Monthly recommendations: historical fiction

Find out more about the Goodreads group here! This month’s topic was duologies, but I think I’ve read literally 0 duologies, so I couldn’t really recommend any. So I’m doing a throwback topic and doing historical fiction, which is one of my favourite genres. I have quite a few, so bear with me.


Middle grade or YA

Vixen by Jillian Larkin

This is a series (trilogy?) about flappers. I think the 1920s was such an interesting time, and this is really good and interesting!

The Dragon Keeper Series by Carole Wilkinson

This trilogy takes place during the Han Dynasty in China and a young girl who takes care of a dragon. It’s very well researched and well-written, and I love the setting and characters.

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

This was one of my favourite books growing up and it’s the reason I want to visit Venice. Again, the setting is wonderful and magical.

I, Coriander by Sally Gardner

This book is kind of magical realism-ish or fairies-ish? But it takes place during Cromwell’s reign in England, and I hadn’t read anything from that time period before. I really enjoy this book a lot.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

One of my favourite historical fictions. It takes place during World War 2, and it’s so interesting. It’s a totally different take on WW2 than what I’d read previously.

Adult or new adult fiction

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

This book focuses on a young Jewish woman living in Boston during the early 1900s, and I really enjoyed it. It’s one of those books that doesn’t really have a plot, but rather just focuses on her life, which I enjoyed. But just know it’s a little slower than others.

Exit the Actress by Priya Parmar

This book is about Nell Gwynn, who was a mistress of King Charles II. It’s very well-researched, and so interesting. It’s written like a diary, with snippets from newspapers and letters. I really like it.

My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares

So this one is a little different because it’s not really historical fiction, but it kind of is? It’s kind of a romance with fantasy and time travel with bits of historical fiction. I really enjoy it and highly recommend it.


Those are all my recommendations for historical fiction! What are your favourite historical fictions?

Ally xx

12 thoughts on “Monthly recommendations: historical fiction

  1. Most of my historical fiction books are fantasy, so that’s not quite the same thing as the list you have here. One that I read as a kid and didn’t realize was at all historical, though, was The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly. I want to go back and read it now, and also do some research about the reality while I’m reading the fiction.

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  2. Wow, great list! Definitely a few I want to pick up on there. I don’t really know much about Chinese history, so I’m thinking that may be a good place to start. I just read two set in WWII, which I really enjoyed… Dear Mrs Bird was my favourite 🙂

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