Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Book bloggers create their own lists based on the chosen topics and post links to our lists. It’s a way of all sharing our thoughts and our love of books. And who doesn’t love lists??
So this week’s challenge was to list the top ten books in a specific genre. I chose historical fiction since it’s a genre that I never thought I really liked until it quickly became one of my favorites over the past couple of years.
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – The most touching book I have ever read, it takes place during WWII in Germany and provides unique perspective and an even more unique narrator.
- The Son by Philipp Meyer – The history of Texas, from 1836 through the present day, from the attack of Native Americans through the rollercoaster of the oil industry.
- Belle Cora by Phillip Margulies – From early-1800s New York City to the farms of upstate NY to San Francisco during the Gold Rush this is the story of a woman and her life.
- Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys – A coming of age story in the French Quarter of New Orleans in 1950.
- Codename Verity by Elizabeth Wein – The story of two women, two friends, a pilot and a spy, during WWII.
- Brewster by Mark Slouka – A beautifully written story of friends growing up in upstate New York in 1968.
- Burial Rites by Hannah Kent – The last public beheading to take place in Iceland in the early 1800s. A devastatingly beautiful story.
- A Good American by Alex George – The story of immigrants to America in 1904 and their lives, and the lives of their descendants, as told by their grandson.
- Life After Life by Kate Atkinson – Ursula’s story allows you to travel through various scenarios throughout the early to mid-1900s as she is born and dies again and again.
- Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert – Epic in scope, from the mid-1700s through most of the 1800s, this story also travels the globe, from England and American and Amsterdam to Tahiti and the jungles of the world.