Hi! It’s Tuesday, unless you’re on the other side of the world, which means it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted at The Broke and The Bookish. Every week there’s a new list for bloggers to participate in. You can read more about that here. I’m really excited about today’s.
Today’s topic is:
Top Ten Historical Settings You Love/ Ten Historical Settings You’d Love To See or Top Futuristic Books You Love/Ten Futuristic Societies I’d Love To Read in Books — basically this week is all about the past or the future….spin it however you choose!
I’ll be doing a combination of the above, there will be two lists.
So, I really like the idea of history and I like knowing about wars and kings and queens and monarchies and battles and such. I came up with eleven historical settings that I really wouldn’t mind seeing in some Young Adult fiction soon and gave some examples for others!
~*~Top Ten Historical Settings I Love~*~
I like Japan! Specifically feudal Japan, due to Inuyasha, even though I’m not exactly what what occurred during that time. Other than there were ninjas and I’ve read some seriously fascinating things about that. In the 16th century, a woman named Mochizuki Chiyome created a school for girls that taught skills to be ninjas. SHE FOUNDED A SCHOOL THAT TAUGHT GIRLS TO BE NINJAS. Isn’t that cool? I mean, okay, so technically ninjas were, um, assassins, but still… It’s still pretty cool, right?
Here is one book that takes place in Japan during the 19th century as well as modern day Japan. It sounds fantastic.
Romanav “Era” Russia
This is going to sound bad, but I’d like to read YA during the massacre period of the Romanovs. I don’t know a ton about Russia really, other than Anastasia.
Yes. Everything I ‘know’ about history, I learned from animated features. 😉 Just kidding, but really.
This doesn’t take place during that era, but it takes place in Russia which is good enough for me.
Victorian Era (London)
I went through a big phase during college where I’d read about the insane asylums during that time period. Horrific stuff. There’s also the ‘good’ parts of it, like the pretty dresses (that you have to wear over dreadful corsets and probably aren’t all that comfortable, to be honest, the dresses, I mean. But the corsets too) and balls and kingdoms. Here are a couple London based books.
The 1700s-1800s – United States
I’m sure you all will have no idea about why I chose this time period. 😉
This was the time of Alexander Hamilton and George Washington becoming a nation.
I just really, really want a novel on the Schuyler Sisters!
The June Rebellion (1832)
Ah, The June Rebellion, not to be confused with the French Revolution, which happened in the 1700s.
I like this setting, rather, this event, because of Les Miserables, which I’ve only listened to, watched the anniversary performance dvds and seen the movie of. I attempted reading the book, but it’s around 1100-1400 pages long. So you can see why I’ve not finished. I’d like a YA novel dealing with The June Rebellion, like what was done in Les Mis.
The Roaring Twenties
I’d always liked hearing about the Roaring Twenties in school. During this time, more people were using electronics like with fridges, televisions, and radios. There was also an emphasis of women becoming more independent and doing these that previously were considered not “proper” for women, like smoking, wearing a lot of makeup and driving. Of course, it wasn’t all good, at the end of the decade The Great Depression set in, which I wouldn’t mind reading about either.
Golden Age of Hollywood (20s-60s)
The most I know about this time period is that movies were clearly becoming bigger and Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe were of this time. Here are two books that take place during this.
My only experience with fiction and Ancient Egypt is Yu-Gi-Oh. Ha. I’d like to read more about Pharaohs and how they lived, particularly teens during this time. I think it’d be interesting to see how the “royal” families lived.
Like with Ancient Egypt, I’d like to know more about Ancient Greece as well. Their customs, daily life, etc.
Salem Witch Trials
I read The Crucible in high school and I really liked it. I looked more into the Salem Witch Trials afterwards and found it to be really interesting sad. Because, you know, regular humans were killed because people thought they were witches. That had to have been horrific.
Here’s a book that deals with a descent of someone who was in charge of the Salem Witch Trials. As well as a group of girls who are descents of…people who may or may not have been witches. Fascinating.
Now that I’ve discussed the past, here are some Futuristic-Esque books I would like to read:
If you know any Young Adult books that deal with these settings, please let me know! What historical settings do you like?