June 23, 2022
6 in 6 
The Six in Six is a meme created by Jo at The Book Jotter At the end of June, we are halfway through the year, so the idea is to share the books we have read in these first 6 months. When I looked at my list of the top 6 so far this year, I realized that they were all Historical Fiction. You’re not really surprised, are you?!
I’m also linking up today with Davida @ The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog for #ThrowBackThursday (since I’ve previously reviewed 4 of the 6 titles).
In the true spirit of the 6 in 6 meme, we are asked to share 6 books in 6 categories. Coming up with 36 books will take more brain power than I have available right now, so I will share 6 of the best (most memorable) historical fiction books I’ve read so far this year. Bonus: At the end of the post, I’m sharing 6 books in 6 more categories!
If you need to fill your beach bag or your summer TBR, I hope you’ll find something here to match your reading taste! I highly recommend each one!
***Titles are links to my reviews or Amazon affiliate links.
6 Favorite Historical Fiction Books I’ve Read in 6 Months!
Best = Most Memorable
These are books that left me with a book hangover and a satisfying feeling of time well spent. They are my most memorable histfic reads so far this year. (in no particular order)
The German Wife by Kelly Rimmer
Why I love it: complicated characters, thought-provoking issues, interesting history, compelling, and page-turning (Pub Date: 6/29/2022)
I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys
Why I love it: inspiring main character, timely and relevant content, a favorite author
A Hundred Crickets Singing by Cathy Gohlke
Why I love it: complex characters, thoughtful themes, strong sense of time and place
Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson
Why I love it: past and present timeline (not tied to a historical event), complicated family drama, balanced character-driven and plot-driven, siblings, adoption, diverse read
Our Last Days in Barcelona by Chanel Cleeton
Why I love it: Lovely balance of Historical and Women’s Fiction. complicated family drama, sisters
Codebreaker’s Secret by Sara Ackerman
Why I love it: Pearl Harbor/WW11, good storytelling, friendship and women supporting women themes (Pub Date: 8/2/2022)
6 More Categories:
Most Memorable Narrative Nonfiction: The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore
Most Memorable Chick-Lit: Adult Assembly Required by Abbi Waxman
Most Memorable Middle Grade: A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus
Most Memorable Young Adult is already listed in the top 6 section above: I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys
Most Memorable Sequel: The Book Woman’s Daughter by Kim Michele Richardson
Most Memorable Women’s Fiction (Historical): The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle by Jennifer Ryan
This post jump-starts my year-end list!
What is the best book you’ve read so far this year?
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I’ve only read Black Cake out of this selection so I’m going to investigate the others as your recommendations have always been great so far.
I’m happy to hear you’ve enjoyed some of my recs Janette! Happy reading!
Thank you for joining in – well done on being really organised!
Great post Carol. Of your six, I have read and enjoyed two of them and have 3 of the others on my TBR. Your final six are all on my TBR as well. I need to get to them as it sounds like I have some fantastic reading in store.
Always more books than time! Enjoy!
Have not read any of these!! Off to look them up! thanks Carol!!
Wow! You have some good reading ahead! Enjoy! 🙌
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You have the best HF recs!
Nice work! I’m looking forward to Our Last Days in Barcelona and to the German Wife. I loved The Bookwoman’s Daughter.
Thanks! Happy reading!
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Thanks for linking my post! 🙌