Top 5 Tuesday is a fun, weekly meme that asks you to pick 5 books that fit that week’s theme. It was created by Bionic Bookworm and is currently being hosted by Meeghan Reads. You should check out their wonderful blog for more details and the list of prompts!
I hope you’ve all had a lovely Tuesday. It was a busy day at work for me, so I’m ready to unwind, watch people talk about books on Youtube, and pick up a book of my own. First, though, it’s time for another Top 5 Tuesday post! Today, I get to talk about my top five books that are set in the past. I wasn’t sure how easy it would be to find five books that I love that are set in the past, but then I ended up with so many books from which to choose, haha. I’ve trimmed it down to my five favorites, though it was a tough decision to make.
Now, let me share them with you!
#1. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
This is a recent read that quickly stole my heart. It was vibrant and engaging, with incredible characters and even better writing! And it’s set in 1889 Paris, so it definitely belongs on this list. I loved this story so much. It has so many elements that I tend to gravitate towards: heists, morally grey characters, and, my fave, found family. I really need to continue with this series! Hopefully I’ll pick up the next book sooner rather than later.
#2. Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
So I’m not 100% sure when this book takes place, but it is inspired by the pre-Columbian Americas and everything since pretty old school, so I’m saying it counts! Mostly because I just need an excuse to talk about this book at any opportunity 😂 This book has magic, mystery, and some of the most compelling characters I’ve read in awhile. Xiala and Serapio will always be my favorites and that holds true in the sequel, as well. I cannot wait for the next book!
#3. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
This is another recent read that quickly became a favorite. Madeline Miller’s writing is just *chef’s kiss* This is a retelling of the legend of Achilles and Patroclus, so I think it definitely counts as “set in the past”. This was such a tragic and beautifully told story that had me completely hooked throughout, even though I knew how it was going to end. Bring some tissues for the ending… fair warning to all those who haven’t read this yet. Which is probably not many!
#4. These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
My first five star read (and first read period) of 2022 has to go on the list! Especially since it is set in 1926 Shanghai. The setting is just one of the many vibrant aspects of this story. Shanghai comes to life through Chloe Gong’s words and it was a pleasure to be along for the ride. Juliette and Roma have my entire heart and I really need to get to the second book in this duology. Especially after how the first one ended! I need to know what happens next!
#5. Babel, of the Necessity of Violence by R.F. Kuang
And now we have my most recent five star read! Y’all, this was a powerhouse of a book. Do you enjoy dark academia? You need to give this book a try! I will say that the pacing is a little all over the place towards the middle and end of the book. Still, this book was beautifully written and the way it approached the topics of colonialism and racism more than made up for the pacing issues for me. All I know is that R.F. Kuang has officially made it to my ‘favorite authors’ list!
What are your top five books that are set in the past? Do you have any recommendations? Let me know in the comments!
And, as always, happy reading!