Five Fall Favorites // Top 5 Historical Fiction Reads (But I Went with an Alternate)

Five Fall Favorites // Top 5 Historical Fiction Reads (But I Went with an Alternate)

Day 5 of Five Fall Favorites, and likely the genre you’ve all been waiting for. πŸ˜‰ Dun, dun, dun…

Today is about Historical Fiction! Historical fiction transports us back in time to people and situations very much like our own but inspiring, entertaining, and sobering in their differences. There’s so much to celebrate, mourn, learn from, and enjoy as we look back on history, and fiction is one of the most powerful ways to do this. 🧑

Today the bookish bloggers are sharing their top 5 historical fiction reads…

(Please note: Anything I link out to is not an across-the-board endorsement from me. Each blogger is responsible for their own recommendations.)

Sit back in your time machine, and enjoy!

Katja 🍁 // Abigail πŸ“š // Kelsey β˜•οΈ // Lillian πŸ‚

Sarah🧣// Bella πŸ₯§ // Jana β˜•οΈ // Ryana Lynn🧣// Mac πŸ“š

Sophia Ellen 🍁 // Heaven πŸ“š // Hannah πŸ₯§ // Mikayla πŸ‚

We also have two fabulous guest bloggers who decided to join the fun!

Rebekah🧣and Katie β˜•οΈ

I’m actually one of the bloggers who chose an alternate genre today (since I don’t read that much historical fiction currently), and I went with Indie!

I am a huge fan of independently published books! The creativity, variance of thought and perspective, genre-busting, and opportunity for faith content are absolutely wonderful. Not to mention the supportive community that has sprung up around it. 🧑

I’ve read 150+ indie books, so choosing these was not an easy feat, but I went with some I love and haven’t mentioned already this week. πŸ˜‰ If you’d like to see more indie books I’ve read, check out my Goodreads shelf.

My Top 5 Favorite Indie Inspirations

1. Ignite by Jenna Terese

I love everything about this book. 🧑 The cover, the paperback quality (like why does it open so beautifully?!), the concept, themes, and heart I know is behind it, the epic characters (and those scenes near the end 😭)… This was one of the first books I bought last year when I re-entered the indie world, and the. hype. is. real. It’s probably the best indie debut novel I’ve ever read, and that’s saying a lot. πŸ˜‰ (Read my review.)

2. Gift from the Storm by Rebekah Morris

I mention this one on my blog constantly (like, it’s been less than a month), and I’m not stopping any time soon. 😁 Fall vibes, found family, amnesia trope, cozy holidays, a great mystery. What more do I need to say to convince you? πŸ˜‰ (Read my review.)

3. Not Write Now by Kyle Robert Shultz

The best (and probably only) satirical writing book I’ve ever read. There are some legitimately good tips in here, but it mainly serves the great purpose of making writing fun again and providing inspiration and laughs when you’re feeling burnt out. (Read my review.)

4. Emmeline by Sarah Holman

I am not generally a Jane Austen fan, but I do have a soft spot for Emma (particularly the 2009 BBC miniseries). So it was incredibly fun to see one of my favorite authors take inspiration from this story and bring her own writing style and faith elements to the table. I really enjoyed this one, and I need more people to read it. πŸ˜‰ (Read my review.)

5. Healer’s Bane by Hope Ann

I’m a huge fan of the author’s fantasy series, so when I heard about this dystopian novella, I snapped it up. πŸ˜‰ It’s such a dark world, yet the power and cost of empathy really spoke to me, and I think this may be my favorite book by this author. I mean, I did turn right around and buy a paperback copy, so… πŸ˜‰ (Read my review.)

Last day to enter the giveaway!

Just a quick reminder of what the prize includes…

  1. Decorative fall items (pumpkins, gnomes, and blanket scarf)
  2. A fall mug (there will be tea!)
  3. Annie’s Life in Lists by Kristin Mahoney
  4. Hedgehog journal
  5. Kiera by Kate Willis (hardcover)
  6. Brothers and Betrayal by Sarah Holman (paperback)
  7. Should We Tell Her? by Lillian Keith (paperback)
  8. The Road to Bremen by Kelsey Bryant (paperback)
  9. Anthology including a story by Abigail Harris (paperback)

Most books are contributions by participating authors. Ships to contiguous US only. Winner will have 48 hours to respond after being contacted.


Today’s FREE ebook is…

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What are your favorite historical (or indie πŸ˜‰ ) books? Have you read any of these?

I can’t believe the party is almost over! It’s been so fun getting to hang out with you all, and I hope you found some good books to read. πŸ˜‰

Keep an eye out tomorrow for the giveaway winner, more free ebooks, and the bonus genre! 🧑

26 thoughts on “Five Fall Favorites // Top 5 Historical Fiction Reads (But I Went with an Alternate)

  1. Hmm, I seem to remember reading “Gift from the Storm” not too long ago. πŸ˜€ Thanks for sharing it and loving that story!
    I’ve also read Emmeline .
    Thanks for inviting me to share a post today, Kate!

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  2. Ignite looks so cool! I hope to read it someday. And Gift from the Storm is one of my favs from Rebekah πŸ˜€ Also, Not Write Now is hilariousssss. And I really need to read Emmeline…

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  3. Ignite!! I’ve wanted to read that book since before it came OUT!! My only concern was the fantasy with it being superhero-ish… Was there anything that stood out to you in that perspective?

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    1. It’s sooo good! Great question, and I know that’s one I think about a lot too. πŸ˜‰ All of the special powers were inherent to the person, kind of like a physical trait like having brown eyes or good hearing. There weren’t any powers that are like magic or possession, although I think there were some that were persuasive but not complete mind control. Does this answer your question?

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