#BestReadsOf2020 : Day 18 : Best historical fiction

Hi friends,

Today we are voting for our best historical in #BestReadsOf2020 and I must say that if I didn’t read a lot of them, the ones I read were amazing!⁠

✨Daisy Jones that I gushed about yesterday is one of them!⁠ ⁠


✨The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah that I finished yesterday left me a sobbing mess 😭 ⁠

I swear that I woke today at 4 am thinking about that book with a huge hangover! I wanted a redo.


But my two winners today are:⁠ ⁠

✨CILKA’S JOURNEY by Heather Morris⁠ ⁠

“I was forced, I was raped! No! Please.”

⁠ This is a story of violence and brutality. This is a story of unfairness, of all the shades of grey between right and wrong.

This is a story of punishment, of abuse.

And this is a story of survival, of resilience.

It’s a story of making the most of a situation with one goal: survive. It’s the life story of a Czech girl sent to Auschwitz at sixteen, noticed for her beauty by the SS officers and abused by them just to be sent to a Siberian work camp once the war was over.⁠

⁠ I could not say it better than what’s on the cover “From child to woman, from woman to healer, Cilka’s journey illuminates the resilience of the human spirit – and the will we have to survive”.⁠ ⁠



Told in Amy’s graceful and powerful writing, this love story engulfed me and propelled me into Naomi and John’s hard, uncompromising yet beautiful world.

I smiled, I swooned, I cried, I feared, I hurt and I hoped.⁠ ⁠

Regardless of their possessions or their position, it seems everyone has the same dream. They all want something different than what they have now. Land. Luck. Life. Even love. Everyone chatters about what we’re going to find when we get there. I’m no different, I suppose, though I’m more worried about what we’re going to find along the way.”⁠


What are your best historical reads this year?


Thanks for reading!



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12 Replies to “#BestReadsOf2020 : Day 18 : Best historical fiction”

  1. I agree with ALL your picks, Sophie! I’ve read all four of these and all of them were such powerful reads. And great historicals.

  2. Cilka’s Journey has been on my shelves for a while now but I honestly can’t bring myself to read it just yet. It’s going to break me

    1. You need to be in the right mindspace indeed!

  3. I don’t read historical, like AT ALL but I’ve heard about Amy Harmon’s book!! Seems like good choices!

    1. Oh Trisy, you have to PROMISE me that you’ll read Amy’s books next year LOL

  4. I didn’t read a ton of historical fiction, but I loved The Paris Library, by Janet Skeslien Charles and The Lions of Fifth Avenue, by Fiona Davis. I’m also going to cheat and add the genre crossing The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, by V.E. Schwab because one of its genres is definitely historical.

    1. I recall your very enthusiastic review of The Lions of Fifth Avenue some months ago Kim!

  5. These sound so fabulous. I love the stories where we see the resilience of human beings and what we can overcome. Happy to see you enjoyed these so.

    1. It is fabulous Renee!

  6. I don’t read much historical fiction either!! Its a genre I want to read more of. I listened to the audiobook of Daisy Jones and the Six – LOVED it! I’ve added where the lost wonder to my TBR list. It sounds amazing!

    1. It is I promise!

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