1. Winter of the World by Ken Follett
After reading Fall of Giants last year and loving it so much, I really want to get on to the second novel in the Century trilogy, which covers the Second World War. To be honest, the only reason I haven’t picked it up yet is the sheer size of the thing – I read the first book on Kindle so I didn’t ever quite comprehend what big books they are until I saw them in Waterstones a couple of months ago and panicked slightly!
If my first Ken Follett novel was anything to go by, though, Winter of the World will definitely be worth getting through – and it’s probably my top priority historical fiction read for this year.
2. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
This novel was pretty high on my TBR throughout 2017, and I’m really sad that I didn’t get around to reading it, as I’ve heard brilliant things about it from so many people.
Beginning with the lives of two sisters in Africa, one of whom is sold into slavery whilst the other is a slave trader’s wife, the story then continues to follow seven further generations of each of the sisters’ families.
To me, this sounds like such an intriguing style of writing – I am always very interested in stories which explore how the lives of previous generations impact those of the younger generations. This is another must read for 2018, and I can’t wait to pick it up!
3. Glass Roses by Britain Kalai Soderquist
I first read the original draft of Glass Roses on Wattpad – in fact, it was one of the very first books I read when I joined, and Britain was one of the very first authors I got talking to on the site. It captured my interest straight away, as it is a Victorian retelling of both Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast in epistolary form, with no magic!
The beautiful historical detail along with Britain’s effortless way of capturing the style of the period makes this a thoroughly enjoyable read. I loved it the first time round, so I can’t wait to read the published version and fall in love with this novel all over again.
So those are the three historical fiction novels I’m prioritising for 2018! I’m sure there will also be some more Philippa Gregory and Georgette Heyer mixed in – both of whom were newly-discovered authors for me in 2017.
2018 looks like it’s going to be an exciting reading year for me – I can’t wait to get started!