Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #20: 10 Books for Historical Fiction Fans

This week's topic was rather open-ended. I looked through my "Read" list on Goodreads and tried to find a theme among the books I rated 4 and 5 stars and haven't discussed here too much before. I landed on 10 historical fiction books. It's not one of my go-to genres, but I have read a fair number of good books in this category.


The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

The Mapmaker's Children by Sarah McCoy

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

The Angel Makers by Jessica Gregson


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman


Suspension by Richard E. Crabbe

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Are you a fan of historical fiction? Have you read any of the books mentioned above? 
Can you recommend other titles to me? 




This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

22 comments:

  1. Such a great list!! I still need to get to The Light Between Oceans and The Book Thief.

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  2. I've always wanted to read The Book Thief. It's been on my list forever. I've been stuck on one book for such a long time and I have a thing where I need to finish a book once I've started it. I'm almost done. Maybe I'll move on to that book once I'm done.

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    1. Do you like audiobooks? The audio for The Book Thief is really good. Maybe you could get two books going at once then. :)

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  3. The Book Thief is one of my favourite books ever, glad to see it on your list!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/12/top-ten-tuesday-52/

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  4. I haven't read any of these, but I am planning to read To Kill a Mockingbird at some point!!

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    1. I just re-read Mockingbird, and I didn't like it as much as Watchman. I think because I related better to Jean Louise as an adult.

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  5. The Book Thief has been on my TBR for ages! I'm hoping to get to read it within the next couple of months. Pretty much everyone seems to love it so my expectations are high! All the Light We Cannot See also sounds amazing! On the TBR it goes. Great list!

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    1. Both book are as good as everyone says. I hope you can get to them soon.

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  6. Some of my favorites are on this list - I'll have to check out the others. Have you read The Other Boelyn Girl or The Dovekeepers yet?

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    1. No. I'll have to check those two out. Thanks!

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  7. I'm not really big on historical fiction but I did love Water for Elephants! I also really liked Vengeance Road, Walk on Earth a Stranger, and The Walled City.

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    1. Historical fiction isn't usually my favorite genre either, but when done well, I can really get into them. Vengeance Road is on my list. I'll check out Walk on Earth a Stranger and The Walled City. Thanks!

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  8. Great list Kate. The Book Thief is one of my all time favourites, and I do like the sound of Angel Makers (going on my wishlist).

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    1. I read The Angel Makers for a book club. I don't know that I ever would have picked it up on my own, but it was really good. A great "girl power" feminist type book.

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  9. I just finished The Book Thief (on audio!) last week and loved it. It took me awhile to get into, but then I was hooked. Also loved Guernsey and All the Light and Water for Elephants :) If you haven't read any Kristin Hannah yet, I recently enjoyed Winter Garden and I'm planning to start The Nightingale this month, which I've also heard is fantastic. I love Edenbrooke and Blackmoore too, I can't remember if you had mentioned those before.

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    1. Kristin Hannah is on my list. I really need to read her soon. Everyone mentions her books. Edenbrooke is also on my list. I hope to get to it soon. I hadn't heard of Blackmoore yet, but I'm sure once I read Edenbrooke, I'll be scoping out other books by Julianne Donaldson. Thanks!

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  10. fantastic list! Making sure I do have some of these on my TBR :) My TTT

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    1. oops! I gave you the wrong link! HERE is the correct one :) My TTT

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    2. It's ok. I found it on your blog. :)

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