One of my favourite book genres of all is historical fiction. Be it aimed at a young adult audience (which most books I read tend to be) or a little older, I’ve always been in love with reading stories set in times long before I was around.
There’s a few books from this genre that have stood out for me across the years. Some of them will have already featured on this blog before, but I love them enough to speak about them multiple times.
The Hiring Fair
In the wake of their father’s death, Sally and Katie from Donegal are sent far from home to work for two neighbouring families. This book was the first in a trilogy, and portrayed Irish historical events such as a wake and a hiring fair.
Under the Hawthorn Tree
The first in the Children of the Famine trilogy follows Eily, Michael and Peggy on their search for their aunt’s during the Famine. They’ve lost their mother, father and younger sister, and the two aunts – who live quite a journey away – are the only family they have left.
The Girl who Came Home
Loosely based on the Adrigoole 14, this is a tale of a number of villagers from the same town who all travel to America on the Titanic. You’ll find yourself wondering who will survive the tragedy from the first page.
All the Light We Cannot See
Two stories run concurrent for most of the story, that of young blind French girl Marie-Laure, and of German youngster Werner. This book shows both sides of WWII in fantastic detail.
The Book Thief
Again set during WWII, Liesl is taken in by a new family, who have a deadly secret to hide from the SS. Liesl’s love affair with books will warm you through the dark subject matter at hand here.
The Lottie Project
Charlie is researching a project on Victorian England for school, and finds a picture of a young girl who looks like her. She writes up a diary of Lottie’s life as a servant girl in England.
Titanic: Voyage from Drumshee
Kitty travels to New York on the Titanic as a nanny for two children. However, one family heirloom in her pocket could spell disaster for their voyage.