The 10 Must Read Historical Fiction Books of All Time  

The historical fiction genre has some of my all time favorite books. They are well-written and who doesn’t like to read about the past? That is why we have created a list of the 10 must read historical fiction books of all time. Keep reading to see which books made the list!

By limiting this list to only ten books means that many amazing novels will be left off. That just means that this list has to be good enough to justify that. Unfortunately, I think this genre is a lot more difficult to judge than other ones.

The 10 Must Read Historical Fiction Books of All Time

With so many amazing historical fiction books, it ultimately comes down to preference. And I think these ten novels deserve making this list. There are old classics as well as newer novels that I would recommend to anyone that loves reading. You can see the full list below!

The 10 Must Read Historical Fiction Books of All Time

Lots of Books to Choose From

There are a bunch of new and old classics on the list. Some of the new ones are The Book Thief, The Nightingale, War and Peace, and Beloved. I believe the genre is in good hands as many new authors have made a name for themselves.

We can’t forget the books that have come to define the genre over the decades. Novels such as Gone with the Wind, All the Light We Cannot See, and Outlander are books new readers should read. To understand this genre, reading the best books is a must.


That concludes this list of the 10 must read historical fictions books of all time. What books should we include in the next list? Let us know in the comments below!

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13 thoughts on “The 10 Must Read Historical Fiction Books of All Time  

  1. Robert A Hearn says:

    How about James Michener – The Covenant, Hawaii…

  2. David Pearson says:

    A great selection and some authors I’ve
    missed, thank you.
    May I suggest Julian Rathebone ?, Always a rip roaring adventure with a lot of humour and tongue in cheek.
    Kind regards.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Don’t forget to read Alma Katsu ~ The Fervor, Hunger, The Deep

  4. Michael T Terry says:

    How are “The Winds of War” and War and Rembrance” not on thos list?

    1. Carmen Debattista says:

      Also “Shantaram” by Gregory David Roberts. I couldn’t lay my hands off it, with its 933 pages. I felt so sad hsving finished it.

      1. Linda Feldman says:

        Michael. Just about to write those two. I read them both once a year.

  5. Marc Baranchik says:

    Grossman’s books Stalimgrad and Life and Fate are truly deserving of being included on this list.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Get rid of “Gone With the Wind”. It’s a racist novel that is not even historically accurate.

  7. Anonymous says:

    What happened to John Jakes and Ken Follett? 2 best historical authors of all time!


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