Historical Fiction Books for Adults
I decided to go with a list of the best adult historical fiction books or young adult historical fiction books that paint the picture of an era so well that I really want to visit it or read everything (fiction and non-fiction) that I can about it.
2. Between Shades Of Gray by Ruta Septys: If I could only recommend one historical fiction books, it'd be this one. No matter what your reading preferences are, I think you'll find this book haunting and will open your eyes to one of history's most horrible injustices during Stalin's reign. I have recommended this book to so many of my friends and have found even my friends who are non-YA readers like it!
3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusack: Oh my goodness. Talk about a book making you sob all through the night. THIS ONE. It's set during WW2 in Germany and is heartbreaking and so powerful. And it's narrated by DEATH...which is one of the most memorable POVS I've EVER come across. This book is on my top five favorite books ever list.
4. Memoirs of A Geisha by Arthur Golden: I had been so wary about this one when I read it a few years ago. It was one of those books that I saw everybody and their MOM reading in airports or parks or in line at the grocery store. It was so hyped. But for good reason! I found myself easily immersed into the world of the geishas in Japan. The scenes were vivid, the story was interesting and I couldn't put it down. I even bought a non-fiction book about geishas! YAY learning.
6. A Long, Long Time Ago And Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka: Oh surprise surprise. This book is also set during WW2 in Poland. This book was a GEM! I had accepted a pitch on a whim and ended up LOVING it. Beautiful writing & complex characters. Definitely recommend if you like adult historical fiction set in WW2.
7. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson: I don't typically read much Middle grade fiction but I love Laurie Halse Anderson and I really love the American Revolution. It fascinated me in school, I always read books set during that time as a child/tween and I geek out when my history buff stepdad takes to trips to battlefields. (He actually reenacts Washington's Crossing on the Delaware river here in PA on Christmas morning). This book will undoubtedly be a classic middle grade novel and I can see children really loving this in schools. The characters are relatable and the story is perfectly paced.
9. The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara: I read this one for school and I really recall liking it. I've always loved learning about the Civil War era and this was one required reading assignment I didn't mind.
The Book Thief
Book (Alfred A. Knopf)
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Some recent favorites of mine2003-09-20 12:48:34 by blissfullyblue
I could go on about this topic for quite a while! Here's just a little about what I've been reading and enjoying recently.
I've mostly been taking another pass at the classics, going back to Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Joseph Conrad and Virginia Woolf and the like. But for some reason I get the sense you're looking for more current fiction? In terms of that, I'd recommend:
The Dive from Clausen's Pier by Ann Packer
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Hours by Michael Cunningham (much better than the movie -- and if you're at all a Virginia Woolf fan, it's a real treat
Time Walkers 2 Book Bundle: The Legend of the Bloodstone, Return of the Pale Feather
eBooks (Blue Dog Press)
Marblestone Mansion, Book 1 (Scandalous Duchess Series)
The Book of Blood and Shadow
eBooks (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
Hunted: An Erotic Retelling of Beauty and the Beast (An Adult Fairy Tale Novel)
Book (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)