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Here’s the thing about reading a life-changing historical fiction novel. Once you read one, there’s no going back. You need to read another. And another. And another. That’s how we felt after reading SALT TO THE SEA (out in February!) a heart-wrenching story that pulls back the curtain on one of the greatest untold tragedies in history, so we decided to share the love and round up 8 reads that will get YOU hooked on historical fiction:

1. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Four voices. Four secrets. The lives of four young people come together at the end of WWII, weaving a story that brings to light the greatest maritime disaster in the history of the world. It comes out February 2 but you can read the first chapters here!

2. The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry

Who knew medieval France was so…scary? Matchmaker and tavern-keeper Botille has a secret: she’s hiding a branded heretic, Dolssa, in their town of Bajas. But how long can they avoid the wrath of the Church? THE PASSION OF DOLSSA comes out April 12 but you can start reading it here!

3. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

Beware of the shadows in Regency London, especially when demons have infiltrated every level of society. THE DARK DAYS CLUB comes out January 26 but you can start reading it here!

4. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Everything changed for 15-year-old Lina one night in 1941, when Soviet officers forced her family apart into Siberian work camps. A tale of survival, strength, and love that will make you want to hug the person next to you.

5. All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry

Two years ago, Judith returned to her village having been permanently mutilated. Now, the town is being attacked and she has to choose: continue to live in silence, or speak out and change the lives around her forever.

6. Flygirl by Sherri Smith

When America enters WWII, Ida Mae Jones sees her chance to chase her dream of flying – but she’ll have to deny her true self to do so in this empowering story about deciding who you want to be. 

7. A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

In 1909 London, Victoria’s expected to become a wife and mother, when all she wants to do is become an artist. But how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?

8. Under A Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

Sammy and Andy are headed on the Oregon Trail to the California gold rush…except Sammy and Andy are actually Samantha and Annamae, girls in disguise who find out there aren’t many places to hide on the open trail.


now that james corden is like a certified Big Deal™ over in the States, it’s come to my understanding that a lot of you won’t have seen what is arguably the best thing he’s done in his career, and i’m here to fix that 


What I Read: January 2015

I’m starting a new series. This year I will try to photograph everything I read or listen to (although I start the year missing one photo).

  • Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1) – Sara Raasch
  • The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party (No.1 Ladies Detective Agency #12) – Alexander McCall Smith **
  • The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1) – Mary E. Pearson
  • Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) – Sarah J. Maas
  • Princess of Thorns – Stacey Jay
  • Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2) – Sarah J. Maas
  • Heir of Fire, (Throne of Glass, #3) – Sarah J. Maas ***

** The one book (audiobook) I don’t have a photo of.
*** I’m not quite done with this one yet, but I’ll count it for January because of the nature of this photo. They make more sense as a set.