Recommendation Series #1: Historical Fiction

Hello, lovelies! I thought it was a good time to start a recommendation series. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting top 10 recommendations for different genres. I always find it fun to see what other bloggers like to recommend, so I thought you’d all enjoy some new recommendations from me! And if not, oh well. At least I’m giving you a heads up, right? Am I not merciful?! (Bonus awesome points if you get that reference.)

My first post in this series is all about that beautiful historical fiction. You may not realize how much of a historical fiction fan I am, but it’s true. I LOVE IT. I know a lot of people can’t really get into it, but maybe one of the books on my list can change that if you’re one of those people.



Walk on Earth a Stranger (Gold Seer Trilogy, #1) by Rae Carson

This trilogy is simply amazing. There is a lack of Westerns in YA but this definitely helps make up for it. It’s also fun how it mixes in a little bit of the fantastical. Trust me, this is a great place to start your foray into historical fiction.





Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

If you’re interested in lesser-known areas of history, then you’ll appreciate this novel that follows different teenagers as they all seek freedom from WWII aboard a German ship. You will cry, but you will love it.





The Diviners (The Diviners, #1) by Libba Bray

In love with the Roaring 20’s? Enjoy a little creepy spookiness? This series is so fun that you forget it’s even historical fiction except for the hilarious twenties-style phrases that come out of Evie’s mouth.





The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

This is one of my all-time favorite books. If you haven’t read it yet, then please do! You will fall in love with these characters as the two sisters try and navigate Nazi-occupied France.






Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

This is the penultimate classic when it comes to novels set during the Wild West. You’ll laugh and cry right along with this awesome cast of characters as they drive cattle from Texas to Montana.





Outlander (Outlander, #1) by Diana Gabaldon

I’m sure you’ve heard of this one by now, but trust me when I say it’s worth it. It’s more than just a romance. There’s political intrigue, real historical figures events, and non-stop action. The hype is real, y’all!




The Lost Letter by Jillian Cantor

This is a more recent read (or actually listen, but I digress..) and I really enjoyed it. It’s beautiful and sweet, following two different points of view, one in 80’s California and the other in 30’s Austria. If you don’t find Kristoff adorable, then I’m not sure we can be friends. 😉



What historical fiction books would you recommend? Have you read any of the ones from my list? Did you enjoy them? Are you a historical fiction fan?



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31 thoughts on “Recommendation Series #1: Historical Fiction”

  1. Salt to the Sea and The Nightingale are still on my TBR pile! If you like WWII I suggest City if Thieves by David Benioff! It’s a story of two Russian POWs who have a chance to earn their freedom by procuring a dozen eggs for a high-ranking colonel’s daughter’s wedding cake! It’s a page turner!

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  2. I love historical fiction as well so I’m surprised I’ve only read The Diviners and The Nightingale on your list… Most of the others are already on my TBR though and I LOVED Ruta Sepetys’ other books. The first historical fiction reads I loved that come to mind are All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles, The Song Of Achilles by Madeline Miller, From Sand And Ash by Amy Harmon and The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. (with an honerable mention for The Conqueror’s Saga by Kiersten White).

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    1. I liked All the Light We Cannot See but it just didn’t measure up to The Nightingale for me. I really enjoyed The Song of Achilles and cannot wait to pick up A Gentleman in Moscow soon. It’s been sitting on my bookshelf and I can’t believe I haven’t read it already!

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      1. That’s funny; I actually liked it better than The Nightingale myself haha. But I guess All The Light We Cannot See can go both ways since I’ve seen mixed reviews in the first place. And A Gentleman In Moscow is such a beautiful read! It’s mostly a character-driven story, but the descriptions are wonderful and I loved the characters. I hope you will enjoy it!

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  3. I absolutely love historical fiction. It’s such an underrated genre if you ask me! I really need to read Carson’s series; it’s been on my TBR for a long time. Ruta Sepetys is pretty much the queen of YA historical fiction for me. I’ve loved all three of her books and I’m dying waiting for her to release another.

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    1. I completely agree! Oh, I think you’ll love Carson’s trilogy. It’s so good!!! I haven’t read any of Sepetys’ other books but I’m going to listen to Between Shades of Grey soon. I’ve heard such good things about it.

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      1. Salt to the Sea is actually probably my least favorite of hers (although I know a lot of people have said it’s their favorite so maybe I’m the odd one out, haha) so I hope you’ll like her others! BSoG was the first one I read and it immediately turned me into a Sepetys fangirl, haha.

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  4. I ADORE historical fiction! Have you seen the When are you Reading challenge at Taking on a World of Words? I am trying to branch out and the challenge has really helped me. This is a great list of historical fiction – thanks so much for sharing!!

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  5. I loved The Diviners when I read it some years ago! It was such a fun book, but also very creepy at times which I loved. 😀 I haven’t actually continued that series yet, so I don’t know how the other books are.
    i haven’t actually heard that much about The Nightingale, but you saying that it’s about two sisters in nazi-occupied France has sold me! I definitely need to read it, after all it sounds like a book that I would enjoy (and that would probably break my heart).

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    1. I haven’t caught up with the series yet, either! I plan to soon though since I have the sequel sitting on my shelf staring at me right now lol… Oh my gosh, you’ll love it! It’s so beautiful and will definitely make you cry but it’s all worth it. I think about that book almost every day and I read it almost 2 years ago!

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  6. Historical fiction is probably one of my least read genres, but I recently read The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and really loved it so I definitely want to try more. The Diviners and Salt to the Sea are two that I’m super interested in. They both sound so good!


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