Top Ten Tuesday- Favorite Book Settings

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic is Favorite Book Settings!

If there is kissing I will read pretty much any setting, but these are the ones that will make me pick up a book even without a romance.

(Jk don’t come at me with anything that doesn’t have some kissing)

  1. Boarding School
    This is always on everyone’s list, but with good reason. It’s a really great spot for any genre. Spooky, contemporary, romance, murder. Add in everyone confined to one location, subtract parents, and full series come from this one all the time.

This is actually a photo of Wake Forest University, where my best friend (hi Laura!) went to college. I spent a lot of time drunkenly walking these beautiful brick paths.

2. College
Sort of in the same vein as boarding school, ony with even less supervision. For some reason, not used nearly as much. I find it a lot in the open-door NA stuff, but very rarely in like, a contemporary or scary book. Personally, I would love to see this one more.

3. Camp
While we’re at it, summer camp really does it for me for all the same reasons as boarding school. I’ve been weirdly obsessed with it since Bug Juice premiered on the Disney channel in the 90s and I read Bummer Summer by Ann M. Martin over and over again. I never, ever wanted to go to camp. But I want to read about camp all the time.

4. Old mansions/Crumbling castles
There is just something about these big, old buildings full of a secret history that make any book better. Plus, so many rooms in which secret passageways could be hidden!

5. Deserted Island
I have actually read very few of these, and even fewer have been romance, but it’s a super fun setting if you can find it! Stuck together, survival, no one else around.

6. Small Towns
What is it about small towns? I don’t know, because I live in a teensy one now and I will tell you that it is nothing like Stars Hollow. But reading about small towns where everyone knows each other and you can walk everywhere, there’s something so fun about a book with someone from the outside coming in.

7. Circuses
I actually abhor circuses and the way animals are treated. Even in they claim to treat them well elephants belong in the wild or in a sanctuary, and this is true for all other zoo/circus/carnival animals as well.

But! It is a great setting for a book! Stuck together traveling! Performing together! There don’t even have to be animals! Usually magic involved!

8. Cruise Ships
There are hardly any decent cruise ship books that I’ve found, but again, stick everyone together for a week or two, add in some built-in activities and excursions, and I’m in.

9. Disneyland/Disney World
It is the most magical place on earth, why are there not more books here? And, I do understand how much my privilege is showing to say this, but my color guard team traveled to both parks with our marching band in high school. I say this only because I know classes of teenagers of kids from all over the country are there all the time, and how fun would a YA be here?

10. Storms/Disasters
What is it about a good disaster that makes me so interested? All the better if there’s a totally unrealistic romance that starts while they’re taking shelter trying to survive.

Okay that’s it that’s the list and it only took me all day to make!

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