Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set in the City

Foodie Facts About Me-6Happy Tuesday!! Once again we have some freedom with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme, since the prompt is “Books with X Setting.” I’ve decided to go with a rather broad one: Top Ten Books Set in the City. I live in a pretty rural area and, while I enjoy visiting cities for day trips and short stays, I don’t know that I would necessarily choose to live in one. I much prefer the quiet, peaceful countryside, but that’s just me! However, cities do make fantastic settings for stories, as these books certainly show.

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What are your favorite books set in cities? What do you think of the books on my list? Do you like cities? What’s your favorite city to visit? Let me know in the comments section below!



38 Replies to “Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set in the City”

  1. Great list, Holly! I almost made a city list as well but decided not to at the very last minute, but Dash and Lily was going to be on that list too (The Strand bookstore!). And coincidentally, I’m in the middle of reading Saving Francesca and loving it! The Aussie feel is strong with that one. ❤

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    1. I really need to reread Saving Francesca, because it’s been a while since I first read it. Melina Marchetta in general is just fanastic! ❤ Visiting The Strand bookstore is definitely on my bucket list!!


    1. Thank you! I can never resist mentioning an awesome John Green book (or two!). Dash and Lily is a really fun book, especially around Christmastime since that’s when the story takes place. Happy reading! 🙂

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  2. I looooove the city! Which is why I’m so excited to be attending a college that is located right in the middle of one. Because of my love for cities, I’ve always read books that took place in cities. I can’t say that I’ve read many of the books on your list, (actually, I’ve only read A Tale of Two Cities), but it looks like a good list nonetheless. I’ll have to check some of these out 🙂

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    1. That’s so exciting!! Which city is your college in? My college is in a small town, but Boston and Providence are only short train rides away. I love visiting cities every once in a while, but I don’t know if I could every live in a big one for very long.

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      1. Pittsburgh! I think there’s a ton of benefit to that as well. You’re not too far from anything, but you’re not constantly surrounded by the city calling you out at night.

        I have no idea if I’ll be able to handle it! I’ve lived in a rural area all my life, so it’ll be a change for sure.

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  3. Great list! It got me thinking, though – I can think of a lot of other books set in New York City and London, but not more than one or two set in the other cities that you included. I wonder why those two settings are so popular. Lola & the Boy Next Door made my list, too, for books set in California!

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    1. Isn’t it strange that those two cities seem to be the most popular for story settings? Maybe it’s because they’re big tourist spots, so a lot of authors have probably visited even if they don’t live there. I would love to see more variety when it comes to cities in fiction, though!


    1. I’m the same way. I love visiting cities for a day or two, but then I’m ready to go back to my small town. There’s just so much commotion and noise and people that it can feel really overwhelming after a while!

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  4. What a fun list! 🙂 Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares looks adorable.

    I recently enjoyed “Change Places With Me,” which is set in NY. Hm…oh! Also, several of the Lord Peter Whimsy mysteries are set in English cities. I always wish I lived in England, when I read those.

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    1. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares is so cute and such a fun story– I highly recommend it! I’ll have to check out the Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries, thanks for the recommendations! 🙂

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    1. It’s such a fun story! I love how there are two different narrators and authors as well, because Dash and Lily have really distinct personalities and voices. Hope you enjoy it, and thanks so much!

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  5. Amazingly designed and totally lo-lo-loved the list of the books and cities that you have added! I have read a few and yes, I agree that NYC, London & Paris are the most used story sets ..

    Anyways! Nicely done 🙂 🙂

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  6. Ooh I just love books set in cities. I’ve lived near pretty big cities before, though when I did live in one, I was too young to remember. I’ve always wanted to live in the city though. Lola and the Boy Next door is one of my favorites, and I love the San Francisco setting. Great list, I’ll be sure to check these out sometime!

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