Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Top Ten Historical Settings I Love

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. Today's list is of my top ten historical settings. I've provided examples, and some of them are actually fantasy but I included them because the historical settings were so prominent.

1. 19th Century Russia
See: War and Peace, The Gathering Storm (fantasy, but historical setting)

2. Victorian England
See: oh gosh, so much! Tipping the Velvet, My Notorious Life, A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, The Luxe, Anne Perry's William Monk series which begins with The Face of a Stranger; the earliest one I blogged about was The Sins of the Wolf

3. Colonial America
See: The Cahill Witch Chronicles beginning with Born Wicked, which are admittedly fantasy set in an alternative reality, but the setting was great. There need to be more good books set in this era!

4. Ancient China
See: Gunpowder Alchemy, which as above is also fantasy, but I've love to read some more books set in Ancient China.

5. 1920s in America
See: The Great Gatsby, Twilight Sleep, The Other Typist

6. The plague years in Europe
See: Year of Wonders

7. Europe Middle Ages
See: Doomsday Book, Pillars of the Earth, and Hild, which I am currently reading

8. 17th century Amsterdam
See: The Miniaturist, the only book I know of in this setting, but it was a fascinating time and place that was really brought to life in this novel.

9. 1940s in America
See: Ten Cents a Dance, The Girl is Murder

10. 1980s in America
Gah, I can't quite accept this decade as historical, but it is. I love it because that's when I was a teenager and as much as I hated my entire adolescence I still love 80s pop culture.
See: Eleanor and Park, and I want to say Ready Player One but it doesn't actually take place in the 80s, it's just full of 80s pop culture references.

What are your favorite historical settings?


Unknown said...

I love the cover to The Girl is Murder! I am going to go check it out on Goodreads now :) Great list!


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3goodrats said...

I think the cover is what first drew me in!

Lauren Stoolfire said...

Awesome list! I love books set in the 1940s, especially if they're mysteries. :)

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