, and strength. The characters were well developed as was the world, and it packed an emotional punch I wasn’t expecting. If you’re looking for an interesting take on the classic WWII historical fiction, I highly recommend this one!!

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There are still so many historical fiction books that I need to get to! I typically wait until the fall and winter seasons to pick them up so it may be a while before my next historical fiction review. What was your favourite historical fiction read??

Until next time, happy reading!

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  1. I enjoy historical fiction too it’s a great genre to read! ☺

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  2. mikaela says:

    Ah, I still need to read The Walled City (and all of Ryan Graudin’s books, really)! It sounds so good! 😍

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    1. I think you’ll really enjoy it! Her writing is spectacular

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  3. Omg adding city of thieves to my tbt! It looks so good!

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    1. I hope you like it when you get to it! It was really a unique and different book than the usual WWII historical fiction! And it’s short which always helps sometimes! 😂

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  4. Naomï (Bookish Sins and Wins) says:

    These are all on my TBR. Historical Fiction always sounds interesting, but I never seem to pick up books from this genre. I did love history class, because my teacher talked every hour about wars, revolutions and politics. It was always so fascinating.

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    1. I wish I had a teacher like that! Maybe I would have been more interested. I love how emotional historical fiction can be. Hope you can get to some of these!

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  5. Kristin says:

    Historical fiction is my favourite genre! I am out and buying The Walled City as soon as I can! 🏃

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    1. Yay!! I hope you love it!

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  6. Great list, The Book Thief is one of my favourite historical fiction books and The Other Boleyn Girl has been sitting on my bookshelves for way to long.

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    1. That was the one case where I watched the movie before the book and I loved both equally!

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  7. L.E. Hunt says:

    Thanks so much for the recommendations! I’ve been looking a book to read set during the Tudor period 🙂

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    1. Philippa Gregory has written so many from that time period! There’s also the Boleyn Inheritance which went a little further into more of the side characters if you will. So good! She’s a master!

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      1. L.E. Hunt says:

        Awesome, I’ll check her out! Thanks!

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  8. I love that we have three of the same books on our lists! They must be good 😉 I’ve also read The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory and I loved it!

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    1. I kinda laughed at that too. I have a huge list that I still need to get to but I seem to read them mainly in the fall and winter months. Hopefully I can do an updated top 5 next spring!

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  9. You picked two of my favorites: The Other Boleyn Girl and The Book Thief. Both are excellent. Have you read The Nightingale? That one is also very good. My book club is currently reading it.

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    1. I haven’t yet! I bought it as soon as it came out but yet it still sits on my shelf. I know I’ll love it but I just haven’t found the time 😂

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  10. I hadn’t thought the The Walled City was historical fiction! It was AMAZING, one of my favourites ever. And ahhhhh I really need to read The Book Thief! Everyone says it’s so amazing ahah. ❤

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    1. It once was a real place! There were over 30,000 people living in a spaces of about 7 acres. It started off as a military base and then people just kept moving in and building on. It’s since been torn down and turned into a park. Do a google search for images and you will be terrified!

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      1. Ahh that sounds so cool omg will definitely be searching it up!! 😍

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  11. Oh, I’m going to have to check some of these out!!

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  12. elfie1999 says:

    I think you might like Elli!

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  13. kyera says:

    I don’t read historical fiction very often but I should. Your post has inspired me and I’m definitely adding them to my TBR! Great job!

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    1. If you find the right ones, the genre can be amazing. They teach you things about a period of time and do it in an entertaining way. But if written the wrong way they can be very info dumpy and boring!

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  14. Yep, historical fiction rocks 🙂 I didn’t really love the Book Thief though, although it wasn’t bad, of course. Still haven’t read Between Shades of Gray! Although I think it’s about a girl from my country, cause the author is of Lithuanian descent, so it’s pretty well known here. I’m just afraid to find out she’s telling something about my country that is not really true and misrepresenting it, cause I’ve heard a few people say that.
    I have recently been recommended something by Philippa Gregory as well! So maybe I should check it out 🙂
    And I would recommend Labirynth by Kate Mosse!

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    1. I’m not entirely sure of what she wrote is completely historically accurate. But Ruta Sepetys is Lithuanian herself so I’m sure she had a lot of access to research. Thanks for the recommendation – I’ll check it out!

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  15. jennanicolee says:

    Some must adds for sure! I need to open up my historical books repertoire!

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  16. Couldn’t find a reply button on my phone 😀 yes, she’s Lithuanian, but I think she never lived in Lithuania. I’ve got Salt to the Sea though, so at least I’ll be reading that for sure 🙂

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  17. matxi_books says:

    I’ve only read the first one of this list but I adored it with such passion…
    Interesting enough the rest (except for the lastone, which I’ve never heard of) are on my TBR!! And I should actually read Ruta Sepetys works this year… 🙂 🙂

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    1. I hope you do. I’ve read three of her books and really enjoyed them all 🙂

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  18. KatieLouCreate says:

    I’ve just been reading some historical nonfiction books about the Tudors. They were both so interesting 😀 I might give The Other Boleyn Girl a read now that I know all about the family tree and history 💙💚 do you know anymore fictional books related to the Tudors or Victorians? they’re my favourite era’s to read about 🤓

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    1. Omg I love anything to do with the Tudor dynasty! The Other Boleyn Girl was fantastic. And The Boleyn Inheritance was just as great (same author). I haven’t found any more historical fiction in that era though but I need to! Enjoy 🙂

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      1. KatieLouCreate says:

        They’re going on my tbr pile 😅 thanks 😋

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