Top Ten Tuesday | Let’s Travel Back in Time (aka Top Shelf Reads for Historical Aficionados)


Choosing a topic that’s not exactly my forte is unusual for me. But on the other hand, I looked at it as a chance to gain some insight, recommendations and chat up a genre that I am, by and large, lacking in. Before going into more detail about this, let’s have a look at what today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is all about.


Broke and Bookish November 1st

Top Ten Books To Read If Your Book Club Likes _______________
- Broke and Bookish

I haven’t ever been a part of an official book club, but I am a part of an awards programs (the INSPYs), which to me, is very much like a book club. We get to talk about all the books, which is the best task ever. So today I chose to focus on Historical Fiction because I’m seriously lacking when it comes to reading this genre. It takes a lot for me to love historical fiction, and the “why” of this puzzles me. I adore period dramas and history in general, but for some reason with fiction, I’m super picky.

Below I’ve collected ten books that had no challenge drawing me into their story which are each brimming with their own brand of awesome. There’s no shortage romance on this list (because when it comes to my fiction, I’m a romantic at heart), but what my list is short on are YA novels. When all is said and done, I’d love to know what YA fiction picks you love best in the historical genre!

1. The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof | If you like Water Like Elephants or Kristy Cambron’s The Ringmaster’s Wife, then this beautiful novel is recommended for you. The story has shades of an authentic fairy tale (Beauty and the Beast) and the writing is on point. Amazon | Goodreads


FILM REVIEW | Water for Elephants (2011)

2. Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown | Those of us who like BBC mysteries like The Lady Vanishes or Grantchester, this fun WWI young adult novel is sure to be your cup of tea. Amazon | Goodreads

FILM REVIEW | The Lady Vanishes (2013)

3. The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron | If you like Joanne Bischof’s The Lady and theLionheart or any historical fiction based on fact, this is one for you. The atmosphere, writing and setting are wonderful. Amazon | Goodreads

4. Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden | Ioan Gruffudd once starred in the miniseries Horatio Hornblower. Though different, this seafaring adventure is a must read for fans of the A&E series. Plus, its hero, Bane? Yeah, he still one of my most loved men of literature. Amazon | Goodreads

5. The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz | If you like period dramas set in the same era as Belle or The Patriot (although this story is drastically different), don’t miss this book. It’s expertly written and the romance off the charts beautiful. Amazon | Goodreads

6. An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund | Fans of Princess of Thieves or fairytales with feisty female protagonists will adore this charming YA novel. Amazon | Goodreads

7. No Safe Harbor by Elizabeth Ludwig | Brooklyn fans must read this novel. It’s been a long time since I read it, but everything I remember of it was compliment after compliment. Amazon | Goodreads

8. The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan | If you like the Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson canon or Murdoch’s Mysteries reading Rachel’s series is, without question, a must. Trust me. Amazon | Goodreads

9. Through Waters Deep by Susan Sundin | Any WWII buff a-la the stylings of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day or The Rocketeer will discover a gem inside these pages – one with plenty of swoony romance. Amazon | Goodreads

10. Heiress by Susan May Warren | If you were an avid fan (*raises hand*) of Downton Abbey, you’ll adore Susan’s complicated, glitzy and romantic familial series. Amazon | Goodreads


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That’s a wrap on today’s Top Ten Tuesday. Tell me, what did you use for your list today? Or which historical reads do YOU recommend (my young adult historical fiction experience is really lacking!), let me know down below what you recommend. I look forward to chatting with you all.


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  1. I haven't heard of an of these books. I hope they are good books for discussing.
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    1. I do believe they are, Anne. Or I like to think so. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting!

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  2. I love that we have such different lists - I am most decidedly a non-fiction reader, while you are a fiction reader. I have not heard of any of these but more than a few have grabbed my attention.

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    1. Me too, Sarah. This is part of the Top Ten Tuesday charm - everyone's varying lists and opinions. Makes for a fun way to discover new books and bloggers. :)

      Hope you enjoy those that caught your attention if you have a chance to read them. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting!

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  3. Your lists are always so pretty! I want all of these books! #convinced Also, I love the Gilmore Girls in your logo. Are you counting down to the 25th? I am!

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    1. Hi, Tara. Thanks. I have LOTS of fun putting these together, and trying new things with the design aspect of blogging. Hope you enjoy these books if/when you read them. :)

      YAY - me too! Bring on this #GilmoreGirlsRevival. CANNOT. WAIT. Looking forward to chatting all about its triumphant return with fellow fans like you.

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  4. This is such a great list. The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder intrigued me the most I'm such a sucker for detective stories. More books to add to my tbr!

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    1. 'Bachelor Girls' is adorable, Saii. Hope you enjoy if/when you read it - and yay for more TBR books. We love that, right!? :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  5. I can see these being good conversation starters! Against the Tide is probably one I would like for the seafaring element. And The Bachelor Girls Guide to Murder looks good too especially if it has a Sherlock vibe or Murdoch's Mysteries.

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    1. Both are excellent picks, Greg. LOVE 'Bachelor Girls' (I saw SO many throwbacks to 'Murdoch' and it has a Sherlock/Watson vibe, of course) and Against the Tide is 100% stunning. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting!

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  6. I love historical fiction, so I shall definitely look up some of these reads! :-)

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    1. YAY! Hope you find some new ones to enjoy, Chrissi. :) Thanks, as always, for visiting.

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  7. I don't read a lot of historical. I haven't read any of these, but they all sound interesting!

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    1. I don't either, Lori. Why I don't know - especially since I'm an avid fan of BBC/ITV/British costume dramas. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting!

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  8. Great list! Many books I've read and many that now need to be added to my TBR pile! I like historical fiction. Here are a couple of my favs -- Burning Sky by Lori Benton and Maggie Bright by Tracy Groot.

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    1. Thanks so much for the recommendations, Beckie! Love seeing those - always glad to have new books to consider. :)

      YAY for new TBR books. Hope you find some to enjoy. :) Thanks for visiting!

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  9. Okay, I LOVE your new header!!! I always need more Historical Fiction recs, so this list is perfect for me!!

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! I confess I had a LOT Of fun putting this one together. But then anything Gilmore Girls related and I'm so in. :D

      YAY! Hope you find some new books to enjoy. Thanks, as always, for visiting.

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  10. Historical fiction is my favorite genre. Some of my more recent favorites are The Covered Deep by Brandy Vallance, The Captive Heart by Michelle Griep, both of Julianne Donaldson's books and The Colonel's Lady by Laura Frantz.

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    1. I've heard amazing things about Brandy's and Michelle's books, and of course, did enjoy one of Julianne's. Not sure which one though - I think it was her second novel. Also, I adored Laura's The Mistress of Tall Acre so at some point I should read The Colonel's Lady which I believe is a popular favorite for many. Thanks a bunch for the recommendations, Brittaney - and for visiting. :)

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  11. You make the prettiest lists, Rissi :) And I'm honored to be included. So many of my favorite books and authors on this list!

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    1. It was a pleasure to include Through Waters Deep, Sarah. I so enjoy your novels, and am grateful anytime this blog can feature them. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting!

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  12. Lovely list, Rissi. And I love your blog header! :)

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    1. Thanks - on both counts, Miranda. :)

      Always appreciate you stopping by.

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  13. SO many of my FAVES on this list, Rissi! Beautifully done, too :) My TTT

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    1. YAY - love shared favorites. :) Thanks so much for the kind words and THANK YOU for visiting. :)

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  14. I don't read a lot of historical fiction, but I'm always saying I should :) I haven't read any of the books on your list yet, but will keep them in mind for when I do foray in the world of historical fiction ;)
    P.S. I LOVE your new header ;)

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    1. I don't either, Lindsey - though the "why" of it puzzles me. Hope you find some good ones if/when you do dive into the genre!

      Thank you; it was LOTS of fun to make - but then it's Gilmore Girls, so it would be, right!? ;)

      Thanks for visiting!

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  15. Echoing Sarah in that you DO make the prettiest lists, Rissi! Always the sweetest honor to pop up on one. Thank you dearly! And now I've got some new reads to add to my TBR. Love it!

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    1. THANK YOU for these stories, Joanne. It's an honor to feature you books here whenever I can. YAY for new TBR reads. Those are the best, right!? :)

      Thanks for visiting! Always great to see you here.

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  16. I definitely want to try Velvet Underground. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

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    1. It's fabulous, Lauren. Or I thought so. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting!

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  17. The Lady and the Lionheart and The Ringmaster’s Wife both sound really interesting, thanks for the recs! :)

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    1. They are indeed amazing, Louise. Hope you enjoy if/when you have a chance to read them. :)

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  18. Great list Rissi! I'm reading, The Lady and the Lionheart, right now and I love it!

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    1. OhMyGosh! It's amazing. Hope you continue enjoying this one! Thanks so much for visiting. :)

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  19. I've read 6 out of your top 10 and several of them are on my TBR list. :) I loved Against the Tide! I haven't read a lot of YA historicals but one of my favorites is the River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren. Although it starts in modern day, it ends up in medieval times. Does that count? :D Also on my top 10 list would be Lori Benton's The Wood's Edge, A Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna M. White, The Thorn Keeper by Pepper D. Basham, and Newton and Polly by Jody Hedlund. :)

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    1. I hear SO many good things about the River of Time series, Rachel. Alas I've not made time for them. Yet. ;) (And it totally counts.)

      Thanks so much for the recommendations. I hope you enjoy the books on this list you haven't read if you have the chance to read them, and I'm glad to have some books to look into! Thanks. :)

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  20. One of the reasons I really love being in a book club so much is that it pushes me outside of my reading comfort zone, and really encourages me to read books that I might not otherwise have even heard of!

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    1. An excellent reason indeed, Jane. It's always great to discover new books. Thanks so much for visiting, Jane. :)

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  21. So many books that I wish to read now! I haven't read a single one of this list but now I really want to change that :) x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. Fun! Hope if and/or when you read any of these, you enjoy, Leta. :) Happy reading - and as always, thanks for visiting.

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