Without question, my favorite genre of books is historical fiction.
Whenever someone posts on Facebook, I need a new book to read. Any recommendations? the books I always recommend are historical fiction. I love learning about different period through well-researched fiction.
So, if you are looking for something great to read, might I recommend one of these books? (You can find many of these books in the used section of Amazon for dirt cheap.)
Someone Knows My Name: Without question, this is my favorite book. It is the journey of a woman taken into slavery as a child and her life's story. A MUST READ.
The Shoemaker's Wife: I just read this book at Christmas and I could not put it down. It's a wonderful story of love and dreams that starts out in Italy and then ends in the US after World War II. It is definitely he best book I have read in a few years. (You can get the kindle edition for only $2.99 right now!)
City of Dreams: A Novel of Nieuw Amsterdam and Early Manhattan: This is another all time favorite of mine. It takes place over several generations starting in the 1660s and is about a family of apothecaries and doctors. The writer used real medical journals to write about the various procedures that these medical practitioners used. I have loved this book for at least 5 years and just learned that City of Dreams is the first in a series of books! I'm planning to read the next book City of Glory this year.)
The Red Tent: It has been years since I first read this book, but it still is a stand-out for me. The Red Tent is set in biblical times and uses the four wives of Jacob : Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah, who teach their daughter about midwifery. It's fascinating.
The Other Boleyn Girl: This was the first book I read by Philippa Gregory, who is one of the world's best historical fiction writers (in my opinion). She is a fabulous researcher and writes wonderful books. The Other Boleyn Girl is part of her famous Tudor series and is about Anne and Mary Boleyn and their mutual love for the king.
Remarkable Creatures: I love all books by Tracy Chavelier, but this one was particularly fascinating to me. It's about two women who discover some of the world's first fossils (in the 1800s). It is based on actual people and is a wonderful read.
Water for Elephants: This book is about the circus during the Great Depression. I was so enchanted by the storytelling and what the life of circus staff was like. Water for Elephants is also a love story – and if you have seen the movie, the book is so much better!
Do you read historical fiction? What are your favorites in this genre?