13 Best Historical Fiction in Italian

List Updated July 2020

Bestselling Historical Fiction in Italian in 2020


The Italians

The Italians
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • Penguin Group USA

My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels, Book One

My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels, Book One
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • Book One of the Neapolitan Novels

The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)

The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Anchor

The Story of a New Name: Neapolitan Novels, Book Two

The Story of a New Name: Neapolitan Novels, Book Two
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • New York Times Bestseller

The Shoemaker's Wife: A Novel

The Shoemaker's Wife: A Novel
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Harper Paperbacks

Thunderstruck

Thunderstruck
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Thunderstruck

Paradise Lost (Penguin Classics)

Paradise Lost (Penguin Classics)
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • Penguin Books

The Divine Comedy (The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso)

The Divine Comedy (The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso)
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • New American Library

Name of the Rose

Name of the Rose
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • The Name of the Rose

Beautiful Ruins: A Novel

Beautiful Ruins: A Novel
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • Harper Perennial

The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo

The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • Signet

Short Stories in Italian: New Penguin Parallel Text (Italian Edition)

Short Stories in Italian: New Penguin Parallel Text (Italian Edition)
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020
  • Penguin Books

The Girl in the Glass: A Novel

The Girl in the Glass: A Novel
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020
  • Waterbrook Press

Recommended Young Adult Fiction

I've compiled a list of 20 of the best in young adult fiction. I've broken it down categorically, with genres including historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, romance, inspirational and others.

If you want to stay within your comfort zone, there's plenty of young adult fiction that reflects, in style, structure and quality, most of what's available in the adult fiction section of your favorite bookstore. I've listed a few below.

Historical Fiction
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
Fever 1793, by Laurie Halse Anderson
Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, by M.T. Anderson

Science Fiction
Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
The Ship Breaker, by Paulo Bacigalupi
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
The Giver, by Lois Lowry
House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer

Horror/Thrillers
A Great and Terrible Beauty, by Libba Bray
The Book of Lost Things, by John Connolly
Revolver, by Marcus Sedgwick

Fantasy
Flora Segunda, by Ysabeau S. Wilce
The Wee Free Men, by Terry Pratchett
The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman

Romance
The Truth About Forever, by Sarah Dessen
Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine

Inspirational
The Sky is Everywhere, by Jandy Nelson
A Walk to Remember, by Nicholas Sparks
So B It, by Sarah Weeks

The best books in any genre are seldom, if ever, trite, and, last time I checked, every adult was once a teen. If a skilled writer can tap into the universal conflicts we face growing up, and write about something fresh and interesting to pull it together, you have an alchemical marriage of great literary ingredients and the makings of a great story, even if you aren't interested in wizards. There's quality in spades here, and themes to dignify any book blog worth its salt.

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