20 thoughts on “7 Historical Fiction Books that Tell a Different Story

  1. Never heard of any of those books. I have a similar scenario in relationship to that project you were talking about: I focused on Don Quixote for a Spanish Project- that project led me to wanting to read the book and eventually its musical (Man of La Mancha)

    What is surprising to people is that I actually love the classics. Dickens, Hugo, Cervantes, and Homer were authors who wrote books I love.

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    1. Ooh that’s a cool story! It’s always interesting to see how things from other parts of our lives can affect our reading 😊

      There are definitely some amazing classics out there!! Not all of them are up my alley, but I have discovered some genuine gems in the classics pool.

      I hope you get to pick up some of the books I mentioned here, Meg, and thanks for reading 💕


      1. Defiantly not going to read nonfiction

        Well, as a classic fan, I don’t like all of them. How can anyone love or like every book in their favorite genres?

        Parts of our life can also lead to some of the books we are writing- that seems to be the case for some of my WIPS

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    1. Thank you so much Stephen! I’m so happy you enjoyed 🥰 The Nightingale has been on my TBR for so long now… I’d love to hear your thoughts if you get to pick it up anytime soon!

      Happy reading to you as well! Thanks for reading and commenting 💖

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  2. Hey Abby this is a really insightful post… I would highly recommend Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson and the whole trilogy which tells of the American Revolution from the perspective of two black slaves. Its a middle grade book but really spoke to me and highlighted the contribution of the Blacks during that part of history and thus I think it would definitely fit the theme of “telling a different story”.

    Yessss do I see The Nightingale?! ☺️
    I’m definitely going to get into We Are Not Free, it’s a perspective that I as a historical fiction maniac have not encountered before!

    Thank you so much for all the recs again!! 💗

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed Cherelle!! And yes omg I loved Chains and the rest of that trilogy — I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed it as well!! The way the author challenges the American ideal of freedom through Isabel’s perspective was really thought-provoking and is I think something everybody should know about. I was considering putting it on this list but I ended up switching it out for Stamped instead…. I just might need to make a part 2…. 😉

      Yess you indeed see The Nightingale!! 😂😅 I was looking at its Goodreads page and it has a whopping 4.57 stars based on over 692K ratings — even more reason to pick it up 😱 And yess!!! We Are Not Free sounds so good already!!!!

      It’s my pleasure! Thanks for reading 💖

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      1. Ah you’ve read it!! Indeed it was so heartbreaking and yet hopeful but I really got extremely attached to Curzon and Isabel for their courage to question the norms. This series really made Laurie Halse Anderson a fav for me! ☺️

        Yes haha, I may have dived into The Nightingale because of the crazy high rating… but I think the hype is pretty well deserved! 😆

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  3. Great post, Abby! I agree with you that it’s important to listen to the “untold” stories, to look at history through perspectives other than the victors’. It will help us understand the world around us better and be more open-minded when we study historical events. I haven’t read any of the books on this list, but I really want to pick up The Nightingale as well as any Ruta Sepetys work soon. Being European, I’ve never really though of the concept We Are Not Free touches on (only because I’m still learning about our heavy WWII history), so that’s a really interesting book I hope to read one day.

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    1. Thank you so much Nefeli! I really couldn’t have summed it up better — all stories are important, regardless of whether or not history defines you as one of the “victors.”

      The Nightingale sounds amazing, and I know for a fact that Ruta Sepetys’s books ARE amazing!! And I completely get you about We Are Not Free. The history books tend to shift focus away from the injustices happening in the United States during WWII, and We Are Not Free seems like such an important book in eradicating that way of thinking.

      Let me know your thoughts on these books if you get to pick any of them up! Thank you for reading and leaving such a thoughtful comment, Nefeli! 💕

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  4. Oooh, I love this list! I really want to read We Are Not Free, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it! I did read Stamped, and I thought it was rather engaging. Did you read it or listen to the audiobook? I listened to it, and it was a great experience! Definitely recommend the audiobook.

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    1. We Are Not Free sounds amazing!! And yes Stamped is definitely so engaging! I loved the author’s writing style, and how he made history so conversational. Ooh I’ve heard that the audiobook is wonderful as well! I’ll have to see if I can get my hands on it!

      Thanks for reading and commenting Sammie 🤗

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