30 Historical Fiction Books To Read If You Don't Really Read Historical Fiction — But Want To Start

    Explore the past through these magnificent stories.

    So, you're here because maybe you want to add a bit of historical fiction to your TBR, but you don't know where to start.

    Historical can be a tricky genre to get into if you normally don't read it. For me initially, historical fiction reminded me of books I was forced to read in school instead of things I was reading for fun. But there's a whole lot of incredible stuff in historical fiction, and I want to introduce you to some great ones. I've broken things up into two big categories: the first is sorted by the genres you might already be a reader of (if you like fantasy, if you like contemporary, etc.), and the second is sorted by the time period/event it takes place during. 


    1. Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

    2. Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

    3. Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson

    Historical Fantasy

    4. Boxers/Saints by Gene Luen Yang

    5. The Falconer by Elizabeth May

    6. Sistersong by Lucy Holland

    7. The Bones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley

    8. These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

    Historical Romance

    9. Destiny's Embrace by Beverly Jenkins

    10. Bombshell by Sarah MacLean

    11. When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare

    Fantasy and Romance

    12. A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

    Historical Mystery

    13. A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

    14. A Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang

    15. Dead Dead Girls by Nekesa Afia

    16. Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

    Remixing Existing Stories

    17. A Clash of Steel by C.B. Lee

    18. So Many Beginnings by Bethany C. Morrow

    Historical events

    19. Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee

    20. Angel of Greenwood by Randi Pink

    21. Two Roads by Joseph Bruchac

    22. We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

    23. White Rose by Kip Wilson

    24. Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis and Traci Sorell

    25. In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

    26. The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf

    27. Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

    multiple time periods

    28. The Resurrection of Fulgencio Ramirez by Rudy Ruiz

    29. A Play for the End of the World by Jai Chakrabarti

    30. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi