Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Historical Settings
February 2, 2016
Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish in which they select a topic every week, and the rest of us get to make Top Ten lists based on that topic. This week’s topic: Top Ten Historical Settings You Love. For those of you who know me, you know I love historical fiction. I love learning about different times, different places, and different lifestyles. Below you will find some of my favorite time periods to read about with some of my favorite books I’ve read from those time periods:
America During The Civil War
The House Girl by Tara Conklin
The Late 19th Century/Early 20th Century
What the Lady Wants by Renee Rosen – A look at the life on Marshall Field and his mistress set in Chicago!
Sin in the Second City by Karen Abbott – I cannot even tell you how much I learned about Chicago and prostitution and life at the beginning of the 20th Century. Fascinating!
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan – The story behind the illicit love affair that led to the end of the marriage of Frank Lloyd Wright.
The Roaring 20’s
Dollface by Renee Rosen – Seriously…this book is the epitome of the Roaring 20’s for me. I so think I must have lived during this time period in a former life because I am so drawn to the stories from this time.
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain – A great read about the early marriage of Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.
The Great Depression
Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford – A story about an orphaned boy discovering his biological mother during the Depression.
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko – I just loved the setting of Alcatraz Island, and I also loved a character that had autism before autism was a thing. A great middle grade read!
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen – If you ever want to learn a little more about circus life during the Great Depression.
Europe During World War II
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana DeRosnay
Japanese Internment During World War II
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford – I learned so much about the Japanese Internment when I read this novel, and I am hoping at some point to pick up some more novels set during this time period.
America During The Civil Rights Movement
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Historical Fiction Novels That Span Time Periods
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline – I learned all about the phenomenon of orphan trains that existed during the year of 1854-1929. I had never even heard of the prior to reading this book!
The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin – A novel of the life of the Lindbergh family set during the 1920’s-1960’s and told from the perspective of Charles Lindbergh’s wife Anne. Turns out that maybe Charles wasn’t the golden boy that everyone thought he was.
What time periods do you like to read about? Are there any historical fiction novels that you recommend?