My favorite historical fiction books

I really like history and I really like historical fiction. I feel like it's a great glimpse into history and well written and researched historical fiction books are often a very realistic telling of a persons point of view. Maybe the person in the book doesn't exist but someone who was probably very similar to them did. It's their ghost stories.
  1. Slammerkin by Emma Donahue
    One of my all time faves. Follows the story of teenage prostitute in the 1800s London. It's long because it really covers such a piece of her life. I feel like it really wants to show you how a person can make the choices they do, and what leads them there. You'll never guess what the ending is leading you to. I was shell shocked after and had to re think everything.
  2. He wonder by Emma Donoghue
    Same author- different book. Also good. It's about a nurse in old time Ireland having to go to inspect a child who claims to live without needing food. There were girls who did this in the past usually for religious reasons and this was a well crafted story about why someone may make such a claim.
  3. All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
    Amazing book. Started off slow and then once you're hooked it's like OMG I CANT READ THIS FAST ENOUGH. Do not give up!!! Push yourself through the first three chapters and I promise you will walk away believing this is one of the best books you've ever read. It follows the story of a boy chosen to be one of Hitler's youth and a blind French girl during world war 2. Their lives touch through a twist of fate and this story leaves you breathless. (I literally was holding my breath near the end)
  4. Salt to the sea by Ruta sepetys
    This tells the story of the largest maritime disaster in history (which history has forgotten) through the eyes of four young people. It is focused around a group of refugees in WW2 trying to make it to safety via the Baltic Sea. It opened my eyes to SO MUCH HISTORY that my school never taught me. I look at the war and it's victims differently now.
  5. The book thief
    I think we've all read this but just in case you haven't literally what are you doing did you go to fifth grade you need to read this now
  6. The glass castle by Jeanette Walls
    I KNOW this is not technically historical fiction cause she is talking about her life is is actually true so I guess it's historical non fiction.. and it's not historical i suppose cause it doesn't focus on an event in history but technically her childhood was in the past? I included it cause it FEELS like historical fiction in a way and if you read you will understand. It is an AMAZING story!! Read before the movie comes out. Read it twice!!
  7. Ok please add your own faves thanks
  8. Freedom and Necessity by Steven Brust and Emma Bull
    It's an epistolary fantasy novel scaffolded around German philosophy & weird Victorian spiritualism. This sounds horrid but! it's! so! good!
    Suggested by   @nantea
  9. Code Name Verity
    "Kiss me, Hardy! Kiss me QUICK!" Lady spies, female friendships, resourcefully scrappy ATA women pilots and a plot that hinges on unreliable narrators in an epistolary format, of course I'd love this book AND I DID.
    Suggested by   @nantea
  10. Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
    I read this a million years ago so I don't remember much other than "It's good, I liked it!" Ha
    Suggested by   @shash
  11. Bringing Up The Bodies
    All of the Wolf Hall series are good. Anxiously awaiting the third and final about Thomas Cromwell
    Suggested by   @jannychan
  12. The Scarlet Pimpernel
    I read this for school but actually really enjoyed it. It's set during the French Revolution, and that's all I can remember about it at the moment. I just bought it on Amazon so I will have to re-read very soon.
    Suggested by   @laneeeee_sue
  13. Cinderella's Dress
    Mixture of WWII, fairy tales, mystery, and romance. Book 2 is entitled Cinderella's Shoes. Both are fantastic!
    Suggested by   @laneeeee_sue
  14. The Grand Tour
    This trilogy is so fascinating. I read them so fast! If you enjoy reading about Europe, mystery, and romance, you'll love them.
    Suggested by   @laneeeee_sue
  15. Outlander
    They were originally marketed as romance but they are so much more than that!
    Suggested by   @hillary79
  16. Goodnight, Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian
    I think this might be the first historical fiction I ever read! And i love it.
    Suggested by   @kaelephant