Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is actually one that I’m really excited about, and it’s top ten Historical Settings that you love! If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know I’m a history nerd (as proven by Crown’s Game post from last week), and so it should be no surprise that I love talking and reading about history!
I actually realised that most of the historical fiction I read is some kind of WWII historical fiction, specifically Germany. Anyway, here are ten eras in history that I like to read about! In chronological order:
Although I haven’t read many books set in the premises of Ancient Rome, there have been quite a few fantasy series based on this period of history. Books like The Ember in the Ashes as well as The Winner’s Curse are fantasy series based on Ancient Rome.
I haven’t read many books based on the French Revolution, but I have watched Les Miserables, both the 2012 movie and musical. I love both of them, and this has definitely made me want to learn more about the French Revolution.
The Victorian period is interesting to read about, because it’s roughly the time where Britain is having their industrial revolution, which means people are moving to the cities from the countryside. More importantly, it’s where the Infernal Devices series is set in history.
Imperial China (up until 1908)
I actually enjoy reading about Imperial China for some reason. I really enjoyed the Dragonkeeper series back in the day, and I also adored Chinese Cinderella (even though that’s more modern).
Up until 1917, Russia was ruled by a monarchy under Tsar Nicholas II. There are rumours that Anastasia survived when the rest of her family was executed by the Bolsheviks, and I’ve read/watched my fair share of books and documentaries exploring this theory.
Also known as the ‘Jazz Age’. While we’re taught about the Roaring Twenties in Australia, it’s nowhere as interesting as it is in America.
Russia Soviet Union
While I think that living during Stalin’s Rule is terrible, I think it would be interesting. I’ve read both The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simmons, and Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys which are both set during this time, but they both explore different aspects of society back then.
Germany in WWII
Basically every historical fiction book I is set during the Holocaust/WWII in Germany. Occasionally it’s Poland or Austria, but both of those countries were annexed by the Nazis so it doesn’t really count. Highlights include The Book Thief and Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.
The Cold War period is an interesting period, because there was so much fear and tension between everyone. It’s also interesting to dive into the mindset of anyone living in the Cold War, and what they were experiencing.
Any Contemporary Setting
The age we live in today is probably the one we resonate with the most. It’s a period of history where everything is rapidly evolving and where capitalism is an important aspect of first-world countries. Although there’s still so many issues with the world, it’s still better than any other period of history. How did people ever live without Internet?
That’s just some of the periods of history in which I find fascinating. What are some of yours? I’d love to hear your thoughts!