7 Historical Fiction Book Recommendations for people who don’t read Historical Fiction

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Hey! I’m linking up with Top Ten Tuesday @ The Broke and the Bookish for today’s post.

The theme was “10 Book Recommendations for __.” Obviously, there are not ten suggestions in this post, because 1) the number 7 is so much better than the number 10 and 2) there is a tragic scarcity of YA historical fiction in this world that must be amended and 3) I’m kind of really lazy…

I’ve been reminded recently of how much I love historical fiction. It is one of my favorite genres in the whole world, and I’m slowly starting to wonder if *gasp* I might like it even more than fantasy. *hides*

I ranked these books from 1-7 on a scale of “historical fiction-ess,” so if you want to try reading historical fiction,but aren’t sure about the genre, number one is a great place to start!

7 Historical Fiction Books For People Who Don’t Read Historical Fiction 

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My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies, #1)1) My Lady Jane by Jodi Meadows, Cynthia Hand, and Brodi Ashton

Why you should read it: This book is an magical, not-actually-historically-accurate-at-all story about the Tudors. It’s so delightful. It’s hilarious, and so, so happy, and I have rarely laughed quite as loud as I did when I read this book. 10/10 would also recommend listening to this audiobook at 2x speed. The narrator yells and is very dramatic and is British, and listening to it fast makes it ridiculously hilarious.

Also, this book has a lot of fantasy elements, and the historical fiction aspect is actually super light! It’s a good intro to the genre, but you don’t have to worry about being bogged down old dialogue etc.


Audacity2) Audacity by Melanie Crowder 

Why you should read it: This is actually a super underrated book! It is about Clara Leimlich, who fought for worker’s rights in the early 20th century. It is told completely in verse, so whether or not you’d like this book probably would depend a lot on that. Anyway, I loved this book so much!! It is relatively light in all the details, but you still learn a lot about the people and time period, and the fact that it’s written in verse makes it really easy to read. Also, there’s no historically-dense dialogue.



The Lie Tree3) The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge 

Why you should read it: Clearly I couldn’t shove book recommendations at you without mentioning Frances Hardinge.

Besides the fact that this book was written by my favorite author and therefore is perfect, this is a historical fiction/fantasy set in England in 1860s, in the midst of the conflict following Darwin’s book. The fantasy aspect is so wonderfully woven through the historical aspect, and the setting and characters are brilliant.

This one’s a liiittle more dense in terms of setting/dialogue, but it’s still relatively easy to read.

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The Cure for Dreaming4) The Cure For Dreaming by Cat Winters 

Why you should read it: Cat Winter’s books are phenomenal, but this is the best of her’s I’ve read so far. It is set in 1900 in Oregon, and the main character is a suffragette. I LOVE how Cat Winters blends paranormal aspects with historical fiction, and this one is perfect. There is hypnotism in this book, and an almost-french hypnotist, and you can read all about this awesome book in my review

This book isn’t super dense, and the plot/dialogue are pretty easy to follow. Plot wise, though it’s relatively slow, but I was still completely hooked by it!


The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)5) The Diviners by Libba Bray

Why you should read it: This is a paranormal-occult-serial-killer-murder-mystery extravaganza set in Prohibition New York City. 

The setting is definitely the best part of this book! The characters are fantastic too, but the setting completely blew me away. This book is pretty dense in terms of setting, and the dialogue is full of words and dialect from that time period. The story is super gripping, scary, and exciting, even though it is <500 words long.


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The Passion of Dolssa6) The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry 

Why you should read it: This book is pretty much perfect in every way. It is set in 1241 in Provensa, after the Catholic/French crusades, and is about a girl who is hunted by the church for being a heretic. One of the best things about this book is the writing. It is beautiful. The setting and characters are also so amazingly and beautifully developed! I wouldn’t say this book is dense in terms of setting/dialogue, but the whole atmosphere is very…old. I don’t know xD. It is also very slow, but extremely gripping. I was so emotionally invested in this book the entire time. I personally LOVED it! You can read my review of it here


The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, #1)7) The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman 

Why you should read it: This is another Paranormal + Historical Fiction book. This one is set in Regency England, and is about a secret group who fights monstery things. 

This book is full to the brim with detail about the time period, and I totally felt like I was there. It isn’t suuuper dense, so really the only reason it’s in the 7th spot is because it’s veeery long and reeealy slow (though super entertaining/engaging) and SOMething had to be last!



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Do any of these books interest you at all? How do you feel about Historical Fiction? Do you have any HF recommendations for me? Spoiler: I desperately need some… xD.

33 thoughts on “7 Historical Fiction Book Recommendations for people who don’t read Historical Fiction

  1. I find it so difficult to find Historical Fiction that I actually love, so thank you so much for these suggestions! ❤ I heard a lot about My Lady Jane and might actually give it a try.

    My last read was «Things a Bright Girl Can Do», it's coming out in September and the whole story is set during 1914 to 1918, the beginning of the First World War, the suffragette movement in Britain and the complexity behind vote for women, equality of genders with LGBT on the side. I think it might be something you would also enjoy 🙂

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    1. My Lady Jane is fantastic. I have yet to meet a person who didn’t like it. You should definitely try it!

      I just looked that up, and it does sound really good! I can’t remember the last time in that specific time period, and I’d really like to. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  2. That intro made me giggle Lenna! 7 it is then what a wonderful 7 they really are! hen again, I ❤ Historical Fiction of any kind so maybe i'm not the best judge cuz I say GET THEM ALL! lol. My Lady Jane was a fave back when I read it, so many good laughs and would like to see more from that trio of authors. I have The Diviners books….as massive as they are…I think some time in October I'll get the audiobooks to read along with my physical copies. I just added The Cure for Dreaming to my TBR, it looks SOOOO GOOD! *heart eyes emoji* & The Dark Days Club I own the ebook copy of, saving it for the Fall season as well. This is a great list! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. Haha, I’m glad someone thinks I’m funny xD.
      I’m glad you liked My Lady Jane! I’ve already read it twice since March xD.
      That’s how I feel about it! I just can’t get enough of it. Those are good books to read in the fall. I hope you like Dreaming!
      THank you!!

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      1. Haha! Love when humor comes through a blog post 😉 and I can def see muse re-reading My Lady Jane because of all the laughs it gifted me the first time 🙌🏼 thank you & happy reading 💜

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  3. Ooh, I saw My Lady Jane at my school library and I’m hoping to check it out soon! (After reading all the other books I’ve checked out. XD) I also started The Diviners last month, but ended up DNF’ing it because it was hard for me to get into. I want to get back to it someday, tho! Historical fiction isn’t really my thing, so these recs are really great! 😀

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  4. I used to love historical fiction when I was younger, but I read so much off it that I started to get a bit tired of it. I really want to read My Lady Jane, and The Passion of Dolssa sounds amazing.

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  5. Oooh I loved Julie Berry’s All That’s In Me so I totally need to read her other books too someday! I do like HF but…I struggle with it.😭😂 I think I prefer things with modern snappy dialogue? Or magic. hehe. But I do want to try Cat Winters because I’ve only heard people RAVE about how good her books are. And I do love The Book Thief, and recently I read The Pearl Thief (omg so many thieves😂) and it was so so good too!!

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    1. You definitely should!!
      I can totally see why, it can be a little hard to get through. Cat Winters is phenoooomenal. You should totally try one of her books!
      The Pearl Thief looks really good! I never finished Code Name Verity for some reason, but I really want to now so I can read that one.


  6. THE LIE TREE has such a beautiful cover, and it sounds like something I would really enjoy! Not the biggest fan of historical fiction, but I love stories that have fantasy woven in. THE DIVINERS is one of my favorite books because it does such a brilliant job with the real world setting and the paranormal stuff woven in. Great post! I’ll definitely add some of these to my TBR. 🙂

    ~ Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks

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    1. Isn’t it so pretty? There are all these collectors edtions too that I really want.
      Yeah, I like normal HF, but magical/pn HF is definitely my favorite. Thank you!
      Yay! I hope you like them!


  7. I’m not a big historical fiction reader, so I feel like this post was made for me, thank you! 🙂 I have been hearing tons of great things about My Lady Jane, for such a long time now, I have to add it to my TBR 🙂 Thank you for this post, I’ll make sure to check out all of these books 🙂

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