Top Ten Tuesday (60)

22 Jan

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

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish post a top ten list topic so that book lovers like you and me can pour over our shelves and make our own lists. You can check out all the other Top Ten Tuesday‘s on their site!

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This is such a fun topic, friends! How often do I find myself wishing for more of this kind of book or book that takes place in this place/time period/fantasy world? ALL THE TIME, even though I love the settings of the books that are already out there. These are just a few of the settings that I’d be the most excited to see because I don’t see them very often or, in some cases, at all. I mixed it up between physical environments and time periods, all in the real world. Woo hoo!

The Jungle

Am I the only person who would die to read more books set in the jungle? I would LOVE to have a larger pool of books set in this humid, green, lively place. It’s so different not only from the settings of a lot of the books I read, but also from the places that I know in my real life. There’s no jungles in Jersey. I crave the otherness.

The Wild West

Yo, SOMEONE please write me a slew of cowboy books. PLEASE. I LOVE the idea of more YA set in the wild west. Give me pioneers, give me settlers, give me Native Americans and cowboys and high noon gunfights in front of the saloon. Plus, I find that physical environment–the mountains, the desert, the prairies–so beautiful. I’d read every book set in this place and time, a craving I attribute to two book series: Kirsten’s American Girl books, and Little House on the Prairie (I guess, now that I think on it some more, that the prairie and the wild west are two different places. They fuse together in my mind sometimes, but I love and want more of them both.)

Colonial America

OMG FRIENDS. This is hands-down my favorite, FAVORITE historical period. I love everything about it. Just thinking about it makes me history-nerd giddy. Mostly when I say Colonial America I’m talking about the period of time during the American Revolution. But I’d totally take a book about the first settlers in America, too. Since I shouted out Kirsten just before, I HAVE to shout out my girl Felicity as one of the reasons I love this time period forever. She was my favorite American Girl doll, and I loved her books. I’d pounce on anything set in this time period.

On Boats

YAY BOATS! Give me a book where the characters and the action are stuck on a boat in the middle of the ocean, or wandering up or down a river, and I am totally in. Something about the small, confined space on the vast water is endlessly appealing to me. The potential for drama is high. I LOVE books that take place on or near water, so more books on boats would be right up my alley. I feel like we already get tons of beach books–which I love–so boats is the same kind of vibe, but a little different.

The Alps

I find all those little charming skiing hamlets in the Alps so effing charming! And also beautiful. I love the mountains and the cobblestone streets and snow. I feel like setting a book in the Alps–in any time, honestly–would be so great because the atmosphere would be great, and there’s really nowhere for the characters to go. Strand a few there in the winter? MONEY.

Ancient Rome

Or Ancient Greece. I’d take either, but I definitely have a preference for Rome. THE DRAMZ ARE NEVER-ENDING. Give me some gladiator business, or some crime or murder, or some political shenanigans, or some secret society something. I’d devour that shizz. AHHHH!!! DEVOUR. Leave the mythology out of it for now, too. Just give me the society and the people and the corruption and the wealth and poverty.

In a War Zone

I’m not really talking about civilians living in a war zone, although I’d read that, too. I know that reading books about soldiers or the military is not everyone’s cup of tea, but man. I kind of live for it. There is something really appealing to me about the military. Something about the structure and the danger and the “my life is in the hands of my fellow soldiers, and theirs in mine” that makes the drama so immediate and palpable. I’d read a book about deployed soliders anywhere. Oh! Deployed soldiers in the jungle! BOOM. Make it happen, authors! Pretty please?

Scotland/Ireland

It should be NO SECRET that I have a big ole’ soft spot for the Scots. Now, I know that Scottish people and Irish people are different, and I know that they are two different places, but I find myself attracted to them both equally for kind of the same reasons. I think both places are beautiful, I love the accents, and I love the gingers. I know that a lot of people might associate these two places with some kind of book about fairies or some such thing, but none of that for me. Give me some Celtic history–like the Ancient Irish kings of Tara or the Scottish clans–and I’d ride it til I die.

Under Water

I understand that setting a book underwater without it being either 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea or The Little Mermaid might be hard, but I’d love to see more books about the former than the latter. It’s just so rare! I’m not always down with the mermaids; I love them in theory, but something always seems off to me in the execution. I’d take some drama on a submarine.

Euro Road Trip

To date, the only books I can think of when I think of “Euro road trip” are Maureen Johnson’s Little Blue Envelopes series. How is this possible? Am I missing some? I LOVE road trip books forever. Road trips in another country? In SEVERAL other countries??? That satisfies both my love of road trips and my love of traveling. No brainer.

On a Safari

SIGH. Guys, Africa is my number one vacation destination. If I die without ever setting foot on the Serengeti I’m going to be pissed. (Even though I’d technically already be dead.) There are precisely three reasons that I am now and have been for ages enamored of this place: The Lion King, Out of Africa (the movie AND the book), and THE POISONWOOD BIBLE. I can’t really put my fascination with Africa into words. But trust me: I’d elbow my way to the front of the line to read a book set here.

13 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday (60)”

  1. Brittany January 22, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    OooOOOoooh yes to so many! LOVE the Wild West and Pioneer!!! That kind of reminds me of all the books I read as a kid (because for some reason apparently that’s where all of them took place?)
    Great choices!!!

  2. Alexa Loves Books (@alexalovesbooks) January 22, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    I absolutely, 100% agree with all of the choices you made for this week! Seriously. These would be some amazing settings for books (can you imagine how awesome the jungle as a setting or the Euro road trip would be?)!

  3. tigerlilyrachel January 22, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    Agh, I love so many of your settings! These lists are making me want to read ALL THE BOOKS right now. I feel like I read about the same settings over and over, but your list is so diverse. I love it.

  4. rubybastille January 22, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    It’s a less traditional Western, but “Little Century” by Anna Keesey is a gorgeous book set on the Oregon frontier. If you’re into the hardscrabble existence of settlers, love triangles that aren’t irritating, and relatable heroines, you should check it out!

  5. Emma @ Hopeful Happiness January 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    So much awesomeness! I too love colonial America! My favorite remains “Johnny Tremain.” It’s such a fantastic book!

  6. Candice January 22, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    I would LOOOOVVVVEEEE a book set in Scotland! I don’t know why, but I want a British-y book that doesn’t take place in England. Give me Ireland, Scotland or Wales any day of the week! Also… Kirsten and Felicity? Holla!

  7. Amy Peveto (@AmyPeveto) January 22, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    If Scotland (especially 18th century Scotland) is your thing, I definitely recommend Gabaldon’s Outlander series. There’s a dizzying amount of sex, but it’s easy to flip on past and get to the plot. Lots of history, great descriptions of people and places, and generally a fun read.

    Here’s my TTT for the week. Happy reading!

  8. Nicole January 22, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    Ahh Wild West – SUCH A GOOD PICK! And honestly i’d probably read even the dullest book if it was based in Ancient Rome because I am just obsessed. Great Picks!

    our TTT

    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

  9. Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know January 22, 2013 at 8:31 pm #

    Ancient Rome and Safari would be pretty cool! Great list!

    Check out my TTT.

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  10. Quinn January 22, 2013 at 9:23 pm #

    Absolutely YA BOATS! Although, I don’t ever want to go on a cruise or anything. Well, unless it’s an Alaskan cruise.

    I love Scottish settings, too! Seriously :)

  11. Hannah @ So Obsessed With January 23, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    OKAY HOLD UP. I put the Revolutionary War (essentially meaning the colonial period) on my list too! Felicity was my first and favorite American Girl – I just loved her and her books SO much! Seriously, why aren’t there more books set during this time? I can’t really think of any off the top of my head. Have you read any you can recommend?!

    I legit thought I would be the only person with that on my list. Obviously great minds think alike :)

  12. Estelle (@thatsostelle) January 24, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

    VERY intrigued by the Wild Wild West + a safari.

    Not close but if you are interested in Africa, have you thought about checking our Endangered. Probably one of the best books I’ve read… ever.

  13. Jan December 4, 2013 at 5:17 am #

    Well as a Scottish girl I’d definitely like to see more books set in Scotland but only if they don’t make us out to be all simple, ‘quaint’ people who all talk in broad Scots type slang, like some books set here can do! I’d love more set in the Colonial war as well and Ancient Rome or Egypt would work for me! :-)

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