Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where book bloggers are invited to share their top ten lists centered on a certain theme.
This week’s theme was a genre freebie, so I chose to talk historical fiction! Historical fiction, especially in YA & middle grade, doesn’t get enough love and I find that it’s always a challenge to get teens at my library to check out this genre. For a lot of them, they hear “history” and automatically think “school.” I’m always on the hunt for historical YA & MG titles that will capture teens’ interest!
Here’s my top ten historical titles to recommend at my library:
1. Like A Love Story by Abdi Nazemian: I listened to the audiobook version of this YA historical novel about 3 teens during the AIDS epidemic and easily fell in love with the story!
2. In the Neighborhood of True by Susan Kaplan Carlton: It is SO refreshing to read a historical novel about a Jewish teen that isn’t just about the Holocaust! Plus look at that swoony pink cover.
3. Inventing Victoria by Tonya Bolden: This historical YA novel about a white-passing black teen in the 1880s has been on my TBR for so long! It has a gorgeous cover that I’m always putting face-out at my library.
4. Pulp by Robin Talley: I loved this YA novel with dual perspectives–one about a queer teen named Janet in the 1950s discovering lesbian pulp fiction & writing her own novel, and one about a queer teen today reading Janet’s novel! Having a modern perspective woven in definitely makes this one an easy pitch to teen readers new to historical fiction.
5. Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee: I haven’t read any of Stacey Lee’s books, but they’re definitely some of the most popular historical YA novels at my library!
6. One True Way by Shannon Hitchcock: I’m so happy we’re seeing an uptick in queer middle grade books, and this historical one was especially sweet!
7. The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf: I love this historical novel set in Malaysia with OCD rep and #OwnVoices Muslim rep! This one totally deserves more attention.
8. Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson: It feels kinda weird calling a book set in the 90s historical, but here we are! Tiffany’s books are hugely popular at my library and this one is no exception.
9. All Out edited by Saundra Mitchell: Any queer YA book is always a hit at my library, so this one is always a historical fiction recommendation that actually peaks teens’ interest!
10. Music From Another World by Robin Talley: Yep, I’ve got two Robin Talley books on this list! Robin really knows her way around the genre and I love that this one is told in letters & diary entries.
What’s your favorite historical novel?
16 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Historical YA & MG titles”
I’m not sure I have a favorite historical novel, but I did mine this week on historical speculative fiction!
Nice. If I know anyone who reads these types of books, I’ll let them know.
Great list! I agree – historical fiction deserves a lot more love. All Out, Pulp and Under a Painted Sky are all books I’d like to read, and Inventing Victoria sounds really interesting!
Great list! I’m not a huge fan of historical fiction, but the books you’ve listed sound like books that I would really be willing to read 😀
Like a Love Story sounds so good.
My TTT .
I was going to comment and say this wasn’t my preferred genre, and then I saw Let Me Hear a Rhyme on here and that on my TBR… Totally agree – I can’t believe that that 90s could kinda qualify as historical fiction. Maybe I need to update my definition. Haha.
I love the cover of All Out and I see a few books here I’d like to check out eventually. Thanks for sharing!
I did historical fiction this week as well! History was part of my degree (I did a dual degree, History and Journalism) so I love all things history! My favourite historical fiction book is The Book Thief, such a heartbreaking story.
My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2020/03/24/top-ten-tuesday-256/
I haven’t read any and have only heard of a couple of these. I’m going to need to check them out.
Wonderful list! I’m not a big HF reader, but I love My Plain Jane!
Here’s my TTT: https://laurenbodiford123.wordpress.com/2020/03/24/paranormal-recommendations-vampire-and-werewolves/
Great topic! I love historical fiction. I’ve only read one of these – UNDER A PAINTED SKY – and I loved it. Lee is a great writer.
I enjoy historical fiction. It is weird to think that the 90s might actually be considered “historical” to some! Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.
Great topic! I’m definitely going to check some of these out!! I love the cover for In the Neighborhood of True!
All of these look so interesting. A few new additions to my TBR.
My TTT https://bookwormsanonymous.blog/2020/03/24/top-10-tuesday-childrens-classics-that-have-been-on-my-tbr-forever/
YES! I love historical fiction. All Out is on my must-read list.
I haven’t actually read any of these yet, but a few are on my TBR. Good to know you liked them!
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