Historical Fiction Reads

Recently I’ve had several conversations in which the topic of historical fiction came up, spurring me to this list of few historical fiction novels I’ve really enjoyed in hopes that you might enjoy them, too 🙂 (click on each picture to learn more about the book)

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As I finished this post, I realized there are two Hemingway related books here and thus confess to being fascinated with Hemingway since I read A Moveable Feast followed by a few of his short stories. These two books address women in Hemingway’s life–his Kryptonite, if you will–and, while they’re both historical fiction, I feel like these stories let the reader get to know the man behind the legend. If you’re interested, I’d recommend you read A Moveable Feast by Hemingway himself then read these two books–it all comes together so well, such satisfying reads.

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Such a good read–with a surprising twist!

 

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The first book about the Holocaust that I finished. I was speechless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And last, but oh-so-far-from-least, is my all time favorite, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. Best series ever. There is simply no comparison to Jamie and Claire’s story. *sigh*

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Outlander…On Screen!?

I know I’ve mentioned that I’m a huge fan of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander novel series—if you’ve been around me in person or online much at all, you’ve heard many times over. I first read Outlander over ten years ago and have been hooked on the series since. The books now number eight main titles with several smaller novels/novellas woven in and around the story. I really think you’ll find the story worth your time–just try the first one…see what ya think.

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While I know many fans have wished for a movie or tv series version of Outlander for a long time, I was not one of those folks. I’ve been supremely content with Jamie and Claire’s story in the books, giving no thought to tv or movie. I remain supremely content with the books, however…there is this buzz.

I dismissed all the buzz about an Outlander tv series until Diana Gabaldon herself said a deal was in the works and she was optimistic and confident Ron Moore would do justice to the Outlander story. I noted that, felt a flicker of interest but still went on less than enthused and not sure I’d bother to watch. Until now.

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When it comes to books made into tv shows or movies, I’ve always been able to enjoy both—viewing them separately, one or the other has never spoiled one or the other for me, so to speak. That being said, I still wasn’t really interested a screen adaptation of Outlander. Yet.

When Diana herself screened the first episode, then told us she was pleased and that it is her belief that we would love it, then I paid attention. If the CREATOR of Jamie and Claire’s world liked the adaptation, how in the world could I not give it a go?!?

This month the beloved saga makes its television debut and what a debut it has been already. Outlander fans everywhere are amazed with the production Ron Moore and his team have given us with Episode One. Up until now I have clarified that I’m a fan of Diana’s and of her books—after seeing Episode One, I must say I’m a fan of the Outlander tv series as well. Well done, folks, well done!

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I’m eagerly awaiting Episode Two and having a fun time chatting about all of it with other fans—social media was made for this kind of fun stuff!

Have you heard of Outlander? The book? The tv series? Have you read or watched either? Do tell…