Book Lust // Historical & World War II fiction

Y’all know I love a good historical fiction novel more than almost anything else. I’ve got a list of books a mile long I want to buy and/or read, and here are three of them that have been recommended to me. Hopefully I can get my hands on these soon!

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What She Left Behind is a historical fiction novel about a young woman who’s forced to come to terms with her family’s past when she discovers old journals and papers at a shuttered-up insane asylum.

All the Light We Cannot See is a book my tutoree read for her ninth grade English class, and flipping through the book, I knew I had to read it. It’s set in World War II and follows a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths cross in occupied France. Sounds amazing.

Lastly, The Nightingale, another historical fiction novel, has been heavily recommended to me! Another WWII novel, this book is about two sisters’ bravery, trials, and tribulations during occupied France (again!). Nazi-occupied Paris is such an interesting and complex part of the war, and I love reading about it through fiction. Previously, I’ve read Paris, a must-read book that chronicles Nazi-occupied Paris—as well as another 700 years of Parisian history!

I’m pretty sure I’ve got a B&N gift card lying around somewhere, so hopefully these babies will be mine sooner rather than later. 🙂

What are you all reading right now? If you’ve got any more recommendations for me, leave them in the comments!


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  • Erin Stillion

    Unbroken, of course.

    I loved 11/22/63, which is historical fiction with a time travel .

    And thanks for the reminder to actually read All The Light We Cannot See.

    • Time travel? Sounds like something I would love! Thanks for the rec!

      • Erin Stillion

        It’s Stephen King, but not horror. Fascinating. Couldn’t put it down.

  • Erin Stillion

    Oh, and while I would have preferred the story line went anther way, The Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet was good. WWII, a love story of a Chinese boy and Japanese girl on the west coast.

    • You’re awesome, thank you! Must go shopping now.

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