#HistoricalFictionWeek Giveaway of Outlander and my recent historical obsessions

This past week was historical fiction week on Goodreads, which got me thinking about my favorite historical novels, which led me to think also of my favorite historical binge-watches on Netflix . . . So whether you love to cozy up with a good book or settle down with the remote, here’s some great historical story-telling I’ve found. I’d love for you to return the favor and tell me some of your favorites in the comments below.

Don’t forget to scroll down and enter the weekend giveaway of a copy of one of the best-selling historical novels in the recent past, Outlander, signed by the amazing Diana Gabaldon!


Signed copy of Outlander

Signed copy of Outlander

In no particular order, books and series for the history buff:
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer — won the Pulitzer, enough said
  • The Museum of Extraordinary Things, The Doverkeepers, or anything else by Alice Hoffman
  • The Marcus Didius Falco series by Lindsey Davis — murder mysteries in ancient Rome
  • Lindsey Davis and her biggest fan
    Lindsey Davis and her biggest fan
  • For Such A Time by Kate Breslin, her debut novel won about every award there is for Christian historical fiction
  • Rose by Martin Cruz Smith. This is a hidden jewel that you’ll thank me for. Martin Cruz Smith usually writes mysteries set in post-communist Russia but this is a romance set in a mining town of Northern England. Absolutely charming.
  • The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff – fascinating history of the Mormans set against a modern murder mystery
  • The Outlander Series — this is a serious undertaking, but millions of readers can’t be wrong, and Diana is charming in person.


    Me, Diana Gabaldon, and my new friend Renee

I could go on and on, but that’s plenty for now. As for my Netflix binge-watching, I’ll just list a few of my favorites:
  • Gran Hotel — yes, it’s in Spanish so you need to read subtitles but it is worth it. Turn of the century Catalonia means beautiful costumes, passion, and mucho drama
  • Poldark — not on Netflix yet, but you can catch some of the episodes online at PBS.com. I fell in love with the setting and characters and can’t wait for the next season. I’ll be diving into these books set in the mining towns of Cornwall in the late 1700s.
  • Turn — A reluctant spy is torn between his family and his ideals during the Revolutionary War.
  • The Bletchley Circle — a group of ex-codebreakers solve mysteries in post WW2 England
  • Vikings — Medieval Norway, betrayal, revenge, swords and seriously tough women. Need I say more?
  • Velvet — another one in Spanish, this time a Downton Abbey-type tale of fashion designers and seamstresses in 1950s Madrid
As you can tell, I’m not picky about my historical time periods. If it has a great setting, plot and characters, I’m all in. What are some of your favorite historical novels or historical series? Tell me about it in the comments,  I’d love to find a new obsession . . .

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