Hello everyone and welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week’s prompt is to talk about our favorite settings for books and I’m so excited to share mine with you!
Victorian and Regency England
When I was a young teenager I discovered Jane Austen and just fell in love with the time period. While I no longer think it would have been fun to be alive in the time period, I love a sweet romance or mystery set in the time.
The Wild West
I have to clarify that I’m not a big reader of classic westerns, but I love book set in the wild west or a wild west inspired setting. You know, just without all the misogyny and sexism.
For some, Dystopian might be an over done genre. We’ve all been exposed to popular series like The Hunger Games, but I still get a craving for a good Dystopian, albeit a little different in the form of authors like Christina Dalcher and Neal Shusterman.
Oh So Magical
Since I read The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern and Caraval by Stephanie Garber, I’ve adored a book with a good circus in it.
If you know my reading tastes you know I’m a sucker for a good competition. Think part of it is chasing that Hunger Games high, but I also just love the stakes.
Setting As Character
Ever after a world wide pandemic I still love a good end of the world book. The idea of people having to survive in a world where society has crumbled and decisions must be made whether to rebuild the way things once were or forge ahead with a brand new society.
I love a good cult book. Fiction or nonfiction, it makes no difference to me. As someone who grew up in a very high pressure and conservative belief system, I am endlessly fascinated by the interworking a of such high pressure groups and how people break away from them.
The Woods / Outdoors
If I read in a synopsis that a book is set in our around the woods, especially if it’s described as creepy or ominous, I have so many sitting on physical and digital TBR, it’s ridiculous.
Since the beginning of our marriage we have always joked that wherever we lived was haunted. Our first place had a pentagram on the back of our bedroom door, in our second place our upstairs neighbor had a really loud dog that would run around and that we referred to as their possessed child, our last place had a really creepy basement that we affectionately called our “murder basement”- it locked from the outside! And our current place has really poor wiring in the hallways so the lights flicker. All that’s to say, give me a good creepy haunted house, because it feels a little like home.
What About You?
What are your favorite bookish settings? What do you think of my list? Let me know in the comments!