Top Ten Favorite Book Settings

January 22, 2013 Top Ten Tuesday, Young Adult 22

Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish. I was going to skip this week’s topic because honestly I didn’t think setting mattered much in my book selections. But, after musing a little longer I did realize that setting plays a bigger part than I realized in my book enjoyment.

I like reading about these book settings:Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

1. Workplace – It’s fun to escape the daily grind with fantasy and mystery, but there’s also something interesting about books grounded in reality with an office setting. Attachments is an office romance with a twist- and it’s set in a newspaper office.

2. College – I didn’t really have a typical college experience of living in a dorm, and think books with a college setting bring up a lot of interesting situations. New Adult books are starting to fill that void with more books set in college, such as Easy, Love Story, and Beautiful Disaster.

On the Island3. On the Road – Road trip books and other travel adventures illustrate a character’s journey and usually bring quirky characters, music mixes, romance and self-discovery. These are some of my favorite types of books, such as Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, Saving June, and The Disenchantments.

4. Beachy Keen – I love books set in Exotic or seaside locales that I normally wouldn’t get to visit. The Summer series by Jenny Han wouldn’t be the same without the Cousins Beach setting. On the Island is another one I’d like to try.The Statistical probability of love at first sight

5. 24-Hour Stories – There’s something about books that take place in one day that ups the stakes and creates intriguing dramatic tension. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a good example and combines a lot of my favorite settings – road trip (airplane), foreign travel, and it’s set in 24 hours. Graffiti Moon is another book that takes place in one day.

6. Holiday, Celebrate – Books set around winter holidays help me get into the holiday spirit. Some of my favorites are Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares and Let it Snow, and there are lots more I want to read.

7. 80s-90s era - This time frame is neglected in favor of other historical time frames, but I think there are a lot of stories to tell about the 80s-90s. Other Words for Love, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and The Future of Us are a few I can think of that reference that time frame, but I’d be Touching the Surfaceinterested in reading more.

8. Afterlife – I like contemporary books with an Afterlife twist like Before I Fall, If I Stay, or The Catastrophic History of You & Me. Touching the Surface also looks like a good afterlife book.

9. City Life, places I’ve been – I like to see familiar landmarks in books, but also experience new places I hope to someday visit. Cities like London, Paris, Tokyo, New York, and Los Angeles are some of my favorite city settings. Just One Day, Anna and the French Kiss, and Tokyo Heist are a few favorites.Bunheads

10. Performing Arts world – Books about the performing arts centering on musicians, dancers and other artists are interesting to me. Audition is a good verse novel set in the world of dance, and a couple other dance-oriented novels that look appealing to me are Bunheads and The Cranes Dance.

What are your favorite book settings?

22 Responses to “Top Ten Favorite Book Settings”

  1. library4delinquents

    Some of the best films ever came from the 80s so makes sense that it would make a good setting for books – if you find out about any let me know! I’m reading Archived at the moment which has an afterlife theme – it’s good but a bit mind-bendy. Also, you might like Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black, a supernatural thriller set in a New York ballet academy. Great settings ideas – I hope authors are taking note!
    My TTT

  2. BermudaOnion

    I love books set on college campuses too! I also love books that are set in places that are familiar to me – places I’ve lived or have visited.

  3. Vicky Hooper

    Love this list! I particularly agree with the afterlife as a setting. I’ve never read a book set in the afterlife, but have read a short story about that and it was amazing. I’ll have to check out your recommendations! :-)

  4. tigerlilyrachel

    I’d like some more college books, too. I’m in college right now, and it would be nice to have more books that are more relevant/relatable to my current life. I wasn’t too excited with the whole New Adult genre at first, but it’s definitely starting to grow on me as more quality stories are published.

  5. Lisa

    I like the 24-hour idea. So much can happen in such a short amount of time! The Cranes Dance was really good. I definitely recommend it!

  6. Oksana

    Road trip, beach and winter holiday are on my list too, You gave me an idea about adding 24-hours stories and performing arts world. I’ve probably read next to nothing with these settings. Great list!

  7. Candice

    Oh, performing arts world! I didn’t think about that but yes! Would love to see more books set in the cutthroat world of the performing arts!

  8. Janita

    I would love to read more books about university life too! Crazy times happen, therefore lots of writing fodder. Great list, and thanks for stopping by my blog! :D

  9. Quinn

    Oh my gosh, seriously, I want a lot more college stories. I like that they are starting to be released, but it’s not enough, and there isn’t enough genre variety I think.

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