Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Settings I'd Like To See More Of

This week Top Ten Tuesday is focusing on settings that we would like to see more of in books. I also thought I would share a few of my travel photos with you guys.  Let me know what you think!  

1.  Paris - Who doesn't love a book set in Paris? I really fell in love with this setting when I read Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.  Amy Plum's Die For Me is also a good example of a memorable Parisian setting.

Here I am at the Vatican- they are setting up for  the Easter service
2.  Rome- After visiting Rome, I realized what an awesome place it TRULY is and the perfect setting for a book.  Angels and Demons by Dan Brown is an example of how Rome can be an incredible setting for a novel.

This is me at the Southernmost Point - Key West, Florida
3.  The beach- I love a good summertime beach read and I never get sick of a beach setting.  Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han's Summer series are two examples of my favorites! Also, I loved the setting of Key West in Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm and Hemingway's Girl by Erika Robuck. 

This is me on a boat outside of Rick's Cafe - Negril, Jamaica
4.  The Caribbean- I haven't read many books set in the Caribbean, but I would love to.  Steel by Carrie Vaughn is one of the only books that comes to mind with that setting.  If there were some Johnny Depp-ish pirates in it, I wouldn't complain either.

Here's a picture of me hiking at Hana, Maui
5.  Hawaii- I actually don't think I've read many books with Hawaii as the setting.  The only one that I can think of is Sweet Life by Mia King. There needs to be more books with Hawaiian settings; it's one of my absolute favorite places in the world. 

Me at the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
6.  Ireland- I visited Ireland a few years ago and I desperately want to go back.  I've read only a few books with this setting, such as Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt and Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy.

7.  An amazing Fantasy world- And not just the usual fantasy setting....I am talking about an all-consuming high fantasy setting with some kind of Tolkien-eque map.  I haven't read a good high fantasy in a long time...not since Graceling by Kristin Cashore.

8.  A dystopian world- I would like to see more of this, but done really well à la The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins or Suzanne Beth Pfeffer's Life As We Knew It.

9. New York City or London during the Gilded Age- It's one of my favorite settings for historical fiction. Luxe series by Anna Godbersen is an example that comes to mind.

10.  Post-Edwardian Era in England- Can you say Downton Abbey? Yes, I am not sick of it....yet. There are some books coming out this year with this setting that I've had my eye on, such as Summerset Abbey by T.J. Brown.

So, there you have it! What about you? Which settings do you want to see more of? Let me know. Also, Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, so check it out!


  1. A big fat YES to Rome! Especially the Ancient kind, since I'm a bit obsessed.

    1. Me too! Ancient Rome is so interesting! Thanks for visiting, Amber!

  2. Yes, loving Gilded Age and Post-Edwardian settings - books with big dresses always win! Paris is on My TTT too - but at the turn of the century. Lovely photos BTW :-)

  3. Good list! :-) I'd like to read more in the Caribbean too.

    1. I could go for some Caribbean right about now...the weather here in PA is FREEZING! Thanks for visiting, Victoria!

  4. Man girl. You traveled. Awesome!!! Love your list. I never tire of Ireland in stories.

    1. Thanks, Juju. I love traveling almost as much as I love reading. :)

  5. I'm not really into Paris settings. Only because I've had some TERRIBLE French teachers in school. I did really like Anna and the French Kiss and the Die for Me books from Amy Plum, though :)


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