Ten Favorite Book Settings #TopTenTuesday #LetsDiscuss2021

October 12, 2021

Ten Favorite Book Settings

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Top Ten Tuesday (meme)

I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl for TTT: Ten Favorite Book Settings …

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…and I’m also linking up with the 2021 Discussion Challenge for October.

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Do you have a favorite book setting?

Do you love a strong sense of place?

My VERY FAVORITE setting is ANYWHERE a MEMORABLE story takes place!

In the following memorable and unforgettable stories, I can immediately and vividly recall the setting (the time and place) of the story. The setting becomes as important as the story.

Setting: A Bookshop

Many of my favorite stories take place in bookshops! A recent favorite is The Last Bookshop in London.

Setting: An Unusual Location

The Woman With the Blue Star takes place in the sewer system of Warsaw, Poland.

Setting: A Beach

Castle of Water takes place on a beach as two plane crash survivors attempt to survive and desperately hope for rescue.

Setting: Atmospheric or Strong Sense of Place

The swamp setting in Where the Crawdads Sing comes to mind when I think of atmospheric settings. Also, unforgettably atmospheric is the dust bowl setting in Out of the Dust.

Setting: Long, Long Ago

The time and place when Shakespeare and his family lived are vividly described in Hamnet.

Setting: Small Village or Small Town

I love the small town community in The Printed Letter Bookshop (also a bookshop setting)

and Gander, Newfoundland is an amazing small community in The Day the World Came to Town (NF)

Setting: the Site of a Disaster

The Nature of Fragile Things (earthquake)

Surviving Savannah (shipwreck)

A Fall of Marigolds (New York City)

The Only Plane in the Sky (NF; New York City)

Setting: Local (or somewhere I’ve been)

Other settings that are so fun are settings that I know well in real life. Two examples are The Beautiful Strangers (Coronado, the Hotel Del Coronado) and Dakota: A Spiritual Geography (prairies of South Dakota).

Setting: Rural

I love a rural setting and one that’s especially memorable is the rural mountains of Kentucky found in The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek.

Setting: A Diverse Setting

One more setting I enjoy is one that is culturally different from my own. Some examples include The Firekeeper’s Daughter (Ojibwe reservation), The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters (India), Clap When You Land (Dominican Republic), Born a Crime (South Africa), The Girl With the Louding Voice (Nigeria), The Girl With Seven Names (North Korea/China/South Korea), The Island of Sea Women (Korean Island of Jeju), Amal Unbound (Pakistan), The Hate U Give (streets of L.A.), and The Peal That Broke Its Shell (Afghanistan).


What is your favorite setting?
Please share your favorite setting in comments!

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  1. I loved Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. It takes place in India and it is so well written I found I could even smell the spices of India.

  2. I love any setting that transports me. I love books set in real places that I can visit or have visited as they feel so real. I also love books set in places where I am never likely to go. One reason I love Jane Harper’s thrillers is because of her descriptions of the Australian settings.

  3. Great post! Settings…larger cities (urban fantasy), space worlds (Sci-fi), fae worlds, kingdoms (fantasy), older times periods (historical fiction/fantasy), and haunted houses.

  4. I love reading books that transport me to places I have never been and may never go. But it is also fun to read about places that are familiar. I also love bookshop settings and cozy, small town settings. I tend to prefer settings in our world over other worlds, but I do love Narnia.

  5. My favorite is long ago, typically medieval times or before electricity at least because I find it so interesting to see what people did to survive!

    • I believe it was only as an informant. But still it was a difficult situation for her! I wonder what their official policy is about using older teenagers as informants?! This is a debut author so perhaps the research was a bit sketchy?!

  6. Great list Carol. I love that they are more general in nature, but with your examples you make it more specific. I agree with all of these except maybe Long, Long Ago. I like it, but it is not a favourite.

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