Monthly Recommendations: Historical Fiction

Monthly recommendations is a Goodreads group hosted by Kayla Rayne and Trina @Between Chapters. I’ve yet to actually ever take part in this group (as I’ve only just decided to join it, despite having followed Trina on YouTube for quite a while), but then I saw January’s topic was Historical Fiction, and you all know how I feel about Historical Fiction.

(If you don’t yet, you will soon enough.)

First and foremost, let me just start this off by recommending Ruta Sepetys as a whole.


I’m using Between Shades of Gray as my image here (because it’s my favorite), but all three of her books are fantastic Historical Fiction novels. She’s also my favorite Historical Fiction author, so. You know. Her books are bomb. Her next book is about Spain in the 1950s!

Staying in line with the WWII theme, I’m also going to throw All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr in here.


And The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy. Fair warning, though, this one is not for the light of heart. It is dark, and it is graphic, but that’s war for you.


Following that with another somewhat upsetting theme (they’re not all like this, I promise), I also want to put A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier in here, which is about a girl working as a nurse during the time of the Spanish Influenza.


And now, onto another world issue that doesn’t have to do with disease (at least, not directly, but in 1960 people wanted to connect racism to anything they could, as you’ll see in this book), The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Super dense, but super good.


To wrap this up on a more magical, fantastical note, I’m going to throw in three Historical Fiction books that have a bit (or more) of a more magical or supernatural note to them:


Magic, in The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern;


Vampires, in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith;


And time travel, in Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly.

If you have any recommendations yourself (because I LOVE Historical Fiction), please let me know!

Thanks for reading!


3 thoughts on “Monthly Recommendations: Historical Fiction

  1. Thank you for this, I forgot how much I enjoy historical fiction. I used to read it a lot when I was younger. Did you read All the Light We Cannot See? I have to admit that I did not enjoy it as much as I had hoped :/


    1. I did! I had some trouble getting into it at first, and I was mostly interested in Werner’s parts, but by the end of the book I ended up liking the story as a whole. I wasn’t THRILLED with the ending but that’s what I get for reading a WWII book, I guess.


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