Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. I love being transported into the past and learning insight on how people lived. It is also fun to see how each author interprets and creates the past. So I thought I would give my top recommendations for anyone who wants to either get into historical fiction or someone who is just looking for their next historical fiction book.
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
This book takes place during WWII. It takes place in East Prussia as the three main characters make their trek to freedom. The three main characters are Joana, Emilia, and Florian and through this book we alternate between their point of view. Sepety is truly amazing and has such a way with words. She paints such a captivating picture through this book and it is truly an amazing book.
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Yes, another book by this author but I can’t help it, she truly writes amazing historical fiction books. This book takes place during WWII but in Russia. The story takes place from the point of view of Lina. Through this book, we travel along with Lina, her mother, and her brother as they make their way to the Siberian work camps. I feel like there aren’t many books set in Russia during WWII which is why I loved this book and found it unique. This book is also ver emotional but not really in a crying way. Just reading about Lina and what she and her family went through and realizing that actually families went through this process just makes me emotional.
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
This book also takes place during WWII but from the German side. I had to read this for school and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. This is considered one of the greatest wartime novels of all and rightfully so. While reading this book it was a little hard for me to get through but I’m glad I pushed through it because it was worth it.
The Luxe by Anna Godberson
This is a series set in the late 1899 and it follows two sisters named Holland and Elizabeth and it follows them as they try to secure their place in high society once again. I just fell in love with the atmosphere that Godberson creates and the characters are enjoyable as well. This series is filled with ups and downs as these two sisters reclaim their spot in society.
The Bad Queen: Rules and Instructions for Marie-Antoinette by Carolyn Meyer
When I first got back into read this was one of the first historical fiction books that I read and it just made me fall in love with the genre as well as the author. This made me fall in love with Marie Antoinette and she is now one of my favorite royals to read and learn about. I honestly read this quite a few years ago so I don’t really remember my thoughts on it but I do know that I highly enjoyed it.
So there you have it! Now there are so many more historical fiction books I can recommend but these are the ones that stuck out to me the most and that I always remember. Let me know if you’ve read any of these or what your favorite time period is!