Top Ten Books That Would Be On MY Syllabus If I Taught historical fiction

August 25, 2015 TTT 42

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and Bookish and it’s a book listers dream  post!

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 This week I’ve got all the power and I get to choose books for you all to study!  Lately I’m loving historical fiction as they bring history to life in such an enjoyable way and I love that they can both educate and entertain.  I find when I’m reading one that I often end up researching the facts to see what’s accurate and what’s not and it also drags facts from long ago history classes back into my memory.  So I’m handing out historical fiction books to everyone.  Now settle down and hear why!


code nameRose Under FirePrisoner of Night and Fog


Code Name Verity: It’s captivating, adventurous and holds you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole book.
Rose Under Fire: The story of life in a concentration camp is ugly and harsh and hugely disturbing because you know it really happened.
Prisoner of Night and Fog: Brings the past to life in an exciting, horrifying but meaningful way.  Mixing up actual events and people with a fictional family just works so well


Fallen Lia MillsThe Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynorthe cross


Fallen: It immersed me into the 1916 Dublin Easter Rising and I came away not only having really enjoyed the book but also feeling liked I gained some fresh perspective on the events.
The Girl Who Came HomeI loved that this book focused on steerage class and what conditions were like there rather than in the opulent surroundings that you usually picture when thinking of the Titanic. And when disaster did hit, I felt every emotion while reading.
The Cross of SantiagoIf you know nothing about the Spanish Armada and how so many of the ships were shipwrecked on the coast of Ireland and Scotland; then worry not, this book will fill you in.


Back HomeOut of EasyThe Book Thief


Back Home: That sense of not belonging is captured so clearly by all the children returning home to England from America after the WW2. Their homeland and parents feel like strangers and the struggle to adapt and fit back it makes for a very emotional storyline.

Out of the Easy: Set in New Orleans in the ‘50s, this has a shady, seedy setting and I loved that it shows an edgy side of life but never got overly descriptive into the details.

The Book Thief: I don’t need to explain this one, right?  It’s awesome.




The Diary of Anne Frank is the book that started my obsession with historical fiction and I think it’s a must read.  I love the quote below from it and I love that her diary has achieved her wish.

“I wish to go on living even after my death.”

Bookish Chat :   Do you read historical fiction?  What’s your favourite one?  Are you interested in reading any of the ones I’ve listed or have you already read them?  If you have also done this TTT, please leave a link so I can come visit 🙂

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42 Responses to “Top Ten Books That Would Be On MY Syllabus If I Taught historical fiction”

  1. Dee @ Dee's Reads


    omg I love your answers though Trish! Ah..I can’t get over how fun this week’s ttt was lol. That shows me…I gotta remember to check the topics a month or so ahead of time to see whats good 😉

    I haven’t read The book Thief. I am honestly put off at this point by all the hype. I am sure it’s fantastic…but, eh. you know? You ever feel like a books so hyped up you just lose all interest in it. hah you probably know what I mean it’s just funny because I haven’t seen the movie yet either and I have it on my queue. Have you seen the movie? would you recommend it to someone who probably won’t read the book?
    Dee @ Dee’s Reads recently posted…7 Types of People You’ll Meet In the Bookworld

    • trish

      I know Dee, I couldn’t resist it even though I don’t do a lot of TTT topics. I’d love to do more but they take all the time and I don’t have all the time! The Book Thief is great, I have the audio and the print book and often reread parts just for fab quotes. I haven’t seen the movie yet. I’m a bit scared, you know when you love a book and then are afraid the movie will ruin it? That’s the way I feel.

    • trish

      I haven’t Chrissi but I added to my TBR yesterday after your recommendation. The synopsis is great so I hope to get to it someday soon!

    • trish

      The Diary of Anne Frank is such as classic and will always be special to me. Hope you get to try some of the others some day 🙂

    • trish

      The Book Thief is a must read! And that doesn’t sound too bad! And wouldn’t we be learning through our books anyway 🙂

    • trish

      I think it’s a timeless story. I love that you said it connects with reluctant readers that just shows that it does have something special to offer 🙂

    • trish

      I adored Outlander but book 2 really dragged for me. I haven’t read any further on but I probably will someday 🙂

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I really love historical fiction but don’t read nearly enough! This sounds like a fascinating class. While I haven’t read any of these I recognize all and several are already on my TBR. Probably the one I’m really looking forward the most to is The Girl Who Came Home. I loved Anne Frank as well. I read a memoir written by one of the women who helped them (Miep I think) and it was such an amazing book. Not necessarily the best written but just amazing. Have you read The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom?
    Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on My Syllabus

    • trish

      I loved The Girl Who Came Home and was surprised at just how emotional it made me feel. Mostly because the characters just drew me in so much. I haven’t read that memoir (not really a fan of them) but this sounds like one I’d like to check out. And The Hiding Place sounds familiar, I’ll have to investigate further on GR to see if I have or not!

  3. Michelle @ In Libris Veritas

    I don’t read as much historical fiction as I used to, which is sort of sad. I’m really big on ancient advanced civilizations like ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Maya, etc.I also love the Renaissance because the major players during that time were…crazy, for lack of a better word.

    I love Michelle Moran’s books, well the three I’ve read: Nefertiti, The Heretic Queen, and Rebel Queen (India during the colonial invasion). I also really love Khaled Housseni’s books, which are a bit more modern. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was also a really good one, which surprised me because I tend to stay away from World War II fiction.
    Michelle @ In Libris Veritas recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books on my Required Reading for World-Building 101

    • trish

      The Renaissance is one of my fav periods too, there was just so much change going on that it’s fascinating to read about. And The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is one that I have had on my TBR with forever without really knowing much about it. The fact that you said it has a WWII setting is news to me and really makes me want to pick it up asap too! I haven’t read Michelle Moran yet either, someday!

    • trish

      Out of The Easy was great and felt very different from any other book I’ve read. If you’ve enjoyed WW2 books in the past, then you are going to love The Book Thief!

    • trish

      Yay, delighted to hear that. Hope you find some you really enjoy! And Anne Frank is such a classic, it holds up really well for a reread.

    • trish

      All The Light We Cannot See is on my wishlist and I hope to get to it someday soon. I love WW2 settings. Have you read The Nightingale, I forgot to include that one but it is one of my fav books this year.

    • trish

      Shades of Grey is on my tbr and I want to get to it soon as I was so impressed by Out of The Easy. Code Name Verity is great, you should try it soon especially as you already have it! 🙂

    • trish

      It does take a little bit of time to get in to and the plane stuff is a bit distracting. But once you get into it, it becomes unputdownable. You should give it another go 🙂

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