December 9

Holiday Gift Recommendations – Historical Fiction

December 9, 2014

One of my very favorite genres to read is historical fiction. I love reading about different periods of time, and I love when authors bring historical figures to life through their writing. Below are some of the titles that have stayed with me long after I finished reading.

Dollface by Renee Rosen

Of course I am going to feature Renee Rosen – she is truly one of my favorite authors. I loved reading about the Roaring 20’s, gangsters in Chicago, prohibition, and more. Dollface is my favorite book set during this time period. It is thoroughly researched and beautifully written. You must also read my review of Rosen’s new book What the Lady Wantsanother great historical fiction novel set during the Gilded Age in Chicago.

The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

If you still think of Charles Lindbergh as America’s Hero, then you must read Benjamin’s novel. It is a less than flattering portrayal of the great man who changed the course of history with his air adventures. You will gain so much insight into Lindbergh’s shortcomings as well as the strength of his wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

I learned so much from this book club selection about life in a Japanese internment camp here in America. I really did not realize the horrors that Japanese Americans had to endure during World War II at the hands of their countrymen. This is an eye-opening read. Ford is another solid writer who shares history in an interesting way through his beautiful writing.

The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Another book club selection that taught me about a part of America’s history that I knew absolutely nothing about (I so love when that happens)! Although part of the novel is set in present day, a large part of the novel takes place decades earlier. When families could not care for their children and had to give them up for adoption in New York, they were placed on trains to the Midwest where they were often adopted by families who used them for labor and childcare. Be prepared to learn a great deal in this read!

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

On the bestseller list for months, I feel as if this is a book nearly everyone has read. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure, then move this book to the top of your TBR list! If you want a look at life during the 1960’s in Mississippi, this is the book for you! The character development in amazing, and these characters will stay with you for a very long time!

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

I loved this snapshot into the life of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley. Set against the backdrop of the Jazz Age in Paris, the Hemingways live a wild and tumultuous life filled with drama. This book also increased my desire to read some of Hemingway’s novels, which I have not yet done.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I am a fan of writing that covers the time of our world during World War II and the Holocaust. This work of historical fiction is my favorite set during this time. Because it is a young adult novel, it is a quicker read than most novels of this time period.

Which historical fiction novels do you recommend?

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Posted December 9, 2014 by Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings in category "gift ideas", "gifts


  1. By Tammy on

    Oh wow, if this isn’t a sign for me to get back to a good book, I don’t know what is- I love historical fiction! Thanks for the suggestions!

    1. By (Post author) on

      Tammy – I so love historical fiction! If you discover a great new read, let me know!

    1. By (Post author) on

      Leah – I liked Song of Willow Frost, but Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is even better! Let me know what you think once you read it!


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