June 4, 2019
Do you love making lists?
Top Ten Tuesday:
10 Favorite Historical Fiction Reads
I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books In My Favorite Genre. Last week, I made a list of my favorite historical fiction books for each of the last ten years. This week’s list is comprised of my absolute favorites in historical fiction! I actually didn’t think I could make this list! My initial list had several more titles and it was difficult to cut, so I’ve cheated a bit. How do I choose my favorites when I’ve read so many titles? The following titles are the stories that I connect with emotionally, the stories I still remember weeks and months and years later, and the stories I recommend over and over again! All are five-star reads and all have great themes. I recommend them without hesitation.
How many of these titles have you read and loved? Are you a histfic fan?
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(in no particular order)
I love the (less public) story of the determined, smart, influential, and driven woman who was Alexander Hamilton’s wife, partner, and best friend. America’s First Daughter by the same authors is also excellent.
My review here.
(I read these almost back to back and because of the themes I always think of them together….so this is my sneaky trick to include one more!)
Themes make these stories memorable: I love the theme of faith in Sand and Ash; in We Were the Lucky Ones, I love the themes of family and faith….especially the beautiful ending). Sand and Ash review here. We Were the Lucky Ones review here.
I love this imagined story of two brave women who were actual pioneers in the abolitionist movement. Review here.
I love the theme of found family and the moral dilemma at the story’s end of doing the right thing versus doing things right. I also love the beautiful prose. Brief review in this post.
I love the compelling themes of determination and survival. Brief review in this post.
I love this inspiring and sweeping (300+ year) multigenerational family saga. No review available because I read this before I started blogging.
I love this unique look at slavery in which a young Irish girl becomes a slave because of her dire circumstances and is raised by slaves who become her family. I loved the sequel just as much and possibly more: Glory Over Everything. No review available because I read these before I started blogging.
I love the unique narrator, the poignant friendship, and the survival themes. No review available because I read it before I started blogging, but I need to mention that the film adaptation is well done.
Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb
and Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
(Yes, I’m cheating again…..I often think of these two titles as a pair because of the format and because they are gentle and lovely reads)
I love the epistolary format of both of these love stories. Last Christmas review here. Guernsey not reviewed because I read it before I started blogging, but I must mention that the film adaptation of Guernsey is lovely.
The mention of this classic is a shout out to the beginning of my love for historical fiction. I still remember how I was captivated by and immersed in the reading experience as a high school reader. Have you read it?
Do you like to make book lists or think about your favorites?
Do you have a title you can add to my list in the histfic genre?
What is your favorite genre?
What is your favorite book in your favorite genre?
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