Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A to Z April - H: Historical Fiction





So yesterday I discussed a quick list of "all" of the genres of book that there are, or that I mainly read from or think about.  Today I am going to talk about one that is often my favorite, historical fiction.  While I wouldn't say that I read a lot of historical fiction titles, the ones that I do tend to be really good and make me want to learn even more about that time period or historical figure.  So today I will share 5 of my favorite historical fiction titles, in no particular order.


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The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory is one that I probably only started because of the movie.  But the movie really got me interested and so I got the book and read it, and became even more intrigued with Henry VIII.  As always, the book was much better than the movie.

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Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman is a book that I just finished this past week and loved.  I won't say too much in this post, because you can read my review HERE.  But it is a book about Hitler and his "friends" told from a girl who was a favorite family friend from the time when Hitler was first working to take over before World War II. 

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Playing with Matches by Lee Strauss is also a book I read lately that was very good.  Like the last one I talked about, it took the German history of WW II and told it from the German point of view, as opposed to what we usually get from the Jewish survivors side.  Not that this is any better, I'm just saying it is a different and interesting way to read about that time period.  You can read my review of this one HERE

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The Coffin Quilt by Ann Rinaldi is a recent favorite of mine.  While the Holocaust has fascinated me probably since I first read The Diary of Anne Frank, I have recently become fascinated by the Hatfield and McCoys Feud, thanks to the History Channel's recent movie.   You can read my review of this title HERE

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The Help by Kathryn Stockett is one that I also am a huge fan of.  It is a time period that again I hadn't read much about, and only knew what little I feel I learned about it in school.  It is one that I decided to read before the movie came out, and fell in love with how great of a book it was.  And it is a movie that I feel they did a great job of staying close to the book.

Wow, as I finish this post I am just left thinking of all the ones that I wish I could list, because I guess there are a lot more historical fiction that I read than I thought.  What are your favorite historical fiction, or maybe do you have a period in history that you are fascinated with learning as much about as you can?

14 comments:

  1. I'm also a huge historical fiction fan (mainly WWII). This post gave me two new books to read! I look forward to seeing what you post for the rest of the A-Z Challenge!

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    1. Yay! Glad you found something that piqued your interest!

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  2. Have you read any books by Edward Rutherford? He entwines historic events with the fictional lives lead by his characters. He's amazing and very well researched so you're learning while reading very exciting stories :) I whole-heartily recommend him to anyone who likes this genre!
    Lena from unwaveringme.blogspot.com

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    1. I have not heard of him, but will be sure to see what I can find on Goodreads! Thanks for the suggestion.

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  3. I love historical fiction! Those boys back then are so polite, yet still can be cocky. :) I heard a lot about the Boleyn girl series. Great post!

    Cindy @ In This World of Books..

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    1. Yep, love the manners they used to have. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Yes yes yes - huge fan of historical fiction. I didn't even realise this before reading this post. Unfortunately I have read with far too much reckless abandon to remember titles, let alone the authors. Fly away Peter by David Malouf is one the comes to mind. WW1, birds, photography, national identity and soul searching are all intertwined in a heart tugging and educational story.

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    1. Sounds interesting! Thanks for the title, I'll be sure to check it out.

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  5. Hi Lisa,
    Excellent post, not only because it's interesting and a good topic but because of its structure: brief, to the point, nicely illustrated AND including links to your reviews if we want to spend more time with the subject.
    I've read your 1st (Boleyn) and last (Help) with same reaction. Also a twist. I'm probably older than you and lived during the time of Help, so I resonate achingly with it. I'm white, and we had "help" who was my real mom. Wonderful book, great choice. And thanks for visiting me. Cheers,
    Mary at Variety, the Spice of Life

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    1. I'm sure living during that time, and also having the "help" made the book seem so real to you. Wow. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and sharing your thoughts.

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  6. I'm not sure this is a strictly historical fiction work, but one of my favorites was "Bachiyr: 33 AD" by David McAfee. Adding vampires to the crucifixion story, and making it work in the context of the Gospels? Brilliant!

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    1. Hmm, haven't heard of that, but I think it kind of counts as historical fiction, or a close neighbor. Thanks for sharing that!

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  7. I love Ann Rinaldi's books. She's one of my favorite authors.

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    1. I think I've only read one or two of her books, but they were good. She is a great recommendation for historical fiction. Thanks for stopping by!

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