A great resource when you’re looking for your next historical fiction read.
I’ve always loved learning about history, both the good and the bad parts. And, that’s translated into a love of historical fiction books. Each book takes you inside of history with engaging and fascinating stories.
I know that often people are looking for books based on a specific time period or historical event. Or maybe you’ve been reading a lot of books from a specific top and want to expand to a different topic. This list should help you on your way.
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What Is Historical Fiction?
Historical fictions books are ones that are set during a specific time period and/or during historical events, but the story being told is fictional. Sometimes historical fiction books even feature real-life historical figures.
Usually these books are well-researched and tell an engaging and fascinating story within a historical setting.
Best Historical Fiction Books
This list is very much a work-in-progress, so bookmark it and keep checking back for more topics. I’ve got some books by time period, some by location, and everything in between. You’ll definitely find some great new books to add to your TBR list!
By far, one of the most popular time periods in this genre is World War Two. Check out the two great options below or head over to this list of Historical Fiction About World War Two for even more great books.
The Spies of Shilling Lane by Jennifer Ryan
The Golden Hour by Beatriz WIlliams
Another fascinating time period for this genre, is World War I. Check out these options below or find even more at this list of World War One Historical Fiction.
The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly
Maybe you want to read about American history. If that’s your interest, check out these books below or head over to this list of Historical Fiction about American History for a lot more options.
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
Do you enjoy reading about real-life people? Then check out these books or even more at this list of Fascinating Biographical Fiction Books.
Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin
Do you want to read a book inspired by a famous work or art or about a famous artist? You’ll want to check out these books and all the rest of the list here at Captivating Historical Fiction Books About Artists.
Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
Claude & Camille: A Novel Of Monet by Stephanie Caldwell
Historical Fiction Books by Location
Old Hollywood is a fascinating topic to read about. Each of these books, as well as this list of Unputdownable Historical Fiction About Hollywood, will transport you there.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
A Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott
Or maybe you want a book set in New York City. Check out these options, or find even more at Historical Fiction About New York City.
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
For a touch of paradise, try a book set in Hawaii. Check out one of these books or many more at this post, Historical Fiction Set in Hawaii.
Red Sky Over Hawaii by Sara Ackerman
Are these any topics that you want me to do next? What parts of history do you want to read about?
Fun Reading Accessories
Now that you’ve found a good book, try one of these fun accessories to make your reading life even more enjoyable. These are also great to pair with a fascinating historical fiction novel for a fun gift.
More Book Recommendations to Check Out
If you’re like me and love to read many types of books, here are some other book lists to check out no matter your mood.
The Best Contemporary Romance Novels
Great Mysteries from All 50 States
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