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Historical – #5OnMyTBR

Howdy and happy Monday! It’s an especially happy Monday today because here in Spain it’s a bank holiday meaning no school! As a tired student I would like to thank whoever created the idea of bank holidays. You’re the real hero of this story.

Today I am back with another round of #5OnMyTBR and today we’re talking all about Historical books.

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @Local Bee Hunter’s Nook (me!) and you can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it. It occurs every Monday when we post about 5 books on our TBR.

I am taking three history classes this year: Art History, Spanish History and History of Philosophy, (four if you count my Latin class), so you’d think I’d be into historical fiction novels but alas, I barely ever read them.

While Historical Fiction is one of my least favourite genres I am interested in reading more I just got to find my personal sweet spot within the genre and I think these books I’m about to talk about could be that.


This Is Not the Jess Show by Anna Carey

We’re starting off this list with an odd one because while this does have historical themes, this book is actually set in the future!

This is Not the Jess Show is basically a YA version of The Truman Show in that it’s a thriller novel about a girl whose life has been one big production, filmed and broadcasted to the world without her knowing.

The historical themes of this and why I’m including it on this list is because it’s kind of but kind of not set in the 90’s. It’s hard to explain so I’ll just say GO READ THIS BOOK WHEN IT COMES OUT!!

I got an ARC of this and I’m currently reading it and I am loving it but I’m unclear on the release date. Goodreads says November 2020, Netgalley says January 2021 so who knows!


None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney

I only found out about this book the other day but now I need it in my life.

None Shall Sleep is apparently The Silence of the Lambs meets Sadie, a movie I’ve never watched and a book I had to put down because I was feeling slumpy and wanted to give it a fair shot😭😂

It’s set in 1982 and two teenagers have been recruited by the FBI to interview convicted juvenile killers. And then more stuff happens but I don’t want to know because I want to be surprised when I read this.

I feel like this could easily become a favourite and like I said I need this book!


Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian

I’m ashamed at how many TBRs this book has been on at this point. I really wanna read it but I haven’t and I know why.

This book is going to make me cry. I know it is. And I’m scared of emotions.

Like a Love Story is set in 1989, New York during the AIDs pandemic and it follows three characters who are all being affected by this in different ways.

This book is going to be good. I can feel it in my bones so I really need to get over my fear of feeling things and read this book ASAP!


The Romanovs: 1613 – 1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

This is a little different to the others as this is a non-fiction novel all about the Russian Romanov dynasty.

I don’t know how it happened but earlier this year I got super into the Romanov dynasty and ended up watching a whole bunch of documentaries on it and so I thought getting this beast of a book for my birthday would be a good idea.

I do still really want to read it and learn more about this subject but now that it’s sitting on my shelf it’s HUGE. It is a beast of a book with teeny-tiny writing.

Pray for me.


The Lady Janies Trilogy by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows

I’m pretty sure I said “oh I don’t think I’ll ever read this series” at some point or another on this blog but I think I’ve changed my mine.

Each book in this trilogy follows a different famous Jane from throughout history but with a twist. They’re definitly not historically accurate.

I’ve seen a fair few people talk about these books and I think I’m interested. I’m on the fence.

If you liked any of the books in this series and think they’re worth the read let me know.

And so those are some historical books I’m currently reading/am interested in. What I’ve learnt from this post is that I’m obviously more interested in books set in 80s/90s time period.

Like always if you’ve read any of these I’d love to know what you thought and I’d also love to know if you have any reccommendations!

Thanks so much for reading and stay safe!!

Elli xx

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