Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want to Read from the Historical Fiction Genre

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

I wasn't planning to do this week's Top Ten Tuesday, but I thought it'd be a good idea to share some historical novels I hope to read this year and motivate myself to start now! I tend to say I'm interested in historical fiction all the time, but to be honest ... I don't think I've read a single book in that genre. (Except Number the Stars, which was a GREAT book.) Anyway, here are the twelve books:

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
This has been on my "to read" list for ages now and I have NO IDEA why I haven't read it yet. I think I have the avoid-books-you-actually-want-to-read gene.

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
In my end of year book survey, I labeled this as the book that I didn't get to in 2014 but MUST in 2015. My decision hasn't changed, so I'll be picking it up during this month or the next (hopefully ...) Someone please slap me if I don't.

All That is Solid Melts into Air by Darragh McKeon
To be quite honest, I was drawn in by the cover. The synopsis is quite depressing - as are most historical fiction novels, I've found - but I'm really interested in finding out what happens.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
After talking about this book in my "Top 5 Most Embarrassing Unread Books" and "Top 10 Books I Want to Read but Don't Own Yet" posts, the next time I mention this title better be in a book review! I keep saying I'll read it, but I never get around to doing it because I want to read from a purchased copy. (Excuses, excuses ...)

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
I've been meaning to read this for a couple of years now (absolutely NO idea where I'd heard of it) and since I have a copy, I'm making it my mission to get to this TODAY!

A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
I wasn't too captivated by the synopsis, but a ton of bloggers have been saying good things about this one. Knowing that it takes place in London doesn't hurt either.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
I watched this movie last year and it broke me, so I guess the next step is read the book and cry waterfalls again.

I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe
I was browsing through Hannah's blog (So Obsessed With) and I Shall Be Near to You was one of her historical recommendations. Because I'm so obsessed with her (haha), I've added this to my list!

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
My brother read this during class and loved it, so I have no doubt that I will enjoy it just as much.

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
I first heard about this book from Regan at Peruse Project but I don't know much about it. I admit this was another pick because of the cover!

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Like I mentioned in a previous top ten tuesday post, SO many people on YouTube have been talking about this book. I have been mentally preparing myself for this book so I am ready to tackle this one. If you've read it, please let me know if you think it's as good as everyone says :)

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
I found this as I was browsing the "Historical Fiction" tab on Goodreads and WOW. I haven't heard anything about this book yet, so I'm pretty excited to read this with no outside opinions. (I guess seeing the star ratings would mess that up, but oh well :p)

If you know of any more historical fiction novels OR if there is one you really love that you didn't see on this list, please let me know!

Other Top Ten Tuesdays that may tickle your fancy:


  1. I have had Kite Runner on my shelves for so long!! I need to read several others on your list as well so do not feel bad LOL Here is my Top Ten Tuesday if you wanna check it out :)

  2. Code Name Verity is incredible, you'll love it! :D

    My TTT:

  3. I'm hoping to pick it up sometime this year, hopefully soon ... :)

  4. I just recently bought it from Book Outlet, but I haven't been in the mood to read it yet :/