It’s time again for Top Ten Tuesday, a fun weekly meme created by the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they have a different theme for bloggers to post their top tens about, and this week we’re listing our…
Top Ten Settings I’d Like To See More Of (Or At All)
Well, this is a bit of a stretch for me…I don’t usually pick books up because of their setting. Characters, yes…setting, sometimes. I put them back because of characters, too. Anyway, this top ten was a little difficult to cobble together, so I apologize if it makes very little sense.
- Jungles and forests
Quite often books are set in urban or suburban settings, but I really enjoyed the forest-themed books like The Forest of Hands & Teeth by Carrie Ryan (the whole series, actually), and the scenes from The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson.
- Tropical areas (not necessarily the beach)
By this one I don’t mean more beaches, but more of what they have to offer – beautiful scenery, waterfalls. I want to escape somewhere tropical and go on an adventure.
- Dystopian books set outside the USA
As someone who doesn’t live in the US (OK, I’m just barely north of the US, but still), it can get a bit tiresome to read dystopian books that only focus on the US. I want to read more of them that involve the whole world or are set outside of the US. It’s a big wide world, and we’re all connected…if society as we know it ends, how will it effect everyone else?
I know there are lots of books set in Canada. But I’m a bit of a snob – it’s usually Canadians that write about Canada, and as soon as I see that it’s a Canadian author, I put it back on the shelf. For some reason I don’t like how Canadians write, but when other authors attempt it, Canadians come across looking like idiots. We’re not, we’re just like Americans (honestly, we DON’T even talk funny, though we do say “eh” a lot). So I’d like to read more books set in Canada where Canadians are depicted as normal as we actually are.
- New York City
I was just in NYC and I know that there are a lot of books set there, but generally they’re chick-lit and focus on being rich, and that lifestyle. But I want a more accurate view of what it’s like to live there. It’s an exciting city, but I want to read about more than dining out and shopping on Fifth Avenue.
I didn’t go to college or university, so maybe I get a little bit of a kick out of reading stories set in university. I am loving the New Adult genre, and I want to see more! Give me the experience that I lacked – tell me about the football teams and mascots and all the crazy things that kids in university actually do!
- Other cultures
OK, I know that’s not really a setting, but it sort-of can be. I really enjoy books that bring in different cultures, whether they are set in those areas or the characters hail from them originally (or lived there for some time). I like stories about immigrant families, it’s something that intrigues me. And I think a lot can be learned from other cultures.
- Old West
I don’t think I’ve actually read anything set in the old west that wasn’t a raunchy romance. I want to read about settlers and pioneers and all that good stuff. The Gold Rush. Wagon trains. That sort of thing.
I’ve read and liked Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan and am about to read Across the Universe by Beth Revis, both set in space. I’d like to see more of these…not necessarily alien life but humans setting out on a new adventure.
- Boats and ships
I’m completely terrified of water, but I’d like to read books set on the ocean. Pirates? Yes! We don’t see pirates very often! Or even just a family living on a boat for a summer. Or a couple travelling on a yacht and visiting different ports. I just want something a little different than mainstream land-loving settings.
So, there you have it. The ten settings that I’d like to see more of. If you’re aware of some great books in those settings that I’m missing, please point them out to me! And, of course, link me up to your top ten…I probably missed some really good ones, as I was likely over-thinking this one, lol!