Top 5 Historical Fiction Books

I’m a big fan of historical fiction, especially when they’re Young Adult. I think it’s a really fun way to learn about the past without feeling like you’re reading a boring textbook.

I’ve put together my top 5 historical fiction books that I think are must reads.

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

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This book is extremely popular but I think it’s worth all the hype. The characters are my favorite thing about The Book Thief. They’re all so complex and interesting. They’re all
realistic and have flaws and I became very attached to them. This book is unforgettable and is such an incredible read.

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A Tyranny of Petticoats by Jessica Spotswood

Criss-cross America — on dogsleds and ships, stagecoaches and trains — from pirate ships off the coast of the Carolinas to the peace, love, and protests of 1960s Chicago. Join fifteen of today’s most talented writers of young adult literature on a thrill ride through history with American girls charting their own course. They are monsters and mediums, bodyguards and barkeeps, screenwriters and schoolteachers, heiresses and hobos. They’re making their own way in often-hostile lands, using every weapon in their arsenals, facing down murderers and marriage proposals. And they all have a story to tell.

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I loved A Tyranny of Petticoats! I adored the diversity of the characters and I loved the writing styles of all the stories. I found all the stories to be really fun and interesting. There’s quite a few different time periods and I loved being able to read about what women at different time periods had to go through.

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True Grit by Charles Portis

Mattie Ross, 14, from Dardanelle, Arkansas, narrates half a century later, her trip in the winter of 1870s, to avenge the murder of her father. She convinces one-eyed “Rooster” Cogburn, the meanest available U.S. Marshall, to tag along, while she outdickers and outmaneuvers the hard-bitten types in her path.

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True Grit is, without a doubt, one of the best books I’ve ever read. Not only is it an amazing historical fiction, it has an incredible female main character. Mattie is only 14 but she takes no crap, holds her own, and speaks her mind. She never gives up and is fearless. The plot of True Grit is very well written and never boring. I read the whole book in one sitting and have since reread it three times.

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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.

Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war.

As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.

Yet not all promises can be kept.

Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling and award-winning author Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II. An illuminating and life-affirming tale of heart and hope.

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There are very few books that I recommend to every single person, regardless of what genre they like to read or their taste in books. But Salt to the Sea is one of them. From the moment I read the first page, I knew that this book would stick with me for the rest of my life.
Salt to the Sea is incredible. The characters, the writing, the plot. Everything is unparalleled.
It’s shocking and honest. It’s eye opening and emotional.
This book is perfect in every way.

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Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Revenge is worth its weight in gold.

When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice. What she finds are untrustworthy strangers, endless dust and heat, and a surprising band of allies, among them a young Apache girl and a pair of stubborn brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, a startling truth becomes clear: some men will stop at nothing to get their hands on gold, and Kate’s quest for revenge may prove fatal.

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Vengeance Road is one of my most anticipated books of all time and I had extremely high hopes when I started it. This book was everything I hoped it would be and more. Within 24 hours of receiving Vengeance Road, I finished it. I could not put this book down. I read it in one sitting and love every single second. Right from the start, I was hooked and I was so sad when it ended.
I loved the main character, Kate. She’s exactly the kind of character I was hoping she would be. She was very well written and tough. She didn’t take any crap and wasn’t afraid to shoot people when she needed to. She took charge of her life and was fearless.
I really liked how the relationships in this book were well developed and weren’t forced.
I loved the plot of this book and the pace of the story. It reminded me a bit of Mulan, which I loved.

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December Read Along Giveaway Winner!

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Hello everyone! So I know this is long overdue but I’d like to let the winner of our December read along #winteriscrowing . You all were amazing during our read along! As all of you know we read Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. It was such a great book! I hope you all enjoyed it.

And as some of you know our read along had a giveaway along with it! Erin Bowman’s Vengeance Road which Taylor and I both read and absolutely loved it! SO I know I’m late with this but our winner is @novelcravings! Go check out her blog here and if you know her make sure you tell her to get in touch with us via the contact page so we can get contact information to send her her new book!

Thanks for everyone who participated and keep an eye out for another announcement tomorrow!

October Read Along with Giveaway!

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Hey guys! So we really want to try and get a good push of people on our read along for October. October is an awesome month for spooky and creepy reads. We’ll be reading The Dead House together week by week and having just open forums at the end of the week/during the week on our Goodreads Group. We know everyone loves a good creepy read along with the tradition of Halloween.
Part-psychological thriller, part-urban legend, this is an unsettling narrative made up of diary entries, interview transcripts, film footage transcripts and medical notes. Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High burned down. Three people were killed and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. Now a diary has been found in the ruins of the school. The diary belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly’s identical twin sister. But Carly didn’t have a twin . . .

Re-opened police records, psychiatric reports, transcripts of video footage and fragments of diary reveal a web of deceit and intrigue, violence and murder, raising a whole lot more questions than it answers.

Who was Kaitlyn and why did she only appear at night? Did she really exist or was she a figment of a disturbed mind? What were the illicit rituals taking place at the school? And just what did happen at Elmbridge in the events leading up to ‘the Johnson Incident’?

Chilling, creepy and utterly compelling, THE DEAD HOUSE is one of those very special books that finds all the dark places in your imagination, and haunts you long after you’ve finished reading.

Above is the description to The Dead House, according to kindle is 419 pages and a 6 hour read. We’re going to try and just divide the book into fourths, and just read it portion by portion together so no one get super overwhelmed and can be a secondary book to whatever else people are reading at the time.

ALSO, We’re changing our giveaway book to Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman! I’m currently reading this book and falling IN LOVE with it. So if you haven’t picked it up yet, please enter our giveaway all you have to do is join our goodgreads group, follow us on some sort of social media of your choice and post during out discussion weeks and you’re automatically entered for this giveaway.

So, here are some links to social media if you’d like to follow us there as well as on here, and we hope to hear from you during our October Read Along.

Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram: @bibliophilegathering

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Review: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

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Published September 1st 2015

Revenge is worth its weight in gold.

When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice. What she finds are untrustworthy strangers, endless dust and heat, and a surprising band of allies, among them a young Apache girl and a pair of stubborn brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, a startling truth becomes clear: some men will stop at nothing to get their hands on gold, and Kate’s quest for revenge may prove fatal.

 

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When I seen the cover reveal for this book months ago, I knew I would love it. After waiting months and months (I even pre-ordered this book, which I rarely do), I finally got it in the mail. And within 24 hours of receiving Vengeance Road, I finished it.

Vengeance Road is one of my most anticipated books of all time and I had extremely high hopes when I started it. This book was everything I hoped it would be and more. Within 24 hours of receiving Vengeance Road, I finished it. I could not put this book down. I read it in one sitting and love every single second. Right from the start, I was hooked and I was so sad when it ended.
I loved the main character, Kate. She’s exactly the kind of character I was hoping she would be. She was very well written and tough. She didn’t take any crap and wasn’t afraid to shoot people when she needed to. She took charge of her life and was fearless.
I really liked how the relationships in this book were well developed and weren’t forced.
I loved the plot of this book and the pace of the story. It reminded me a bit of Mulan, which I loved.
Overall, I have nothing bad to say about this book because I loved every second of it. It’s exactly what I wanted it to be and more. The second I read the last page, I wanted to start rereading. Not only is Vengeance Road one of my favorites of the year, it’s one of my all time favorites.

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