This week’s Top Ten is a tough one… The Broke and Bookish prompt us with our favourite historical AND futuristic societies. It’s hard to pin them down because we want to live in all of them!
For all of these which take place in and around the 18th century, the struggle of being a woman during this time period is touched upon in each novel. While there were pretty dresses and balls and many other grand frivolities, girls had very little power over their own lives and were seen as the ‘inferior sex’, too weak willed and physically inadequate to their male counterparts. A big reason why these historical novels appeal to us is that they have female protagonists who rebel against their unjust society and situations and do something about it. FIGHT THE SYSTEM!
The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
When you find out you are a secret demon hunter but also have to dress up for fancy parties to find a husband… #18thCenturyProblems
These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
To solve the mysterious death of her father, Jo (an aspiring reporter) takes matters into her own hands and investigates the dark plot surrounding his death doing most un-lady-like things (at the time).
Absolutely LOVE Jo’s gumption, everybody discounts her but she forges her own path with often mixed results.
Mad Miss Mimic by Sarah Henstra
Leonora is from a wealthy family with good prospects but she has a speech impediment that cripples her own voice but allows her to imitate, or mimic, others speech to perfection. This skill or curse is the shame of her family but becomes the key to her accidental involvement in the dangerous opium trade that threatens her city.
Lady Grace Mysteries by Patricia Finney
What I would give to be a lady-in-waiting for Queen Elizabeth I! Lady Grace fulfilled every wish I had to live and breaaaaaathe the Victorian era.
The Ear, The Eye and The Arm by Nancy Farmer
Taking place in the future with super cool technology, three detectives are hired to find three missing children. The Ear, with supersonic hearing. The Eye, with incredible sight. The Arm, with long stretchy limbs. Together these unlikely heroes search for the missing children who get themselves into a series of unfortunate situations.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Virtual reality world sounds amazing where there are no limitations the possibilities are endless!!
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
While this series feels like its in medieval times with horses, sword fights and epic struggles for power we get these hints throughout the book that this is actually in the future. They have knowledge of things like cars and medicine but it becomes like a myth to them.
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
There are cyborgs, androids, robots, spaceships, and moon people all with fairytale roots and twists…need I say more?
Starbound by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
SPACE TRAVEL IS POSSIBLE. IN THE STARBOUND UNIVERSE. I need this to be available in my lifetime, TY. Folding space, all the physics I never understood, the space-time continuum and all this living-on-other-planets-business – GOALS.
Thoughts on our favourite times of the past and present? What are some of you favourite reads in a different time?