Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #36

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish which features a variety of bookish top ten lists!

Top Ten Historical Settings I love/want to see more of

Ancient Egypt - Egypt has long been an obsession of mine but as far as being a setting in fiction today, it seems mostly ignored. I'd love me some adventures in pyramids with sphinxes and female leaders...and some cat worship LOL!

Ancient Greece - Another fascination of mine is Greece in it's prime.  The knowledge, the philosophies, the architecture.  It all seems like the perfect setting for a fantasy adventure...

Ancient Rome - Rome seemed to be ignored in fiction too but last year saw the release of An Ember in the Ashes (which I have yet to read) set in a brutal roman-like world.  And that's all it took for me to add that book to my wishlist ;)

Victorian London - *swoon*  What's not to love about Victorian London?!  It all seems so romantic and dangerous - full of endless possibilities!  London at it's height. Please take me there ♥

Regency London - And since I'm basically obsessed with London in general, I included Regency London as well. An era of fine arts, culture and change....along with a dark underbelly which offers lots of potential for fictional adventures...

French Renaissance - Known as a period of cultural rebirth, it was just such a rich and significant period, I think the setting and time period lends itself well to fiction.

Medieval France - Brutal yes, but as far as a setting for stories? Brilliant.  I've always enjoyed stories set in Medieval France and I don't think I'll ever tire of them.

The Roaring Twenties - SUCH an exciting period.  I've only read one book set in the 20's - Born of Illusion  - but I enjoyed the hell out of it, due in no small part to the ambience at the time.

English Renaissance - I know I already did the French Renaissance, but my obsession with London and France knows no bounds.  Basically I just want to have all the stories be set in Europe during the Renaissance XD

Mayan Civilisation - This is another ancient culture that fascinates me and seems brimming with possibilities from a fictional standpoint.  A story set in this era, with the Mayan and their culture would be amazing!


  1. Great list, Micheline! I'd love to read some historical fiction about the Mayans, that's be brilliant. I think South America in general has such a fascinating array of cultures. Victorian London is fun to read about, but I don't think I'd want to go there - not with all that disease and poverty running rampant. London especially would have been a pretty grim place to live. It makes for a brilliant book setting, though. :)

  2. English and French Renaissance and Victorian London too- all of these basically. Plus the ancient world. Love your choices! Great list. :)

  3. Great list! I listed the Italian Renaissance for my list this week but it'd be interesting to read more books set during the English and French Renaissance as well. I love studying ancient Greece and Rome but I don't read any books set in those time periods (though I do love the Didius Falco books set during the Roman Empire) :)

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  5. Yes London! I'm pretty obsessed with it as well as a setting at any time period but I agree that Victorian London may be a fav. You haven't read Great Gatsby? It's probably the only one of the Roaring 20's that I've read, but there may be more. I love how Rick Riordin also throws Egyptian, Greece, and Roman culture into his stories. It may be why I love them so much :D I'm not sure how many I've read in those actual settings though. I feel like you've named a lot of locations on my Bucket List to travel to!

  6. Ancient Greece! I wish I had thought of that one! You picked some amazing times! Great list!

  7. Oooh, the twenties. I think that was a really interesting point in history, and the fashion was so strange but SO fun. *hehe* I love your header, BTW! My TTT.

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  8. I love Ancient Greece!
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  9. Regency/Victorian London are two of my all-time favorite book settings. ♥ I also love books set in medieval times, whether they're historical fiction or fantasy. Awesome list, Micheline! :D

  10. Looks like Ancient Rome is very popular this week, and it's one of my favorites too. Maybe authors need to take note because there is clearly a niche to be filled here :) Last year I enjoyed An Ember in the Ashes and also loved The Shards of Heaven by Michael Livingston as well!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  11. I love all of these Micheline! I can never get enough of mythology so I am so with you on Ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt! I would love to read books set from either the Incan, Aztec, or Mayan periods!

  12. I'm not a big historical reader, but I can see why you want to see more of these settings, Micheline!

  13. Yesss I love all these settings! Basically anything pre-1900s I'm bound to read. And the 1920s is fun too (you should read The Diviners!)

  14. Ah yes, great choices. I would say that Victorian London is probably the only setting here that I've read in any appreciable amount. Some of these other historical settings, they seem hard to come by in books, as you say. Maybe they're just not on trend as much as Victorian London as a historical setting is?

  15. I wish there were more YA out there that was either set in Ancient Greece or based on it! It seems like Persephone is the main myth that gets redone, but there is much out there that could be done as well. I'd kill for a retelling of Antigone!

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  16. I'd love more books with historical settings and this is a great list. Victorian London is a popular choice for historical novels, but I'd love more books set in Ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt.

  17. Ancient Egypt!! I used to be OBSESSED with it. My absolute favourite moment of my first trip to London was visiting the British Museum and discovering an ENTIRE WING dedicated to this culture. Their art was amazing and the culture, and WOW. (But they also had slaves, so >.<)

    Ooh, yes, Victorian/Regency London would also make my top 10 - I think I have a highly romanticized view of it, though, because of all the historical romances I read. :D

    Did you see Ever After, that Cinderella movie with Drew Barrymore? It's French Renaissance and I love it, though it's probably grossly historically inaccurate.

  18. Ohh yes Victorian and Regency London... so much love for those eras. I've never thought about the lack of ancient Greece/Egypt/Rome and now... now I want to read those!

  19. I'd love to see more about the Mayan culture in novels. :)

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