Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Top Ten Tuesday: Books To Read If Your Book Club Likes Historical Fiction
Happy Tuesday and welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is Books To Read If Your Book Club Likes X. I selected Historical Fiction. At the library where I work, historical fiction tends to be one of the most popular genre picks, and in the book club I was in with some friends historical fiction was also a popular choice aside from the cozy mystery. Here we go in, alphabetical order by author:
Longbourn by Jo Baker - This is a retelling of Pride & Prejudice from the servants perspective.
Belgravia by Julian Fellowes - The author, of course, is the creator of Downton Abbey, so if you're a fan of that tv series you'll have to try his new story set in London's wealthiest district in the 1840s.
Night Song by Tricia Goyer - Easily one of my favorite adult WWII novels.
Ross Poldark by Winston Graham - If you've been watching the new tv adaptation starring Aidan Turner, you need to experience the novels. The first series includes the first two books, and I've heard the second series will cover books three and four.
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver - One of my book clubs read this and I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to. Before, I likely wouldn't have picked it up do the Oprah's Book Club sticker on the cover of my copy.
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel - I pushed this way up my tbr after watching the excellent tv miniseries starring Mark Rylance. In the end, I actually preferred the adaptation, but the novel is well worth reading.
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain - A wonderful piece of historical fiction focusing on Hemingway's first wife, Hadley. It was so vivid, that at times I forgot I was reading fiction.
An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo - Another beautifully written WWII novel by the author of War Horse - it was originally loaned to me by the friend who let me borrow her copy of Night Song.
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See - Beautifully written and well researched story focusing on the lives of two sisters.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein - If you haven't tried this wonderful YA WWII novel, what are you waiting for? Just make sure you have a box of tissues at your side.
Have you tried any of these historical fiction books? What would you read with your book club?