My Favorite Historical Fiction of 2016!

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Here is my (much agonized over) list of the best historical novels of 2016. Some of the books were not published in 2016, but that is when I read them. My criteria for making the list:

*I read it obsessively.

*I can’t stop thinking about it.

*I can’t stop recommending it.

As always, whittling my choices down to ten was incredibly difficult. The only thing that helped was the enormous volume of research materials I read this year cut into my novel reading enough to narrow the pool. For my full reviews and endorsements, click on each book title.

Disclaimer: I did include one contemporary novel (THE MADWOMAN UPSTAIRS) because it was based on JANE EYRE, and it was fresh and entertaining; I hope you’ll forgive me.

Without further ado, and in no particular order:

  1. Fates and Traitors, by Jennifer Chiaverini

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  2. Lilac Girls, by Martha Hall Kelly

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  3. Euphoria, by Lily King

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4. Ecliptic, by Benjamin Wood

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5. Jane Steele, by Lyndsay Faye

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6. The Madwoman Upstairs, by Catherine Lowell

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7. Sisi: Empress on Her Own, by Allison Pataki

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8. Black Rabbit Hall, by Eve Chase

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9. America’s First Daughter, by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

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10. Georgia, by Dawn Tripp

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What were your favorites of 2016? What are your favorites from my list? Happy Reading, and Happy New Year! 

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11 thoughts on “My Favorite Historical Fiction of 2016!

  1. Ohh, it looks like I have some great books to add to my TBR list! I definitely have to read The Madwoman Upstairs!

  2. Jessica says:

    Interesting list! If you were to only recommend one of these to read, which would you choose?

  3. Melissa Crytzer Fry says:

    Great list, Erika. Still intrigued by your “mind blown” review of The Ecliptic! My faves this year? All that is Solid Melts Into Air; News of the World; Fallen Land. Not a huge reading year for me, either, unfortunately.

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