November 29, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Gift Guide for the History Nerd in Your Life

Perhaps there's a young history lover in your life, and you're wondering what fiction they might enjoy. Look no further than these eleven young adult historical fiction/historical fantasy suggestions.

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1. Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
2. Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
Stacey is one of my latest favorite historical fiction authors. She creates such strong characters and sets the scene well. The former is set during the Gold Rush and the latter during the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.

3. Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
1940s Amsterdam. Smuggling. A missing person.

4. Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
What if you were like Hitler's niece? That's basically the premise of this thrilling historical mystery.

5. A Tyranny of Petticoats by various authors
Short story anthologies can be a hard sell, but this one is magnificent. It's all about American girls in history, from pre-Revolution all the way to the 1960s.

6. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
The desegregation of schools in rural Virginia. I'd like to think this book inspired me enough to write a paper about school desegregation for my History of America in the 1960s class last spring.

7. The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
If you like Shakespeare retellings, this book is for you.

8. Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
Another Gold Rush tale, only with a bit of magic.

9. This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee
A bit historical fantasy, this one is basically how the legend of Frankenstein came to be, complete with Mary Shelley cameos.

10. A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
A murder mystery set mostly in an insane asylum but definitely not quite as creepy as it sounds. Trust me, I don't do horror novels.

Bonus pick:
Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
A hardcore Western with plenty of dust and murder.

So what was your specific topic for today's Top Ten Tuesday? Share the link in the comments, and I'll try to stop by and check it out!


  1. I've read almost all of these, and I've LOVED all the ones I've read! I really want to read Girl in the Blue Coat sometime soon. For my Top Ten Tuesday, I did an underrated books gift guide! I almost put Outrun the Moon on my list, too, but I couldn't think of a popular book that was enough like it.

  2. Walk on Earth a Stranger, A Madness So Discreet and Vengeance Road all look epic!
    My TTT this week


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