Top Ten Tuesday: Historical Settings We Love


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Top Ten Historical Settings We Love


In reverse order. 🙂

1. 1950s-1960s

the lions of little rock Rock and River x brown girl freedom summer

This is another time period that we can’t read about enough. The issues are still relevant today, and understanding the historical context is important to foster change.

2. 1940s

rose under fire between shades hidden like anne frank salt to sea Holocaust berlin boxing club nazi

I feel it might be inappropriate when I write that I love reading about this time period, which is a time of war and suffering. We can learn so much for the mistakes of this time, and books teach us these lessons.

3. 1890s-1900s

evolution jungle Northern Light audacity alligator bayou

I will read anything from this time period. There is something about the turn of the century that is quite compelling to me.

4. 1700s

copper chains revolution

This is another time period that teaches us very much. Similarly to the Civil Rights books, I think books about slavery are incredibly important to read. I also enjoy reading about other countries during this time, such as Jennifer Donnelly’s Revolution, which is set in a contemporary time period and in France in the 1700s.

5. 1600s

girl with a pearl earring crucible scarlet letter

There is so much fire, brimstone, and witchery in the literature of this time period. I love it!


Some of my time periods overlap with Ricki’s, and I tried not to double post books from her list though she did include so many that I love!

Civil Rights (1950s and 1960s) 

revolution call me silence of our friends one crazy summer watsons

I believe that everyone should read about the Civil Rights Movement because it is so important to learn from our past to fix our present and future.

World War II (1939 to 1945)

hidden once terezin requiem book thief

code name verity hunt for the bamboo playing for the man overboard

World War II is such a terrifying time, but I love reading about those who overcame and those who stood up.  

The Titanic, The Dust Bowl, Prohibition, and The Great Depression (1912-1939)

i survived titanic Titanicat watch that ends Storm in the barn all the earth dust bowl

moon over manifest song of the trees Bud not Buddy Black Duck

I know this one is a bit of a stretch date-wise, but the 20th century America just truly fascinates me!

American Pioneers, Wild West, and Turn of the Century (1850 to 1910)

cure for dreaming Hattie 1 Hattie 2 May Amelia 1 May Amelia 2 donner

This was such an important time for women, technology, development, and America.

Ancient Greece (8th-6th Century BC to c. 600 AD) 

zeus gn the odyssey aphrodite pandora greeks

I love Greek art, culture, and mythology, so I love reading about this time period.

Which historical settings are your favorite?

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3 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Historical Settings We Love”

  1. I absolutely adore Playing For the Commandant! It is such a heartbreaking story that I just want to yell from the rooftops telling everyone to go and read it. Great compilation!

  2. Wow, so many great books on these lists!

    There is a glut of WWII novels (for both kids and adults) and yet amazing ones keep getting published – I agree it is a fascinating time period and one that there is so much to learn from.

    Also agree on the 1960’s and civil rights. As you know, Kellee, Revolution just blew me away! Especially since I was a kid at that time and had no idea things were like that in the south – that book was eye-opening for me.

    Very thought-provoking topic!


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