#5OnMyTBR – Historical

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook where you chose five books from your to-be-read pile that fit that week’s theme. If you’d like more info, head over to the announcement post!


Hello, reader!

We’ve once again arrived at a fresh, new Monday and that means it’s time for another 5 On My TBR! Today we’ll be talking about a type of book that I honestly need to read more of: historical books. Which I’m choosing to interpret as historical fiction. I honestly don’t know why I don’t read more of this genre as the books I have read, I tend to enjoy. It’s one of those genres that I’m interested in but just don’t gravitate towards as much.

Still, there are quite a few books on my TBR that could be classified as historical, so picking my top five was a struggle! After perusing my Goodreads Want To Read shelf for what feels like far too long, I’ve finally narrowed it down to the five that I want to read the most. So let’s dive in!


#1. The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

Off-topic moment: Whoever designs the covers for Alix E. Harrow’s books is an artistic genius. Just… *chef’s kiss*

Okay! Now, this book is something that I’ve been anticipating ever since it was announced. It’s about witches and suffragettes! What’s not to love? This is the type of historical fiction that I tend to enjoy… something with a little bit of the fantastic thrown in! I can’t wait to get my hands on this one.

#2. The Animals at Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey

This is another historical fiction that has a bit of the weird included in the story. It seems like there’s a possibility of ghosts, so you know I’m interested! I also think the whole premise just sounds incredible. We’re following a museum curator protecting exhibits that were spirited out of London during WWII. I think it will be an interesting story to follow and I’m excited for the gothic vibe.

Also, a lot of my bookish friends have loved this book, so that makes me even more excited to read it 😁

#3. Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

Imma be honest. I know next to nothing about what this book actually entails, lol. All I know is that it was written by Diane Setterfield, who wrote The Thirteenth Tale, which is one of my faves. For that reason alone, I want to read this book!

According to the synopsis, though, it’s about a girl who dies and mysteriously comes back to life. Now there are three families fighting to claim her and I’m sure it’s going to be a fantastical, emotional time. Will it make me cry? Probably! But I’m v. ready.

#4. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Another confession: the hype train got me when it comes to this book. It was freakin’ everywhere this past year and I got curious. Why was everyone salivating over this book? I was lucky enough to receive this book in a gift exchange, so I’m ready to find out what the hype is all about!

That being said, the synopsis probably would have made me want to pick this up even without all the hype. A girl that has survived in the marsh for years on her own emerges because she longs for human contact. But then there’s murder and secrets. It sounds like it’s going to be completely engrossing!

#5. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

We couldn’t have a post about historical fiction and not talk about one of my most anticipated reads of 2020! I’ve been waiting for this book for what seems like ages! V.E. Schwab is definitely one of my favorite authors and she has been working on this story for years. And the premise just sounds so intriguing. A girl that sells her soul for immortality and freedom but is doomed to be forgotten by everyone she meets? I’m completely in!

Also, the cover just makes me drool a wee bit. I ordered the OwlCrate special edition and I can’t wait to see what they do with this already stunning cover!


What are some historical books that you have on your TBR? Are you planning on reading any of the ones I chose? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!