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Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons Why I Love Historical Fiction


This week’s topic is hard! Historical fiction is a vast genre–there are fictional biographical novels, fictional novels, fictional stories with real people made into fictional characters! Where to start!



1. When the author captures my version of a real person. When they sound like they do in my head or act the way they move or behave in my mind.


2. When a book takes me to the mood of the times as expressed in its music.



3. When I can feel, and smell, and almost taste the surroundings.


4. When reading about a romance makes me feel in love!



5. When it makes me hear the people–not only the words they chose but the cadence of their days and the lilt,  rhythm, and rhythm of their lives as well as of their speech.




6. When I feel as swept up in the events unfolding or overtaking the characters as they do.


7.  When I worry about a character as though he or she was real or still alive after I’ve read the book.


8. When it makes me imagine my own life in that time.



9. When it makes me wish I knew a character in real life.



10.  When you experience something in real life and it calls up a character’s response to a similar situation, whether good or bad.



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24 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons Why I Love Historical Fiction

  1. I love immersing myself in another time and place, which historical fiction does so well. And I like that I learn things from reading these kinds of books in a way that doesn’t feel like work. It’s just pure enjoyment. Great list. 🙂

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  2. What a fabulous list. I haven’t read many of these, but I now need to add some to my wish list.

    Thanks for visiting my blog today.


  3. Excellent! Yeah, these are also reasons why I love historical fiction. I’d like to read that Mary Coin novel. I read another book by her and it was strange, but still…


  4. I love good historical fiction. I feel like I have traveled in time to a place and time I’ve always been curious about. I’m there, I experience that time, and then I am easily able to return to my own (generally much better, much happier) time.

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