#OOCZ Recs: Historical Fiction πŸ“š Back to the Past! πŸ’—

OOCZ_ Historical Fiction

Hello fellow bookworms πŸ’— I have been wanting to do this recommendation series since last year! #OOCZRecs is inspired by my Out of Comfort Zone Challenge and aims to recommend a) books I have discovered outside of my comfort zone OR b) books within my comfort zone that I can recommend to people new to the genre (these will be explicitly titled Beginner’s Guide to distinguish them). I’m hoping this can be a resource for people hoping to explore a new genre, but not knowing where to start! πŸ₯° I’ll be doing these every month (or couple of months depending on my schedule) and covering different genres and age ranges. We’re starting with HISTORICAL FICTION because I’m aiming to read as much of this genre as possible this month for #DevourYourTBR’s challenge 😊 All covers link back to Goodreads so you can read the synopsis and I have also included buzzwords and my review for each of the books!


πŸ“š Pre-19th Century πŸ“š

  • His Fair Assassin by Robin LaFevers ✨ 13th Century ✨ Brittany, Assassin Nuns, Political Intrigue ✨ Read my Review
  • My Lady Jane by Ashton, Hand, Meadows ✨ 1535 ✨ Humorous Fantasy retelling of Lady Jane Grey ✨ Read my Review
  • Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones ✨ Between 1756-1791 ✨ Austria, during Mozart’s Time ✨ Read my Review

➽ It was interesting to see that I have mostly read books from the 19th and 20th centuries when it comes to Historical Fiction, but there are also great books set before these times! I only have three books that are set between the 13th and 18th century but hope to read more books set before the 19th century in the future. I want to explore more time periods that I haven’t read much from 😊


πŸ“’ 19th Century πŸ“’

  • A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews ✨ 19th Century ✨ Victorian Christmas Novella ✨ Read my Review
  • My Plain Jane by Ashton, Hand, Meadows ✨ 1834 ✨ Jane Eyre Retelling, Bronte Sisters ✨ Read my Review
  • My Calamity Jane by Ashton, Hand, Meadows ✨ 1876 ✨ American Wild West ✨ Read my Review

  • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco ✨ 1888 ✨ London, Jack the Ripper ✨ Read my Review
  • The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi ✨ 1889 ✨ Paris, Heists & Puzzles ✨ Read my Review
  • The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee ✨ 1890 ✨ Atlanta, Georgia ✨ Read my Review
  • Jackaby by William Ritter ✨ 1892 ✨ New England, Paranormal Mystery ✨ Read my Review

➽ The books that I recommend from the 19th century are all very different from each other and are set in many different places, so I hope there is something that catches your interest! There are books set in America (including the Wild West), in London during Victorian Times and also in Paris! Many of them also have fantasy elements (The Gilded Wolves, Jackaby, The Lady Janies), which is something I personally love πŸ₯°


πŸ“– World War 2 (1939-1945) + 20th Century πŸ“–

  • Nothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood ✨ 1920s ✨ Barnstorming & Wingwalking in America post World War 1 ✨ Read my Review
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak ✨ World War 2 ✨ Narrated by Death, Foster Family ✨ Read my Review
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein ✨ World War 2 ✨ British Spy caught in France & subsequent interrogation ✨ Read my Review

  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys ✨ World War 2 ✨ Greatest tragedy in maritime history ✨ Read my Review
  • White Rose by Kip Wilson ✨ World War 2 ✨ Retelling of Sophie Scholl’s story, Written in verse ✨ Read my Review
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Shaffer & Barrows ✨ 1946 ✨ Post-War, Letter Writing ✨ Read my Review

  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid ✨ 1950s-Present ✨ Retelling of Evelyn Hugo’s life story ✨ Read my Review
  • I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys ✨ 1989 ✨ Romania’s Revolution ✨ Read my Review

➽ Most books that I recommend are from the 20th century! There are many great books covering the second world war, as I think it’s still important to read perspectives from this time period. However, I have also read books that are set after the first world war and directly after the second world war, showing the impact of these events and how people are coping. I have also recently read a book set in the 80s about Romania’s revolution and hope to read more books set in this time period!

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Have you read any of the books from my list? Did you like them? What are your favorite historical fiction books? πŸ’—


16 thoughts on “#OOCZ Recs: Historical Fiction πŸ“š Back to the Past! πŸ’—

    1. Thank you so much, Morgan! πŸ’• Code Name Verity is SO good, it took me a while to get into it, but it’s such an emotional and impactful book πŸ₯Ί Elizabeth Wein writes great historical fiction books in general! I love historical fiction as well, but really need to read it more often πŸ˜„

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  1. Thank you soo much for all of these recommendations, I have recently started making my way into historical fiction and I will be sure to look up your recommendations πŸ₯°

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  2. Such a great post! I adore Historical Fiction! I hope to read some more off of my list in May as Katie from Books and Things on Booktube is hosting a Historical Fiction Readathon throughout the month of May. Off the top of my head some of my favourite Historical Fictions are: Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield, Winchelsea by Alex Preston, The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, Love & Fury by Samantha Silva, The Binding by Bridget Collins, etc. I’m hoping to get to Blackberry & Wild Rose by Sonia Velton, The Watchmaker of Filgree Street and The Bedlam Stacks both by Natasha Pulley, The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex, The Master Measham Hall, Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell, The Betrayals by Bridget Collins and The House of Fortune by Jessie Burton when it comes out in July I have preordered this one as I’m that excited for it, at some point this hopefully some of these will be crossed off my list during the Historical Fiction Readathon next month. Sorry for the long comment I just can’t help myself from gushing when talking about Historical Fiction πŸ˜†πŸ₯°πŸ–€

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment and all the recommendations! πŸ₯° I’ll definitely be checking out the books you mentioned, as I’m always searching for more historical fiction books to try out 😊 I hope you enjoy the Historical Fiction Readathon!

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  3. Loved this list, possibly because I’ve read a couple of them myself. I never really thought about them being historical fiction, although they definitely are. I suppose, I just love books set in history as long as there’s a tiny bit of magic involved. That spices things up for me. (She said with the Guernsey book being one of her most faves mentioned)

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    1. Thank you so much, Kat! πŸ’• I also love my historical fiction best with some mystery or fantasy elements, it makes everything even more exciting πŸ˜„ The Guernsey book is SO good though!! I really need to watch the movie 😊

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  4. I SQUEALED when I saw My Lady Jane on here, I love those books so much! I am a sucker for historical fiction and I am kinda the opposite of you: I gravitate towards older, like pre-1900 with the occasional Jazz Age read.

    Thanks for the list of books for me to work on!

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    1. My Lady Jane was SO good!! I love the Lady Janies books and I’m so excited to read the authors Mary books as well πŸ₯° I love that you’re reading more pre-1900 books! Do you have any recommendations? 😊
      Thank you for reading! πŸ’•


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