List: Best Historical Fiction

I have a good friend who loves, loves, LOVES historical fiction.  She reads in this genre almost exclusively.

She always has enthusiastic book recommendations for me and makes the book sound like a dream…… however…..

I don’t read in this genre very much.  It’s just “not my tea”.   That’s not to say I haven’t read and enjoyed a few books that fall within this type of story.

Historical fiction novels are stories that re-create a period or even in history and often use historical figures as some of its characters.

If you want to write historical fiction: to be considered in this genre, your book must have been written at least fifty years after the events described.  (Think 1940s, not 1990s)

Here’s a list of the five best historical fiction books (according to yours truly):


Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Memoirs of a Geisha


Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Gone with the Wind


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief


The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

The Other Boleyn Girl (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #9)


A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities


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