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Top Ten Tuesday-Favorite Settings 8/13/13

toptentuesdayThis week The Broke and The Bookish asked us to pick a setting and list our favorite books with that setting. I am tweaking this one a little. I selected a few of my favorite types of settings and listed a few books in those categories.

FOREIGN LANDS. I don’t have a lot of world travel experience, but I can always count on a book to take me away!

1. Ireland


I love Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series. Each book in the series is a riveting psychological thriller, but my favorite thing about the series is the setting. I have never been to Ireland, but French describes Dublin in such vivid detail that the city comes alive. It’s as if Dublin itself is a character in the story.

2. Czech Republic


The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor is the only book I have ever read that is set in Prague. The unique setting makes this one stand out in a crowd.

3. Australia

jellicoe road i am the messenger

It’s a toss-up between Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta and I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. I must admit that one Ed Kennedy plays a big role in latter being on the list.

SPECIAL SCHOOLS. Thank you J.K. Rowling for introducing me to the joys of Hogwarts! I now have a special fondness for boarding school settings. Here are a few of my favorites:

4. The Arkwell Academy is home to a variety of magickind, including Dusty Everhart, the only Nightmare at the school. This was a fun debut by a local (Ohio) author!

nightmare affair

5. Hanover School for Expecting Teen Mothers is a spaceship! Seriously. I LOVED this book and can’t wait for more!


6. Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a top-secret spy school for awesome girls.

i'd tell you i love

ON THE ROAD. I LOVE road trip books so much. These two are truly gems:

7. Going Bovine by Libba Bray is so delightfully bizarre.

going bovine

8. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson is the opposite. Nothing weird here, just a lot of sweet fun.

amy and roger

DISTURBING SETTINGS. I just invented this category so that I could include some of my favorite disturbing books. It feels weird saying that.

9. The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith. Marbury is a horrifying place, and yet I could not put this book down. Of course, I am still too scared to read the sequel, Passenger, but I will some day.

marbury lens

10. Gone by Michael Grant. Perdido Beach is a hot mess and even though the series is finished, I am still freaked out about all the sh*t that when down under that barrier.


Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday: You Are Here-More of These Settings Please!


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday list, brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish is all about settings. To be honest, I usually only think of settings when they absolutely amazing. Otherwise, they are just sort of background noise. So it took some effort to come up with some settings that have really impresses me.

1. On the Road

road trip

I am a total sucker for a road trip book! I think that the best part about road trip books is that the setting is constantly changing. More, please.

2. Boarding School


Again, I have a soft spot for boarding school settings. Obviously Howarts is an excellent example of how awesome a boarding school can be, but there are plenty of great school settings out there and they aren’t necessarily magical. In fact, magic isn’t a requirement for me to love a boarding school.

3. The Future


When it comes to the future, I like it all. Does that count as a setting? I guess it’s more of a time period, but I am still going to count it because in most cases, the time influences the setting and that is what I like. I am not picky about my futuristic books. The good, the bad, the evil, the cyborgs, the cool techie gadgets. Bring it on!

4. Ireland


Tana French writes novels set in Ireland and her descriptions of the setting are so vivid that I truly believe I am there when I am reading. Some day I will get there. In the meantime, I will settle for reading about this beautiful country.

5. Castles


Castles are a great setting. They exist all over the world and fit into just about any time period. They are quite versatile!

6. Steampunk


Ok, I realize that steampunk is a genre, but the settings are so unique and in many was specific to the genre that I am including it on my settings list. It’s my list; I’ll do what I want!

7. Imaginary Worlds


I have really grown to appreciate fantasy and all the amazing worlds that can be found in an epic fantasy. Also, dragons are totally growing on me.

8. Isolated/desolate/remote areas


It doesn’t have to be an island. A remote cabin in the woods or a western ghost town will do just fine as well. Remote or desolate areas can add an element of tension to a story or peace and calm. How cool is that?

9. A Farm


I recently got to spend time on my sister’s farm and it is a whole different world! I think I need to read more books with a rural or agricultural setting. Also, horses and goats are so cool.

10. Ohio/Cleveland


Finally, how about some hometown love? I have great love for my city, Cleveland, but I do enjoy a nice Ohio setting as well.

Where do you like your books to take you?

Happy Reading!