The 30 Must Read Historical Fiction Books of All Time

Historical fiction books are some of my favorite books to read. There are tons of amazing novels and the amount of research authors do makes these story feel real. That is why we will be listing the 30 must read historical fiction books of all time. Keep reading to see which books made the list!

With so many amazing books to choose from, this list was a bit difficult to create. A lot of modern novels cracked this list and some authors have established themselves as instant classics. You can see the full list below!

The 30 Must Read Historical Fiction Books of All Time

Historical Fiction Books to Read

There are lots of old and new classics on this list. Novels such as The Book Thief, The Nightingale, War and Peace, and Beloved jump out right away. These authors have kept the genre fresh and showcase the endless potential of historical fiction novels.

The Book Thief book cover
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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.

A Gentleman in Moscow book cover
A Gentleman in Moscow book review

One of my personal favorite books on this list is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. The setting, attention to detail, and storytelling make this a must read. I know little of Russian history and was fascinated with this world since the first page.


That ends this list of the 30 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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19 thoughts on “The 30 Must Read Historical Fiction Books of All Time

  1. Lynette Lahren says:

    The EXODUS by Leon Iris changed the way I see the world and is accurate and historically relevant, even to this day. Lynn L.

    1. Edmond Zaloom says:

      Yes, I can’t believe that Leon Uris is not on this list? “EXODUS” and “TRINITY”. Would include “The Orphan Master’s Son” as well

      1. Anonymous says:

        “The Prophet” by Gibran Kahlil Gibran.

    2. Anonymous says:

      The book is titled Exodus and the author is Leon Uris.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Herman Wouk’s books: The Winds of War and War and Remembrance; The Hope and The Glory are four of the finest researched books written. The Winds of War and War and Remembrance were made into a TV Mini Series that is still popular.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Herman Wouk’s four historical novels are some of the finest ever published. “The Winds of War and War and Remembrance” were made a TV Mini Series in the late ’70’s and are still extremely popular.

    His two historical novels on Israel: “The Hope and The Glory” are superbly written and well researched. A Shane these were omitted.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Left out 1 uncle toms cabin 2 Exodus 3 For whom the bells toll, by hemingway,4,dr zhivago by Paste nak, Quiet Flows the Don, by Sholokov, , 5, james michener’s masterpieces, the source, hawaii, Centenial,

  5. Anonymous says:

    Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray. Published in 1849 it is a highly readable, witty and sometimes scathing portrait of society and manners set against the backdrop of The Napoleonic Wars and The Regency. The anti-heroine, Becky Sharpe, being the first such in popular literature, preceded Scarlett O’Hara by almost 100 years.


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