Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Historical Fiction Books Recently Added to My TBR List

 

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish blog. This week’s meme is: “10 Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added to My TBR List.”

 

Full confession: the latest additions to my ginormous Goodreads TBR list have been all over the place genre wise. (Also, it’s no longer Tuesday…) For this post I chose to focus on Historical Fiction because that seems to be one of the genres I’m craving the most at the moment. It seems like a good time to get lost in the past since the present is such a dumpster fire. Here are 10 Historical Fiction books that I’ve recently added to my TBR List:

 

  1. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee 

 

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How great is that title?! Not going to lie, this book had me at the first sentence of the synopsis: “An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe.” I find the whole Grand Tour culture utterly fascinating and have read a bit of non-fiction about the topic but not any fiction. Even though this is fantasy YA: two genres that are not my typical cup of tea, I am dying to read this one. It sounds like a delightful, escapist, frolicking, and fun read. Bonus points for the fact that it features LGBT main characters. Hurry up June 27th!

 

2.  The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn

 

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I cannot wait to get my hands on this book. Luckily, it should arrive on my doorstep by the end of the week. There are so many mediocre Austenesque reads out there that I almost ignored Flynn’s version completely. Instead, I read a sample of this Jane Austen time travel novel and was immediately charmed beyond belief. I have a feeling I’m going to devour this one: it seems like the perfect Summer comfort read!

 

3. Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister

 

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Set in Chicago during the Civil War, Girl in Disguise revolves around the first female detective at the famous Pinkerton Detective Agency. This is based on the real life story of Kate Warne, a trailblazing yet relatively unknown figure from history. I’ve heard good things about the Canadian TV series The Pinkertons and think this book would be fun to read in conjunction with a binge-watching session.

 

4. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

 

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This is a female-driven, dual timeline novel with a lot of buzz around it. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s touted as the new The Nightingale. Set in WWI and WWII, Quinn’s novel about female spies looks like a heart-stopping and potentially heartbreaking read.

 

5. Goodnight From London by Jenifer Robson

 

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Another WWII novel, this time featuring an American journalist reporting from Blitz-ravaged London. I for one can’t read enough about the Blitz. A few years ago I read and enjoyed Robson’s WWI era novel Somewhere in France and look forward to checking out her latest endeavor. The main character seems to be a strong, intelligent heroine inspired in part by the author’s own grandmother.

 

6. An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

 

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This Civil War era romance has been getting rave reviews. I don’t normally read Romance, but all the buzz has caught my attention. The love story between two Union spies -one posing as a Confederate soldier and a one as a slave- is a unique take on the genre. This sounds like a suspenseful page- turner featuring fully fleshed characters you can’t help but root for.

 

7. London Lies Beneath by Stella Duffy 

 

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I don’t know much about this Virago offering, except that it sounds like a mysterious and gritty tale of working-class London at the beginning of the century. I’m hoping it will give me a bit of a Peaky Blinders vibe.

 

8. The Dark Circle by Linda Grant

 

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A post-WWII novel set in a Tuberculosis sanatorium in the English countryside? Yes please. This literary fiction novel appears to feature a diverse group of characters and tackles a subject that is horrific yet fascinating.

 

9. The Good People by Hannah Kent

 

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I adored Hannah Kent’s debut novel Burial Rites. While I don’t find the synopsis of The Good People to be as interesting, I have enough faith in Kent’s talent to give this one a try. I hope to find it atmospheric, engrossing, and a little unsettling.

 

10. Golden Hill by Francis Spufford

 

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This one is currently making its way to me from across the pond- thanks Book Depository! I’m a little obsessed with this cover art, and probably would’ve picked it up for that reason alone. Golden Hill is set in 18th-century NYC, decades before the Revolutionary War. I’ve read a few novels about this period set in England but can’t think of any that have been set in America. It’s been described as Tom Jones set in early New York with an unreliable narrator (one of my favorite literary tropes). This sounds mysterious and entertaining with a setting I look forward to getting lost in.

 

What Historical Fiction books are on your TBR list?

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