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Top Ten Tuesday: Settings I’d Like to See More Often

January 22, 2013

Hello, and Happy Tuesday!

This week, the lovely ladies at The Broke and Bookish and wondering about setting: specifically, which ones should be a little more popular.

1. Theme Parks

My mom and me (wearing unfortunate shorts. Ugh.) with Hogwarts in the distance. (Universal Studios Islands of Adventure)

I loooooove theme parks. And as a teen, they were basically a playground of foreplay. I mean think about it: chaperones were lax, there are dark rides so you can make out, and there are roller coasters and water rides, which are fun and thrilling on their own, but when you add a flirtation component? C’mon. Best day ever.

Books I’ve enjoyed with theme parks: Past Perfect by Leila Sales, upcoming How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer

2. Farms/Ranches

Cowboys. Barns. Horses. Guitars. Bonfires. Cowboy boots. Wide open spaces. Yes, please.

Books I’ve enjoyed with farms/ranches: Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore; From Ashes by Molly McAdams

3. Spaceships
Admittedly, I haven’t read Beth Revis’s Across the Universe series, but I hear that it’s AMAZING and I know that I need to remedy that. WITH THAT SAID, I’d love to see a YA series that is like Firefly—a space western—or maybe like Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century, complete with intergalactic rock stars.

4. Rural Locations

Okay, you got me. This is here so you can ogle Taylor Kitsch. YOU’RE WELCOME.

I’d love to pick up a book that has a setting with the feel of Capeside from Dawson’s Creek or Dillon from Friday Night Lights or Bluebell from Hart of Dixie.

5. Diners


Diners are sort of like bars when you’re a teenager. You can go and casually hang out there and order the same thing every time you go and you can always have basically the same, but enjoyable time every single time you’re there. In most books I’ve read that feature diners, the diner is a workplace for the main character, which I love since I had a job as a teen and appreciate when fictional teens have jobs. But there’s something so kitschy and warm and familiar about a diner, that it just makes me happy.

Books with I’ve enjoyed with diners: Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler; Speechless by Hannah Harrington; Just One Day by Gayle Forman.

6. Eastern Europe


I really love books that are set in other countries, but I’m (I can’t believe I’m about to say this) a little tired of London/Paris. Okay, not TIRED, but I’d like some European diversity. I’ve looooved reading Laini Taylor’s Daughter of  Smoke and Bone and though there is a lot a lot a lot of stuff happening with the setting, a big part of it is in the Czech Republic and I adore it and I would love to see more stuff set in that part of the world.

7. Ski resorts


Snow. Mountains. Ski lifts. Snow lodges. Apres ski. Fireplaces. Hot Chocolate surreptitiously spiked with peppermint schnapps. Kissing in front of the fireplace whilst drinking spiked hot chocolate. Okay, I’m just going to write that book. DIBS.

8. On the Brink of Revolution America


I’d love to see a YA/New Adult version of Felicity from American Girl.

9. Early 1900s Egypt


So much tomb excavating was going on! And curses! And treasure stealing! And deaths! And excitement!

10. Mid-1800s Bavaria


The royal family of Bavaria was BONKERS in the greatest of ways. And they built all of the castles that the princess castles at Disney are based on. Win-win.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 27, 2013 2:07 PM

    I love the idea of Bavaria in the 1800s. Bavaria is a truly beautiful area. Here’s my TTT.

  2. January 23, 2013 4:01 PM

    Theme parks, ranches, diners…fantastic list!

  3. January 22, 2013 1:37 PM

    Awesome! Thanks for the mention. I love theme parks, too, obviously!

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