Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Book bloggers create their own lists based on the chosen topics and post links to our lists. It’s a way of all sharing our thoughts and our love of books. And who doesn’t love lists??
So this week’s challenge was to pick a particular setting and then list our favorite books in that setting. Since my book choices tend to be all over the place I chose to list my favorite books that take place in the past, that have some type of historical setting.
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Masterfully crafted (in case I haven’t said it enough!) story that takes place in Germany during WWII.
- Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys – Moving story about a Lithuanian family taken by the Russians during WWII.
- Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys – I loved the characters in this novel that takes place in French Quarter of New Orleans in 1950.
- Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra – Beautiful yet horrible story about the wars in Chechnya. OK, so much of the story does not take place too far back in history (1994-2004), but there is much to be learned about the history of the area through this novel.
- The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty – A great look at the early twentieth century as Cora becomes a chaperone to the young Louise Brooks in New York City before she becomes a silent film star.
- A Good American by Alex George – An epic novel following three generations of a family beginning with their immigration in 1904.
- Thieves of Book Row by Travis McDade – An amazing story of a ring of book thieves during the Great Depression.
- Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham – One of my favorite figures in American history and a engrossing portrait of his life.
- Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick – A masterful work of art and a touching novel which travels back and forth between New York City in 1927 and Minnesota in 1977.
- Onion Street by Reed Farrel Coleman – A gritty detective novel set in 1960’s Brooklyn by one of my favorite mystery authors.