Vote for Your Favorite Historical Fiction Book of 2018


[EDIT – Nov. 7, 2018] The semifinal round has started and will continue for the next four days. You can check out the historical fiction semifinalists and books in all genres. [/EDIT]


It always seems to sneak up on me but it’s once again time to vote in the Goodreads Choice Awards! This year is the 10th year the mega book social network has run the vote-based competition. It’s only been live for a few hours but at the time of me writing this, there’s already been about a million selections voted on. That’s incredible!

See all the nominees in all genres. 

In the historical fiction genre, there are some amazing Opening Round Nominees.

  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • White Rose, Black Forest by Eoin Dempsey
  • The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar
  • The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  • Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
  • Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams
  • Love and Ruin by Paula McLain
  • The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
  • Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
  • The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton
  • Transcription by Kate Atkinson
  • Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
  • The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen

Goodreads is also running a best-of style vote with a Best of the Best category, pitting books of all styles and genres from the past 10 years against one another. The historical fiction nominees in this category are:

  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
  • Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
  • The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

If you enjoyed any of these novels, make sure to support the author by voting for them and their great book! Voting for the Opening Round ends in four days so don’t wait!


I was a little surprised Washington Black by Esi Edugyan was missing from the list, especially considering it was shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize and is shortlisted for this year’s Giller Prize.

Were there any books missing from the list that you think should have been included? Let us know in the comments!

Jillianne Hamilton

Jillianne Hamilton is the author of three novels and one non-fiction book. Her debut novel, Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire, was shortlisted for the 2016 Prince Edward Island Book Award and she is currently working on her debut historical fiction novel. Jill lives in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island with her patient husband and a mischievous corgi.


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