Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books with a Historical Fiction Setting

Top Ten Favorite Books with a Historical Fiction Setting
 Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish

 1. The Queen's Fool by Phillipa Gregory (1553, England)
I'm generally not very into the Elizabethan Era, but I find her books to be a lot of fun.  This one was my favorite, with just a touch of magic weaved through it.

The Queen's Fool (The Tudor Court, #4) 

2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (1939, Germany)
This almost always makes my top ten lists, but there is something very affecting about this book that I just can't shake.   

The Book Thief 

3. The Alienist by Caleb Carr (1896, New York) 
This book was creepy and disturbing in all the right ways.

The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, #1) 

4. The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti (19th Century, New England)
I loved the Dickensian feel of this novel.

The Good Thief 

5. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (1941, Lithuania)
This another heartbreaking WWII novel, but deals with a little known part of the war during the annexation of Lithuania by Russia and the deportation of thousands of Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians to Siberia.

Between Shades of Gray

6. Grave Mercy by R. L. LaFevers (1485, Brittany)
This book is a bit of cheat because it does rely pretty heavily on magical realism, but I still really enjoyed the pseudo-historical aspects of it.

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1) 

7. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (1920, Alaska)
This book always kept me on my toes.  I never knew if my narrators were reliable and it gave it a really neat mystical element.

The Snow Child 

8. The Diviners by Libba Bray (Roaring 20's, New York City)
Another cheat, but the writing style seemed so authentic to the time and it had me wanting to speak Jazz Age slang for weeks. 

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)

 9. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Gah, this book!  WWII guts me. 

 Code Name Verity 

10. The Golem and the Jinni by Helen Wecker (1899, New York City)
There is so much to like about this book, but it deals mostly with immigrants living in New York City.  But I loved that the two main immigrant characters also happen to be a Golem and a Jinni.

The Golem and the Jinni

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