Books on my Historical Fiction TBR list

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Historical Fiction is one of my favourite genres to read for so many reasons. Whether its the gripping story lines or incredible character development, I always come out of it feeling all kinds of emotions, which is definitely what I look for in a book. 

I wanted to list off my most anticipated reads on my Historical Fiction TBR list (to be read). Some of these selections are older releases so you may have already read them however I hope you can find at least one book to add to your TBR. 

The first book is of course The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, this is by far the most well known book on my list and chances are you may have already read it but as someone who hasn’t read nor watched the film adaptation I had to put it on my list. If by chance you haven’t heard of this one then here is a quick summary.

Set in 1939 Nazi Germany, a nine year old girl named Liesel who has a love affair with literature finds herself becoming a book thief. Her foster father had taught Liesel how to read which set her on her path to stealing from Nazi book burnings, the mayors wife library, wherever there are books to be found. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall. The Book Thief is known for being a heartbreaking book so it’s a very much an anticipated read for myself.

The next book is Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman. This is a book series with the second book being Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke. Prisoner of Night and Fog is set in 1930’s Munich, Gretchen Muller grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her uncle Dolf. Ever since Gretchen’s father sacrificed himself to save Dolf many years ago she has looked up to him, and follows his every command. Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler. After meeting a handsome young Jewish reporter Daniel Cohen, Gretchen’s eyes are opened to a world of shadowy secrets and disturbing violence. With incredible reviews my expectations of this one are extremely high, which is why it is on the top of my TBR list. 

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Septeys is next one my list. This is another highly reviewed book which has been recommended to me on numerous occasions. Here is a quick summary of the book for those who have never come across it. “World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek towards freedom, many with something to hide.” This story follows four refugees on their journey to safety, they have to come together and find their strength, courage and trust in each other in order survive. “Ruta Septeys unearths a shockingly little known casualty of a gruesome war, and proves that humanity and love can prevail, even in the darkest of hours.” The summary of this book alone is enough to make it onto my TBR list, its sounds like a completely gripping and utterly heartbreaking read. 

This next story is base around the the Titanic. The Deep by Alma Katsu is reviewed by most as being a ‘Spine-tingling novel that blends psychological thriller and eerie gothic ghost story to create something truly haunting.” A quote by Sarah Pinborough, author of Behind Her Eyes. Here is a quick summary of the book. Someone or Something is haunting the Titanic, deaths and disappearances have plagued the ship from the moment she began her journey on the 10th of April 1912. Four years later Annie, a nurse on board the Titanic’s sister ship, the Britannic is about to realise the demons from her past and the terrors of that night have not finished with her yet. As someone who has always been extremely interested in the Titanic, I am really intrigued to see how Alma Katsu has turned it into a Historical Fiction novel.

My last choice on this list is another slightly older release. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is a Historical Fiction book set In 1939 France. When Vianne’s home is taken over by a German captain, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make an impossible choice after another to keep her family alive. Vianne’s sister, Isabelle is a rebellious teen who is searching for purpose. Though her journey she experiences both love and heartbreak whilst risking her life to save others. This story follows two sisters separated by years and experience on their journey towards love, survival and freedom in Germany occupied France. 

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