Historical Fiction - 5 Best Books to Read

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I’ve been a book nerd my whole life. As a kid, you could find me sitting outside in the backyard on a warm, summer day, reading in a lawn chair for hours. Sometimes, I would sit in the car and read my book while waiting for everyone else in our family to get ready to go somewhere.

Now that I am a stay-at-home and work-from-home mom to our 2 young kids, I don’t have as much time to read…but, I also realized early on as a mom that reading was part of who I was as a person. It was an outlet that helped me keep my sanity!

So, it was easy to make my favorite books a part of this blog. Starting this month, I will be featuring “Pam’s Virtual Book Club” – a collection of some of my favorite books.

This month features my favorite Historical Fiction books. This is one of my favorite genres – I love books that tell a fictional story about a serious and emotional time in history. All of these are specifically World War 11 books, because once I read one, I couldn’t get enough and sought out as many as I could. I would re-read all of these books if I didn’t have such a long list of new books waiting for me. ;)

Here are 5 of my favorites:

1.     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 11.  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 Storyteller
By Jodi Picoult

2.     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 11 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.

The Nightingale: A Novel
By Kristin Hannah

3.     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.

Sarah's Key
By Tatiana de Rosnay

4.     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 11 transitions from hiding her affair with a Jewish doctor, to an abusive affair with a Nazi officer.

Those Who Save Us
By Jenna Blum

5.     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.    

There are so many other wonderful books I could add to this list. Have you read any of these? Comment below with some of your favorites.

Happy reading!

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