Historical Fiction 2013

What historical fiction books being published in 2013 are you most excited for?

Note: This means that every book on this list should be BOTH historical fiction AND releasing in 2013.
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370 books · 2,460 voters · list created August 18th, 2012 by Caitlin (votes) .
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MaryannC.Book Fiend This is a pretty awesome list, really looking forward to so many of these upcoming releases, thanks for putting this out there!


message 2: by Laura Lee (new)

Laura Lee Awesome is right! Would be easier to check off books I don't want to read!


message 3: by Valerie (new)

Valerie This is my most favorite genre and I'm REALLY looking forward to quite a few of these upcoming releases!!


message 4: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Laura Lee wrote: "Would be easier to check off books I don't want to read!"

Isn't that the truth!??! ;)


Chrystal Snowdrop Dreams Great list! I've added quite a few to my wishlist. :)


My Book Addiction and More MBA Great list. So many to chose from


message 7: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Gayle Now, if I can hide away for a few weeks, I might be able to read my chosen novels, however, since I know that realistically I cannot I will definitely read them one by one in the evenings and w/e...!!!


message 8: by Jacqueline (new)

Jacqueline If I can havw some time to my \self I will be so happy


message 9: by Darlene (new)

Darlene Matule Time is my only reason for not reading more. List looks VERY inviting!


message 10: by Kristine (new)

Kristine Truly a wonderful list, will start at the top and work my way down


message 11: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Brockmole This list has introduced me to far too many things that I hadn't heard of but now can't wait for!


message 12: by Robin (new)

Robin Caitlin, you have compiled an amazingly awesome list that will benefit me in my library fiction orders, not to mention my own to-be-read list. Thanks!


message 13: by Neila (new)

Neila If only I had time to read them all!


message 14: by Caitlin (new)

Caitlin Thanks guys, for all your help voting on this list! I can't wait until I have time to work my way through.


Jolie Rolie Polie most of these are on my to-read list. The Caged Graves sounds AMAZING! I HAVE TO READ IT, OR I WILL KNOW I MISSED OUT! :)


message 16: by Marita (new)

Marita So many books... not enough time!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Should The Twelve Tribes of Hattie be on here? It was published in 2012.


Jolie Rolie Polie Susanna wrote: "Should The Twelve Tribes of Hattie be on here? It was published in 2012."

Ya, that is weird...


message 19: by Margaret (new)

Margaret But isn't this list for books published in 2013?


message 20: by Jolie Rolie Polie (last edited Mar 15, 2013 01:18PM) (new)

Jolie Rolie Polie Margaret wrote: "But isn't this list for books published in 2013?"

ya, thats what's weird.I dont get why a book published in 2012 would be on the historical fiction 2013 list.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You want it removed, Caitlin?


Jolie Rolie Polie Susanna wrote: "You want it removed, Caitlin?"

huh?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Do you want me to remove Hattie, as it was published in 2012?


message 24: by Caitlin (new)

Caitlin Sure, if you see any books that aren't historical fiction or released in 2013, it's fine for you to remove. It's hard to keep track of them all.


message 25: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Mar 15, 2013 04:33PM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed:

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (published in 2012)
The Mirror and the Light ("expected publication 2015")


message 26: by Jack (new)

Jack Maness What a great list. Wish there were more American settings, though.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads That was a popular setting once upon a time, but not these days, I think.


message 28: by P.S. (new)

P.S. Bartlett Jack, Fireflies is set in Luzerne County Pennsylvania.


♥ Marlene♥ Thanks to this list I discovered the Painted Girls. Just finished reading and gave it 5 stars. great read. What to read next? I like the style of said author and Sarah Waters, Sarah Dunant. Historical fiction a bit dark.


message 30: by Hanan (new)

Hanan So many book . I don't enough time


message 31: by Rosie (last edited Jul 09, 2013 05:59AM) (new)

Rosie Am looking forward to reading a lot of these books. I heart reading and am so excited about the list and your website. I am on here all the time and luv this site and the reviews. Thank you


message 32: by Tilly (new)

Tilly Oh my god SO MANY BOOKS I WANT TO READ! Not fair! :D why do I have to bother with life; why can't I just become a hermit and read all day every day?! :P I'm so excited about so many of these :D


message 33: by Joss (new)

Joss Number 200 (The Last Kingdom, Bernard Cornwell) needs removing since it was published in 2004.


message 34: by Pauline (new)

Pauline Neuwirth If you are interested in Cuba, I highly recommend MY LOST CUBA


message 35: by Banjomike (last edited Nov 19, 2013 02:09PM) (new)

Banjomike Removed:
Anne Frank - The Diary of a Young Girl (not fiction)
Miriam Feinberg Vamosh - The Scroll (from 2012)
Cathy Marie Buchanan - The Painted Girls (from 2012)

Also duplicates combined.


message 36: by Linda (new)

Linda I'm surprised that more people d not vote for this bolo.


message 37: by T (new)

T Moore Romance Novels have clogged this genre..

There is a desperate need for some sub categories here..

Take an honest look at this list or any HF list today...

Also, Alternative History belongs in the fantasy genre not in Historical Fiction...

The demise of Historical Fiction published in America is so sad... The poor Howard Fasts and Cecelia Hollands of the world are far and few between these days..

The near shutdown of the wonderful British Historical Fiction publishing here too is sad too... (Some of it is morality/reactionary thought control based as well)

What we are getting today is an onslaught of yuppie/adult "Candy Cane Lane Princess fairy tales stories under the the guise of Historical Fiction..

I want to vomit, when I see these lists on here or go to other websites lists - all totally dominated by this Candy Cane Lane crapola


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message 39: by Jeannie (new)

Jeannie Hudson Behold a Lone Horseman by Jeannie HudsonI absolutely love historical romance. My own book
BEHOLD A LONE HORSEMAN is one of the best. No kidding!
I have the reviews to prove it. Jeannie Hudson


message 40: by Lauren (new)

Lauren How is Oliver Twist on here? Is there a new edition or something coming out? Whether there is or not, it's not historical fiction. It takes place at the time it was written, which is the exact opposite of a historical fiction piece.


message 41: by T (last edited Mar 17, 2014 09:23AM) (new)

T Moore Lauren: The contemporary novel does become history at some point. The likes of Huckleberry Finn, Martin Eden and Winds of War have become HF in my opinion.

Once the generations who lived then and did the work have passed, the books on those people and the their period become HF IMO

Personally, I am more for "Twists" and its likes inclusions, than the Romance, Fantasy and Alternative garbage that clogs and has all but ruined the HF category - all caused by rank commercialism, that

The Romance writers have taken over most American Historical Fiction websites to my and many others chagrin.

Romance deserves its own category. You know the ones! The ones with covers, where a large breasted woman's bodice is left half undone as she lays or sits and a half dressed man with shining pecs stands nearby ready to embrace her. - Needless to say, neither person is unattractive.

A "Pecs and Tits" sign would work great in the libraries and book stores for a Romance Section.

Fantasy and Alternative books already have a Cat. - Fantasy/Sci Fi.

Excuse me, if you found this vulgar. I would defend myself only by pointing out, it is certainly no more vulgar than what has happened to the publishing industry over the past 30 to 40 years in our ever more corrupt and immoral corpo globalized fascist world.

Rant over....


message 42: by Jeannie (new)

Jeannie Hudson Jeannie Hudson
I agree with you, Lauren. I definitely think HUCKLEBERRY FINN and the like are historical fiction.
And I too think the more sensational Romances with the
kind of covers you mention should have their own category. Yep, Pecs and Tits works for me!


message 43: by Mary (new)

Mary Jeannie wrote: "Jeannie Hudson
I agree with you, Lauren. I definitely think HUCKLEBERRY FINN and the like are historical fiction.
And I too think the more sensational Romances with the
kind o..."


T wrote: "Romance Novels have clogged this genre..

There is a desperate need for some sub categories here..

Take an honest look at this list or any HF list today...

Also, Alternative History belongs in th..."



message 44: by Mary (new)

Mary What about Historical Fantasy? Jeanne Kalogridis, The Burning Times, for example, or 'The Oracle Glass' by Judith Merkle Riley? All historically accurate, but assuming that magic is real and played a part in history.


message 45: by Jeannie (new)

Jeannie Hudson I totally agree there should be a complete reevaluation
of the way historical fiction is labeled - like maybe
historical fiction fantasy, horror, crime, mystery,
graphic, humor and comedy, science fiction, thriller.
And manga. I'm behind the times but just what IS manga.
Can someone explain that genre to me, please. Oh, yes,
and of course, historical suspense. My novel TEN HOURS 'TIL SPRING is historical suspense. I guess historical fiction - paranormal would be another sub-category.


message 46: by T (last edited Mar 22, 2014 04:36PM) (new)

T Moore Yeap, there needs to be labels within the genre.

Anyone tried Ruth Downie's impeccably researched Gaius Petreius Ruso,the legionary physician's mystery novels - in the states "The Medicus" series?

What a hoot and informative reads they are. Downie has taken a mystery format (really secondary) and woven it into a good look into the everyday workings of the Imperial Roman World of the 2nd century as HF.

The doctor and his sidekicks are fantastic - great dialogues with sticky domestic and official circumstances abounding. All written in a none violent (mostly) swashbuckler-esque style - as our good doctor Ruso has his foot in and out of the fire for one thing or another constantly. Great reads!

Why do I bring this up? There is, IMO, a problem of where to place this work. I would go with placing it straight into traditional HF stacks. But, mystery buffs might object. Yikes, the problems I can see ahead.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads To my mind it's both historical mystery and historical fiction.


message 48: by T (new)

T Moore Susanna: See! The fight is already on.


message 49: by T (new)

T Moore Just did a quick check of the top 100 2013 books listed here and it points to the problems, I have been discussing.

First, the disappearing male author in the general genre.

Only about 10 to 12 in the top voted 100 books here are by males.

Then the lack of more traditional historical fiction. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Male writer - "Angels and Vampires" HF subject/topic = YIKES!!!) is my poster-child novel/series for what is wrong with the genre's classification system today.

The stunning lack of British traditional HF material (where the genre is much stronger and better IMO) that is available - but, too often no longer here in the USA. A publishing house turf wars driven issue.

Of course, the romance histories of the nobility driven books.

"Houston. We have a problem."


message 50: by Misfit (new)

Misfit Removed: The Royal Kidnapping. Not historical fiction.


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