This week's prompt, from The Broke and the Bookish, is Top Ten Historical Settings You Love.
I love books set in the past, as you know by now. Whether they were written long ago, or are what I consider to be "historical fiction" (set in a time prior to the age the author lived in), I love learning about how life was different in time gone by, and how it was also the same as what we have today. People haven't changed much since the fall into sin, and that saying that "the more things change, the more they stay the same" definitely feels true when I'm reading historical fiction.
Anyway, here are the settings I'm most drawn to, in chronological order:
4000 BC-100 AD -- Biblical times. I don't read a lot of fiction set then, though I do really love The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare and Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace. But I do read quite a bit of nonfiction about it -- right now, I'm working my way through When Christ Walked Among Us by James F. Pope.
500-1500 -- Middle Ages. Basically anything involving Robin Hood, King Arthur, knights and ladies and castles. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle and so on.
1600s -- Elizabethan England. If it involves Shakespeare, I'm interested.
1700s -- American Colonial Era and Revolution. The Felicity books, The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter, The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare, Sarah Bishop by Scott O'Dell, anything involving Daniel Boone.
1800s -- Napoleonic Wars, British Regency, American frontier life. Jane Austen, Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series. Streams to the River, Rivers to the Sea by Scott O'Dell, anything about Davy Crockett and Kit Carson.
1860s -- American Civil War. Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, books by Shelby Foote, memoirs of soldiers, etc.
1870s-1900 -- American Old West. My favorite era for movies, and the one I love writing in the most. I'm very fond of Zane Grey, getting fonder of Louis L'Amour, and want to try out Max Brand.
1900s -- Victorian Era Britain. I love Sherlock Holmes!
1920s -- the Jazz Age. I love Fitzgerald and Hemingway, books by them or about them. Especially The Sun Also Rises and A Moveable Feast by Hemingway, and Tales of the Jazz Age and Flappers and Philosophers by Fitzgerald.
1940s -- WWII. Basically, anything set during WWII grabs my attention. Sarah Sundin, Raymond Chandler, anything historical about WWII. The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan, Shadows Over Stonewycke by Michael Phillips and Judith Pella, anything by Bill Mauldin or Ernie Pyle.
That's only 9, but that's all I've got :-)
EDIT: No, it's not! I realized that I was thinking mostly about fiction, but I do read non-fiction (and a bit of fiction) about Biblical times, so I'm adding that to the top of this list.