Top Ten Book Settings

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This week’s topic from The Broke and the Bookish asks for a list of settings I want to see more of. When I think of my favorite book settings, I realize that there already exists a ton of books written in that setting: it’s about finding the best and reading them! So instead, I’ll just list my favorite settings. For sanity’s sake, I did not try to rank them.

Feel free to give book suggestions based on this list!

1. Boarding school

I don’t know what it is, but I love the idea of boarding school. Somehow I picture myself holed up in an institution where I have no outside cares and just can study and hang out with friends all the time. I guess college was a bit like this, which is why I loved it so much.

This was the root of my original interest in the Harry Potter books.

2. Foreign planets

I love books set on other worlds. A good example of this is Xenocide by Orson Scott Card. I so need to re-read that series.

3. Alternative history (that’s a setting, right?)

I love alternative history. I love any “what ifs” when well done. How Few Remain by Harry Turtledove is an example of one I really liked.

4. Spaceships

Okay, so I like sci fi. So? This is not the first clue to my nerdiness…I am writing a list of my favorite book settings.

A good example is A Million Suns by Beth Revis. And I just realized Ender’s Game fits this and #1. I was bound to like the book, even if the story was only so so (and it’s not!).

5. Rural prairie settings

I suppose this comes from being a Kansas girl at heart. Thinking of endless wheat fields, ripe for the harvest, at sunset fills me with a lot of warmth. I can’t say that I’ve read a lot of books like this, but my favorite is Little House on the Prairie. I don’t really like historical fiction, so any pioneer books have to have been written in that time period (or much more closer than time than books written now, in the case of the Little House books).

6. The 19th Century

Okay, I just really like books written in the 19th Century, which isn’t a setting thing. But it’s hard to come up with that many settings, okay? Let’s say that Sense and Sensibility is a good example.

7. On the Trail

I’ve been daydreaming about hiking lately, so I’ve been attracted to books about journeys. Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods is my favorite so far (and read before I was interested in hiking myself).

8. Australia

Because it’s where everyone wants to go on a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. And it’s the setting of Tomorrow, When the World Began.

9. Any other foreign country

I just love to read books set in other places. One that comes to mind right away is Sister of My Heart by Chitra Divakaruni (set in India).

10. Dystopias

I love a good dystopian read. I’d go for Jasper Fforde’s Shades of Grey as my favorite.

How about you?

4 thoughts on “Top Ten Book Settings

  1. Have you read The Year of the Hangman? I loved it. It is a book about what would have been if America hadn’t won the revolutionary war. I don’t know if it fits into your alternative history category perfectly… but it is a good, fun read.

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