6 Favorite Historical Fiction in 6 Months [2022] #6BooksIn6Months #ThrowBackThursday

June 23, 2022

6 in 6 [2022]

6 Best Histfic in 6 Months (collage of covers)

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.

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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)

The German Wife by Kelly Rimmer (cover) Image: the profile of a young woman with short hair wearing a blue coat


I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys

Why I love it: inspiring main character, timely and relevant content, a favorite author

I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys (cover) Image: grayscale image of a man standing outside a building holding a blue/yellow/red torn flag


A Hundred Crickets Singing by Cathy Gohlke

Why I love it: complex characters, thoughtful themes, strong sense of time and place

A Hundred Crickets Singing by Cathy Gohlke (cover) Image: a young woman viewed from the waist up stands with her back to the camera and arms held behind her waist.


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

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson (cover) Image: white text over a multicolored graphic shapes background


Our Last Days in Barcelona by Chanel Cleeton

Why I love it: Lovely balance of Historical and Women’s Fiction. complicated family drama, sisters

Our Last Days in Barcelona by Chanel Cleeton (cover) Image: a young woman in a red one piece swimwuit and wearing a straw hat lies on a lounge chair on the beach with palm trees and a view of the ocean


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)

The Codebreaker's Secret by Sara Ackerman (cover) Image: the back view of a young woman in a red dress looking at a plane flying over a few palm trees

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


6 in 6 for 2021

6 in 6 for 2020


This post jump-starts my year-end list!

What is the best book you’ve read so far this year?

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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