While fantasy will always be my favourite genre, historical fiction is a pretty close second (especially when it has steampunk, historical, or fantasy elements). Like fantasy, I love exploring the world of the past. It’s fascinating to see how they dealt with life, especially with all those diseases and social conflicts. I’d never want to go and live in the past though. I like my rights and health care possibilities.
Anyway, there are some eras of history I love to read about more than others so I thought I’d write a post about it (with lots of photos as another attempt to pretend we’re still posting real content here while struggling with busy lives).
Wild Wild West
This is a genre I only discovered I absolutely loved when Vengeance Road came out! All the grit and revenge and horses, it’s perfect for me. The only other western I’ve read is Walk on Earth a Strange (also amazing! Cannot wait to read Like a River Glorious). I have Under the Painted Sky on my TBR but I NEED MORE.
All of my favourite mysteries have been set within the Victorian era (also some of my favourite romances). Some of my favourites from the past year include A Madness so Discreet, Stalking Jack the Ripper, and These Shallow Graves.
The 20’s are a tonne of fun about because the era was just so quirky! All that slang is strange and hilarious, plus they really loved to party. The Diviners is the only book I clearly remember being set in that era but I love it so much. Definitely need to check out more.
This is a bit of a cheat. The Lotus War is based on Feudal japan but is actually a steampunk/fantasy novel. I haven’t read any books based in ancient Japan yet, but there is a fantastic manga called Sengoku Stays which gave me a desperate need to read more stuff set there.
Any other era I haven’t mentioned that is pre-1900s
Basically the moral of this post is that if it’s set before the 1900’s, I want to read it. Middle ages, ancient China, the pirate age, regency Europe, I don’t care GIVE IT TO ME! I want to learn more about all the past eras!