Historical fiction is my favorite genre of literature. There’s nothing better than reading a great story while soaking in some of the culture and events of a place removed both in time and space. I’ve read a lot of the stuff, and these ten titles round out my favorites. I’m always looking for new suggestions; if there’s something you think I should read, leave a comment!

It’d also be nice to get first editions of these novels, but for some of them — like Gone With the Wind — that just ain’t happening.

  1. Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
  2. The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova
  3. The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco
  4. Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier
  5. The Eight, by Katherine Neville
  6. Memoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden
  7. Jubilee Trail, by Gwen Bristow
  8. Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  9. The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  10. The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield