Hellllllo readers, hope you’re well! I’ve been reallllly loving writing these posts for you and sharing all of my bookish-loves, and today’s really works for me because historical fiction is my favourite genre of fiction. Don’t get me wrong, I love most genre’s but this one, there’s something about it that I can’t help being drawn to. Today’s list is Top Ten Historical Settings You Love and I am so excited to share these with you – without delay let’s delve into history.
THE VICTORIAN ERA
Couldn’t really miss this one out could I? I tend to love alllllll books written around this time, ie Pre WW1. There’s something about this period that just speaks to me, tales of the Suffragette movement, the mass Labour movement, new unionism it all fascinates me.
Fiction Set During World War One
As you can imagine if I love pre-war fiction pretty sure I love fiction set during World War One. Although a devastating time in history there are some utterly stunning books set during or around the instances of the war. Private Peaceful is an incredible book from this time period and one I adore.
FICTION SET DURING WORLD WAR TWO
Is this cheating? To separate these two? I’m going to go with no, because they are such different time periods. As-like with the previous two this genre just really intrigues me, and not so much the fighting but the people left behind. Dee Williams books from this time are incredibly heartfelt and the tale Tamar by Mal Peet is fictional tale that moves between the present day and during WW2 – if you haven’t read it you should, really you should. Also the Book Thief is set during this time and it is a beautiful book – maybe I prefer WW2 to WW1 , I don’t know.
One of my favourite, favourite periods of history to read about – why? Love, death, politics, Royalty, treason, what’s not to love? One of my favourites has to be ‘Mary, Bloody Mary, by Carolyn Meyer.’ I read it many years ago now when I was much younger but its lead to a bit of an obsession with Tudor period books. Still on the list are Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies which neeeeeed to get read!
Don’t hate me I know that this potentially isn’t a time period but, there’s something about this event in time that I’ve never been able to get over? If that’s the right wording. There’s something about this period and event in time that I go back to over and over again, fiction or non-fiction I am a sucker for anything that involved the Titanic.
(Couldn’t help inserting this gif from Giphy.)
Probably no surprise with The Great Gatsby being one of my favourite books but I love the books set in this genre and am definitely going to be reading more this year because I don’t feel like I’ve quite read enough yet. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos (1924) is definitely one of the first to read on that list!
Why so specific Lizzo? Well, it’s Sherlock Holmes dates isn’t it – one of my favourite authors/characters/life’s obsessions. I adore the tales of Sherlock Holmes. I know I’ve said Victorian Period already but I wanted to give this it’s own special mention.
THE Civil Rights Era
This is a more recent genre of historical fiction for me but still incredibly inspiring and exciting to read about. It’s still very relevant in our society today and I think we can continue to learn from this period in time today.
Although I haven’t read too much from this time-period it is definitely on my list to read more. The Girl from Everywhere and Black Hearts are already on my TBR.
Does this count as a time-period? I’m going to go with yes! Cinder, The Hunger Games, Dove Arising, The 100, Survival Colony and The Scorpion Rules just to name a few. I can’t wait to read more of these in 2016!
There we go my top-ten Tuesday list of my favourite historical settings – I found this week’s task a little difficult because I think I tend to stick to the genre’s. However – if anyone has any suggestions and recommendations please leave them in the comments below! Have a wonderful Tuesday readers!