I love to read. As a library clerk, that hardly seems surprising. Working in the library has exposed me to a variety of authors and genres, but there is one genre that never seems to disappoint me, and that is historical fiction. To me, there is something so intriguing about reading a book that takes place during a real historical event, such as during WWII, but has the added creativity of a fiction novel. When the backdrop for a novel is based on real events it gives me the feeling that what I’m reading is a more believable story. It’s also fun to imagine that the fictional story could have actually happened. For example, take the tragic story of the Titanic sinking. This was a real event that created the backdrop for a romance film. The story of Jack and Rose was fictional, but many people love to think that maybe two people from different social and economic classes really did meet and fall in love. It could have happened.
Reading historical fiction is also a great way for readers who may not like non-fiction to learn about real world events while still being entertained by a fictional storyline. Since historical fiction is set in the past, it pays attention to the social, cultural, and economic constructs of whichever time period the novel is set in. Reading historical fiction allows the reader to be filled with knowledge about the past while also being captivated by a new story.
Some popular historical fiction novels that we have at the library are:
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
- The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett
- The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas