5 Best Historical Fiction Books to Read

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

Jodi is one of my favorite authors, and I started reading this book on my kindle one night, without knowing what it was about. Needless to say, I was pulled in immediately. It tells the story of a unique friendship between baker Sage Singer and retired teacher Josef Weber. The story transitions seamlessly between present day and World War II. Their relationship is woven together in a very powerful way, and even though I read this book a few years ago, I still think about it.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

I’ve read a handful of her books, and this was by far my favorite. It tells the story of two sisters during World War II France, whose paths turn in very different directions during the war. This is one of those books that you can’t stop thinking about when you are done reading, the story is so well-written that I still have pictures of it in my head.


Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

This book tells the story of Sarah, a 10-year-old girl who is arrested with her family in Paris during the war. It weaves together the story of Julia, a present-day journalist who is researching the time period and Sarah’s experience. There are a few specific passages from this book that are so vividly written, they will stick in my memory forever.


Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum

This is another story that weaves the past and present together with the story of Trudy, a history professor and her mother Anna. Anna’s powerful experience during World War II transitions from hiding her affair with a Jewish doctor, to an abusive affair with a Nazi officer.


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I am currently reading this book during the time of writing this, but I can add this to my list of favorites without question. Set in Paris and Germany, it tells the story of Marie-Laure, who goes blind at 6 years old, and leaves Paris after the Nazis take over the city.

During the same time Werner, a German orphan, becomes skilled at fixing radios and eventually crosses paths with Marie-Laure. This is a beautifully and vividly written book about such a raw, emotional time in history.

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