Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Memorable Histfic Reads 2021 [Book Reviews] #T5T

December 28, 2021

Top 5 Memorable Historical Fiction Reads 2021

5 Memorable Histfic Reads of 2021

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I’m linking up today with Meeghan at Meeghan Reads for Top 5 Tuesday. This week I’m narrowing the prompt of Top 5 Books of 2021 to Top 5 Historical Fiction Reads of 2021.

ICYMI: See all my most memorable reads of 2021 in this Top Ten Tuesday post.

Top 5 Histfic Books


The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

a woman dressed in a rose dress stands with her back to the camera overlooking a balcony and a gold wall

Well written and researched, historically interesting, compelling characters with a side of mystery, England.


Sparks Like Stars by Nadia Hashimi

Gold and Sparks Like Stars by Nadia Hashimi (cover) Image: white text against a dark blue background

Page turning escape, refugee, found family, Afghanistan.


The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner

The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner (cover) Image: blue-toned picture of a woman and young girl holding hands and walking down railroad tracks with backs to camerai

Histfic (SF earthquake) with a side of mystery and page-turning suspense.


Radar Girls by Sara Ackerman

Radar Girls by Sara Ackerman (cover) Image: two girls sit on a wing of a plane

Women in the war effort (WW11, Hawaii), friendship.


The Invisible Woman by Erika Robuck

The Invisible Woman by Erica Robuck (cover) Image: a woman stands with her back to the camera and shadows of airplanes on the ground surround her

Biographical, a brave woman in the Resistance Movement (WW11), France.


Have you read any of my Top 5 Histfic reads?
What is one of your Top 5 Reads of the year?
If you read histfic, what was your most memorable read in that genre?

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  1. Great list, Carol! I have not read any of your top five, but The Rose Code and The Nature of Fragile Things are on my TBR.

    The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin was my favorite histfic read this year and also made my favorites of the year. The London House by Katherine Reay was also a favorite.

    • Thanks Gretchen! You have a couple of great reads to look forward to!

      Last Bookshop made my top ten last year! A memorable and lovely read! I need to check out The London House because I loved How to Find Love in a Bookshop by K Reay

  2. “The Nature of Fragile Things ” is on my 2022 TBR. Five of my favorite historical fiction titles from this past year were: “Painting the Light” by Sally Cabot Gunning, “Small Things Like These” by Claire Keegan, “The Pull of the Stars” by Emma Donoghue, “Margreete’s Harbor” by Eleanor Morse, and “Still Life” by Sarah Winman.

    • I think you’ll like Fragile Things because it has a gentle side of mystery/thriller! Thanks for your recs Lynne! I do have Still Life on my TBR.

  3. I need to read The Invisible Woman, but will have to find a copy. I have read 3 of the others and have one on my tablet ready to go. Great list Carol.

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