Historical Fiction Spotlight is a feature that I came up with in order to highlight some books from one of my favorite genres — historical fiction. I feel like sometimes this genre gets pushed to the wayside, but there are so many great books about so many different things! In each spotlight, I’ll share 10 books from a different time period. While I might not have read every book I show, I promise that they come fully vetted and are all on my TBR list!
In honor of #LGBTApril, hosted by Cayce (Fighting Dreamer) and Laura (Laura Plus Books), today I’ll be sharing some awesome LGBT historical fiction books! Normally my Historical Fiction Spotlights are focused on a specific era, but today’s reads are going to be more genre-specific instead and cover all sorts of time periods!
The Vintner’s Luck by Elizabeth Knox
This book sounds really, really cool. I haven’t read it, but I’ve heard the writing be described as “gorgeous,” and I love the idea of combining paranormal, historical, and LGBT aspects.
Revolutionary by Alex Myers
This book was recommended to me by the awesome Erin Lindsay McCabe who wrote the book I Shall Be Near to You (which, while not inherently an LGBT book, does feature a gay side character and has light themes of gender and possibly transgender sexuality). After reading I Shall Be Near to You, I’m definitely interested in checking out more books about women dressing up as men to fight in wars, so I’m really intrigued by Revolutionary, which seems to be maybe a bit more focused on the transgender and gender aspects of the issue than McCabe’s book.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Ooh this sounds so good! I actually own this book, but have yet to read it. This book takes place in Ancient Greece and has some mythology in it, along with the story of Helen of Troy. I’m definitely interested in reading this book ASAP.
Wildthorn by Jane Eagland
This cover is so cute! I’m not a huge fan of the title/author font, but I have to admit that I’m a sucker for covers with corsets on them. And the premise of this book seriously sounds so good.
Fingersmith, Tipping the Velvet, and The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
Sarah Waters is one of the most famous authors of LGBT fiction out there, and here are three of her most famous LGBT historical fiction novels, all taking place in different eras of British history. I haven’t read anything by her yet, but I own Fingersmith and am really excited to get to it.
The Gentleman and the Rogue by Bonnie Dee & Summer Devon
I think that this is more on the erotica side of things, but it has pretty good reviews on Goodreads and I just bought it a couple of weeks ago. I haven’t read any MM erotica before, but I’m definitely intrigued!
Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
This book was just recently brought to my attention via the first #LGBTApril Twitter chats, and I’m pretty much obsessed with it now. I can’t wait to read it! (And the ebook is free right now from the Gutenberg Press!). Apparently it’s a Gothic classic that has LGBT themes and is about vampires?! I don’t really know…but from what I’ve heard it sounds awesome.
Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Galbanon
Diana Galbanon is the author of the well-known Outlander fantasy series, and this book is apparently a spin-off from that, featuring the character Lord John Grey. This is just the first book in a historical fiction series that deals with a lot of LGBT themes.