Book Riot's 2020 Read Harder Challenge, hosted by Book Riot

Read a historical fiction novel not set in WWII
All books added to this prompt

Invented Lives

Andrea Goldsmith

fiction Literary
emotional reflective slow-paced

The Luminaries

Eleanor Catton

fiction Historical
adventurous challenging reflective slow-paced

The Mercies

Kiran Millwood Hargrave

fiction Historical LGBTQIA+
emotional sad tense slow-paced

The Song of Achilles

Madeline Miller

fiction Fantasy Historical LGBTQIA+ Romance
adventurous emotional fast-paced

Execution (Giordano Bruno, #6)

S.J. Parris

fiction Crime Historical Mystery
informative tense fast-paced

Swimming in the Dark

Tomasz Jedrowski

fiction Historical LGBTQIA+
challenging emotional reflective slow-paced

Wild Beauty

Anna-Marie McLemore

fiction Fantasy Magical Realism Young Adult
adventurous mysterious slow-paced


Beverly Jenkins

fiction Historical Romance
emotional lighthearted medium-paced

The Island of Sea Women

Lisa See

fiction Historical
emotional informative medium-paced

The Betrayal of the Blood Lily (Pink Carnation, #6)

Lauren Willig

fiction Historical Mystery Romance
lighthearted slow-paced