Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, and it conveniently gives me blogging topics when I’m being a lazy blogger (which is all the time). This week we’re talking our favorite historical or futuristic settings.
This honestly isn’t the best topic to ease me back into blogging. I like history and sci-fi, but if I’m going to be heart-eyed over a setting, it’s almost always a fantasy setting. So I’m tweaking this a little and listing settings I would like to read more of.
1. Regency: I had a Jane Austen phase in college and it’s nice to step back into a time period with which I’m already familiar, since I have a decent idea of what constitutes acceptable behavior. That way, I can be properly scandalized when characters break the rules.
2. Victorian: Speaking of rules, what setting has more rules than the Victorian era? I love how uber-feminine it feels. I feel like everyone likes a nice Victorian setting.
3. Edwardian/WWI: I’m not going to lie. My interest in this time period can be attributed to my college women’s history class and Downton Abbey. But I’m interested all the same! I feel like the Edwardian era is overlooked since it’s sandwiched between the more popular Victorian and Twenties periods.
4. Non-Western settings: I actually feel guilty about this one. I almost never read translated works. I very rarely read books taking place anywhere other than England or the US. I don’t even read all that much by Hispanic authors, which feels like an insult to my own background. So I need to make an conscious effort to be more varied in my reading selection.
5. Russia: I don’t even have a specific time period for this. I’m just interested in reading more about Russia.
6. Revolutions (American, French, Russian, etc.): I love a good revolution. The American and French Revolutions were always my favorite history topics in school. I always associate revolutions with reckless optimism, which makes them such interesting environments.
7. Dystopian: Yeah, I’m still not over that dystopian trend from a few years ago. Like I said, I love a good revolution. Give me an oppressed people overthrowing a corrupt system any day of the week.
8. Space-based sci-fi: Maybe it’s my recent Star Wars kick, but I want to distance myself from Earth a little. I want to read a novel taking place on some sort of spaceship.
It’s a shame I don’t read more historical novels. I genuinely do like history, as I like to be a collector of information and insight. If you have any recommendations for books with these settings, please point me in the right direction!