As part one of a two-parter stop on The Painted Girls Blog Tour hosted by Harper Collins Canada, I am excited to share with you my top 5 favourite historical fiction novels.
I actually wasn’t too familiar with this genre of historical fiction until the movie The Other Boleyn Girl was coming out. I always prefer to read the book before seeing the movie, and so I picked up that very novel by Philippa Gregory. The blend of actual historical facts and fiction was fascinating to me and I loved having that line blurred. It’s not until later that I realized that that was probably the reason why I enjoyed Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons and Da Vinci Code so much – he blended actual art and architecture with his fictitious narrative and thereby challenging the reader with what they thought they knew. While not all historical fiction is necessarily laced with truth, it’s definitely an aspect I enjoy about it.
While I haven’t read an enormous amount of historical fiction, as there are countless books in this genre, I have become quite the fan of the ones I have had the pleasure of picking up. These are the standouts from my reading collection.
- The Tudor Court series by Philippa Gregory | It’s hard for me to pick just one, because the whole 6-book series links together. It’s what started my love of this genre and I devoured each and everyone of the books in this series.
- The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan | Painted Girls would have made it onto my list even if it wasn’t for the blog tour of this book. I loved every aspect about this from the ballet to the streets of Paris in the late 1800s. Check back tomorrow for my review to see just how much I loved it!
- Gilt by Katherine Longshore | Another take on the Tudor story, only as a YA novel and from a different point of view.
- The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen | I was first drawn to this series by the gorgeous dresses on the cover but I fell in love with the story and the setting of New York City in 1899.
- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden | I read this ages ago and for a good portion of the book, I was sure these were actual memoirs of a former geisha, told through this author’s voice. It didn’t take away anything from the phenomenal experience reading it though, and I’d love to eventually read it again with fresh eyes.
What about you? What are some historical fiction reads that you have enjoyed?