As a completely self-acknowledged history geek, I'm not afraid to admit I love a good historical novel. Romanovs, (I always hope that somehow things will end better for them), Civil War (It's never completely Gone With the Wind....see what I did there. OK, forgive me, it's been a long day), and French Revolution (I think Marie Antoinette was misunderstood) are favorites. However, what I really enjoy, and what I think is the most interesting, are stories that speak to the women of the respective eras - how they lived, who they loved, how the survived. Since history books are often limited to the male-perspective, it's often in historical fiction, where like-minded authors have put together pieces of female history, where I get my fix.
Right now, I'm reading Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution. I've just started, but I can tell that by the end, I'll be heading to Times Square with all the tourists to check out the display for myself!