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Best Historical Fiction Book Recommendations

While time travel will (probably) never happen, we’ll always have the next best thing: historical fiction novels. Through the magic of fiction (and authors’ dedication to researching endless incredible details), readers can feel as though they’ve been everywhere and every time, from Ancient Greece to colonial Asia to the American Revolution to the Holocaust. If you’re a fiction lover who wants to learn more about the past but isn’t sure about diving into the world of history books, it’s the best of both worlds. 

Another reason to love historical fiction is that it can be crossed with any other genre. From historical mysteries to steamy historical romance to hilarious historical fiction, whatever genre you enjoy can be placed in another period.

Clearly, this is a genre that truly has something for everyone. Whether you prefer novels that bring you to times of war and terror or more whimsical stories set in the past; historical fiction that is surprisingly accurate  or tales that take creative license with their settings, you'll find endless books to add to your TBR pile in the lists below.

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9 Books That Explore Colonial Asia

From epic histories and bitter romances to culture-clash politics and farcical affairs.

The 10 Best Romance Books of 2020

Romances we want to remember, from the year we'd rather forget.

10 Absorbing Novels You'd Never Guess Were Historically Accurate

These historical fiction novels don't sacrifice accuracy for style or verve.

Why You Should Re-Read To Kill a Mockingbird

A look back at a banned book that grapples with racism in the Deep South.

Discover a True Story of Passion and Scandal in The Woman Before Wallis

Read an excerpt from Bryn Turnbull's stunning historical fiction novel.

9 Addictive Young Adult Historical Fiction Novels

Growing up in the past wasn't always easy—but it does make for interesting fiction.

17 Holocaust Books You Have Never Read Before

Go beyond the famous works in Holocaust literature.

Exploring Taylor Caldwell’s Historical Sagas

Do you love epic historical sagas? Then it's time to read Taylor Caldwell.

6 Books to Read Over the Winter Holidays

Whatever you’re doing this winter, make time for one of these great reads.

Getting to Know Anna and the King of Siam

Understand the story like never before with an excerpt from Margaret Landon’s novel.

Fact or Fantasy: All About Female Samurai Warrior Tomoe Gozen

Can you tell the difference between historical Japanese legend and creative fantasy fiction?

10 Books Like The Nightingale

Revel in the resilience of women with these historical fiction novels.