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

Happy Tuesday!! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) asks us to share ten settings that we which were more represented in books. I really like this topic because I feel like settings are often overlooked and not given the thought and important recognition that they deserve. Settings can set the tone for an entire story from the very first page: just think of Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte with its stormy, brooding landscape or Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling with its magical, mysterious castle. A setting can work wonders, and that’s why I’d love to see more of the following settings in books:

1. Boarding schools. Ah yes, let’s start with a Holly classic. Anyone who knew me during my YA boarding school phase in middle/high school knows that I am a sucker for any setting that involves a lot of kids with minimal adult supervision. Summer camps also fit under this umbrella, especially ones with those cool cabins that are always in movies and on TV.

2. Road trips. Another classic setting, but one that deserves more attention nevertheless. I love a good road trip book (see Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson and An Abundance of Katherines by John Green) but I haven’t ready many that aren’t Young Adult. Adults go on road trips too!! Right?!?!

3. Astronaut base in space. When I was younger, one of my many haphazard career goals was to be an astronaut. (In fact, my chemistry teacher in high school once told me that I am the perfect astronaut size given my petite build, but that’s a story for another day.) Wouldn’t’ a novel set in an astronaut base in space be so cool?! Kind of along the lines of Sphere by Michael Crichton.

4. Oxford, England. Yes, this is a very selfish one. I miss my year at Oxford dearly, and it surprises me that there aren’t more novels set in this idyllic, old, magical place. I’d love to read about a student exploring the many parks, colleges, and streets of Oxford for the first time.

5. Libraries. Come to think of it, I don’t know if I’ve ever read a book set in a library. Or what about a book about the drama among library staff members? As someone who worked in my local public library for a few years in high school, I’d be very interested in reading a book that explores those often chaotic, often hilarious dynamics.

6. Offices. I love the office setting of Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. I think an office setting is something that a lot of people can relate to, having worked in an office at some point in their lives or knowing a close family member or friend who has (or even just having watched The Office). Office drama be simultaneously hilariously frivolous and all-consuming, and therefore definitely deserves more time in the spotlight.

7. Vienna, Austria. Vienna enchanted me from the moment I stepped foot on its elegant streets. Everything about the center of Vienna—its Mozart and Beethoven flats, its cafes with sprawling seating outside, its plush palaces and green parks—felt regal, magnificent, and grand. I would love to read a book set in this spectacular city.

8. Mountains. I love to hike mountains, particularly the White Mountains in my home state New Hampshire. I’ve read some nonfiction about hiking expeditions in mountains, but I would be really interested in reading a novel set in these lofty heights.

9. Campgrounds. Camping is another love of mine, but I’m not sure that I’ve ever read a novel set in a campground. All those nights spent roasting marshmallows and talking around the campfire! All those days spent lounging by the lake! All those mornings waking up cozy in the tent, listening to the calls of faraway loons! Reading a book set in a campground would be magical and nostalgic.

10. New Hampshire. Can you tell I like my home state? Although I’ve read a few books set at least partially in New Hampshire (shout out to John Irving) there can always be more. We might be a small state, but we have so much going for us!

What settings would you like to read more of? What do you think of my list? Do you have a favorite setting that you just can’t get enough of? Let me know in the comments section below!



44 Replies to “Top Ten Tuesday: Settings I’d Like to See More Of”

  1. More books with library settings would be nice! Appreciate how you’re able to relate how some of these preferences connect to things from your personal life (e.g., having spent a year in Oxford). I’d like more books in non-US or non-Western settings to add diversity to our literary canon.

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    1. Right?! When I first decided I was going abroad there I wanted to read some books set in Oxford, but there are surprisingly few. Someone please fix this ASAP! Thanks! 🙂

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  2. Oh my gosh yes! Boarding schools! I don’t know why but I love that setting a lot. Road trips are another great one, especially if they’re done properly!

    I’d love to read more books in a library or office setting. I feel like I never read enough books with this and the few I have are always cute.

    Great list! I love all the settings you suggested!

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    1. Thanks so much, Jenna! ❤ I agree, books set in offices and libraries do tend to be cute. Have you read Attachments by Rainbow Rowell? It's set in an office and it's adorable ❤

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    1. Thanks so much!! Great minds think alike! 😉 Now if only someone could write a book encompassing all four of those settings… the ultimate setting!!
      Can’t wait to check out your post!

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  3. GOSH, BOARDING SCHOOLS!!!!! i’m such a softy for boarding school books, especially after Jellicoe Road 🙂 and now that you mention it, I think a camping setting would be amazing, especially late summer and early fall campground aesthetic. we all need this

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    1. Hahaha YES we DEFINITELY all need this!! ❤ And omg yes, Jellicoe Road was the one that started it all for me (that and Looking for Alaska, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the ~aesthetic~ and ~ambiance~ of Jellicoe Road is a bit better…). Anyways, thanks for stopping by!! ❤

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  4. Ahh Holly I LOVE your list SO much! I also love boarding school settings and road trips, both are always so, so much fun to read about. And a book set in a library would be really, really great, we need more of these! 😀

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  5. Ooh I absolutely adore books set in boarding schools and libraries!! Unfortunately they are a bit rare 😦

    Oh and congratulations for your nomination in the annual bloggers awards!

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    1. Thank you! ❤ Attachments by Rainbow Rowell has the best office setting that I've ever read (and one of the only office settings I've ever read…). Would highly recommend!


  6. I absolutely agree with you on boarding schools, campgrounds, libraries, road trips, and space! I’d also like to see more YA books set in Europe. Also, bakeries. Or little cafés or bookshops. Those are always such cute and comforting settings.

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