if you know a historical fiction nerd // top ten tuesday

Today I'm linking up with the fairly popular (I think) meme, Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Basically, you make a list of books related to the theme. And this week's theme is holiday gift guides, so I present Ten Books for the Historical Fiction Nerd in Your Life. Like, as if you haven't guessed which genre is my favourite, haha. (And yes, I know it's Wednesday for me, but somewhere in the world it's still Tuesday so everything okay. Okay?)
X The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock // Oh goodness! *squeals* *smiles big* This is my definite favourite book of 2016! It's set in the 1970s in Alaska, and there are four main characters which means four storylines. The writing is just so beautiful and the stories intertwine perfectly. The only reason I didn't cry at the ending was because I was eating M'n'Ms and ice cream. (Ice cream is way more important than tears, right?)
O The Book Thief by Markus Zusak // Obviously, I couldn't make a historical fiction list without this one. The characters, the setting, the history, the books: I loved it all. Oh, and the writing! I loved the writing. I would probably get lost in this book anytime.
X Chasing Jupiter by Rachel Coker // This is a sweet, summery, coming of age story that I adore. It's set in the 60s, and involves rockets and peach pies and sisters turning into hippies and chasing chickens around the minister's wife's backyard. It's fun and hopeful and hopelessly sweet.
O Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson // So my one of my favourite historical eras is last half of the 1700s, particularly the 1770s, and guess when Chains is set? 1770s! It's kind of this paradox where the American colonies are fighting for their independence, yet Isabel (the main character), as an African American, gets the freedom she was promised taken away. At times, it is pretty heart-breaking but also incredibly historically accurate.
X Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys // It's the story of four teenagers whose lives are intertwined because of the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship taking refugees out of Germany in 1945. The characters were all so different and interesting. Also impeccably well-researched. (My review.)
O Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L Holm // When I was like twelve, this was the first historical fiction novel I truly, truly loved. It's a fun, family read set over the summer of 1953 and narrated by Penny, an eleven-year-old who loves butter pecan ice cream and listening to baseball games with her Uncle Dominic. The author based the story on her own family history and on the true stories of Italians during and after World War II.
X All the Truth that's in Me by Julie Berry // Set in like the late 1700s/early 1800s, this is about Judith, a mute girl who's been ostracised from her religious community, but she finds a way to tell her story. And it is sad (I feel like all the books I've listed are sad. #ohdear) and mysterious. And the romance is beautiful, though a little too much for me. Also, it's written in second person (kind of) addressed to her love interest.
O Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman // This is kind of a what-if psychological thriller story starring Gretchen, a close family friend of Adolf Hitler. I love how the author showed the behind the scenes of the Nazi party and how dear little Gretchen came to see the light. It was so, so, so authentic. (Though the sequel fell a little flat for me. Awkward.)
X Act of Faith by Kelly Gardiner // I don't remember a whole lot about this book, but what I loved was 1) the huge amount of historical events/happenings touched upon, 2) the characters from all over Europe and beyond, and 3) the emphasis on sharing knowledge and making it accessible. It was pretty cool.
O The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner // Another 1770s setting: the French Revolution. It's darker and more violent, but there is a sweet romance and the characters are unique and tragic. An absolutely haunting portrayal of the horrific realities of the revolution and its effects on all the classes.
anything else you would add to this list? what book is definitely on your Christmas wish list?


  1. The Book Thief is one of the best historical fiction novels I've read. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

    1. Indeed, it is. Thanks for stopping by, Lauren. :)

  2. Great list and take on the prompt- I love historical fiction so I'm a little biased. So many of the books on your list are on my TBR. Salt to Sea is at the top of my list, hopefully I'll read it early next year!

    1. Hello, fellow historical fiction lover! :) I hope you get to the wonderfully tragic Salt to the Sea, soon!


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