Resource List: Blogs and Websites


Historical fiction in general (with some YA elements covered)

Adult Reading Round Table (ARRT) Boot Camp Historical: A great, concise cheat sheet for a quick understanding of historical fiction as a genre. Although specifically discussing adult historical fiction readers, the discussion of themes applies to teen readers as well. Some of their author recommendations might not be equally sure bets for a teen audience, but the general perspective is right on.

Historical Fiction Online is a message board for readers of historical fiction. It’s organized by era, by region, by author, and includes a  YA board, as well as specific forums for historical romance, historical fantasy and historical mysteries. Although it’s well organized and easy to navigate, updates are sporadic, and you can’t always tell from a message title whether it includes a helpful book review or recommendation, or a request for more information.

The Historical Fiction Society lists Children’s and Young Adult fiction as a subgenre within historical fiction. It includes informative, well-written reviews, but is tough to navigate because it’s sorted by tags.

The History Girls: A group of published historical fiction authors, some of whom write YA, write an eclectic, informative and quirky history blog.

Reading the Past: News, views and reviews of historical fiction by Sarah Johnson. A librarian and the author of two readers’ advisory guides to historical fiction, Sarah Johnson writes book reviews, and covers news and trends within the genre of historical fiction. Also has an excellent blogroll of other historical fiction bloggers.

Social Networking

The Historical Novel Society, a Facebook group, is composed of authors in the genre as well as fans and readers. Asking for specific book and author recommendations yielded a whole range of titles, authors and even blog posts from members.

The Young Adult Historical Fiction Society has lively discussions about the genre, including a monthly group read-along, sort of like a virtual book group. GoodReads can also be a good resource, in general, to hunt for historical fiction tagged to a specific time period.

YA Historical Fiction

Nancy Keane’s website is a massive and comprehensive resource for childrens’ and YA booktalks in general. Her historical fiction booktalks are helpfully arranged according to time period.

On A Chair, A Fireplace and a Tea Cozy  New Jersey librarian Lizzie Burns blogs about YA fiction for School Library Journal. Here are the posts tagged as historical fiction.

Y.S. Lee, author of the Mary Quinn mysteries, set in Victorian London, blogs about the choices she makes as a historical fiction writer, as well as her writing process and life in general.

Blogs Written For Teens

Teenreads is part of the Book Report network. Here is a Historical Fiction Roundup and the tag for their historical fiction reviews

NineteenTeen is a blog about the 19th century, written for teens by historical fiction authors Marissa Doyle and Regina Scott. It includes book reviews and fun historical information about what it would be like to be a teenager in the 19th century. Here’s a post on butlers.

Historical Fiction For Hipsters on Reading Rants, covers all kinds of historical fiction, in reviews written for a teen and young adult audience.

The best way to find the historical fiction posts on GreenBeanTeenQueen’s blog is to search using the keyword “historical fiction.” Here’s some Downton Abbey Inspired YA.

Past Tense is the historical fiction section on Guys Lit Wire.

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