A-Z Challenge, H – I love historical fiction and have been neglecting that genre a bit lately, I got distracted by YA and paranormal stuff but am trying to sneak one in every once in a while. Why you ask? My absolute favorite thing about reading is that I learn something about a time, place and people I have a hard time imagining on my own through a dry and dusty history book. I want people to relate to, who struggle, who eat the food, who stink the stink…luckily books can talk about that, but not let you really smell it! So, my top 5 historical fiction books I can think of during this exercise (I am sure I am missing many).
1. The Book Thief – by Markus Zusak – a YA story, narrated by death, this book is set in France during the WWII holocaust is amazing and everyone should read it.
2. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly – About the French Revolution, this YA novel has an involving storyline and the main protagonist goes back in time to live for a bit during another super scary, horrible time in history.
3. Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks – about a real village that closed its contact with the outside world when the black plague settled in for an extended visit. I read this a long time ago, but remember loving it.
5. The Alienist – by Caleb Carr – I LOVED this and the second one about a psychologist (called an alienist back then) who solves murders in 1880s New York. The story is dark and scary and the city came alive, I still think about the ships in port where no ships now go, the slaughterhouses where high rises now exist and the kids who we now consider babies had to start working to survive, as I walk through those streets.
Tell me, what is one of your favorite historical fiction books?