Historical Fiction Recommendations

Posted August 7, 2016 by Adalyn in Books, Lists / 4 Comments

I love historical fiction books, but they aren’t nearly as common as other genres. The revolutionary war is my favorite history era, but we sadly enough don’t have many books set during that century even! I wish I read more historical fiction books than I do (and more classics), though it can be hard to find a good one. Which is why when I find a good historical fiction book, I absolutely love it.


The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

This book follows Lady Helen Wrexhall and is set in London in 1812 during the Regency time period. It’s a YA paranormal fantasy book. I will be honest, the beginning was a bit slow and not much happened in like the first 150ish pages, but I ended up really enjoying it. I’m excited to see where this series goes.


And I Darken by Kiersten White

And I Darken is a gender bent Vlad the Impaler story set in the 1400s in the Ottoman Empire. Again, a bit of a slow start, but once I got into it I couldn’t put it down! This is also another first in a trilogy, and I’m already counting down the days until the next book is released.


Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys 

Such a heartbreaking story! This book follows Florian, Emilia, Alfred, and Joana during World War II and the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, the biggest maritime tragedy in history. I was sucked in within the first few pages. Though it didn’t quite make my top ten, it’s still one of my favorite books.


My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Another one of my favorites. My Lady Jane is a comedic alternate retelling of the story of Lady Jane Grey. You can read my review here to read why I love it just so much.


The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare

This is another one of my all time favorite series. This is set during the late 1870s and tells the story of Theresa “Tessa”  Gray when she moves to London to be with her brother and discovers the world of Shadowhunters. Yet another very emotional series for me.

I would love to hear what some of your favorite historical fictions books are as well! 

4 responses to “Historical Fiction Recommendations

  1. Historical fiction is my favorite genre! And I LOVE Salt to the Sea and The Infernal Devices. My favorite historical fiction book of all time is definitely Code Name Verity – I read it a couple of years ago and I’m still amazed by it every time I so much as think about it! I also love Wolf by Wolf, The Book Thief, A Madness So Discreet, and Lies We Tell Ourselves.

    • Adalyn

      Historical fiction is just the best, for sure! I’ve been wanting to read Code Name Verity for so long, but I still haven’t had the chance. ;( I read the first 20% The Book Thief and then gave up, but I haven’t read nay of the other books you mentioned. Thanks for the recommendations though, I can’t wait to check them out!

  2. I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, but I’ve been meaning to read My Lady Jane for a while. People have told me that it’s funny. I’m trying to marry that idea with the fact that she’s known as the Nine-Day Queen for a reason…

    • Ads

      I definitely recommend it! Lady Jane Grey’s story has always fascinated me most of all the Tudors even though she was only queen for nine days. My Lady Jane was an awesome spin on the whole story though, and I loved every bit of it. I hope you have a chance to get to it soon. 🙂