Whether you’re currently obsessed with decades because you’re watching WandaVision or just a fan of the different music, fashion, and slang the many decades bring, we know content from different time periods is always a fun adventure. If you’re sick of the present, read a book set in every decade of the past!
Books to Read For Every Decade
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
This haunting tale by the renowned Laurie Halse Anderson is a look at life before modern advancements. If you’re looking for a colonial setting, you won’t get one better than Philadelphia, just a few years following the American Revolution.
The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
This beloved trilogy is set in the late 1800’s in London. The language, fashion, transportation, social concepts, and more are all so well matched with the time period. You’ll feel a bit more elegant with every page you turn!
The Last Hours by Cassandra Clare
This wonderful follow-up series to The Infernal Devices is just a little farther along on the timeline, and just as proper. You’ll want to sip a cup of tea while you read this one, and make sure to keep that pinky up!
The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
The Infernal Devices and The Last Hours weren’t enough magic in the past for you? This series is sure to satisfy your need for centuries old drama. A modern time traveler gets trapped in the year 1902 and has to fight a guild of evil sorcerers to get back to our time—what more could you want?
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
This fascinating new take on Romeo and Juliet will send you back to 1920s Shanghai. This tale is anything but modern, action-packed, and romantic, all in one book. You won’t want to put it down.
The Degenerates by J. Albert Mann
This compelling novel explores the dark side of the 1920s, following four girls who were institutionalized as they attempt to break free of the expectations set for them by an unforgiving environment.
The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett
Journey to 1930s Romania with this quirky, adventurous treasure-hunting romp. If you want romance, you’ll find it here. If you want vampire hunting, you’ll find that here, too. This read is the intersection of a bunch of unique elements, but is sure to satisfy your craving for another decade.
Jazz Owls by Margarita Engle
This powerful book in verse takes place during the Zoot Suit Riots of the 1940s. While a heavy topic, it will certainly transport you back to this era in American history with expert imagery and lyrical description.
Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott
Set within the walls of Auschwitz during the Holocaust, this emotionally raw tale is based on the true story of two girls whose friendship helped them stay sane and survive through the impossibly unimaginable experiences they endured.
Girl in Reverse by Barbara Stuber
A beautiful coming of age tale, this book is set during the Red Scare. Told from the perspective of an Asian American citizen, it’s a unique perspective on the fear the Cold War created in America, and a masterful look at the other side of it.
The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
Set in late-60s Kuala Lumpur, this debut was another haunting look at a dark time in history. A truly heart-pounding read, this story is all about survival and family in a time when nothing and no one was safe.
The Great Unknowable End by Kathryn Ormsbee
This heartwarming and romantic novel will transport you back to the 70s. Revolving around the local hippie commune, this coming of age tale follows a few kids inside and outside the compound looking for themselves and chasing their dreams.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
This slow burn coming of age novel will make you feel all your feelings, all the while sending you back to the 80s. If you’re looking for something totally tubular that’ll melt your heart, this is the book for you.
The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed
This incredibly poignant book takes place during the Rodney King Riots in L.A. It couldn’t get more 90s than this, but you’ll also get an extremely insightful look at racial prejudices in America in this timely tale.