13 Best Classic Historical Fiction

List Updated May 2020

Bestselling Classic Historical Fiction in 2020


A Tale of Two Cities (Dover Thrift Editions)

A Tale of Two Cities (Dover Thrift Editions)
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020

A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel

A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020

War and Peace (Vintage Classics)

War and Peace (Vintage Classics)
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • Vintage

Western Fiction 10 Pack: 10 Full Length Classic Westerns

Western Fiction 10 Pack: 10 Full Length Classic Westerns
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020

Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two

Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020

The Talisman

The Talisman
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020

The Swiss Family Robinson (Abridged edition) (Puffin Classics)

The Swiss Family Robinson (Abridged edition) (Puffin Classics)
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • Puffin

Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot series Book 10)

Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot series Book 10)
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020

Island of the Blue Dolphins

Island of the Blue Dolphins
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • Weight - 0.36
  • Depth - 7.66
  • Width - 5.15
  • Height - 0.50

The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War (The Civil War: 1861-1865 Book 2)

The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War (The Civil War: 1861-1865 Book 2)
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020

Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays (FSG Classics)

Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays (FSG Classics)
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020
  • Farrar Straus Giroux

Where the Red Fern Grows

Where the Red Fern Grows
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020

Book Reviews of Four Historical Fictions and One Great Non-Fiction

Books Reviewed: The Shadow of the Wind; The Colony of Unrequited Dreams; Map of Bones; Genghis Khan and the making of the Modern World; and The Templar Legacy.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Shadow of the Wind is a Spanish Bestseller, translated into English. I find authors, nowadays, don't write as well as authors of previous centuries, so to find such a well-written modern book was incredible. I have recommended this book to everyone I know who loves to read. It takes longer than the average novel, mainly because the author knows what he's doing and draws you into the story. You want to slow down and savor the environment the author has placed you in.

The Shadow of the Wind is a story of a young boy who finds the last copy of a book and begins to seek information about the elusive author only to find himself caught up in the mystery surrounding the author.

The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston

The Colony of Unrequited Dreams is a Canadian Bestseller. The sheer size of this book may put off some people - 562 pages; however, there are many diary entries throughout that make the book a much faster and easier read that it appears.

I found myself laughing aloud because the characters are so real and believable. From reading this book, I guess the Canadians use the term 'irony' for what I would use the term 'sarcasm' and there is plenty of that.

The Colony of Unrequited Dreams is a witty and colorful love story that doesn't have that happily ever after ending, as which more relates it to real life. It is a historical fiction which tells the very interesting history of Newfoundland.

Map of Bones by James Rollins

Map of Bones was a very cool read. I loved it, and it did mimic The DaVinci Code a lot, but it was different in many other ways. It is action-packed and full of adventure, science fiction and mystery. Map of Bones is one of those books that draws you in immediately, and you find yourself still reading the book at four a.m.

I'm not going to ruin the story for you, except to say that if you've ever wondered about those three kings who came to see baby Jesus - here's a take on their story.

Genghis Khan and the making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford

Genghis Khan and the making of the Modern World is a New York Times Bestseller. This fascinating historical non-fiction is told in such a way that it seems part novel, part journal. I found this book a very enjoyable read.

My belief is that we are taught a diluted version of history in school, so I love learning the true stories. This book literally changed my point of view on the Khans and the Mongols. They brought about changes that have direct impact on our current lives. My eyes were opened to a whole new interpretation to a lot of what I thought I knew about the world.

The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry

I read another book by this author that I loved, but this book disappointed me. The plot and premise were not believable and I figured out early on what they were going to find, and did not like it one bit. If this book were as well written as The DaVinci Code, then Christians would have something bigger to scream about.

The end seemed like it was thrown together and maybe that is why I disliked the book so much. In the end, the characters did not act 'in character' and some of their actions did not make sense. I was very thrown off by the Muslim character's actions in the end. Her actions made absolutely no sense whatsoever. She had evidence to support her religion, and she not only allowed a cover-up to occur, but she made an amicable business partnership with the person doing the cover-up.

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