A few weeks ago I shared my favorite memoirs that are great for summer reading, and today I'm sharing my favorite historical fiction picks. These are all great books, but the ones I honestly couldn't put down are The Other Boleyn Girl, The Kite Runner, The Help and The Kitchen House. Do you have any recommendations for summer reads? I'm always looking for a good book!
1. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory. Set in England in the time of King Henry VIII, this story follows a rivalry between sisters vying for Henry's attention.
2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Set in Afghanistan in the 70's, this book follows the friendship of Amir, the son of a wealthy businessman and Hassan, the son of the Amir's father's servant. As kids, the boys are inseparable until something happens and their friendship is changed forever.
3. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. This book focuses on the lives of two women from Aghanistan - Mariam and Leila - and and how their lives cross.
4. The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Set in the 1960s during the civil rights movement, a young white woman from Mississippi named Miss Skeeter becomes interested in the plight of the black maids that work for the families in town. She writes to expose the way they're mistreated, and all the awful things they have to deal with on a daily basis.
5. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. In 1929, a young girl is sold into slavery at a geisha house. The book follows her life as she works in Kyoto, Japan as a geisha before and after world war 2.
6. The House Girl by Tara Conklin. The book weaves together two lives from different points in history - one, an escaped slave named Josephine in pre-Civil War south and the other, a lawyer named Lina in New York who tries to piece together the mystery surrounding the escaped slave.
7. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom. Lavinia is a white girl who was orphaned while onboard a ship from Ireland bound for the US. She is taken in as a slave on a plantation and is caught between the two very different worlds of her fellow slave, who love and care for her, and the white family in the big house who have accepted her as well but who have their own issues, as the master is rarely present and the lady of the house battles an opium addiction.
8. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Set in the 20s, new money Jay Gatsby is head over heels in love with old money Daisy Buchanan, who met years ago but were separated when Gatsby went to war. After the war, he comes back to find Daisy has married, and throws lavish parties waiting for her to appear.
PS- Another great book- this one is about obsession and pain in competitive Bikram yoga.