Monday, August 15, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday : Books Set In...


This week's TTT is a partial freebie! I've chosen to set my book setting in 'American History'. SHOCKER! Not really. I love historical fiction. And it's probably the setting that I can actually think of ten books for. 

The Smell of Other People's Houses - Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock


A favorite from recent history. Alaska post-statehood and the young adults living in that world. It was a refreshing, unique pocket of history and location to read. 

The Help - Kathryn Stockett


Do I really need to sum this up? Don't just watch the movie (although please do watch the movie if you haven't!). The book is worth the hype. 
Eleanor and Park - Rainbow Rowell


Yes. THIS COUNTS. It's set in the eighties but written now. It's like reading a completely relevant eighties movie with a damn good soundtrack.

Lily's Crossing - Patricia Reilly-Giff


I think I read this at least five times when I was a kid. I remember being asked 'What's your favorite book?'. And me being like 'Lily's Crossing!' (among many other titles). 



My favorite out of the series. I really wanted to live in that damn house. 



A classic that is too often over-looked. It's like reading a song, or something. It makes me want to get incredibly poetical. I could wax and wane about Francie and her family. There are quotes in this book that are contenders for my someday-maybe quote tattoo.


Thank you, Grammy, for gifting this to me! The voice is resonating and completely on point. The medium is classic but originally presented. Sarah is the kind of woman we all want to be. 


I knew I had to add a Dear America on this list. And when I was looking through the several that should be mentioned I remembered this one. Again, it was one I read more than once. 

A Tyranny of Petticoats (Anthology) - Edited by Jessica Spotswood


If you haven't read this one yet. Please do. It's got it all. 
The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd


Sue Monk Kidd in her finest! She was meant to write a book like this. I think that it's a accumulation of all that she's been writing and working towards. The Secret Life of Bees is still my favorite of hers. But, this is a close second. 

And that's a wrap for this week! What setting did you choose for your list? Do you have any to add for mine? 

Jess

P.S. Honorable mention goes to Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman ( https://twitter.com/erin_bowman) I keep mentioning it in all my lists and stuff so I resisted the urge to fangirl out about it. 



18 comments:

  1. I read the Little House books when I was a kid (classic!), and was once addicted to the show. Didn't make it all the way through The Help before my mom and I saw it in theaters, but it was good. Those Dear America books also shaped my reading habits though its been years since I pulled them out to remember which ones I own. :)

    Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland.

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    1. Little House really is. Dear America, American Girl, and Royal Diaries. All shaped and fed my thirst for historical fiction. Thank you for visiting, too! :)

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  2. I haven't read any of these books. Not my genre type. But I love the cover of The Smell of Other People's houses. I want to read that in winter!
    My TTT.

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    1. Ironically - it's set through out a summer! lol.

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  3. The Help is such an amazing book! I absolutely loved it. I am intrigued by The Smell Of Other People's Houses.

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    1. It's her freshman novel and pretty good! (complete thoughts, here - http://birdbooksandcoffee.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-smell-of-other-peoples-houses-by.html). Thank you for stopping by! :)

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  4. Can't wait to get my hands on The Smell of Other People's Houses! That cover is amazing, and it sounds like a great story! Great Top Ten! :D My Top Ten Tuesday!

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    1. It's very good! Her freshman novel. :) Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  5. Great list! Historical Fiction is always so inspiring, just imagining living at that time in history. I don't read too much of it, but when I do, I usually enjoy it a lot! I've only read Eleanor & Park on this list, but several of them are on my TBR list.

    My TTT!

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    1. It really is. Since you don't read too much of it I have to suggest reading the anthology 'Tyranny of Petticoats'. It has so many different point of views and in different times but all from the voice of a girl. A great way to imagine different lives in different times. :)

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  6. Little House on the Prairie books and Dear America books were some of my favorite reads when I was a child. I also loved E&P and The Help! I loved both! I still need to pick up A Tyranny of Petticoats. Wonderful list you have here!

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    1. Thank you! Historical Fiction has always been a favorite of mine and it was fostered by Little House and Dear America when I was a kid. All the learning! All the stories! I'm such a nerd. lolol. Thank you for visiting! :)

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  7. I haven't read A Tyranny of Petticoats, but since you're asking so nicely to read it, I guess I should do just that.

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  8. Omg I will fangirl over Vengeance Road with you!! I LOVE THAT BOOK SO MUCH. *flails around wildly* And I also adore The Help (aaaand the movie omg I have rewatched the movie countless times and no regrets <3) and I only recently read The Smell of Other People's Houses and just SO MUCH AWESOME. It's been one of my highlights of this year!! Here's my TTT!

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    1. It is! It is! Vengeance Road is amazing. Must need to reread that soon. And yay! Smell of Other People's Houses sounds like...something kind of other than what it is but it's so much better. Thanks for visiting!

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  9. Eleanor and Park was lovely, wasn't it? Not my favorite contemporary of all time, but still fairly high on the list. If you like adult fiction, The Goldfinch is set in America and is an absolutely WONDROUS BOOK. I would highly recommend it. :D

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    1. The Goldfinch? I've heard that title before...somewhere. I'm going to have to check it out! Thank you for visiting. :)

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