Historical fiction is so underrated!
Happy Tuesday, everybody! You know what time it is…
“Top Ten Tuesday” is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s prompt is:
Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Books Of X Genre
I would ordinarily just go ahead and pick YA, but today I’ve decided to push myself out of my comfort zone and choose something different. Thus, today I’ll be talking about historical fiction. Here we go…
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
This book is one of my favourites because it is so unique. There are few books I’ve read that are set on boats, just like there are few WW2 historical fiction books that move away from England or Germany. Ruta Sepetys’ writing is also beautiful.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
YA coming-of-age novels tend not to be historical, so that’s why I love The Perks of Being a Wallflower so much; a little difference goes a long way for me! Granted, it isn’t set even more than 30 years ago, but it discusses a time before my own, and so it’s interesting for me to see how Charlie lives and evolves.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
This book is perfect if you’re looking for historical fiction with a twist. The Nightingale is all about female strength as well as rebellion and revolutionaries. It’s also set in France, which takes you on a really interesting journey.
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
Speaking of historical fiction with a twist… I’ve come across very few books set in the Netherlands in my time, so I was very excited to hear this one was. It’s so interested to read about the history of the country, especially considering that this book focuses a lot on wrongdoing and politics. It’s also written in a really captivating fashion.
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Just like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Eleanor and Park is a recent-historical fiction novel, in that it is set in the 80s, and The Miniaturist, for example, is set in the late 1600s. Nevertheless, it’s endlessly interesting to read about how different life was despite how few years ago it was. This is a great choice if you want to read an atypical YA romance novel.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Is a historical fiction list complete without this novel? Doubtful. You all probably already know what this book is about and how amazing it is, so I’m not going to go into detail. All I’ll say is this: If you haven’t read this book, make sure you do. You won’t regret it.
Thank you for reading! Which your favourite historical fiction novel?
Keep an eye out for more Top Ten Tuesday posts from me!