Back In Time: 25 Of The Best Historical Fiction Books

As one of the most popular book genres, Goodreads defines historical fiction is defined as:

“…Novels that re-create a period or event in history and often use historical figures as some of its characters. To be deemed historical, a novel must have been written at least fifty years after the events described.”

I’ve read my fair share of historical fiction novels and have yet to be disappointed by one. If you are an avid fan of the genre, or are looking to get your feet wet and read more historical fiction, any of these novels below would be a great start.


1. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

2. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

3. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

4. The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillippa Gregory

5. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

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6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

7. Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

8. Shōgun (Asian Saga, #1) by James Clavell

9. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

10. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova


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11. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

12. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

13. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

14. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

15. Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley

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16. Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

17. Atonement by Ian McEwan

18. The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, #1) by Caleb Carr

19. Katherine by Anya Seton

20. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

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21. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

22. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind

23. Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross

24. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

25. Sarum: The Novel of England by Edward Rutherfurd

History is happening as we speak, therefore I don’t think there will be any shortage of historical fiction stories anytime soon. What’s your favorite time period to read about?

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