48. Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
Hamnet is a historical fiction imagining of the story of Shakespeare’s wife and the death of their son Hamnet. I don’t know enough about Shakespeare’s history to know how much of their childhood backstories she imagined completely and how much was based on fact. The book was well written and readable, but I often don’t love historical fiction based on real people. I usually just wish I read a non-fiction book about them and that was the case with this book as well. Obviously based on all the praise this book has gotten most people don’t feel the same. I give it a 6 out of 10.