I wanted to do a post on my favorite historical eras that I love reading about, but for whatever reason never did. But while I was wandering across Youtube I found a fun Tag by Kassidy Voinche. Which is obviously this one: Historical Fiction Book Tag. Here we go!
- Why do you like to read historical fiction?
I love history and to read historical fiction for me is like a sneak peek into the people’s lives in different eras. it’s so fascinating!
- What was the first historical fiction book you read?
I don’t remember what was the exact first historical fiction book I’ve ever read but Gone with the Wind was one of the first books I’ve read very very very long time ago.
- Where do you draw the line for “historical fiction” and contemporary?
The 70’s are historical fiction to me, but the 80’s and up are contemporary. I think because I was born in the 80’s make it contemporary.
- Have you read a book set in each of these eras?
1600’s and before
Counted With the Stars by Connilyn Cossette – Based on the Biblical Exodus, from a PVO of a young Egyptian girl who is forced due to the circumstances to follow the Hebrew in the desert.
Shadow on the Crown by Patricia Bracewell – The story of Emma of Normandy when she is forced to marry a man she despises.
The Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich – The captivating story of a Jewish midwife and her journey to rescue her husband from slavery.
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom – Set in the late 1700’s on a tobacco plantation in Virginia and follows the life of a family and their slaves.
Kit by Marina Fiorato The book follows a journey of an Irish woman as she looks for her disappeared husband.
The first image that comes to my mind when I think about this era; Grey streets of London, horse carriages, oil lamps, ladies wearing fancy hats, gentlemen in tailored suits, Scotland Yard detectives. It’s the golden age of romanticism and mysticism!
The Moonstone by Wilkey Collins – The story circles around a cursed diamond that mysteriously disappeared and the investigation to find it.
A Bride in the Bargain by Deeanne Gist – Alone in the world, the main protagonist must move across the country to find her purpose and love of course.
The Mirk and Midnight Hour by Jane Nickerson – A haunting love story and suspenseful thriller based on the ancient fairy tale of “Tam Lin.”
1900’s and WWI
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque – This is one of the most heartbreaking stories of soldiers during the horrible battles in France.
Atonement by Ian McEwan – One of my all-time favorite books of love, sisterhood, betrayal, forgiveness, and atonement of course.
There’s something so very glamorous and fun about the 20’s; Jazz music blossomed, clubs, new modern flapper style for women, Art Deco, telephones, automobiles and cinema, fancy celebrities and movie stars!
Mrs. Houdini by Victoria Kelly – The exciting and mystical story of Harry Houdini’s wife Bess.
The Diviners by Libba Bray – An enchanting, mysterious and sometimes even creepy story of few very different people trying to solve a crime in 1920’s New York.
Water for the Elephants – The emotional, dramatic and tragic love story that takes place in a circus.
Z The Begining of Everything – Zelda Fitzgerald is the personality that perfectly represents the Jazz age to me. Her lifestyle is what made the 20’s iconic.
1940’s and WWII
Very dramatic and heroic era. There are so many stories about people’s bravery to tell, on all fronts, and I love them all. Whether they told by Polish Jews, American and allied pilots, army nurses, Normandy, Pearl Harbor, Stalingrad, Auschwitz and many more.
The Color of Secrets by Lindsay Ashford – An interracial romance of a British war widow and an American soldier as they struggle during WWII.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – Another WWII novel that follows a blind French girl and a German orphan boy.
The Diplomat’s Wife by Pam Jenoff – A love story set after WWII when Martha was rescued from a Nazi Camp by an American soldier.
1960’s-1970’s or later
The Help by Kathryn Stockett – A story of three determinate women who fight for a change in their hometown.
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah – A story of a family looking for refuge in a small Alaskan town but the solitude life turned out not as they pictured.
- What was the last historical fiction book you read?
I’m currently reading the third book in Out of Egypt series by Connilyn Cossette: Wings of the Wind. And I absolutely love it. Never read any book based on the biblical stories. This series follows Egyptians and Hebrew during the Exodus.
- What’s your favorite historical fiction cover?
Difficult to pick, I like simple covers that are atmospheric enough to catch my attention.
- What’s your favorite historical fiction?
I can’t name one. In fact, every book I’ve mentioned in this tag are the ones I really enjoyed. However, I want to point out Philippa Gregory and her novels of the Tudor epoch, and Surah Sundin who writes about WWII. They’re both my auto-buy authors in this genre.