Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  For more information, or to join the fun yourself, check out their blog!

Top Ten Historical Settings I Love

Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)
1. The setting in Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.  Mid-1800s, if I remember correctly?  If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know my love affair with this series, and how I work it into every Top Ten Tuesday possible!

Velva Jean Learns to Drive (Velva Jean, #1)Velva Jean Learns to FlyBecoming Clementine

2. The setting in Velva Jean Learns to DriveVelva Jean Learns to Fly, and Becoming Clementine by Jennifer Niven.  The series spans the years from the 1930s to the 1940s, and follow Velva Jean as she breaks free from an impoverished mountain community in western NC- first learning to drive, then to fly (becoming a female pilot in WWII!), then to spy (working undercover in Nazi-occupied France).

3. Late colonial/Revolutionary America.  I've read many books set here, as I'm a big fan of the era and of George Washington.

Trans-Siberian Express
4. The setting in Trans-Siberian Express by Warren Adler.  It's set entirely on a train!  The train is traveling across the USSR in the late 1960s/early 1970s.  How many full-length books can there be set entirely on a train?

Under the Wide and Starry Sky
5. The setting in Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan.  This one is set in the very late 1800s all over the world.  Literally!  It's sort of a biography of Robert Louis Stevenson's adult life, told from the point of view of his wife.  I didn't know this- but they lived all over!  In England, Switzerland, California, and Samoa.  Also, I love books about books/authors.

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)Lair of Dreams (The Diviners, #2)
6. The setting in The Diviners and Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray.  These are set in 1920s New York City, and all the characters are active in the jazz/speakeasy/entertainment scenes.  The author does a great job incorporating all this fun jazz age lingo into the text, which really helps transport you to the time and place.

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)
7. The setting in The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.  No year is ever given, but it's got a historic feel to it.  Historic Arabia, no less!  I think this is the only historic Arabia book I've ever read.

The Nightingale
8. The setting in The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah-early 1940s French countryside.  This was the story of two sisters, and how they survived WWII.  The characters were so strong!  I loved this one.  I also felt like this one was pretty unique- women in WWII in the country.

Al Capone Does My Shirts (Al Capone at Alcatraz, #1)Al Capone Shines My Shoes (Al Capone at Alcatraz, #2)Al Capone Does My Homework (Al Capone at Alcatraz, #3)
9. The setting in Al Capone Does My ShirtsAl Capone Shines My Shoes, and Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko.  These are awesome MG books set on Alcatraz Island in the 1930s.  They're told from the point of view of 12-year-old Moose, who lives on the island with his family because his dad works at the prison.  He shares the island with a few other employee families... and hundreds of convicts.

The Madman’s Daughter (The Madman’s Daughter, #1)Her Dark Curiosity (The Madman's Daughter, #2)A Cold Legacy (The Madman's Daughter, #3)
10. The setting of The Madman's Daughter, Her Dark Curiosity, and A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd.  Love this trilogy!  They're set in the early 1900s.  The Madman's Daughter is set on an island in the Pacific (unnamed), and the other two are set in London.  And these books are based on other books!  Yay.  (The Island of Dr. Moreau, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Frankenstein, respectfully.)

Did I forget any?  What settings do you love?  Leave a link below and I'll be sure to come visit your list too!  I love seeing others' TTTs.


  1. Great list! I added the Anne of Green Gables era to my TTT as well. I don't know if it ever really says the year throughout the series, until we get to Rilla of Ingleside which is set during WWI (if I'm remembering correctly). So I figured the books when Anne was younger were set in the late 1800's. Either way its one of my favourties as well.
    I'm definitely going to check out some of the other books you've mentioned here.

  2. I'm going to have to add #10 to my list to read. They look fascinating! My TTT : http://birdbooksandcoffee.blogspot.com/2016/02/top-ten-tuesday-top-historical-settings.html

  3. i love the wrath and the dawn's setting! it's so beautiful. great post!

    my ttt: http://nxrao.blogspot.com/2016/02/favorite-bookish-worlds-top-ten-tuesday.html

  4. Wow! The cover to Under the Wide and Starry Sky is gorgeous! I also really like the covers to the Megan Shepherd books, but for some reason I always hesitate to buy them!

    My TTT.

    Also, feel free to check out our giveaway.

  5. I like the Trans Siberian Express-what a great idea!!