Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #10: Top Ten Historical Settings

This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week we had the choice between writing about futuristic settings we love or want more of OR historical settings we love or want more of. I talk a lot about the futuristic series I love (Hunger Games, Divergent, The Selection, The Lunar Chronicles, etc.), so I going to focus on historical settings.

I'm not a huge fan of historical fiction, but I have read a fair share. Here are some of my favorite settings.


Victorian Era

I've said it before, I love Jane Austen fanfiction and the movies of the original books. I will read/re-read the originals again sometime...maybe 2017. But I love the balls and the romance and the formality of everything. I wouldn't want to live in that time period, but I love reading about it. Some of my favorites are...
- The Forgotten Sister: Mary Bennet's Pride and Prejudice
- Longbourn
- Austenland

On a somewhat related note, I really love the Victorian language of flowers description in this book, even though it's actually contemporary.
- The Language of Flowers


The South, Slavery Times

It's kind of horrible, but I really enjoy literature from this time period. I love the obvious stories: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The musical version of Tom Sawyer was one of my childhood favorites, and who didn't love the Huck Finn movie with Elijah Wood?

Also, I really liked these two books.
The Kitchen House


Turn of the Century England/Africa

I LOVED The Secret Garden and A Little Princess movies growing up. I loved the mystical elements presented about Africa, and again the formality of England. The imagination and the non-electronic entertainment was appealing at my young age as well.


Turn of the Century Canada/America

And then of course there is Anne of Green Gables. The simplicity of the one room school house, the appeal of the small town, the beauty of the country side, etc. I love it all. And Anne's wit and eccentricity as well.

I had the same feelings about Little House on the Prairie, even though I know that took place a little earlier.


1920s England/Australia

I'm not a huge fan of books about the Roaring Twenties in America, but I love that time period in England and Australia. Particularly Downton Abbey! I love how it's similar to the Victorian era, but also pulls elements of the modern world (i.e. WWI, women getting the vote, etc.).

For Australia, I really enjoyed this book.
The Light Between Oceans


The South, 1950s-1960s

Again, not the best time in our history, but there have been a lot of good books written about this time period. I enjoyed...
Go Set a Watchman
The Help


Wild West

I LOVE a good western: Lonesome Dove, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Deadwood, Back to the Future Part 3. I could go on and on. I really need to read some books from this time period. I love the horses and the chaos and as much as I despise guns, they work in the west.



Admittedly, this isn't a time period exactly, but the traveling circus has always appealed to me. Two books that stand out are...
Water for Elephants
The Night Circus

Are there others? If so, I need to read some more.


World War 2

I often complain about the over abundance of books from this time period, but there are a lot of good ones. As long as they're not too cliche, I do love a good WWII books. Some favorites are...
All the Light We Cannot See
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Sarah's Key



And just because it's the time when I grew up, I do love a good story about the nineties and the early beginnings of the Internet. One of my all time favorite books is The Future of Us, and of course I love You've Got Mail.

What are your favorite historical fiction books? How did you interpret this week's topic?


  1. I like WWII books and I agree the south in the 50's/60's makes for great stories. I will have to check out the 1920's England/Australia setting and time. Great list!

    1. Thanks! Do you watch Downton Abbey? If not, you should. ;) The writing is so wonderful, especially in this last season. I can watch that show over and over. I love it so much.

  2. Great list! I love the Victorian era too...so buttoned up and mysterious. :)

  3. There are a lot of WWII books out there, but there are so many good ones, I don't really mind!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/02/top-ten-tuesday-42/

  4. Three serious books about WWII
    Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein
    The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
    Life After Life - Kate Atkinson

    Still serious but also funny
    The Montmary Series by Michelle Cooper (A Brief History of Montmaray, The FitzOsbournes in Exile, The FitzOsbournes at War)
    Jackdaws - Ken Follett

    1. I love The Book Thief. I tried and couldn't get into Life After Life. Code Name Verity has been on my list for years. Someday I'll actually get to it.

      I haven't heard of those others. Thanks!

  5. I love books about WWII, The contemporary South, and the antebellum South. Such fascinating times!

    Happy TTT!

    1. Agreed. I love learning while reading fiction. I always hated history growing up. Now I find it so fascinating indeed.

  6. if you love the 90s and You've Got Mail, then you must read Attachments if you haven't already :) Also, as far as circuses go, Kristy Cambron has a book coming out in a couple of months called The Ringmaster's Wife & it looks amazing! My TTT

    1. OMG. I LOVE Attachments. It's my second favorite Rainbow Rowell. I can't believe I forgot to add that to my 90s list. :)

      Oh! I'll check out The Ringmaster's Wife. Thanks!

  7. I like how you put book suggestions for each category. Now I wish I had done that in my post! Ah, if only I had more time for blogging...and reading...and life. :)

    1. Haha. Thanks! I hear you. There is just not the time to do everything. :)