I love the theme for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (sponsored by The Broke and the Bookish): my top ten historical settings. I read a lot of historical fiction and history books from a myriad of historical periods. Here are ten that I absolutely love:
- World War II, especially England, Germany and France. Some of my all-time favorite books are set in this period.
- Victorian Britain. In college, I wrote my senior thesis on Jack the Ripper, so I definitely have a soft spot for dark Victorian literature.
- Tudor England. I was obsessed with this period in high school, and I really need to get back into it, because it’s been a while.
- The 1920s. I love the jazz age! It’s got everything, glitz, glamour, and early feminism.
- The Middle Ages. The fact that I’ve taken courses in Medieval literature in both college and grad school is evidence of my love for this period.
- Belle Époque or The Gilded Age, also called The Machine Age. I kind of love this period, with its darker, but glamorous feel.
- Early American/Colonial. There was so much going on, so whether you like romance, war, or politics, fiction or nonfiction, this period’s got something for you.
- Post-War Era, also known as The Atomic Age. I feel like a lot of literature set during this time addresses everyday life on a deeper level, especially with regards to race relations, mental health, and family dynamics.
- Ancient Egypt. Fun fact about me: I taught myself to read hieroglyphics when I was about twelve (yes, I was a super nerd way back then, too). Too bad I only remember like three hieroglyphs. Still, I love anything from this period.
- Ancient Greece. One of my favorite historical time periods – the ancient Greeks were incredible!
That was ridiculously difficult, especially considering the fact that I majored in history in college! I love historical literature, and history, so I will basically read almost anything that fits those categories (one of my reading goals this year is actually to read more historical fiction and history books). I’d love to hear some of your favorite historical settings, or historical fiction reading recommendations!