Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, wherein we showcase ten books/topics within a theme. This week's theme is "Settings I’d Like to See More Of (Or At All)."

This topic made me scratch my head a minute. I was like "Does that mean app settings? What does that have to do with reading?" It took me a few to realize the intent is scene settings.

Don't worry, I caught on eventually!

This post is being split into 5 settings I want to read anytime and 5 settings I can take or leave.

Show Me More:

I would love to read more books set in the following locations:

1. New Orleans, Louisiana

I've always loved the New Orleans atmosphere. The hint of magic, flavor of tradition, and allure of the mystic -- the unknown... Always a fantastic setting, especially for paranormal books!

2. Epic Fantasy Worlds

Custom-built fantasy worlds -- especially those with dragons! Some of my favorite books are fantasy settings (so is my debut novel so it's an obvious favorite for me). Always love a good, creative fantasy realm!

3. Ghostly / Ethereal / Paranormal Realms

I have a deep appreciation for ghost planes, heaven/hell tales, and mystical "in-between" worlds. Would love to see more of these!

4. Ireland/Scotland

I love a good Irish and Scottish settings. When the author gets the brogue right and takes the reader on a tour of the locale -- phenomenal stuff! I always come back for more, especially when it ties in local legends and paranormal aspects. (If you didn't notice, I may or may not have a thing for the paranormal...)

5. Mystery Houses

Houses full of  hidden surprises -- secret rooms and passages behind walls or bookcases, stairs leading to seemingly nowhere, secret triggers, and hidden treasures. Think Winchester Mystery House. A lot of "choose your own adventure" books feature this setting format, but I would love to see it more often in general fiction as well!

Show Me Less:

Though there are exceptions, I'm not generally a fan of books set in the following locations:

1. Boarding Schools

There are some exceptions (Harry Potter comes to mind) but otherwise, I can take or leave boarding school settings. There's usually a lot of prestige and stuck-up behavior. It's just not a setting I typically like.

2. Victorian England

If a book is done right in Victorian England, like a serial killer thriller, okay sure. But I find most historical Victorian stories dull. If you're going to do it, make it exciting!

3. Ski Resorts

Skiing is not something I enjoy; neither is cold/snow. Usually these stories feature the hero/heroine getting snowed-in together for a few days and falling for each other. I find it overdone.

4. Country Clubs

I usually find books set at country clubs to be "hoity toity" and snobbish. I very rarely enjoy those books.

5. Night Clubs

This one could be me-specific, but I usually don't enjoy books featuring a lot of night club scenes. I enjoy music and dancing (love a good rock concert) but clubbing is not my thing and I don't enjoy reading about it.

What are your setting likes/dislikes?

4 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday – Settings I’d Like to See More Of

  1. So much yes, especially to #3! I read Wendy Webb’s “The Fate of Mercy Alban” last year, and what I loved the most was the description of the grand old house and its secret passages.

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