Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is:
Top Ten Historical Settings You Love/ Ten Historical Settings You’d Love To See or Top Futuristic Books You Love/Ten Futuristic Societies I’d Love To Read in Books — basically this week is all about the past or the future….spin it however you choose!
I do love historical fiction, but I almost decided to skip this week’s topic. Part of my problem is that I enjoy reading about lots of different times and places, but if I read too much of any one in particular, it’s like sensory overload, and I end up having to avoid it ever after. Problems, problems… what’s a reader to do?
Still, I have certain favorites when it comes to historical eras and faraway lands. Here are my top 10, along with a stellar example or two for each:
1) Scotland, 1700s, especially around the time of the Jacobite Rising.
Top pick: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (obviously)
2) Colonial America
Top pick: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
3) Civil War
Top pick: Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell or I Shall Be Near To You by Erin Lindsay McCabe
4) Women’s suffrage movement (US) – early 1900s
Top pick: The Cure For Dreaming by Cat Winters
5) World War I – battlefield dramas or hospitals or post-war mysteries — all good!
Top pick: Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear or In Falling Snow by Mary-Rose MacColl
6) World War II
Top pick: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr; The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult; The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes… (the list is endless, but these are three recent ones that I read and loved)
7) Tudor England
Top pick: Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
8) Australian history
Top pick: The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
9) French Revolution
Top pick: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
10) 1400s Spain
Top pick: People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks or Incantation by Alice Hoffman
Do you have any recommendations for historical novels set during my favorite eras?
Please share your links so I can check out your TTT posts!
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