istorical fiction never really called out to me – I mean who would love to read about the misery of war, starvation and death. The gloominess that I attached to these novels in my mind always kept me at a distance, until I met “The Book Thief”. This book started a beautiful friendship between me and historical fiction, because I realized that along with suffering comes great determination, that reads beautifully in the hands of the right author.
So I thought I would share my top 3 historical fiction novels from this year. I feel that these are truly an experience I could recommend to any book lover.
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak // Goodreads
It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery… Set during World War II in Germany. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
- All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr // Goodreads
A beautiful, stunningly ambitious bestseller about a blind French girl and a orphan German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
- Under The Wide And Starry Sky by Nancy Horan // Goodreads
At the age of thirty-five, Fanny van de Grift Osbourne leaves her philandering husband in San Francisco and sets sail for Belgium to study art, with her three children and a nanny in tow. Fanny, a woman ahead of her time, meets Robert Louis Stevenson, ten years her junior. A turbulent love affair starts that lasts two decades and spans the world.
If you discovered something new to devour, then let me know which one of these marvelous books you will conquer first.
I also happened to do a book review about number 2 – Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize winning piece, so feel free to take a look 😊