If you haven’t noticed, historical fiction is having a bit of a moment right now. Actually, this moment has been going on for the last, like, two years, but we still can’t get enough of it! With so many options, it’s often hard to know where to turn for recommendations. That’s why we’re coming back with a historical fiction-themed entry in our “Like This? Try These” series! Based on popular TV shows and movies, we’ll give you some book recommendations that we think works for each. Let’s jump in!
We’ve promoted these books quite heavily here on the blog, but we just love them so much that we would’ve felt like this list were incomplete without mentioning them! If you haven’t noticed, the Savvy Reader team is quite Royal-crazy, so we think either of these books would be perfect for anyone who lives the drama and period pieces in The Crown.
This one might seem like a stretch since three are very clearly World War II novels and Titanic is, well, obviously not about World War II… But there is one thing that connects all three of these stories: love in the face of impossibly challenging times. If you can’t get enough of Jack and Rose’s impossible love story, give these emotional reads, set against the backdrop of World War II, a chance. Just be sure to keep your tissues close.
Atomic Blonde, which one of my favourite movies in recent years, is all about a secret agent kicking ass and taking names during the Cold War, so any article not mentioning any of these three books wouldn’t be complete. If you like your historical fiction with a whole lot of action and a whole lot of heart, you’ll definitely want to read these mega bestsellers.
Loved The King? Try the Thomas Cromwell trilogy by Hilary Mantel!
The King is a stylish, tremendously crafted, and unbelievably well-acted series that is, at its heart, about the struggles individual’s go through to gain power. Enter Hilary Mantel‘s universally acclaimed, multi-award-winning trilogy about the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell, in which Mantel presents a picture of a half-made society on the cusp of change, where individuals fight or embrace their fate with passion and courage. The series is quite long (each book is somewhere between 400 and 900 pages!), but don’t let that scare you away from the fact that they are truly remarkable works of literature.
Have you watched any great historical fiction movies or TV shows lately? Or have you read any historical novels that are just begging to be adapted for the screen? Have other suggestions? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader!