Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Reasons Why You Should Read A Tyranny of Petticoats


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is to talk about something we love. So I thought I’d use the opportunity to do a condensed review of A Tyranny of Petticoats, which I finished a couple of days ago.

A Tyranny of Petticoats is a young adult anthology of short stories, edited by Jessica Spotswood. And here are some reasons why you should pick it up!

1. Historical fiction

This anthology is made up of 15 short stories that are all historical and set in the United States. If you love historical fiction, I can guarantee that you will love A Tyranny of Petticoats. As someone who doesn’t know much about US history, I learnt a lot of about it as I was reading the short stories. I also really loved that the stories were in chronological order and featured lots of different time periods.

2. Badass ladies

Every single short story is about a female protagonist. I loved how strong, fierce and badass they all were and how they took their own destinies into their own hands. We read about pirates, thieves, teachers and just normal girls who refuse to submit to their ‘superiors’ who try to bully them.

3. Diversity

I loved the diversity in this book. There is diversity in sexual orientation, as well as diversity in colour. I really enjoyed how these aspects were explored in all of the stories.

4. Social issues

This point ties into the first point I made. I highly enjoyed how the social issues of each time period were given a lot of focus. I feel like I learnt a lot and I loved how these issues were explored in the stories.

5. Author notes

Each short story was followed by an author note, detailing the inspiration behind the story. In a lot of cases, the stories were based on a true event or real people in history, and I liked that we were given some information about these in the author notes.

6. New to me/you authors

I hadn’t heard of some of the authors who contributed stories to the anthology and I enjoyed being able to get a little sample of their writing. I ended up looking up some of these authors’ other works and I’ll be checking them out soon.

7. Short stories

All of the short stories in this anthology are about 20-25 pages long, which I really, really liked. I don’t really like it when short stories are 50+ pages because that’s not ‘short’. These are a really great length in my opinion and it was easy to read a couple of stories in a sitting.

8. Romance and no romance

What I enjoyed about this anthology was that there was a good mixture of stories with and without romance. In fact, I think there were more stories that didn’t have a romance element and I loved that.

9. Mix of genres

There was also a really good mix of genres. They were all historical stories but there were some with fantasy elements and some with mythological aspects and I liked how different each of the stories were.

10. Beautiful hardcover

I have the hardcover version of the book and I think it’s a super high quality book. It’s got a beautiful jacket and the naked hardcover is also really lovely. The pages in the book are also thick and great quality.

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31 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Reasons Why You Should Read A Tyranny of Petticoats

  1. Greg says:

    I like that some have fantasy and mythological elements, and short stories that can be read quickly or in one sitting are nice! And the author notes- I always like that when we get a blurb or snippet from the author about their inspiration. Sounds nice!

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  2. Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks says:

    Oh, I might be getting this now! I was a little hesitant to read it, mainly because I’m not HUGE on historical fiction. But maybe that’s just when the novels are a good 300-400 pages long, and I might come to enjoy it a lot more in the form of short stories! Great post, Jenna!

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      You’re totally right! I think you might enjoy this one. The stories aren’t slow-paced like historical fiction novels are so you might actually like these! Also the females are so badass in these stories! Definitely recommend that you check it out!


  3. Lois says:

    Okay, you have me sold on this anthology. I do love a good historic setting and the fact that it covers a wide range of topics is always a plus. This is yet another book that you’ve made me add to the tbr pile haha.

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  4. Valerie says:

    You know, I honestly do not like reading about US history, but I think this one will be an exception because 1) it’s short stories and it provides a mix of genres (like I was NOT expecting you to mention fantasy), and 2) it features badass ladies that I will most definitely get behind. So I have a feeling that I will be reading this someday. Plus I have seen so much praise, that I can’t ignore it anymore πŸ™‚

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Yeah absolutely! I think this would be a much more bearable lesson in US history HAHA. But I just went into it expecting great stories and awesome characters. The US history aspect was just a byproduct of reading the stories. The diversity in this collection is amazing!


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