Top Ten Tuesday | In Which I Ask For YA Historical Recommendations


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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday meme asks us to recommend books for readers looking for books in genre X. Well, this is all well and good except when, as a book blogger, you’ve already gushed, hyped or fangirl-ed about all of the books you most love.

What I do find myself not lacking in are novels sitting on my shelf that I’ve yet to read. This leads me to today’s official meme and further down my explanation on how I went about today’s prompt. 

Broke and Bookish April 12th  
Ten Books Every X Should Read (up to you! Examples: every history nerd, memoir lover, ballet lover, feminist, college student, etc etc.) 

Instead of offering recommendations, I thought I’d compile a group of ten novels on my shelf (which means this can doubles as part “bookshelf tour”) that I’ve not read and ask all of you for recommendations (though to be fair, I am offering three recommendations I have indeed read). Historical fiction is one of the genres I tend to drop off of the most, YA in particular. It’s odd since I do so long period drama and historical films, but there it is, written in black and white.
 
So, of the eight historical YA novels I’ve listed below, which would you suggest I make a priority?  


1. Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman, WWII | The premise of this one (about a young heroine  who is Hitler’s niece) has intrigued me from the moment I read about it. Amazon | Goodreads 

2. Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown, WWI | Love the sound of this one and its setting. 'Nuff said. Amazon | Gooodreads 

3. Bright Young Things, by Anna Godbersen, Roaring 20s | Since this is a favorite era for historical stories, it's no surprise this one is among my collection. Amazon | Goodreads 

4. Debutantes, by Cora Harrison, 1923 | I suspect this one's pretty flower-happy cover drew me in, plus I adore the sound of it. But since it's an older novel, I rarely (if ever) spot it in the blogosphere. Amazon | Goodreads  

 
5. Nobody's Secret by Michaela MacColl, Regency | Know pretty much next-to-nothing about this one except it's sitting on one of my bookshelves! Amazon | Goodreads
 
6. Jackaby by William Ritter, Victorian | Pitched as a "Doctor Who" meets "Sherlock" kind of story, it was inevitable this one would end up on my shelf - for obvious reasons! Amazon | Goodreads
 
7. Cinders and Sapphires by Leila Rasheed, Edwardian | I've had this one laying around for a long time! It sounds interesting, but I've not picked it up other than to admire its pretty cover and read its synopsis. Amazon | Goodreads
 
YA HISTORICAL BOOKS I HAVE READ 

8. Glamorous Illusions by Lisa T. Bergren, Edwardian | The specificity of this novel’s proper genre (YA or NA) eludes me. Still, no matter its technical label, it fits on this list. It’s a beautiful saga that left me wanting more not to mention shifting away from the more popular “ship.” Amazon | Goodreads  

9. Lost Lake House by Elizabeth Grace Foley, Roaring 20s | Technically this is a novella, but nonetheless, I felt like including it... so I did. It's a sweet "Twelve Dancing Princesses" re-telling that's 100% darling. Amazon | Goodreads

10. A Daring Sacrifice by Jody Hedlund, Medieval | Love the Robin Hood legend? Then this sweet romance novel is for you. The twist being the lead character is female. Amazon | Goodreads
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What genre of fiction did you chose to feature with this week's official Top Ten Tuesday topic? I'd love to know what you would recommend of my list.

As always, you’re invited, and welcome to leave your Top Ten Tuesday post links down below. Speaking of bookish havens, I’ve be glad to visit yours. 
 
Thank you for being a reader to my frequent visitors and newbies, thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland.
 
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  1. Ooh. So many of these look good! I'm torn between the Roaring 20s and Robin Hood.

    I've actually read Jackaby and while it was good, I think the "Doctor Who meets Sherlock" summary was a tad misleading. :/ But I would still read the sequel.

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    1. I love the Roaring 20s, Krysta. It's odd because I didn't used to, but since Downton Abbey came along, I'm a fan. :D The Robin Hood legend is also a favorite.

      Jackaby; good to know. I'll go in with lowered expectations and hope to enjoy it without the comparison. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  2. I've only read Jackaby from your list, but I really want to read more YA historical fiction books, so this is actually a really great starting off point for me. I really want to pick up A Prisoner of Night and Fog as well as I've heard good things. Hope you have a wonderful week!
    My TTT

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    1. I'm in need of reading more YA (or adult) historicals too, Alicia. It's definitely a weak point in my reading history. I'm glad you see some books on this list to get started with - and yes! Same for me; "Prisoner" definitely makes me curious. Here's hoping we both enjoy.

      Thank you - you too! And thanks for stopping by, Alicia. :)

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  3. I really enjoyed Prisoner of Night and Fog, so I'd definitely recommend reading that one!

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    1. Thanks, Chrissi! I'm thinking that one needs to be an ASAP read. :)

      Glad you stopped by. :)

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  4. I've only read Back any, but I'd say it needs to be your number one priority, and number two should be its sequel! :)

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    1. Good to know - thanks, Lauren! I'm always glad for these recommendations. :)

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  5. Jackaby is currently on my radar. I want to read it and the sequel.

    My TTT Award Books

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    1. It does look and sound fun, Anne! :)

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  6. I'm not a historical reader, so I'm completely useless to you!! I will admit, I do love the WW2 era, and Prisoner of Night and Fog had me at "Hitler's niece". But then I got to Jackaby and Doctor Who meets Sherlock...how can you go wrong with that? :)

    My TTT.

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    1. I'm useless with historical too. I've read a lot in the inspirational (or some) market but hardly any in YA. Right!? That's my reaction to Jackaby too, Lenore. :) Here's hoping its good - and if you like WWII, I think "Prisoner" is going to be amazing. Happy reading.

      Thanks so much for visiting; looking forward to read your post. :)

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  7. Good topic! Thanks for the list of books on this topic they will make for great reading. I recently acquired The Prisoner of Night & Fog, so I'll have to move it up on the list of books to read.

    Here's a link to my TTT post: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2016/04/top-ten-tuesday-ten-books-every-russian.html

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    1. Cool! Hope you enjoy it. I'm been interested in "Prisoner" every since first reading about it. Here's hoping we both enjoy. :) Thanks for visiting.

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  8. Oh I haven't read any of the books on your list although they seem interesting. The covers look lovely. I am especially intrigued by A Daring Sacrifice because I love stories which have strong female protagonists.

    My TTT this week had a list of memoirs:https://dwgitau.wordpress.com/2016/04/12/ttt-ten-books-every-memoir-lover-should-read/

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    1. A Daring Sacrifice is really sweet, Diana. Hope you enjoy it if/when you read it. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland - off to read your TTT list. :)

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  9. This is a great list! I'm going to a bunch of these to my TBR. :)

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    1. Thanks, Miranda. Always glad to have you drop by. Hope you find some fun new reads to enjoy! :)

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  10. Not read 'Bright Young Things' but I liked the Luxe series by the same author :) They're a bit like Gossip Girl but set in the 1890s. The Robin Hood one sounds good too!

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    1. Good to know, Catherine; I like the sound of those Luxe books. I've read some of Michelle Madow's "Diamond Sister" books too which I know are likened to Gossip Girl. A Daring Sacrifice is super sweet! Hope you enjoy it. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland.

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  11. Because I HAVEN'T read them, my picks for you to read are "Jackaby" or "Velvet Undercover". ^^ "Jackaby" is one I've been especially curious about... ^^

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    1. Excellent! Thank you, Joni. These two are high on my priority list for sure! And Jackaby is a relatively short read so I should be able to get through it in the next two months (after INSPYs).

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  12. I'm not a historical fiction reader, so really can't comment on any of these books, but as I had stopped by I thought I would say hello and also say that your graphics for you TTT list are gorgeous! I love the colours and the floral theme. Did you create them yourself?

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    1. That's very nice, Hannah; I appreciate you visiting and leaving a comment! Always glad to chat with you. Thanks so much for the graphic comments. I did create these, yes, if you mean in the sense of the format/set-up/design. But I cannot take credit for the elements (aren't they beautiful!?) themselves - those were either included in the program I use or I bought them as graphic design packs. :)

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  13. I really enjoyed Jackaby! I actually picked up Velvet Undercover from the library but I haven't read it yet. It sounds great though. Hopefully I'll get to it this afternoon.

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    1. Ahh! I'm so glad, Hayden. Jackaby does sound fun! :) Hope you like "Velvet," the cover is gorgeous and I'm definitely curious about it as a story. :)

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  14. Man, I haven't read any of these titles!! A few look interesting, though. I like the cover of Glamorous Illusions.

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    1. Lisa's is wonderful, Heather! Especially if you like historical fiction. It's a coming-of-age story akin to Downton Abbey. :)

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  15. I've only read A Daring Sacrifice from your list, but Jackaby definitely intrigues me. It's been on my radar for quite a while. As for recs, I don't know if this would be considered YA, but the protagonist is in college, so....? I'm talking about The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner. It takes place in present day but also has journal entries from the Salem Witch Trials, so I'm counting it as a historical. Plus it's one of my faves! :)

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    1. ME TOO, Kara! The tagline of Jackaby sells it with nothing else needed. ;)

      As for your recommendation, thank you! I don't mind it being an adult or NA at all. :) From your description, The Shape of Mercy sounds fabulous. I've heard of Susan's novels but don't think I've read them.

      Glad to have you stop by, Kara. :)

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  16. The only one of these I've actually read is Jackaby and I really enjoyed it! It was a really unique take on the Sherlock stories!

    Here are my Top Ten!

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    1. Great to know! Thank you, Tracy. You are all making me more excited to read Jackaby. Thanks for visiting. :)

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  17. I have no idea what to recommend for you, but I totally added to my TBR pile. Thanks for that ;) My TTT

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    1. YAY! Hope you find some newbies to enjoy, Carrie - that's half the fun of this meme. :)

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  18. I haven't read any of these but Jackaby and A Daring Sacrifice both sound like really great reads so I'd go with either one of those. Thanks for stopping by my post earlier.

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    1. A Daring Sacrifice is wonderfully sweet, Andrea. Hope you enjoy! As for Jackaby, I'm 99% sure that should be one of the first on this list that I read - love all the conversation it sparked. :)

      My pleasure. Thank you for visiting here. Always glad to chat with you.

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  19. I have been meaning to read Velvet Undercover for a long time, I really need to get to it!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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    1. It sounds fabulous, doesn't it, Missie!? Thanks so much for visiting and happy reading. :)

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