“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter–tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…. And one fine morning– So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” 

― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby 

Who says time travelling is impossible?

This month’s theme for Read-Along 2013 is HISTORICAL FICTION, and here are some suggestions to get you started:

The White Princess by Philippa Gregory

The newest novel from #1 NYT bestselling author and “queen of royal fiction” (USA TODAY) Philippa Gregory tells the passionate story of Elizabeth of York, daughter of the White Queen, who gets caught in the middle of a battle for the crown of England. 

Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle

This brilliant historical fiction debut takes you into the heart of the Tudor court and the life and loves of the clever, charismatic Katherine Parr, Henry VIII’s sixth and last wife.

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

Two Women. One Mysterious Relic. Separated By Centuries.

Nicola Marter was born with a gift so rare and dangerous, she kept it buried deep. When she encounters a desperate woman trying to sell a small wooden carving called “The Firebird,” claiming it belonged to Russia’s Empress Catherine, it’s a problem. There’s no proof.

But Nicola’s held the object. She knows the woman is telling the truth.

The Age of Ice by J.M. Sidorva

An epic debut novel about a lovelorn eighteenth-century Russian noble, cursed with longevity and an immunity to cold, whose quest for the truth behind his condition spans two thrilling centuries and a stunning array of historical events.

Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon

In the tradition of TINKERS, a spare, elegant, and highly anticipated debut novel from 5 Under 35 National Book Foundation honoree featuring a Korean War refugee who emigrates to Brazil to become a tailor’s apprentice and confronts the wreckage of his past.

Have you completed our April Read-Along challenge yet?
Discover a new voice and try one of our favourite titles from debut authors. 

A fresh new book… A haunting tale of love, bravery and the primal force of nature, set in Ontario’s Georgian Bay.

…from a fresh new voice: Hilary Scharper explores an emerging literary form in Perdita: the “eco-gothic.”

A fresh new book… Told through the eyes of megastar 11-year-old pop icon Jonny Valentine, this viciously funny masterpiece explores with devastating insight the underbelly of success in 21st-century America.

…from a fresh new voice: When Whiting Writers’ Award winner Teddy Wayne published his critically acclaimed debut, Kapitoil, it was hailed as “one of the best novels of [this] generation” by the Boston Globe and was shortlisted for a spate of national prizes.

A fresh new book… Transfixing, insightful, and unsettling, Alys, Always drops us into the mind of an enigmatic young woman whose perspective on a glamorous world also shines a light on those on the outside who would risk all to become part of it.

…from a fresh new voice: Harriet Lane has worked as an editor and writer at Tatler and The Observer. She has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and Vogue. She lives in London, England. Alys, Always is her first novel.

A fresh new book… A young woman travels the globe to retrace the final months of her sister’s life in search of answers about her death in this dark, gripping debut novel of family, secrets, and loss.

…from a fresh new voice: Lucy Clarke has a degree in English Literature. She and her husband, a professional windsurfer, spend their winters traveling and their summers at their home on the south coast of England.

A fresh new book… The stunning months-long New York Times bestseller about a lighthouse keeper and his wife who make one devastating choice that forever changes two worlds.

…from a fresh new voice: M.L. Stedman was born and raised in Western Australia and now lives in London. The Light Between Oceans is her first novel.