2014 was the year I think I fell in love with history. I have had a really great US History teacher for the past two years, who not only gives us bonus points when he scores over par while playing golf, but whose enthusiasm for the subject has made the AP class comedic and interesting. I also discovered Downton Abbey and Midnight in Paris this year, a TV show and a movie that have helped me realize that the period from 1915-1945 is my favorite to read about. Historical fiction is certainly the type of novel I could see myself writing in the future.
Of the historical fiction novels I read this year, here are the top six. It was a tight race for the #1 spot!
Top Historical Fiction of 2014:
6. The Chaperone, Laura Moriarty
5. Life After Life, Kate Atkinson
4. The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien
3. All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
2. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, Therese Anne Fowler
1. The Paris Wife, Paula McLain (Scored 28/30)
The Paris Wife fictionalizes the time Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley, spent in Paris during the 1920s. McLain writes Hadley in a genuine voice that is honest and kind. Hadley captivated me with the simple lens through which she looked at life, and the true feelings she had those around her. McLain's style is historically accurate and detailed, allowing the reader to walk the streets of Paris alongside the main characters. (Read my full review here)