Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Historical Novels with a Globe-Trotting Adventure

A weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

I feel like this week's prompt is really open-ended. I feel like it would be incredibly hard to narrow down all the books I read which don't take place in another country. That's just not enough direction for me. Originally I was thinking I could pick a country but that's just as difficult. So instead I'm playing with the prompt a bit so as to not make a decision. Here are some of my favorite books and series that take you on globe-trotting adventures.

1.) The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Why beat around the bush and pretend like I wasn't going to add this book. I mean it one of my all-time favorite books and the reason I got into historical mysteries like this in the first place. Plus it has an amazing adventure that takes you throughout space and time.

2.) The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
When I first heard about this book it was referred to as the "big gay historical road trip book." It is totally that, but it is also so much more. It's an amazing and epic adventure novel and is also hilarious and sweet.

3.) Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco
While the first book in the series does keep you centrally located in London, later books in the series take you to different countries and on different adventures. I have a feeling the third one is going to be more like the second one so I'm including it.

4.) The Great Library series by Rachel Caine
I seriously love this series. I am cheating a little bit because it's not really historical. It is technically an alternate history but I use historical loosely as you will see later. Anyway, this series takes you all over the world where the sinister library is, and it's amazing!

5.) Custard Protocol series by Gail Carriger
I was originally going to put the Parasol Protectorate series on the list but in five books you really don't travel until the last two. However in the Custard Protocol each book takes you to a new local and it's more of a traditional globe-trotting travel kind of story.

6.) Passenger duology by Alexandra Bracken
This is another one of those books that takes you through time and space except it's not through flashbacks this time, it's actual time travel this time. But it totally has that globe-trotting adventure vibe to it and it's one of the best parts to the book.

7.) Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
This is also kind of cheating because it's alternate history, but it definitely has a historical vibe so I'm including it. Plus it's a classic road trip story in the literal sense. But I seriously love this book and this series and I loved the travel aspect.

8.) Outlander by Diana Gabeldon
Okay, this one is really cheating because I have only read the first book and that one basically only takes place in Scotland. But I've seen the TV show and know that in later books they go on more adventures to different places. DON'T AT ME!

9.) The Sherlockian by Graham Moore
I read this book a long time ago, before I even started blogging, when I was going through my historical mystery phase. I actually really enjoyed it even though I don't really like Sherlock Holmes (I SAID DON'T AT ME!). It's a fun literary themed travel story.

10.) People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
I also read this when I was in my historical mystery phase. This is a super classic one where a modern character finds something that ties people from throughout history together to each other and her. It takes you on a fun adventure around the world too.

11.) Invictus by Ryan Graudin
"Another time travel book?" you say. Yeah, another time travel book. If you want a globe-trotting adventure with historical settings you are bound to come across some time travel stories. This is a really good one. I mean Ryan Gruadin made the list twice so it must be good.

12.) A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Grey
I mean am I even pretending this is a collection of historical novels anymore? I'm trying to. Well this book is science fiction but it does take the reader to some alternative histories that are meant to feel like historical settings so whatever.

There you have it, my collection of historical(ish) novels that have globe-trotting adventures. What books made your list? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!


  1. I would like to read Ink and Bone and The Sherlockian!! Very nice post, it is hard to come up with different countries-but it's also fun discovering new books in new places!!

  2. Ooh nice! Lots of books take place in England! I did my best not to choose those relentlessly! Lol! Totally forgot Hunting Prince Dracula though which was in Romania! Sigh...

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  3. Outlander would definitely be on my list too!