55 Best Historical Fiction Books to Read Now

55 Best Historical Fiction Books to Read Now

The best historical fiction books will transport you back in time and help you to make sense of the past. They are the perfect books to immerse yourself into history. The best historical fiction books are all on our ultimate list. This list of new and best historical fiction books is better than an epic movie! If you are looking for a historical fiction book to read, there is bound to be one here for you to enjoy. So get your TBR  tracker ready with one of our most favourite historical fiction books. We highly recommend them all!

historical fiction books

Last Updated: April 27, 2023

Historical Fiction Books

  1. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Deorr

2. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

3. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

4. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

6. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

7. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

8. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

9. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

10. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

11. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

12. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

13. Beloved by Toni Morrison

14. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

15. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

16. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

17. The Underground Railroad by Colton Whitehead

18. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

19. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

20. The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

21. Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

22. The Sea Gate by Jane Johnson

23. Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

24. The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali

25. The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

26. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

27. The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

28. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

29. The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff

30. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

31. The Four Winds by Kirstin Hannah

32. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

33. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

34. I, Claudius by Robert Graves

35. The Magnolia Palace by Fiona Davis

36. March by Geraldine Brooks

37. The Nightwatchmen by Louise Erdrich

38. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

39. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

40. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

41. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

42. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

43. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

44. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

45. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

46. Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

47. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

48. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

49. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

50. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

51. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

52. The Little Wartime Library by Kate Thompson

53. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

54. Kindred by Octavia Butler

55. Circe by Madeline Miller

Historical Fiction Books

The best historical fiction books are ones that really make you think. I hope that you find something on our best historical fiction books list that gets you into the mood for stepping back in time. Happy reading!


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