Top Ten Tuesday used to be a weekly post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, but was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. “It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.” This is definitely something I can understand and want to participate in.
Today’s prompt is a freebie, which means that my mind suddenly goes completely blank when I have to think of a topic. Does this happen to anyone else, or just me? Lately, I’ve been reading some truly awesome historical fiction, so I want to talk about my ten favorites books/series that take place in the past.
- The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell — you may be familiar with this series if you have watched The Last Kingdom on Netflix, but seriously? The books are way better.
- The Kingsbridge series by Ken Follett — yeah, these books are serious chonks, clocking in at close to 1000 pages apiece, but they’re so worth it, and I found myself way more intrigued by the building of a cathedral in England than I ever thought I could be.
- The Pomegranate by S.J. Schwaidelson — this book tells the story of a young Jewish woman who is abducted on her way to her wedding, and the incredible adventures that she had.
- Rebel Daughter by Lori Bank Kaufmann — telling the story of a young Jewish woman during the destruction of Jerusalem in the first century, and I was so caught up in this story.
- The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman — I’ve visited Masada in Israel, and this book tells the story of the fall of Jerusalem and what happened at Masada thousands of years ago.
- The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon — while this isn’t strictly historical fiction, it also incorporates romance and some fantasy elements set against major historical events.
- The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead — this was such a powerful and heartbreaking story, and it’s clearly destined to be a modern classic.
- The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah — I don’t read a lot of historical fiction set in America, but this tale of the Great Depression was absolutely mind-blowing.
- A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende — she is one of my favorite authors, and this book was incredible. It tells the story of the Spanish Civil War and the resulting migration to Chile.
- Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi — this sweeping family saga follows two branches of a family from Ghana, one that was enslaved and brought to America, and one that remained in Ghana. It’s beautiful and heartbreaking, and I highly recommend giving it a read.
What are some of your favorite historical fiction books or series?
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