One genre I love is historical fiction. It allows you to explore another time as well as another place. You can gain an understanding of a moment in history while reading a beautiful story. The best pieces of historical fiction give you a chance to learn a little something all while being moved by a story.
Each year, I make sure to read at least a couple historical fiction books that range in time periods and subjects covered. While I’ll be honest, I’ve read countless World War II novels, and there are a few of them on this list, I try and read across the centuries and around the world.
If you’re looking for a little historical fiction inspiration, to read a beautiful story of a time and place, or to learn a little something new about a place and area you haven’t heard much about, consider picking up one, or a few, of these.
And don’t skip the bottom section of the new historical fiction novels coming out this winter and spring I’m looking forward to getting my hands on.
American Love Stories Across the Eras
Have you jumped on the Hamilton bandwagon? I sure have. While you’ll also want to pick up the biography that inspired the story to learn the facts behind the man. Sometimes what you want is an inspiring love story.
While little is actually known about the courting of Eliza Schyler by Alexander Hamilton, de la Cruz takes what we do know and turns it into a beautiful love story. A good light read!
This is one of the few novels I read in school that I actually loved. And it’s continued to be one of my favorites. The main character is an inspiring woman who strives through a challenging life. It’s a great book to go back to, even if you didn’t love it when you first read it in school.
This was one of my favorite novels from last year. It’s a beautiful love story that takes historical Hollywood and takes what you think you know and turns it on its side. The characters and their struggles to find love and peace while dealing with the struggles of fame is a historical fiction piece you won’t want to miss.
Better Than The Movie
You, that Chocolat. The movie with Johnny Depp. But as soon as you pick up the novel you’ll realize that the movie barely even scratches the surface of the story. This was one of those movies that I didn’t even stop to think about if it was a book, but once I started it I couldn’t put it down.
The story is still of a mother and a daughter who move to a small French town, but from then on it takes its own twists and turns. You’ll want to find out as this story is filled with so many beautiful layers.
Since Everyone Loves Paris
Except me that is, but it is a beautiful setting for many books.
I will be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of Hemingway, not as an author at least. But he is a fascinating person in history and this story tells about him meeting, courting, and living with his first wife. Much of the story takes place in a beautiful time in Parisian history.
A beautiful story about a man who gave up living after he lost his love and the moment he decided to start living it again. He takes a friend along on a journey to discover what he lost and finds so much more. It all takes place on a floating bookstore too! What’s more fun than that? It came well recommended by my family members and made my list of top books from last year.
Authors I Can’t Get Enough Of
One of the best books I read, when I did my reading challenge a few years back, was Americanah by Adichie. I loved the story she panted and knew I had to read more. Half the Yellow Sun tells the story of the Nigerian civil war in the 1960s through what a variety of characters faced while attempting to survive the war.
Now, this was a huge hit a few years back, so there is a chance you’ve already read it. But if you haven’t it’s one of the best books around. I know, before I thought there are so many WWII novels there don’t need to be anymore. I was wrong, we needed this one in the world.
Doerr tells the story of the war through the lens of two children, a girl in Paris and a boy in Germany. Their journeys through the war are the most beautiful telling of it I’ve read yet.
A Litte Bit of Russia
One last stop around the world I recently enjoyed was going back in time in Russia. The story begins in a luxury hotel in Moscow in 1922. It then spans the next thirty years. Touching on the major political and social changes the country goes through as it shows how much individuals can change over time as well. This also made one of my favorite reads from last year.
And A Few Historical Fiction Novels I’m Excited For
There is no question that Lorena Hickok was a close friend of the Roosevelts, but the question by historians has often been how close she was with Eleanor. In this novel, Bloom tells takes the angle that they were not just friends but lovers in this romantic story out on February 13, 2018.
Sometimes in our history have been idealized and one of those is 1960s Las Vegas. This story surrounds the showgirls and goes beyond all their glamour in this book releasing on March 6, 2018.
As mentioned above, I’m loving anything Hamilton at the moment. And one of the fascinating pieces of the story is not Alexander Hamilton but instead his wife and the role she played in history. This novel, out on April 3, 2018, will tell a part of her story.
Last year I went to Cuba. And while I loved it, I know part of me loves our ideas of in the 1950s Cuba even more. This novel out February 6, 2018, sounds like it will bring both today’s Cuba and Cuba of yesterday together into one place.