🐝 Top Ten Tuesday 🐝

I’ve decided to muscle in on The Broke and the Bookish‘s fantastic Top Ten Tuesday meme! This week it’s…

🌈Top Ten Historical/Future Settings You Love🌈

What an intriguing top ten this week, combining two of my favourite things: books and history! I have in fact just finished reading some historical fiction so this is particularly apt. Right then, let’s dive in…

Ancient Rome

Dictator - Cicero Trilogy 3 (Hardback)

“Dictator” Book 3 in the Cicero trilogy by Robert Harris

The book I’ve just finished reading was set in Ancient Rome around one of my all time favourite time periods; The fall of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Julio/Claudian line. It’s so so SO interesting filled with devious politics, great leaders, assassins, affairs and everything else juicy under the sun! Also, the Romans are so essential to Western culture, everyone should be acquainted with them just a little bit more.

Recommended in this period:

The Cicero Trilogy by Robert Harris (review coming soon)

The Masters of Rome series by Colleen McCullough

The Complete Poems by Catullus (Warning! Catullus can be pretty graphic!)

The Aeneid by Virgil


Ancient Greece


The Odyssey - Penguin Clothbound Classics (Hardback)

The Odyssey by Homer

Sensing a theme? Yep, I’m a classicist (I study Ancient Greek and Roman civilisation) and proud! I always found the myths and legends from Greece so exciting and I loved those stop-motion films about Perseus and Jason and the Argonauts so it was no surprise I ended up studying them in university. Once again, Ancient Greece was so influential in creating our culture. It is veritably the cradle of the Western World. A wide variety of literature has its roots in Ancient Greece and so many adventure books owe much to the daddy of them all, The Odyssey. And the myths, wow. They are just so exhilarating, with mythological animals, great heroes and flawed gods and goddesses. I could literally extol their virtues all day so I’ll end here!

Recommended in this period:

Greek Myths by Marcia Williams (My first myth book! Suitable for young children)

D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths (beautifully illustrated)

The Odyssey by Homer

Stung with Love: Poems and Fragments of Sappho by Sappho


Tudor England

Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Hardback)

The Complete Works by William Shakespeare

I actually haven’t really read any books set in this era (other than Shakespeare and contemporaries) but I find the whole time frame quite captivating! The War of the Roses, Henry VIII and his wives and Elizabethan England. Yes please!

Recommended in this period:

Anything by Shakespeare (King Lear and Macbeth are my personal favourites and Twelfth Night for something less depressing)

Dr Faustus by Christopher Marlowe

The Thomas Cromwell Trilogy by Hilary Mantel (currently on my TBR)



Dystopian Futures

Nineteen Eighty-Four - Penguin Modern Classics 277 (Paperback)

1984 by George Orwell

Come on. Admit it. Who doesn’t love a dystopian future? To begin with, I actually didn’t. I read 1984 as a teenager and found it quite dull and didn’t really touch on the genre again until the Hunger Games when dystopian futures became all the rage again. I enjoyed the Hunger Games immensely and then read Ender’s Game which I devoured. Cowed, I cautiously made my way back to 1984 and discovered it was so masterful I wanted to go back in time and give my teenage self a slap for dismissing it so easily. I’m certainly not tired about reading how adverse the future is and look forward to the trend continuing!

Recommended in this period:

1984 by George Orwell

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (currently on my TBR)

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (currently on my TBR)

The Maze Runner by James Dashner (currently on my TBR)

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I really enjoyed this topic this week. Please comment and leave a link so I can take a gander at your TTT!