Top Ten Tuesday #362

Hi all! It’s going to be a fairly short one from me today as I worked a long shift at the vaccine centre and I’m back working again tomorrow, so I’m quickly typing this up before I go to bed.

It’s Tuesday, so time for another Top Ten Tuesday courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s topic is a freebie, so I’ve chosen to do the Top Ten Adult Historical Fiction on my TBR. I’ve always liked YA historical fiction but not read much adult, however last year, I started to get into it more after reading Kate Quinn’s books, so I’ve got quite a few on my TBR to read, it was hard to narrow down to ten really! I’ve managed to find 10 that span a reasonably wide range of time too, from the 1820s to the 1970s/80s and not all of them are WWII fiction (though a lot are!), so I’m fairly pleased. Anyway here goes:

  1. Looking For Jane-Heather Marshall

This one is inspired by the real underground abortion network in Toronto in the 1970s and 80s, which was known by the code name Jane. I’m really excited for this one because it’s an event I’d not really heard of before, and I’ve not read any historical fiction based in Canada, so that will be something new. It’s easy to forget just how recently abortion became legal (I mean it still isn’t in far too many places) and I think stories like this are massively important to remind us how precious the right to reproductive choice is.

2. The Librarian Spy-Madeline Martin

I really loved The Last Bookshop From London when I read it last year, so naturally Martin’s upcoming WWII story was immediately added to my TBR when I found out about it. This one, as it says in the title, follows a librarian who becomes a spy, as well as a woman who works for a printing press in the French Resistance.

3. The Nightingale-Kristin Hannah

I bought this one last year but haven’t got around to reading it yet. I’m a sucker for sister stories, so this one sounded right up my street. It follows two sisters in Occupied France in WWII, who take vastly different paths during the war, one who fights for the French Resistance, and one who is forced to live with a Nazi captain in order to keep her family alive.

4. The Ladies of The Secret Circus-Constance Sayers

Yes, I may have a slight soft spot for circus stories…..this one is a dual timeline story (another thing I love), one part set in 1925, following Cecile Cabot in a magical circus and the other following her great-granddaughter in 2005 as she sets out to uncover answers as to why her fiance disappeared on their wedding day and ends up finding out about the circus….and a family curse. The blurb is kind of vague, but it sounds fun and I love that the past timeline is set in the 1920s, I feel like I’ve not read enough 1920s set fiction.

5. The Girl From Bletchley Park-Kathleen McGurl

After really enjoying The Rose Code last year, I was quick to add this one to my TBR when I saw it. As the title suggests, it follows a female codebreaker at Bletchley Park in WWII in the past, and her granddaughter Julia in the present who after finding old photographs of her grandmother, sets out to find out about her time at Bletchley Park. I will admit, I’m slightly worried from the blurb that this will be quite romance heavy, which is not really my thing, but I’m willing to give it ago.

6. The Postmistress of Paris-Meg Waite Clayton

I love historical fiction that draws from the lives of real people, because it means that I can find out more about cool people I may not have heard of. This book takes inspiration from Mary Jayne Gold, an American heiress who helped smuggle people out of France during WWII, and she sounds fascinating, so I’d be interested to see how Waite Clayton interpreted her story for this book.

7. The Mad Girls of New York-Maya Rodale

I can’t even tell you how excited I am for this one. I’ve been obsessed with Nellie Bly ever since I listened to a Stuff You Missed In History Class (it’s a great podcast, check it out history fans) episode about her a few years back. If you’ve not heard of her, Nellie Bly was a investigative journalist who went undercover in a New York asylum in the 1880s to expose the horrible conditions there. She sounds like such a brilliant woman and I’m so thrilled that Rodale has decided to write about her!

8. The Diamond Eye-Kate Quinn

I’ve just started this one, and in a running theme, this one is also about a real person. The Diamond Eye follows the most successful female sniper in history, nicknamed Lady Death, Lyudmila Pavlichenko. Pavlichenko is credited with 309 kills during her time as a sniper for the Red Army in WWII. I’m only a few chapters in, but I’m already hooked by Mila and her story. I love Kate Quinn’s books and I’m hopeful that this one will be another winner.

9. The Paris Library-Janet Skeslien Charles

My friend Hannah read this one last year, and she enjoyed it, so I have high hopes as we usually have very similar tastes in books. It’s another dual timeline story, the past timeline follows Odile Souchet in 1939 Paris, who works at the American Library and becomes embroiled in the French Resistance when the Nazis invade. The present follows teenager Lily in 1983 who becomes intrigued by her mysterious elderly neighbour and sets out to learn more about her. I suspect I will probably enjoy the 1939 timeline more than the 1983, as that always seems to be the way, but we’ll see.

10. The Fair Botanists-Sara Sheridan

I started trying to read this one last year, but I didn’t get very far through due to my reading slump at the time, so I think I’m going to try it on audiobook this time. I really want to like this one as it’s quite a niche book, all about botany in the 1820s and two women who find a common bond over their vested interest in the flowering of a rare plant. 19th century Scotland is not a setting I read a lot in my historical fiction usually, so I’m interested to see Sheridan’s take on it.

So there we go, those are some of the historical fiction books on my TBR, this ended up being slightly more lengthy than I’d anticipated! Have you read any of these (of the ones that are already released)? Are any also on your TBR? Do you like historical fiction? What did you do with your freebie this week? Let me know in the comments!

I’ll be back next week with another Top Ten Tuesday, where we’ll be talking about Authors We Haven’t Read But Want To (that would be a lot!).


24 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #362

  1. Leslie 06/04/2022 / 12:11 am

    The Nightingale is so good!! I have several of these on my TBR as well! I hope you get to them.

    • iloveheartlandx 12/04/2022 / 6:29 pm

      That’s great to hear! I hope so too, I’m planning to read at least a few of them this year πŸ™‚

  2. WendyW 06/04/2022 / 2:12 am

    I have several of these on my TBR too. I especially want to read Diamond Eye and The Nightingale.

    • iloveheartlandx 12/04/2022 / 6:28 pm

      I hope you enjoy both of them! I’m reading The Diamond Eye at the moment and really enjoying it πŸ™‚

  3. Louise 06/04/2022 / 11:25 pm

    I bought The Fair Botanists so I’m looking forward to getting to it eventually. I hope you enjoy it more on your next attempt.

    • iloveheartlandx 12/04/2022 / 6:27 pm

      Thank you! I’m sure I will, I was in a very weird reading mood last year, and things seem to have been going better for me this year πŸ™‚

  4. jennielyse 07/04/2022 / 2:16 am

    This is a great choice of topic. I love historical fiction and I’m always on the lookout for more good books to read. I’ll be adding some of these to my never-ending TBR. Thanks for stopping by my blog. πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 12/04/2022 / 6:27 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad to have helped you find more books to add to your TBR πŸ™‚

  5. pagesandtea 07/04/2022 / 7:10 am

    The Ladies of the Secret Circus is on my TBR too, it sounds really good so hopefully I’ll get around to reading it soon.

  6. Susan 07/04/2022 / 1:43 pm

    Awesome list! I love historical fiction, so this list is great especially since it highlights some non-WWII titles (which I still love). Weirdly, I’ve only read one of theseβ€”THE NIGHTINGALE, which I love and which is on my list this week, too. I’m especially excited to read THE MAD GIRLS OF NEW YORK. It sounds amazing! I hope you love all these when you get to them.

    Happy TTT (on a Thursday)!


    • iloveheartlandx 12/04/2022 / 6:26 pm

      Thank you! I do try to highlight non WWII titles as much as I can, much as I love WWII books (they’ve made up most of my historical fiction reading up to this point in my life), there is so much history out there to explore, it would be a shame to confine yourself to just one period, and a relatively short period at that! I’m glad to hear you loved The Nightingale, I have high hopes for it. Thank you, I hope so too.

  7. Emily Jane 07/04/2022 / 7:36 pm

    I was on the Blog Tour for The Postmistress of Paris. I enjoyed it ☺️ Historical Fiction has been low on my list for a while, but last month I really picked up on it and enjoyed it!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog

  8. FangirlFlax 07/04/2022 / 10:04 pm

    This is a really interesting take on the freebie!

  9. thebookishlibra 09/04/2022 / 5:55 pm

    I have a bunch of these on my TBR too. I’ve read and loved both The Nightingale and The Paris Library.

    • iloveheartlandx 12/04/2022 / 6:19 pm

      I’m glad to hear that. I hope you enjoy the ones you still have to read πŸ™‚

  10. Rissi 11/04/2022 / 8:20 pm

    Feels like I’ve seen Kate’s books on lots of lists in recent months. I don’t really know what her books are all about, but someday maybe I should take a closer look. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland on this week! Appreciate this.

    • iloveheartlandx 12/04/2022 / 6:10 pm

      I’ve not read all of them, but the ones I’ve read have largely been WWI/WII novels focusing on women’s roles in particular in those conflicts. No problem πŸ™‚

  11. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense 12/04/2022 / 3:13 am

    Historical fiction isn’t really my genre so I’m not familiar with too man of these, but I hope you enjoy all these.

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