Top (Not Quite) Ten Tuesday: Favorite Historical Settings

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. Today, I’m talking about the historical settings I love. Sometimes I may have read books in said times, other times I’m desperately wishing for more of them and recommendations. Let’s get started!

roman empire

The Roman Empire is one of my all-time favorite times in history. Whether it is fictional or reality, I’m always interested. 

I didn’t include Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus as they take place in modern times, even though they include the Roman gods.


The Gates of Rome (Emperor #1) by Conn Iggulden // I read this book such a long time ago! I want to read this again soon, and continue on with the series. Even though it’s been years since I read this, I remember really enjoying it. The author’s name has stuck with me, even after all this time.


Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran // I know this mentions Cleopatra in the title, but it really is about the Roman Empire. Actually, it’s about a woman, Selene, surviving in Rome and wanting to return to Egypt. 

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard // This is actually a non-fiction novel I really want to read! I’m especially interested in the audio-book here. I’ve been wanting to polish my knowledge of Ancient Rome again and I feel like this book will be perfect for that. 

ancient greece

The same goes for Ancient Greece. Ancient Greece/Classical Greece and Ancient Rome go hand in hand in my mind. I’m equally interested in both. 

I did read mythology books such as Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus and Percy Jackson series, but I’m not counting those here as they take place in current times, but with the Greek myths.


The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller // My love for this book is endless. Just endless. And it started a fierce love for Patroclus. 


Sons of Zeus (Warrior trilogy #1) by Noble Smith // The title of this book already intrigues me. So does the description. I definitely want to pick up a copy of this!

The Iliad by Homer // I have never read Homer’s works completely. As I did do a year of Greek and 4 years of Latin in high school, I saw some parts and translations. But never the full works. As this is one of my favorite stories of all time, I must read the actual work soon.

The Odyssey by Homer // Same story as above. I’ve never read the full work. 

ancient egypt

Ancient Egypt never stops fascinating me. The pyramids. The pharaohs. There is just so much to learn from this civilization, and so much we will never learn, knowledge lost forever through time. 

Again, I did read Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles, but they take place in current times with the addition of Egyptian mythology…



I’m ashamed to say that the only books related to Ancient Egypt I’ve read are Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles and Kiersten White’s The Chaos of Stars. Both are set in contemporary times though, with the inclusion of Egyptian gods and myths. This is so shameful!


Nefertiti by Michelle Moran // Hey, another Michelle Moran book! Seems like an author I really need to check out, no? This is from the description: “Fast-paced and historically accurate, it is the dramatic story of two unforgettable women living through a remarkable period in history”.

tsardom of russia

I don’t really know much about Russian history, I will admit. Not like I know European history (and I’m not an expert on that either, but I do know my basic facts). However, the Tsars have always fascinated me. I admit the fascination could have started with my love for the animated movie ‘Anastasia’. 


Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick/Jackson Pearce // This is definitely fiction, and has a paranormal/fantasy element at that. But I really liked this story centered around the February and October revolutions.


The Gathering Storm (Katerina #1) by Robin Bridges // Again, fantasy, as this is about a girl who can raise the dead. But it is set in the time of the Tsars. 

The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport // This is a non-fiction novel about the last line of Tsars, the Romanovs as you could probably deduct from the title. I know Anastasia, but know very little about her 3 sisters. So I want to read this soon!

The Crown’s Game (Crown’s Game #1) by Evelyn Skye // This is a novel I’m really excited to read! It’s also a fantasy novel set in the Russian tsar time. 


Completely different time and setting, yet the crusades intrigue me. Especially the whole crusade/Templar thing.



Brethren (Brethren #1) by Robyn Young // Like Conn Iggulden’s book I previously mentioned, I read this one years ago. I really liked it, but can’t remember much. So I want to read the entire trilogy again. I also have two of her other books, from her Insurrection series I want to read.

golden age of piracy

PIRATES. They never bore. A pirate story is always a fascinating and thrilling one (I hope). And no, I didn’t make up the term “Golden Age of Piracy”. It actually exists.

I genuinely can’t think of a single pirate book, other than a Narnia novel and a duology by Cassandra Rose Clarke, I have read. I’m so ashamed of this! WHY. If you have any recommendations for pirate books, please let me know!

World war II

Far more recent than the others, but lately I’ve been reading more WWII historical fiction. In high school, I never really enjoyed learning about WWII. I loved the Ancient Romans, Greeks and Egyptians far more. I do know quite a bit about WWII, because you can’t be raised in Belgium and not learn so reading those historical fiction books is very interesting to me. It’s intriguing to read and compare to what I know happened.


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr // I did enjoy this very much. Not as much as everyone else seemed to, maybe because I read it quite soon after finishing The Nightingale which I adore.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak // One of my all-time favorite books. Honestly. This story is told through the eyes of Death. In more recent history, I can’t think of a time that cost more lives here than WWII. 

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah // This book is incredible. I loved it so much. I spent hours reading because I didn’t want to put it back down. It’s about two sisters in France, during the war. Both sisters have such different lives that you get unique perspectives from both, and it highlights the importance of family, especially in times of war.


Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf #) by Ryan Graudin // I have heard so much about this alternate WWII story! I definitely want to pick it up soon.

archaeological mystery

A few years ago, I went through a phase of reading only archaeological mysteries. These are SO MUCH FUN. The basic story is always: an ancient artifact is found/dug up, people start dying, it gets stolen and the truth around the object needs to be uncovered. I love these stories. It’s been such a long time since I’ve read.  


The Grail Conspiracy (Cotton Stone #1) by Lynn Sholes & Joe Moore // In this book, you guessed it: someone discovered the Holy Grail. Chaos and mystery ensue.


Labyrinth (Languedoc #1) by Kate Mosse // It’s about a dig, and takes place in France so I want to read it. I love it when books are set in Europe, especially in this genre. There is such a long and rich history in Europe, it deserves a mention too in novels. I actually own the first two books of this series, so I want to get on these soon.

So those are the historical settings I absolutely LOVE! As you can see, I’m severely lacking books in some of these. If you have any recommendations for these time periods or settings, please let me know! 

Top (Not Quite) Ten Tuesday: Favorite Historical Settings

22 thoughts on “Top (Not Quite) Ten Tuesday: Favorite Historical Settings

  1. I’m totally with you on Pirate books, there are a lot of movies but I can’t think of any books, let alone any YA about pirates. What a shame … They must be somewhere though ! Anyway, great list, you’ve mentioned some of my favorite eras 🙂


  2. jilliansbooks says:

    WORLD WAR II BOOKS ❤ I know WWII was such a horrible time period in history, but the books that portray that setting really gripped me so hard. I have read The Book Thief and loved it! And I have All The Light We Cannot See — which I still have to read though HAHA. ❤

    Jillian @ Jillian’s Books

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  3. Ancient Rome is my weakness too, and I especially love stories about Selene, Cleopatra’s daughter. That book by Michelle Moran was pretty good, and if you like it I also recommend Lily of the Nile by Stephanie Dray which is about her as well! And Wolf by Wolf was incredible, I was surprised how much I liked it, considering I’m no WWII enthusiast.


  4. This is a great list! WWII Is actually my favourite historical fiction novel setting but I’m definitely interested in reading more books set in ancient greece and egypt so I’ll be sure to check out some of the ones you’ve mentioned 🙂


  5. Great list with lots of excellent books – Selene! You simply must read Shards of Heaven it’s absolutely brilliant and Selene is one of the main characters. I loved her.
    I think I’ve read that Nefertiti novel – I love reading books set in Egypt.
    I also love books set in Russia – I did have one on my list which was the Jasper Kent books. I really enjoyed them but they’re vampire based set from the Napoleonic wars up to the revolution.
    The Kate Mosse book – it’s good, very entertaining.
    Lynn 😀


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